Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Connection
June, 2012
In This Issue
New Members
Member News
From the President - Just What the Doctor Ordered
Calling All Members
Upcoming Events
Patrick-Murray Administration's Small Business Week Tour
Elizabeth Warren to Visit NVCC
Legislative Reception and Business After Hours
MACCE Washington DC Fly-In
Your Input is Needed
Member Spotlight - Gray, Gray & Gray
Save Money on Electricity for Your Business and Home
Summer Intership Postings
27th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit in part the Norfolk Advocates for Children
Discover Cuba
New Members
Law Office of George N. Heos Jr. - Boston
R.C.O.  Renovations - Dover









Member Affinity Programs


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Board of Directors



Chairman of the Board
*Kevin Hallinan


 Past Chairman of the Board
*Anthony F. Caruso

Bank of Canton



*Mike Moran
Dedham Institution for Savings


General Counsel & Chair-elect
*Sabina T. Herlihy, Esq.
Law Offices of Sabina T. Herlihy


Previous Past Chairman

*Steve Fradkin

The Wizard of Adz


*Thomas O'Rourke

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce


Dana Bottorff

G. T. Reilly & Company


*Michael Cecere, CPA

Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP


Paul Chaggaris
Walpole Cooperative Bank


Rob Ferrini

The Murphy Insurance Group 


Debbie Ellis



Thomas Flaherty

Bacon Flaherty, LLC


Lori Forcucci

Law Office of Lori Forcucci


Pierce Haley, Esq.
Serlin|Haley LLP


Jackie Halfond

Christina's Fireside Grille


Chris Herlihy



John Holiver
Norwood Hospital


Brian Johnson

Doc Shredding Corp.


Willard Krasnow, Esq.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP


Nancy Levine

American Bank


Bob Mannering



*Peter McFarland

The Allied Group


*Mary Raczka

HESSCO Elder Services


Peter Rice

Eastern Bank 


Rebecca Schofield

Needham Bank


*Katherine Touafek

School to Careers Partnership


Monty Vaughn
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP


*David P. Wolicki, Esq.
Law Offices of David P. Wolicki  



*Member of the Executive Committee 



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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Member News

Washington DC was the gathering place for the National Association of Realtors.


13,500 blue Realtor shirts graced the mall Friday, May 18th for the "Rally to Protect The American Dream" Because "Home Ownership Matters".


Pictured: Zachary Wluka, Chamber Member,David Wluka MAR Director, VC NAR Housing Opportunity Advisory Committee, NAR liaison to Barney Frank and Trish McCarthy MAR 2012 President and Chamber Member Nancy Wluka, Realtor and member of Realtor Commercial Alliance.  



Member news and events



Items of Interest


is hosting.....


Summers in the Air

Opportunities are in Bloom

Job Fair

WhereCrowne Plaza Hotel, Natick

WhenThursday, June 7, 2012



There is no cost to participate in this event!


We have room for up to 70 employers.


Click on the link below for detailed information about the event and to access the Registration Form.  Registration deadline is May 4th.


Do not delay.  Reserve your space now!



 From The President


Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Finally, some good news on the health insurance front. First, recent health iTom. New picnsurance premium increases were held to the low single-digits and in some cases were lowered versus last year's rates. Second, the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) will be offering discounted rates on several health plans through the Neponset Valley Chamber and other chambers statewide to businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees. Third, the state legislature is working on a healthcare cost-containment bill aimed at lowering the cost of healthcare for consumers.

This Chamber, MACCE and other business organizations have fought long and hard for the ability to negotiate discounts with insurers on group insurance for small businesses much like a large corporation can. I am pleased to say that our efforts have been successful, and that we will be announcing our discounted health insurance plan options in a matter of days. Read more


Issues Forum - A Prescription for Controlling Your Health Care Costs



Health insurance costs are often viewed as a snarling pit bull barely tethered to the front porch, ready to attack the most innocent of small businesses and

Health care is expensive, it's important, and small business and individuals have to do everything they can to control the costs before it controls their bottom line.


Join the Chamber for an Issues Forum for a panel discussion focusing on specific strategies that small businesses and consumers can take to reduce their health care costs.


"The cost of healthcare is the number one issue on the minds of business people today, but there are things businesses and individuals can do to help. This program will show them how to save money now." Tom O'Rourke, President & CEO of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce.



Light breakfast is included.


Four Points Sheraton

1125 Boston/Providence Highway

Norwood, MA

Thursday, June 14


$15 Members, $25 Non-Members, $12 Facebook Fans


About our Speakers:


Key Note Speaker Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. JudyAnn Bigby oversees 17 state agencies and serves in the Cabinet of Governor Deval Patrick. Her broad range of experience as a primary care physician, professor, researcher and health policy expert, gives her unique insights into how the state can best serve the people of the Commonwealth.                           






