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

Featured Speaker: Mayor Linda Balzotti, Brockton

Linda BalzottiLinda Balzotti served as a Brockton City Councilor for more than a decade, providing strong constituent services, advocacy for neighborhoods and a strong focus on fiscal restraint. A lifelong Brocktonian, she also served as a member of the Brockton Planning Board and as a resident activist.

Linda was elected as Ward 4 Councilor in 1998.
She worked with the City Council to ensure a
multi-million dollar restoration to Brockton's Wastewater Treatment Plan; built a coalition to defeat the proposed reopening of the BFI Landfill, and fought for the construction of the
Brightfields.

Linda is a 1979 graduate of Brockton High School and holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. In addition to serving four terms as a ward councilor and two terms as a councilor-at-large and Council  President in 2001, Linda was a former legislative aide to Representative Christine Canavan, and was employed as the Public Information Officer at
Bridgewater State College.


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Register by calling Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231, or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch.   Corporate tables of 10 are available. Pre-registration is required.
February 2010 Action Report

Tuesday, February 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
SBA 101 Workshop for Lenders
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton


Who should attend: New SBA lenders and lenders that need a refresher in the basics. This workshop covers SBA 7a and 504 loan eligibility, overview of SBA finance programs, SBA loan closing and SBA loan servicing. Instructor Anne Hunt, Lead Loan Specialist will guide you though the SBA lending programs and how they can assist your customers. Now that all loans are centrally processed, this training program is invaluable and more important than ever. Learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

To register for this event, contact Lisa Keene, Director of Business Assistance at the Chamber at
508.586.0500 x 225 or email lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com.


Workforce Safety Grants Available
Thursday, February 11, 2010, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton


At this workshop, the Office of Safety Staff will take you through the Occupational Safety Health Education and Training Program grant process step by step. The goal of the program is to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education, and other preventative programs for employees and/or employers of industries operating within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and whose entire staff are covered by the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Law, sole proprietorship, DBA or self-insured. Determine your eligibility and get
answers. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/osd.

To receive the Training Grant Application, email safety@dia.state.ma.us. The application is due by March 3, 2010 at 2:00pm.

To register for the Workforce Safety Grant Workshop, contact Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231. Lunch will be provided.

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.

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AIM's mission is to improve the economic climate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by proactively advocating fair and equitable public policy, and by providing relevant, reliable information and excellent services. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Regan is responsible for overseeing AIM's activities in legislative, regulatory issues, litigation and ballot initiatives. In addition to overall management, Mr. Regan focuses on specific issues dealing with economic development, tort and product liability reform, unemployment insurance and workers compensation insurance.

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 or register online.

New Member Orientation & Business After Hours
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Easton Country Club, 265 Purchase Street, Easton

Orientation, 4:00 - 5:30 pm:  Join us for a Member Orientation on February 25,prior to the Business After Hours networking event. The Member Orientation gives new members, prospective members, and new employees of existing member companies an opportunity to network and explore the many programs and services available to Metro South Chamber members. The Member Orientation is free, but pre-registration is required. Please call 508.586.0500 ext. 231 to register or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com.

Business After Hours Networking, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Easton Country Club offers function space for corporate outings, business breakfasts, award ceremonies, parties, reunions, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and more with 2 function rooms offering spectacular views or charming cozy settings. The 18-hole golf course offers a mixture of fairways and large greens for all golfers of all skill levels. For more information,
visit www.eastoncountryclub.com. This event is $5 for members and $10
for non-members and will take place directly after the Member Orientation
(see above). Register by calling Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com.


18th Annual Taste of Metro South
Wednesday, March 24, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shaw's Center, Brockton

Taste Website
NEW TASTE WEBSITE LAUNCHED
View participating restaurants, organizations and entertainment.

Over 50 restaurants and 600 guests expected! With Entertainment
by the Baha Brothers and the Brockton High School Jazz Band. All guests will receive a free Boston MassPass Book worth thousands of dollars in coupons.

