Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Connection
September, 2012
 
In This Issue
New Members
From the President -Hiring Our Heros
Meet the Board - Rebecca Schofield, Needham Bank
Get Aquainted with the NVCC!
Upcoming Events
ChamberMail is Here!
Advertise with the Chamber
Member Spotlight - Chili's
Discover Tuscany
MACCE Introduces Discounted Health Insurance
Save Money on Electricity for Your Business and Home
Member News
 
 
New Members
 
 
Fit For Life - West Roxbury
 
 
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Board of Directors

 

Chairman of the Board
*Kevin Hallinan
WINNING, Inc.

 

Past Chairman of the Board
*Anthony F. Caruso

Bank of Canton

  

Treasurer

*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

 

President/CEO
*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

QRGA, LLP

 

Thomas Flaherty

Bacon Flaherty, LLC

 

Lori Forcucci

Law Office of Lori Forcucci

 

Pierce Haley, Esq.
Serlin|Haley LLP

 

Chris Herlihy

Shotgunflat 

 

Brian Johnson

Doc Shredding Corp.

 

Willard Krasnow, Esq.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

 

Nancy Levine

MSA Mortgage

 

Bob Mannering

Mercer

 

*Peter McFarland

The Allied Group

 

*Mary Raczka (Long)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 From The President

  

 

 
  

Serving Those Who Served

 

Did you know that the unemployment rate for returning service men and women is more than 13% and significantly higher for those ages 18 to 24?  The down economy has been difficult for many but few have felt the impact more than our veterans. What's interesting is how much military training and skills have changed over the years due to technological advances, meaning today's veterans possess a variety of skills that prior generations never would have had.

 

Consider the number of medical and high tech innovations that are the result of military research and development. Wouldn't it make sense to hire the very people who are responsible for either developing or using these tools? I know from talking to a recently returned veteran that many of the skills being used overseas are beyond my limited technological realm.

 

Traditionally veterans could be counted on for bringing skills in leadership, teamwork and discipline to the workplace. Add to that the training they now have in computers, logistics, mapping, GPS, supply chain, and so much more and you have a ready workforce that could be an asset to most businesses.

 

At the national and state level, I am pleased to see that government officials have taken the issue of veteran unemployment seriously and put into place a variety of programs to help them find work, transition their skills and access career advice and counseling. Our Chamber, through its affiliation with the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) supported the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Hiring Veterans which directed all Executive Branch agencies to promote the benefits of hiring veterans. We also continue to work with Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, who chairs the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services. Read more...

 

 

 
    
 

Meet The Board

 

Rebecca Schofield, Needham Bank Westwood Branch Manager

 

Rebecca Schofield has been involved with the chamber since 2005. She was originally with Dedham Co-operative in Business development and was very active in REN and Networking events for the NVCC.

 

In 2007, Dedham Co-operative merged with Needham Co-operative to become Needham Bank and Rebecca was made Manager of the Wellesley Branch, and then in 2009, the Westwood Branch Manager.

 

Needham Bank has been in business for 117 years. It offers its customers an array of services, including investment and wealth management, business and commercial banking, personal checking, savings, CDs, IRAs, insurance, loans and much more.

 

Rebecca, who has 24 years' experience in the banking industry and is a graduate of Salve Regina University with a BS in Business Management, has also taken courses at the American Institute of Banking throughout her career. In addition, she was a participant of the Branch Managers Certification Series, a program offered by the Massachusetts Bankers Association.

 

She is very involved with the NVCC, sitting on the Golf and Annual Meeting Committees where she serves as the Volunteer Coordinator and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. Her infectious positive attitude and incredible work ethic have made her a huge asset to the NVCC and to its members.

 

Originally from Cumberland, RI, she makes her home in Foxboro with her daughter. In her spare time she enjoys activities with family and friends and performing volunteer activities at her daughter's school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NVCC can make "IT" Happen!

 
Join us for the second annual "Get Acquainted" evening at Bar Louie on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 5:30-7:30pm and learn how the Chamber can help your business succeed!

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages in a relaxed, social setting while you learn the MANY benefits of a chamber membership from staff and other members.

 

Don't miss this opportunity to maximize your business!

 

*Existing members are welcome, but must bring a non-member guest. 

 

Bar Louie

232 Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

Wednesday, September 19

5:30-7:30pm

FREE

Easy registration

 

 

 Upcoming Programs

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 11

Noon Networking

How to Network

Buca Di Beppo

233 Elm Street

Dedham MA

10:30am-1:30pm

 

September 12

Hiring our Heroes

American Legion Post #18

155 Eastern Avenue

Dedham, MA

11:00am-3:00pm

 

September 13

Ribbon Cutting - Sovereign Bank

929 Providence HWY

Dedham, MA

8:15-9:30am

 

September 13

NVCC Financial Solutions Team - Health Care & Tax Update

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA

5:30-6:30pm

 

September 19

"Get Aquainted with the NVCC!" Member Recruitment Night

Bar Louie

232 Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

5:30-7:30pm 

 

September 27

Business After Hours

YD Auto Body

160 Turnpike Street

Canton, MA

5:30-7:30pm
 

All programs  

 

 Easy registration  and more information for these beneficial programs

 

 Add your events to the NVCC website and get huge exposure! Just use your Member Login, or email Cristoff at cristoff@nvcc.com.

 

Forgot your login? It happens to all of us! Email Cristoff and we will get you started on taking full advantage of the perks associated with your membership!

 
Click here and take advantage of Chamber Members' money-saving offers. Just click any ad for great savings!

 
  
 

Advertise with the Chamber Website

* NVCC gets over 10,000 views a month! 

 

  

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 ad 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.

