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December 28, 2009
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Holiday Skate at Carousel Family Fun Center
for Chamber Members & Family

Sunday, January 3, 2010
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

Government Affairs
Friday, January 8, 12:00 pm
Metro South Chamber Office, 60 School Street, Brockton

The featured speaker will be Andrew Bagley, Director of Research and Public Affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

Andrew Bagley joined the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in 2007 to oversee a number of projects, in particular, issues surrounding state transportation finances and management. In 1989 Mr. Bagley co-founded International Strategies Inc., an Internet software company developing tools for global business for Fortune 500 clients. Previously he was Deputy Secretary and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade in the second Dukakis administration and staff member to U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas.

Register for this event by calling Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225, email The cost to attend is $5 for members; $10 for non-members and includes lunch.

SEED Workshops
Thursday, January 14, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (2 Sessions)

Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton

Session 1 (9am - 12pm): "Learn the Fundamentals of Planning, Preparing For, and Financing Your Business." Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees. This workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one's own business.  Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing and the loan application process will be presented.  Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.
Session 2 (1pm-4pm): "Understanding Financial Statements and How They Help Determine the Health of Your Business" The focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently.

Please call Tamarah Barao at SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020, to register for either or both sessions by Thursday, January 7th. SEED Corporation holds this entrepreneurial workshop series on a monthly basis throughout the region.

Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth
Tuesday, January 12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
60 School Street, Brockton

Interested in doing business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?
The Operational Services Division, State Office of Woman and Minority
Owned Business Assistance, and Affirmative Market Program are offering a FREE workshop designed for businesses who are interested in learning how to do business with the State.

Where to find bidding opportunities, Bidding process for Statewide Contracts, Where to find ARRA -federal stimulus procurement & grant opportunities, Comm-PASS overview, Marketing to public entities, How to become SOMWBA Certified, How the Affirmative Market Program supports SOMWBA Certified businesses, And more!

To register for this free workshop, visit www.,, and login to
PACE. You may also call 617-720-5500, or email For additional information, visit
Energy Program, A Benefit for Chamber Members

The Constellation NewEnergy Metro South Power Program, is an exclusive electricity aggregation program to help members better manage their energy costs. The program is particularly beneficial for small-medium sized businesses who can pool their smaller electrical requirements to gain access to competitive prices and more services that might normally only be available to large commercial and industrial customers. Participants in the program have the ability to lock in prices over the long term. The deadline to sign up for this special energy offer is Friday, January 8.

There will be a free informational webinar on Wednesday, January 6. For more information or to sign up for the webinar, visit or call 1-866-237-7693.

Member Led Workshop - Office Technology Showcase
Wednesday, January 20, 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Metro South Chamber Office, 60 School Street, Brockton

U.S. Office Solutions in partnership with ACTSmart, Inc and the Law Office of Attorney George Boerger present the Office Technology Showcase. This "Morning Coffee" session is designed to inform and educate business professionals.

Presentations will focus on leading office technologies, featuring "Recollect- Your Office Filing Cabinet," led by U.S. Office Solutions, your local document management specialist. In addition ACTSmart will discuss the preservation and safety of your critical business data. Also, Attorney Boerger will present information on the new Massachusetts privacy laws and their impact on small business.

Continental breakfast will be served. There is no charge for the event but
due to limited seating, reservations are required. For more information or to
reserve your seat, contact U.S. Office Solutions at 877-836-9951 x 7.

Business After Hours at Crescent Credit Union
Tuesday, January 26, 5:40 pm - 7:30 pm
115 Commercial Street, Brockton

Come celebrate the opening of Crescent Credit Union's new Community Learning Center located on the 2nd floor of the Commercial Street location. The Community Learning Center will offer English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) classes, Financial Literacy classes, Basic Computer Skills, and Preparation for U.S. Citizenship.

This is a great way to make business connections in a casual setting. Exposure for your business is your competitive edge, so make sure to bring plenty of business cards. This event is free to attend. To register, please call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231, or email

Journey Into Ireland During School Vacation Week
April 17-25, 2010
From $1999 pp

Deposit due January 1

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Visit Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Limerick during school vacation week. Highlights include Guinness Storehouse tour, Croke Park, Cliffs of Moher, Adare Village, Bunratty Castle, and more. Deposit due January 1.

Package Includes:
· Roundtrip airfare from Boston
· 7 nights hotel accommodations
· Breakfast daily
· 3 Hotel dinners
· Irish Ceili at the Bunratty Barn
· Entrance fees sightseeing 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

December 2009 Action Report
Travel to India with the Chamber
March 23-March 31 2010
9 days for only $1,999


Visit for more information

Visit Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, India. Highlights include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Ambar Palace, India Gate, City Palace Museum, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, elephant ride, and more. Deposit due January 1.

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.
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 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.

Wednesday, December 30: Lincoln Technical Institute Scholarship Event, 1:00 pm.  High School seniors, reserve your seat for this free event.  Refreshments will be served and there will be chair massages, hand massages, class demos, campus tours and information on financial aid.  Currently enrolling high school seniors for medical assistant, medical administrative office assistant, massage therapy, and network communication information systems with Microsoft.  365 Westgate Drive, Brockton.  For more information, cal 508-941-0730 or visit  Buses from schools available.

