Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
November 15, 2010
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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 SOLD OUT
The Featured Speaker will be Mary Richardson, former co-anchor of WCVBTV's Chronicle, and new Community Liaison for Caritas Christi Health Care.

Business-to-Business EXPO: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
You are invited to walk the floor of the 2010 Business-2-Business Expo.  The following businesses will be represented at the Expo:

ABC Specialtees, Alllegra Print & Imaging, B.C. Tent & Awning Company, Inc, .Bank of America, Bath Fitter, Baypointe Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston Business Journal, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Bridgewater Credit Union, Bridgewater Savings Bank, Brockton Area Arc, Brockton Area Networking Group (BANG), Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, Carousel Family Fun Center, CNC/Gatehouse Media, Comcast, Connecting Activities, Constellation NewEnergy, Costco Wholesale, Curry College, Eastern Bank, Extra Space Storage, Family & Community Resources, Father Bills and MainSpring, Good Samaritan Medical Center, HarborOne Credit Union, Health Services Administrators (HSA), Henson Jackson Art Gallery Framery / Shake Those Pounds Nutrition Center, Hub Technical Services, Jack Conway & Company Inc., Liberty Mutual, Lincoln Technical Institute, Massasoit Community College, Mechanics Cooperative Bank, Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Murphy, Hesse,Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Old Colony Elder Services, Old Colony Planning Council, Owens Corning Residential Products of New England, Prospect Mortgage, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, Rich Morgan Photography, Rob Peters Entertainment, Rockland Trust Company, Rodman & Rodman, PC, CPAs, Rogers & Gray Insurance, Scentsy, SCORE, Servpro of Weymouth, Sign Design, Inc., Signature Healthcare, Signature Healthcare/Brockton School of Nursing, South Eastern Economic Development (SEED)Corp., Sullivan Tire & Auto Service, The Community Bank, The Ockers Company Inc., United Way of Greater Plymouth County, Inc., Verizon Communications, WATD 95.9FM

RSVP TO Kimberly Prosper, 508.586.0500 x 231,
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For more information, visit
Business After Hours
at Good Samaritan Medical Center
Thursday, December 9, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Good Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting a Business After Hours Networking Event on Thursday, December 9, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Moakley Conference Center on the Good Samaritan Campus, 235 North Pearl Street, Brockton.

Good Samaritan Medical Center is a 231-bed, acute-care hospital offering world-class health care to 22 communities in southeastern Massachusetts. They provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, advanced diagnostic imaging, Centers of Excellence in oncology and cardiology, award-winning orthopedic care, specialized care in surgery, and family-centered obstetrics with a level-two nursery. Good Samaritan also has specialized programs in occupational health, pain management, substance abuse and diabetes. Good Samaritan Medical Center is growing! Construction is currently underway for a new $30 million, stateof- the-art Emergency Department which will serve approximately 60,000 patients annually. More information is available at

This is a casual event that presents a great way to make business contacts, so bring plenty of business cards! The event is $5 for members and $15 for future-members. For more information, call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231.

Register Online
Halfway Cafe

To advertise here, contact Alison van Dam, 508.586.0500 x 222
Buying a Franchise, Is It For You?
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 9:00 am -10:30 am
 Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce its upcoming workshop, Buying a Franchise, Is It For You? This workshop will be held at the Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton, on December 9, 2010 from 9- 10:30 a.m.

Business franchising offers many opportunities; this form of ownership has helped many entrepreneurs get started in business and succeed. A well-known brand name, a clear business model to follow and mentors on hand to give advice may be that franchising is an ideal solution for you.

Learn from our franchising industry expert Mr. John Rogozenski, a Business Counselor from SCORE who has helped hundreds of individuals in evaluating the franchise industry. He has been associated with the franchise industry for more than 35 years and has worked for national retail concepts including Dunkin Donuts and Baskin- Robbins. He was personally responsible for developing over 300 new facilities and was a senior development executive for many years.

