Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
December 7, 2009
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At Your Service. At Your Doorstep.
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 kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com, or register online.

Metro South Chamber Privacy Academy
DATA SECURITY LAWS CONFERENCE

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 www.metrosouthchamber.com/register.html.

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.

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 lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com or register online at www.metrosouthchamber.com/register.html

**NEW**
December 2009 Action Report

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


India


Visit www.metrosouthchamber.com/india.html for more information

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 www.indian-visa.com.  Call Lisa at 508.586.0500 x 225 with any questions.
Journey Into Ireland
April 17-25, 2010
From $1999 pp

2009 ads    2009 ads

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!

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 avandam@metrosouthchamber.com

Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops


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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 business 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 more 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.
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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: Chair Massages, hand scrubs pizza and tours of the campus at Lincoln Tech. 365 Westgate Drive, Brockton. 4pm.  Information about financial aid also available.  All friends, family, and anyone interested in going to school are invited.

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  HLaubinger@bizjournals.com 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 maconferenceforwomen.org. 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!

Thursday, December 10: Do you know of someone without a High School Diploma or GED? We could still help them - send them down for the ATB @ 2:00 Thursday, December 10th.  Lincoln Technical Institute, 365 Westgate Drive.  Call 508-941-0703 for more information.


Thursday, December 10: Center for Women and Enterprise, the Building your Business Workshop Series.  Creating a basic website for your business. 6-8pm at CWE's Boston office at 24 School Street. 617-532-0225. Our instructor will show you hot to use simple and free online tools to create a website that will help prospects learn about you, help customers know you better and bring your business into the digital age. Class fee is $35, partial scholarships available.  For more information visit www.cweonline.org.


Friday, December 11: Donate a gift for homeless children through Holiday Hope for the Homeless. Please take a minute to search the site. On the children's list page you will find the information for this year's children. If you are interested in "being an elf" for a child please e-mail us (corinne.nagle@gmail.com) the name of the child and I will send you a few items on their list. All items are  under $40. Each child will need two elves to help fulfill their lists. Gifts should be new and unwrapped and are due before Friday, December 11th.


Friday, December 11: Donate promotional items for the BAARC Christmas Party.  We need 150 of each item and would be glad to pick them up.  We are looking for for pens, pencils, pads of paper, etc. to fill the goodie bags. Goodie bags will be donated to those with disabilities. Donate these items by  Friday, December 11, 2009 at the latest.   Contact Jim Silverman - 508-846-9165 or Bob Wisgirda - 508-584-2044 for more details.

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 www.irishculture.org.  

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 19: Do you know of a 2010 Grad?  Invite them to our Scholarship Event: Saturday, December 19th @ 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast will be provided.  Lincoln Technical Institute, 365 Westgate Drive, Brockton. 508-941-0730.

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)


December 19 and 20: Contrapose Dance presents A Christmas Toy Story, The charming fable of elves, broken toys, a great gust of wind, and the resourcefulness of friends at Bridgewater State College Auditorium at the Rondileau Campus Center. December 19: 5:30 pm show.  December 20: 3:00 pm show. This hour-length show combines performances by seven Contrapose dancers and 30 students, aged 9 to 17. the show will delight the whole family with its upbeat dancing and message about the power of working together.  $12 for adults $8 for children (aged 12 and under).  For information and reservations, please call 508-631-1706. 

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 givelife.org

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.

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Sunday, January 3: Holiday Skate at Carousel Family Fun Center, 1055 Auburn Street, Whitman. Chamber Members Admission and Skates are Free! 12pm-2pm.  Call 781-857-1286 for more information.  Visit Carousel Family Fun online at www.carouselskate.com.
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Thursday, January 14: SEED free workshops at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton.  Basic Entrepreneurial Workshops.  Session 1: 9am-12pm - Learn the fundamentals of planning, preparing for and financing your business.  Session 2: 1pm-4pm - Learn to understand financial statements and how they determine the health of your business.  For registration/information, contact Tamarah at 508-822-1020.


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 www.massasoit.mass.edu 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 rbowers@massasoit.mass.edu 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.


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 www.lambertsbrockton.com 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
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F
uller Craft Museum

455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
www.fullercraft.org

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


NEW: Metro South Chamber Social Network
(Exclusively for Chamber Members)

New Networking Site
 
Please take a moment to sign up at mymetrosouthchamber.ning.com.
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.
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 www.metrosouthchamber.com/insurance.html
Support the Chamber and Share your Experiences

  • Have you found an important lead through the Chamber?
  • Have you developed invaluable relationships?
  • Has the Chamber helped your business flourish?
  • Has the Chamber gone above and beyond your expectations in a particular way?
  • 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 avandam@metrosouthchamber.com.  We will feature testimonials in future e-updates, Action Reports, and presentations. 
In This Issue
GMMS
Privacy Academy
Gov Affairs
NEW Action Report
India Trip
Ireland Trip
Community Events
Sustainability Survey
Chamber Networking Site
Member Benefits

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

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Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

December 8:
Executive Committee

December 9:
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December 11:
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December 15:
Data Security Law Bootcamp
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