Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
November 30, 2009
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At Your Service. At Your Doorstep.
Business After Hours Networking Event
Thursday, December 3, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Joseph Manor, 215 Thatcher Street, Brockton

stjoseph2Please join us for an evening of networking and refreshments. St. Joseph Manor provides high quality, compassionate care for people of all beliefs and traditions. Here at St. Joseph Manor, we provide short-term rehabilitation care, including: physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, pain management, wound care, intravenous therapy and hospice care. Other services include long-term care, respite care and an adult day health program. Most of our long term residents live in private rooms and the remainder live in semi-private rooms. For more information,

The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes refreshments. If you would like to register, please call Kim Prosper at508.586.0500 x 231, email or register online at Don't forget your business cards!

December 2009 Action Report

Good Morning Metro South
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Holiday Inn, Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive
Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members

2009 adsThe featured speaker is J. Keith Motley, Ph.D., the 8th chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston. As chancellor of UMASS Boston, Motley oversees approximately 15,000 students, a faculty of more than 900, and a $294 million annual budget. Chancellor Motley leads growth in UMass Boston's faculty research spending, which has increased to more than $46 million in 2008-2009, and the university's expansion of private development funding, which has increased by nearly 200% under his leadership.Motley also serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership and works as a mentor for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Millennium Leadership Initiative. Prior to his appointment as chancellor on July 1, 2007, Dr. Motley served as vice president for business, marketing, and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts President's Office.

Also at this meeting, Lees Yunits, wife of former Mayor Jack Yunits, will discuss her book, "We the Mayor," a memoir of her husband's tenure in Brockton City Hall from 1996-2006.  In addition, Kathleen Ludgate, Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau will speak about the upcoming 2010 census.

Good Morning Metro South is being sponsored by Good Samaritan Medical Center. To register, contact Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231, email, or register online.

Metro South Chamber Privacy Academy
Tuesday, December 15
Holiday Inn, Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Networking
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Panel Discussion
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: EXPO/ Product Demo, Networking, Cash Bar

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued rules, which take effect on March 1, 2010, that impose significant data security requirements on business possessing personal information of state residents, including businesses based outside Massachusetts. Learn what you need to know about the law and gain new perspectives from regulators and enforcers of the law.

barbaraBarbara Anthony, Undersecretary, Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Barbara was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in May, 2009. She has spent her career promoting consumer causes, and is one of the state's most well-known consumer advocates and is a highly respected public interest lawyer.

scott schaferScott D. Schafer
, Chief, Consumer Protection Division, Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Scott investigates and prosecutes those that violate the MA Consumer Protection Act, with a focus on predatory lending, foreclosure and loan modification issues, internet safety and security, electronic commerce and privacy and security of consumers' personal information.

The cost to attend is $29 for members and $49 for non-members. Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or register online at

Data Security Expo
If your organization has a data security product or service you are encouraged to attend as an exhibitor. Each exhibiting company will have time for a live product demonstration. The cost to exhibit is $129 for members and $179 for non-members. Exhibit space is limited, call the Chamber office today, 508.586.0500 x 231.

Travel to India with the Chamber
March 23-March 31 2010
9 days for only $1,999


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This trip will take travelers through some of India's most historic cities including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Taj Mahal,The Lotus Temple and the Ambar Palace will be among the trip's highlights, as well as, Qutub Minar and Rajghat. In addition to many tourist destinations, this nine-day trip will offer a firsthand experience with one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Price includes deluxe hotels, airport transfers, sightseeing, buffet breakfasts, elephant ride and international flights from JFK.

A $300 per-person, non-refundable fee is due by Jan. 1 and is included in the total fare. The trip balance is due before Jan. 15. A valid passport is required and all travelers must have an Indian visa. Travelers must obtain their own visa by applying online at  Call Lisa at 508.586.0500 x 225 with any questions.
Journey Into Ireland
April 17-25, 2010
From $1999 pp

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Take an extraordinary tour of Ireland with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Cultural Centre of New England. Travel to Dublin, Galway, Killarney, and Limmerick where a cultural journey into the Music, History, Sports, and Dance of Ireland awaits you!

