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BRISTOL COUNTY BUSINESS NEWS The Official Publication of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. January 2017 Edition

Legislative Review

By: Robert A. Mellion, Esq. President & CEO, Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The value of an organization is often demonstrated through its work product. This is a legislatively active chamber of commerce. In addition to successes with transportation, infrastructure and education, much was accomplished legislatively during 2016. What follows is a sample of the many legislative issues that were in some manner impacted by the advocacy of the Fall River Area Chamber of

Commerce & Industry. Massachusetts has the highest costs for electricity in the continental United States. That is why the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry worked throughout the year to address the high cost of electricity, which is a great burden on many member businesses. During the legislative session the Chamber testified and advocated for numerous energy projects and

was directly involved with state energy policy making. The Chamber also was engaged in the behind the scenes political action that led to passage of the Massachusetts Energy Law that was iniated by State Representative Patricia Haddad, passed by the House and Senate and signed by Governor Baker. A key component within the new law allows for the establishment of an offshore wind industry located within Southeastern Massachusetts. Working with both legislative and state partners, the Chamber will continue efforts at expanding electricity generation infrastructure in 2017. Serving as a leading voice among Massachusetts chambers the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce was hard at work last year toward advocating against the passage of antibusiness legislation. Working alongside association partners such

as the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Chamber was effective in holding the line against the banning of non-compete agreements, a $15 minimum wage, employer paid family leave and a millionaire’s tax that is really a new income tax on Limited Liability Companies and S Corporation businesses. We also assisted with necessary amendments to the recently passed Pay Equity Law and defeated “predictive scheduling” legislation. Our coalition of associations are already preparing to fight against the reintroduction of these bills in 2017. As a participant within the Gateway Cities Leadership Initiative, the Chamber assisted with policy formation and the crafting of legislative incentive programs that were

infused within the Municipal Modernization Law passed in 2016. The Municipal Modernization Law is meaningful to the Chamber members because it offers helpful policy reforms that will remove obsolete statutes from the books and end practices that have been impediments on businesses for years. An example was our work with State Senator Michael Rodrigues to repeal a draconian practice against businesses which barred their rights to an appeal on commercial property tax assessments. Many local and regional items impacted by the State Budget were also addressed by the Chamber in 2016. Examples included the reinstatement of line items within the Massachusetts Budget that funded the South (Continued on page 3)

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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.

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MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry 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. Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. 200 Pocasset Street, Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: (508) 676-8226 Fax: (508) 675-5932

BUSINESS NEWS (Continued from cover) eastern Massachusetts Visitor’s Bureau, local education and municipal services. The Chamber also successfully advocated for the establishment of a trust account to protect tourism funding in the future. At the national level, the Chamber was part of a coalition of associations that successfully lobbied for the securing of a temporary waiver for Massachusetts from the onerous conditions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA market rules have been a significant contributing factor in raising health insurance rates on small businesses. The Chamber’s efforts were rewarded when Governor Baker was able to secure a one-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), authorizing the Commowealth to maintain the use of its existing rating factors that are otherwise prohibited under the ACA. With the future of the ACA no longer clear, we will be advocating for an extension to the state waiver. Another important national

issue impacting local businesses was the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulations, which were issued in May, 2016 and intended to take effect in December. As background, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes overtime rules and the standards by which employees may be exempted from them. Exemption requires that employees perform certain duties and be paid at a certain threshold level. The salary threshold was most recently updated by the DOL in 2004 to $455.00 per week, or $23,660 per year. In 2016, the DOL’s new regulations would have more than doubled the threshold to $913.00 per week, or $47,476.00. Businesses from Seattle to Fall River were hard pressed to figure out compliance with FLSA and how to budget for the financial hit. Working closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce was part of a national coalition of business groups who initiated a legal action within the U.S. Court of the Eastern District

of Texas to enjoin the federal agency action from going into effect. The injunction effort was successful, but it is unknown at this time whether the DOL will appeal the ruling. Participation by the private sector in the shaping of legislative policy helps government officials understand and appreciate how laws, ordinances and decisions impact local commerce and industry. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry will be hard at work in 2017. In the meantime, the Chamber Board of Directors and Staff extends to you our sincere wishes for great success, health and happiness in the year ahead. Thank you also for making shopping locally one of your New Year’s resolutions. Respectfully,

Robert A. Mellion, Esq.

JANUARY 2017 CALENDAR All meetings take place at the Chamber unless otherwise noted.

01/11 WED..........................Ambassadors Committee Meeting All Friends Smoke House & BBQ Westport, MA 01/13 FRI.................................Education Committee Meeting 11:30 a.m. 01/18 FRI.......................................Business Resource Seminar 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 01/20 FRI.....................................Government Affairs Meeting 8:00 a.m. 01/23 MON...............................Executive Committee Meeting 12:00p.m. 1/23 MON.............................................Membership Meeting 3:00 pm. 01/25 WED.........................................................Board Meeting 11:45 a.m. 01/26 THUR............................................Business After Hours Sponsored by/Located at The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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SwimEx Announces Toby Langley as Account Executive, Southeast

Diman Receives Guitars from Local Groups Back row: Diman Superintendent-Director Thomas Aubin, Scott Mullin, Scott Cioe from Kevin Wright Celebration of Music, Chris Martel, Alumni Association member Thomas Branco, Luke Bagdan, Diman teacher Pat Bowen Front row: Kaylee Barbosa, River Travis, Kayla Botelho, Joel Patota.