Tickets are now available at the Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton or online at www.metrosouthchamber.com/register.html.
$25 in advance/ $30 at the door
Call 508.586.0500 x 231 for more information.

Are you a Restaurant or Community Organization that would like
to participate?
Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231.

Visit Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, China
October 11-19, 2010
Only $1,999 pp (Includes World Expo Ticket)*


China Website
NEW China Website
Containing an itinerary, travel info, photos from last year's trip,
info on the 2010 World Expo, and more.

World Expo 2010:
The World Exposition has represented the greatest in human inspirations and thoughts since the London Expo in 1895. The World Expo combines not only political, economic, and cultural features, but also demonstrates the highest level of social, scientific and technological advancements. The theme of the Expo 2010 Shanghai is "Better City, Better Life." Over 200 nations and international organizations are exhibiting in the World Expo, with 70+ million visitors expected.


Featured Attractions on the Trip:
World Expo 2010, the Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Ming Tombs, Yu Garden, Jade Factory, Summer Palace, Kunming Lake, Longevity Hill, Tiger Hill, Green Tea Plantation, Chinese Acrobat Show, Pudong  Economic Development Zone, Huaqing Hot Spring Park, and more ...

Space is Limited! Reserve your Place Now! *Based on double occupancy and deposit before April 30. For more information, contact Lisa Keene at the Chamber at 508.586.0500 x 225 or email lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com.

"This is an unbelievable trip for the money - what memories! It went off without a glitch -
perfect. I can't believe I saw what I did. Hotels - magnificent! Chinese tour guides - outstanding! Buses - perfect! Exposed to so much - wonderful! Thank you, Metro South Chamber of Commerce, for the trip of a lifetime!"
- Sally Burke, Bridgewater, traveler on 2009 trip
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Events & Workshops

Wednesday, February 10: Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.  2nd Wednesday of each month from 12-1:30 pm, 151 Martine Street, Fall River. "Market and Business Research: 10 Tips for finding good information" by Jane John and Risa Sacks.  Whether your company is exploring an innovative new product line, researching a competitor, or deciding whether to launch a business in the first place, market and business information can help reduce your risk. We will give tips for using both the Internet and the phone to find the information you need.  RSVP 508-910-9815.

Thursday, February 11: New England Sinai Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group will host "Reverse Mortgage: Is It Right for You?" by Ellen J. Connors, Reverse Mortgage Loan Officer from Bank of America. Reverse mortgages can make good financial sense for caregivers and those close to retirement, especially in this economy. But there are important details to consider. 4pm at the Alzheimer's Center, 143 York Street, Stoughton.  Light refreshments will be served.  Call 781-297-1375.

Friday, February 12: 9 am-5 pm, come to the Children's Museum in Easton and celebrate a sweet holiday!  Drop in on the 14th for a day of delicious activities!  Devote the day to sweet things by creating special Valentine's Day themed craft and yummy chocolate lollipops for yourself or for your valentine.  No reservation required.  For more information, call 508-230-3789.

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.

Saturday, February 13: An Irish Famine Presentation at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England.  The evening will begin at 4:30pm showing the first segment of The Hanging Gale, followed by cocktails and discussion, an Irish buffet dinner and a presentation by our host Seamus Mulligan.  We will then view the second segment of The Hanging Gale.  This is part of our 'Look Back Series' with a focus on the famine for the present.  Tickets are $25 ICC members & $30 Non-members.  For more information, call 781-821-8291, or visit www.irishculture.org.

Monday, February 15: 2010 Census Tour:  The US Census Bureau will be in Center Court at Westgate Mall, Brockton from 12 to 4pm educating our customers and you about the importance of filling out the US Census.  This census determines the distribution of more than $300 billion annually of government funding for critical community services.  It generates thousands of jobs across the country.  It impacts YOUR voice in Congress.  It only takes 10 minutes!  So don't forget to fill out your census when you receive it in the mail.