Package Includes:
· Roundtrip airfare from Boston
· 7 nights hotel accommodations
· Breakfast daily
· 3 Hotel dinners
· Irish Ceili at the Bunratty Barn
· Entrance fees to Guinness Storehouse, Croke Park, Shannon River Viking Cruise, and Bunratty Folk Park
· Sightseeing includes Dublin, Ring of Kerry, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher And more!

There will be Ireland Trip information session at the Irish Cultural Centre, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, on Tuesday, December 1st at 6pm. Registration with the Chamber is mandatory. Call 508.586.0500.

This trip is open to all community members. For more information, a full itinerary, deposit information, or to RSVP for the informational session, contact Alison van Dam, 508.586.0500 x 222 or email

Friday, December 11, 12:00 pm
Government Affairs
Chamber Office, 60 School Street, Brockton

2009 adsThe featured speaker will be Thomas J. O'Brien is the Treasurer of Plymouth County, appointed in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 for a 6 year term. As treasurer, O'Brien, manages the budget, makes sure the bills are paid, and finds ways to provide services while saving money. He is also chairman of the Plymouth County Retirement Association.

 Prior to serving as treasurer,
O'Brien was State Representative of the 12th Plymouth District. He also worked for MetLife Insurance Company, a Boston law firm, and was a financial consultant.

The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for
non-members. To register, please contact Lisa at 508.586.0500 x 225, email or register online at

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Take the Sustainability Survey

A recent study revealed that 83% of consumers say it is somewhat or very important to them to purchase products and services from responsible, sustainable companies, but few companies know how to improve sustainability performance and communicate their green and sustainable efforts to customers and employees. 
The Metro South Chamber has partnered with Green Plus ( to announce a new initiative which will allow businesses to achieve a credible "green" certification in order to convey their commitment to responsible and sustainable operations. Please complete a brief survey on sustainability so that the Chamber may assess the needs of the business community and help to increase knowledge, community engagement, environmental impact and business success.   Sustainability Survey.

Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops

Every Thursday: Tamboo Bistro & Ultra Lounge Office Party 5:05.  Every Thursday at 5:05pm.  This is the perfect way to Network with local business, be seen and heard.  Each time you attend, drop off your business card.  The office with the most busienss cards by the end of the month will win an office party at the lounge. $5 after work menu, great music, networking, or relax in posh upscale atmosphere.  For mroe information, call 508.584.8585.  Tamboo is located at 252 Main Street, Brockton.  Spotlight your Office: feature your company info with slideshow, info and microphone, share events, set up a company table, receive VIP treatment.  For more information, download the registration form.

Wednesday, December 2: MSBDC free workshop for regional businesses interested in obtaining federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from 1-4 at th.e Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford.  The federal SBIR program funds over $1 billion each year of early stage R & D conducted by small businesses for technologies that have government and commercial applications. This event is intended to instruct small businesses in the region how to access funding through this program, how to increase chances of success for the award and how to manage an SBIR award if your application is successful. Seating is limited and pre registration required by Nov. 25.  Register online at or call 508-673-9783.

Thursday, December 3: Signature Healthcare's Annual Ring of Champions Dinner: With cocktails, dinner & dancing this festive fundraising dinner will take place at the Shaw's Center, 1 Lexington Avenue, Brockton.  Reception begins at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. Support the important work of improving our community's health and wellness - space is limited and the night always sells out.  The evening's keynote speaker will be Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center.  Tickets are $100/person and $1000/table of ten.  Complimentary valet parking will be provided.  To RSVP please call the Signature Healthcare Marketing Dept. at 508-941-7297

