Your Business Connection
 July, 2013 

In This Issue
New Members
Member Affinity Programs
From the President
Sabina Herlihy Appointed to Industrial Accident Board
Membership Corner
Member Video Spotlight - Verizon
28th Annual Golf Tournament
Fish Fry at the BBC
Party at the Summer Shack
Mega Business Expo


Welcome New Members!

Interstate All Battery Center


Percheron Group 


Phil O'Connor, CPA


Prime Media




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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


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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 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 


Alisia St. Florian

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane




*Member of the Executive Committee





From The President



Support Needed for 93/95 Interchange in Canton


The centerpiece of Governor Deval Patrick's budget proposal was a commitment to investing in the state's transportation infrastructure.  This included specific funding for many long-awaited transportation projects like the Route 93/95 Interchanges in Canton and Woburn and the South Coast Commuter Rail.  The legislature agreed with the notion of investing in transportation as a priority for the state, but at a much smaller price tag.  In fact, just last week they approved a plan that the Governor has already promised to veto.


The Chamber was pleased to learn that the Route 93/95 Interchange in Canton is a priority project for the Governor and MassDOT.  At a recent meeting of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) MassDOT announced that they wanted to include the interchange project in the funding time-band of 2014-2017, moving it up from 2021. 


The original interchange came about when the state abandoned the plan to continue Route 95 through Boston decades ago.  Since then, the state rebuilt the train station and parking garage in Westwood with the promise that the interchange would be rebuilt by 2006.  We're still...  



Sabina Herlihy Appointed to Industrial Accident Board



Congratulations to NVCC Board Chair, Sabina T. Herlihy whose nomination to serve as an administrative judge on the Industrial Accident Board at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents was confirmed this month.  Governor Deval Patrick recently announced the nomination of Sabina T. Herlihy, Joseph Labadini and Yvonne Vieira-Cardoza and all three were confirmed.


Sabina T. Herlihy has over 20 years of legal experience, with a strong focus on employment law. She has extensive litigation experience at DIA, at other administrative agencies and in state courts. Herlihy first developed an interest in workers' compensation law as a law student working as a law clerk at DIA from 1986 to 1988.  After law school, she practiced employment law at several law firms prior to opening her own practice in Walpole in 2003. Herlihy is a graduate of Regis College (B.A., 1981) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1988). She resides in Walpole.  Herlihy will fill the board position previously held by the Honorable Michael G. Chadinha.


She was elected to serve as Board Chair of the Neponset Valley Chamber at its annual meeting in January.  Unfortunately this appointment will mean that she has to resign as chair.  Chair-elect Michael Moran, Dedham Savings, will complete Sabina's term before serving his own term in 2014.  The Executive Committee elected Peter McFarland, The Allied Group, to become Chair-elect.


We wish Sabina the best in her new endeavor! 

   Alisia St. Florian joins the NVCC Board


ALISIA E. St. FLORIAN was recently elected to the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is Partner at the law firm Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP where she concentrates her practice in the area of special education law, representing school districts in special education disputes at all steps in the proceedings including before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) and through the appeals process in federal district court. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Ms. St. Florian worked for seven years in a general civil litigation firm where part of her practice included the representation of children and parents in special education matters, and for five years as a Victim/Witness Advocate in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Child Abuse Unit.


 Ms. St. Florian has been appointed by the Norfolk County Juvenile Court to serve as a Guardian ad Litem/Educational Advocate and by the Department of Education to serve as an Educational Surrogate Parent. She is currently a council member of the Juvenile and Child Welfare section of the MBA and a member of the Parent Advisory Council for the Dover Sherborn Middle School. Ms. St. Florian received her Bachelor's degree from Bates College, her Master's degree in Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and her Juris Doctor, with honors, from Suffolk University Law School. While in law school, Ms. St. Florian was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board and published in the Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy. 

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane is a member of the Chairman Circle as a Silver Sponsor. 








