Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
October 25, 2010
Sponsored by:
Community Bank Finance Banner
POSTPONED: Catholic Charities South Ribbon Cutting
 Due to unforeseen delays in the construction and permitting of the new office space at 157 Centre St., Brockton,  Catholic Charities South will be postponing the planned grand re-opening and ribbon cutting, scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 2pm to 4pm.  Catholic Charities will, however, continue to provide services to clients at the Centre St. site without interruption.  For further information please call David Phillips at 508-587-0815.
Regional Business After Hours
Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield


On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, Chambers In Partnership for Progress (C.H.I.P.P.S) invite you to attend the Regional Business After Hours from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield.

Meet business people from the Cranberry County, Cape Cod Canal, Fall River, Metro South, New Bedford, Plymouth Area, Taunton Area, Tri-Town and United Regional Chambers of Commerce. Last year's networking event brought together a crowd of nearly 300 business professionals and entrepreneurs. This is a great opportunity to meet members from surrounding chambers.

To register for this event please call the Chamber at 508.586.0500 ext. 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com. The event is free for members. Come and enjoy hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, 50/50 raffle, cash bar and most importantly a lot of NETWORKING! Don't forget your business cards. Sponsored by Health Services Administrators and Bridgewater State University.  Sound provided by Rob Peters Entertainment.

TRAVEL TO GREECE WITH THE CHAMBER
May 14 - May 23, 2011
Featuring a 4-Night Greek Islands & Turkey Cruise

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Other Highlights: Mycenae, Athens, The Acropolis, Taverna Dinner Show
10 Days. 18 Meals.

Visit Greece Travel Webpage for full itinerary and sign-up information.

INFO SESSION:
Monday, November 8, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm,
West Bridgewater Public Library


If you have any questions, or to register for the info session, please contact Alison van Dam at 508.586.0500 x 222.

Register Online
KEYNOTE: MARY RICHARDSON
97th Annual Meeting & Business EXPO
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Massasoit Conference Center, Brockton

97th annual meeting  busienss expo

Annual Meeting Luncheon: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Mary RichardsonJoin other business people and community leaders and attend the Annual Meeting to celebrate businesses working together for the future of the Metro South Region. The Featured Speaker will be Mary Richardson, former co-anchor of WCVBTV's Chronicle, and new Community Liaison for Caritas Christi Health Care. The cost to attend is $45 for members and $55 nonmembers. Call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com for more information. You may also register online.

Business-to-Business EXPO: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm- Only 3 tables remain!
The Business-to-Business Expo is a great opportunity to reach five hundred business people throughout the Metro South region. Designed to be a personal table-top expo, presenters will be provided with meaningful opportunities to promote their company to prospect after prospect. It is the right place, the right time, and the right audience. The cost of a table is $309 for members. Register and pay before October 5 and receive the discounted price of $259. In previous years, the Chamber's response to this opportunity has been very strong. Since space is limited, registrations are on a first come, first served basis. If you have any additional questions, contact Kim Prosper, at 508.586.0500 ext. 231.

SPONSORSHIPS ALSO AVAILABLE. Contact Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com.

Register Online

To advertise here, contact Alison van Dam, 508.586.0500 x 222
Government Affairs
Friday, November 12, 2010, 12:00 pm
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton

The featured speaker at the next Government Affairs Meeting will be Senator Brian A. Joyce. Senator Brian A. Joyce is serving his seventh term in the Senate, representing the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth district, which includes Avon, Braintree, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Milton, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.

Senator Joyce is the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight as well as the Senate Vice Chair of the Housing Committee. He is a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and sits on the Financial Services, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Public Service Committees. He also sits on the Special Standing Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight, and has been named Acting Vice Chair of Higher Education. While focusing much of his current efforts on economic expansion initiatives, Senator Joyce's priorities include housing, job creation, public safety, education, fiscal discipline and issues impacting senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Prior to joining the Senate, Senator Joyce served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as the 7th Norfolk District State Representative for the towns of Milton and Randolph.

This is your opportunity to have an informal discussion with an elected official and learn about important issues.  The cost to attend this lunch meeting is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. To register, please contact Lisa at the Chamber, 508.586.0500 x 225.

