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BRIST L COUNTY BUSINESS NEWS The Official Publication of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

The Voice of Business Since 1911

November 2017 Edition

Corner Office: Legislative Update

Nick Christ Named Oustanding Citizen tigious award within the business community. It is bestowed annually upon a citizen who has a long record of volunteerism and leadership that has produced a measurable and lasting contribution to the region. The standard is high because of an outstanding individual named Roger Valcourt. The Outstanding Citizen Award was named in memory of Roger Valcourt. Mr. Valcourt passed away very suddenly in 1979. He was a person who bestowed great character and commitment to community along with a reputation for excellence. The Chamber has since paid tribute to the life and achievements of Roger Valcourt through the annual presentment of the Outstanding Citizen Award.

The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce and applaud Nicholas (“Nick”) M. Christ as this year’s Outstanding Citizen. The long time dedication by Nick Christ to elevate the entire region of Southeastern Massachusetts is truly remarkable and inspirational. Anyone associated with Nick Christ, President and Chief Executive Officer of BayCoast Bank, will say without hesitation that he is one of a handful of individuals who have been instrumental toward changing the face of the region for the better. This is not an overstatement. The Outstanding Citizen Award is presented by the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce to an exceptional individual within the community in memory of Roger Valcourt. The Outstanding Citizen Award has long been designated as the most pres-

Think about it. What part of Southeastern Massachusetts has not been positively impacted by Nick Christ? The fact of the matter is that the involvement and impact of Nick Christ is seen everywhere. The Awards Committee chose very well in selecting Nick Christ as the Outstanding Citizen. He is outstanding. Organizations and individuals throughout the region can help in honoring Mr. Christ and all that he has accomplished by attending the 51st Roger Valcourt Memorial Dinner on November 9, 2017 at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Massachusetts. The Valcourt Memorial Banquet includes a celebratory dinner and the presentation of the Outstanding Citizen Award to Mr. Christ. This is an evening that will be talked about for many years to come simply because Nick Christ has helped countless people and organizations. Please make it a point to participate in honoring this outstanding individual.

There are still unanswered questions remaining about the many anti-business bills and pending 2018 Massachusetts ballot questions as Chamber member businesses prepare for the holiday season. The one certainty is that there will be an increase to cost of doing business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The assumption is based upon the passage of the $200 million Employer Health Care Assessment on businesses. This employer paid assessment really behaves as a tax. Recall that the year began with the surprise of an “Employer Contribution to Health Care” provision, which was inserted within the FY 2018 Budget. The purpose behind the contribution was to gap fill a budget shortfall in the state’s Medicaid program, which is known as MassHealth. MassHealth currently comprises more than 41% of the state budget. Against protests from the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, and several state business associations, the new assessment on businesses was passed by both houses of the legislature. The question remaining is more about how bad this new assessment will hurt businesses. Here is what you need to know. The new Health Care Assessment on businesses in Massachusetts is set to go into effect on January 1, 2018. The regulations are being drafted by a division within the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The assessment will be imposed on employers through a two prong system aimed at capturing revenues. The first prong will be through the state’s unemployment insurance tax system. It is collected by raising the existing annual Employer Medical Assistance Contribution from $51 to $77, per employee. That is a 33% increase paid by employers on each of their employees. The fee applies to all businesses with six (6) or more employees. The (Continued on page 6)

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The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce presents:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 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

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MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Lourenco, Communications Manager ADVERTISING MANAGER Kimberly Coroa Moniz, Vice President The “Bristol County Business News” is produced monthly by the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. The opinions featured in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Chamber staff, nor of the members of the Chamber Board of Directors.


This newspaper is printed at the Standard Times. All letters to the editorial page must be signed and include a phone number. All submissions are welcome and should be sent via email to:

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 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

For additional information please call (508) 676.8226

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 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

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

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

NOVEMBER 2017 CALENDAR All meetings are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted

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11/7 FRI.....................................Education Committee Meeting 11:30 a.m. 11/8 WED.............................Ambassador’s Committee Meeting 12 p.m. 11/9 THUR

51st Roger Valcourt Memorial Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award Honoring Nick Christ Venus de Milo 75 GAR Highway Swansea, MA 5:30 p.m.

