Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Connection
November, 2012
In This Issue
New Members
From the President
Meet the Board - Anthony Caruso, Bank of Canton
Education and Business Committee
Join us for a Night of Stars
NEW! Member Video Spotlight - Linda Dillon, Homes of Distinction Realty
Programs, November 2012
Will YOU Be Able to Retire?
Discover Tuscany
QuickBooks Online Free Member Seminar
NVCC Financial Alliance
New Members
Law Firm of Goldberg, Fitzpatrick, O'Brien







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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

MSA Mortgage


Bob Mannering



*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




*NVCC has a no-refund policy on programs in the event of cancellations due to "Acts of God" 



 From The President


Chamber Seeks to Partner with Local Schools















 Depending upon whose survey you read, there are said to be anywhere between 120,000 and 150,000 job openings in Massachusetts and yet, nearly a quarter of a million Massachusetts residents remain unemployed. The reason for this is what is known as a skills gap in middle skills jobs. So what is a "middle skills" job? Basically, one that requires more than a high school diploma but not a four-year college degree. Increasingly, jobs are being created that require such skills, but we are not training or re-training enough people to fill these jobs.


At the same time, we are experiencing a nationwide achievement gap when it comes to college readiness in math and science skills among our high school students. Additionally, I hear often from employers that today's young employees often lack basic "soft skills" necessary to for the workplace. Things like people skills, proper dress, written and verbal communication, etc. cannot be taken for granted anymore. (Read more) 


Meet The Board


Anthony Caruso, Bank of Canton



Tony joined the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce back in 1999 while employed at Bay State Federal Bank. He has served on various committees within the Chamber, including Communications, Strategic Planning, Governance and Executive. He also served as Chairman of the Board for the Chamber during the 2011 year. Tony joined Bank of Canton in 2004 to oversee branch operations. Since joining the bank, his responsibilities have increased to include management oversight of the bank's Customer Information (Call) Center, Business Development, Marketing, Municipal Banking and Investments Sales Programs.


Before joining Bank of Canton, Tony was employed by Compass Bank as Vice President and Regional Manager for Greater Boston; prior to which, he spent six years as Senior Vice President / Retail Banking, Business Development & Marketing at Bay State Federal Bank in Brookline, Massachusetts; and 14 years at Walden Bancorp, the parent company of The Co-operative Bank of Concord and Bank of Braintree, in different capacities, including Branch Manager, Branch Administrator, Business Development Officer and Manager of Mortgage Operations for the South Shore division.    


A graduate of Boston University and resident of Newton, Massachusetts, Tony and his wife Clara have three children and two lovely granddaughters. Tony has also served community and industry trade groups in various capacities over the years, including Twice Past President and Treasurer of Randolph Rotary Club, of which he is now an Honorary Member, and President & Treasurer of the New England Safe Deposit Association - Southeastern Chapter. In 2011, Tony was awarded Rotary's highest honor when named a Paul Harris Fellow.


"The Bank of Canton has a long and much appreciated legacy of support for the Chamber and other local organizations. In fact, Tony is the third board chair from the bank following Steve Costello and Jim Egan." Tom O'Rourke, President & CEO of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce.





The NVCC Education and Business Committee Now Forming



The NVCC understands how an educated, and skilled workforce can create a competitive advantage in the Neponset Valley regional economy and help drive job creation.


We are committed along with our partners and members to educate students and adults, create opportunities and prepare individuals for the workforce.


We have laid the foundation by forming the Education and Business Committee and seek other members to join our mission.


If you are interested in learning more and being a part of this forward-thinking committee, please contact Cristoff at, or by calling 781-769-1126.


Additionaly, we are currently looking for Classroom Speakers to share their experiences and expertise with High School students in the following catergories:


  • Drafting
  • Cosmetology
  • Arts (graphic design, architect, web design)
  • Actuary - Statistics
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Hotel/Hospitality
  • Drafting
  • Engineering
  • Automotive

Please contact Katherine Touafek, Schools to Careers Partnership at

for more information. 







Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner


Join us for a Night of Stars, a celebration of you, our Members at the 119th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at Showcase Live with special guest speaker, Investigative Reporter and Author, Michele McPhee.


A night of good food and friends awaits you as we honor the very best of 2012.


This is YOUR night to shine, so get your tickets early!


Showcase Live

Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

Thursday, January 10


$50 Members, Member table of four, $175 (limited tables available), Member table of six, $275. Member table of ten $475 (limited tables available)

$75 General admission




Ribbon-Cutting at Eveden




Chamber Member, Eveden, celebrated the Grand Opening of their factory store at 808 Providence Highway on Wednesday, October 10, with a Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!


Check them out!


Looking for priceless exposure for your "grand opening?"  Consider a NVCC Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!


We celebrate Chamber member grand openings, reopenings, remodels and anniversaries with fun, exciting events at your business location.  The Chamber brings the ribbon and scissors and publicizes your celebration with press releases, newsletters and e-calender listings.