Register Online
NEW October Action ReportOctober 2010 Action Report Cover
October 2010 Action Report
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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 www.jandjhi.com for details.


  Scentsy Offer
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Receive 10% off September's Scent of the Month, Maple Butter!




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.

  Sign On For Literacy!
The Patriot Ledger and the Enterprise invite you to include your signature on a special display page alongside other key community and business leaders who value the impact literacy has on our quality of life and the future of our communities.  Reach nearly 267,500 readers.  The proceeds will go towards the Enterprise and the Patriot Ledger NIE programs providing over 30,000 newspapers each week to students.  Publication date: November 1, Deadline: October 18. Supporter signatures range from 50-100 dollars. For more information or to take part, contact Cheryl Showstack at 508-427-4010 or email cshowstack@enterprisenews.com.

 
Brockton Feeds Brockton- the National Honor Society at Brockton High School is collecting food and cash donations for families in Brockton who have nothing to eat for Thanksgiving.  Statistics show that about 6,375 Brockton families are below the poverty level.  Please donate the goods in the Brockton Feeds Brockton Boxes located in each housemaster office.  Money will be collected in cans outside each housemaster office.  Call 508-580-7462 for more information.

 October 1 - October 30:  Submit your adorable pet photo to Gatehouse Media's first annual Pet Idol Contest.  Show us your dogs, cats, reptiles, birds or other small animals for a chance for your pet to become the Pet Idol while supporting Newspapers in Education providing newspapers for children in school.  Logon to www.newenglandnie.com to submit your entry.  Vote for your favorites starting November 1.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to pet shelters.  For more information, contact Cherly Showstack at cshowstack@enterprisenews.com or 508-427-4010. 

 
Fridays, October 29, November 5: Export Logistics and Regulatory Compliance Certificate Series presented by the MA Export Center.  Our four-part Export Logistics & Regulatory Compliance Certificate Series is designed to provide exporters with a comprehensive, working understanding of the day-to-day mechanics of international trade while focusing on the latest trends and requirements essential to achieving full compliance. The Series will provide helpful tips, tools and practices that businesses can use to optimize their export operations.  October 29: Export Regulatory Compliance.  November 5: Best Practices for Developing Export Procedures & Compliance Programs.  $150 per session (includes meals and seminar materials)  8am registration, 9am-3pm program, at the Bank of Canton Corporate Headquarters, 490 Turnpike Street, Canton.  Visit www.mass.gov/export

 
Tuesday, October 26: Brockton Rotary Fundraiser at Bertucci's, 285 Belmont Street, Brockton, 11am-10pm.  Dine in or Take out from Bertucci's in Brockton and proceeds will go to support the Brockton Rotary Club.  To do this, email Kim McLaughlin and she will mail you the flyer to present at Bertucci's.

Wednesday, October 27: Maximizing Resources for Long Term Care Needs -Presented by Kathy Heery, RN, MS, CCM, an eldercare expert certified case manager and Deborah Blum-Shore, Esq., Elder Law Attorney, 11:30 am - 1pm, lunch will be served.  At HarborOne U in Mansfield.  Call 508-895-1300.

Thursday, October 28: Positioning for Success - For privately-held/family-owned businesses positioning for transition from one owner to the next. Presented by MetroWest Business Advisors. 8-9:30 am at HarborOne U in Mansfield.  Call 508-895-1300.

Friday, October 29: "Friend's" Bake Sale presented by the Brockton Council on Aging.  9:30 am - 1pm at Brockton City Hall.

Saturday, October 30:
Halloween Party Saturday, 2-4:30pm at Carousel Family Fun Center.  With 2 locations - 4 David Drown Blvd, Fairhaven (call 508-996-4828), or 1055 Auburn Street, Whitman (call 781-857-1286).  Visit www.carouselskate.com for more information.

