Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
April 20, 2010
Sponsored by:
Community Bank Sponsor
Build Your Own Business Braintrust - Tuesday, April 27
ribbon cuttingReynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 21, 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

1324 Belmont Street, Suite 101, Brockton

2009 adsNew Chamber member, Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. (RS&H), invites Linda Balzotti and all chamber and community members to come celebrate the opening of their Brockton office on April 21 from 3:30 - 7:00pm. RS&H is a leading architectural, engineering, planning, and energy services firm with extensive experience supporting the national defense infrastructure.

Our new office location is at: 1324 Belmont Street, Suite 101, and we will be serving light refreshments and drinks. For more information or to RSVP, please email: Lisa.Thoele@rsandh.com.
Business After Hours Networking at Old Colony Elder
Thursday, April 29, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
144 Main Street, Brockton

old colony elder

Please join for a Chamber Business After Hours networking event at Old Colony Elder Services, 144 Main Street, Brockton.

Old Colony Elder Services enables elders to remain in their homes by providing a broad range of services including: informational and referral, home delivered meals, homemaker, personal care attendant, care management, adult day health, home health aide and family caregiver service. Old Colony Elder Services is your onestop resource for aging information, advice and solutions. For more information, visit www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.

This event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes refreshments and the chance to win door prizes. In addition, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra Quartet will be performing. For more information, call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com. You may also register online. As always, don't forget your business cards!

Small Business Luncheon and Expo
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Shaw's Center, Brockton

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Business EXPO
Business Expo 2010 logoPromote your company to prospective clients at the 2010 Business Expo presented in conjunction with the Small Business Awards Luncheon. More than 30 businesses will be featured in this table top Expo. Reserve your table by May 3rd and secure an early bird rate of $259 for members and $359 for non members. After May 3, the cost of a table will increase to $299 for members and $399 for non-members. Prices include 1 lunch ticket. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information call, Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Small Business Luncheon

Jeanne HulitFeatured Speaker: Jeanne A. Hulit, Regional Administrator for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Jeanne A. Hulit was appointed Regional Administrator for SBA's Region I on August 10, 2009. As regional administrator, Hulit is responsible for the delivery of the agency's financial assistance, technical assistance and government contracting activities throughout the six New England states.


At the Luncheon, the Small Business and Entrepreneur of the Year Awards will be presented.Nominate a Business.

The cost to attend is $35 for members and $45 for non-members.  Sponsored by Bank of America.  To register, call 508.586.0500 x 231, email Kim Prosper, or register online.
201 CMR 17.00 Data Privacy Law Jump Start Workshop
Tuesday, April 27, 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockto
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Joe Burns, a 40 year information technology veteran and author of The Essential Guide for 201 CMR 17.00 Compliance, will present a practical and cost effective approach for developing your business' specific Written Information Security Program (WISP) consistent with Massachusetts Data Privacy regulations. The Jump-Start Workshop will demystify the complexities of the law and provide you with the information needed to quickly and efficiently create your business' WISP. You will learn how to:

- Locate and protect your personal information.
- Factor company size into the compliance equation.
- Perform an assessment of your current information security program and identify   areas needed for improvement.
- Implement and document the complex technical provisions of Section 17.04 of the regulations.
- Create (and format) your WISP.
- Use your WISP to train employees....and much, much more.

Bonus: Each participant will leave the workshop with a guide for Protecting Personal Information, links to expert sites and a discount coupon worth $250 toward the purchase of The Essential Guide for 201 CMR 17.00 Compliance by Joe Burns (maximum of one coupon per company).

This member-led workshop is sponsored by iComplyNow. The cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members. On-Line Registration is available at iComplyNow (click here). Enter Coupon Code at check out: M04202010. Questions: Please call (888) 445-4843.

Sandler Sales Training Workshops
April 29, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton


Join Bill Scher and Peter Oliver of Sandler Training for a series of Member-Led sales training seminars designed to help you grow your business.

April 29: "Upset about long sales cycles? Tired of unpaid consulting? Strategies on how to move your opportunities forward."

Bill and Peter's training clients include Fortune 500 companies, as well as Massachusetts based businesses involved in financial, professional services, technology, manufacturing,construction, staffing, human resources, business consulting and more.