Tuesday, February 16: Magic with  Brenner at Westgate Mall, Brockton.  Join us at 2pm in the Children's Play Area located in front of Sears with the infamous Stephen Brenner and his whimsical animals!


Wednesday, February 17: Blood Drive at the Holiday Inn Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive from 2-7pm.  Receive a free souvenir Bruins t-shirt.Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your appointment today.

Wednesday, February 17: Attend a FREE SBA workshop designed to highlight the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their business. General information will be provided on the following: Small Business Counseling (SCORE),  Small Business / Development Centers · Business Information Center SBA 7(a) · Loan Guaranty Program · 8(a) Business Development HUB/Zones · Small Disadvantaged Business Assistance · Government Contracting Opportunities The workshop will be held at CareerWorks, 34 School Street, Brockton from 2 - 4 pm. Contact CareerWorks at 508.513.3400.

Thursday, February 18: Blood Drive at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Moakley Conference Center, 235 N. Pearl Street, Brockton, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm/  Please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to make an appointment to donate blood.  Donors will receive a free long sleeve Bruins t-shirt as a thank you.

Thursday, February 18: You Are The Star:  Join the DJ Dance Party with bubbles, games, prizes  and more at 2pm in The Children's Play Area at Westgate Mall, Brockton.

Thursday, February 18: Cooking with Kids: Friendship Foods at the Children's Museum in Easton with Rosa Galeno, local chef and owners of Rosa's Food Shop.  Kids will learn how to prepare several different recipes and bring home dinner.  Pre-registration required.  $30 which includes the workshop for each adult and child.  For more information, visit www.childrensmusuemineaston.org

Saturday, February 20: Tribute to Allie Colombo for his dedication to the sport of boxing and as a trainer of World Heavyweight Champion, Rocky Marciano.  Joe Angelo's Cafe, 11 Crescent Street, Brockton.  Doors open at 5, event starts at 6:30pm.  $25 donation. For more information, visit www.rocky49wins.com or call 508-509-3236.

Sunday, February 21: 6:00 pm Dinner at The Shaw's Center in Brockton to  benefit several different efforts in Haiti. The dinner will include American and Haitian dishes and will feature a keynote speech from state Rep. Linda Forry, who is Haitian-American. The event is being organized by the Brockton-based Massachusetts Emergency Relief for Haiti.  Tickets for the dinner are $50. Proceeds will be split between UNICEF, Partners in Health and the Rotary Club's "shelter box" program. Tickets must be bought in advance, available at Jeano's Restaurant, Tamboo Bistro and the Brockton Assembly of God. People seeking to reserve a table of 10 can call Kelley at 508-272-8807

Tuesday, February 23: The D W Field Park Association will host the South Shore Science and Nature Center at the Brockton Parks and Recreation Department Office, Meadow Lane.  The public is invited to learn about small animals and some reptiles, too that can be found in this area.  This is another complimentary event in our monthly series.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the presenters will begin at 7:30 p.m.  For more information please contact Pat Houle at 508-586-4425.

Wednesday, February 24: Working For Work, a support group for the area unemployed, is pleased to announce our next presentation to be led by Andy Liles, a counselor with the American Credit Counseling Association.    6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church (104 N. Washington St., No Attleboro).  There is no fee for this and all are welcome.  For further information call Katie at 617-331-5541.

Thursday, February 25: CEO Roundtable.  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 kcheo@winfree.org.

Friday, February 26:  Brockton Rox Hot Stove Banquet.  Featuring former major league players Cecil Fielder, Rich Gedman, Butch Hobson and Pete Incaviglia.  Doors open 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 brocktondaynursery.org or call 508-588-2700.

Wednesdays, March 3 & 10: Fuller Craft Museum Paste Paper Workshop.  2 day workshop is an introduction to Paste Paper and the 2-Signature, Hand Sewn artist's book.  Pate paper is commonly used for bookbinding, calligraphy, printmaking, collage, stamping and origami.  The 2-signature book has a hard cover with beads and hand sewn stitching.  6-9pm at the Fuller Craft, 455 Oak Street, Brockton.  For a complete listing of workshops, visit www.fullercraft.org.