The content is designed to provide you with what you need to know about deciding if franchising is the right vehicle for you, selecting a brand, financing and the due diligence process. The instructor brings years of experience in all aspects of the franchising industry. Attendees are encouraged to bring their specific questions to the workshop.

This workshop is free to the public; however space is limited so reserve your space today by calling 508.586.0500 x 225 or emailing


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.

Thursday, December 9, 11:00 am
If you would like to take part, email Alison van Dam

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
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 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 or 508-427-4010. 

 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

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

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 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 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

Fridays, November 19 and December 3: Access Your Tax Dollars to Train Your Employees, find out how to use the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund. November 19: This session will feature an overview of the grants and how the WIB can assist employers in the applications and grant management process, focusing on the Express Fund.  December 3: Hands on practical experience in the design and completion of the application for the General round with provides training funds up to $250,000.  Both workshops will take place 8-11am at the Massasoit Conference Center, Brockton.  $20 per person.  Email

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

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

Thursday, December 2: South Coast Family Business Event- for family businesses to explore business preservation and growth opportunities.  Registration 4:30 pm. 5:30 presentation by Jere Doyle, Wealth Strategist for BNY Mellon.  at Whites of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport.  RSVP by calling 617-218-2062 or email

Friday, December 3: Christmas carols will mix with doo-wop and rock of the '50's and '60's on  at the "Holiday Magic" concert to benefit The Charity Guild's food pantry in Brockton. The vocalists will be Nancy Battaglia Gustafson, Lia Macrina and Lisa Villani, accompanied by Alice Carey. Special guest artist will be Fran Botelho-Hoeg, a singer who won the POPSearch nationwide competition of the Boston Pops in 2005. The event will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 7 and the performance at 8 at Thorny Lea Golf Club at 150 Torrey Street in Brockton. Tickets are $50. Only 150 will be sold, and they can be ordered by calling The Charity Guild at (508) 583-5280.

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  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

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

Saturday, December 11: Brockton 2010 Jingle Bell Run- a 2 mile fun run/walk to benefit the Enterprise Helping Hands Fund. Registration, 12pm, race time, 1pm, at the Westgate Hotel and Conference Center, 195 Westgate Drive, Brockton.  $20 cash or check, tax deductible for adults, children under 12- $10 or one new unwrapped tour.  Enjoy food donated by the Grill and other local restaurants, prizes, silent auction and holiday cheer.  The first 100 to register will receive a free prize.Festive holiday costumes encouraged- prizes will be awarded.  For more information, email

Tuesday, December 14:  Supplier Diversity Office Pre-Certification Workshop for Minority or Women Owned Businesses Pre Certification Session, 2-4 pm at the Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton The Supplier Diversity Office requires all interested businesses to attend this session in order to apply for certification as a Minority, Women, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. This session will include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed to begin the certification process, information from the Supplier Diversity Program (formerly AMP) detailing the process to take advantage of upcoming opportunities for certified M/WBE's. Register at

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 for details!

  Scentsy Offer

Check out our Scentsational Wickless Candles at -  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.

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Members Free, Adults $8, Seniors and Students $5 Children under 12 Free, Wednesday 5:00-9:00pm Free. Open Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.  * 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
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

(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
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.
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.
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 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 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
Annual Meeting & EXPO
ICCNE Concert
Business After Hours
Halfway Cafe
Buying a Franchise
Greece Trip
NEW Action Report
Community Events
Advertise in B4B
Member Benefits
Advertise Here
Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

November  17:
Annual Meeting & EXPO
More Information

November 25 & 26
Chamber Closed

December 1:
Ambassador Meeting
More information

December 9:
Buying a Franchise
More information

December 9:
Greece Trip Webinar

December 9:
Business After Hours
More Information

December 10:
Government Affairs

December 16:
Good Morning Metro South
More Information


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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A new video component has been added to the Metro South Chamber of Commerce website! 

Watch videos from the 2009 Small Biz Awards Featuring Jeff Taylor, and creator.

Watch Videos here

60 second commercials written and produced by the Chamber currently running on NECN and BCA

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