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BRISTOL COUNTY BUSINESS NEWS The Official Publication of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. April 2017 Edition

Five Beacon Hill Actions That Could Raise Business Costs

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By: Robert A. Mellion, Esq. President & CEO, Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Beacon Hill is constantly introducing and debating legislation that intentionally or incidentally raises the cost of doing business in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, the 190th Legislative Session of the General Court could be an exceptionally bad one for small businesses. More concerning is the support that several high profile anti-business bills and provisions are receiving. This year began with the surprise that an “Employer Contribution to Health Care” provision was inserted within the Governor’s FY 2018 Budget. The revenue capturing scheme is a “Massachusetts Only” proposed $2000 per employee tax that will likely hit most employers with 11, or more, full-time equivalent employees. The language

of the proposal was buried within the “Outside Section 46: Employer Contribution to Health Care 2” of the Governor’s proposed FY2018 budget. Not only is the tax unfair, but it also has the unintended consequence of pushing employers to terminate their health care benefits. While employers that do not offer health insurance will pay the $2000 penalty per employee, so will employers that may offer excellent health insurance to all of their employees. Many employers offering insurance will likely pay the tax because they fail to reach the employee take-up rate of 80% through no fault of their own. Please know that the Chamber is working to put an end to this action. Another proposal that could significantly raise the cost of doing business in Massachusetts is a bill requiring employers to provide employees with 26 weeks of paid leave for their own illness and up to 16 weeks of paid family leave for the birth/adoption of a child or to care for a relative, including spouse, parent, grandparent, in-law, child, or grandchild. If this bill becomes law, employers would be forced to pay workers a percentage of their salary during this leave, which could be up to $1,000 per week.

Massachusetts would be the only state in the United States requiring employers to take on this burden. In 2016, the measure advanced from the Senate, but failed to pass the House. Assisting in preventing the passage of last year’s Employer Paid Sick Leave bill was a major relief for the Chamber. Small business owners could never be expected to absorb such a substantial hit. The problem is that another Employer Paid Family Leave Bill has been reintroduced for the session in 2017. Legislation has also been introduced that would restrict an employers’ control of workplace schedules. If passed, the “Strict Scheduling Law” will limit changes in work schedules and any changes would result in penalties that are intended to be costly to employers. For instance, the legislation would require 21-day advance written notice of an employee’s work schedule. For any changes made to the schedule within 21 days, workers would be entitled to one hour of additional “predictability pay.” While the bill may have good intentions the move is extremely onerous for small business owners and would actually

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Term Ending 2019 Mike Bushell, St. Anne’s Hospital Bill Burns, SouthCoast Health Systems Catherine Dillon, BankFive Charlie Fellows, LaFrance Hospitality Doug Rodrigues, D.E. Rodrigues & Company, Inc Matthew Schondek, Fall River Municipal Credit Union Matt Zenni, Liberty Utilities


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Term Ending in 2017 Jo Ann Bentley, Jo Ann Bentley - Architect LoriAnn Taylor Branco, Center for Sight Nick Christ, BayCoast Bank Rebecca Collins, Collins Construction Michael Lund, Borden Light Marina Carl Sawejko, Sawejko Communications Tobias Stapleton, UMass - Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Term Ending 2018 Carmen Aguilar, Bristol Community College Eileen M. Danahey, Saint Anne’s Credit Union Anthony Medeiros, Mechanics Cooperative Bank Marty Monteleon, Individual Arthur Pacheco, New York Life Jason Rua, RDA Insurance Dawn Rusin, Re/Max Right Choice