SwimEx (, the industry leader in the aquatic exercise and rehabilitation industry, is pleased to announce that Toby Langley has joined the company as an Account Executive, representing the Southeast. Langley, who initially represented SwimEx as an independent sales representative in the Southeast in the 1990s and 2000s, joined the company in this new capacity earlier this year. In this role, Langley represents SwimEx across seven southeastern states and calls on accounts ranging from professional sports teams, university athletics at all levels, and rehabilitation and physical therapy facilities (including hospitals, assisted living centers, private practice clinics, senior living communities, and veterinary clinics). Additionally, Langley assists with residential pool sales throughout the country. Langley brings over 35 years of sales experience to his position at SwimEx. Most recently, he served as area sales manager, North Alabama and North Mississippi, for Tank Pro Inc. Prior to that, he was the area sales and project manager for Alabama at Summit Sales & Service Co., Inc. Throughout all of his positions, he has built a record of proven sales achievement. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Langley now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife, Lora, and their three sons. He enjoys spending his free time at their family lake house on Logan Martin Lake in Pell City, Alabama, as well as cycling, golf, bowling and fishing. “We welcome Toby to our SwimEx sales team,” said Suzanne Vaughan, president of SwimEx. “His proven sales background and knowledge of our products and services will help him educate organizations and individuals about the aquatic health benefits of our pools. We are excited to have him join SwimEx.” About SwimEx SwimEx has been a leader in the design and manufacturing of aquatic therapy pools, resistance pools, and plunge tanks since 1986, when fiberglass pioneer Everett Pearson (already known for Pearson Yachts) bought the SwimEx paddlewheel patents and designed them into the first fiberglass swim spa. Now being led by Pearson’s daughter Suzanne Vaughan, this second-generation family business offers a complete line of versatile products that feature innovative technology and construction. Proudly crafted in the United States and built to order, SwimEx pools are easy to maintain and exceed expectations, delivering the ultimate in aquatic therapy and fitness with superior customer service. In addition to private homes, SwimEx pools can be found in a variety of settings, including university and professional athletic team facilities. Clients include the Chicago Cubs, New England Patriots, New York Yankees, University of Alabama, and University of Connecticut, healthcare organizations, veterinary clinics, military bases, and senior living communities. SwimEx is located at 390 Airport Road, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720. For more information, please call 800-877-7946 or visit

Ray Mullin Music and The Kevin Wright Celebration of Music have boosted Diman’s nascent music program for the second time in a year with a donation of guitars. The Swansea shop teamed with the local charity to donate four guitars and a box of strings to the program, an after-school club geared to teaching students and staff how to play the six-string. The instruments and strings supplement a donation of six guitars in February of 2016. Several of the students present at the event learned to play the guitar after last year’s donation. They were able to pay the donation forward by donating their time to the Alumni Association’s Rockin’ for Scholarships fundraiser.

Fall River Parent Academy The Fall River Parent Academy is led by a growing partnership of community agencies, businesses and schools working together to offer FREE learning opportunities to Fall River parents and caring adults. This combined network of resources provides unique interactive classes at various sites throughout the city. Parent Academy Nights are fun, engaging, instructive evenings developed around a central theme or focus that provides helpful information and support for any and all caring adults. Participants will learn new ways to support their children’s learning or take classes that address their own personal growth and interests. Join them for the next session on January 12,. The theme for this Parent Academy Night is Health & Fitness! Eat Healthy, Be Active - Designed for adults who want to lose weight and become more active. This class teaches practical steps that can lead to a better you!


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Statovex is ready to take on cold and flu season Testing afterwards showed the surfaces were free of bacteria and virus, Hart said. And it is safe, he added. The technique and the solutions have passed muster with the alphabet soup of regulation - EPA, DPH, OSHA, FDA.

by: Kevin P. O’Connor at The Herald News One thing about kids: They are germy. People, in general, have the capacity to make you sick, but kids are a special case. One little Joshua with a runny nose can walk into the Hoppy Bunny Daycare on a Monday and on Tuesday the school looks like a scene from the Black Plague. Jacob Hart has the answer. Hart is the vice president of StatoVex, a decontamination company he founded in May at 101 Old Bedford Road. The idea is brand new. Hart and his technicians go into daycare centers, schools, buses, nursing homes, offices. They wear special backpacks that disperse a cloud of an electrically charged anti-bacterial solution. "When we know that a virus is being spread in a building, we know the viruses are living for hours or days on surfaces," Hart said. "We go in and kill it. We hit every surface on every side. We apply a coating that continues to work after we are gone." The company uses a technique that combines two known technologies to greatly increase their ability to kill germs. The spray technology was invented by car repair shops. They figured out how to electrically charge small droplets of paint that attach to negative or neutral charged surfaces like a magnet. Instead of paint, StatoVex uses a botanical based disinfectant and a barrier solution when they fog a room.