11/16 THURS............................................Business After Hours Venus de Milo 75 GAR Highway Swansea, MA Sponsored by: The Venus de Milo, The Herald News & Bristol County Chamber of Commerce 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 11/17 FRI........................................Government Affairs Meeting 8:00 a.m. 11/27 MON.................................Executive Committee Meeting 12 p.m. 11/27 MON....................................Cultural Committee Meeting 2 p.m. 11/29 WED...........................................................Board Meeting 11:45 a.m.

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Business News.................... Page(s) 1, 5, 6, 8 & 9 Education News................. Page(s) 13 Business Advice.................. Page(s) 4 Member Discounts............. Page(s) 14 & 15

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Business Advice: Focus on Year-End Tax Planning 4. Protect what matters. • Review your insurance coverage to help make sure it is adequate for your needs. • Review your beneficiary designations and make any necessary adjustments due to life changes (i.e., marriage, divorce, birth of child/ grandchild, death, etc.). 5. Leave a legacy.

Our company is committed to helping you succeed across all areas of your financial life. Here are five considerations to think about when it comes to tax planning. Five areas to consider at yearend: 1. Analyze your investment portfolio. • Review your portfolio to help ensure your allocation still aligns with your goals. • Assess tax consequences if you have sold assets earlier in the year. • Review tax-loss selling strategies if you have capital gains but wish to keep exposure to a depreciated sector or security. 2. Manage your taxes. • Evaluate the pros and cons of deferring taxable income, if you expect to be in the same or a lower ta bracket next year. • Talk to your CPA about increasing your tax deductions. 3. Maximize your tax-saving opportunities.


• Consider increasing your retirement savings for the year. • Find the right type of IRA for you. • If suitable for your circumstances, consider consolidating your assets. • Take advantage of an FSA or HSA for health care expenses.

• Review your estate plan to help ensure it is aligned with your wishes. • Think about creating or adding to a tax-advantaged college savings plan. • Consider developing a plan to complete charitable and family member gifts by year-end. Taking the time to create, review, or update your investment plan can help you reach your shortterm and long-term financial goals. Contact us to schedule a review of your financial situation. Wells Fargo Advisors is not a legal or tax advisor. However, we will be glad to work with you, your accountant, tax advisor, and/or attorney to help you meet your financial goals. 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. © 2017 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Bristol County Chamber Presents “Buck” Meet Buck in a Business! Buck is the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce’s resident Elf! This year, the Chamber is looking to promote small business holiday shopping by offering members the opportunity to host “Buck” for one day to direct customers your way.

local business over the holiday shopping season on the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page! That person will win ALL of the prizes (gift cards, items) we have garnered over the season from participating businesses (valued at up to $750)! Buck will be heading out on his journey Saturday, November 25th and returning to the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce on December 23rd.

The Chamber will showcase your business with Buck on your special day via social media! In exchange for hosting “Buck,” the Chamber asks that you provide a $25 gift card or item of equal value to the Chamber and offer a “special” or “specially priced item” for that day. On December 23rd, 2017 the Chamber will select one individual who posted a picture of themselves (with Buck) in a

All dates are on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information or questions please contact Kimberly Coroa Moniz at the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce at (508) 676.8226 or e-mail

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Member Spotlight: The Dottie LeBeau Group, Ltd. Food Safety Instructors/Inspectors offered in five (5) languages and online training is available in English and Spanish. We offer: Food Safety Certification, Food Safety Recertification, Online Training, Group Training and Customized Class Schedules/ Locations.

