Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Business Connection
April 2011
In This Issue
New Members
From the President
Mega Business Expo 2011
Flavors 2011


New Members 


A.A. MacPherson & Company


American Alarm


Bare Beans Candles


Eric Belsky, Principal Financial


Jacobs & Hanlon CPA's


Global Business Technologies


Gregory M. Doyle, Attorney at Law


Homewood Suites by Hilton


Members Plus Credit Union


Middlesex Savings Bank


Office Environments of New England


OrgSynergy Consulting LLC


T.G.I. Fridays, Norwood


The Community Bank


The Posh Peddler



Member Affinity Programs


You can save hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of our Member Affinity programs.  Just click on the links below for details. 



Comcast Business Class Chamber Rewards Program


Member News


Bank of Canton Donates $500 to the Friends of Borderland

 Funds Help Support Centennial Celebration of the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park  

 bank of canton donationStephen P. Costello, President and CEO of Bank of Canton, is pleased to announce the Bank's recent donation of $500 to the Friends of Borderland. This contribution will help support the "Sounds of Music" concert by the Barbershop Quartet on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The event is part of the Centennial Celebration of the Ames Mansion located at Borderland State Park in North Easton, MA. The concert is expected to draw over 1,000 people from surrounding towns including Canton, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Sharon, and Stoughton.

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2011 Chairman's Circle


Gold Sponsors


Needham Bank 
bank of canton logo
Silver Sponsors

dedham savings


MHTL logo


Rising Star

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Upcoming Chamber Events 


HR Council

April 7, 2011 8:00 AM



190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA

To register click here


Speed Networking

April 12, 2011 7:30 AM


Water's Church

668 Walpole Street

Norwood, MA

To register click here


Speaker Series

April 15, 2011 7:45 AM


Hilton Boston/Dedham

25 Allied Drive

Dedham, MA 02026

To register click here


Business After Hours


April 27, 2011 5:30 PM

Needham Bank

1063 Great Plain Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

To register click here



NVCC offers free SCORE COUNSELING at the NVCC    office on Thursdays, by appointment. 


To register call (781) 769-1126. 



Did you know that the Chamber offers FREE business counseling services at our offices?  

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network (MSBDC) provides free and confidential business advisory services.  For more information on the MSBDC or to make an appointment to meet with a counselor at the NVCC Office, visit their website or call (508) 673-9783.


Save the Date 

Golf Outing

August 8, 2011 at the Blue Hill Country Club. Contact Cristoff Shay, Director of Programs and Events at (781) 769-1126, or cristoff@nvcc.com

From the President


What's in it for You?

Quite a bit actually...


People in the Chamber of Commerce business occasionally talk about the "good old days" when local businesses would join Chambers as part of their civic duty.  They were members because supporting local businesses and local communities was the right thing to do.  While I do believe that some civic-minded businesses still exist and support us for those "old" reasons, it's clear to me that for many businesses these days Chamber membership is a transaction.  I will pay $300 or $1,000 or $5,000 in membership dues as long as I get that investment plus $1 or more in return. 


Now I could argue that any business does indeed get much more back for their investment than what they pay in dues through our programs and advocacy efforts, but I'll save that for another column on another day.  Instead I'm happy to share here a few new, and some innovative, ways in which you can easily make back your investment in cold hard cash.


  • TryItLocal.com - If you are familiar with social media sites like Groupon and Living Social than you will love this.  It's a similar online service that will allow Chamber members to offer limited-time discounts to local consumers (not just members).  Savvy consumers, which can include your employees (hello free employee benefit!), save big money by purchasing the discounted coupons which in turn drives foot traffic to our local member businesses.  Look for details on this innovative program in the next couple of weeks.


  • UPS Shipping - Exclusive NVCC member discounts from UPS will be rolled out in the next couple of weeks as well.  The more you ship, the more you save!  And there is no minimum purchase to qualify.


  • Comcast Business Class - This program allows members the opportunity to save on their Comcast Business Class Internet, Phone, and TV bill simply because of their NVCC membership.

