Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
August 16, 2010
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Business After Hours
Thursday, August 26, 2010, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Irish Cultural Centre, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton

2009 adsJoin The Metro South Chamber of Commerce, the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Cultural Centre for a networking event at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, 200 Boston Drive, Canton.

The event, held on the pristine 48 acre campus will feature food provided by Foley's Backstreet Grille, Complimentary wine and beer provided by Horizon Beverage, Guiness and Blue Hills Brewery, and Traditional Irish music by Comhaltas Ceoltori Eirann.  In addition, there will be raffles and door prizes, including two four pack of tickets on the club level for a Revolution Soccer Game.

Founded in 1989, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England (ICCNE) is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to promote and organize Irish cultural, educational, sporting and social events. The Centre aim
s to establish and sustain a facility where current and future generations of the New England community can participate in activities that promote Irish culture and heritage

For more information, call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com.  You may also register online. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non members.

New Member Orientation
Thursday, August 26, 2010, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Irish Cultural Centre, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton

The Member Orientation gives new members, prospective members, and new employees of existing member companies an opportunity to network and explore the many programs and services available to Metro South Chamber Members.

Whether you are a new member, new to your company, or a long time member who wants to know "what's new at the Chamber", you are invited to attend this session.

The New Member Orientation will take place at the Irish Cultural Centre prior to the Business After Hours Networking Event. The orientation is free to attend. Please bring plenty of business cards for networking and some promotional materials about your business to share. Pre-register for this event by calling Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com.


Wireless Zone Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday, August 31
11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Ribbon Cutting 12:30 P.M.
95 Washington Street, Canton


wireless zone   ribbon cutting

    

Please join us on August 31st as we cut the ribbon for our grand opening at Wireless Zone, an authorized retailer of Verizon Wireless, at the beautiful outlet plaza at Cobbs Corner. Come celebrate with us for networking, refreshments, giveaways, and raffles.

Customers may shop at W
ireless Zone for the latest in wireless technology, including the latest wireless, multimedia and smartphones and activate Verizon Wireless services including mobile broadband.  Wireless Zone offers customers a convenient way to learn about applications such as V CAST multimedia services, Skype on Verizon Wireless as well as mobile broadband. Customers can also learn about pricing packages, including Verizon Wireless Friends & Family®, which lets customers on eligible calling plans enjoy unlimited calling to up to 10 numbers on any network, anytime, anywhere in America without using plan minutes.

For more information, call Store Manager Stephen Leong at 781-828-8886.


July/August Action Report
Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Referral Marketing System Workshop
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton


Marketing is the most important system in any business and generating quality referrals is simply one component of the lead generation process and as such, needs its own documented system as well. Attend this FREE Member-Led workshop and you will learn how to create your own referral generation system including how to:

1. Become more referable - learn the 5 ways to get people to refer your business more often.
2. Target your sources - learn to develop a laserbeam focus when identifying good referral prospects
3. Educate your sources - discover powerful methods to educate your referral sources so that they refer you more with exactly the right words
4. Motivate your sources - understand what will motivate your referral sources so they refer more business to you.
5. Follow-up with all - find out the best ways to keep your referral sources "in the know" about the progress you are making.


To register, email Joe Constantino, joe@businessmarketingsuccess.com. A seasoned marketing strategist & Speaker; Joe is also the owner of Business Marketing Success and a Certified Duct Tape Marketing Coach.



Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Marketing Strategies Using Social Media
Crescent Credit Union, 115 Commercial Street, Brockton


Attend this workshop for a basic overview of social media tools including search engine optimization (SEO), social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Myspace), Blogs and E-newsletters.

The presenter is Tricia White, Senior Business Advisor with the MA Small Business Development Centre Network (MSBDC) - SE Region. The MSBDC provides free and confidential business advisory services to existing or prospective small business people. They also offer training seminars on a variety of topics, including starting a business, financial planning, government procurement, marketing and strategic planning.


To register or for more information, call Tammi or Alison at the MSBDC office at 508.673.9783 or register online at www.msbdc.org/semass. Additional workshops in the series: Using LinkedIn & Facebook on October 20, and Tweets and Blogs on November 10.

Reach Over 5,000 People-
Advertise on the New Brockton Maps & Restaurant Guide

Brockton map

The Metro South Chamber receives numerous daily requests from new arrivals, tourists and businesses for maps of the area.  The first round of maps, produced earlier this year, sold out in 2 months.  Due to high demand, the Chamber will be producing a new Brockton Street Map this Fall!  The Brockton map is a double sided 4-color process publication containing a street guide, libraries, post offices, police departments, schools, hospitals and more.  This year, the back side of the map will contain a restaurant listing of the City of Brockon. 