Dottie LeBeau is a retired inspector from the Rhode Island Department of Health Office of Food Protection and taught the Food Safety Certification classes at the University of Rhode Island. She is a licensed Food Safety Instructor in Rhode Island as well as a certified Test Administrator and Trainer with the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals and ServSafe. Dottie LeBeau and her team bring over 70 years of experience in food safety. Courses are approved by the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut Departments of Health, the National Association of City, County, State, and Federal Sanitation Regulators, and the National Environmental Health Association. Certification tests are

The inspectors know what to look for and how to keep your kitchen safe and in compliance with the Food Code. Spend your money on a thorough inspection and consultation, not on fines. Keep your kitchen in compliance by having an informal all-inclusive inspection done at your place. Types of inspections include: Pre-opening inspections, consultations for new/ remodeled kitchens, routine inspections, non-compliance inspections and individualized inspection to meet your specific needs. The Dottie LeBeau Group, Ltd. Post Office Box 37 Hope, RI 02831-0037 Office 401-385-9040 Fax 401 385-9041

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(Continued from page 1) second prong is the new requirement of a $750 assessment per employee on employers that have non-disabled workers enrolled on MassHealth, or another subsidized healthcare plan. A problem for employers is that they cannot force an employee to utilize their company’s healthcare plan. Another concern is that employers cannot demand to know what plan an employee wishes to use. Such questioning could open the company to a lawsuit. There are also many unanswered questions about the new health care assessment on businesses. Issues being looked into by the Chamber include how part-time and seasonal workers will be assessed. We also want to know whether employers will be taxed on employees with multiple jobs. Another unanswered concern is how the state plans to handle employee reporting requirements, which will impact whether a business has to pay the assessment. Mistakes in reporting can cost a business thousands of dollars per year. In addition to the new Health Care tax, there are deep concerns over the 2018 ballot questions to raise the minimum wage to $15, and create an employer paid family and medical leave mandate. Both ballot initiatives were filed earlier this year

as legislation. The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce was the only chamber in Massachusetts to testify at the public hearings held by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce. At both hearings the Chamber testified that imposing higher labor costs on Massachusetts companies places them at a disadvantage against out of state competition and online retailers. The Chamber also alerted legislators that the total cost of doing business in Massachusetts has already been greatly impacted by recently imposing sick pay leave, the highest minimum wage in the nation, an increase to unemployment insurance and having to pay the highest costs for electricity in the continental United States. Needless to say the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is hard at work advocating for your business’s interests. Employers have looked to the Chamber since 1911 as their voice and advocate. Please know that your Chamber of Commerce is working every day for you. Respectfully,

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

New Chamber Members The Portuguese Channel Joined 10/3/17

Redd’s Suds and Bubbles Inc. Joined 10/5/17

PQH Wireless Joined 10/7/17

American Spirit Auto Sales Joined 10/10/17

BODHI Business Advisors Joined 10/12/17 For additional information on joining The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce please contact: (508) 676.8226

Membership Matters!

The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking a

Manager of Membership Development Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to 7

Fall River Municipal Credit Union Opens South End Branch ing conveniences that FRMCU has to offer. The former Our Lady of The Angels Federal Credit Union had been serving its members since 1961. With assets totaling $2.5 million dollars, they provided banking services to more than 1,000 members. FRMCU President and CEO, Matthew Schondek, thanked and praised the former credit union board and staff for its dedication to serving its members and the community for 56 years. FRMCU is a local community oriented full service credit union that strives to provide friendly, helpful and efficient assistance to their membership. Their philosophy is simple; “people helping people.”. The Board of Directors and Officers of Fall River Municipal Credit Union are pleased to announce that it has opened a branch in the city’s South End. On October 3, 2017, the former Our Lady of Angels Federal Credit Union, located at 1208 Dwelly Street, Fall River Mass. became Fall River Municipal Credit Union’s Sound End Office.

A ribbon cutting ceremony with area dignitaries and guests, in attendance, was held at the Credit Union’s fifth branch location. The South End community will have access to a variety of banking services which includes; Debit Cards, ATM’s, Online Banking and savings and loan products. Also, former Our Lady of Angels members will now enjoy all of the modern bank-

FRMCU welcomes anyone who resides, works, attends school or have a place of business in Bristol, Plymouth, and Barnstable, in Massachusetts or Bristol and Newport Counties in Rhode Island and to members of their immediate family or household. FRMCU is federally insured by the National Credit Union Association, is a member of Massachusetts Share Insurance Corporation and is an Equal Housing Lender.



