Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Connection
July, 2012
In This Issue
New Members
From the President - All Politics are Local
MACCE Introduces Discounted Health Insurance
Upcoming Events
Noon Networking at Davio's
Advertise with the Chamber
Member Spotlight - Off the Vine Catering
Business After Hours at One Bistro
Greetings from the Hilton
27th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit in part the Norfolk Advocates for Children
Meet New Member - Visions HealthCare
Save Money on Electricity for Your Business and Home
Discover Cuba
New Members








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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.

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


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 









Digiscribe New England Announces Partnership with Marex Group

FileBound Office Automation Solutions Offered throughout New England


Digiscribe New England, provider of document scanning services, document management solutions and workflow automation software throughout New England, today announces the formation of a partnership with Marex Group, Inc. As a result of this partnership, Digiscribe New England now implements FileBound office automation software and cloud solutions.



Read more about Digiscribe New England's new partnership. 




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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


All Politics is Local


The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of meetings with elected officials from all levels of government. First, the NVCC hosted a meeting with U.S Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (okay, technically she's not an elected official). Ms. Warren spent nearly an hour with a group of local business people sharing her reasons for entering the race and how she wanted to help small business. We hope to have Senator Scott Brown attend a future meeting with chamber members.


The following week I had an opportunity to travel to Washington DC with 25 other people representing Chambers of Commerce and business owners from throughout the Commonwealth. Our agenda was packed with informational meetings and visits with our state delegation.


We met first at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce across from the White House. U.S. Chamber staff briefed our group on three major business-related issues that were in play on Capitol Hill: Transportation Policy (the Chamber-backed two-year surface transportation reauthorization was approved by Congress last week), Health Care Policy (a presentation on how different scenarios could play out based on the then pending Supreme Court decision) and Labor Policy (updates on the NLRB's encroachment into labor policy, particularly regarding unions).


We then headed to the American Petroleum Institute (API), one of the largest trade associations in the country, representing companies in the oil and natural gas business. They provided an extremely informative overview of U.S. energy policy and naturally, spoke of the tremendous reserves of oil and natural gas that sit untapped beneath us. Enough to make the U.S. energy independent in about a dozen years.

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Standing in front of the U.S. Chamber Building in Washington. The giant JOBS sign is visible from the White House as a reminder to the President of the nation's top priority.

Members and staff of the Neponset Valley and South Shore Chambers of Commerce met with Congressman Stephen Lynch in his DC office.







Massachusetts Association of Chamber Executives Introduces Discounted Health Insurance for Small Businesses


Long-awaited discounts for small businesses are here. The Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) recently introduced the Chamber Health Coop, a group purchasing program that makes health insurance more affordable for businesses with 1 to 50 full-time employees.


Any small business that belongs to one of the more than 60 participating chambers of commerce and other business associations is eligible to join the Chamber Health Coop. The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce is among this first wave of organizations to make the program available to its members.

Our members can save hundreds or thousands of dollars a year on their health insurance from Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Health New England, which are each discounting several of their plans. Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim are trimming rates by 3 percent, and Health New England by 5 percent. Businesses with a maximum of 50 employees who work 30 or more hours a week can now enroll for coverage beginning as soon August 1st.


"The Commonwealth is pleased to support the new Chamber Health Coop through MACCE," said Governor Deval Patrick.  "Small businesses are vital to our continued economic success here in the Commonwealth and we need more innovative programs like the coop to reduce the high costs of health care that inhibit growth and development."


"Chambers have fought for years to lower the cost of health insurance. We are pleased that Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray, and Speaker DeLeo share this aim and helped pave the way for group purchasing cooperatives," said Neponset Valley Chamber President Tom O'Rourke. Mr. O'Rourke is also President of MACCE and has led the effort to create the money-saving Cooperative. "The Chamber Health Coop will give businesses one more tool they can use to lower the cost of insurance for themselves and their employees."


In addition to offering savings on health insurance plans, the Chamber Health Coop provides wellness programs to help employees live healthier lives that in turn may help keep premium costs at bay. The health and wellness offering is free for all covered employees and their families.


The Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives represents the 100+ Chambers of Commerce in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MACCE's mission is to be an accessible and valuable resource to the chamber professionals serving our state's communities. MACCE provides a wide-range of resources and opportunities for all chamber professionals and their member businesses.


To learn more, visit, or contact your certified insurance broker.


 Upcoming Programs


Babel's 2009 EXPO










July 10

Noon Networking


Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA


July 26

Business After Hours

One Bistro - Four Points Sheraton

1125 Boston/Providence HWY (Route 1)

Norwood, MA


All programs



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


 2012 Mega Business Expo with the Tri Town and Milford Area Chambers.


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



 Easy registration  and more information for these beneficial programs

Noon Networking at Davio's




Join us for our Noon Networking at Davio's in Foxboro and expose your business and services to new markets during this structured program.

Be ready for the spotlight with your 30-second commercial while enjoying a delicious lunch.

We will have a table set up for any literature about your business and services as an added benefit.



Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

Tuesday, July 10

12:00-1:30pm "Noon Networking

$25 Members, $20 Facebook Fans (Members only) $35 Non-members

Easy registration


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Advertise with the Chamber 



Chamber of commerce websites are frequently sought out when potential customers are looking for products and services in a local area. In fact, a 2007 study (by the Schapiro group) showed that when potential customers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it, and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. Chamber credibility is important and it positively enhances click through rates.


For the past four years, online local ads sales had a compound growth rate of 48 percent and are projected to reach $13.9 Billion in 2009 (+7.5%). At the same time, other forms of advertising are projected to decline 1.4%. Advertising continues to shift away from other media and more toward online opportunities because it is cost effective, measurable, flexible, targeted, and most importantly - it works!


