Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Business Connection
July 2011
In This Issue
New Members
Upcoming Events
From the President
From the Director of Membership
Needham Bank Small Business Seminar Series
Meet the Interns


New Members  


Bainbridge International - Canton


Northeast Planning Associates - Canton


Paychex - Quincy


Silver Pine Capital - Medfield 


T-Mobile - Dedham


Rudolph Friedmann, LLP - Boston


Our town Publishing - Norwood 


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Upcoming Chamber Events


July 12, 2011

Needham Bank Small Business Seminar Series; DJCIS

Gray, Gray & Gray Offices

Westwood, MA


July 28, 2011

Business After Hours

Residence Inn-Dedham 


To register for July 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. 

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From the President


"I believe that without free enterprise, there can be no democracy."  Those are the words of President, Dwight D. Eisenhower and I believe that as we head into the Fourth of July weekend it's appropriate to remember and reflect upon them.


235 years ago our Founding Fathers set the country on a course towards independence that had a profoundTom. New pic effect on the future of not only the United States, but the rest of the world. 


While the term "free enterprise" may not have existed in 1776, privately owned business certainly did.  In fact, in 1801 Paul Revere started Revere copper products right here in the Neponset Valley town of Canton.  I don't think it's coincidental that after attaining its freedom, the U.S. set off on an unprecedented run of technological and industrial growth known as the industrial revolution.  The entrepreneurial spirit of those early leaders in manufacturing went hand in hand with the spirit of freedom of the times. 


We see similar innovation occurring today in areas of high tech, bio tech, alternate energy and more.  The challenge for today's entrepreneurs is succeeding in an environment that is more heavily regulated and hindered by government controls.  Certainly there is a need for some government activities regarding business - we all want clean air, clean water and safe working conditions.  However, there is a fine line between common sense solutions and unnecessary roadblocks to innovation and growth; thus, the need for free enterprise to ensure democracy.  China has for years excelled at manufacturing copy cat products yet, still lags behind other nations in terms of cutting edge innovation.  Risk taking and creativity are stifled under their economic system.   


It's important for our elected leaders to understand the need for free enterprise to ensure the type of forward thinking and innovative solutions that can come from an economy that rewards risk takers and encourages new approaches to problems.  This is where your Chamber of Commerce comes in.  It is chambers, acting as the collective voice of business, that can effectively communicate the message to our leaders about where to draw the line that encourages risk taking enterprises versus discouraging them.   


The U. S. Chamber of Commerce even has a website devoted to educating people about and preserving free enterprise which you can access here - American Free Enterprise. Dream Big. 


So while you're watching a parade, enjoying a fireworks display or downing a burger and a cold beer, don't forget the important role that our business community plays in the success of our democracy.


Enjoy your holiday weekend!



Tom O'Rourke

President and CEO


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The Chamber Announces Donation Recipient


The Chamber is pleased to announce the Neponset Valley Leadership Institute has been chosen by the NVCC Executive Committee to receive a donation from the proceeds of the Chamber's 2011, Golf Tournament being held at the Blue Hill Country Club on August 8, 2011. 


Initiated by the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Committee in 2002, the Neponset Valley Leadership InsLeadershiptitute - Summer 2011, is a public school program run by The School to Careers Partnership. Entering junior and senior year, local high school students are nominated by their teachers, guidance counselors or principals by demonstrating leadership potential.   


By design, NVLI connects educational, public leaders and businesses in the Neponset Valley while developing our future workforce and every student attends on a full scholarship as part of their public school partnership.


"The Chamber is excited and honored to be a part of helping the leaders of tomorrow become productive and successful members of the community," Anthony Caruso, Chairman of The Board of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce.


"This is a meaningful opportunity for high school students to connect with their futures in the Neponset Valley which would not happen without dedicated organizations like the NVCC," Katherine Touafek, Director.


Support this great event and our future leaders; please join us out on the green by Clicking here!


 2011 Students:



Ariana Chappelle - Randoph                Landon Gaines - Randolph 

Kristen Callahan - Randolph                Hayley Reissfelder - Canton 

Chynala Chin - Canton                        David Feeney - Canton 

Chris Murray - Canton                         LaDerrick DaSilva - Dedham 

Laura Tavolone - Dedham                    Kelly Quinn - Dedham 

Amanda McField - Milton                    Shane Davis - Avon               

Joseph Marinilli - Milton                      Justin Curley - Milton

Molly Oliverio - Milton                         Alysha Noel - Randolph 

Michelle Au - Randolph                       Aynsley Chaneco - Randolph 

Joanne Ly - Randolph                         Charles Ogagan - Randolph 

Rachel Obeid - Norwood                     Jennifer Rossman - Norwood 

Nick Martin - Norwood                        Kyle Sylvester - Norwood
Ryan Sinclair - Avon                          Aaron Zion - Dedham 



Schedule for NVLI - 2011:


      Hale Reservation in Westwood for team building

      Public Sector Leadership at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank followed by  

      meeting with the Neponset Valley Legislators at the MA State House.

      Private Sector Leadership in the Neponset Valley at MEDI-TECH in the

      morning and Dunkin Brands in the afternoon.

      Non-Profit Sector Leadership meeting with staff at the Dorchester Boys &

      Girls Club and finishing the day with Don Rodman (business & philanthropic leader) at the

      Lincoln Building in Foxboro. 




From the desk of the Director of Membership



Summer Membership Special: From July 1st through August 31, for any business referral from an existing member that rBrianesults in a new membership, the Chamber Dollar Incentive Program payout will be DOUBLED - from $25 to $50. Chamber Dollars may be redeemed as payment for any Chamber event or applied towards membership dues. Furthermore, for any purchase of a product or service from a member in good standing, you may submit the paid receipt along with the Chamber Dollar Certificate, and we will pay you cash in the amount of the Chamber Dollar Certificate. To learn more, contact Brian McGillicuddy at 781.769.1126 or brian@nvcc.com.