These workshops are free to attend. To register, contact Lisa Keene at508.586.0500 x 225, or email lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com.
April 2010 Action Report
Book for Business Now Available Online
book for business online

The Book for Business Member Directory is now available online at www.metrosouthchamber.com/b4b.html or at www.metrosouthchamber.com/directory.html.

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce 2010 Book for Business is a full color 99 page publication featuring area dining, lodging, public golf courses, recreation, legislative leaders, community demographics, regional and economic data and a complete membership listing. The book also includes a full color map of the Metro South region, highlighting hotels, golf courses, industrial parks, town halls and other points of interest.   For more information, contact Alison at 508.586.0500 x 222 or email avandam@metrosouthchamber.com.
Membership Drive
May 5& 6

Stonehill College


Becoming a member of the Metro South Chamber of Commerce provides your business opportunities to accelerate its growth. When you join the Chamber, you become a leader within the business community and a member of the region's most dynamic advocacy organization. Membership means potential new business prospects, new savings, access to valuable resources and information, access to health and dental plans, a variety of marketing opportunities and more, for you and your business.

On May 5 and 6, many community and business leaders, currently benefiting from membership in the Chamber, will contact businesses that could benefit from membership in the Metro South Chamber of Commerce. This year's drive will feature many exciting incentives for small businesses to join the Chamber, including free radio and print advertising, free admission to several Chamber events, amazing discounts and more.

To discuss how the Chamber can help you build a stronger business, or if you are a current member and wish to become a drive volunteer or donate a prize, call John at (508) 586-0500 ext. 229, or email jnesti@metrosouthchamber.com.
Alpine Holiday/Chistmas Market in Germany Info Session
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Bridgewater Library, 80 Howard Street


Alpine Christmas

Visit Innsbruch, Golden Roof, Munich, Oberammergau, Salzburg and the Christmas Markets for 8 days with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and Collette Vacations from November 30-December 7, 2010 for only $2,199 per person

See the Alpine Alps, Maria Theresienstrasse, the Hofburg, Marienplatz, the Glockenspie, Olympic Park, the Neuschwanstein Castle, Wies Church, Mirabell Gardens, Getreidegasse (Mozart's birthplace) and more.

Price includes round trip air from Logan Airport, hotel transfers, air taxes and fees/surcharges, and 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners.

For more information or to reserve your space, contact Lisa Keeneat 508.586.0500 x 225, or visit www.metrosouthchamber.com/alpineholiday.com

Social Media Workshops at the Irish Cultural Centre

MA Small Business Development Center, Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Cultural Centre of New England are joining to offer a series of social media workshops.


Tweets & Blogs
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Join us for this FREE workshop where you can learn strategies for
creating business communities using Twitter and blogs.

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All workshops will take place at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton. For registration/information, visit www.msbdc.org/semassand click on Event Calendar. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Visit Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, China
October 11-19, 2010

$200 Deposit Due April 30

2009 ads
NEW China Website
Containing an itinerary, travel info, photos from last year's trip,
info on the 2010 World Expo, and more.


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! *Price of 1,999 is 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.

Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops


Starting Friday, April 2:  Burrito Wraps Mexican Grill, located at 688 Crescent Street, Brockton is serving Margaritas with their food.

Wednesday, April 21: 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 on the third Wednesday of each month. Contact CareerWorks at 508.513.3400 for further workshop information.


Wednesday, April 21: Money Management for Small Business, Weymouth Public Library, 46 Broad Street, Weymouth You provide great products and services for your customers, but feel you're not capitalizing on the full financial potential of your business. This workshop can put on the path to better financial results. Get practical advice you can use right away to improve cash flow, increase profits and get your business on a more secure financial footing. Workshop topics include improving profit; managing cash flow including inventory management, vendor management, and receivables management; analyzing financial results; and managing when cash is tight. This workshop is free for Chamber Members and is $25 for non-members. Register by calling Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225 or email lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com

Thursday, April 22: CoWorx Staffing Servicesaccepting
resumes and conducting on-site interviews to fill vacancies for full and part-time warehouse worker, machine operator and customer service positions throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.  9:30 am -11:30 am at Self Help Inc., 142 Crescent Street, Brockton.  For more information, contact Mary Beth Santon at CoWorx at 781-930-3120 x 170.

Thursday, April 22:  Hollywood Quiz Show at 2pm at the Westgate Mall. Test your knowledge in a fun game show setting during April Break!  This event is for kids in grades 2 thru 6, ages 7 thru 12.  We hope to see you in the Children's Play Area in front of Sears at 2pm.  Meet and greet K.O. from the Brockton ROX at 3:30 pm.