Sunday, October 31: Westgate Mall welcomes children for an evening of Halloween trick-or-treating starting at 3pm.  Children are invited to visit the Westgate Mall Play Area to pick up a FREE trick or treat bag and candy. This is a free community event, however the Mall is asking that all participants bring a canned food item for donation to the Salvation Army's annual holiday food drive. Children then continue trick or treating at over 60 stores. That's more houses than in any neighborhood community!  Located at the intersections of routes 24 and 27 in Brockton.  Call 508-588-8916 or visit www.shopatwestgatemall.com

Sunday, October 31: St. Joseph Manor is hosting Trick or Treating on from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to the traditional trick or treating activity we will also have games and prizes for the children. Come join us for a HAUNTINGLY good time. Admission is Free! St. Joseph Manor, 215 Thatcher Street, Brockton, MA 02302. For more information please call, 508-583-5834 and speak with Diana Caperello, Director of Recreational Activities. www.SJMbrockton.org.

Thursday, November 4: Boys and Girls Club of Brockton Baldwin Education Center Open House, 4-6 pm at the Teen Center, 891 Montello Street, Brockton. The Baldwin Education Center's focus is to provide youth with support, guidance and resources to increase educational attainment and achieve their career goals. Please come meet the staff, learn about our programs, and celebrate the legacy of George W. Baldwin.  Call 508-584-5209 for more information.

Thursday, November 4: NetWorks at Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton.  NetWorks is a peer networking group for professionals in transition.  They meet monthly to sharpen their job search skills.  Whether you are actively looking for a job or want to join a network of individuals who enjoy helping each other advance their careers, NetWorks is the place for you.  7:30-9am.  COffee provided.  To join, email networks@careerworks org or call Judy at 508-513-3445.

 

Monday, November 8: Advertise in the Brockton Enterprise limited edition of "BROCKTON People make the difference", a comprehensive guide that offers an in depth look at the city of Brockton ahd is designed to be a great resource for residents and visitors alike.  Containing community services, government agencies, hostoric sites, parks, schools, recreation centers and more.  Ad deadline October 20.  Call 508-638-5580 for more information.

Tuesday, November 9: Social Security Workshop - presented byNatalie Sowersby, Social Security Administration and Kelly Fox, CFP, Ameriprise.  6:30 -8:30 pm at HarborOne U in Mansfield.  Call 508-895-1300.

Wednesday, November 10: In concert with Emerging 40 and ELEC, Inc-A Trio of Bandits invite you to a professional business networking event at Tamboo Bistro in Brockton, 6-9 pm.  Come relax with us and our dear friends from E40 and ELEC. Bring your business cards and expand your network. There is no cost for admission.

Friday, November 12:  Brockton Rotary Club- A Tasting of Wine, Beer and Sweets.  An enjoyable evening of socializing, with food, friends and drink.  5-8pm at the Shaw's Center.  All proceeds to benefit the Brockton Community.  Raffle Items donated by local businesses.  Tickets are $25 each and are available by contacting Tina White at 508-821-1845 or email brockonrotarywinetasting@hotmail.com.

November 14: Verizon customers are invited to submit an audio or video clip of their singing or on-air talents by Nov. 14 at the Community Auditions website www.communityauditions.com. 6 winners will be announced on the website nov 19, three of the winners will be among the singing contestants on the popular "Community Auditions" tv talent show.  Community Auditions is New England's longest running tv show.  The other three winners will perform on-air duties.  The show will be taped on Dec 5 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort.  the Winners will be VIP guests and treated to a stat at the resort.

Sunday, November 14:  St. Joseph Manor 3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Event, 12-3pm.There will be various vendors at the selling gifts for the holidays.  Some vendors include; Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Tupperware and more!  We will have a gift wrapping station available and a kids table.  The event is open to the community.  Please come by for one stop shopping, great raffle prizes and to help support St. Joseph Manor, 215 Thatcher Street, Brockton, MA 02302.  For more information please call, 508-583-5834.  www.SJMbrockton.org

November 16:  Join Jermaine Jackson and other celebrity guests as the Mendes Brothers launch Music & Life Foundation with their Gate of Return Concert to benefit local youth through Music and Life programs.  To purchase tickets or for more information about the 7pm performance at Lombardo's in Randolph, visit www.musicandlifefoundation.org.

Wednesday, November 17: Winfree Business Growth Advisors will conduct a free workshop for business owners, Sales Managers 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.

Thursday, November 18:
"Tales from the Trenches", 5:30 p.m., Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall River. Sponsored by Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) at UMASS Dartmouth.  Event non-member cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Become a 2010-11 member of SNEEF at UMASS Dartmouth for only $75, and attend the event for free.  Register at www.sneef.umassd.edu or call 508-999-9121.   