Member Spotlight: Debt Management Inc. received doesn’t “take time off ”. But how do you do that? Simple … DEBT MANAGEMENT INC.!! Who is Debt Management Inc.?

SUN, FUN and Money!! It is like the game of “One of these things is not like the other”. Summer is 93 days of beautiful weather (hopefully), kids are home, vacations are taken…But what about that bill from April? Is your business seeing a trend with customers in your business? It is now fall and that past due bill from April is now 5 months overdue with no response to your bills, statements or phone calls to your customer. Figuring out a better process that educates your customers that paying for the product/service they

Debt Management Inc. is a family owned and operated collection agency that takes pride in knowing that the relationship between you and your customer comes first. Collection services are like an insurance policy for your accounts receivable report. At Debt Management, we look at the whole picture. We want to understand the business and your current process. What were the steps taken to get you from there to here and how can our programs help get your money collected the quickest and most economical way possible?

Debt Management Inc. is HIPAA compliant and continues education and training on the ever changing Federal and State laws & regulations. Our collection calls are all made from right here in the US. We offer several customizable programs to fit any specific need. When you are ready (or not), think of Debt Management Inc. Hopefully it will be the last time you need to.

What does Debt Management Inc. have to offer? • Staff that focuses just on your collection accounts • Calls for your business are made on a continuous basis while you focus on the day to day tasks • Skip Tracing programs that find customers who moved or changed phone contact information without updating your staff • Credit reporting… Credit reporting drastically increased the collectability of the debt.

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BayCoast Bank Helps Fund Construction of Non-Profit’s Dartmouth Building Project SWANSEA and DARTMOUTH, MA -- BayCoast Bank recently announced that the bank has pledged $100,000 toward the construction of My Brother’s Keeper’s Dartmouth Building Project.

5,000-square-foot storage mezzanine, a four-bay loading dock, furniture repair shop and commercial refrigeration for a future Food Assistance Program.

BayCoast Bank initially pledged $50,000 over a five-year period and subsequently made an additional donation of $50,000 for a grand total of $100,000 toward the building project that is currently in progress.

Founded in 1988 by a couple serving families in need from the basement of their home, My Brother’s Keeper today has 11 employees and 3,000 volunteers throughout eastern Massachusetts, working together to make 8,500 deliveries of furniture and food a year. Since its inception, the Christian ministry has made more than 105,000 deliveries to struggling families and individuals across eastern Massachusetts. My Brother’s Keeper’s sole source of funding is through private charitable donations.

Based in Easton, the Christian ministry which delivers furniture and food to families in need, seeks to expand its ability to serve with construction of the new 23,200-square-foot facility on Reed Road in Dartmouth. The non-profit organization presently leases a 9,800-square-foot building on Reed Road, just yards from the site of the in-construction new building. The new Dartmouth facility will boast a footprint of 18,200 square feet in addition to a

“BayCoast Bank is proud to participate in this outstanding project,” said Nicholas Christ, President and CEO of BayCoast Bank. “The mission of My Brother’s Keeper is unique in that it is the only charity in the region providing furniture as-

sistance free of charge as its core program. This mission is invaluable to recipients in many ways – not only in terms of practicality and comfort, but in dignity as well.”


Member Spotlight: Family Heating & Air Conditioning lation used. At Family HVAC we perform an individual heat load calculation just right for your home. Then, we design a system that makes sense for both your wallet and your home.” Borges says. “We make it out #1 priority to provide honest, reliable and costeffective heating and A/C options for every budget. Everyone deserves to be comfortable in their home and we’re happy to help. Lindo says. Call Justin and Manny today and experience the Family HVAC difference.