Friday, December 4: United States Census 2010 on-site recruiting/testing at Self Help Inc. Employment Opportunity Center, 142 Crescent Street, Brockton. On-Site Recruiting and Administration of Basic Skills Exam. Hiring Clerks and Census Takers/Enumerators. Must pass a 30 minute basic skills multiple choice exam. Exam will be administered on site @ 9:30am. Must bring valid, legal forms of Identification to the recruitment/testing, including: valid United States Passport or; any two of the following: valid drivers' license, Social Security Card, and/or government issued birth certificate. Good Pay: $12.50 - $17.00 Hourly. Temporary Positions (Feb.2010-May 2010). Part-Time Employment (20-40 hours weekly). For More Information, Please Contact: Monica Sanchez, US Census Recruiting Assistant @ 781-577-2950.

Friday, December 4: The Charity Guild Presents, Holiday Magic, A concert to benefit the Guild Food Pantry.  Featuring vocalists Nancy Gustafson, Lia Macrina and Lisa Villani.  Thorney Lea Golf Club, 159 Torrey Street, Brockton.  Cocktails from 6-7pm with the show at 8pm.  RSVP to Stephanie Spencer at 508-238-0063. The cost is $45.

Saturday, December 5:  City of Champtions 2009 Jingle Bell Run.  Registration at noon at the Holiday Inn, 195 Westgate Drive, Brockton.  The race will begin at 1pm. This 2 mile run/walk will benefit the Enterprise Helping Hands Fund.  Entry Fees- Adults: $20 cash or check (cash deductable), Children under 12: Bring one new unwrapped toy. Receive a free raffle ticket and enjoy delicious food donated by The Grill and other local restaurants, prizes, silent auction and holiday cheer.  Festive holiday costumes encouraged.  Prizes awarded to best children's costume, best adult costume and best team. For more information, contact Anne.

Saturday, December 5: The 20th annual Jolly Jaunt Taunton to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts will be held at the Holiday Inn Taunton. Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will participate in the professionally-timed 5K race or 2K (1.2 mile) walk through Myles Standish Park.Registration/ check-in begins at 11am and the run/walk starts at 12 noon. The post-race holiday party will continue through 3pm. Awards will be given to top finishers in each age group.  All runners and walkers are encouraged to pre-register at The $35 entry fee includes an official race number, a long-sleeve event T-shirt (first 250 registrants), and access to the post-race "Chili Head BBQ Holiday Party" in the Holiday Inn Governor's Ballroom. Pledge-raising incentives including iPod Shuffles are also available.

Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6: Children's Museum in Easton Kids' Holiday Shop.  We are looking for gently used treasures for this event.  Items are priced under $2.00.  Items can be dropped off at any time, during hours on the Museum's front porch.  For more  information, call 508-230-3789.

Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6: Holiday Craft Fair & Santa Photo, 11am-4pm.  A day of fun and holiday celebration to benefit the homeless animals of your community. We'll have Homemade Crafts; Holiday Bake Sale; Pet Photos with Santa & Kids Activities.  The event will take place at the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts adoption center at 1300 West Elm St. Ext., Brockton.  For more information please visit or call 508-586-2053.

Sunday, Dec. 6: at 3:00 P.M. at West Junior High School, West St. Brockton, The Brockton Symphony presents its annual Holiday Pops concert. Features traditional favorites, unusual Vivaldi, former Miss Rhode Island singing, an angry bear and a hundred voice chorus from the West Junior High School. Tickets are:  Adult $25, Seniors $20 and students $15. Information at 508-588-3841 or, on line at

Sunday, December 6: Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter, lecture with Lucy Lacoste at the Fuller Craft Museum.  Members and students $7, non-members $10.
On view at Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton. Exhibit will run from Oct. 31, 2009 through Jan. 18, 2010. For more information, visit

Tuesday, December 8: Blood Drive at Signature Health/ Brockton Hospital, 41 Libby Street, 9a - 2p.  Receive a Best Buy Gift Card Raffle. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!  CALL 1-800-448-3543.  VISIT GIVELIFE.ORG.