Saturday, April 24: Visit The Children's Museum  in Easton as they Celebrate Spring Fling! from 12-4pm. Celebrate the great outdoors while learning about creating your own family garden and how important community gardens are to us.  Activities include "Going Green in Your Backyard" where kids will learn (and meet!) about the animals that live in their own backyard and explore how they survive. Other activities include planting a starter herb garden with Miss Candy, learning about organic gardening and exploring various farming equipment that will be there throughout the day, and much more.  Call 508-230-3789 for more information.

Saturday, April 24:  Keep Brockton Beautiful Day. For the past 5 years, the City of Brockton and its residents have come together to make sure that our City puts its best foot forward in the Spring. The City and the CDC want you to help take back our neighborhoods. Lets all help "Keep the Scene Clean"! This event has proven to be a great way to meet new people and at the same time, show off your "Brockton Pride"!  Stick around for food and fun.  Contact Fredson Gomes for more information or to sign up as a volunteer, 508-588-4049 x 118.

Saturday, April 24: Come visit The Children's Museum in Eastonduring the "Spring Fling"from Noon-4:00 p.m. for a day of fun and seasonal activities to celebrate nature and the great outdoors. There will be a special presentation of "Going Green in Your Backyard" by Animal World Experience of Stoughton at 1 p.m., where kids will learn about and meet some of the animals that live in their own backyard and explore how they survive. They will also be able to plant a starter herb garden with Miss Candy, learn about organic gardening, and explore various farming equipment. There will also be crafts, music, and snacks throughout the day. Call 508-230-3789 for more information.

Sunday, April 25: More than 1,500 friends of old Colony Hospice will set out on either a 2-mile or a 4-mile loop at the Irish Cultural Centre campus in Canton to honor the memory of a loved one of a friend at the 12th Memorial Stepping Out for Old Colony Hospice Walk. We walk rain or shine. Whether you walk as an individual or as part of a team, you will embark on a journey to help raise funds that will make a difference in the life of a hospice patient today. Check in as at 11:30 am and the walk begins at 12:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.oldcolonyhospice.com.


Tuesday, April 27 & Wednesday, April 28: Good Samaritan Medical Center "One-Stop Shopping" for cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose), body mass and blood pressure screenings at the Trinity Baptist Church, 1367 Main St, Brockton.  Tuesday: from 2-5pm.  Wednesday: from 5-7pm.

Tuesday, April 27: Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board Open House, 8am- 9:30 am. There will be a door prize and refreshments will be served. Please respond by April 13 to 508-584-3235 or email admin@bawib.org. BAWIB, located on the 2nd floor at 34 School Street provides current members of the workforce and those seeking employment with the training they need.

Tuesday, April 27: The Community Bank's Women's Business Exchange is hosting a seminar entitled, "Build Your Own Business Braintrust" on Tuesday, April 27th beginning at 9:00am at Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, MA. Kathy Robbins, founder of Three C's Coaching and Therapy, will discuss how to select the right people to be in a business brain trust, develop an advisory team to make life more manageable and create an accessible support network. The event will feature a light breakfast and an opportunity for networking. Registration will be online only. Kindly visit www.communitybank.com to register by 4/20. Please register early, seating is limited to 50 guests. 


Wednesday, April 28:  13th Annual Career Day at The Shaw's Center in Brockton from 8:15-11:45.  This initiative is designed as an opportunity to build stronger connections between schools and the community.  By connecting schools with area businesses and organizations, students can see the meaning and relevance of what they are learning in school, invigorating the school culture and the classroom, while they begin to consider their potential careers.  Businesses, organizations, and High Schools wishing information on participation can contact Cheryl Showstack, Educational Outreach Manager at 508-427-4010.

Wednesday, April 28:  Good Samaritan Medical Center continues to offer "one-stop shopping" for cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose), body mass and blood pressure screenings during two days next week. The next screenings will be held on Tuesday, April 27 from 2-5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church, 1367 Main Street. The goal is to make these screenings accessible to people in the community with potential health issues and are open to people of all ages. No insurance is necessary to undergo the screening. Call 1-800-488-5959 to register.