Joshua Archambault is The Pioneer Institute's Director of Health Care Policy & Program Manager for the Middle Cities Initiative. Prior to joining Pioneer, Josh was selected as a Health Policy Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. His research centered on the treatment of small businesses in the implementation of health reform in Massachusetts, and proposed alternative paths for other states to pursue. Other past research has focused on delivery system reforms in Massachusetts as a cost containment measure from increasing health care spending.  






Marie Chalmers is a Principal at Mercer in the Health & Benefits group in Boston, MA. Marie is also a member of the US Health Care Reform Task Force responsible for educating clients and colleagues on the impact of this new legislation.  


She maintains senior level relationships with all of the major carriers and works in negotiating with those carriers on behalf of Mercer clients. Marie's clients are in the financial services, manufacturing,high-tech and higher education industries. Marie will be taking on our topic from the Federal reform prospective.






Derek Haas is the founder of Affordable Futures, which is working with the Chambers of Commerce on its small business health insurance group purchasing cooperative program. Before founding Affordable Futures, Derek was a health care consultant to the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General. Previously, he worked on the staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and for the management consulting firm Bain & Company. He has a MBA and a BA from Harvard University.



Ken Farbstein is founder and President of Patient AdvoCare. He collaborates with a large national network of skilled advocates. Ken co-led a redesign project at the multi-hospital CareGroup system winning the $25,000 first annual Premier Award for Hospital Medication Safety. He has over 20 years experience in health care. He has advised clinical and administrative leaders in hospitals, medical groups, health maintenance organizations, and Massachusetts state government on ways to improve 
medication safety and reduce costs through rapid cycle techniques.


Sponsored by


dedham savings 



June Member Promotion

Calling all members to spread the word!


If you have a friend, a vendor, or other business associate who would benefit from participating in the NVCC, please let them know about the New Member Promotion for June. And as always, any referral from an existing member who results in a new member is compensated with $25 in Chamber Dollars.


Starting June 1, 2012, the NVCC will be offering a 15-month membership for the same investment as a 12-month membership. This offer is only valid through Friday, June 29. 2012. This is for new members only, and the membership investment must be paid in full by June 29,2012.


Contact Brian at 781-769-1126 or email at with any referrals or any questions.



 Upcoming Programs

June 4

Patch Academy

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA


June 5

NVCC Elder Care Alliance - Planning for the Future...Outlasting your Money

The Arbors at Stoughton

2121 Central Street

Stoughton, MA



June 14

HR Council - Employment Law Update

Gray, Gray & Gray

34 Southwest Park

Westwood, MA



June 14

Issues Forum - A Prescription for Controlling the Cost of Your Health Care

Four Points Sheraton

1125 Boston/Providence Highway

Norwood, MA



June 21

Legislative Reception and Business After Hours

Endicott Estate

656 East Street

Dedham, MA


All programs



Here before you know it:



August 6: 27th Annual Golf Tournament at the Easton Country Club benefiting, in part, the Norfolk Advocates for Children


October 25: 2012 Mega Business Expo with the Tri Town and Milford Area Chambers at Christina's


Play golf, or reserve your spot for THE premier business expo in the area today!







 Easy registration  and more information for these beneficial programs







The statewide tour celebrates National Small Business Week, which runs May 20-26. The stops at local business by state officials highlight the importance of small businesses in the Massachusetts economy and provide another opportunity for business owners to discuss the economic climate in the Commonwealth. Small businesses represent approximately 85 percent of the state's total businesses and employ more than half of the total workforce in the state. 



NVCC President, Tom O'Rourke, Sam's Applicance & Furniture Manager, John Anzlovar, State Permit Ombudsman & Director, Victoria Maguire

"National Small Business Week is a great way to highlight the business people who are fueling our economy and are providing quality products and services," said Maguire. "As Massachusetts recovers faster and stronger than the rest of the nation from the recession, small businesses like Sam's Appliances and Furniture are driving our economic momentum forward."


Sam's Appliance and Furniture is a family run small business that has been in business since the 1930s and has been under the same ownership since 1978.


The Patrick-Murray Administration continues to work on improving the economic environment in Massachusetts through the state's economic development plan, "Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century", which provides long-term strategies for continuing Massachusetts' momentum in job creation and economic development.


The state has launched a number of initiatives to support small businesses, including regulatory reform that will ensure state government is creating the conditions for small businesses to thrive, targeted support to our cities and towns that improve regional economies and small-business development, and continuing to nurture a robust and supportive environment for the state's innovation and entrepreneurial economies.




For more information about Sam's Appliance and Furniture click here.



 Elizabeth Warren to visit the NVCC


U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be visiting NVCC Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm at the Chamber office. 


She will meet with the Board of Directors from 3:00-3:15pm for a private meeting in NVCC conference room #2, and then will meet with members and the press in conference room #1 immediately following.


