Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
May 3, 2010
Sponsored by:
Community Bank Sponsor
Tuesday, May 18
"Connecting to LinkedIn and Facebook"
Small Business Luncheon and Expo
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Shaw's Center, Brockton

8:00 am - 10:00 am: SBA Fee-Relief & Low Interest Rate Loans Workshop (see article further below)

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.

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.
Call for Membership Drive Volunteers
Participate and Win Prizes INCLUDING Red Sox Tickets
This Wednesday & Thursday

Now is the time to give our financial and membership efforts a solid boost. The Chamber has some aggressive goals for the coming year and we need your support.
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member driveOn May 5&6,  8am-12pm your Metro South Chamber will be holding a membership drive in the board room of Alumni Hall at Stonehill College.  Please give a half day of your time with fellow business people, sharing the value you derive from being a member. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded to top sellers!  In addition, you will receive recognition in the June Action Report.

red sox logoPrizes include:
  2 Red Sox Tickets; Two night stay with breakfast - Westgate Hotel and Conference Center; Grape Harvest Gift Hamper -  Corporate Gifts Boston, $100 Gift Certificate -  George Washington TOMA ; $75 Family Four Pass - Carousel Family Fun Center of Whitman; $25 Gift Certificate  Rock Reunion; Rev Rockstar Pass Revolution Rock Bar & Lounge; 2 Tickets to Skywalk Skywalk Observation at Prudential Center ; $100 off "Fun, Feast, n' Flagon" for party of 5 or more The Medieval Manor; Two round trip passes - Hyannis to Nantucket The Steamship Authority; $100 Membership Puppet Showplace Theatre; Two admissions to Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower; $250 Lucky Strike Pin Party; Two tickets Improv Asylum; One Night Stay in a Suite with Friday night seafood buffet for two- Hyatt Regency; One Night Stay for two Hyatt Harborside at Logan Airport; Gift Certificate - Whale Watch for two adults Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises; 2  Adult Harbor Cruises Capt. John Boats; One Free Balloon Ride Fundraising Rides; 4 X $25 Gift Certificates Bella's II Pizzeria; One hour massage Michele's Massage Studio; 15 Boston MassPass coupon books Boston MassPass; $25 Gift Certificate & Preztel Kit Aunt Annie's; 2x $25 Gift Certificates The Victorian House at TJ Smiths; Tire Protection Package ($150 value) Living the Dream Auto Care; Elegant dinner, Sunday Brunch and Family Supper). Cape Cod Railroad; (2) 1 year memberships to the Fuller Craft Museum; multiple sets of Brockton Rox tickets; 2 complete F1 Boston racing packages.


For more information, contact John Nesti, Chamber Member Services at 508.586.0500 x 225, or email jnesti@metrosouthchamber.com, or stop by Alumni Hall on May 5&6.

SBA Fee-Relief & Low-Interest Rate Loans Workshop
Wednesday, May 12, 2010,
8:00 am - 10:00 am
(Prior to Small Biz EXPO)
The Shaw's Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton

Since the implementation of the Stimulus Act, Coastal Community Capital has utilized programs under the Act to provide millions of dollars per month in loans to the region's small businesses. These loans are provided in partnership with the US Small Business Administration. The SBA 504 Loan Program provides long term, low-fixed-rate financing for the acquisition of owner-occupied commercial real estate and equipment, often with only 10% down. The April interest rate was 5.7% fixed for 20 years. The SBA 7(a) Loan Program provides loan guarantees to lenders making small business loans. The Recovery Act increased the guaranty to 90%.

Learn the options that are available to you for your business. If your bank said no to your commercial loan request, SBA support may help obtain a "YES"! Presenters will be Beth Curtain, Coastal Community Capital and Matt Ledin, Randolph Savings Bank (invited) and Donna O'Connor, SBA (invited).
RSVP for this workshop by calling Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231. For more information, call Marcia at 508-362-3367 or visit www.coastalcommunitycapital.org.