The company is small. Hart and administrative assistant Rebecca Lawton manage the office. Hart and four technicians do the Ghostbuster routine. The technology is so new that they have custom made much of their equipment and built tailored cases to carry it all. "We are getting in on the ground floor with this," he said. Lysol, Johnson and Johnson, Clorox, are all developing similar products. Clorox is working on its own backpack sprayer, Hart said. That is not a surprise, Hart added. He spent 20 years in the business of cleaning and decontamination. It is a growth industry, he said. "I've been watching the trends on both chemical sensitivity and concerns about what people are breathing and touching," he said. People want to know that the surfaces they touch are clean. They don't want to fill their lungs with chemicals. "People want a less toxic, safer product," he said. "People also understand electrostatic technology. "We just put it together."

Everything in the room gets touched by the fog. The droplets race around to the backs of chairs or the sides of keyboard keys. The droplets in the fog search out places that another charged droplet has not yet been, Hart said. And it is fast. Hart's technicians went to a plumbing supply house with 6,000 square feet of space and 100,000 points where people touch. They had it disinfected in half an afternoon, Hart said. "It is not very invasive," he said. "It is one person walking around. It is quick and it is maximum coverage." And it can be entertaining. Guys in khaki with backpacks that emit a fog. "We get asked about 'Ghostbusters' a lot," he said. They went into a school in Cranston where a norovirus was sweeping through the students and faculty. They have been into nursing homes and assisted living facilities, banks and restaurants. 5

(Continued from page 4) Be Active at the Y! - Come and join a free spinning (indoor cycling) class at the YMCA! How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry! - This class is for people who want to learn how to follow a lower-carbohydrate diet, either to lose weight or to stabilize or prevent medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Zumba - This Zumba class will fuse hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a one of a kind fitness program. Taekwondo Family Class - Families will have the opportunity to work together as they learn self-defense skills, as well as self- discipline. Participants will also learn important life skills including confidence, self control, loyalty and respect and integrity. To register for the classes listed above or to learn more about parentacademy, visit them on the web at

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Dr. Kalpana Polu named Medical Dir. of Adolescent Services at Southcoast Behavioral Health Southcoast Behavioral Health is excited to announce that Kalpana R. Polu, MD, has been appointed Medical Director of Adolescent Services; overseeing the new 24-bed unit and outpatient treatment center for patients ages 13 to 17. Dr. Polu comes to Southcoast Behavioral Health from Arbour-Fuller Hospital in South Attleboro, Mass., where she served as Medical Director. In that role, Dr. Polu was responsible for managing medical staff and overseeing psychiatric care for patient populations suffering from severe mental illness. Prior to her appointment as Medical Director, Dr. Polu led the adolescent psychiatric unit at Arbour-Fuller and was instrumental in developing team-based approaches to patient care. She also has extensive experience with outpatient community mental health, through her previous work with rural communities in the East Texas area. With this work, she dealt with crisis management and treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders in underserved areas. Dr. Polu earned her medical degree at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. She completed her residency

in Austin, Texas, specializing in General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. About Southcoast Behavioral Health Conveniently located in Dartmouth, Mass., Southcoast Behavioral Health is a 120-bed psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient treatment for people with mental health diagnoses. Operating on the principle that all patients should receive treatment with kindness, compassion, dignity, respect, and hope, Southcoast Behavioral Health strives to be the leading provider of psychiatric care in Southeastern Massachusetts. The compassionate staff at Southcoast Behavioral Health, comprised of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, recreational therapists, and mental health technicians, is dedicated to providing superior and effective psychiatric treatment in a safe, tranquil setting specially designed to help each patient find healing. Whether a patient is spending time relaxing in one of the outdoor courtyards or participating in one of the many workshops, groups, or social activities, Southcoast Behavioral Health is an ideal place for people to come heal and learn to manage the symptoms of their mental illness. About Southcoast Health Southcoast Health is a community-based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. Southcoast Health’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of individuals in the communities

it serves. To achieve this aim Southcoast Health has built an integrated “Community of Care” that delivers safety, quality, convenience and an exceptional patient experience in an environment that offers the greatest opportunity for improved health. Southcoast Health is comprised of four hospitals — Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke’s in New Bedford, Tobey in Wareham and Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth — two Centers for Cancer Care, two Urgent Care Centers, a physician’s network, an employed physicians group, a visiting nurse association and numerous additional ambulatory facilities and serves more than 719,000 residents in 33 communities covering over 900 square miles. Southcoast Health is the largest provider of primary and specialty care in the region with more than 600 physicians, hospitalists and mid-level practitioners in the Southcoast Physicians Network — 450 of whom are employed by Southcoast Physicians Group (SPG). SPG unites Southcoast Health’s primary care, surgical, and specialty services into one seamless, region-wide provider. SPG is comprised of a wide-range of specialties and offers advanced care locally. Physician practices are located throughout the South Coast region and parts of Rhode Island. Southcoast Health is the largest employer south of Quincy, Mass., and the 17th largest employer in the Commonwealth according to the Boston Business Journal, with more than 7,500 employees. Southcoast® is a registered trademark of Southcoast Health System.