When you advertised you will receive a numbered location on the map.  Don't have time to create an ad?  Our in house designer will create one for you free of charge.  Full panels, 1/2 panels and 1/4 panels available.  For more information, contact Alison van Dam at 508.586.0500 x 222, email avandam@metrosouthchamber.com., or download the advertising agreement.
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J&J Home Improvement Offer

Receive a Free 42 inch high-definition television from George Washington Toma TV (selected styles only) for every $10,000 spent with J&J Home Improvement, see www.jandjhi.com for details.
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  Scentsy Offer
Check out our scentsational wickless candles at www.jennmckeon.Scentsy.us Receive 10% off our scent of the month, Paradise Punch!
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New Metro South Chamber Member, Cartridge World, Weymouth is offering a 5% discount to all Chamber members.  Cartridge World is located at 646 Middle Street, Weymouth Ma.  For more information, call Rachel at 781-331-1909.
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Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Charity Golf Classic
Please consider donating to our Monday, August 30th Signature Healthcare Charity Golf Classic at Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, MA.  Ways to support our efforts are, Program Booklet Advertisements- Full Page: $1,000; Half Page: $500; ¼ Page: $250; 1/8 Page: $125; Friend Listing: $100.  Sponsorships also available.  In addition, we are also looking for Raffle and Silent Auction Items. Please feel free to call Holly at 508-941-7295 or email Hwhitman@signaturehealthcare.org.  Thank you!
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July 8- August 27: Drop in Days every Thursday and Friday at the Children's Museum, Easton.  Exploring a variety of different fun and educational themes.  Free with admission and any age may participate. 10:30am-3pm.  For a complete schedule of the Summer Drop in Days, visit www.childrensmuseumineaston.org/summerdropindays.asp

Tuesday, August 17:  First Annual Networking Night at the Brockton Rox.  Business networkers from all areas are invited to come together at Campanelli stadium for an evening of fun with a bit of business on the side.  Consider this your unofficial company outing this summer.  Your $10 ticket covers admission, appetizers, a hot dog buffet and a cash bar plus unlimited networking.  Check in begins at 4:30pm in front of the Shaw's Center with the first pitch at 6:05 pm.  For more information, reservations or to order tickets, contact Donna Sampson at 508-559-7090 or email donna@theshawscenter.com.

Wednesday, August 18: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Visioning Workshop sponsored by the Old Colony Planning Council.  7pm at the Plymouth Main Library, 132 South St., Plymouth.  The RTP helps to determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in our communities over the next 20 years.

Thursday, August 19: Good Samaritan Medical Center will partner with the American Red Cross for a blood drive. at the J. Joseph Moakley Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center, 235 N. Pearl St., from 11:30-4:30pm. While all blood types are needed, there is a specific need in this drive for donors with Type O negative, Type A negative or Type B negative blood. All donors will be presented with a coupon to Edible Arrangements for a half dozen chocolate-covered strawberries as a thank you for their participation in the blood drive at Good Samaritan.  To make an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767.

August 22:  Summer Sunday in the Park presented by the Office of Mayor Linda M. Balzotti.  DW Field Park, Brockton, 12pm-6pm. The Summer Sunday Planning Committee is counting on your continuing support to make it a great event. Please contact us if you are interested on being a vendor, performing, sponsoring and/or to learn more ways to participate in this year's event. If interested you should contact Maysa de Oliveira at the Mayor's Office at 508-580-7123/ mdeoliveira@cobma.us or Connie Tevis at connietevis@comcast.net

Thursday, August 26:  Metro South Chamber Business After Hours and New Member Orientation.  Business After Hours - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  New Member Orientation, 4 pm - 5 pm.  For more information, visit www.metrosouthchamber.com/events.html.

Saturday, August 28:  Brockton's First "Balizinha" (tennis court soccer) tournament, 4 v 4.  Youth 14-16 yrs and adults 17+ divisions. At the Harold D. Bend Park (Ash Street Park), 143 Belmont Avenue, Brockton from 9:30 am - 3pm.  $500 in cash prizes for adult division.  Free registration for youth teams.  Only 5 players per team.  Presented by Self Help.  Register by August 24, and join us for food, fun and entertainment!  To register call Fredson Gomes, 508-588-4049 x 118 or email fgomes@selfhelpinc.org.