Government Affairs
Friday, May 14, 2010, 12:00 pm
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton

geoff diehlThe speaker will be Geoff Diehl, Candidate for 7th Plymouth District State Representative, covering Abington, Whitman and East Bridgewater. Diehl is Account Executive at Poyant Signs, Co-Owner of Boss Academy of Performing Arts, Member of the Metro South and South Shore Chambers, member of the Whitman Finance Committee, former member of the Whitman By-Law Review Committee, and an Eagle Scout. In addition, Diehl is responsible for the Restoration of Whitman's Historic Toll House Sign.

This is your opportunity to have an informal discussion with a candidate for State Rep about important issues currently being discussed in the State House. For more information, please contact Lisa at the Chamber, 508.586.0500 x 225 or register online. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes lunch.

Business After Hours Networking
at HarborOne Credit Union

Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
770 Oak Street, Brockton


harboronebuildingJoin us for cocktails and Hors d'ouevres, win a gift card or prize by spinning the "prize wheel," and enter to win a gift card to a local restaurant. For every attendee, HarborOne will donate $10 to S.K.I.P. (Special Kindness in Packages). Please help us support our troops.

With $1.8 billion in assets, HarborOne is the largest community- based credit union in New England and one of the 100 largest in the United States. It has received its five consecutive Outstanding ratings for performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) from the Division of Banks, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


This is a casual event that presents a great way to make business contacts so bring plenty of business
cards! This event is free of charge, but reservations are required. To register, call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com

Ribbon Cutting at McGuiggan's Pub
Friday, May 21, 2010, 3:00 pm
546 Washington Street, Whitman

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Join McGuiggan's Pub and the Metro South Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 21 at 3:00 pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the area's finest new Irish Pub and restaurant. Local elected officials, chamber members and friends are invited to the festivities at 546 Washington Street in downtown Whitman. Enjoy a cold beverage and half-priced appetizers on a Friday afternoon.

McGuiggan's Pub is a fashionable upscale Irish sports pub featuring a wheelchair-accessible 60-person dining area, 50-person bar, 8 flatscreen Tvs, Keno screens, and more. For more information, visit
www.mcguigganspub.com or call Danielle at 781-447-7333.


Abington Bank Open House
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
6 Harrison Avenue, Abington

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Join the Chamber for an Open House at Abington Bank, 6 Harrison Avenue, Abington on May 25 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Looking for great rates? Tired of the "big bank" impersonal service? Then it's time you tried the truly local alternative - Abington Bank. Abington Bank has been quietly meeting the financial needs of families and individuals since 1888. They are proud of their record and proud to be local. Abington Bank is also involved in many fundraisers and giving back to the community. 24 ATM available. For more information about Abington Bank, call 781-878-0045 or visit www.theabingtonbank.com.

This is a casual event that presents a great way to make business contacts, so bring plenty of business
cards! In addition, refreshments will be served. This event is free of charge, but reservations are required. To register, call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com.


May 2010 Action Report
Alpine Holiday/Chistmas Market in Germany Info Session
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Bridgewater Library, 80 Howard Street


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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.html


ATHENA Award Breakfast & EXPO
Thursday, June 17,
Shaw's Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton


8:00 am - 9:00 am: Networking & Exhibits
9:00 am - 10:00 am: ATHENA Award/Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Networking & Exhibits

athena statueThe Metro South Chamber of Commerce and HarborOne Credit Union will present the 12th Annual ATHENA Award during a special breakfast to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in his/her business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.

The ATHENA Awards Program was created in 1982 and has expanded to over 500 cities in the United States, Russia, Canada, China, The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The Metro South Chamber of Commerce believes in the values underlying the ATHENA Foundation's philosophy of incorporating the talents and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, communities and government. By honoring exceptional leaders, others will be encouraged to excel.