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PUBLISHER Robert A. Mellion, Esq., President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Carl Garcia, Carl’s Collision Center, Inc Immediate Past Chair: Scott O’Brien, O’Brien’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Chair Elect: Brian LeComte, Gold Medal Bakery First Vice Chair: Curtis Nelson, Nelson Insurance & Financial Services Second Vice Chair: Bill Perkins, People Incorporated Treasurer: Roger Cabral, Bristol County Savings Bank Clerk: Monte Ferris, Quality Inn Somerset & Venus de Milo President and CEO & General Counsel: Robert A. Mellion, Esq.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS: Frank Marchione, President, FROED Kenneth Fiola Jr., Esq., Executive Vice President, FROED Melinda Ailes, Senior Business Advisor Clifford Robbins, Senior Business Advisor Daniel Lilly, Government Sales Advisor Anne Fenton, Client Services Coordinator Alison Moriarty, Administrative Assistant Jill Beresford, Senior Business Advisor Nancy Lowd, Senior Business Advisor

CHAMBER STAFF: Robert A. Mellion, Esq., President, CEO & General Counsel Kimberly Coroa Moniz, Vice President Dan Balboni, Director of Business Development Courtney Krystman, Manager of Operations & Finance Jennifer Lourenco, Communications Manager

The Massachusetts Small Business Center (MSBDC) Network provides on-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business. Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network 200 Pocasset Street, Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: (508) 673-9783

Fax: (508) 674-1929

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is to be the primary business and community information source for its members and the public to provide networking opportunities for its members; and serve as an advocate, on behalf of its members, at the local, state and federal government levels. Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. 200 Pocasset Street, Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: (508) 676-8226 Fax: (508) 675-5932


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harm the people the measure is trying to help.

All meetings are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted

There is additional legislative news to report. Last year, the Massachusetts minimum wage rose to $11 per hour, which was the final step in a three-year increase. That was a 9% increase on small businesses. The result is that Massachusetts is now tied for first place with the highest minimum wage in the United States. Three-quarters of Massachusetts employers would face additional increases in their compensation costs if state lawmakers pass the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage. It is important to recognize that $15 is more like $20, or more, when you factor in taxes and employer paid withholdings contributions. Those compensation increases would be enough to force many small companies to postpone hiring, consider closing, or leave MA altogether. Time and a half, which is required by law to many retailers, now becomes outrageous. It would be better for many small companies to use temps.

04/13 THURS..........................Education Committee Meeting 11:30 a.m.

It is also important to note that Massachusetts businesses are directly competing against neighbouring Rhode Island and New Hampshire companies who pay a lower minimum wage. Rhode Island and New Hampshire also allow their employers to pay a substantially lower “Teen Wage.” The Rhode Island minimum wage is $9.60 with a teen wage of $7.20 an hour. New Hampshire has a $7.25 minimum wage and a teen wage of $5.46. There is no teen wage in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts teen and internship wage is $11.00 per hour. Massachusetts also mandates time and ½ for Sunday workers. Perhaps it is time that Massachusetts lawmakers help teens and interns to secure valuable work experience by introducing a reasonable teen wage.

04/24 MON.................................Finance Committee Meeting 11:30 a.m.

04/21 FRI.....................................Government Affairs Meeting 8:00 a.m.

04/24 MON...............................Executive Committee Meeting 11:45 a.m. 04/26 WED.........................................................Board Meeting 11:45 a.m.

One other anti-business proposal worth exposing is the purposefully deceptive “Millionaire’s Tax” that is one vote away from becoming a Massachusetts Ballot Question. Under the proposal, “ANY INCOME” over $1 million would be taxed at both the current flat rate and an additional 4 percent surtax, so that the new tax rate would be 9 percent, or more. The “any income” language means that this proposed amendment is especially concerning for small business owners who pay taxes as pass-through entities such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and “S” Corporations. As passthrough businesses, a company’s business income rather than the owner’s salary is taxed at the individual rate when the owner files their tax return. The real hit could occur when a business or equipment is sold, or when an estate issue arises due to the death of an owner. Proponents say the revenue derived from the new income tax on businesses would be invested in public education and transportation, but it has been repeatedly pointed out that the Massachusetts Constitution bans amendments that allocate funds. Consequently, there is no guarantee the money would be spent on those areas. If the constitutional amendment gets enough votes at the next Massachusetts constitutional convention, voters will weigh in on the measure in 2018. Ultimately, the measure amounts to a nearly $2 billion tax hike that mainly impacts small businesses in Massachusetts. There has not been a legislative session since the old “Taxachusetts” days that is this packed with anti-business bills. Any one of the five bills mentioned would significantly raise the cost of doing business in Massachusetts. The totality of them is unthinkable. Needless to say the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is hard at work advocating for your interests. Employers have looked to the Chamber since 1911 as their voice and advocate. Please know that if you are worried about it, we are most likely working to stop it. Respectfully,