For more information, contact Cristoff at 781-769-1126, or email




Member Video Spotlight - NEW!



Linda Dillon, Homes of Distinction Realty 

 Click the link for information on Linda and Homes of Distinction Realty!



Want the "Spotlight" on your business? Attend the Holiday Kick-off Party at Davio's for a chance to win our next Video Spotlight.   Easy registration




Upcoming Programs




November 1

HR Council - Trends in Compensation, Benefits & HR Practices

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA


November 9

Ribbon-Cutting - Marathon Physical Therapy

606 Providence Highway

Dedham, MA 



November 13

Issues Forum - Will I Ever be Able to Retire?


Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA



November 14

Mega Business Expo

Gillette Stadium

Foxboro, MA 



November 16 

Ribbon-Cutting - Wireless-Zone

1415 Providence Highway

Norwood, MA



November 15

NVCC Financial Alliance - Learn How to Plan for Your Future

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA



November 19

QuickBooks Online Seminar

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA



November 29

NVCC Holiday Kick-off Party - Davio's

236 Patriot Place 

Foxboro, MA



Easy registration for these programs





 Mega Business Expo - NEW DATE

 * Please note, for non-exhibiting businesses no outside promotional materials will be allowed. Business cards are ok. Thank you.


Find out what's new and hot with restaurants, hotels, banks, retail establishments and more at the Mega Business EXPO, a collaborative of the Neponset Valley, Tri-Town, and Milford Area Chambers of Commerce, on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the exclusive Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium.


Prizes, food, fun and amazing views of the stadium-don't miss it!


This is a FREE event and is open to the public-no reservations required. Doors open at 3:00pm. Be sure to share this great event with your co-workers, clients and friends!



*There will be signs indicating the E3 EMC Suite and E4 Putnam Club entrances. Lighted electronic boards and directional signs will direct you to the event. This event is RAIN or SHINE!


For more information call Cristoff at 781-769-1126.


Gillette Stadium

Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

Wednesday, November 14





Thank you to our sponsors,


dedham savings   Needham Bank  Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP




Will I EVER be able to Retire?




 As many of you know (thanks Tom) I hit a milestone birthday back in January and it got me really thinking - What am I doing about retirement? Is it enough? How long will I have to work before I can retire? Will I ever be able to retire??? Will Social Security even be around?

I know many of you are asking yourselves these same questions, so now is the time to get some answers!
Join us for "Will I Ever be Able to Retire" with acclaimed Author, Mark Singer as he takes us on a journey through the retirement process.

Chances are, you won't be able to reach your retirement goals if you don't have a map that shows how you will get there.  


In this presentation, Mark explains how developing a clear retirement roadmap will help you focus your retirement goals, take the mystery out of the decision-making process, and make it easier to achieve your objectives.


Today's economic climate is a tumultuous storm; I don't plan on trying to wade through the craziness without a plan. Let Mark set you on the right course to financial security in your golden years! Sign up today.




Patriot Place

Tuesday, November 13


$20 Members, $30 General Admission, Facebook Fan $15

Easy registration 

 Eastern Bank

Dedham Savings Bank logo 



Discover Tuscany with The Chamber!


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.  



QuickBooks Online


Want the flexibility of "cloud-based" bookkeeping and financial management?


Join us for the QuickBooks© Online workshop sponsored by G.T. Reilly & Company and the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Nov. 19, from 8:30-10:30am at the Chamber office in Norwood.


"QuickBooks© Online is a powerful solution for business owners who want to access their financial data from any location - the office, home or on the road," says Paula DiPietro, Advanced QuickBooks© Pro Advisor with Reilly Business Services.


DiPietro will lead the workshop. Gary J. Sozzi, Tax Accountant, also will be available to answer any tax or accounting questions.


The workshop is designed for current QuickBooks© users, as well as beginning users, to learn the basic functions of QuickBooks© Online, including how to set up customer accounts, how to pay bills and how to reconcile bank accounts. More advanced features also will be covered, including how QuickBooks© Online interfaces with merchant services, and its seamless integration with Intuit Payroll.


Participants do not need to bring laptops, but those who need help troubleshooting may bring them and DiPietro will be available for one hour after the workshop. WiFi will be available.


NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA

Monday, November 19


Members are FREE, $25 General Admission

Easy registration



Finish 2012, financially strong and create a road map for 2013, with this free seminar.


Find out about new tax laws and how they can affect your family, changes you should be making to your financial plan and much more!


Hosted by Brian Mahoney, Esq., Kathleen Regan, Michael Cecere, CPA, MST, Todd J. Chipman, Karen LaFond, and Mark Porter, CFP, CFA.


Refreshments included.


NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA

Thursday, November 15



Easy registration


 Advertise with the Chamber



Click here for rates


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.