Needham Bank Small Business Seminar Series - Department of Justice Criminal Information Services


Attorney Critsley joins us to discuss all the recent changes to Massachusetts law and how they directly affect you and your business on July 12, 2011 at the offices of Gray, Gray & Gray.

Attorney Georgia K. Critsley has been the General Counsel of the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) since 2008.  As General Counsel, she DCJISprovides guidance to the organization on public policy, substantive legal issues, legislative matters and general agency administrative issues.  She also was a member of the team that drafted the CORI Reform provisions that Governor Patrick signed into law in August 2010.  


Attorney Critsley is currently working on implementing the provisions of CORI Reform and redrafting DCJIS' regulations within the Massachusetts Business Community and will share with you the changes mandated by the reform and be on hand to answer your questions and address any concerns.

Please join us for this very important seminar; this is one you cannot afford to miss.

Breakfast is included.


Gray, Gray & Gray

34 Southwest Park

Westwood, MA

$20 Members, $30 Non-members

To register click here 



Fantastic Golf!



The NVCC's 26th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the beautiful and private, Blue Hill Country Club in Canton on Monday, August 8 with shotgun start at 12:30pm.


This event is open to NVCC Members and Non-members, and will feature top-notch golf, a barbecue lunch with all your summertime favorites, raffles for amazing prizes, contests, and a cocktail reception with open bar. Plus, hit a hole-in-one and win $10,000!


A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Neponset Valley Leadership Institute. Help us support the community's future leaders by registering today.









Don't play golf? Join us for an amazing cocktail reception with open bar for only $50.00!


Blue Hill Country Club

23 Pecunit Street
Canton, MA 02021
To register click here  


Interested in volunteering? Contact Becky at Needham Bank. Lunch and cocktail reception included for those that work the full event.


Sponsored by:

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Golf 08 Dedham Savings 
Quin Rickard Lipshires & Grupp
2nd Place winners

Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting at the Residence Inn-Dedham (Near Buca di Beppo)


Join us for an aResidence Innmazing night of networking, food (pasta bar- yum!), fun, tours and prizes at the Residence Inn-Dedham as we celebrate their recently completed renovation on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30pm.






Residence Inn-Dedham

259 Elm Street

Dedham, MA

$10 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Facebook Fans

To register click here


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In addition to serving our members, The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce also gives back by supporting charitable causes in the community. We are pleased to announce that the Chamber will be collecting buSuit picsiness suits and other professional attire to be worn by disabled and/or low income people to job interviews and to work.  Many of us have suits, dresses, blouses, skirts, slacks, belts, purses, etc. that we no longer need. Please donate them to our "Put Your Clothes to Work" drive!  


The Chamber will donate the clothes to Morgan Memorial, which will in turn give them to disabled and low income people in the Neponset Valley Region who cannot afford to buy professional clothing.


Those suits that have been sitting in the back of your closet for years can give another person a life- changing opportunity to enter the work force. We can clear an obstacle for people who have trouble getting a job because they don't have a professional outfit to wear to a job interview, and cannot afford one because they do not have a job. We will also have forms available for you to fill out to obtain a tax deduction for the value of the clothing you donate.


You can help those in need by dropping off your donation at:


NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA

Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.



The bins and racks will be available for you July 1 through July 29. You will also be given a $5 discount if you bring a clothing donation to the Business After Hours at the Residence Inn in Dedham on July 28, 2011. It would be optimal if your clothing is clean, and donating your clothes on a hanger is a plus.


If any of you would like bins or racks for your office, to collect donations from your employees or other businesses nearby, let us know. We can arrange to have bins and/or racks delivered and picked up.


Let's all empty our closets and help the Chamber contribute a mountain of clothing to help others take that first step on the ladder to success!


If you have any questions, please contact Cristoff at 781-769-1126.





Meet the Interns


We are happy to welcome Cynthia Llanos and Steven Chen to the NVCC Family! 


Cynthia and Steven will be with us throughout the summer, assisting with administration, programs, and with our video marketing efforts.


Cynthia graduated June 3, 2011 with an Associate's Degree, majoring in Visual Arts Graphic Design from Massasoit Community College. She has been a dynamo in helping our video project cynthiatake off and really fly!


"My teachers at Massasoit had advised me to take the Visual Arts Intern course and my graphic design professor found the available internship position with the Chamber."


"My close friend, and classmate, Stephanie was also interested in the position. Our professor emailed Tom and stated we would both be happy to "assassinate" him; lucky for us, it was a typo and the Chamber took both of us on!"


"I chose to intern for NVCC because I really wanted to work on redesigning print materials and film production. I have been working hard on the Chamber's video and photography for potential projects (check out the Chamber's Youtube page!)  As a result, I've gained more experience with interviewing, camera work, editing, and have built up a strong portfolio."




Steven, our newest intern, is currently studying at Brown University and will be assisting with administration needs, as well as video projects.


"I am still considering the possibilities for a very-fast-approaching future -- that is, whether to jump into Grad School and pursue an MBA -or- find an elusive job in a murky steveneconomy.  Being an Economics major and someone interested in the business realm of things, I would say that I do see myself somewhere in Finance or Accounting. I also continue to hold on to one of my childhood aspirations, which is to someday write a novel -- about what? I'm not quite sure yet, but when that idea strikes me, I sure hope it's good."

"I believe that the mission of the Chamber to foster economic growth in the region and provide a connection between local businesses and the community is one that is valuable and necessary.  Working with the Chamber will provide a good experience in understanding how local leaders interact and work with each other to enhance the community."

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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126