04/27 THURS..........................................Business After Hours Located at Jerry Remy’s 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by: Commowealth Landing Lofts


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Chamber News...........................Page 9 & 12

Business Advice..........................Page 12

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Robert A. Mellion, Esq. President & CEO


On behalf of Governor Baker and Lieutant Governor Polito, Housing & Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash is pleased to announce a series of listening sessions focused on Small Businesses.

Tuesday, May 16: South Coast with Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA at 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 2: Kick-off event with Lieutenant Governor Polito Clark University, Worcester, MA at 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 17: Brockton with Lieutenant Governor Polito The Conference Center at Massasoit, Brockton, MA at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 4: Cape Cod with Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk Chatham Community Center, Chatham, MA at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23: MetroWest with Secretary Jay Ash The Center for Arts Natick (TCAN), Natick, MA at 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 9: West Mass with Secretary Jay Ash Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25: North Central with Secretary Jay Ash Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA at 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 10: Berkshire County with Secretary Jay Ash Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA at 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 31 with Secretary Jay AshMassChallenge, Boston, MA at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, May 15: Northeast with Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk Salem State University, Salem, MA at 7:30 a.m.

For additional questions or concerns please contact Devon Goodall. (

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Diman: Point of sale is a point of emphasis

eling, a safe saw for the housebuilding program and the building of a sports equipment storage facility. “It’s wonderful that the foundation gives people an opportunity to give back to Diman,” said Carl Sawejko, 1st Vice President of the DBEF. “The foundation gave them a mechanism to support Diman in a manner that wasn’t available to them previously. They can give back to their school, the one that helped set them, or their family, up for life.”

Diman’s Room 251 restaurant has gone high-tech with some help from friends of the school. Already known for its cutting-edge culinary techniques, Room 251 has recently started using the latest technology to manage orders and facilitate communication between the kitchen and front of the house. The POSitouch system cost nearly $30,000 and was purchased with assistance from the Diman Bengal Education Foundation ($10,000) and the William Fusaro Scholarship Fund ($7,500), with the remainder being paid by Diman. When students use the new system to take an order from a customer, they use a tablet or desktop computer to record the choices and, if necessary, requested pickup time. The system then alerts the kitchen staff through a pair of monitors and a printed ticket, and they subsequently prepare the meal. Once completed, they switch a setting on the order and the serving staff is alerted that the meal is ready. “This is so much easier for our kids,” said Culinary Arts Department Head Randy Benevides. “The order pops up 10 minutes before it’s due, so folks can order early and have their meals ready when they want it to be ready. There’s no issue with lost tickets.”


But the benefits go beyond easy ordering and preparation of food. “We can keep track of all the orders and run reports,” explained Benevides. “We can see all kinds of information, like how long it takes to prepare certain dishes, how many sales we get of different types of menu items, when our busiest times are, how we’re doing over time, and on and on. It’s great!” Restaurant visitors are noticing. “The students are walking around with their tablets and taking orders and I think it’s fantastic,” said Steve Souza, member of the Fusaro Scholarship Fund and the DBEF Board of Directors. “I’m very enthused about it, and am thrilled that we were able to help out in some small way.” Souza explained how the scholarship fund got involved. “Billy Fusaro was my best friend and was on the Diman school committee. We heard about the project and had some funds, so we talked to Ed Hill, who said the DBEF was going to chip in and the school was going to chip in, so we decided to step in too,” he grinned. “It’s like a three-legged stool.” This is the fifth project completed with assistance by the DBEF, as they previously funded or helped fund the Stanley Remiesiewicz Customer Service Center in the Automotive Technology shop, a physics lab remod-

