Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
January 22, 2010
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Community Bank Sponsor
At Your Service. At Your Doorstep.
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

Community Development & Small Business Roundtable
Monday, January 25, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton

Brockton businesses are invited to take place in a roundtable discussion with State Representative Christine Canavan.

Representative Canavan has been touring the Commonwealth for the past few months meeting with small business leaders in different regions throughout the state in order to gain a better-understanding of the things that are working for businesses, as well as their challenges.  By doing this, the legislature looks to build upon its partnership with the small business community in order to spur job growth and ensure a successful-and sustainable-economic recovery.


We hope that your schedule allows you to attend the roundtable discussion to discuss our ongoing, collective efforts to grow Brockton's small business community and support sustainable economic development in our great city. This roundtable is open to the general public and the entire business community, so we'd love for your help in promoting it and making sure that the members of the legislature are able to get a real feel for the heart and soul of Brockton's small business community.

RSVP by calling Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email Walk-ins are welcome.

Good Morning Metro South
Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Holiday Inn Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive

Featured Speaker:

Linda Balzotti
Linda Balzotti, Mayor of Brockton

Sponsored by Universal Benefit Plans and presented in partnership with Comcast Business Services.

Register by calling Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231, email or register online at The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch.  This event is sure to sell out, so register early.  Corporate tables of 10 are available.
Government Affairs
Friday, February 12, 12:00 pm
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
60 School Street, Brockton

The featured speaker is John Regan, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, from Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes lunch.  If you would like to attend, please contact Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225.

January 2010 Action Report
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.


Free Tax Preparation If you are a low to moderate income family, live in the Greater Brockton area and at least one member of your household worked, even part time in 2009, you may be eligible for this free service.  Don't go to tax preparers who charge you to do your taxes and charge you again to get a loan for an early refund.  Most people can get their state refund in 3 to 5 days and their federal approximately 7days later and save hundreds of additional dollars in preparer and loan fees.  Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal and state tax benefit for people who work.  With both the federal and state tax credits, workers may get up to $5,657 in refunds.  Workers can claim both the federal and state EITC, even if they do not owe income tax, simply by filing federal and state income tax returns.  You will receive a state credit equal to 15% of the federal amount.

Where and When:
Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting February 1, 2010:
MultiCultural Banking Center, HarborOne, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting January 30 and Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting February 3, 2010
: Self Help Healthy Housing and Community Resource Center, 142 Crescent St., Brockton


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 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'oeuvres will be served. Call 508-889-2882 or visit

Saturday, January 23:  Reading Red's Book Club at Tamboo Bistro, 252 Main Street, Brockton.  Tre Alee, Novelist and Song Writer will present her new novels Straight with Options & And So Shall You Reap.  5-8pm.  For more information, call Tamboo at 508-584-8585.

Saturday, January 23: Beer Tasting at the Wine Palace, 793 West Center Street, West Bridgewater, 4pm-6pm.  Enjoy Otto Creek Beers: Copper Ale, Pale Ale, Stovepipe Porter, Vermont Lager, and Solstice.

Sunday, January 24: 3:00 P.M. Brockton Symphony Chamber Concert, Christ Congregational Church, Pleasant Street Brockton. Tickets $10. Features Symphony members and young invited guest artists. Music of Dvorak, Baldassari, Prokofieff and others. For more information on the Brockton Symphony, visit

Monday, January 25: Mega Monday Madness Business to Business Networking, 5:30pm-7:30 pm, brought to you by US Office SOltions and Co-sponsored by WATD-FM.  Moe's Southwest Grill, Colony Place, 110 COlony Place, Plymouth, MA 02360.  For more information, call 877-836-9951.

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.

Tuesday, January 26: Brockton City Wide Meeting held by Self Help Inc.  Come and hear what your neighbors had to say about the city as Self Help shares all the great ideas that came out of their 5 local meeting.  5:30-8pm in the Multi-purpose room at the Main Public Library, 304  Main Street, Brockton.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Fredson at 508-588-4049 x 118 or Glen at x 119.

