Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
November 29, 2010
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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 www.CaritasGoodSam.org

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.

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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.
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GREECE TRIP WEBINAR
Learn more about the trip from the convenience of your home or office.

Greece Trip Webinar Registration

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am EST

Greece Webinar

For more information, please contact
Alison van Dam at 508.586.0500 x 222.

Good Morning Metro South
Thursday, December 16,  2010, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Holiday Inn  Hotel & Conference Center,
195 Westgate Drive, Brockton

Dana Mohler-FariaThe featured speaker is Dana Mohler-Faria, President of Bridgewater State University.

An integral part of the campus community for nearly two decades and a lifelong resident of Southeastern Massachusetts, Dr. Mohler-Faria has followed a path of achievement that undoubtedly resonates well with many of the college's nearly 10,000 students.
Under his leadership, the college endowment has grown to $17 million is the largest for any state college in the Commonwealth. In addition to his work as president, Dr. Mohler-Faria also serves as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's special advisor for education, an unpaid position in the governor's cabinet.

Also speaking will be Reggie Nunnally of the Supplier Diversity Office.  In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring coats for the Crescent Credit Union Winter Coat Drive.

Good Morning Metro South is being sponsored by Lincoln Technical Institute and St. Joseph Manor. The cost to attend is $20 for members and $35 for future-members and includes breakfast and networking opportunities. For more information, call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231,
 
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For more information, visit www.irishculture.org

Government Affairs Meeting
Friday, December 10, 2010, 12:00 pm
 Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton
 

Jass StewartThe featured speaker will be Brockton City Councilor Jass Stewart.

 

The monthly Government Affairs meetings are held at the Chamber and provide an opportunity for member businesses to discuss issues important to them with their elected officials. The cost to attend this lunch meeting is $5 for members and $15 for future-members. For more information, please contact Lisa at the Chamber, 508.586.0500 x 225.


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Buying a Franchise, Is It For You?
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 9:00 am -10:30 am
 Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton


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 lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com.

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

To advertise here, contact Alison van Dam, 508.586.0500 x 222
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Pre-Certification Workshop
for Minority or Women Owned Businesses
Tuesday, December 14, 2-4:30 pm
Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton

Learn about the state certification process and explore how
certification can benefit your business


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 run for approximately two hours and thirty minutes. It will include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed to begin the certification process. This session will include information from the Supplier Diversity Program (formerly AMP) detailing the process to take advantage of upcoming opportunities for certified M/WBE's.


To Register:
http://www.somwba.state.ma.us/WorkShop/xwrk_main.aspx
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Events & Workshops
  

Now-December 18:  Bridgewater Savings Bank is collecting and donating food for local food banks this holiday season at all 10 branches.  The food donated will help feed over 200 families throught the area.

Now- January 8: - Crescent Credit Union is participating as a Corporate Partner in Anton's Cleaners Coats for Kids winter-coat collection drive. Crescent is collecting coats good, quality coats - the kind you would give to a friend - for any age and in any size. Coats can be dropped off at any of Crescent Credit Union's five Brockton branches, and at W.B. Mason's corporate office at 59 Centre Street in Brockton. For more information, visit www.crescentcredit.org or call 508-559-5409   

Friday,December 3: Access Your Tax Dollars to Train Your Employees, find out how to use the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund. Hands on practical experience in the design and completion of the application for the General round with provides training funds up to $250,000.e 8-11am at the Massasoit Conference Center, Brockton.  $20 per person.  Email lhoward@massasoit.mass.edu.

 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

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 cwatson@fbaorg.com.

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.

Saturday, December 4: Special Olympics Jolly Jaunt in Boston and Taunton. The Jolly Jaunt is a 5K fun run and walk to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts. There are 5 event locations to choose from on multiple days - so there is an option for everyone!  Visit http://jollyjaunt.org/ for more information.

Saturday, December 4:PETS AND PEOPLE - PICTURES WITH SANTA, HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE & BAKE SALE: The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts announces its annual Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale including pictures with Santa! Event to be held from 10am to 4pm at the APCSM Adoption Center (1300 West Elm St Ext, Brockton).  Bring your pets, children, etc... for a photo opportunity with the jolly big guy, buy some delicious treats for your holiday parties and shop for some holiday gifts!  All proceeds raised go directly to providing homeless animals with humane and compassionate care during their time of need.  For more information about this event or the APCSM, please call: 508-586-2053 or visit our website at www.apcsm.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

Sunday, December 5: Dress Barn VIP Party. Holidays, Fashions, Gifts, Accessories and more.  6-8 pm at 37 Memorial Parkway in Randolph. Come shop and get 15% off all purchases.Please bring an unwrapped toy for our Toys for Tots Campaign and receive an additional 15% Off Coupon (to be used later)!! With refreshments, good bags, Mary Kay and music.  Store will be closed to the public.  For your invitation, email carlaganter@hotmail.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

Thursday, December 9:  Avoiding the Flu; Naturally.  Come to this informative workshop where we will discuss how you and your family can avoid the flue and other illnesses this winter.  We will give you tips on how to increase the body's healing potential, and ways to boost your immune system without the toxicity and side effects of drugs and chemicals.  Make this winter the healthiest one ever for you and your family.  Free and open to all.  At the West Bridgewater Public Library, 80 Howard Street, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Call 508-894-1255 for more information.

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 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 greenbeachab@yahoo.com
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Saturday, December 11: Franklin Sports Giant Holiday Sale, back by popular demand.  With new items and lower prices.  Street hockey, indoor games, outdoor games, baseball, soccer, youth sports, and much more.  Unbelievable prices! 8am-3pm at Franklin Sports, 17 Campanelli Parkway, Stoughton.  Visit www.franklinsports.com.

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

http://www.somwba.state.ma.us/WorkShop/xwrk_main.aspx


Thursday, December 16: Family and Community Resources, Inc. Open House.  Enjoy a tour of our beautiful old Victorian with delightful treats and lovely holiday music.  5-8pm, 18 Newton Street, Brockton.  For more information, call 508-583-6498 or visit www.fcr-ma.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.


CBS NEWS STORY ABOUT BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS:  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7054550n


Hope for Children International mission is to restore dignity, respect to homeless children through advocacy. Through the generous gift of contributors, we provide homeless children with variety of programs and services to meet their basic daily needs. These services help them improve their confidence, self- esteem, plus their mental and educational need in a meaningful lasting way. Hope for Children International has extended, outreach program and feeding in three countries, United States, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.  In Nigeria Hope for children has embarked on  a school for homeless project hope for children has acquired land and the  cost for this school is estimated about $3,000000 million U.S. dollars. PLEASE HELP US TO REACH THIS GOAL BY CASH OR IN KIND DONATION TO BUILD THIS SCHOOL FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN.



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.


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.

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.



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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.

In This Issue
Business After Hours
Greece Trip Webinar
Good Morning Metro South
ICCNE
Government Affairs
Buying a Franchise
Halfway Cafe
NEW Action Report
Community Events
Advertise in B4B
Member Benefits
Advertise Here
Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

November 25 & 26
Chamber Closed

December 1:
Ambassador Meeting
More information

December 9:
Buying a Franchise
More information

December 9:
Greece Trip Webinar
More Information

December 9:
Business After Hours
More Information

December 10:
Government Affairs
More Information

December 16:
Good Morning Metro South
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.
 
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