DBEF Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Ed Hill pointed out another advantage of the system: job preparedness. Said Hill, “The POS system is used, or will be used, at a lot of restaurants, so by training our kids on it, they’ll know how to use it in the field, whether they’re in the ‘front of the house’ or the ‘back of the house.’” “When the foundation could facilitate

the purchase, we thought it was great that the kids could use real-world technology that they’ll be using out in the industry,” explained DBEF President Paul Medeiros. “Whenever we can help out with projects like that, we’re going to do so. That’s why the foundation was started.” The technology may be new to the field, but it’s yet another example of Diman’s shops staying ahead of the curve. Said Sawejko, “Even in the fanciest of restaurants that I’ve dined at, nobody has this technology that has a waiter or waitress take your order right there with a tablet. It’s the cutting edge of technology.” While the gee-whiz “Jetsons” aspect of the tech is great, it’s the practicality that the students like. “It’s a lot easier to use than the old system,” said senior Chelsey Benoit, of Westport. “It’s much simpler to send orders back to the kitchen, find items, take credit cards, split checks… it makes my job significantly easier.”

New Members Commonwealth Landing Joined: 03/02/2017

Network Cleaning Service, Inc. Joined: 03/06/2017

Law Offices of Lovett & Lovett Joined: 03/08/2017

Durand Agency Inc. Joined: 03/08/2017

Green and Gray LLC Joined: 03/13/2017

Barrington Printing/Promotions Joined: 03/13/2017

Beth Motta Design & Marketing Joined: 03/13/2017

Bergeron Chiropratic Neurology P.C. Joined: 03/21/2017

Santovia Joined: 3/22/2017

Lanagan & Co., Inc. Joined: 3/27/2017

Next Monitoring Joined: 3/27/17 For information on joining the Chamber please contact: Dan Balboni Director of Business Development (508) 676.8226 7

MeMber Spotlight: inDoff/DArtMouth Every business requires some sort of product or solution to handle, move or store their materials. Whether it be files, inventory, raw or finished goods, equipment, tools, parts or whatever else you have to handle, move or store, Indoff/ Dartmouth supplies just what you need. Indoff/Dartmouth is run by Mark Miller who has the knowledge and ability to recommend the best products for your application. Value is always a consideration and custom solutions are always an option. Mark will personally manage your projects from design and layout to procurement and installation. Providing excellent service and customer satisfaction are normal practices for Indoff/Dartmouth. Indoff/Dartmouth is a unique business partnership between Indoff, the largest material handling distributor in North America and Mark Miller, a seasoned material handling sales veteran with over twenty years of experience in the field. Indoff provides access to the most extensive line of material handling products in the industry as well as the stability and buying power of a very large company. Mark provides excellent customer service, value for your dollar and personal relationships that are usually only found when dealing with a small company. The Indoff/Dartmouth partnership offers the best of both worlds. All Brands and Types of: • Mezzanines • Wire Partition • Shelving • Carts/Trucks • Loading Dock Equipment • Modular Drawers

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Bristol County Chamber Seeks Nominations for Community Service Awards Each Spring, the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry presents several Outstanding Community Service Awards to truly deserving individuals. This year, the awards will be presented during the 49th Annual John S. Brayton, Jr. Memorial Community Service Awards Banquet. The Chamber is currently soliciting nominations from both the membership and the general public. This award recognizes significant voluntary participation of extraordinary nature by an individual or a company. Their participation can range across a broad spectrum, including social service agencies, charitable organizations, non-profit community clubs and organizations, governmental agencies and individual effort. Long-term performance is not a requirement, as long as the work being recognized is clearly of deserving nature. The Awards Selection Committee will carefully review and select the most deserving recipients. Nominations should include a written summary of the individual or company’s service to the community and qualifications. Nominations must be received by April 21, 2017 and should be mailed to the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, 200 Pocasset St., Fall River, MA 02721, to the attention of Kimberly Coroa Moniz, or can be e-mailed to