The featured speaker will be Dorie Clark presenting Personal Branding for Leadership Success. Great leadership can dramatically accelerate the growth of your business and enhance your own life satisfaction. In this thought provoking talk, Dorie Clark - a marketing and branding expert who has consulted for Google, the National Park Service, and Yale University- will discuss concrete strategies to develop your own leadership by cultivating a powerful personal brand. You'll learn how to identify the essence of your brand, communicate it effectively to others, and enjoy the professional rewards of being viewed as a trusted expert and leader.

The breakfast awards program will begin at 9am.  The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.  Register Online. Tables of 10 are still available.For more information or to nominate an individual for an ATHENA award, please call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231. For more information on the EXPO running from 8-9am and from 10-11am, visit the events page.
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.

Visit Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, China
October 11-19, 2010

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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


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.

Saturday, May 8:  Green and Sustainable Initiatives brought to you by Curry College, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, 10am-1:00pm. Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on Green and Sustainable Initiatives including members of the South Shore community. As green living and lending are becoming more mainstream, we are offering this event as a way to answer questions and provide insight for those interested. Presentations by: Nexamp and Clean Energy Council.  RSVP to Jaime Haughey at jhaughey2009@students.curry.edu.

May 8 & May 9: YARD & BAKE SALE: The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts will 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

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Friday, May 14: Attend a Chamber Member Led Workshop brought to you by Aflac, American Bookkeeping Solutions, the Law Office of George H. Boerger and OnPoint Coaching. A seminar that is designed for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, the "Essentials on Running a Business" will expand your business acument and assist you with your business endeavors for sustainable development and growth. This seminar will cover topics such as:
Insurance, Financial Management, Business Law and Marketing. Drawing
from 50+ years of combined experience, Angel Nieves, George Boerger, Joe
Kameese and John Lloyd will provide the latest in best practices for operating, growing and sustaining a viable business. This seminar will be informative, interactive and should not be missed! The seminar will be held on Friday,
May 14th from 9am-11am at the Business Center at the BAWIB office
(top floor), located at 34 School Street, Brockton. For directions, visit
www.bawib.org. To register, contact John Lloyd at 617.359.0099 or email
info@onpointcoachingservices.com. Sponsored by ChiMark Financial
Services, Cushman Insurance and Accutrac payroll Services.
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May 9-May 15: The City of Brockton, Lincoln Tech and National Hospital Association recognize National Hospital Week promoting the theme of "Celebrating Health, Hope & Healing.

Thursday, May 13: 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.

May 14-16: On May 14-16,  Brockton High School will present the musical "Hello, Dolly" at the BHS Nelson Fine Arts Building.Friday and Saturday night shows start at7:30 pm and Sunday's  show starts at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Call 508-580-7653 for more information.

Saturday, May 15:  Annual Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Game will take place.  VIP tailgate party starts at 5pm.Proceeds will go to the United Way.  First pitch is at 7:05pm.  Rare memorabilia will be up for bid during a silent auction.  VIP guests will also have a reserved seat behind the dugout.  VIP tickets are $150.  General admission tickets are $10.  Many New England Patriots players will be present.For more information, call the ROX front office at 508-559-7000.

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.

Sunday, May 16: 2010 South Shore Arthritis Walk, 10:30 am in Plymouth.  Support Chamber Member Chris Aghjayan of US Office Solutions as he walks for Arthritis for his 3rd year. 1 in 5 people suffer from the pain of arthritis. By the year 2030, 67 million people in the U.S., or 1 in 4 adults, will be living with arthritis. Please join Chris by either donating or signing up.Visit Chris' personal web page, where you can make a donation or register. You can start a team of your own, join our team, or just sign up as an individual. Whatever you decide to do, please know that I appreciate your commitment to helping us find a cure for arthritis on behalf of millions of people.

Tuesday, May 18: The Community Bank's Women's Business Exchange is hosting a seminar entitled, "Connecting to LinkedIn and Facebook" on Tuesday, May 18th beginning at 9:00am at Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, MA.  Tricia White, Senior Business Advisor at the MA Small Business Development Center, will cover: the importance of social networking in marketing today, basic account setup for LinkedIn and Facebook, registering your business (in LinkedIn) and how to start a fan page (in Facebook) and the powers of both networks for Business to Business and Business to Consumer connections. The event will feature a light breakfast and an opportunity for networking.  Registration will be online only.  Kindly visit www.communitybank.comto register by 5/11.  Please register early, seating is limited to 50 guests. 

