Your Business Connection

June, 2013

In This Issue
New Members
Member Affinity Programs
From the President
Member Video Spotlight
28th Annual Golf Tournament
Michael Ferrara Joins NVCC Board
Workplace Safety Training Grants
Membership Corner - Blogs, Blogs, Blogs
New Laws
The Band is Getting Back Together
Mega Business Expo


Welcome New Members!

Member News


Business Development Strategies Celebrates Ten Years.


Lynn Tokarczyk
Ten years after launching Business Development Strategies, Inc. (BDS) Tokarczyk has earned the reputation of leading government incentives consultant in Massachusetts and a key player in expanding the state economy by helping growing companies add jobs (10,000 retained, 5,000 created), invest private capital ($700 million in investments) and infuse cash into local cities and towns.

The story is made more remarkable by the fact that Tokarczyk began her career in retail as proprietor of an upscale women's apparel shop in Wayland before finding her true calling in trying to "improve the economic climate in Massachusetts."








Join SLAMDiabetes Tournaments on Saturday, July 13 at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton, MA, for our first SLAMDiabetes Boston Classic! Twelve teams will compete in a qualifying round of wiffleŠ ball, played just like baseball in miniature stadiums modeled after iconic parks like Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. Teams fundraise to increase their SLAMDiabetes Power Ranking for playoff seeding and the Wild Card Lottery. For more information on entering teams, sponsoring a team, advertising in our Program or volunteering your time at this exciting event visit, or contact 



The Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary club will host its annual Duck Race on the Charles River on June 15, 2013, and is looking for corporate sponsors.

Click here  for more information


Visions HealthCare will be hosting free yoga therapy class on Tuesday, June 18 from 6:00-7:00pm at their Dedham Location. This new program from Visions offers more individual care than traditional yoga classes and is designed for those living with the daily challenges of chronic pain and Illness.

For more information, or to reserve your spot please visit
Visions Healthcare Yoga Therapy.

Norwood Hospital will host the Norwood Hospital Town Meeting: A Community Conversation with Hospital President Emily Holliman on Tuesday, June 11, at 6pm at the Norwood High School Cafeteria.



Click here to learn how 
Norwood Hospital can help you and your family live healthier lives. Mary Richardson, former Chronicle Co-anchor will be a special guest.
New Best Western Plus Opens

Formerly the Holiday Inn Express in Sharon, the hotel underwent $1.9 million in renovations to become Best Western Plus the Inn at Sharon/Foxboro. The hotel features 90 guest rooms with 3 two room suites.


Hotel amenities include complementary hot breakfast,  37" HD TVs in all guest rooms, microwaves and micro fridges in all guest rooms, free  guest Wi-Fi, a 400 square foot fitness center, a business center with computers and printer, and a sundry shop.


The Best Western Plus is located at the corner of Old Post Road and Rte 1 with convenient access to Rte 95.


The Best Western Plus is convenient to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place, Wrentham Village Outlets,  Iorio Ice Skating Facility, Lake Pearl and Saphire Estate.


We are proud to join the Best Western brand and look forward to serving our guests and being an active member of our community. Whether our guests are staying with us for business or leisure, we look forward to providing a superior guest experience and exceeding their expectations with our friendly service.


Grand Opening Ceremony coming soon! Check the next addition of T.G.I. Monday for details.


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
*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 Wolicki

Law Office of David Wolicki, Esq.


*Thomas O'Rourke

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

*Dana Bottorff

G. T. Reilly & Company 


Rob Ferrini

The Murphy Insurance Group


Debbie Ellis



Michael Ferrara

Blue Hills Bank


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


Patrick Powers

Liberty Mutual Insurance


Rebecca Schofield

Needham Bank 



*Member of the Executive Committee





From The President


The Doctor Is In


The medical industry is proliferating here in the Neponset Valley as evidenced by several new businesses that have joined the Chamber of late; Care Central in Stoughton (urgent care), Doctors Express in Dedham (urgent care), HopeHealth (hospice), New England Baptist Hospital (opening an orthopedic center in Dedham) just to name a few. At the same time, we just celebrated the grand opening of Dedham Medical Associates shiny new facility on Route 1 South in Norwood. DMA nearly doubled their space and have added new care offerings as well.


Meanwhile up at Patriot Place, Brigham & Women's Mass General Health is filling up another floor of its state-of-the-art facility in order to accommodate increased demand. Further north in Dedham, Shields MRI is putting the finishing touches on a 66,000 square foot new diagnostic facility next to the Hilton Dedham.  