BayCoast Bank Names Maria G. Rego as Assistant Vice President – Community Banking Officer In this position, Rego will participate in the planning, coordination, and administration of the retail bank network. Additionally, she will coordinate initiatives with regional managers to direct branch efforts toward meeting the financial needs of customers in the bank’s market areas. Rego will also oversee staff development to ensure the office’s compliance with operating policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements, and to maintain high employee productivity and morale. Prior to joining BayCoast Bank, Rego served as an AVP-Retail Operations Manager for Mechanics CooperativeBank and as a Branch Manager

at Rockland Trust. She earned an associate’s degree from Johnson and Wales University, and has completed additional leadership training.

Business After Hours 2017 Schedule Thursday 4/27 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: Jerry Remy’s Sponsored By: Commonwealth Landing Lofts Thursday 5/25 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: 657 Quarry Street Fall River, MA Sponsored by: Mallard Printing Wednesday 6/7 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: The Cove Sponsored By: Saint Anne’s Credit Union Wednesday 6/28 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: 333 Milliken Boulevard Fall River, MA Sponsored By: Fall River Municipal Credit Union Thursday 7/27 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: Tipsy Seagull Sponsored By: Tipsy Seagull

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BayCoast Bank promotes Elizabeth Ferreira to Assistant Vice President, Assistant Controller In this position, Ferreira will supervise and oversee the activities of the Accounting Department. Additionally, she will continue to serve as Assistant Controller, which includes assisting the Controller and CFO with financial reporting, regulatory reporting, and budgeting for BayCoast Bank and its subsidiaries. Ferreira joined BayCoast Bank in 2000. During her tenure at BayCoast Bank, she has held positions including Accounting Officer, Accounting Manager, Accounting Supervisor and Accounting Associate.


Community Business News Developer of SouthCoast Marketplace gives project update

part of SouthCoast Marketplace. This 350,000 square foot project has tenant commitments for over 75% of its space already.” Four Tenants are formally being announced below. Additional announcements will be made periodically in the coming months. Grocer and Anchor Tenant: Market Basket

this anywhere between Cape Cod and Providence.” According to Jeff Stedman, “We look forward to joining this exciting project and being a part of the Fall River community. We aim to provide the best movie experience in the region and to do so at competitive prices. We are currently on schedule to open in advance of this year’s holiday season.” Restaurant: 110 Grill

Fall River, MA (March 22, 2017) The long-awaited redevelopment of the former New Harbour Mall is under way. SouthCoast Marketplace will open to the public late Summer 2017, bringing a variety of exciting restaurants, stores and entertainment to this prominent property at Exit 1 on Route 24. Construction started last Fall and the final form of the main building is starting to come into view. The current schedule has the first tenants opening in August. “Our objective of this redevelopment is to create a dynamic marketplace with inviting public spaces and top-quality design to serve the people of Fall River and the surrounding communities,” says Steven Cohen, president of CEA Group, the project’s developer. “The end result will be like nothing in the region. We are thrilled to develop a shopping center that Fall River can be proud of, a place where families can enjoy a night out and shoppers can enjoy great retail options, as well as significant savings on their grocery bill.” The buildings are being designed by Prelliwitz Chilinski Associates, the premier designer of exciting “lifestyle” centers in New England. “We chose to work with PCA,” Cohen adds, “for their great design, attention to detail and their experience on similar projects such as Legacy Place in Dedham and Market Street in Lynnfield.” Ron Golub, Principal of The Stonewood Companies and CEA partner, is leasing the project. “Our goal for selecting tenants is to serve the everyday needs of the local residents while also providing specialty shops, entertainment venues and dining options new to the area,” Golub says. “Market Basket was the perfect place to start. Since the announcement of their commitment to the project in 2015, numerous retailers and restaurants have expressed interest in being a


