Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
November 8, 2010
Sponsored by:
Community Bank Finance Banner

INFO SESSION TONIGHT
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
Join over five hundred business people throughout the Metro South region and explore valuable products and services to your organization. Over 65 Companies have signed up to display.  For the full list of Exhibitors, see page one of the November Action Report.

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

Register Online
Halfway Cafe
Visit www.thehalfwaycafe.com/holbrook.html.
  Email: holbrookfunctions@thehalfwaycafe.com

To advertise here, contact Alison van Dam, 508.586.0500 x 222
Tweets & Blogs; How This Can Help with SEO
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Crescent Credit Union, 115 Commercial Street, Brockton

Basic overview of Twitter and blogging, how they work with search engine optimization (SEO), investigating their uses along with three recognized blogging platforms (Wordpress, Typepad and Blogger), widget and conversion mechanisms, structuring blogs, ideas for writing and case studies of different types of blogs.

The presenter is Tricia White, Senior Business Advisor with he 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.
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 $15 for future-members. To register, please contact Lisa at the Chamber, 508.586.0500 x 225.

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NEW November Action Report
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November 2010 Action Report
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Events & Workshops
  
 
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.

Starting November 1:  Logon to www.newenglandnie.com to vote for your favorite Pet Idols in Gatehouse Media's first annual Pet Idol Contest. starting November 1.  supporting Newspapers in Education providing newspapers for children in school.  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. 


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.

Wednesday, November 10:Good Samaritan Medical Center Cardiac Support Group, 6:30-7:30 pm in the 6th floor Board Room at Good Samaritan, 235 North Pearl St. Participants are able to share about the emotional aspects of having a cardiac event in a relaxed atmosphere, and receive support and ideas from other patients.For more information, call Caritas DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959.

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

Sunday, November 14:  Michele's Massage Studio Open House, 455 West Center Street, West Bridgewater.  Receive a complimentary 10 minute chair massage.  Buy a gift certificate for 2 treatments ans save $20.  Also participating, Acupuncture with Patrick J. Dumont, Kathy's Kreations homemade hewelry, Arbonne Skin Care, Wine Tasting in conjunction with the Wine Palace, get cash for your God Jewelry with Chris Carbone, and special guest appearances by the Emotional Freedom Tapping and Chakra Readings. 11am - 4 pm.  Call 781-504-3443 for more information.

November 17:  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.  

Thursday, November 18: aNetworks Open House,
101 Longwater Circle, Suite 100, Norwell, 5-8pm. aNetworks, a leading provider of outsourced IT management has recently relocated from 160 Old Derby Street, Suite 112 in Hingham to a new 3,000 sq. ft. office located at 101 Longwater Circle, Suite 100 in Norwell. IBM's Chris Guba is set to reveal the newest IBM servers and show the IBM demo "Virtualize or Die" . Refreshments will be served. RSVP to www.anetworks.net/events or by calling 781-871-0709.

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.

Tuesday, November 23: Give blood at Ramblewood Apartments, Holbrook, 101 Longmeadow Drive, 1-6pm.  Call 1-800 Red Cross

Saturday, November 27: Brockton High School Class of '75 Reunion at the Conference Center at Massasoit, 7-11pm.  $40 will include dinner, dj and dancing.  For reservation information, contact Paul at bhsclassof75reunion@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 30:
The annual Ring of Champions Dinner will take place on  from 6pm - 10pm at the Shaw's Center, Brockton. At this year's dinner we will be honoring Mrs. Mary Cruise Kennedy. She is the oldest living alumna of the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing and the mother of State Senator Tom P. Kennedy - she celebrated her 100th birthday this past September. Mary worked at Brockton Hospital for 40 years and is well known for her service in the Brockton community. All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing. There is still time to get your ad in this year's program book.  For more information contact: Holly Whitman, Foundation Special Events Manager, at 508-941-7179 or hwhitman@signature-healthcare.org

Sunday, December 5: Brockton Symphony Holiday Pops. West Middle School, West St. Brockton. 3:00 p.m.Feinberg competition co-winner Violinist Jaclyn Freshman and soprano Jean Danton. South Middle School Chorus directed by Lisa Villani. Light classics and holiday favorites. Information at  www.brocktonsymphony.org  or 508-588-3841

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.

Saturday, December 18: St. Petersburg Russia Men's Ensemble at the

 First Lutheran Church, 900 main St. Brockton on Saturday, December 18 at 2 pm.  The concert will feature sacred and secular music from the Russian tradition and be about 90 minutes in length followed by a reception at the church.  Admission will be by free will donation.  A great time to take a break from holiday shopping. For more information, call Jim Benson at 508-586-9021.


Thursday, January 27: Boston Business Journal Book of Lists Gala.  Celebrate the top business organizations throughout Greater Boston with over 1,000 top executives. The Book of Lists is the number one source of  "who's who"  and the 2011 Gala is your opportunity to network with and toast the most successful leaders in town.  Carolyn Motta from the Circulation department is offering a ticket with a subscription for just $175**
  (The tickets to the event are $175 when purchased through our site....) You don't want to miss this once-a-year party.  6:00-9:00 pm,TD Garden Arena Floor 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA, Cocktails & Heavy hors d'oeuvres, This is a networking reception, no speeches. Business attire. $25 of each ticket purchased will go directly to benefit *Junior Achievement.  Call 617-316-3238.




Use the Print Pro for All your Print & Promotional Holiday Orders

Holiday Season Is Fast Approaching and in honor of the holidays Carol Rudick The Print Pro Your One Stop Source For All Your Print And Promotional Items On The South Shore And Cape Cod is offering to all Metro South Chamber members a 15% discount on your first new order of $400.00 or more through December 31, 2010. (It must be a first time order, repeat and existing orders are not eligible for this discount). So for your Holiday Gifts please remember: If You Can Think It, I Can Ink It.


 J&J Home Improvement Offer

Receive $1,000.00 Off a Clap Board Vinyl Siding, or $1,500.00 Off a Cedar-Look Vinyl Siding Job - See www.jandjhi.com for details!



  Scentsy Offer

Check out our Scentsational Wickless Candles at www.jennmckeon.Scentsy.us -  Receive 10% off November's Scent of the Month, Silver Bells - and get a free warmer for hosting a party!



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.


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
Greece Trip
Annual Meeting & EXPO
Saphire Events
Tweets and Blogs
Government Affairs
NEW Action Report
Community Events
Advertise in B4B
Brockton Map Advertising
Member Benefits
SCORE
Advertise Here
Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

November 8:
Greece Trip
Info Session
More Information

November 10:
Tweets and Blogs
More Information

November 12:
Government Affairs
More Information

November  17:
Annual Meeting & EXPO
More Information




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