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February, 2013

In This Issue
New Members
Member Affinity Programs
Board of Directors
From the President
Meet the Board - Sabina T. Herlihy
Flavors of the Neponset Valley
NEW! Member Video Spotlight
Membership Corner
Free Guide
Discounted Health Insurance
Using Mobile Technology to Grow Your Business
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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
*Sabina T. Herlihy, Esq.
Law Office of Sabina T. Herlihy


Past Chairman of the Board
*Kevin Hallinan




*Mike Cecere, CPA
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP


*Mike Moran
Dedham Savings Institute


Previous Past Chairman

*Anthony Caruso

Bank of Canton


General Counsel

*David P. Wolicki, Esq.
Law Offices of David P. Wolicki


*Thomas O'Rourke

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

*Dana Bottorff

G. T. Reilly & Company 


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  


*Mary Long

HESSCO Elder Services


Bob Mannering



*Peter McFarland

The Allied Group


Cindy Peterson

Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center


Peter Rice

Eastern Bank


Rebecca Schofield

Needham Bank 


*Monty Vaughn
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP



*Member of the Executive Committee





From The President


Investing in Transportation Infrastructure

By now, you've heard and/or read about the Governor's budget proposal for fiscal 2014. Among the highlights are an increase in the income tax from 5.25% to 6.25% with a corresponding decrease in the sales tax from 6.25% to 4.5%, along with other modifications in the tax code, indexing the gas tax to inflation and increases to tolls and registry fees.   In all, the proposal aims to raise nearly $2 billion in new revenue to pay for education improvements at all levels with a particular focus on early childhood and a plan to fix the way we fund our transportation infrastructure.

It's difficult to argue with the necessity of funding both our education and our transportation systems in order to maintain our competitiveness as a Commonwealth. It's easy to argue about the best way to raise and allocate that funding. The Governor's proposal has at least kicked off that conversation. It will be up to the legislature to take the next step and determine what they think is best and what they have the political will to push forward. Unlike the Governor, most of our legislators need to think about re-election in two years.  ...Read more

Announcing One-Stop Access to Interns for Employers Through CONNECTLink
Charles Wall, Connect Chair & Massasoit Community College President.

On January 7, 2013, leaders from the five CONNECT colleges and universities in Southeastern Massachusetts (Cape Cod, Bristol, and Massasoit Community Colleges, Bridgewater State University, and UMass Dartmouth) met with the presidents of the region's Chambers of Commerce at Taunton Holiday Inn to discuss higher education's role in regional workforce and economic development.

The first order of business was the launch of the CONNECTLink internship portal. The portal will give the region's employers one-stop access to the student talent of the five colleges and universities.

The idea for the CONNECTLink Internship Portal arose in response to employer requests at CONNECT's November 2010 Economic Summit. CONNECTLink has three goals: to increase the number of internship listings at each of the five campuses, to expand the population of students who participate in internships while in college, and to build the number of students finding employment in their fields upon graduation.

"In addition to providing qualified interns to work for local businesses, CONNECTLink will also provide resources to assist businesses in structuring a successful, meaningful and legal internship program," said Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce President, Tom O'Rourke.

"That's the role of public higher education," stated CONNECT Chair and Massasoit Community College President Charles Wall. "To meet the needs of our region, and to meet the needs of our students."

Posting jobs is a two-step process; employers first have to set up a profile, and then they can post individual job and internship listings. Approvals are determined by the individual policies at each of the campuses.

The CONNECTLink Internship Portal can be found on the CONNECT website.




Meet The New Chairman of the Board

Sabina T. Herlihy




Welcome to 2013! This is the year of the Chamber.


I am pleased and honored to be serving as the Chairman of the Board for the upcoming year. There are a lot of new and exciting things happening at the Chamber, and I am hopeful that every single member will keep a close eye for the announcements as they will be posted on our constantly updated website.


When I returned to private practice in Walpole, the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in helping me grow my practice. After 10 years on Beacon Hill and a brief time with a Fortune 100 company, I needed to return home to be with my children. I returned to teach at a local public high school and later practiced law with a local law firm until eventually I started my own law practice. I credit the Chamber with much of my success.


Today I have a thriving employment law practice where I represent employers and employees in matters, which include drafting employee manuals, ensuring employment law compliance to wrongful termination, workers' compensation claims and personal injury.   For the past three years in a row I have been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and have an AV rating from the prestigious Martindale Hubble rating system.


Since I joined the Chamber in 2003, I have taken advantage of Chamber programs from the HR Council to networking lunches. In addition, I have had the privilege of serving on our Board of Directors and Executive Committee. During my time working on these Committees, I have had the pleasure of working with incredibly talented and caring people who make the Chamber so special. The Chamber works if you participate.


In 2013, I look forward to working with our President, Tom O'Rourke, who is simply the best. Tom came in as President and within a short time frame made the Chamber a model of efficiency. The work performed by Cristoff Shay and Denise Flynne has catapulted the Chamber to one of the best. I look forward to working with our new sales director, Julie Lagadimas, who is impressive.


Finally, my thanks to my predecessor, Kevin Hallinan, who led us through 2012 with great hopes for 2013.


I look forward to seeing you around the Chamber!