Market Basket will be opening a brand new 85,000 sf supermarket in SouthCoast Marketplace on the former Kmart site. Market Basket is the most successful grocer in the region. It is beloved by its customers for providing high quality groceries at the lowest prices, on average 20% lower than its competitors. Market Basket believes that SouthCoast Marketplace is the ideal location to service the residents of Fall River and the surrounding communities. This successful familyowned super market looks forward to becoming an integral part of the local community. It is currently under construction and will open this August, 2017. Movie Theater: Picture Show Entertainment Picture Show at SouthCoast Marketplace, a state-ofthe-art, 11-screen movie theater, will be located on an attractive central plaza at the center of this project. The theater will offer the latest innovations in the theater industry, including electric luxury reclining seating, reserve seating, quality food options, self-service soda machines, and a beer and wine bar. The President of Picture Show Entertainment, Jeff Stedman, has an impressive 20-year track record in the industry and is known for incorporating the best professional standards with attention to detail and connections with local communities. “We consistently heard from Fall River residents that they wanted to bring the theater back. We spoke to several national theater companies that were interested in opening in this location, but we were most impressed with the Picture Show team,” says Cohen. “They share our vision for the overall project and recognize the opportunity to develop the best theater on the South Coast. There will not be a cinema venue like

Located on the central plaza of SouthCoast Marketplace, adjacent to the cinema entrance, will be the trendy 110 Grill. 110 Grill’s concept features a casual atmosphere that has been very well received in several other locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. “110 Grill is looking forward to opening in Fall River, in late Fall 2017. The SouthCoast Marketplace is the ideal location for our restaurant with its upcoming movie theater and retail options. We are confident that the South Coast community is going to embrace 110 Grill,” says Ryan Dion, 110 Grill’s Chief Operating Officer. “110 Grill features modern American cuisine prepared in a scratch kitchen, an upscale-casual atmosphere, outdoor patio seating with a fire pit and a beautiful private dining room,” he explains. Petsmart Petsmart will be joining SouthCoast Marketplace and will become the largest and only super pet store in the area. This store will contain 22,000 square feet of quality, affordable pet food and products, and will provide services like the Grooming Salon, dog training, Doggie Day Camp and PetsHotel. “We realized that there was a great demand for a full-service pet supply store in the area. Petsmart is one of the best operators in the country and has been eager to come to Fall River for a long time, but this is the first time that there has been a viable project that meets the company’s high standards,” says Golub. For further information, contact Laura Cohen:

Member Spotlight: Boutique fitness

Originating in historic downtown New Bedford, Boutique Fitness recently expanded to a new location in North Westport, near The Kozy Nook Restaurant at 645 State Rd.

With an appointment based schedule, Boutique Fitness holds you accountable to show up and work hard in order to get the results you are looking for!

“We have clients coming in from Westport and the surrounding areas of Dartmouth, Fall River and Tiverton.”

Stay tuned for additional information about an upcoming special event in June, at Boutique Fitness’ Westport location, that you won’t want to miss!

With knowledgeable, friendly and motivating coaches, Boutique Fitness offers top of the line service to clients and offers a host of services including private, one on one training, small group training and personalized meal plans.

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“You simply won’t find this level of service at any other facility in the area.” Workouts consist of 30 minutes of total body conditioning and strength training and can be catered to all levels of fitness.

Chamber members that sign up as a new client at the Westport location will receive a free tshirt and water bottle with their membership!* Get on track and reach your fitness goals! Set up your complimentary consultation and fitness assessment now by calling (774) 319.5008 or email bfwestport@ *Offer good while supplies last!