Tuesday, March 2: ABC's of E-Tools, 8:00 am - 10:00 am at the Irish Cultural Centre, Canton. Join us for this FREE workshop where you can learn about search engines and search engine optimization, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, LinedIn, YouTube, Myspace), blogs and e-newsletters.  RSVP to the MSBDC at 508-673-9783.

Wednesday, March 3: Business Interruption & Disaster Planning Conference at Massasoit Community College.  8am-12:30 pm.  $79. Featuring "Open for Business-Business Continuity Planning Tools" with the Institute for Business and a panel discussion on Economics of Business Interruption/Disaster Planning with a Forensic Accountant, US Office Solutions and ColoSpace, "Its not if it happens, but WHEN!" and "Developing, Updating & Improving your Plan." For more information, call James Miller at 508-588-9100 x 1322.

Friday, March 5: Art Exhibit at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England- Seascapes from the Atlantic coast of Ireland by Irish Artist Brenda Malley.  Malley will be coming over from Dublin for the first time to show her artwork. For more information, call 781-821-8291 or visit www.irishculture.org

Saturday, March 6: Concert featuring 5 Brockton area organists at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 900 Main Street, Brockton, to benefit the Haitian relief.  If you are interested in sponsoring or attended this event, contact James Benson at 508-586-9021.

Wednesday, March 17: Attend a FREE SBA workshop designed to highlight the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their business. General information will be provided on the following: Small Business Counseling (SCORE),  Small Business / Development Centers · Business Information Center SBA 7(a) · Loan Guaranty Program · 8(a) Business Development HUB/Zones · Small Disadvantaged Business Assistance · Government Contracting Opportunities The workshop will be held at CareerWorks, 34 School Street, Brockton from 2 - 4 pm. Contact CareerWorks at 508.513.3400.


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 full schedule, visit www.brocktonrox.com.


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Clothing & Food Drive for Haiti Relief

Please bring your canned goods, non-perishables, toiletries, clothes, shoes, sandals, diapers, towels, etc. to My Storage Space, Brockton, 230 Oak Street, Brockton, 02301.  Call 508-941-0009 for more information.

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Massachusetts Community Health Services
WATER, FLASHLIGHTS & BATTERY Drive for Haiti

1106 Main street Brockton MA, (508)427-6671, 10am-7pm
Please start bringing in your water, flashlights, batteries and money to help the relief efforts in Haiti. Massachusetts Community Health Services (MCHS) is a 501.(c) (3) corporation serving the Haitian community in the Greater Brockton area since 2000.  MCHS's mission is to promote health and foster economic development in a culturally and technologically appropriate manner for immigrant newcomers, particularly Haitians living on the South Shore of Massachusetts.  Mass Community Health Services has collaborated with the MASSACHUSETTS HAITIAN-AMERICAN EARTHQUAKE TASK FORCE , GEP for Haiti, Mass Emergency Relief Fund and Center for Haitian Civic Rights by providing English as Second Language (ESL) and Civic Education classes to Haitian immigrants on this effort.
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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. 
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Fuller 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 Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

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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

 
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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.


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. 
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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
In This Issue
Mayor at GMMS
New Action Report
SBA for Lenders
Workforce Satefy Grant
Government Affairs
Member Orientation/BAH
New TASTE Website
new CHINA Website
Community Events
Sustainability Survey
Networking Site

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

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2010 Book for Business Coming Soon!

2010 Directory Cover

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Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

February 9:
Taste Committee Meeting

February 9:
SBA 101 for Lenders

February 10:
Good Morning Metro South

February 11:
Safety Grant Lunch & Learn

February 12:
Government Affairs

February 23:
Taste Committee Meeting

February 25:
Business After Hours and Member Orientation


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