November 18:  SEED's Annual Meeting
at White's of Westport in Westport.  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  For more information, visit www.seedcorp.com.

Saturday, November 27: Brockton High School Class of '75 Reunion at the Conference Center at Massasoit, 7-11pm.  $4- will include dinner, dj and dancing.  For reservation information, contact Paul at bhsclassof75reunion@gmail.com.

December 9: The Massachusetts Conference for Women, featuring TV Host Judge Glenda Hatchett, Auma Obama, Advisor for CARE USA, Christy Turlington, Model Actress and activist, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Health Care Reform Advocate, Gloria Steinem, Iconic Activist for Women's Rights, and Elizabeth Lesser, Omega Institute Founder.  Also featuring a career fair.  At the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  Early bird registration ends November 5. Individual, $135, you and a friend, $250, table to 10, $1250.  Visit www.maconferenceforwomen.org

Saturday, December 11: 30,000 Annual Drawing at the Irish Cultural Centre, plus an additional 15 cash prizes.  Drawing held at 6pm at the ICC Christmas Open House.  TIckets availbale now by calling 781-821-8291 or email info@irishculture.org.




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.  * ALL BROCKTON RESIDENTS ENJOY FREE ADMISSION TO THE FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM EVERY DAY THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR, THANKS TO BANK OF AMERICA.

On Exhibit: In the Picture with Warren Mather, featuring 27 works by this innocative ceramic artist. A constant innovator, Mather developed a technical process of firing photographic, video, or computer generated images in glaze on a ceramic body. The images are printed in glaze onto wet clay using a silkscreen before the bisque firing, followed by clear glaze and final firing. The result is an image that seems to emerge from the clay rather than simply printed on the surface, and is capable an astonishing level of detail and clarity.The exhibition runs from October 9 through January 23, 2011, and there is a reception on October 24 from 2-5pm. Join us!

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.


Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue in the Old Fire Station, North Easton
508-230-3789, www.childrensmuseumineaston.org
Admission: $6.00 per person. Children under 1 are free.
Tuesdays, September 21-October 26: Trucks on Tuesdays Drop in Days, 10-10:45 am.
Wednesdays, September 22-November 24: "Exploring Music" Drop in Days, 10-10:45am.
Thursdays, Starting Sept. 23: "Animal Happenings" informal petting zoo, 10am-10:45am.




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.

LAST CHANCE- Advertise in the 2011 Book for Business

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2010 Book for Business
  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.

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.
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.
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.
 SCORE WORKSHOP SERIES
September 29-November 10

Is Starting a Business Right for You?
The SCORE QuickSTART TM Series Workshops will help you:

Define and evaluate your ideas, Develop a marketing strategy,Identify the best ways to fund your business, Turn your idea into action with tools and templates,Get useful and helpful mentoring sessions, Connect with other entrepreneurs.
 
The SCORE QuickSTARTTM Series provides five, three-hour workshops with action steps. 10/6:  Start up Basics.  10/20: Business Concept. 10/27: Marketing Plan. 11/3: Financial Projections.  11/10: Funding Sources.

For course descriptions and to register visit  www.massasoit.mass.edu Use the Quick Course Search and select Fall 2010, Brockton Campus, non-credit, business) or call Community Education Director Rose Paquette at 508-588-9100 x1307 rpaquette@massasoit.mass.edu. Start-up Basics is $15.  The other four workshops can be purchased as a series for $100. Sponsored by the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and the Community Bank.


In This Issue
Regional Business After Hours
Greece Trip
Annual Meeting & EXPO
Saphire Events
Government Affairs
NEW Action Report
Community Events
Advertise in B4B
Brockton Map Advertising
Member Benefits
SCORE
Advertise Here
Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

October 26:
Catholic Charities
Ribbon Cutting

POSTPONED

October 27:
Board Meeting

November 3:
Regional Business
After Hours
More Information

November 8:
Greece Trip
Info Session
More Information

November 12:
Government Affairs
More Information

November  17:
Annual Meeting & EXPO
More Information




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Comcast Affinity Program

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