BUSINESS ADVICE Tips to Help Boost Your Net Worth Calcu lat ing your net worth is a matter of math — add up your cash, i nvest ment s, property values, life insurance, financial interests in your business, and ot her asset s such as rare collectibles and jewelry. From that total, subtract all debts, including mortgage balance and the amount owed on credit cards and loans. While the calculation itself is simple, its importance goes far beyond.

He recommends that individuals ask themselves if they need everything they have. Extra spending is especially common among those who are just getting started in their careers and have more disposable income than they’re used to, but McKown’s tips apply to everyone. Shop around to see if you can bundle Internet and TV into one less-expensive package. Consider making more meals at home instead of going out to eat. Analyze plans for your next vacation to make sure you’re making the best use of your money. “Many of us don’t think about where we are spending our money, so understanding that and then setting a budget is a great way to reduce expenditures.” The first step in establishing a viable budget is to determine fixed costs, such as mortgage, insurance, utilities, and any other regular obligations. Then look at variable costs, such as leisure travel, entertainment, and even splurges, like a new vehicle. “Once you examine these categories carefully, you can get a clear picture of how to start reducing costs.”

Jim McKown, Financial Planning Manager in Wells Fargo Advisors’ High Net Worth Planning department, points out that knowing your actual net worth is important not only for your future but also for family and loved ones as it relates to your Step two: Decrease your debts estate plan and how it affects their future. Once you’ve decreased those variable costs, you can look into ways to decrease the fixed costs as well as So assuming you have all the numbers for the cal- get rid of or lower other debts you may have. For culation, how do you know what it really means? many people, the bulk of those come in the form McKown says an important first step is to work of loans on your assets. with your Financial Advisor to determine your current situation. Having a clear picture of your net Interest rates continue to be at historic lows. While worth now, as well as where it may be in the future, many homeowners have taken advantage of these is the starting point before making other decisions, rates to refinance their mortgage and free up some such as beginning monthly cash or pay down their home faster, it may a gifting program or establishing a trust fund. be worth checking to see where you locked in compared to where rates are currently. Step one: Analyze your spending If your goal for the coming year is to improve Your mortgage isn’t the only place you should try your overall financial condition, increasing your to reduce your interest rate. Consider looking at net worth comes down to two basic choices. “You the rate on any auto loans and refinance if it makes either save more or spend less,” says McKown, not- sense. Even unsecured debt, such as what you owe ing that “for many people the latter is the more on credit cards, may be able to be reduced through viable option.” consolidation or refinanced at a lower rate through a personal loan. “The starting point for reducing spending is to determine exactly where you are spending your Talk with a banker to figure out what makes the money and then establish a budget.” Noting that most sense for your situation. maintaining a household is more expensive today than as recently as 20 years ago, McKown points Step three: Boost your assets out that the advances in technology — cell phones, Once you’ve worked on cutting your spending computers, cable TVs, Internet access — add a and debt, you may have more money to put toward considerable amount to the average household’s increasing your assets. Owning a home and buildexpenses. ing equity has traditionally been one of the most 8

common stepping stones to increasing net worth. Usually, a home is one of the most valuable assets in someone’s portfolio, if not the most valuable asset. But, cautions McKown, in today’s mobile society, where employees are changing jobs and cities frequently, it’s more difficult to build equity. “Buying a home should never replace saving for retirement. Many of us saw our parents realize sizeable increases in the values of their homes, which may have even outpaced the increase in their investments,” McKown says. “Historically, however, homes have kept up with inflation but have not outpaced it.” Saving for retirement is something you can do regardless of where you live, and with tax-deferred accounts, the savings may grow even faster. Try to max out your retirement contributions, at least up to any company match. If you put a savings plan into your budget, you’ll be less likely to try to access the money, allowing it to grow over time and thus boosting your net worth. “Resist the temptation during or after a move to spend your 401(k) or IRA funds,” McKown says. McKown concludes with this advice: Before you can determine where you want to go and what you want to do, know where you stand at the present time. And the starting point for this understanding is to know your net worth. 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. 051603124 (100162-v1BDC)

Leadership SouthCoast Announces Class of 2017 Leadership SouthCoast, Southeastern Massachusetts’ community leadership development program, has selected 37 participants for its class of 2017– the largest in the organization’s 12-year history. A class list is available at “We’re looking forward to working with our incoming class members” says Jennifer Downing, Leadership SouthCoast’s executive director. “They’re a diverse mix of talent in terms of personal, professional, and community experience and are employed at area nonprofit, public, and private organizations.” The group will convene for a twoday kick-off retreat in January and will then meet one day a month through September to explore topics of regional importance including economic development, education, public health, environmental sustainability, government, and criminal justice. Topical information is presented by local leaders and experts in their fields, providing participants direct exposure and powerful connections. “Part of what makes the Leadership SouthCoast experience so valuable is the learning that takes place among class members combined with the rich experiences shared by the community leaders who contribute to the program, “ adds Downing.