Saturday, August 28:  Book sale, 9am-3:30pm at Gatehouse Media, 15 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph.  Proceeds from the book sale will go towards the Newspapers in Education program.  Donate your gently used books (children's books only).  Drop at the Enterprise, 1324 Belmont St. Lobby, Brockton, Gatehouse Media, 15 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, Patiot Ledger, 400 Crown Colony Drive, 4th Floor, Quincy, or Community Newspapers Co., 165 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield.

Monday, September 6: Come join the fun at St. Joseph Manor's Labor Day Picnic-UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT- on the grounds of the Lady of Sorrows Convent, 261 Thatcher Street, Brockton, MA from 11:00am-6:00pm.  Come experience traditional Lithuanian and American foods, live bands, antique car display, games of chance, kids games including: Moonwalk, Radar Speed Pitch, 9-Hole Mini Golf Course and more!  If you would like more information, interested in volunteer opportunities, or acquiring vendor space, please contact John Drusinskas, Chairman, Labor Day Event Committee at 508-583-5834 ext. 3037 or at johnd27@verizon.net  

Wednesday, September 8:  2010 Chamber Appreciation After Hours Social and Open House presented by WATD 95.9 FM, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at 130 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield.  Tour the WATD Facilities, and enjoy refreshments, fun, and networking.  WATD knows that Chambers of Commerce and their members keep local business alive and thriving.  This is their way of saying thanks!  RSVP to Sandii Rollock at 781-837-1166 x 316 by September 1.

Saturday, September 11: Good Samaritan Medical Center is seeking
vendors for its 21st annual Country Fair & Chicken Barbecue Craft Fair. The event will be held on Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Good Samaritan Medical Center, 235 N. Pearl St., Brockton. The participation fee for craft vendors will be $35 for one space and $60 for two spaces. Vendor set up will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. All vendors will be provided with a 10x10 outdoor space. For more information or if you have questions, please call Amanda Voysey at 508-427-3214.


Monday, September 13: Please Join Brockton Visiting Nurse Association at Thorny Lea Golf Club  for the 21st Annual Caring for Kids Golf Tournament for a fun filled day of golf with meals and an awards reception.   Every golfer will receive a special gift. There are many ways to participate via corporate sponsorship and/or playing golf.   To reserve your corporate sponsorship or golf registration online, go to www.brocktonvna.orgCaring for Kids 21st Annual Golf Tournament.  For more information contact Linda Richards, Tournament Coordinator at 508-894-5286 / cfkgolf@brocktonvna.org.

Tuesday, September 14: Referral Marketing Workshop at the Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton, 9am-10:30am.  Learn to become more referable, target your sources, educate your sources, motivate your sources and follow up.  To register, email Joe Costantino of Business Marketing Success at joe@businessmarketingsuccess.com

Wednesday, September 15:  Marketing Strategies Using Social Media at Crescent Credit Union, 115 Commercial Street, Brockton, 8:30 am - 11am. Attend this workshop for a basic overview of social media tools including search engine optimization (SEO), social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Myspace), Blogs and E-newsletters.  Presented by Tricia White of the MSBDC.  To register, call 508-673-9783.

Wednesday, September 22:  Metro South Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Metro South Season kicks off with Charlie Baker, Candidate for Governor.  7:30 am - 9:00 am at the Westgate Conference Center, 195 Westgate Drive, Brockton.  $20 for members, $25 for non-members.  To register, visit www.metrosouthchamber.com/register.html or call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231.

Sunday, September 26: Join New England Sinai for the "Stepping Up" Walkathon and help to support seniors.  The 5k Walkathon begins and ends at the Striar YMCA at 445 Central Street in Stoughton.  The walk begins at 9:30am, registration at 8:30am.  Proceeds raised will fund scholarships to Sinai's Adult Day Health Program, which has been providing safe and attentive care since 1983. Walk individually, in teams, become a sponsor or recommend sponsors who may be interested in participating. Business/Corporate Sponsorship levels are: Gold - $5000, Silver - $2500, Bronze - $1000, Brass - $500 and Copper - $250. For more information, contact Bettyann at 781-297-1328 or email bmckenzie@nesinai.org.

