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March, 2013

In This Issue
New Members
Member Affinity Programs
Board of Directors
From the President
Meet the Board - Lori Forcucci
Flavors of the Neponset Valley
Governor Patrick Visits the NVCC
Membership Corner
Discounted Health Insurance
Using Mobile Technology to Grow Your Business
New Members
Affordable Landscaping Co.
Velocity Sports Performance - Norwood                                           




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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 


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



Reservation for 500, please

One of my favorite moments working for the NVCC is when a restaurant joins the Chamber. Now please understand, we love all of our members equally, and I'm always as happy when a new member joins as I am when an existing member renews. We need all of you to be successful on your behalf. But when our Membership Director, Julie Lagadimas tells me that the British Beer Company just joined that means that now I can I eat there (and maybe have a beer too). Summer Shack just renewed. Great, guess where I'm having lunch. Lewis' is a member. I'll meet you there.

Chamber staff always preaches that you should do business with members and whenever possible we try to do the same. That means when I make decisions about where to spend my money I do consider whether a business is a member or not. So it bothers me when a restaurant that I like is not a member, because it means I cannot eat there. Of course, we are fortunate to have many restaurants as members. So many, in fact, that if I were to frequent all of them, I would either go broke or be visiting other members like Norwood Hospital or Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Center.

Fortunately, there is a way to sample the fare from a large variety of local restaurants and caterers while also enjoying samples of beer, wine and mixed drinks all under one roof in, one gastronomically delightful evening. Flavors of the Neponset Valley is on Wednesday, March 20th from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Showcase Live at Patriots Place in Foxboro.

Showcase Live is an exciting new venue for Flavors. If you have been to the Annual Meeting either of the last two years, you can appreciate why. The ambience and layout of Showcase will create a warm, intimate feeling while live music from "Jazz in the Air" will get the place hopping. In addition to the music, food and drink, we will have scores of items for you to bid on at our Silent Auction tables. From restaurant gift certificates to weekend getaways and sports tickets, you're sure to find something fun to bid on.

Like all Chamber events, Flavors is great for networking with other business people. However, I encourage you to reach out to your friends and family in addition to your co-workers and customers and invite them to join you on March 20th. Why? Several reasons; The first is they will have a great time (and thank you for it) and second they will be exposed to all the great dining and catering options we have available to us in the region and maybe discover a place that you hadn't been aware of and finally, Flavors is the ultimate in shopping locally. The vendors participating in Flavors are from the Neponset Valley region and are supporting the Chamber by participating. What better way to show your support to them and to support local business than by attending Flavors, having a ball and then going back to that restaurant that really impressed you that evening. I know I will and I can't do it alone. So please join me and hundreds of our best friends at Flavors of the Neponset Valley. Your taste buds will thank you!

Tom O'Rourke



Governor Patrick Visits the NVCC


Governor Deval Patrick spoke to the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, February 26, to discuss his proposals to increase funding for education and transportation needs. Click image for full video. 


Governor Deval Patricks speaks at the NVCC, 2/26/2013



Meet The Board

Lori Forcucci

Law Office of Lori Forcucci




Lori Forcucci is an experienced, knowledgeable attorney representing clients in all areas of personal injury law. She graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1989 and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the United States District Court. While practicing with a well- known Boston insurance defense firm for fifteen years, she has an impressive history of providing legal services to well-respected clients.

In 2005 Lori decided to move her practice to the suburbs and is currently a sole practitioner in Stoughton. She represents clients injured due to motor vehicle and construction site accidents, premise defects, slip and falls and defective products. She handles all aspects of her client's cases with the utmost personal attention and compassion.  

She became a member of the NVCC in 2005 to become involved in the local community.  She is a member and past Secretary and Vice-President of REN 3 and was on the Fashion Show Committee last year.

Lori resides in Stoughton with her husband, Bob who is a also a Chamber Member (YD Autobody-Canton), and her two teenage daughters.



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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.  


Tickets make great gifts for family, friends, employees...everyone! Plus, bid on trips, sport tickets and more in the exciting Silent Auction.



Showcase Live

Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

Wednesday, March 20


$40 each, or $375 for 10



*Tickets will be sent via USPS  

Just some of our great participants:


Thank you to our Sponsors,

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Member Video Spotlight


New Horizon Health and Wellness


 NVCC Member Spotlight: Al McCooey, New Horizon Health & Wellness.



EBC Student Seminar



Chamber Members to Meet with Local Students


Remember those high school days when it was time to consider your options following graduation? In other words, what were you going to do for the rest of your life? For 17 and 18 year-olds those can be daunting times. What if you make the wrong decision?


In order to help today's students face those decisions and understand the various educational and career options ahead of them, the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce's Education and Business Committee is planning a Student Career Seminar in conjunction with our local high schools. The Seminar will take place on Thursday, March 14 at UTI in Norwood from 9:00am-12:00pm.


We are expecting over 100 students from schools around the region. The program will begin with a keynote speaker and then students will break up into three groups. Each group will visit a panel of guest speakers from a variety of professions that will talk about their career path and the how they made decisions along the way. For many, it was not a straight line from that first decision in high school to where they are today.


"This program was a big hit last year, and we are pleased to be able to reach even more students this year thanks to UTI," said Chamber President, Tom O'Rourke.


The following Chamber members will be participating as speakers: Tom O' Leary - Senior Vice President, Blue Hills Bank, Rick Laccetti -Jasper White's Summer Shack, UTI Rep, Maria Battaglia - CMO/Founder ThriveHive, Alex McKinney -Owner, Marathon Sports Therapy, Najwa Murphy - GM, Residence Inn Norwood - Brian Johnson, Doc Shredding Corp.- Joanmarie Berry, Liberty Mutual Insurance.


 Membership Corner

Hello NVCC Members!

February has been a fun and busy time around here. The Chamber offered eight programs this month to our members, including a variety of networking events, educational programs and even a visit from Governor Deval Patrick.

I would like to congratulate and welcome our newest members - listed in the left column of the newsletter. We are happy to have them as part of our Chamber. They are looking forward to meeting their fellow members as well.

The Chamber will be hosting a New Member Orientation on 3/6/13 at 8:00 am here at the NVCC office. If you have not yet attended an orientation, please join us. There will be a "How to Network" program by Kevin Hallinan of Winning, Inc., a tutorial on the best ways to utilize the NVCC website, information on our REN (Referral Exchange Network) groups, and much more. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to or visit our website for more information.


Julie Lagadimas

Director of Membership Development


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.


Thank you to our partners for 2013 

Using Mobile Technology and Social Media to Grow Your Business   


Blogs! Blogs! Blogs!


Blogs offer an opportunity for a business or organization to present its insightful, helpful and thoughtful side. Through a blog, your target audience will get a sense of the people, culture and vision of your business. It can improve your visibility, your SEO, and most importantly start a dialog with your customers.


Join blogger extraordinaire, Trish White through the do's and don'ts of creating a well thought-out, interesting blog that will capture the attention of your audience and increase your company's online viability.


Hilton - Dedham

25 Allied Drive

Dedham, MA

Tuesday, March 12

12:00-1:30pm -  Lunch is included

$25 Member, $35 General Admission, $20 Facebook Fan

Easy registration


Thank you to our Sponsor,


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