While deepening their understanding of the region, participants will work on team-based community action projects to assist local nonprofit and public organizations in developing new, or in implementing existing, initiatives to address community challenges. Class members will also learn more about their unique talents by taking a Gallup Strengths Finder assessment and will further develop their leadership skills using Positive Leadership, a thought-provoking curriculum based on the principles of positive psychology and used by community leadership programs across the country. Thank you to this year’s tuition assistance sponsors including Bristol County Savings Bank, the Island Foundation, RDA Financial, RDA Insurance, and Southcoast Health. About Leadership SouthCoast: Leadership SouthCoast is fiscally sponsored by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. Our annual community leadership program aims to engage, educate, and empower emerging and experienced leaders to be active participants in strengthening and improving the South Coast region. Over 280 individuals from the South Coast have graduated from the program. Visit to learn more.


People, Inc. C.A.R.E.S Awards Recipients Announced principles of Commitment, Achievement, Respect, Excellence and Service. The Employee Recognition and Reward Committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations submitted for a PI C.A.R.E.S. award and each member utilizes a criteria- based scorecard to determine eligibility of the award. Any person employed by, receiving services from, or who has a family member receiving services from People, Incorporated may nominate an employee for performing an activity that embraces one, or all, of the core principle categories of the People, Incorporated C.A.R.E.S. program.”

Pictured: Chairman, Jeffrey Marques, recipients, Cory Silva, Katherine Sorensen, Mary Midura and Sheri Baker with President and CEO, Bill Perkins At the November Board of Directors meeting, it was Chairman Jeffrey Marques and President and CEO Bill Perkins, on behalf of the entire Board and Administrative Management Team, who congratulated our most recent PI C.A.R.E.S. winners, Cory Silva from our Healthy Families Program, Katherine Sorensen from our Day Services Program, Mary Midura from our Children Services Program, and Sheri Baker from our Residential Services Program. “As Chair of the Employee Recognition and Reward Committee, it was amazing to receive nominations of such high caliber and to recognize and reward great work being done by our employees who form the foundation of strength for our Agency”, noted Pamela O’Neill, Vice President of Administration at People, Incorporated. O’Neill continued, “The People, Incorporated C.A.R.E.S. program represents the


“Employee Recognition and Reward is just one of the four key indicators of success that we embrace at our Agency. It is always a proud moment when I have the opportunity to present to our Board of Directors employees who have gone above and beyond their job responsibilities and are recognized and nominated for a PI C.A.R.E.S. award”, remarked Bill Perkins, President and CEO of People, Incorporated. “Moreover, the work being done by our employees, which is being formally recognized by their peers through the nomination process, promotes a missiondriven environment that is truly embraced by our more than 800 employee-strong workforce. On behalf of the entire Agency, I congratulate our winners for a job well done!” For further information about this topic or other programs at People, Incorporated, please contact Pamela O’Neill, Vice President of Administration at People, Incorporated, (774) 627-2404 or visit our website at People, Incorporated, the path to opportunity!

The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. Invites the Public to the

For more information, including booth registration, please contact the chamber’s Vice President, Kimberly Coroa Moniz at (508) 676-8226. 11

CHAMBER NEWS Welcome New Members Equity National Title Join Date: 11/15/2016 KAM Realty Join Date: 11/18/2016 RCSI Property, LLC. Join Date: 11/18/2016 US Bedding, Inc. Join Date: 12/2/2016

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2017 Schedule Thursday 1/26, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Location: Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. Sponsored By: Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. Thursday 2/23, 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Location: 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth, MA Charlton College of Business Sponsored By: The Fall River & New Bedford Area Chambers of Commerce Thursday 3/9, 5:00p.m.- 7:00p.m. Location: TBD Sponsored By: Radio Voz do Emigrante


Thursday 5/25, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: 657 Quarry Street, Fall River, MA Sponsored by: Mallard Printing

Wednesday 6/7, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Location: TBD Sponsored By: Saint Anne’s Credit Union Wednesday 6/28, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: 333 Milliken Blvd, Fall River, MA Sponsored By:Fall River Municipal Credit Union Wednesday 7/26, 5:00pm -7:00pm Location: 1082 Davol Street, Fall River, MA Sponsored By: Tony Cordeiro Insurance/ Jerry Remy’s Wednesday, 8/9, 5:00pm- 7:00pm Location: 99 S. Main Street, Fall River, MA Sponsored by: Justice Resource Institute

Wednesday 8/30, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Location: 330 Swansea Mall Drive Sponsored By: BayCoast Bank Wednesday 9/27, 5:00pm- 7:00pm Location: TBD Sponsored By: Bank Five Thursday 10/25, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: 4 South Main Street Sponsored By: People, Inc. November’s Business After Hours Sponsored By: Venus de Milo Holiday Kickoff Fund December’s Business After Hours Sponsored By: White’s & Carl’s Collision

Join Date: 01/07/2017

December/January Event Photographs:

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III speaking at the chamber’s Legislative Breakfast

Mike Lund, owner of Borden Light Marina and Scott O’Brien, owner of O’Briens Plumbing & Heating, discuss business concerns at Legislative Breakfast

Chamber President & CEO Rob Mellion, Representative Joseph Kennedy III, Mayor Jasiel Correia and Scott O’Brien pose for a photograph at the Legislative Breakfast

Hilda, owner of Hilda’s Holidays poses with her family at their Ribbon cutting

A snowy, successful ribbon cutting at Hilda’s Holidays, located at 2211 Pleasant Street, Fall River, MA

Hilda and Colleen, her assistant pose for a photograph during ribbon cutting.

