Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Connection
August, 2012
In This Issue
New Members
From the President - Go Away!
MACCE Introduces Discounted Health Insurance
Upcoming Events
ChamberMail is Here!
Advertise with the Chamber
Member Spotlight - Renaissance at Patriot Place
27th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit in part the Norfolk Advocates for Children
Business After Hours at Off the Vine Catering
Save Money on Electricity for Your Business and Home
Member News
New Members
Saure & Saure - East Walpole
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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.

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


To register call (781) 769-1126. 


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



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







 From The President



Go Away!


NVCC Director of Programs and Communications, Cristoff Shay does a great job of putting this e-newsletter together each month. One of his jobs is to harass me until I've submitted my column to him, usually well after the deadline. Having just returned from a wonderful vacation on the Cape, I have to admit that I'm not quite ready to pound out a serious business column today. My body is back but perhaps my mind is still on the beach.


So I thought I would share with you what I did on my summer vacation. Okay, for those who haven't stopped reading, I'm kidding. Actually, I could sum it up in one-word - I did nothing. And it was great.

I know we all have different schedules, but I do hope that you have the opportunity to take some time off during the summer. Furthermore, if you have the time by all means, use it. Numerous studies point out the mental and physical benefits of taking time off. Running a business is hard work; it's mentally taxing and can be all consuming. The ability to step away from it from time to time is critical. Not only that, but by removing yourself from your work you can sometimes look at things with a different...more





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, or contact your certified insurance broker.


 Upcoming Programs


Babel's 2009 EXPO










August 6

Golf Tournament

Easton Country Club

265 Purchase Street

South Easton, MA


August 23

Business After Hours

Off the Vine Catering

163 Morse Street

Norwood, MA


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


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. or 781-769-1126.


Member Spotlight



Experience the Premier Luxury Foxboro MA Hotel, Steps Away from Gillette Stadium

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Enjoy the engaging atmosphere that surrounds the only luxury Foxboro MA hotel. Centrally located less than thirty miles from Boston and Providence, the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place is a contemporary-style retreat with a sophisticated sense of design and comfort. Stay within yards of Gillette Stadium, the home of New England's three-time Super Bowl Champion football team.


Stadium views are just the beginning of the perks that differentiate this Foxboro MA hotel as the ideal destination for work or play. Step into our high-style lobby, and choose to indulge in a variety of onsite services and features - from the eclectic menu of Twenty8 Food & Spirits restaurant and bursts of energy at our Starbucks café to revitalizing treatments at Spa Epoche and brilliantly designed meeting and wedding venues.


Spread out comfortably in spacious hotel rooms, furnished with every imaginable comfort. Revitalize in the modern fitness center and indoor pool, or stroll next door to Patriot Place, where you'll find major fashion retailers, diverse restaurants, and vibrant entertainment venues.


Whether you're visiting our Foxboro MA Hotel for leisure, business, or an event at Gillette Stadium, the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place ensures a memorable experience.


Reserve your stay online at the best rates, or learn more about our exclusive hotel deals and Gillette Stadium ticket packages


Reserve a getaway


Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place

28 Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA




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

 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.


Every golfer will also receive a certificate for a FREE golf club of their choice courtesy of Foley & Palenscar Insurance Agency!


Easton Country Club

265 Purchase Street

South Easton, MA

Monday, August 6 


1:15pm Shotgun start

$125 per golfer, or $500 per foursome

$20 Cocktail Reception only

Play golf or join us for cocktails


Thank you to our sponsors


 bank of canton logo

 dedham savings MHTL logo   
 Needham Bank

Business After Hours at Off the Vine Catering



Get a fantastic ROI on your Chamber Membership with the Business After Hours at Off the Vine Catering 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!



Off the Vine Catering

163 Morse Street

Norwood, MA

Thursday, August 23


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.

Early bird is only $325.00! Contact Cristoff for a full list of Sponsorships at


Sign up form or sign up online



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

      Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP

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.







Home Plate Advantage Personal Chef Service has partnered with Personal Chef Lester Esser and Extra Hands for Your Events to offer large party catering. Get the gang together, have a paella party, BBQ, formal cocktail party or a wine tasting.


Chef Laura MacDougall and associates can handle parties up to 100 people.


Call today for more information and pricing. NVCC Members receive an additional 10% off every service. (508) 423-5071, or





Business Moves Fast - So Should Your Technology.



With all of today's multiple internet-connected devices, Internet speed can impact your business. Get the speed you need with Verizon FiOS! For a limited time, take advantage of FiOS Internet and Phone for Small Business for $95.99/month (+ taxes & fees) up to 25/25 Mbps plus a second line included.


100% Fiber Optic Speed!  


FiOS delivers a blazing fast Internet connection that lets you download and receive large files in a flash. And you can depend on FiOS for your fast connection to the cloud. Get unlimited nationwide calling on the primary line, backed by the 99.9% reliability of our voice network. Plus a second line is now included - use for roll over calls, receiving faxes or processing credit card transactions. You also get:


- Verizon Internet Security Suite, our award-winning online security includes a 2-way firewall, plus anti-virus and anti-spyware tools.


- Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, get piece of mind when you back up your important files to an automated cloud storage space.


- Verizon Wi-Fi, stay connected on the go, at thousands of hotspots nationwide.

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Call 1-877-796-7111 or click But hurry - offer ends 9/15/12.




*Want the latest from your business featured in the NVCC newletters? Send an email to Cristoff at