Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
January 4, 2010
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Community Bank Sponsor
At Your Service. At Your Doorstep.
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.

January 2010 Action Report

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
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.

Good Morning Metro South
Thursday, January 21, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Holiday Inn, 195 Westgate Drive, Brockton

The featured speaker is Tim David. Tim is a mentalist who uses psychology, persuasion, and non-verbal communication skills to create the illusion that he can read people's thoughts and predict their actions. During his entertaining presentation, he will be demonstrating his "people reading" and "subliminal influence" skills while teaching his simple yet powerful techniques for "Influencing Your Own Mind Towards Outrageous Success in the Year 2010 and Beyond." For more information, visit

Also speaking will be Kathy Manson, Director, Office of Safety, Department of Industrial Accidents for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kathy will discuss the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Program Grant. The program promotes safe and healthy conditions in the workforce for employees covered by the Massachusetts Compensation Law. To download a grant application, email

Good Morning Metro South is being sponsored by United Way of Greater Plymouth County, Inc.and is being presented in partnership with Fallon Community Health Plan. As always, the GMMS breakfast program is a great networking opportunity. Guests are encouraged to stay for the informal networking immediately following the program. Register by calling Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or online.  The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes breakfast.
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 to 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. For more information, visit or call Michael Karas, Business Development Manager at 617.455.2936.

Business After Hours at Crescent Credit Union
Tuesday, January 26, 5:30 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

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.

Thursday, January 7: Employer Forum. CareerWorks will host a forum on a new state law that imposes stringent data security regulations on employers. The law sets fines for each breach of security; the penalties could run to thousands of dollars. Learn to Protect Your Business.  The forum will be held from 8-10 a.m at the Career Center.  The session is free, but space is limited.  Download flier for more information.

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

Tuesday, January 26: D W Field Park Association will host Professor Cheryl Schnitzer of Stonehill College at the Brockton Parks and Recreation Department Building on Meadow Lane. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the speaker will begin at 7:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend these open events.  For more information please contact Pat Houle, president at 508-586-4425.

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.

Fuller 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.

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 toreserve your seat, contact U.S. Office Solutions at 877-836-9951 x 7.

green plus
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.

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?
  • 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
NEW Action Report
Connecting Your Business
SEED Workshop
Energy Program
Business After Hours
Community Events
Office Technology Showcase
Sustainability Survey
Chamber Networking Site

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 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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