Tuesday, December 8: Boston Business Journal Annual One Day Subscription Sale for Chamber Members. TheBoston Business Journal would like to offer a one-time subscription discount. Our regular subscription price for one year is $119 but, as a way to say "thank you" to the business community, we've lowered the rate to $79, a $40 savings! This includes 52 issues of the BBJ delivered to your home or office, full online access to the current issue and all of our archived issues, and the 2010 Book of Lists.  The Book of Lists will retail for $70 this year alone. Call Holly Laubinger at 617-316-3238 or send an e-mail to If you place an order online, the discount will not apply.

Wednesday, December 9: Children's Museum in Easton Family Picture Day. Photographer Rich Hudson of Hudson Photography will be at the Museum from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Reservations for sitting times must be made in advance, and the cost is $10. Hudson has agreed to donate all sitting fees to the Museum. Children or family groups of up to 12 people can be accommodated. You will be able to choose from a number of different photo combinations for purchase, starting at $25.   To reserve your sitting, please call the Museum at (508) 230-3789.

Thursday, December 10: The Massachusetts Conference for Women at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  Register online at The day will include keynote speakers including Suze Orman, Marcus Buckingham, Ruth Simmons and Tory Johnson, the ReWork Career Fair, mentoring, resume critiquing and hundreds of exhibits. The Massachusetts Conference for Women is THE networking and education event of the year - Early Registration Discounts end on November 9th, so please help us SPREAD THE WORD!

Saturday, December 12: The Irish Cultural Centre's $30,000 Annual Drawing in combination with the Annual Christmas Open House. In addition, ten $1,000 prizes will be awarded and four $500 prizes. Purchase a ticket for this year's Annual Drawing and receive a complimentary individual membership for the Centre (value $50).   This offer is good for new members only.  Tickets are on sale now and make a perfect holiday gift. Tickets are $100 each.   To purchase tickets or for more information on the Drawing or the Cultural Centre please call 781-821-8291 or visit  

Dec. 14th -Dec. 16th: Help spread a little cheer this Holiday Season. Tamboo Bistro is looking for local business' to donate unwrapped presents for kids who need a little Christmas. You may drop off gifts on Monday, Dec. 14th & Tuesday, Dec.15th at 252 Main Street, Brockton. Join us Wednesday, Dec. 16th forWrap'n'Tini's.Get together with a friend to     help wrap the donated gifts for the needy children while sipping Holiday Martini's. All Gifts will be donated to a local Charity for Children for the Holiday.

Friday, December 18: United States Census 2010 on-site recruiting/testing at Self Help Inc. Employment Opportunity Center, 142 Crescent Street, Brockton. On-Site Recruiting and Administration of Basic Skills Exam. Hiring Clerks and Census Takers/Enumerators. Must pass a 30 minute basic skills multiple choice exam. Exam will be administered on site @ 9:30am. Must bring valid, legal forms of Identification to the recruitment/testing, including: valid United States Passport or; any two of the following: valid drivers' license, Social Security Card, and/or government issued birth certificate. Good Pay: $12.50 - $17.00 Hourly. Temporary Positions (Feb.2010-May 2010). Part-Time Employment (20-40 hours weekly). For More Information, Please Contact: Monica Sanchez, US Census Recruiting Assistant @ 781-577-2950.

Saturday, December 19th: TAMBOO will be hosting Santa's Coming to Town party for kids Santa will be here from the North Pole to give each child a present and available for pictures.(Each Parent must bring a wrapped present to add to Santa's bag for your child. Please put your child's first and last name on the package and say from Santa).You may drop off your child's present off in advance on Dec. 16th, 17th or 18th)

Monday, December 21: Blood Drive at the Holiday Inn Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive from 2pm-7pm.  Receive a souvenir travel mug. Schedule an appointment today.  Call 1-800-448-3543 or visit

