Your Business Connection
December, 2012
Happy Holidays!

In This Issue
New Members
From the President
Meet the Board - Brian Johnson
Join us for a Night of Stars
NEW! Member Video Spotlight - Sinclaire Enterprises
Using Mobile Technology to Grow Your Business
Discover Tuscany
New Members

Beth H. Rapaport, CPA


CareCentral Urgent Care


Dr. Marjorie Cohen


Paul Davis Emergency Services 


Stadium Fitness 


Universal Technology Institute






Member Affinity Programs


You can save hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of our Member Affinity programs.  Just click on the links below for details. 





Click here



Click here











Find us on Facebook


View our profile on LinkedIn


Follow us on Twitter


View our videos on YouTube


Find us on Google+


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


Member News 


Rudolph Friedmann, LLP has been named a 2013 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firm by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. This honor is awarded annually to firms with a minimum of 10 attorneys, at least 1/3 of which have achieved an AV Preeminent peer review rating. Rudolph Friedmann currently has several attorneys who have earned this designation.


From The President

Business Cares


It's the holiday season, a time for giving and giving thanks. And I would like to give thanks to the members of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce for their giving over the past 12 months. As you know, the Chamber is a non-profit organization, and as such we spend a great deal of time asking for your support as members, sponsors, advertisersand attending our programs. However, we also recognize the fact that as a "community-based organization" we have a responsibility to give back ourselves.  

Unfortunately, our limited resources prevent us from providing financial support to the many worthy organizations that approach us during the course of any given year.

However, what we can do is connect our member businesses to a variety of other non-profit organizations in the community and leverage the strength of our organization to maximize the impact of our efforts through collective giving. For example, last week at our annual Holiday Kickoff After Hours at Davio's, we asked members to bring an

David Wluka-Wluka Real Estate, Cindy Thorp-Showcase Live, Danielle Hottenrott-Blue Hills Bank & Tom Gorman-Gorman Associates, LLC at the Holiday Kick-off where the NVCC Collected over 100 toys for children in the Neponset Valley Region

unwrapped children's toy to the event. I am happy to say that there are now over 100 toys sitting in the Chamber office (they are still coming in) that we will be presenting to Toys for Tots later this week. How's that for making an impact?

And you don't just do it during the holidays, you do it throughout the year. Our Fashion Show last spring included a clothing drive at which we asked for your gently-used business attire so that people who were getting their lives back together and interviewing for jobs would be able to make a strong first impression. We were able to fill a truck with the

clothes that you donated and present them to Goodwill's "Put Your Clothes to Work" effort. We also donated $1,000 from the proceeds of the Fashion Show to Birthday Wishes, an organization that brings birthday parties to homeless children. Read more...


Meet The Board


Brian Johnson

Doc Shredding Corp., Wrentham MA




Brian Johnson founded Doc Shredding Corp. in January 2006 as a one person, one truck operation.  Utilizing a solid background in the hospitality industry he was determined to provide the best service in an industry not known for it's attention to customer service.


 "As a business owner, Brian brings a  unique perspective to the Board of Directors.  His appreciation for running a business helps us gear our programs toward the needs of other small business owners.  That, plus he's a lot of fun, making him a great addition to the Board." Tom O'Rourke, President.


Doc Shredding will also be honored at the Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner on Thursday, January 10, at Showcase Live as the Small Business of the Year for not only a stellar customer service record, but a commitment to community and non-profit organizations.


Moving forward Doc Shredding Corp hopes to continue to grow and maintain an active role in business leadership and community contributions.




Nomination Report


To:        Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Members

From:    Governance Committee

Date:     November 27, 2012

Re:        Board of Directors Nominations  



In accordance with the by-laws of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, the following individuals have been nominated by the Governance Committee to serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors beginning in January 2013:


  • Cynthia Peterson, Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center
  • Cindy Thorp, Showcase Live at Patriot Place


(excerpt from by-laws of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce)


Section 2: Selection and Election of Directors


          (b) Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the President shall notify the membership by means of a prominent notice in the next issue of Business Connection, its successor named newsletter (including electronic), or special mailing, of the names of the candidates and the right of petition.


          (c) The right of petition for additional nominations may be exercised by written petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least fifteen (15) members in good standing. Such petition shall be submitted by mail to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee within fifteen (15) days of notification to the membership by mail of the names of the candidates. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the validity of the petition(s) is final.


          (f) If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated slate of candidates shall be declared elected by the Directors and members in attendance at the Annual Meeting.




Thank you!


Sharon Fradkin - Wizard of Adz, Lyssa Moore & Vincent Lombardi -Summer Shack


Thank you to our wonderful members for their generous spirit at the Annual Holiday Kick-off at Davio's.


Tom O'Rourke - President of the NVCC, Sabina Herlihy - Law Office of Sabina T. Herlihy & NVCC Chair-elect, Kevin Hallinan - WINNING, Inc. & NVCC Chairman of the Board

All the toys collected will be donated to Toys for Tots and go to helping making the season bright for a less fortunate child in the Neponset Valley Region. 


Thank you also to Davio's - Patriot Place for hosting our 2nd Annual Holiday Kick-off party. Kate & team did an amazing job!


John Bugaji - Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, Chris Herlihy - Shotgunflat & Dennis Sinclaire - Sinclaire Enterprises







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



Congratulations to this year's honorees:


Paul Smith Volunteer of the Year: Rebecca Schofield, Needham Bank


Small Business of the Year: Doc Shredding Corporation


Large Business of the Year: Central Motors


Business Person of the Year: John Carroll, Norwood Town Manager




Premier Sponsor

Needham Bank 



bank of canton logo


In-kind Sponsors



Member Video Spotlight - NEW!


 Sinclaire Enterprises

NVCC Member Spotlight: Dennis Sinclaire, Sinclaire Enterprises


Want the "Spotlight" on your business?  Join us for the "Using Mobil Technology to Market Your Business Seminar" at the Dedham Hilton on Tuesday, January 15 for a chance to win. Easy registration



Using Mobile Technology and Social Media to Grow Your Business Part 1 - Mobil Technologies





Are you aware over 110 million Americans have smart phones with that number to increase by another 30% by the end of next year? Did you also know a small business using mobile technologies for business can save an average 5.6 hours per week and an average of $14,000 a year?


Start taking advantage of the trends in technology to improve your business' productivity and efficiency with the Chambers "Using Mobile Technology and Social Media to Increase Your Business," a four-part series designed to help you navigate the Cloud, mobile apps, mobile marketing, new social media platforms and more!


Join MSBDC Counselor, Trish White for part 1 - "Using Mobile Technologies for Your Business," as she explores text-message marketing, Cloud based software and QR Codes and how they can be utilized for maximum return.


Space is limited, so sign up early.


Lunch is included.


Hilton - Dedham

25 Allied Drive

Dedham MA

Tuesday, January 15


Easy registration


Upcoming Programs



December 4

Go Back to School

Milton, Randolph, Norwood High Schools



December 5

Go Back to School

Avon, Canton, Dedham High Schools



January 10

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

Showcase Live

Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA



January 14

Ribbon Cutting

Visions Health Care

910 Washington Street

Dedham, MA



January 15

Using Mobile Technology & Social Media to Grow Your Business


25 Allied Road

Dedham, MA



January 24

Financial Alliance - "I'm Self-Employed, Now What?"

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA




Easy registration for these programs



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.   


 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 at, or 781-769-1126.