Wednesday, April 28:Brockton residents will be able to voice their concerns at a public forum discussing  Mayor's Task Force Reports and Findings.  All of the task force chairpersons and Mayor Balzotti will be in attendance.  7pm at the Plouffe Academy Cafetorium.  To read the task force reports, visit www.brockton.ma.us.

Wednesday, April 28: The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society will be screening "The Skin Quilt Project",a film that addresses the issue of colorism within the African-American community through stories of African-American quilters. The event will take place in the Martin Institute Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. The Martin Institute is on the campus of Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, North Easton, MA. There is plenty of free parking in Lot 11 behind the Sports Complex with a short walk to Martin Institute. http://www.stonehill.edu/x10444.xml

Thursday, April 29: The second session of Sandler Training Sales Seminar at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce: "Upset about long sales cycles? Tired of giving unpaid consulting? Strategies on how to move your opportunities forward!" Sandler Training's clients include Fortune 500 companies, as well as Massachusetts based businesses involved in financial, professional services, technology, manufacturing, construction, staffing, human resources, business consulting, and more. To register, contact Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225 or email lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com.

Sunday, May 2nd: 3:00 P.M.  Brockton Symphony Spring concert at West Middle School. Admission $20, and $15 for seniors and students. Works by Stravinsky-Firebird Suite, Rimsky- Korsakov-Capriccio Espagnol, Lalo-The cello concerto, featuring 12 year-old Leland Ko, and other works. Visit www.brocktonsymphony.com for further information.

Sunday, May 2: Please join Signature Healthcare in their fight against cancer. We hope all in the community will participate in whatever capacity they can, be it volunteering, fundraising or donating. For many of you this is an annual event; but for some it will be your first time walking with us from Signature-Healthcare and The Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation. Please take a moment to visit our website at www.signature-healthcare.organd click on the purple box to print off your pledge sheet, to get more information, to donate directly online, or to create your own personalized donation page. If you have any questions or need more assistance please feel free to call us at 508-941-7078. The Walk will take palce from 8am-10am and will also feature a gala celebration, cook out, fun and entertainment.

Tuesday, May 4: Southeastern Technical Institute Open House.  Spring into a new career! Day programs: office technology, dental assisting, practical nursing, medical assisting. Evening programs: A+ certification/pc specialist, health claims specialist, HVAC, massage therapy, phlebotomy. 20 week program, hands on training, externships and financial aid available.  Tour classrooms and labs, speak with teachers and students, win raffels and prizes, and get your application fee waived. 2:30pm-5:00 pm, 250 Foundry Street, S. Easton. For more information, call 508-238-1860 or visit www.sti-tech.info.

Thursday, May 6: Massasoit Community College Division of Workplace Development and Community Education presents Business Interruption & Disaster Planning Conference from 8am-12:30 pm at the Massasoit Conference Center. "It's not a matter of if a disaster strikes, but when.." Speaking will be Diana McCLure, Institute for Business and Home Safety, FM Generator, ColoSpace, US Office Solutions and Time Savers. The cost to attend is $79. For more information, call 508-588-9100 x 1322 or email jmiller@massasoit.mass.edu.

Thursday, May 6:  2010 High School Event at Lincoln Tech,Brockton, 4-6pm. Financial Aid and admissions representatives will be on hand, chair and hand massages, scholarship presentation, pizza and refreshments, campus tours, parents are encouraged to come. Bring a 2010 grad who is a friend or family member and get a prize. Call 508-941-0730 x 43504 for more information.

Thursday, May 6:Skin cancer is one of the most common of all cancers. Good Samaritan Medical Center and South Shore Dermatology Physicians will team up to offer the public a free skin cancer screening, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Moakley Outpatient Department at Good Samaritan Medical Center, 235 North Pearl Street. Those attending the screening will also learn skin self- examination and receive tips on protecting their skin from the sun. Any one wishing to attend is asked to pre-register by calling DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959 extension 275.

May 8 & May 9: YARD & BAKE SALE: The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusettswill be having it's annual spring yard sale on Sat & Sun May 8th & 9th, 9am-4pm, at it's adoption center (1300 West Elm St Ext, Brockton). There will be something for everyone including housewares, pet supplies, books, toys, holiday decorations & much more! Plus delicious fresh baked treats will be available. All Proceeds benefit the shelter. Have items you would like to donate? Bring them to the adoption center until May 2nd (sorry no computers, paint or hazardous materials). The APCSM is an open admission animal care & adoption facility committed to providing homeless animals with humane & compassionate care in their time of need, while finding families that want to provide them their forever homes.
508-586-2053. www.apcsm.org

Thursday, May 13: Winfree Business Growth Advisorswill 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.