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.

Wednesday, May 19: The Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board invites you to participate in an Employer Forum about how juveniles' arrest and court records affect their lives in today's workforce.   The forum will be held from 1pm-2:30pm at BAWIB, 34 School Street, 2nd Floor, Brockton.  Address the impact on youth employment and CORI involvement and learn about youth rights.  The training will be conducted by Lisa Thurau, Strategies for Youth.  Please RSVP to Krystel Love at theBAWIB office by May 12th, 2010 at 508-584-3234 or via email: klove@bawib.org.

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.edu or 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.edu for details.

Tuesday, May 25: CareerWorks will be holding  the 2010 Training and Educational Expo from 9 a.m.to noon at The Shaw'sCenter in Brockton.  Public and private providers of educational and training services - from certificate programs to college degrees - are encouraged to participate.The expo provides great value to vendors who are eager to promote their programs.For a $500 early registration fee, participants will receive recognition through media, exposure through CareerWorks' network of community partners and jobseekers and a booth at The Shaw's Center.To reserve your space, please contact Senior Employer Services Representative Andrea Kingman at akingman@career-works.org or 508-513-3442.

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.

Wednesday, June 9: The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Southeast Regional Office, Metro South Chamber of Commerce & Crescent Credit Union present Marketing in Tough Economic Times.  9-11am at Crescent Credit Union, 115 Commercial Street, Brockton. Times are tough. But this is not the time to just cut your marketing efforts and budget.  Learn low cost ways to actually increase your market penetration and sales revenue at this FREE workshop!  For Registration contact Tammi or Alison at the MSBDC @ 508-673-9783 or register online @ www.msbdc.org/semass under Event Calendar.

Sunday, June 13: A blend of classical, jazz, and pop music concert in support of the St. Mark's Accessibility fund at 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. Dove Award winner andGrammy nominee, jazz singer Donna McElroy and her band from Berklee College of Music faculty will join in jazz tunes from the Great American Songbookand songs from McElroy's CD "Fly to Forever." Donations of $15 adults or $50 for a family of 4 will be accepted. 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 Classic at 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/

Sunday, June 27: On June 27, 2010, McGuiggan's Pub will be hosting the first annual McGuiggan's Pub 5k Road Race.  The race course, which will be USATF certified, will begin and end in Whitman Center.  All proceeds from this race will be donated to the Whitman Food pantry and the WHRHS athletic department to help offset student user fees.We are currently seeking sponsors for the race and will proudly display the name of all $100 donors on the back of the race t-shirts that all race participants will receive.  Please send your contributions to McGuiggan's Pub 5k, P.O. Box128, Whitman, 02382.  Become a participant by signing up at www.mcguigganspub.com

Monday, July 19: 17th Annual 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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Added Benefits for Chamber Members

Constellation NewEnergy Power Program: An Electricity aggregation program to help members better manage their energy costs.

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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.


In This Issue
Small Biz Lunch & Expo
Membership Drive
Small Biz Workshop
Government Affairs
Networking at HarborOne
Ribbon Cutting
Open House
Action Report
Alpine Christmas
ATHENA
B4B Online!
CHINA
Community Events
Upcoming Chamber Meetings:


May 5&6
Membership Drive
More Information

May 12:
SBA Fee Relief & Low Interest Rate Loans Workshop
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May 12:
Small Biz Awards & EXPO
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May 14:
Government Affairs
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May 19:
Business After Hours
HarborOne Credit Union
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May 21:
Ribbon Cutting at McGuiggan's Pub
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May 25:
Open House at
Abington Bank
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May 26:
Board Meeting

May 26:
Alpine Holiday Trip Information Session
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June 17:
ATHENA Award & Expo
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