Dedham Medical celebrates its new location in Norwood 

Norwood Hospital is working its way through the planning process that would allow it to add a fourth floor to the Lorusso Building and construct a medical office building along with expanded parking facilities. As part of its outreach, Norwood Hospital will hold a "town meeting" styled community conversation with President, Emily Holliman on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:00 pm at Norwood High School. The meeting will be emceed by Mary Richardson former host of WCVB's Chronicle and currently Community Liaison for Steward Health Care. Additional details are in the Member News section to the left. 


Medical office space is clearly a growth-industry in the region, and many communities are adjusting their marketing and zoning strategies to accommodate and encourage such growth. The net results are many - new commercial tax revenue, new jobs and better local access to quality care.


Living so close to Boston has always had the advantage of being on the edge of the world's best medical care. Today that care is creeping into the suburbs, chief among them those of the...Read more 







NVCC Member Spotlight


Don't forget to sign up for the Business After Hours at Visions HealthCare on June 13!

NVCC Member Spotlight: Wendie Trubow, Visions HealthCare Dedham
NVCC Member Spotlight: Wendie Trubow, Visions HealthCare Dedham















28th Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting the Mass Hospital School 




Join the NVCC for the 28th Annual Golf Tournament at the beautiful Easton Country Club for a day of amazing golf, fun, prizes and delicious food - all for a great cause!


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts Hospital School; an organization dedicated to providing habilitative, rehabilitative, recreational, educational and vocational services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities, assisting them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of life.


The day will start off with an 11:00am shotgun start, great contests and a chance to win $10,000 and end with a delicious dinner buffet, silent auction, and balloon auction!


Even if you do not play golf, this tournament is a great way to get involved and show your support for the Mass Hospital School. We are currently looking for volunteers, gift card donations and silent auction items. Please help in any way you can. Contact Cristoff at 781-769-1126, or



Easton Country Club
265 Purchase Street
Easton, MA
Monday, August 12
11:00am Shotgun Start
$135 Per Golfer. $540 Per Foursome (Early Bird)
Don't play golf? Consider a $10 donation or donating a $25 Gift Card


Thank you to our Sponsors,

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


bank of canton logo    


 Michael Ferrara Joins the NVCC Board of Directors


Michael A. Ferrara, Jr. is Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader at Blue Hills Bank. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the Business Banking unit, focusing on business development and client relationship management. With over 27 years of commercial banking experience, Mike works with business owners and real estate investors in eastern Massachusetts to develop tailored financing and cash management solutions to meet their needs.  


"I'm pleased that Mike is joining the Board of Directors.  His involvement with youth sports and Rotary say a lot about his commitment to the community.  Meanwhile Blue Hills Bank, as a Gold Sponsor of the Chamber is one of our top financial supporters.  I look forward to working with Mike," said Tom O'Rourke, NVCC President.


Mike has a B.S. degree in Finance from Boston College's School of Management. He is a member of the Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and previously served as a member and President of the former Rotary Club of Easton. Prior community and public service includes terms on the Board of Directors of the Easton Youth Baseball League and on the Town of Easton's Finance and Audit Committees. Mike resides in Easton with his wife and two teenage children. 





Workplace Safety Training Grants Available




Every fiscal year, the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) through the Office of Safety, awards $800,000 in safety training grants to various organizations. In each fiscal year, thousands of persons receive workplace training through programs funded by the DIA grant. This highly successful program provides monies for workplace safety training aimed at workers throughout the Commonwealth.  


The goal of the program is to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education, and other preventative programs for employees and/or employers of industries operating within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and whose entire staff are covered by the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Law (MGL c. 152), sole proprietorship, DBA or self-insured.


The Department of Industrial Accidents, through the Office of Safety, is the only state agency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts whose primary function is to provide financial assistance for the prevention of occupational injury, illness and death in the workplace.

A link to the application form can be found here.


For More Information:

Any questions concerning the FY13 grant application process can be directed to the Office of Safety automatic response system by e-mailing or calling 617.727.4900.

 Membership Corner - Blogs, Blogs, Blogs

Cristoff Shay  

Blogging lets your voice be heard in an ever crowded online world and can be crucial to your business' success. It lets you showcase your products and services, the latest news about your business and build a relationship of trust with your followers. Your blog is also key to getting traffic to your website and can be the difference maker in the war of the search engine rankings.