Sunday, May 16:  Charity Guild Race Against Hunger at 11:am at DW Field. Park This a family oriented day with food and drink and a magician, etc
 All are welcomed to participate since it is a 5.5 k race for the running enthusiasts and a 3 k walk for families. All details are on our website at thecharityguild.org. Or if anyone needs information, they may call us at 508-583-5280.

Wednesday, May 19: 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 on the third Wednesday of each month. Contact CareerWorks at 508.513.3400 for further workshop information.

Thursday, May 20: The Boys and Girls Club will celebrate its twentieth birthday by honoring one of its board members and devoted supporters-Barry Koretz-at the organization's third annual signature event, "Black Tie and Tennis Shoes". The Club hopes to raise $200,000 to fund vital services for Brockton's youth. Thursday, May 20th, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at The Shaw's Center. Tickets are $150.00 each and are available only in advance by calling 508-584-5209 ext. 106. Tables of ten may also be reserved, and include an ad in the program book. Sneakers are the required footwear. Black Tie is optional. The event will feature a "Best Decorated Tennis Shoes" contest, and entertainment by Vincent Macrina's United Brass Quintet.

Thursday, May 20:  SEED free workshop, 80 Dean Street, Taunton. Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing for and FInancing your Business. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Registration at 5pm. Call Tamarah at 508-822-1020 to register.

Friday, May 21: The Brockton Area Arc is giving you a chance to win $10,000! Only 300 tickets will be sold! Once there're gone, there're gone. For $100, you could win $10,000 and you and a guest will enjoy music and entertainment by Boston legend, Jim Plunkett; dancing, yummy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and a night out. There will be other raffle tickets for sale & a Silent Auction. The event will be held at The Shaw's Center in Brockton. Contact the Brockton Area Arc for details and tickets at 508-583-8030 or check out our website at www.brocktonareaarc.org where you can download a form and mail it in.

Monday, May 24: Massasoit Community College Foundation Golf Classic at Thorny Lea Golf Club,11:30 a.m. registration/box lunch and 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, scramble start. $200 per player, includes lunch, golf, and dinner. Contact Marilyn Burke @ 508-588-9100, x2602 or mburke@massasoit.mass.eduor visit our website at www.massasoit.mass.edu for further golfing information. Sponsorship Opportunities available as well. Please call Sheryl Savage @ 508-588-9100 X2603 or ssavage@massasoit.mass.edufor details.

Thursday, May 27:  SEED free workshop, 80 Dean Street, Taunton.  Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How they Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business.  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  Registration at 5pm.  Call Tamarah at 508-822-1020 to register.

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.

Friday, June 4: Deadline for the Brockton Blooms Garden Contest. Open to all Brockton resident, business or organization gardens. Amateur gardeners work only. Photograph (only 1-4x6 color) or image submitted to the "Brockton Blooms" committee become property of committee, which may be used for press or marketing purposes. The committee has the right to choose the appropriate garden category for entrants if one has not been chosen or if committee believes the garden should be placed in a different category. For more information please call Janice at (508) 580-7811.

Wednesday, June 9:  United Way of Greater Plymouth County 88th Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon.11:30 am at the Conference Center at Massasoit, 770 Crescent Street, Brockton. Spnoosred by Baynes and National Grid. For more information, contact 508-583-6306.

Sunday, June 13: A blend of classical, jazz, and pop music concert in support of the St. Mark's Accessibility fundat 3:00 pm at St. Mark's Church, 91 Center Street, North Easton. Performing romantic and classical pieces will be the Shilakowsky String Quartet led by Chamber member Harris Shilakowsky. Also performing will be Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee jazz singer Donna McElroy and her band from Berklee College of Music faculty. Donations of $15 adults or $50 for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) will be accepts. This concert is a non-profit charitable project. Please make checks payable to 'St. Mark's Episcopal Church."