Send us your photos! Do you have photographs from an event hosted by the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce or a Chamber Member? Please submit them to with a caption by the last week of the month. Submission will appear in the following month’s edition of the Business News. For more information please speak to Crystal Stone, Communications Manager, at or 508-676-8226.


Member Spotlight: Bristol Toyota

Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. to Hold its First “In House” Business After Hours Fall River, MA— The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce will host the next Business After Hours on Thursday, January 26, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc., located at 200 Pocasset Street, Fall River, MA 02721. This is the first time in the Chamber’s history that a Business After Hours event will be hosted on site, at the chamber.

Fifty years ago, Edward S. Veader Jr.’s father’s number one priority was customer satisfaction. “As much as I’d like to take the credit for leading such an award winning Toyota dealership since 1988, the job is that much easier when you are selling and servicing one of the best automobiles in the world with Toyota’s legendary technology, quality, and fit and finish being second to none,” says Edward S. Veader, Jr., current President of Bristol Toyota. Mr. Veader attributes his success to surrounding himself with a great staff and an eager team of employees that all share the same philosophy: “The customer comes first! With this attitude we all win!” Bristol Toyota continues to grow and has expanded over the last 29 years by providing world class customer service. The next exciting chapter in their history is the recent move to their brand new, state of the art Toyota dealership campus in Swansea, MA, just off Exit 2-I 195 at 2283 G.A.R. Highway. Although we have grown to accommodate the changing demands of the modern automobile business, Bristol Toyota will never forget what has made them so successful in the past. “I’d like to think that the new Bristol Toyota is not only bigger, but BETTER,” says Mr. Veader. The rest is history, with Bristol Toyota earning the Toyota President’s Award, Toyota’s highest award for customer satisfaction and dealership performance, for 28 consecutive years from 1988 through 2015.Bristol Toyota is the only Toyota dealership in New England that has won Toyota’s President’s Award for 28 consecutive years! For more information about the award winning dealership, visit them on the web at Additionally, friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives are available seven days a week, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Member Spotlight: MS Gas Service Ms Gas Service, also known as Davol Street Gas Station is a full service gas station open from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily. Syed, owner of MS Gas Service took over the business from his father in 2010. The gas station has a mini convenience store, sells cigarettes and motor oil. They are conveniently located off Exit 5, on 431 Davol Street, Fall River, MA 02720.


The Chamber’s Business After Hours events provide an opportunity for members and non-member professionals to socialize and build business relationships in an informal, relaxed business setting. Attending Business After Hours is free for Chamber members and their guests, and $20 for non-members. Complimentary food, catered by New Boston Bakery, and beverages will be served. The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. aims 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 government levels. To learn more about our organization please visit us on the web at For more information or to register for the event, please contact Crystal Stone at (508) 676-8226.

Member Spotlight: Hilda’s Holidays On January 7, 2017 the Chamber participated in a ribbon cutting for new Chamber member, Hilda’s Holidays. Hilda Ferreira, owner of Hilda’s Holidays, has over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, “After almost 30 years of working with someone else, I finally had the courage to do it on my own,” says Hilda. Hilda started in the travel business in a rather unique way. Over thirty years ago Hilda worked in a factory. She went to a travel agency, to receive an I90 visa so that she and her husband (then pen pal) could get married in the States. The line was busy so she brought the form home, filled it out, and when she brought it back the woman at the counter was so impressed that she offered her a job. The rest is history. Hilda worked for the “mom and pop” company, took some time off to take care of her three children, and then worked for another agency before landing a job at Sagres Vacations. “I’m very blessed… Sagres allowed me to spread by wings.” She chose the name Hilda’s Holidays because in Europe a vacation is called a holiday. I ask my clients “when is their next holiday,” says Hilda. Hilda specializes in all-inclusive vacations, cruises and travel to Portugal. To book your next holiday, with Hilda, please contact her at hildasholidays@ Hilda’s office is located at 2211 Pleasant Street, Fall River, MA (the Ponte Associates Building).

Small Business Data Breach Insurance: What you need to Know


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ajudamos com as emendas necessárias à Lei de Equidade de Remuneração recentemente aprovada e derrotou a legislação de “programação preditiva”. Nossa coalizão de associações já está se preparando para lutar contra a reintrodução dessas contas em 2017.

O valor de uma organização é muitas vezes demonstrado através de seu produto de trabalho. Além dos sucessos com o transporte, infra-estrutura e educação, muito foi realizado legislativamente durante 2016. O que se segue é uma amostra de muitas questões legislativas que foram de alguma forma impactado pela advocacia da Câmara de Fall River Area Comércio e Indústria. Massachusetts tem os custos mais altos para a eletricidade nos Estados Unidos continentais. É por isso que a Fall River Area Câmara de Comércio e Indústria trabalhou ao longo do ano para abordar o alto custo da eletricidade, que é um grande fardo em muitas empresas membro. Durante a sessão legislativa, a Câmara testemunhou e defendeu vários projetos de energia e esteve diretamente envolvida com a política energética do Estado. A Câmara também estava envolvida na ação política por trás das cenas que levou à aprovação da Lei de Energia de Massachusetts assinada pelo Governador Baker. Um componente chave dentro da nova lei permite o estabelecimento de uma indústria de energia eólica offshore localizada no sudeste do Massachusetts. Trabalhando com parceiros legislativos e estatais, a Câmara continuará os esforços para expandir a infraestrutura de geração de eletricidade em 2017.