Sign up for Comcast Business Class service with a 12-month contract receive ONE MONTH bill credit (up to $250 value)

Sign up for Comcast Business Class service (minimum Voice and Internet) with a 24-month contract receive TWO MONTHS bill credits (up to $500 value)

Members who  sign up for Comcast Business Class service (minimum Voice and Internet) with a 36-month contract receive THREE MONTHS bill credits (up to $750 value)


For more information about the program contact the NVCC Region Chamber dedicated Comcast Business Class Sales Manager, Robert DeMaria at 617-866-8505 or robert_demaria@cable.comcast.com.


  • Member-to-Member Discounts - This long-standing program will soon be enhanced by going online, making it easier than ever to access these exclusive discounts.  More than 100 local businesses offer discounts to you and your employees.  In May we will roll out a program that will allow you and your employees to print your discount coupon right from your computer.  For a list of existing discount offers go to www.nvcc.com.


I encourage you take advantage of these existing and upcoming programs.  The Chamber continues to look for ways for you and your employees to save money by shopping locally and with other Chamber members.  The bottom line is, well, the bottom line - you save money and we all drive business to one another.


Thomas J. O'Rourke, CCE

President & CEO





Speaker Series



The 2011 NVCC Speaker Series kicks off with a look at the real estate market from one of the region's leading experts.   vincent valvo


Vincent Valvo is the group publisher and editor-in-chief of Banker & Tradesman and oversees all of The Warren Group's publishing and data sales divisions. He has been a publisher, reporter, editor and broadcaster for more than 35 years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, Reuters News Service, the Boston Herald and many other publications. He was the writer and on-air reporter of both the nightly Connecticut Business Report on Connecticut Public Television and the nightly "Your Money" report on WVIT NBC-30.


Mr. Valvo will share his thoughts on the real estate market and economic trends in the region. 


Hilton Dedham/Boston

25 Allied Drive

Dedham, MA 02026

Friday, April 15

7:45 - 9:15 AM

Cost: $25 Members, $35 Non-members

To register click here




Sponsored by:

                  Eastern Bank

Dedham Savings Bank logo                 MHTL logo

 Mega Business Expo

Dedham Savings Booth Expo 08Watch your business grow! Showcase and promote your product or service at the Mega Business Expo on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Christina's in Foxboro. This expo is one of the biggest networking events of its kind in the area, with over 150 exhibitors.


For 10 years, this expo has given exhibitors the opportunity to improve and expose their organizations to the public and other businesses from three chamber areas.


The event also features a Business After Hours, featuring free food and a cash bar.


For maximum exposure consider taking a high visibility sponsorship which includes advertising, premier exhibit space, and custom ceiling banners.


NOW is the time to reserve your booth, as space is in high demand.


Contact Cristoff Shay at (781) 769-1126, or cristoff@nvcc.com.





  Flavors 2011 


Thank you to all of our Vendors and Christina's for making Flavors of Neponset Valley 2011, such a huge success! The evening couldn't have been better.  


A very special thank you goes out to our Flavors Committee and Chamber Staff for theirMatt's Flavor Pic considerable contributions, and to Committee Chairman, Jackie Halfond, for her leadership, dedication, and tremendous hard work in making this all happen.


A slide show of the evening is coming soon to the webiste!



  Member Spotlight 




         Superior Academics

         A Safe and Loving Community

         Small Class Sizes

         Before and After School Care

         Affordable Tuition

         Summer Enrichment Program

         Christian Environment


Educating 3 years old through 7th grade



The Academy at Foxborough (est. 1995) is a private Christian school committed to academic excellence.  We strive to build a strong academic foundation while instilling Christian character in our students, preschool through 7th grade. Our students consistently score 1 -2 years above grade level (as compared with similar aged students) as measured by the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT).

The Academy at Foxborough's vision is to equip students academically to use their gifts and abilities to become experienced and effective servant leaders who will represent Jesus Christ faithfully in the world. We offer a quality educational program that values intellect, academics, personal work ethic, the arts, moral culture, and relationships. 

One of long time parents remarked "We have entered a community that truly values parental involvement and collaboration at all levels.  The Academy at Foxborough is a gem, and we look forward to enrolling our third child there."

If you like what you've read, please contact us for a tour and an application.


Academy at Foxborough

115 Mechanic Street





Matt McKee

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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126