Regardless of which candidate you may personally support, one of them will be elected Senator and represent our community's interests in Washington, so don't miss this opportunity to meet candidate Warren.


There is no cost to attend!


If you would like to attend please email your R.S.V.P to Cristoff





 Legislative Reception and Business After Hours                              



The NVVC is pleased to announce a Legislative Reception on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Endicott Estate in Dedham.


The Legislative Reception is your opportunity to meet and chat with local and state officials and members of the business community in order to create a better understanding of the issues that impact businesses in the Neponset Valley Region and beyond.


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

We sincerely hope that you will join us for this important event.



Endicott Estate

656 East Street

Dedham, MA

Thursday, June 21


$10 Members, $20 Non-members, $8 Facebook Fans

Easy registration


Sponsored by


 Sponsored by


MACCE Washington DC Fly-In


Join fellow business leaders and Chamber members on our first-ever DC fly-in!


The Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) has announced plans for its first-ever Massachusetts fly-in to our nation's capital. The Washington DC fly-in is scheduled for June 19 & 20.  Chambers of Commerce from across the Commonwealth will attend with staff and members of their local business community.


This is a great opportunity to meet with leaders in Washington as well as to network with like-minded business people from other parts of the state.


The program will include briefings with issue experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. Meetings will be scheduled with Senate and House members from Massachusetts and their staffs.


Meetings will be scheduled starting at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, include a group dinner Tuesday evening, and will conclude late afternoon on Wednesday, June 20. Dinner is sponsored by Serlin Haley.


Participants will make their own arrangements for travelling to and from Washington. (Washington is served by three airports; Reagan National Airport - DCA - is by far the most convenient.)


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for the night of June 19 at the Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 North Capitol St NW. The hotel is located close to the Capitol and the Senate office buildings. All meetings will be within either walking distance or a short cab ride. Rooms are $319/night (+ tax).


Individual attendees must book their own rooms by calling the hotel at 1-800-824-5419 and identify themselves as part of the MACCE Washington Fly In group, or they may book online at and entering the Group Code 16759. Hotel reservations are first come-first served, and must be made by Tuesday, May 29.


There will be a $50 registration fee per person, payable to MACCE. If you would like to attend or need more information, contact Tom O'Rourke at 781-769-1126 or


Dinner sponsored by




Your Input is Needed

Please complete these two quick surveys


1. A few months ago our chamber and others across the state asked members to complete a business climate survey.  We still need a few more responses in order to have data that we can trust.  Therefore we are offering a $100 VISA gift card to one randomly selected person who completes the survey.


To insure that we focus on the right issues, we want to hear from you about what matters.  By adding your voice alongside thousands of other chamber members, we can provide you the information you need to have real impact on Beacon Hill.


Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey at so that we may accurately gauge your feelings on our business climate.


We are conducting this survey in partnership with Pioneer Institute, a public policy think tank.  We will be issuing the results of the survey in the coming months and using the results throughout the year to inform you about the issues that matter to business. 


2. The second survey is from Jane Corr, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Marketing Office.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is committed to attracting and retaining the best possible talent pool for our current, and future, employers.   Various studies have indicated that providing internship opportunities is key to building and retaining talent.  To that end,  the Commonwealth's Economic Development plan, "Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century",  includes the  goal of increasing by 20% each year, for the next five years, the number of internship placements in Massachusetts.


The Commonwealth is working not only to accomplish this internship goal, but also to establish a baseline for the goal.  To further this work, they are looking to Massachusetts employers for feedback on how the state can help employers with their internship programs and they are also collecting information on internship programs that are already in place in order to establish a baseline.  To gather this information they have created a survey for Massachusetts employers:


Thank you so much for your help. 



Thomas J. O'Rourke, CCE

President and CEO

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce








Member Spotlight



Gray, Gray & Gray, LLPGray, Gray & Gray: Sharing a vision and providing direction so clients can succeed.




For more than sixty-six years, Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP has been serving the tax, accounting and management advisory needs of businesses in a variety of industries. We've become one of the most respected independent accounting firms in New England by sharing a vision and providing direction so our clients can succeed.


Gray, Gray & Gray goes above and beyond traditional accounting and tax services to provide practical business guidance and sound strategies to help ensure a successful future for our clients. We provide an array of services as diverse as the needs of our clients. Our role can range from financial advisor to estate planner, tax strategist to business coach. The addition of our expertise and insight adds an important dimension to our clients' businesses.


Gray, Gray & Gray delivers a comprehensive scope of services that provides timely, accurate information and guidance that allows you to make the best decisions for your business and your life.