Don't delay, contact Cristoff more more information and affordable rates to fit any budget. or 781-769-1126.


Member Spotlight



Owners Holly James and Darren Maggio have been working together for close to 20 years and started Off the Vine Catering in 2005 and have never looked back! The move to Norwood in January of 2011 has been a great one, not only with the new space we were able to acquire but also the new clientele of corporate business we have come to know in the area.


Everyone has catering needs at some point, whether coordinating a corporate gala event for 10,000 guests, planning the most memorable wedding reception or simply having friends at your home for a casual get together. We at Off the Vine Catering know that entertaining can be overwhelming, let us help. Our team of event planners, onsite event managers, wait staff and talented chefs will execute a fabulous celebration for you that will make entertaining stress free.


In the corporate world there are always clients to impress and staff to be thankful for. Off the Vine Catering understands this, and we have many menu options to assist you in both efforts, whether it be an in office luncheon for a client meeting or a large BBQ outside one afternoon for all your employees we are there to help make both a success!


Enjoy fabulous fare, party planning tips and be relaxed throughout your affair knowing that the staff at Off the Vine Catering is managing everything for you. We provide menu design so your meal is just what you want, as well as all the additional amenities to make that soiree sensational. for more information.



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

Business After Hours at One Bistro





Get a fantastic ROI on your Chamber Membership with the Business After Hours at One Bistro at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood.

Network your business and services while enjoying complimentary food and beverage.

This is a great opportunity to expose your business and services to NVCC members!



One Bistro - Four Points Sheraton

1125 Boston/Providence Turnpike - Route 1

Norwood, MA

Thursday, July 26


Easy registration



Greetings fellow members of the Neponset Valley Chamber!




Thank you for taking the time to learn more about The Hilton Boston/Dedham located conveniently right off of I-95. My hotel is the answer to all your business and personal needs. We are a full-service luxury hotel with 256 beautifully appointed guestrooms overlooking beautiful conservation land. Enjoy the comfort of full service amenities while visiting us, such as the Fountain Blue Grille Restaurant, Starbucks Café ( DELICIOUS), the Lobby Lounge, room service, full-service Fitness Center, indoor salt water pool/jacuzzi, racquetball court and basketball courts, outdoor walking trail, and Business Center!


We have a gorgeous regal dark wood ballroom that can hold up to 250 people and additional meeting facilities and services. The property tailors to the needs of small groups as well as large social events and conventions. If it's a social gathering or wedding you are planning, we will assist you in planning all the important events surrounding your special event.


Strategically located just 12 miles outside the city of Boston and 10 miles from Gillette Stadium and the Comcast Center, the Hilton Boston Dedham is the perfect location for Massachusetts business or pleasure. Our location also puts us within walking distance or by complimentary shuttle to Legacy Place and the commuter rail. It is also just two miles from the Amtrak train station.



So whether your travel is for pleasure or business, the Hilton Boston Dedham hotel is the answer to your needs.



A Sizzlin' Summer Deal


  1. BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY NOW!- 10% Off Any Menu Selection PLUS one Complimentary Stationary Display for Cocktail Hour
  2. SUMMER SIZZLE AUGUST PROMOTIONS- Hot Pick 1- Complimentary Meeting Room Rental ( Group must have continental breakfast and lunch). Hot Pick2- Complimentary Ice Cream Sundae Break ( Group must have continental breakfast and lunch), or Hot Pick 3- Complimentary Fun Fenway Break ( Group must have continental breakfast and lunch).
  3. Group Rates as low as $89.00- Double H Honors Points, 20% off Meeting Planner Packages


Contact LINDE SCHWARTZ, Catering Sales Manager for more information!



t: +1 781 407 1633  I  f: +1 781 461 1027  

25 Allied Drive  I  Dedham MA 02026  I  USA  I


 Annual Charity Golf Tournament




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.



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.




Easton Country Club

265 Purchase Street

South Easton, MA

Monday, August 6 


Play golf or join us for cocktails


Thank you to our sponsors, (Interested in the benefits of sponsorship? Click here)



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 Needham Bank

Meet a New Member


Visions HealthCare is pleased to announce the expansion of services in Dedham in late October.


Formerly Finz, then Sagra Restaurant, Visions is renovating the building at 910 Washington Street (Route 1A) to serve as its second location for our rapidly growing integrative medical and wellness facility.


Addition of a Physician and a Nutritionist, Integrative Physician, Patricia Zub, MD moved her practice to Visions HealthCare this month. Dr. Zub is an Internal Medicine Physician with more than 13 years of Primary Care experience as well as training in Energy Medicine.  She is now accepting new patients and online booking is available for your convenience. Alternatively, you may call us at (781) 232-5455.

Visions also welcomes nutritionist, Juliane Goicoechea, MS, RD, LDN to support the growing demand of nutritional and lifestyle support. Juliane has 16 years of diverse experience in the field of nutrition and loves to work with individuals to create customized, flavorful meal plans. Please visit our website,, for her full biography or call (781) 232-5499 for an appointment.


New Website and Patient Portal

To best serve our community and patients, the practice recently launched a new website,, and a patient portal. The new site is organized, informative and searchable. Our portal technology allows patients to securely book appointments online, send messages to providers, request refills and referrals and much more.

For more information or to book appointments, please visit or call us at (781)431-1333. Visions HealthCare is currently located on Route 9 Eastbound at 170 Worcester Street in Wellesley, MA with our second location at 910 Washington Street in Dedham opening this Fall.

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.




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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126