Servindo como uma voz líder entre as câmaras de Massachusetts a Câmara de Comércio de Fall River Area foi dura no trabalho no ano passado em defesa contra a aprovação da legislação anti-negócio. Trabalhando ao lado de parceiros de associação como a Associação de Varejo de Massachusetts, a Federação Nacional de Empresas Independentes e as Indústrias Associadas de Massachusetts, a Câmara foi efetiva em manter a linha contra a proibição de acordos de não concorrência, um salário mínimo de US $ 15, E imposto de um milionário que é realmente um novo imposto de renda sobre empresas de responsabilidade limitada e empresas S Corporation. Também

Como participante da Iniciativa de Liderança das Cidades do Gateway, a Câmara assistiu à formulação de políticas e à elaboração de programas de incentivos legislativos que foram incorporados na Lei de Modernização Municipal aprovada em 2016. A Lei de Modernização Municipal é significativa para os membros da Câmara, Reformas que removerão estatutos obsoletos dos livros e terminam as práticas que foram impedimentos em negócios por anos. Um exemplo foi a revogação de uma prática draconiana contra as empresas que proibiram os seus direitos a um recurso sobre as avaliações do imposto sobre a propriedade comercial. Muitos itens locais e regionais impactados pelo Orçamento do Estado também foram abordados pela Câmara em 2016. Exemplos incluem a reintegração de itens de linha dentro do Orçamento de Massachusetts que financiou a Secretaria do Visitante do Sudeste de Massachusetts, educação local e serviços municipais. A Câmara também defendeu com êxito a criação de uma conta fiduciária para proteger o financiamento do turismo no futuro. A nível nacional, a Câmara fazia parte de uma coalizão de associações estatais que pressionaram com êxito para a obtenção de uma dispensa temporária para Massachusetts das condições onerosas dentro do Ato de Cuidados Acessíveis (ACA). ACA regras de mercado têm sido um fator significativo contribuindo para elevar as taxas de seguro de saúde em pequenas empresas. Os esforços da Câmara foram recompensados ​​quando o governador Baker conseguiu obter uma renúncia de um ano do Departamento de Saúde e Serviços Humanos dos Estados Unidos (HHS), autorizando a Commonwealth a manter o uso de seus fatores de classificação existentes que são proibidos pela ACA. Com o futuro da ACA não mais claro, estaremos defendendo uma extensão à renúncia do estado. Outra importante questão nacional que impactou as empresas locais foi o novo Regulamento de Horas Extraordinárias do Departamento do Trabalho (DOL), que foi emitido em maio de 2016 e que deve entrar em vigor em dezembro. Como fundo, o Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) estabelece regras de horas extras e os padrões pelos quais os funcionários

podem ser isentos deles. A isenção exige que os funcionários desempenhem certas funções e sejam pagos a um certo nível de limiar. O limite salarial foi atualizado mais recentemente pelo DOL em 2004 para US $ 455,00 por semana, ou US $ 23.660 por ano. Em 2016, os novos regulamentos do DOL teriam mais que dobrado o limiar para US $ 913,00 por semana, ou US $ 47.476,00. As empresas de Seattle para Fall River foram duramente pressionado para descobrir conformidade com FLSA e como orçamento para o sucesso financeiro. Trabalhando em estreita colaboração com a Câmara de Comércio dos Estados Unidos ea Federação Nacional de Empresas Independentes, a Câmara de Comércio do Rio Fall River fazia parte de uma coalizão nacional de grupos empresariais que iniciaram uma ação judicial no Tribunal dos Estados Unidos da Região Leste do Texas para Ação da agência federal de entrar em vigor. A injunção effort. É claro que 2016 foi um ano muito comercial para a Câmara Legislativa. A participação do setor privado na formação dos assuntos legislativos ajuda os funcionários do governo a entender e apreciar como a legislação, as ordenanças e as decisões afetam o comércio e a indústria locais. Portanto, não deve ser surpresa que a Câmara de Comércio e Indústria do Rio Fall River estará trabalhando duro em 2017. Entretanto, o Conselho de Administração da Câmara e o seu pessoal estendem-lhe os nossos sinceros votos de grande sucesso, saúde e felicidade. Para o próximo ano. Agradecemos antecipadamente por fazer compras localmente uma das suas resoluções de Ano Novo. Respeitosamente,

Robert A. Mellion, Esq.

Business Advice Getting back to basics: Why a financial game plan is so important Many of us are familiar with the expression, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” As an Agent with New York Life, I can assure you that—when it comes to financial goals and objectives—this old adage still rings true. In fact, it may be more relevant than ever. It isn’t always easy for some Americans to make financial headway. With pensions in decline and interest rates near historic lows, it usually takes persistence and sound planning in order to get ahead. Not sure how to begin? That’s okay—it’s easy to become overwhelmed if you think about all your needs at once. Instead, try taking it one step at a time, starting with the basics: Build an emergency fund—No matter where you are in life, it’s important to set aside 8-10 months of living expenses. You don’t have to do it all at once, but every dollar you save today is a dollar you won’t have to borrow if something unexpected happens. Protect your home and family—Most of us have people who depend on us to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plates. That’s a big responsibility, but it’s one life insurance can help you meet—even if something tragic takes you away. You can start with an affordable term life plan at first, and then add more coverage as your needs and budget grow.