Thursday, December 31: TAMBOO Bistro & Ultra Lounge will join the fight against hunger by hosting a special fundraiser event for their 2010 New Year's Eve Gala, called "Diamond and Glitz."  The vent will begin at 8pm at TAMBOO, 252 Main Street, Brockton with live entertainment by R&B soul/jazz artist Danielle Haynes and "On Point" til 10:30pm.  A DJ will follow.  For more information or tickets contact 508.584.8585 or visit to find other ways to give to United Way's Hunger of the Children of our Community Program.

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.

Friday, January 8:  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.

January 9 & 10: Carol Maloney of Bay State Fitness will be running the Goofy challenge in Disney this year to raise money for a 6 yr old girl names Celia and the Children's Tumor Foundation. To sponsor and donate, visit

January 12 & 13: One Stop Shopping for cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass and blood pressure screenings. Good Samaritan Medical Center is partnering with US Wellness, the Mary Cruise Kennedy Senior Center, St. Joseph's Manor, the Brockton Housing Authority, BAMSI, and Father Bill's Mainspring House to develop a plan for Community Benefits that will target key health issues in the community: cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  January 12: 1:30-3:30 pm at Caffrey Towers, 775 Crescent Street, Brockton. January 13: Campello High Rise, 1380 Main Street, Brockton.  Open to people of all ages.  No insurance necessary for screenings.  Call 1-800-488-5959 to register.

Thursday, January 14: New Sales Strategies for the New Year.

Winfree Business Growth Advisors will conduct a free workshop for business owners and Independent Agents.  Do you need to get in front of better prospects, hire a top performer, or eliminate "think it overs"?  Get the answers here.  The session will be held from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 200, Braintree, MA.   For reservations call Ken Cheo at 781-930-3220 or email

Wednesday, January 20: Career Counseling Night for childcare workers, preschool teachers, students, directors, before/afterschool care, infant/toddler and aspiring teachers. 6-9pm at the Holiday inn in Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Bvld.  Sponsored by Self Help.  To regsiter, please call 508-823-2937 x 214 or email

Thursday, January 21: ColoSpace Customer Appreciation Open House. 1050 Hingham Street, Rockland MA 4pm-7pm.  Food & Drink, giveaways and networking.  RSVP to with the subject Holiday Rockland.

Friday, January 22: at 7:30 pm at the Shaw's Center, Brockton, there will be a premiere screening of "A Father's Fight: The Documentary." The story of Mark Chauppetta, a 40 year old father of twin boys suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. To raise awareness and funds, Mark trained with some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts and and fought in a stadium with thousands of spectators. Directed by Ron van Dam of Televisuals. After the premiere screening, the documentary's original soundtrack will be performed live by Canadian twin recording artists Carmen & Camille. $30 donation per person. Cocktails and hors d'ouevres will be served. Call 508-889-2882 or visit

Thursday, January 28: Goal Setting Workshop. Looking for some feedback or advice on your plan for 2010?  Winfree Business Growth Advisors will conduct a special, one time workshop to discuss and show you how to set up your plan for the new year.  The session will be held from 8:30 am to 11:00 am at 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 200, Braintree, MA. The cost is $39.  For reservations call Ken Cheo at 781-930-3220 or email

Working For Work
A Peer Support Group by Self Help Inc.
Unemployed? Join the Working for Work peer support group at the Grace Episcopal Church at 104 No Washington Street, North Attleboro, Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Starting January 6.)  There is no fee and all are welcome.  For more information, call 617-331-5541.
Boston Masspass Special Offer

Support your favorite charity this holiday season, get an end of the year tax deduction AND get over $4,500 is valuable coupons ALL for
****JUST $20!****
For each Masspass coupon book that you purchase, Masspass will donate 50% to the charity of your choice, you get to claim 50% on your taxes and you get GREAT holiday gifts for JUST $20 each!

To view a list of merchants in the book, go to:

How to purchase:
boston masspassSend your payment of $20/book to Boston Masspass, P.O. Box 424, Bridgewater, MA  02324.  Book(s) will be shipped directly to you. *Please make note of the charity of your choice with your order and they will send you a confirmation stating that the donation has been received. Offer Expires 12/31/09     
Masspass is a proud supporter of LOCAL businesses!

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.

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 Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

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.

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.
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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.

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  We will feature testimonials in future e-updates, Action Reports, and presentations. 
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
In This Issue
Government Affairs
SEED Workshop
Connecting Your Business
Energy Program
Office Technology Showcase
Business After Hours
Ireland Trip
Action Report
India Trip
Community Events
Chamber Networking Site
Sustainability Survey
Member Benefits

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

2010 Book for Business Coming Soon!

2010 Directory Cover

Email Alison to update listing information.

Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

January 1:
New Year's-
Chamber Closed

January 6:
Ambassador Meeting

January 8:
Government Affairs
Register Online

January 12:
Taste Committee Meeting (Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231)

January 12:
Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth
More Info

January 14:
SEED Meeting

January 18:
Martin Luther King Day, Chamber Closed

January 20:
Office Technology Showcase

January 21:
Good Morning Metro South
Email Kim for more information

January 26:
Taste Committee Meeting (Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231)

January 26:
Business After Hours at Crescent Credit Union, 115 Commercial Street, Brockton. (Free to attend- call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 222)





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