Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
August 30, 2010
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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 & FamilyŽ, 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.

Government Affairs
Friday, September 10, 12:00 pm
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton

Michael BradyThe featured speaker at the next Government Affairs Meeting will be State Representative Michael Brady. Michael Brady was born and raised in Brockton.  Has has represented the 9th Plymouth District and Ward 2 since 1996, first as a  Member of the School Committee (1996-1997), then as a City Councilor (1997-2009) and City Council President (2002).  In 2008, Brady was elected State Representative of the Ninth Plymouth District.

Brady currently serves on the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, the Joint Committee on Public Health and the Joint Committee on Public Service.

To attend this meeting, please contact Lisa at 508.586.0500 x 225 or register online at  The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes lunch.

Upcoming Workshops

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

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, 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 Additional workshops in the series: Using LinkedIn & Facebook on October 20, and Tweets and Blogs on November 10.

Good Morning Metro South
Wednesday, September 22, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Westgate Conference Center, 195 Westgate Drive, Brockton

Join us on Wednesday, September 22 at the Westgate Conference Center (formerly Holiday Inn) for the kickoff of the Good Morning Metro South Breakfast Program Series.  The featured speaker will be Charlie Baker, 2010 Candidate for Governor.

Charlie BakerCharlie Bakerhas spent his career bringing success and strong management to both the private and public sectors in Massachusetts. Among the highlights of his career are helping to start the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research and working for the Weld/Cellucci Administration as Undersecretary for Health in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.  In addition, Baker served as Secretary of Health and Human Services and also served as Secretary of Administration and Finance.  In this position, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Governor's Association in 1998.
Following this, Baker became CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA) and was soon recruited by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to serve as its CEO.

Also speaking will be Mr. Kim Hollon, new President and Chief Executive Officer of Signature Healthcare

Good Morning Metro South is being sponsored by United Way of Greater Plymouth County. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes breakfast and networking opportunities. As always, don't forget your business cards! For more information, contact Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231, or email  You may also register online.
July/August Action Report
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, or download the advertising agreement.
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Events & Workshops

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 for details.
  Scentsy Offer
Check out our scentsational wickless candles at

Receive 10% off August's Scent of the Month, Citrus Sun Tea!

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.

Prepare for HR Professional Certification - PHR & SPHR

Curry College in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is offering the SHRM Learning System course to help individuals prepare for the PHR and SPHR examinations.  Enroll in these courses at either our Milton and Plymouth campus location.   Classes begin this Fall.  For more information and for class schedules call 617-979-3547 or visit


Monday, September 6: Come join the fun at St. Joseph Manor's Labor Day Picnic-(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  

Tuesday, September 7: Blood Drive at Arbors Assisted Living, 2121 Central Street, Stoughton, 2-7pm.  For appointments, call 1-800-red cross.

Wednesday, September 8: Blood Drive at Porter & Chester Institute, 5 Campinelli Circle, Canton.  9am-2pm.  Bone Marrow registration Available. call 1-800-red cross

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.

Thursday September 9: Class at HarborOne U in Mansfield.  Finding Work in Hard Times - If you are out of work and feeling overwhelmed, this one's for you. We'll help you enhance your job search, improve your employment prospects, increase your opportunities for interviews, and gain perspective about the job market. Presented by Janet M. Letourneau, MBA, CPBA, president and founder of Peak Performers, Inc. For more information, call Maureen at 508-895-1347 or visit

Thursday, September 9: Philosopher Thomas Pogge, "The Other Side of Globalization" at the Martin Institute Auditorium on the campus of Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, N. Easton.  Free parking is available in lot 111.  Pogge, a German Philosopher currently teaching at Yale, will argue that rich countries, their corporations, and citizens are violating the human rights of the global poor if they do things, that for the sake of minor gains, foreseeable aggravate severe poverty and disease.  The imposition of the elite on the poor can easily qualify as the largest human rights violation in human history. For more information, please go to

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 /

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

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 15: Class at HarborOne U in Mansfield.  Simplify the College Search - Presented by  Meghan McDonough, Director of Admissions at Anna Maria College, this session will offer advice to parents and high school students on how to make the most of their college search experience. Wed., September 15th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Maureen at 508-895-1347 or visit

Thursday, September 16: Class at HarborOne U in Mansfield. Is a reverse mortgage right for you? A reverse mortgage enables homeowners age 62 and above to convert equity in their home into income. Homeowners do not have to sell or leave their home, give up title, or take on new monthly mortgage payments. This workshop will provide you with details and answer all of your questions. Thurs., September 16th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served. For more information, call Maureen at 508-895-1347 or visit

Thursday, September 16: "Can lean thinking work for entrepreneurs?", program by Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) at UMass Dartmouth, Thursday, September 16, 5:30 p.m., Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall River.  Become a 2010-11 member for only $75, and attend free. Event non-member cost $20 in advance, $25 at door, includes refreshments.  Register at

Thursday, September 16: Free Prostate Cancer Screening and Early Detection Program at Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center, 818 Oak Street, Brockton.  All men over 50, and men over 40 if African American or have a family history of prostate cancer, should be tested.  The lab work and the prostate exam by a urologist are free and take less than 20 minutes. To register, please call Caritas DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959 to register.