October 14: Support Chamber Representative Andrew Milian of Liberty Mutual as he participates in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Night Walk campaign.  The Walk will take place this year at the Boston Common on October 14, 2010.  We're trying to recruit 25 walkers and raise $2500.  We're asking employees/friends/loved ones to register for our Team by visiting our online Team Page: http://pages.lightthenight.org/ma/BostonL10/AndrewMilian.
In addition, everyone is encouraged to invite other co-workers, friends and family members to be part of the team. We encourage each walker on our team to raise $100 or more.  Walkers who raise $100 or more become a Champion For Cures and will receive a special illuminated balloon, t-shirt and a wristband for food on walk night.
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Crescent Credit Union Food Drive
May 24-July 31, Crescent Credit Union second annual summer food drive to benefit food pantries in the communities it serves.  Crescent branches will be accepting non-perishable food donations during regular business hours from credit union members and non-members alike.  Contributions will be distributed to those in need via St. Vincent de Paul Society in Brockton, Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Taunton, and Holy Family Parish in Rockland. For branch locations and hours, please visit www.crescentcredit.org or call 1-800-894-4445.

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F
uller 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.

Henson Jackson Art Gallery & Framery
Trackside Plaza, 2 Canton Street, Suite 8, Stoughton
Open Monday-Wednesday, 10am- 5pm, Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday by appointment.  Contact 781-297-5520.


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Regional Transportation Plan Survey
Old Colony Planning Council, the regional planning agency for Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Stoughton, West Bridgewater and Whitman, is in the process of updating the Regional Transportation Plan. The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) helps to determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in the next 20 years. Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011RTP to fill out a survey so that we may solicit initiatives including mobility needs, quality-of-life and environmental issues.



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Metro South Chamber of Commerce
2010/2011 Season Ticket


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Registering for events has never been easier.  Become a Season Ticket holder for Metro South's most informative and innovative programs and events.

 Includes all Good Morning Metro South Programs, Business After Hours, Annual Legislative Luncheon, ATHENA Award Breakfast, Small Business Awards Luncheon, and a ticket to the Taste of Metro South.


Only $175 for one seat, or $1080 for 4 seats.  Download the flyer and fax back to 508.587.1340, mail back to the Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton, or call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 for more information.
Advertise in the 2011 Book for Business

2010 Book for Business
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The Metro South Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to publish the 2011 Book for Business, a four-color publication that includes a complete membership directory and guide to the Metro South region, including town profiles, legislative information, a map of the region, and information on industrial parks, education, health care facilities and recreation.

The Chamber publishes 5,000 copies of the Book for Business distributes them to all chamber members, real estate offices, town offices, colleges, hotels and families interested in relocating to the Metro South region.  Last year, 4,000 books were mailed to area businesses
           
The Chamber invites your business to advertise in the 2011 Book for Business.Reply by Monday, August 2, 2010 to secure current advertising rates. Don't have the time or the funds to create an ad?  Our talented designer will create an ad for you free of charge.  Should you have additional questions, please call Alison van Dam at 508-586-0500 ext. 222.

Why Chamber of Commerce Members
Should Become Score Counselors


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Reason #4:
YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THEIR SUCCESSES.


Contact Frank Sebastian or Frank Roach Today.
508-587-2673 ·  www.scoresema.org
Added Benefits for Chamber Members

Comcast Affinity Program: Save up to $750 on Comcast Business Class Internet, Voice and TV.

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
Metro South Chamber Social Network
(Exclusively for Chamber Members)

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 80 Chamber members have already joined.

Contact Alisonat 508.586.0500 x 222 if you have any questions.
Join the Chamber This Month
You Will Receive:

· 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

= OVER $1,100.00 IN PROMOTIONAL BENEFITS
(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 jnesti@metrosouthchamber.com. You can also find
more information on our website at www.metrosouthchamber.com.
In This Issue
Networking at Irish Cultural Centre
New Member Orientation
Wireless Zone Ribbon Cutting
Action Report
Workshops
Brockton Map Advertising
Community Events
Season Ticket
Advertise in B4B
SCORE Counselors
Member Benefits
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Upcoming Chamber Meetings:



August 25:
Board of Directors
Meeting

August 26:
New Member Orientation
More Information

August 26:
Business After Hours at Irish Cultural Centre
More Information

August 31:
Wireless Zone
Ribbon Cutting
More Information

September 1:
Ambassador Meeting

September 10:
Government Affairs Meeting

September 14:
Installing  a Referral
Marketing System
More Information

September 15:
Marketing Strategies Using Social Media
More Information

September 22:
Good Morning Metro South with Featured Speaker Charlie Baker
More Information




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For more information, contact Mike Iannetta at 617-279-5418.
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