Business Advice Weigh the Value of Upgrades to Your Home

“Home renovations can be a stressful, time-consuming, and expensive process,” according to Laurie March, home improvement and remodeling expert. Having an idea of the return you’ll receive on your investment at sale time is one way of deciding whether or not the project is worth the cost, or it can help you prioritize projects. General estimates of how much you could get back In an average residential market, several kinds of projects can recoup more than 80% of the investment for the cost of the job, notes Remodeling Magazine’s “2014 Cost vs. Value Report.” The report details more than two dozen typical renovations in the midrange or upscale category, from replacing doors or windows to adding rooms. For example, if you install upscale fiber-cement siding to your house, expect to recoup up to 87% of the cost of the job, notes the report. You can search the report for trends over time, for regions, or even city-specific data. Small changes, big results “In every market, sprucing up your front door has surprisingly good results,” notes March. Put in a new steel door and you can expect to recover 96% of the cost of the investment, according to Remodeling Magazine’s report. “Add in a refresh on your outdoor lighting, doormat, and colorful landscaping, and you can really change how your home is perceived from the street,” she adds. Remember, home buyers will likely first see your place pictured online, notes Brendon DeSimone, real estate expert and author of Next Generation Real Estate: New Rules for


Smarter Home Buying & Faster Selling. “If your home does well in a photo shoot, it will get more people in the door,” he says. More buyer-minded advice • “Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes,” says DeSimone. High-impact and higher-cost investments here include new countertops, appliances, and cabinet hardware in the kitchen and new fixtures and grout in the bathroom. • Be stylish, but not edgy, he advises. White cabinets in the kitchen or hardwood floors in a dining room will hold their value for longer periods of time than the latest fads. Add a fresh coat of paint where it’s needed. • Keep bedroom changes reversible. “Taking out a bedroom and replacing it with a walk-in closet can sometimes be a huge selling point,” says DeSimone. Turning a bedroom into a home office can also be appealing. Both of these transformations can be undone if a buyer wants to regain the room as a bedroom. Live in the present Selling your home might not be in your nearterm plans. “While financial data tells half the story, many remodeling decisions stem from personal family circumstances,” says March. Adding a bathroom might only recoup 60% of the investment for the cost of the job, according to RemodelingMagazine’s report. But if the addition could better accommodate your growing family, it might be worthwhile. The same holds true for other jobs. If you open up an area and create a kitchen that flows into a living space, you might recoup 70% to 80% of the financial investment, notes March. “But creating a space your family can gather in — and connect in — might be priceless.” This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Nelson Dias, Financial Advisor in Providence, RI at 401-459-6872 Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANKGUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. © 2016 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.

Santovia Named Newest Affinity Partner of Bristol County Chamber of Commerce Boston MA. – April 2017 The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its newest affinity partner Santovia. Santovia is a new innovative employee telehealth education solution that also provides written and video education about conditions, procedures and physical therapy. Through Santovia’s teleconsult feature, employees will have the opportunity to connect with board certified physicians to help them understand all of the treatment options associated with their specific diagnosis. The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of supporting employers to help their employees return to work following injury or illness. By introducing Santovia’s innovative educational support tool, users will be able to make informed healthcare decisions and employers will also benefit from a solution that supports employees and may even help reduce overall healthcare costs. Rob Mellion, ESQ. President and CEO of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, stated that “The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce selected Santovia as an affinity partner because with the outrageous healthcare costs in Massachusetts, employers are looking for low cost, high quality solutions that provide additional support for employees who are navigating the complex world of healthcare. This new employee benefit service is also offered at a very affordable price point. It could even help lower an employer’s overall health insurance cost through better patient outcomes.” Santovia is a new innovative patient and employee engagement and telehealth platform. Our technology tackles major issues facing healthcare users and professionals today. Through education and targeted surveys, it facilitates shared decision making and better recovery for patients, helps physicians understand how to improve patient experience, and assists employees to return to work. Santovia’s compelling and engaging UI combined with its in depth analytics set a new standard for patient and employee engagement systems. For more information, please visit or call 800-646-9350.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia speak at the Grand Opening of the Amazon distribution facility: March 24, 2017

Students take part in Diman Co-Op Job Fair: March 30, 2017

7th Annual Bristol County Home & Garden Show: March 11, 2017



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