Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Business Connection
May 2011
In This Issue
New Members
Featured Article
Featured Article
From the President
2011 Golf Outing
2011 Golf Outing
The Last Hurrah for Norwood High School
Legislative Reception
Member Spotlight
Travel To Portugal


New Members  




LeaderBoard of Boston 


Liberty Mutual Group-Westwood


Providing Excellence Through Technology-Stoughton


Ryan & Faenza, Attorneys at Law - Walpole



For the latest Member News click here



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


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 



May 4, 2011

New Member Orientation

NVCC Offices



May 5, 2011

Hr Council

Employment Law Update

Gray, Gray & Gray

Westwood, MA



May 10, 2011

"How to Network" Seminar

Holiday Inn Boston/Dedham

Dedham, MA



Noon Networking

Holiday Inn Boston/Dedham

Dedham, MA



May 17, 2011

Social Security Seminar

Gray, Gray, & Gray Offices

Westwood, MA



May 25, 2011

Legislative Reception

Endicott Estate

Dedham, MA



To register for May events  click here 



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.

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


To register call (781) 769-1126. 

John Gorham Ambassador of the Quarter Award


Nancy Wluka of Wluka Real Estate Corp. was awarded the NVCC's John Gorham Ambassador of the Quarter for exemplary performance in welcoming new members to the orNancy Wlukaganization for the first quarter of 2011.  She is the recipient of a $50 Chamber Dollar certificate. To learn more about our Ambassador Program, contact Brian McGillicuddy at (781) 769-1126



Reserve your booth today! 

Expo Logo 2011 


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From the President



Although it's 45 degrees and raining as I write this, the calendar says it's Spring.  So while it may not feel like it yet, there are indeed abundant signs of new life that confirm what the calendar says.  Just look around at the forsythia, tulips and daffodils that have blossomed all over.  I'm growing lettuce and other greens in my garden and will soon add tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more.  Local spring sports teams are in action and even the Red Sox seem to have finally figured out that a new season has begun.


Spring is the season that brings new life in so many ways.  It also brings new life to activities here at the Chamber.  Later this month we will hold our first-ever Legislative Reception at the Endicott Estate in Dedham.  The objective of the event is to help build stronger connections between our area leaders and the business community.  There is no speaking agenda, rather the idea is to have everyone mix and mingle and share conversation.


The Endicott Estate is a beautiful and historic venue for this special occasion which will include hors d oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and refreshments.


As the leading economic development and business advocacy organization in the region, it is important to us to build and maintain positive relations with our region's decision makers.  This is your opportunity to meet those decision makers and share your thoughts and concerns.


Just this week the Chamber staff switched to a new database management system.  Now you may be thinking "big deal how does that impact me?"  Well believe it or not it actually does.  Our new system is integrated with our website which means many new features for you as a member.  You will soon be receiving your own personal login credentials for the site which will allow you to manage your membership information and preferences.  Change your address or hire a new employee?  Now you can update your information on the website in real time.  Want to attend an event?  Sign up online as always in a more efficient and secure manner.  Prefer to receive your invoices electronically?  No problem, our system allows you to view and pay your invoices from your web portal.  We will even be able to tell you how many times your company or your industry was searched for and clicked on through our website, providing you with real metrics regarding the value of your membership.


Of course this new system also allows the Chamber staff to operate more efficiently consequently allowing us more time to service your needs in the business community.


The bottom line on this is that we are leveraging technology to provide you a better member experience while streamlining our back office operations.  I look forward to your comments as we roll out this new system in the coming weeks.


So that's just a little of what's new here as we look forward to warmer weather.  What's new with you?


Tom O'Rourke

President and CEO



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2011 Golf Outing 


The NVCC's 26th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Blue Hill Country Club in Canton. This event is open to NVCC Members and NGolf 08 Dedham Savingson-members. The day will feature top-notch golf, lunch, raffles, contests, and a cocktail reception.


Come join us for fun, food, and friends!









Early Bird Special Pricing:


$200/Golfer Paid by June 30, 2011

($225/Golfer after June 30, 2011)


Blue Hill Country Club

23 Pecunit Street
Canton, MA 02021
To register
click here


Interested in sponsoring the Golf Outing? click here, or

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

for a complete list of sponsorship opportunities.