NVCC Member Spotlight


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NVCC Member Spotlight: Alicia M. Kullas, Verizon Communications
NVCC Member Spotlight: Alicia M. Kullas, Verizon Communications















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.


Matty Christian - middle with other MHS Counselors and student 

The donation will be made in the memory of Matty Christian, a former student of the Mass Hospital School, who never let anything stand in his way of accomplishing everything he put his mind to. From swimming to baseball, this remarkable young man did it all.


After graduating from Canton High School, Matty went on to earn his Bachelors Degree from Bryant College and a MBA from Curry College. He also spent time as an motivational speaker for those with disabilities (and without) and volunteered at the Mass Hospital School. Matty was truly a mentor and inspiration to so many.


Please be a part of this special day as we honor the Mass Hospital School and the legacy of an amazing young man.




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 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 
Don't play golf? Consider a $10 donation or donating a $25 Gift Card



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


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Noon Networking and Fish Fry at the British Beer Company

Maximize your business' exposure by attending the NVCC's popular Noon Networking at the British Beer Company in Walpole.


The structured networking is high-impact with great returns on your investment, and is your opportunity to start building relationships with other members of the business community.

The BBC will be serving up their famous British-style Fish & Chips! Don't miss it-sign up today!

*Vegetarian or chicken dish can be substituted for the fish, but you must contact Cristoff at prior to make arrangements.

British Beer Company

85 Providence Highway

Walpole, MA

Tuesday, June 16


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

Easy registration


Sponsored by


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 It's a Party at the Summer Shack!

Join in on the fun and great networking at our popular Business After Hours Networking event at Jasper White's Summer Shack-Dedham!

Vinny and company have a special evening planned with a pig roast, beer tasting from Fisherman's Brew and tastings from Peruvian favorite, Pico Porton plus a to-die-for menu with ribs, chowder station and more!


PLUS...We are celebrating the Summer, so wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, T-shirt, sunglasses, or straw hat! Best Summer outfit wins a prize.

Remember to bring your A-game and tons of business cards as well!


Jasper White's Summer Shack

850 Providence Highway

Dedham, MA

Thursday, July 25


$10 Members, $25 General Admission, $5 Facebook Fan

Easy registration


 * We are looking for hosts for our 2014, BAH Calendar! Contact Cristoff at and get your business exposed!

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


(Sponsorships are available - contact Cristoff  at for more information)



Quarter Back Sponsor


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  By Keeping In Touch 

 by Stephanie Coyne



Going away lunch for Communications Assistant, Stephanie Coyne pictured in the middle with NVCC staff members, Julie Lagadimas and Denise Flynne



I was taught a valuable professional lesson from my parents. The lesson being that to keep truly connected, you must make the time to meet with former employers, colleagues and business friends for a quick coffee, lunch or drink to catch up.  Yes, social media has made this easy, but it sometimes lacks the sincerity of human nature.


Three years ago, I did a graphic-design  internship at the NVCC.  My assignment was to create print material for the Annual Flavors event and to update the membership literature to bring continuity to the NVCC brand.  I was blessed to have worked with the team at the NVCC as they were supportive and open minded to my endeavors.  I was always welcome to their events and meetings, so I would have a better understanding of how a good Chamber works.  I had a positive experience, earned a 4.0 with my instructor, met an amazing group of people and learned how a Chamber benefits local businesses.


I kept in touch with Cristoff Shay, through the occasional text or email.  I finally followed my parents' advice and asked him to lunch.  I was interested in volunteering for the Flavors event, and I wanted to catch up with the Chamber activities.  We met for lunch, talked about Flavors and the new Chamber programs. 


Then Cristoff asked what I have been up to.  I was a deer caught in headlights, and my mind started turning.  I am a stay at home mom and do the books for my husband's drywall and plastering business.  Boredom was starting to set in.  Now that my son is 10, I have wanted to find a part-time position doing something I love that would be flexible. This began a dialogue with Cristoff that recharged my batteries.  He listened and made several good suggestions.  I left our lunch refreshed and a woman on...Read more 




Thank you to our partners for 2013 

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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.