Thursday, December 31: Children's Museum in Easton Family New Year's Eve Parties, 11:30am-2pm or 4:30 pm to 7pm. Enjoy dancing, noisemakers, and mask making to help mark the New Year!  Tickets for this event are on sale now. They are priced at  $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Children under 1 are free.  Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. This event sells out every year, so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.  For more information or to order tickets, please call The Children's Museum in Easton at (508) 230-3789


Massasoit Community College Holiday Greetings
    Massasoit Community College invites members of the community to send a special holiday greeting to loved ones serving in the armed forces through their own, personal radio show. Your show can include favorite songs, special messages, and conversation from family and friends while you are apart during the holidays. This is a free service in support of those serving our country in the Armed Forces.
    The shows will be broadcast from December 11th through January 15th via the Massasoit Radio Club's internet radio station, Massasoit onDemand, and on iTunes®.  Visit for more information.
    This is a free service for our community. Contact Professor Bob Bowers at 508-588-9100 extension 1906 or Virginia Hunter at extension 1983 or email for more information about how to schedule a recording session. Our staff will guide you through the recording process and complete the production of your radio segment for you.


New Business Hours

Sun-Thurs: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am

252 Main Street, Brockton


Lambert's Deli, Brockton, Special Offer

Lambert's Deli offers a full-service deli, featuring Boars Head Brand Meats.  We have a full catering menu.  We will be happy to deliver within the local area for a nominal fee.  We appreciate a 24-hour notice on all catering orders.  If something should come up quickly, just give us a call.  We will make every effort to accommodate you.  
As a fellow Metro South Chamber member, we would like to offer you a 10% discount on all Fruit Basket or Catering Orders over $50.00.   Should you need further information, please go to our website at or call (508) 580-2736 or stop by.  We have lots of Pumpkins and fall flowers for all your decorating needs.  Please mention offer code: MSB2B09 when placing your order.  Offer expires 12/31/09

uller Craft Museum

455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Members Free, Adults $8, Seniors and Students $5
Children under 12 Free, Wednesday 5:00-9:00pm Free.
Open Daily 10am-5pm.

Want to see your workshops and events here? email Alison van Dam a short description of your event with "eUpdate" in the subject line. First come, first served basis.  Please submit in the format you see above.

Added Benefits for Chamber Members

Constellation NewEnergy Power Program: An Electricity aggregation program to help members better manage their energy costs.

Expanded Health Insurance Services from Health Services Administrators (HSA): Introducing the One Resource Solution website, offering up to dating information and resources to help you, your business and employees find the best plan.

For more information on either of these programs, visit
NEW: Metro South Chamber Social Network
(Exclusively for Chamber Members)

New Networking Site
Please take a moment to sign up at
This site has a lot of potential in the future for maintaining a strong Chamber and a strong business community. Over 35 Chamber members have already joined.

Contact Alison at 508.586.0500 x 222 if you have any questions.
Support the Chamber and Share your Experiences

  • Have you found an important lead through the Chamber?
  • Have you developed invaluable relationships?
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  • Has an event touched you, or have you learned a valuable lesson from one of our speakers or staff members?
  • What has Chamber membership meant to you?

Share your experiences while gaining exposure. Please email your testimonials to  We will feature testimonials in future e-updates, Action Reports, and presentations. 
In This Issue
Business After Hours
NEW Action Report
Privacy Academy
India Trip
Ireland Trip
Gov Affairs
Sustainability Survey
Community Events
Member Benefits
Chamber Networking Site

Information on all Business After Hours, Good Morning Metro South Breakfasts and other annual meetings.

Last Chance to
Advertise and Update Information in the 2010 Book For Business

2010 Directory Cover
Download Contract.

Email Alison to update listing information.

Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

December 2:
Ambassador Meeting
Events page

December 3:
Business After Hours, St. Joseph Manor
Register Online

December 8:
Executive Committee

December 9:
Good Morning Metro South
Register Online

December 11:
Government Affairs
Register Online

December 15:
Data Security Law Bootcamp
Register Online





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