 Sponsored by:
  dedham savingsbank of canton logo   Needham Bank


    MHTL logo



Needham Bank Business Seminar Series


SSAKristen Alberino, Metropolitan Public Affairs Specialist, from the Social Security Administration will present first-hand information about Social Security on May 17, 2011 at Gray, Gray & Gray in Westwood.  


Social Security is widely recognized as the most successful domestic program in the history of our country. Its importance comes from the fact that it was designed as a financial floor of protection for all of us.


Topics that will be discussed:


         The role of Social Security in our society

         The benefits and services provided by Social Security

         The future of Social Security



Sponsored by

Gray, Gray & Gray

34 Southwest Park

Westwood, MA 02090Needham Bank

To register click here





The Last Hurrah for Norwood High School


Recognizing that many NVCC members may have attended Norwood High School we wanted to share the following information with you about the upcoming farewell event for the old high school.  


 norwood highschoolAdditionally, Chamber members have been asked to serve as guest bartenders for the evening.  I plan to do this myself and invite any other Norwood High grads to join me.  Your admission is free and you will be serving just beer and wine for a two hour shift.  It's a great way to see people, enjoy the evening and get the Chamber's name out there in a positive way.  


 Before they demolish the existing building, built in 1926, the Norwood High School Alumni Association felt it would be fitting to say good-bye to the current building by offering tours, and a moving and memorable day of history, current activities, a memorial to those graduates who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and just a gathering of friends to pay tribute to the classrooms and halls that educated so many of us. 


The event is in two parts, a day program that is free, and an evening gala on a grander scale which is the main fund raising event. The proceeds from the ticketed evening event, as well as from the souvenir items that will be offered, will go to help build the concession stand/field house that was not in the plans to be rebuilt with the new school. This concession stand is a great asset to the many sports boosters that, due to economic times, need to sell food and drinks at games or music competitions and exhibitions to support their organizations.  



Tom O'Rourke




Saturday, June 11, 2011

10:00am - 2:00pm day event
7:00-11:30 pm ticketed night event *must be 21 or over 



For more information or to purchase tickets click Here.  If you would like to attend for free as a bartender, please let me know at tom@nvcc.com.



Legislative Reception at the Endicott Estate



Business people from the Neponset Valley are invited to attend the first Legislative Reception held by the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 5:30-8:00 pm.  The event will be held at the historic Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA.  

Local and state elected and appointed officials from the region have been invited to come meet the local business community.  The legislative reception is an opportunity to facilitate dialogue between our local and state leaders and the business community in order to create a better understanding of the issues that impact business. 


"Business people often feel that their voice is not heard at town hall or on Beacon Hill.  At the same time, local and state officials say that they want to hear from the business community.  This meeting allows both groups to get together in a relaxed setting to discuss their respective agendas in person," said Chamber President, Tom O'Rourke.


There is no formal speaking program, instead participants will be able to mix and mingle with one another while enjoying hors de oeuvres, beer, wine and refreshments.


Endicott Estate                       Sponsored by

656 East Street

Dedham, MA bank of canton logo

To register click hereSerlin


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  Member Spotlight 






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         Is there ongoing conflict in your business?

         Do employees have the right attitudes to be team players?

         Is it difficult to implement change because employees resist it  

          at all costs?

         Do you wish that your managers had more leadership ability to

          address these challenges?


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2011 Speaker Series Save the Date


Massachusetts State Treasurer, Steven Grossman will speak at the Four Points Sheraton on June 1Steve Grossman0, 2010 7:45am in the second of the NVCC's Annual Speaker Series. 


More details coming soon. 





Four Points Sheraton

1125 Route 1

Norwood, MA

To register click here

                                         Sponsored by

      Dedham Savings Bank logo                             Eastern Bank

                                    MHTL logo


Travel to Portugal in 2012!


The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring a trip to Sunny Portugal from April 13 - 22, 2012.  This exclusive travel opportunity is open to all Chamber members, their employees, families and the portgeneral public. 


The trip will take you to the Estoril Coast and the Algarve regions of Portugal.  Also included are a Folkloric Dinner Show, Jeronimo's Monastery, Lisbon, Evora and an optional trip to Fatima.  Per person rates start at $2,799 double occupancy and include round-trip airfare from Logan, air taxes, fees and surcharges, hotel and 14 meals (8 breakfasts, 6 dinners).


An information night will be scheduled in the coming weeks at which we will have a presentation of the trip and answer any questions you may have.  Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for more information.




       Matt McKee

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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126