Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
May 10, 2010
Sponsored by:
Community Bank Sponsor
Tuesday, May 18
"Connecting to LinkedIn and Facebook"
Small Business Luncheon and Expo
This 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 logoOver 30 companies will be exhibiting at the 2010 Small Business EXPO.  Booths are still available. The cost of a table is $299 for members and $399 for non-members. Prices include 1 lunch ticket.  For more information call, Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231.  The EXPO is free to attend.

Participating Companies: 1460 WXBR Radio; ABC Specialtees; AT & T Mobility; Bank of America; Bath Fitter; Boston Business Journal; Bridgewater Savings Bank; Brockton Area Networking Group; Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board; Coastal Community Capital; Comcast; Costco Wholesale #303; Embroidme; HarborOne Credit Union; Health Services Administrators (HSA); Infinite Business Networking; Metro South Chamber of Commerce; Mutual Bank; Old Colony Hospice; Old Colony YMCA; Owens Corning Basement Finishing Systems of Boston; Prospect Mortgage; Rob Peters Entertainment; SCORE; Sign Design, Inc.; South Eastern Economic Development (SEED)Corp.; Televisuals Productions; The Community Bank; The Ockers Company, Inc.;United Way of Greater Plymouth County, Inc.; US Small Business Administration; WATD 95.9FM

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 in August, 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.

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 at this free workshop. 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

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.

Visit Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, China
Info Session, This Saturday,
May 15, 2010, 1:00 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Stoughton
200 Technology Drive, Stoughton (Exit 20A off of Rt 24)

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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 May 18, 2010. For more information or to register for the information session on May 15, contact Lisa Keene at the Chamber at 508.586.0500 x 225 or email

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

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

Join the Chamber This Week
You Will Receive:

1 FREE ticket to the Small Business Luncheon and Expo on May 12
1 FREE member listing in the Action Report newsletter (distribution of 30,000)
FREE Mini Member Profile with Photo in the Action Report (see page 12)
2 FREE listings in the 2011 Book for Business distributed to 5,000 businesses
FREE 2010 Member Directory
FREE set of Membership labels (over 700 businesses)
FREE listing in Chamber online directory with a hotlink to your website
FREE admittance to your first 2 Chamber After Hours Networking Event
5 FREE 30 second radio spots on WXBR Radio AM 1460
FREE opportunity to promote your events in the E-Update (3,000 people)
Group Health Insurance, Comcast Savings, and Energy Purchasing Program
Enrollment Fee Waived
(Base Rate is $295 + $5 per full time employee)

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact John Nesti at
508.586.0500 x 229 or email You can also find
more information on our website at
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

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 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.
Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops

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 acumen 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 To register, contact John Lloyd at 617.359.0099 or email Sponsored by ChiMark Financial
Services, Cushman Insurance and Accutrac payroll Services.

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

Thursday, May 13: CoWorx Staffing will be at the Self Help, Inc. Employment Opportunity Center, 142 Crescent Street, Brockton  from 9:30am-11:30am accepting resumes and conducting interviews for vacant Customer Service Representative and Warehouse Worker positions throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Interested job seekers should dress appropriately and bring copies of their cover letter and resume.

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: The Brockton Lion's Club Free eye Health Screening at West Middle School at the intersections of West Street and West Elm Street from 10am-2pm.  Both adults and children are welcomes.  We will also provide hearing and blood pressure checks.

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 Or if anyone needs information, they may call us at 508-583-5280.

Sunday, May 16: The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Mass (APCSM) will be holding Rabies & Micro-Chip clinic at the adoption center (1300 West Elm St. Ext., Brockton).  This clinic is a convenient and affordable way to keep pets updated on necessary shots as well as improving the chances of reuniting lost pets w/ their families.  Rabies vaccine is only $10.00 & the PetWatch micro-chip is $25.00 (all pets must be or leash or in carriers).  For clinic details: 508-586-2053.  Call Chuck Givonetti for more information about the APCSM at 508-584-0071.

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 to register by 5/11.  Please register early, seating is limited to 50 guests. 

Wednesday, May 19: In an effort to support loved ones caring for those that are diagnosed with cancer, Signature Healthcare is offering a Caregiver support group facilitated by Marie E. Albert, RN, Patient Navigator. This group will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month beginning on May 19, 2010 from 3-4pm at 110 Liberty Street Brockton, MA. Please register by calling OneCall at 508-941-7979.

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:

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 they're gone, they'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 where you can download a form and mail it in.

Saturday, May 22: One Day Grecian Food Festival, 11:00 AM at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 457 Oak Street, Brockton.  Authentic Greek Food, Desserts and Music.  For more information, call 508-559-0910.