Tuesday, January 26: Free Seminar on new Data Protection Law, 8am-10:30am at the Community Bank, 1265 Belmont Street, Brockton.  The speaker is John Moynihan, president of Minuteman Governance Inc., a consultancy that provides information security services throughout the public and private sectors. To register, visit the Community Bank Website

Wednesday, January 27:  Good Samaritan Medical Center "one stop shopping" for cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass and blood pressure screenings. 1:30-3:30 pm at the Campello High Rise, 1380 Main Street, Brockton.  Open to people of all ages.  No insurance necessary.  Call 1-800-488-5959 to register.

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

Friday, January 29:  New England Sinai Hospital's Women's Auxiliary is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive from 12 Noon to 6 pm at the hospital, located at 150 York Street in Stoughton. "If you want to do something that will help save lives, donating blood is one of the simplest and easiest ways to make a difference," says Sinai Auxiliary President Dolly Fine. Make an appointment to donate today by calling 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit

Wednesday, February 3: Comedians for Hatian Relief with Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape at the Holiday Inn Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive.  Tickets are $25, Golden Circle $50.  100% of proceeds will go to Haitian Relief, the Ester Lafontant CHaritable Foundation.  Featuring Frank Santorelli from the Sapronos, Jim Lauletta, Paul Nardizzi, Stephanie Peters Comedy Diva, Corey Rodrigues, and Mitch Stinson.  Visit for more information.

Friday, February 5: United States Census 2010 On-Site Recruiting/testing at Self Help, 142 Crescent Street, Brockton at 9:30 am.  Looking for Census Takers, Crew Leaders, Crew Leader Assistants, Recruiting Assistants, & Census Clerks.  Pay ranges from $12.50-$17.00 per hour.  For more information, contact Anne Marie Louis-Jean or Russell Greene, US Census Recruiting Assistants @ 781-577-2950

February 12 & February 13:  Enjoy a romantic retreat this Valentine's Day at the Holiday Inn, Brockton.  Overnight deluxe accommodations, in room champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, Sunday lunch for two at the Grill Restaurant and 2pm late checkout. $175 per couple, tax and gratuity included.  For reservations call 508-588-6300.

Friday, February 26:  Brockton Rox Hot Stove Banquet.  Featuring former major league players Cecil Fielder, Rich Gedman, Butch Hobson and Pete Incaviglia.  Doors over at 6pm.  Dinner will be served at 7:30pm.  The program will feature an open questions and answer session.  Individual tickets are $50, and private tables of 10 are available.  A raffle to benefit Father Bills & Mainspring will also take place.  Tickets are available at the Rox office or by phone at 508-559-7000.

Saturday, February 27: Mardi Gras Madness at the Shaw's Center, Brockton.  All proceeds to benefit the Brockton Day Nursery Scholarship and BDN Lends a Hand Funds.  Fun casual attire, no speeches, no awards, no sit-down dinner- Not your typical fundraiser!  To purchase tickets, visit or call 508-588-2700.

Sunday, March 21: The Easton YMCA will present a live musical theatre event "Click Clack Moo" at 1pm at the Oliver Ames High School Auditorium.  The one hour musical is based on the popular Caldecott Award-winning book by Doreen Cronin and is for ages 4+.  All proceeds will provide financial assistance for Easton families and children in need through the Y's "Strong Kids Campaign." Tickets are sale now by phone or in person at the Y. 508.238.9758.  $15 orchestra, $10 mezzanine.

Friday, May 28:  The Brockton Rox will kick off the baseball season with a three game home set against the Worcester Tornadoes.  For a fulls schedule, visit

Special Discount for Chamber Members
Visit Living the Dream Auto Care and receive 10% off any repair or service over $100 until March 31st  2010.  Located at 363 Neponset Street, Canton.  Visit for more information or call 339-237-4711.

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.

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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.

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?
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  • Has the Chamber helped your business flourish?
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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. 
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
Business After Hours
Small Business Roundtable
Mayor at GMMS
Government Affairs
Action Report
Community Events
Sustainability Survey
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 26:
Taste Committee Meeting (Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231)

January 26:
Business After Hours at Crescent Credit Union

Feburary 10:
Good Morning Metro South

February 12:
Government Affairs





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