Prepare for major expenses like college—As a parent or grandparent, you naturally want the best for your loved ones. Now’s the time to start a college or wedding fund so they won’t have to go into debt to make their dreams for the future come true. Get ready for retirement—There are plenty of ways to set aside money for retirement: 401(k)s, IRAs, and fixed deferred annuities* just to name a few. But they all have one thing in common—the sooner you start, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Try to increase your contributions over time—perhaps 1% with each raise—or, if you are age 50 or older, look into some of the ‘catch-up’ provisions that may allow you to contribute even more. While the recession forced many of us to take a step back financially, it also helped refocus our attention on the things that really matter. A sound financial game plan can help us accomplish many things—but perhaps the most important is making sure we never lose sight of them again. This educational, third-party article is provided as a courtesy by Brenda Arruda,Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact Brenda Arruda at 774644-3705 or barruda@ft.newyorklife. com. *Issued by New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation.

Don’t Miss Out! Join us on Thursday January 26, 2017 for the first ever Business After Hours located at The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.!

January 26, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Food & Beverages!

Food Supplied by New Boston Bakery

Beverages Supplied by T.A’s Restaurant

Additionally, gift cards from Jerry Remy’s will be given away and a Grand Prize will be raffled off ! Please register for this event by speaking with a Chamber staff member at 508-676-8226


Saint Vincent’s Home Welcomes Margaret Maiato FALL RIVER, MA – Saint Vincent’s Home is happy to announce the appointment of Ms. Margaret Maiato, M.Ed., CAGS to the position of Special Education Administrator and Principal of Saint Vincent’s private special education school. Ms. Maiato began her employment with Saint Vincent’s Home on Monday, October 3, 2016.

tricts, state agencies, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Most recently, Ms. Maiato has held the position of Director of School at the Schwartz Center for Children in Dartmouth, a position she held for eight years overseeing the education of children and youth with special needs.

Ms. Maiato has considerable experience in Special Education both in the private and public sectors, having been a teacher and supervisor in New Bedford Public Schools and the Director of Special Needs at Swansea Public Schools for many years. Throughout her career Ms. Maiato has interacted with local school dis-

Saint Vincent’s is a multi-service behavioral health, child and family serving organization with program sites in Fall River and Plymouth. Staff provides residential and day school education for high school students, direct care, in-home and communitybased services, outpatient behavioral health, residential and group living

With Ms. Maiato’s experience and knowledge of special education, including DESE regulatory requirements, she will be a solid addition to both our school and leadership teams.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors Congratulate Jason Rua, President of RDA Insurance, on being named chair of the Southcoast Health Board of Trustees 18

Bristol Community College Recommends Laura L. Douglas to be Next College President The Bristol Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce its recommendation to the Board of Higher Education that Laura L. Douglas be appointed Bristol Community College’s next president. The recommendation must be approved by the Board of Higher Education and is subject to a contract agreement. Laura Douglas, currently the Provost at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Des Moines, Iowa, was selected from a highly skilled pool of candidates, following an extensive nationwide search. “Laura is a highly accomplished educator and leader with a deep commitment to higher education that has spanned more than 25 years,” said Joseph A. Marshall, RFC ’78, Chairman, Board of Trustees. “Laura demonstrated a strong appreciation and value for diversity in its broadest sense. Her proven success has shown a true commitment to removing barriers and closing gaps throughout College constituencies and the community at-large. She will expand upon the innovative and visionary leadership that Bristol Community College needs for continued success and growth for the future.” The Board of Trustees was unanimous in their decision that Douglas was the strongest candidate out of an outstanding pool of candidates. The Board of Trustees and College Community look forward to welcoming Douglas as Bristol Community College’s next president. Laura Douglas has served in her current role at Des Moines Area Community College since 2005. She previously served as the Vice President for Instructional and Student Services for Randolph Community College, Asheboro, North Carolina. Douglas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of Southern Maine, a Master of Arts in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, a Master of Arts in Higher Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. If Douglas is approved, she will become the fourth president in the 51-year history of Bristol Community College. President John J. Sbrega will retire in August after serving the College for 17 years. He succeeded Eileen Farley (1979-2000) and Jack Hudnall (1965-1979), the College’s founding president. About Bristol Community College Bristol Community College is a leading resource for education and workforce development in Southeastern Massachusetts. BCC has locations in Fall River, Attleboro, New Bedford, and Taunton, along with flexible online offerings that lead to an associate degree, a careerready certificate, or the ability to seamlessly transfer to baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country. The College’s Center for Workforce and Community Education provides customized training for businesses and the community including healthcare, workforce and sustainable initiatives, corporate services, and Kids College. The BCC Foundation, a non-profit organization utilizing community donations and partnerships, supports the College’s mission to meet the lifelong educational needs of the community. For more information, visit


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