Cristoff@nvcc.com or 781-769-1126.

  

Member Spotlight

 

Chilis 

 

Over the last six months, the Chili's in the Walpole Mall parking lot has really reinvented itself. Their focus on fantastic food, service, and atmosphere has really shown through for guests day after day. They have a fantastic staff that is committed to serving their guests the best experience possible by making connections with people, and trying to make friends.   Families are always welcome and encouraged to come and dine especially every Tuesday where "Kids Eat Free" all day long. Also featured on Tuesday are balloons and a coloring contest for all the kids to enter, winners are selected weekly and notified of their prize.

 

As a company, Chili's has been creating great experiences since 1975, when Larry Lavine converted an old postal station into the first Chili's in Dallas Texas. Over the last 37 years Chili's has grown to more than 1400 locations across the world. The Chili's in Walpole is one of the more recent stores built and has all the latest architecture and ambiance features.  

 

The management team in Walpole is excited to become a part of the community and become Walpole's #1 choice for a casual lunch or dinner. Casey, the General Manager, has been a part of Chili's for close to 14 years and has worked on all aspects of the restaurant at one time or another. Amanda, the Front of the House Manager, has been in Walpole since January where her youthful enthusiasm and industry knowledge has helped to mold the staff into a great team.   Matt, the Kitchen Manager, was with Chili's as a cook for years before going into management for a couple of different companies; now Chili's has had him back for the last year, and in just a few months in Walpole, he has helped build the kitchen up, and make sure all the food is great.

           

So come down to visit your "New" Chili's where you will enjoy their great and personable staff, the consistently delicious food, and the fun and exciting atmosphere, and all at a great price.  

 

    

  

 

Want the "Spotlight" on your business? Attend our next Networking Event at the Buca di Beppo on September 11.  Lunch Included. Easy registration

   

 

  

  

  

Showcase and promote your product or services at the Mega Business EXPO, a collaborative of the Neponset Valley, Tri-Town, and Milford Area Chambers of Commerce, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at GILLETTE STADIUM in Foxboro from 3pm-7pm.

 

For 11 years, this event has given exhibitors the opportunity to expose their organizations to the public and other businesses from three chamber areas. This is one of the biggest networking events of its kind in the area with over 150 exhibitors and over 1000 attendees translating to huge returns on investment.

 

The evening also features a Business After Hours with complimentary food and a cash bar, seminars, and prizes.

 

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

 

In challenging economic times one must set themselves apart from the competition; let the Mega Business Expo move your organization ahead of the pack. Register today as booth space is limited and booth assignments will be on a first come-first serve basis.

 

A booth is only $375.00!

 

Sign up form or sign up online

 

 

Thank you to our Sponsors,
Needham Bank    bank of canton logo     dedham savings
 

      Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP 

 
  
Discover Tuscany with The Chamber!

 

Information Session September 26th

 

You are invited to join the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce for an entertaining travel presentation. Discover the people and places that make our tours special at an informational preview of our trip to Tuscany in April 2013! Take that first step towards Italy by joining us on Wednesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm at the Chamber office. You can even ask questions of our travel experts from Collette Tours. See you then!

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns and enchanting cities steeped in history, culture and legend. Discover them for yourself on this 10-day sojourn into the Italian countryside. Visit Rome, Siena and Assisi. Relax with a six-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Enjoy free time to explore Florence. Discover the hilltop village of San Gimignano. See Michelangelo's "David." Enjoy fabulous local wines and Tuscany's famous cuisine.  

For more information or to register for the free info session please contact Tom O'Rourke at (781) 769-1126, or tom@nvcc.com.

 
 

 

 

 

Discounted Health Insurance for Small Businesses Now Available!

 

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 the Neponset Valley Chamber is eligible to join the Chamber Health Coop.

 

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 more covered lives a business has the more they can save. For example a company with 5 covered lives paying an average premium of $500 each could save $660 a year. A company with 10 covered lives could save $1,560 a year; 20 covered lives would save $3,360 a year and 50 covered lives would save $8,760 a year. These are based on individual plans. With family plans the savings add up even faster.

 

In addition to offering savings on health insurance plans, the Chamber Health Coop provides wellness programs to help employee's 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.

 

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

 

 

 

Health Care & Tax Update

URGENT CHANGES YOU NEED TO KNOW!

 

 

 

The new Estate Tax Law can cost your family wasted tax dollars! Do you have adequate lifetime planning documents in place now to protect you and your families?

 

With Health Care Reform Individuals and Businesses from sole proprietors to large companies need to stay current so your Health Plans work for you.

 

The Supreme Court ruling upholding the Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) means the act will move forward with tax changes beginning in less than six months! Learn how you can mitigate the negative effect these taxes have on you.

 

Come meet our panel of experts who will simplify the new laws, share ideas and answer your questions!

 

Brian F. Mahoney, ESQ.: Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney with 30 years' experience

Kathleen Regan: Licensed Insurance Broker - Health/Life/Long-Term Care/Retirement (Appointed to write the Chamber of Commerce Health Plans.)

Michael Cecere, CPA, MST: Partner with the CPA firm Gray, Gray, & Gray in Westwood Ma

Todd J. Chipman: Accountant with the CPA firm John T. Chipman & Company LLP

Karen Lafond: Licensed Insurance Agent with 18 years' experience in the Insurance Industry

 

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 

Thursday, September 13

5:30-6:30pm

Easy registration

This seminar is for informational purposes only

 


 

 
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 brian@nvcc.com, or 781-769-1126 for more information.

  
 

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*Want the latest from your business featured in the NVCC newletters? Send an email to Cristoff at cristoff@nvcc.com.