Perhaps the best evidence of the differentiating value and responsiveness of our service to our clients are our clients themselves. This is what one of our clients recently told us about the quality of the service we provide:


"Making the switch to Gray, Gray & Gray was the best business decision I could have made. They are on top of everything for me, always with an eye toward helping me make the most profit. They are like family, and are always just a phone call away to guide me. I also use their wealth management services. I am so confident with Gray, Gray & Gray that I literally put my life in their hands. If you are thinking about changing accounting firms, don't think twice - Gray, Gray & Gray makes the decision easy."


Alicia Canning

CANMAC Enterprises

Canton, CT



Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP


Westwood * Framingham * Boston

(781) 407-0300



Want the "Spotlight" on your business? Attend our next Networking Event at the Davio's on July 10.  Lunch Included. Easy registration

Save $$$ on Electricity for Your Business and Home

Through an affinity program with First Point Power, NVCC members can save up to 15% on the supply portion of their electric bill.


With the deregulation of the electricity industry, you now have a choice of where you buy your electricity. Your local utility will continue to provide service, reliability, meter reading, and you still only get one bill from the utility company. 


This offer is for commercial accounts as well as residences. You can sign up your business and then offer it as a no-cost-to-you employee benefit to all your employees.  The only restriction is you must be an NSTAR or National Grid customer. If you are served by a municipal Power Company, you are precluded from taking advantage of this offer at this time.


Contact Brian at, or 781-769-1126 for more information.

Goodbye from Intern, Krystal Smith

Coming into this intern position last fall, I wasn't sure what to expect and was quite nervous I wouldn't fit in.


However, leaving here I can truly say it has been a wonderful experience; it has taught me so much about what it means to be professional in a business environment.


Over the last seven months, I have been working alongside Cristoff Shay, helping to organize programs, design brochures, posters, and interacting with members; this is one thing I really had to break out of my shell for as I am very shy!


One of the main reasons I enjoyed this internship was I could experience

a little of everything and not just focus on one specific area.


As of June 1, 2012, I will have earned my AS in Visual Arts-Art and Graphic Design from Massasoit Community College and I plan to attend York College in New York to further my education. My focus will be on Communication Technology.


I am extremely grateful for the experience Cristoff and the Chamber have provided to me. I know as I move forward in my life, my time at the Chamber has provided me with a solid foundation to build upon.


Thank you and CIAO!


Krystal Smith


* The NVCC is always looking for interns. If you know of someone that might benefit from an internship with the Chamber, please contact Cristoff at 781-769-1126, or



Summer Internships is now accepting summer internship postings. To post a position, just go to, sign in under "Employer" and post your internship(s). This is a free service sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mass It's All Here and Experience, Inc.

This service is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Talent Retention Initiative and is designed to bring students together with Massachusetts businesses, non-profits, and government agencies seeking interns. Many studies have indicated that increasing the retention rate of appropriately-skilled workers is critical to a region's economic growth and that internships provide an excellent vehicle for achieving this goal.

Mass It's All Here will be driving college career centers and students to this site to view and apply for the posted positions. Please post today and let Mass It's All Here help you broadcast your internship opportunities to students who are looking to work in Massachusetts this summer.

If you have questions, please contact:


Jane Corr

Commonwealth Marketing Office



Join the NVCC for the 27th Annual Golf Tournament at the beautiful Easton Country Club for a day of amazing golf, fun, prizes (you could win $10,000!) and delicious food - all for a great cause!


A portion of the proceeds will benefit Norfolk Advocates for Children; an organization dedicated to helping children who are the victims of physical and sexual abuse.


Please be a part of this special event and show your support for Norfolk Advocates for Children.



Dear Friend,

One out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused before reaching age 18. Given this fact, it is likely that you or someone close to you has been a victim of sexual abuse. If it is not you, but someone close to you, you may or may not be aware of the trauma they experienced.

At the Norfolk Advocates for Children (NAC), we are committed to giving sexually abused children a voice by helping them understand that they have been the victim of a horrific act of abuse and by facilitating healing and hope through our services. We are committed to transforming children's lives by reaching our goals to:

  • Minimize the number of times that abused children are interviewed
  • Provide a swift and sensitive response to child abuse victims and their families
  • Facilitate coordination and collaboration between community agencies
  • Ensure that comprehensive services are available to meet the needs of child abuse victims and their families in Norfolk County

We greatly appreciate you being a part of this tournament and support this important cause. I look forward to seeing you on August 6 at the Easton Country Club!



AnnMarie Cariello

Development Consultant

Norfolk Advocates for Children


Early Bird is only $125 per golfer, or $500 per foursome (if paid by 6/30/2012)

Don't play golf? Join us for the Cocktail Reception for only $20.


10:00-10:45am - Registration

11:00am - Shotgun start/lunch

4:00pm - Cocktail reception with open bar

Easton Country Club

265 Purchase Street

South Easton, MA

Monday, August 6 

Play golf


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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126