Monday, June 14: St. Joseph Manor Health Care in Brockton, Massachusetts, will hold its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the Easton Country Club in South Easton, Massachusetts.  All proceeds directly benefit our 118 residents and 60 adult day health clients.  Tournament costs $135.00 and includes cart, giveaways, player prizes, continental breakfast and luncheon.  Don't golf?  Participate by becoming a sponsor or advertising in our program booklet.  To register as a golfer, sponsor or for additional information please contact Marni Dunton, Marketing Coordinator at 508-583-5834 ext. 3058 or via email at mdunton@SJMbrockton.org

Monday, June 21: 8th Annual Teen Challenge Golf Classicat the Brookside Club, Bourne, MA, to benefit the Teen Challenge Brockton Men's Campus. $130 per person or $500 team of four. Scramble format. Registration at 8am, tee-off at 9am, awards dinner following play. For tournament information or sponsorship and donations, call Jonathan Mello at 508-326-1085. Teen Challenge New England is a 15 - 21 month long term in-patient facility that focuses on the life threatening circumstances teens and young adults battle with each and every day. We are a very unique program, which does not turn away a struggling person due to lack of insurance or their financial position. Our lives are committed to stopping this drug epidemic and we can't do it all on our own.

Saturday, June 26:  50th Birthday Party for BHS '78 Classmates.Celebrate with a picnic/cookout at a Brockton Rox baseball game at Campanelli Stadium! It'll be a great opportunity to see one another and to catch up with high school friends we haven't seen for years! It is a night game. The cookout starts at 5PM and is an all you can eat picnic with burgers, hot dogs, salad, lemonade, iced tea, and  BIRTHDAY CAKE! For more information, and pay the $25 per person fee, visit http://brockton.projectalumni.org/brockton/

Monday, July 19: 17th Abnual OE+ Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Brockton Area Arc at the Fall River Country Club, 4235 North Main Street, Fall River. Registration and contests will take place from 12-1pm with the shotgun start at 1:15pm, cocktails and 6pm, and dinner and awards at 6:45pm.  Cost per player is $175 which includes golf, cart, dinner, goodie bag and entry into the "skins" contest. A Players Package is available for $25 and includes entry into the chipping, putting, and 50/50 contests along with $50 of raffle tickets. $10,000 cash for a whole in one. The Brockton Area Arc works to provide information and direct services for individuals with disabilities and their families.


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Brockton Mayors Task Force Findings
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti announced today that the five citizen-led task
forces she established have reported out their findings. The task forces addressed the issues of Public Safety, Street Violence, Education, Economic Growth and Housing and Neighborhood Stabilization. Beginning Friday, April 16, 2010, the report of each task force will be made available to the public on the city's website, www.brockton.ma.us. Using the website, residents will
be able to read the reports and submit their comments (in addition, reports will be available in PDF-form for downloading).
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Crescent Credit Union Children's Book Drive
From Thursday, April 1 through Friday, April 30, please drop off new or used children's books at your nearest Crescent Credit Union location in Brockton, Taunton, or Norwell.
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Lincoln Tech Massage Clinic: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-7pm.
Lincoln Tech at 365 Westgate Drive, Brockton is offering student massage clinics.  The clinic provides students and alumni the support they need to become professional massage therapists.  Come in for a one hour massage for only $20.  Call 508-941-0730 x 43527 to schedule an appointment.
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The Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton
is offering Tin Whistle, Bodhran, Fiddle, Gaelic Language, Set Dancing, Step Dancing, Rambling House and Irish Banking classes for beginners to advance levels.  For dates, times and prices, please visit www.irishculture.org or call 781-821-8291.


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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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Metro South Chamber Social Network
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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 Alisonat 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
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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.


In This Issue
RS&H Ribbon Cutting
Business After Hours
Small Biz Lunch & Expo
iComply Workshop
Sandler Sales Training
Action Report
B4B Online!
Membership Drive
Alpine Christmas
Social Media
CHINA
Community Events
IComply Guide

For more on an iComply 201CMR 17.00 Workshop on April 27, 2010, see left column article.

Upcoming Chamber Meetings:


April 21:
Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. Ribbon Cutting
More Information


April 21:
Money Management for Small Business
More Information

April 27:
iComplyNow Workshop
More Information


April 29:
Sandler Sales Training
More Information


April 29:
Business After Hours at Old Colony Elder Services
Register

May 4:
Tweets and Blogs
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May 5&6
Membership Drive
More Information

May 12:
Small Biz Awards & EXPO
Register

May 14:
Government Affairs
Call 508-586-0500 x 225 for more information.

May 19:
Business After Hours
HarborOne Credit Union
Register

May 26:
Alpine Holiday Trip Information Session
More Information

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