Saturday, May 22: Juke Box 1944, a night of live entertainment, dinner and dancing for Brockton's WWII Veterans and seniors.  Sponsored by Mayor Linda Balzotti and the Ballroom Dance Club of Brockton High School.  6-10pm at the Trinity Academy Lower Campus, 629 North Main Street, Brockton.  At the event, Olde Kids on the Block will be performing and there will be a buffet dinner from 6-7pm.  Admission is free for WWII veterans, $10 for seniors and $25 general admission.  Tickets are available that City of Brockton's Veteran's Services Office (508) 580-7850 and the Brockton Council on Again (508) 580-7811).

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 or visit our website at for further golfing information. Sponsorship Opportunities available as well. Please call Sheryl Savage @ 508-588-9100 X2603 or for details.

Tuesday, May 25: CareerWorks will be holding  the 2010 Training and Educational Expo from 9 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 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

Thursday, June 3: Self Help, Inc. Employment Opportunity Center Summer 2010 Job Fair.  Free and open to the job seeking public.  Thursday, June 3 from 9am-1pm at the Conference Center at Massasoit, 770 Crescent Street, Brockton.  Bring plenty of resumes and dress for success.  For more information, contact Michael Tartaglia or Richard Dealy at Self Help at 508-588-4049 x 116 or x 117. 

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 @ Event Calendar.

Saturday, June 12: SCORE Workshop: Live your Dream, Starting your Own Business."  Topics include self assessment, financing requirements, cash flow and basic money management, financing a startup and marketing.  At South Shore Savings Bank in Weymouth, 1530 Main Street.  The cost to attend is $25.  For more information or to register, visit
Sunday, June 13: A blend of classical, jazz and pop music concert  in support of the St. Mark's Accessibility  fund will take place on Sunday, June 13th , at  3:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Church, 91 Center Street, North Easton, MA . The Shilakowsky String Quartet, aka SSQ, led by Easton's concert violinist, Harris Shilakowsky will perform romantic and classical pieces.  Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee, jazz singer Donna McElroy and her band from Berklee College of Music faculty will join SSQ in jazz tunes from the Great American Songbook and songs from McElroy's CD, "Fly to Forever". Donations of $15.00 adults, $50.00 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) will be accepted.  Please make checks payable to "St. Mark's Episcopal Church".   Percent of donations will benefit St. Mark's Elevator. This concert is a non-profit charitable project.

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

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

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

Saturday, July 17: Second Annual Fundraiser for the American Dream Team at Hamids Academy.  5:00 pm.  Adminission- $10. The funds collected will be used for Hamids Academy Afterschool Program and Summer Camp. Performing will be the Heartbeat Boys,Recording Artist Brandon Cappiello (cousin of Rocky Marciano), and God Father of Boxing and the American Dream Team will perform their Hip Hop Dancing/Martial Arts Presentation.  In addition, the winner of a three day talent competition .  For your application to enter the competition or for information contact Doug Pendarvis at 508-584-1883.  Hamids Academy is located at 399 Westgate Drive, Brockton

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.


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, 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).
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.

Fuller Craft Museum

455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Members Free, Adults $8, Seniors and Students $5
Children under 12 Free, Wednesday 5:00-9:00pm Free.
Open Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.


Want to see your workshops and events here? email Alison van Dam a short description of your event with "eUpdate" in the subject line. First come, first served basis.  Please submit in the format you see above.

Metro South Chamber Social Network
(Exclusively for Chamber Members)

New Networking Site
Please take a moment to sign up at
This site has a lot of potential in the future for maintaining a strong Chamber and a strong business community. Over 35 Chamber members have already joined.

Contact Alisonat 508.586.0500 x 222 if you have any questions.
Book for Business Now Available Online
book for business online

The Book for Business Member Directory is now available online at or at

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
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
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Take the Sustainability Survey

A recent study revealed that 83% of consumers say it is somewhat or very important to them to purchase products and services from responsible, sustainable companies, but few companies know how to improve sustainability performance and communicate their green and sustainable efforts to customers and employees. 
The Metro South Chamber has partnered with Green Plus ( to announce a new initiative which will allow businesses to achieve a credible "green" certification in order to convey their commitment to responsible and sustainable operations. Please complete a brief survey on sustainability so that the Chamber may assess the needs of the business community and help to increase knowledge, community engagement, environmental impact and business success.  Sustainability Survey.

In This Issue
Small Biz Lunch & Expo
Small Biz Workshop
Government Affairs
Action Report
Networking at HarborOne
Ribbon Cutting
Open House
Join the Chamber
Alpine Christmas
Community Events
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iComply June 8 Workshop

For more on iComplyNow 201 CMR 17.00 Workshop Jump Start on June 8th, 2010 On-line Registration iComplyNow (click here) Questions: Please call (888) 445-4843.
Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

May 12:
SBA Fee Relief & Low Interest Rate Loans Workshop
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May 12:
Small Biz Awards & EXPO

May 14:
Government Affairs

May 19:
Business After Hours
HarborOne Credit Union

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 4:
Brockton Map Release/Bill Beyer Artist Signing
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June 8:
iComply 201 CMR 17.00 Jump Start Workshop

June 17:
ATHENA Award & Expo





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