Sabina T. Herlihy

Chairman of the Board




 Flavors Logo  

NVCC invites you to experience food, fun and friends at the 14th Annual Flavors of the Neponset Valley tasting event at Showcase Live in Patriot place.


Taste the impressive culinary and local flavors of over 50 food and beverage vendors while enjoying smooth jazz in the hip and exciting atmosphere of Showcase Live. Plus, take a chance to win big in the popular silent auction.


Tickets make great gifts for family, friends, employees...everyone!

Tickets are $40 each, or 10 for $375 Early Bird until 2/20/2013 after tickets are $55 each, or 10 for $525.00. 


Get your tickets early for THE event of the season. 


Showcase Live

Patriot Place

Foxboro, Ma

Wednesday, March 20




*Tickets will be sent via USPS


Thank you to our Sponsors,

(Want to see your company name in lights? Contact Cristoff at for great sponsorship opportunities.)


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Member Video Spotlight

Flowers & More Design Studio


NVCC Member Spotlight: Carrie Brouwer, Flowers & More Design Studio



 Membership Corner

Hello NVCC Members!

I am so excited to be a part of the NVCC family, and for the chance to meet with each of you to discuss how chamber membership can be beneficial in achieving your goals in this "new economy!"

I hope that all of you, members - new and old, will continue to be involved by attending our educational programs, taking advantage of the many benefits and discounts available to you and most of all, joining us for our top-notch events like Flavors of the Neponset Valley and the Annual Golf Tournament!

I would also like to congratulate and welcome our newest members - listed in the left column of the newsletter. They represent a variety of industries, and each has something unique to offer. Please help us welcome them by saying hello at our next event.

We thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to talking with each of you in the months ahead.

My door is always open, so stop by, give me a call, or email me at 

Julie Lagadimas

Director of Membership Development


Free Guide



Dear Member,


Here is a gift to you from The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce. It is a complimentary and helpful guide to procurement opportunities for businesses. We encourage you to use it!


Free Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement Opportunities Braddock's Procurement Opportunities Guide, 2013 Edition, is designed to help small-business owners and decision-makers understand the procurement process used by governments and large corporations.


The Guide provides an overview of government and corporate markets with an emphasis on who buys and how buying decisions are made.


The Guide also presents "next-step" resources that small business can use to penetrate these markets.

Topics include:

  • Selling to the Federal Government/State Governments
  • Selling to Large Corporations
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and International Organizations
  • "Green" Procurement
  • Special Resources for Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Businesses

A glossary of procurement-related terms is included, as well as a procurement preparation checklist, information about teaming agreements and joint ventures, and more.


Available at no charge to you!

This special PDF edition of Braddock's Procurement Opportunities Guide is available at no charge thanks to the generous support of Microsoft Corporation. Braddock's Procurement Opportunities Guide is published and copyrighted by Braddock Communications, Inc.



Thomas J. O'Rourke

President and CEO
Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce



Discounted Health Insurance for Small Businesses Available!


Chamber Health Coop Intro Video



















Check out the savings before April 1 Renewal Period


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



February 4

Patch Academy

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA



February 5

Ribbon Cutting - Visions HealthCare

910 Washington Street

Dedham, MA



February 7

HR Council - Background Checks

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA



February 19

Noon Networking - Davio's

Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA



February 21

Business After Hours - Judge Rotenberg Educational Center

250 Turnpike Street

Canton, MA




February 26

Using Mobile Technology & Social Media

Hilton - Dedham

25 Allied Drive

Dedham, MA



Easy registration for these programs


Thank you to our partners for 2013 

Using Mobile Technology and Social Media to Grow Your Business Part 2 - New Social Media  




Have you ever wondered what to do with the new Social Networks popping up right and left - Pinterest, Tumblr, Klout, Instagram? Which ones are better for B2B and B2C - can you even use these for your business? Which ones give you the maximum ROI - which ones won't be around in two years?

Join the NVCC and Trish White as we dive into the crazy world of Social Media Networks and break-down what is best for your business in the second part of the Using Mobile Technology and Social Media to Market Your Business Series.

Trish, an expert in the Social Media Field, will take you through the latest networks and how to utilize them to market your business to thousands of potential customers while avoiding the pitfalls of an online society. 

Space is limited, so sign up early.


Lunch is included.


Hilton - Dedham

25 Allied Drive

Dedham MA

Tuesday, February 26


Easy registration


Thank you to our Sponsor,


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NVCC Hosts Statewide Chamber Meeting
MassDOT Secretary, Richard Davey


The Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) held its annual meeting at the Hilton Dedham in January.


MACCE's mission is to be an accessible and valuable resource to the chamber professionals serving our state's communities.  The Annual Meeting featured workshops on membership recruitment, effective use of social media and working with local officials. 


Dedham Town Administrator Bill Keegan participated in the latter as a presenter.  We also heard from Senator Karen Spilka who gave an update on the recently completed Jobs Commission Report and MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey who gave a preview of the transportation plan that has been in the news the past couple of weeks.


MACCE also elected new board members and a new President, Peter Forman of the South Shore Chamber.  Forman replaces Neponset Valley Chamber President, Tom O'Rourke who served in that role for the past year and a half.


 Advertise with the Chamber



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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.