How does a blog do that you ask? Blogs let you build outbound and inbound links, keywords and most importantly fresh contact for your website resulting in increased interest in your website.      

Though it seems daunting at first, once you start you will not be able to stop - especially once you see all the hits your blog is generating for your site.    

There are many platforms available out there to help you get started such as WordPress, Blogger and Hubspot. Some are easier to use than others, but no matter whom you go with YOU NEED TO BLOG!


To help you get started, check out this article that lists the top blogging software platforms and of course, feel free to check out the NVCC's blog for the latest news and information to help your business thrive!


Happy blogging!


Cristoff Shay
Vice President of Programming & Communications









If you have employees then you need to join the attorneys of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP for our 2013 Employment Law Update on June 25, 2013, at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton. Featuring Attorneys Katherine Hesse ( and Tom Colomb ( , this half-day program will cover a wide-range of timely topics, including:


* Significant developments, including new regulations and guidance, from federal and state agencies on subjects including the FMLA, credit and criminal back ground screening, and HIPAA privacy policies


* New state laws and regulations involving gender identity, temporary workers, fingerprinting/background checks, and medical marijuana


* Update on pending legislation at the state and federal level


* Lessons to be learned from recent court decisions, including disability/essential functions, retaliation claims, and class actions


* What employers need to know about the Affordable Care Act and health care reform


* Recent decisions from the NLRB that affect all employers


Registration and networking will begin at 8:00 am. Includes coffee, continental breakfast, and extensive handouts. This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce.


Irish Cultural Centre

200 New Boston Drive

Canton, MA

Tuesday, June 25

8:00am - 12:00pm

$30 Members, $40 General Admission, $25 Facebook Fans

Easy registration 

 Hey NVCC Attorneys...The Band is Getting Back Together!

The NVCC Attorney Alliance is reforming and is looking to enhance opportunities, exposure, and lawyer to lawyer client referrals for the NVCC's Attorney Members. 


If you're an NVCC Attorney, please join us on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 - 7:30pm at Jasper White's Summer Shack for a great networking opportunity...and for some amazing complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar!


R.S.V.P to Cristoff before June 20.


Also, please assist us by answering these three questions. Your feedback is vitally important to our Alliance's future success.













How many times do you say to yourself that you need to meet more people? That your circle of influence needs to be strengthened?  That your skills and products have yet to be discovered?  Yet you find yourself not really knowing how to make the most of a networking opportunity and leave an event disappointed...You're probably a wallflower!


Pull back those petals and join WINNING's Kevin Hallinan for Networking Boot Camp and learn how to go from wallflower to superstar... Effective networking requires a plan and an approach that is strategic and measurable, so get out of the corner and get ready to shine!


Lunch is included



Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

Tuesday, June 18


$20 Members, $15 Facebook Fans, $35 General Admission

Easy registration


Sponsored by


MHTL logo 




Thank you to our partners for 2013 

Chambers of Commerce Join Forces

Showcase your business to consumers from over 26 communities at the Mega Business EXPO, a collaborative of the Neponset Valley, Tri-Town, and Milford Area Chambers of Commerce, on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the exclusive Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium.

Why should you Exhibit?

  • Access to over 1000 consumers from 26 communities
  • Great value on investment at only $375.00 (early bird)
  • Amazing location - Get a chance to be in the exclusive Putnam Club with stunning views of Gillette Stadium
  • Professional marketing, booth set up and signage - We do the work, you show up!
  • Build relationships with area service providers and businesses
  • Grab some giveaways and register for great prizes
  • Taste cuisine from area restaurants during our Networking Hour

Your registration includes:

Professional signage                

Booth (8x6) with pipe and draping, linens, trash can set up before you arrive                                    

Marketing in three chamber areas
Basic WiFi for emails and surfing
Special networking and training seminars for exhibitors only


Prizes, food, fun and amazing views of the stadium-don't miss it! Sign up today. Booths are assigned on a first-come, first serve basis. Early bird rate is good until 9/9/2013. We sold out last year - don't delay.


Gillette Stadium

1 Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA

Thursday, November 14


$375 Member Booth, $600 Non-member Booth

$85 for electricity

Easy registration


 Thank you to our Sponsors (Sponsorships are available - contact Cristoff  at for more information)


        bank of canton logo


 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.