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 or call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231.

Wednesday, September 22: Class at HarborOne U in Mansfield. Organizing Tips, Tricks & Tools - Remember the old adage, a place for everything and everything in its place!  Professional Organizer, Janine Cavanaugh will share her tips and tricks on how to create functional, efficient and orderly closets, drawers and cupboards.  Discover simple, affordable solutions to get and keep you organized. Wed., September 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Maureen at 508-895-1347 or visit

Thursday, September 23: Class at HarborOne U in Mansfield. First Time Home Buyer Seminar - Make a well-informed decision when you buy your first home. This workshop provides you the opportunity to get answers to your questions from professionals involved in the home buying process. Thursday, September 23rd from 6 - 9 p.m. Presented by Realtors Chris Layton and Kathy Doherty, real estate attorney Roxanne Richard, Insurance Professional Kevin Malloy, and regional lending managers from HarborOne Credit Union.
For more information, call Maureen at 508-895-1347 or visit

Friday, September 24: Connecting your Business to the Commonwealth at the Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton, 9am-2pm. Providing businesses that are interested in doing business with the Commonwealth training on where to find bidding opportunities, bidding process for Statewide and Departmental Contracts, where to find ARC procurement and grant opportunities, the NEW small Business Purchasing Program, overview of Comm-PASS and more.  Brought to you by the MSCC, Operation Services Division, and Supplier Diversity Office and Program.  To register, contact Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225 or email

Saturday, September 25: From 10-1pm, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Pediatrics Department will be sponsoring an Asthma Camp to provide Asthma education to residents of Brockton and the surrounding communities. There will be various education stations going over topics such as Asthma Disease, Environmental triggers, symptoms, along with the opportunity to win great prizes and enjoy lunch with those in attendance. To register, call 508-941-7550.

September 25 & 26: The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts announces its annual Fall yard sale, 9am-4pm at the APCSM Adoption Center (1300 West Elm St Ext, Brockton).  APCSM yard sales are well known for their huge and varied selection of items and their bake sales are famous for delicious home-baked treats. All proceeds raised from the sale go directly to providing homeless animals with humane and compassionate care in their time of need.  Donated items for the yard sale are welcome and may be dropped-off at the adoption center now thru 9/18.  For more information about the yard sale or the APCSM, please call: 508-586-2053 or log-on to:

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

Tuesday, September 28:  CareerWorks 2010 Job Fair, 9am-12pm at the Westgate Conference Center (former Holiday Inn), Brockton. As an employer, you face a buyer's market for qualified, highly skilled candidate for your open positions.  Sign up by Friday, September 17 to take advantage of the $299 early registration fee. To download a registration form, visit

Friday, October 1:  Massachusetts Green Career Conference at the Holiday Inn in Marlborough.  For more information, visit

Saturday, October 2: Restoring Lives and Homes, Teen Challenge Fundraising Banquet.  5pm- reception & silent auction. 6pm- dinner. Teen Challenge is located at 1315 Main Street, Brockton.  Tickets are  $30 per person or $250 for a table of 10. Call 508-586-1494.  Program Advertisements and Sponsorships also available. Teen Challenge New England is a 15-21 month long term in-patient facility that helps teens and adults with life controlling issues. We are a 501-c3 non-profit organization so your gifts are fully tax deductable. Each year we rely on businesses like yours to help make our evening more memorable for the years to come. We hope that you consider a contribution at any of our sponsorship levels or even an In-Kind donation for our silent auction. Its business' like yours that help keep our doors open.

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:
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.
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 or call 1-800-894-4445.


uller 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.
Now on exhibit:  "Boxed and their Makers."  A show featuring the work of 32 contemporary woodworkers who have constructed conceptual and functional pieces that express their unique artistic visions and blur the boundaries of art and craft.

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.


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 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

season ticket 2010/2011
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.

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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
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 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:

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

(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
In This Issue
Wireless Zone Ribbon Cutting
Government Affairs Meeting
Good Morning Metro South
Action Report
Brockton Map Advertising
Community Events
Season Ticket
Advertise in B4B
SCORE Counselors
Member Benefits
Advertise Here
Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

August 31:
Wireless Zone
Ribbon Cutting
More Information

September 1:
Ambassador Meeting

September 10:
Government Affairs Meeting
More Information

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

September 24:
AMP Workshop- Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth
Call 508.586.0500 x 225.

September 30:
Sandler Sales Workshop
Call 508.586.0500 x 225.

September 30:
Business After Hours at Residence Inn
Call 508.586.0500 x 231.


Comcast Affinity Program

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

Make sure you mention you were referred by the Metro South Chamber of Commerce.
Visit the Chamber Insurance & Special Offers page for more on this and other Member Benefits.




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