Cousins and business partners Justin Borges and Manny Lindo founded Family HVAC in 2015. Both are Fall River natives and graduates of Diman Regional Vocation Technical High School. Borges and Lindo each possess over 10-plus years of experience in Residential and Commercial Heating, A/C Design, Installation and Service. Family HVAC is a MassSave approved HVAC contractor, Certified Fujitsu Ductless Elite installer and possess a 5-star rating via HomeAdvisor. “It all starts with an incredibly accurate design. Every house will have unique characteristics from the floor plan to the type of insu-

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Graphic Signs Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting (September 23rd, 2017)

Bank Five Business After Hours (September 27th, 017)

Executives from BCube Analytics along with Toby Stapleton and Rob Mellion discuss trade relations between Bristol County Chamber member businesses and the nation of India (September 28th 2017)

Groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the Matthew J. Kuss Fishing Pier and Boat Ramp on Cook Pond (October 6th, 2017)

2018 Business Expo at White’s of Westport. Jewelery giveaway featuring a watch and bracelet courtesy of Silva & Co. Jewelers of Dartmouth (October 11th, 2017) Salon & Spa Elegance Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting (October 23rd, 2017)

The Difference of One, People Incorporated’s SMILES Mentoring Program Needs You • Career Pathway Mentoring – strategically matches at-risk students who have specific career goals with a community leader within that industry to guide the student towards higher education and their chosen career pathways. • Independent Mentoring – mentoring pairs who have been meeting together for at least one year will continue to meet in the student’s school, at a scheduled time, for one hour without a staff person facilitating the meeting to support the ongoing mentoring bond.

Many have heard the parable of the small boy tossing starfish back into the sea after a storm. When a passerby sees him, he remarks that there are “…miles of beach and hundreds of starfish. You can’t make a difference!” The boy replies, “I made a difference for that one.”

that these caring relationships with adults help with social/emotional learning, and that mentoring relationships prepare youth for the future workforce (Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014).

During the 2015-16 school year, 135 Fall River students dropped out of school which is estimated to cost society $39,420,000 over their lifetimes, and 149 New Bedford students dropped out which is estimated to cost society $43,508,000 over their lifetimes (Southcoast Urban Indicators Project, 2017). These statistics can be daunting, perhaps leading one to feel, “I am just one person. What can I do alone?”

The caring adult meets with their assigned child just once a week during the school year, providing an opportunity for the student to develop an emotional bond with their mentor who has more life experience and can provide support, guidance, and opportunities for the child to succeed in life. Through guided lessons, these mentoring matches engage in activities designed to improve socialemotional skills (social skills, positive attitude, responsible decision-making, planning for the future, and attendance), improve test results and academic performance, improve attitude toward school, and reduce the rate of conduct incidents.

We can toss a starfish. Once a week throughout the school year, People Incorporated’s SMILES Mentors meet with their assigned student for a group activity session within local schools, and it changes both of their lives. “The single most important factor in vulnerable youths’ lives is the presence and support of adults who can encourage them,” states an Annie E. Casey Foundation report (Public Impact, 2008). Each time an adult agrees to act as a caring adult mentor for a child, they make a difference. Mentored youth skip only half as many days of school as their peers, are less likely to abuse substances like drugs and alcohol, feel more competent about doing schoolwork, and are 59% more likely to get better grades than their peers (Family Strengthening Policy Center, 2004). Decades of research also indicates that mentoring relationships lead to positive academic outcomes for young people regardless of their background,

Mentoring is easy.

People Incorporated’s SMILES Mentoring Program helps at-risk students realize their personal and educational potential through multiple mentoring models: • Literacy-Based Mentoring – volunteers work with elementary students in a mentoring relationship that focuses on enhancing the student’s literacy skills and inspiring a pure joy of reading in the children. • Social and Emotional Learning-Based Mentoring – pairs elementary, middle, and high school students with volunteer mentors to form relationships that focus on instilling developmental assets, such as building social skills, establishing responsible decision-making, and planning for their future.

The SMILES Mentoring Program is providing mentoring opportunities in 15 schools in Fall River, 4 in New Bedford, and 1 in Westport. School mentoring programs are located inside elementary, middle, and high schools, including People, Incorporated’s Community Engagement Center within the Resiliency Preparatory Academy in Fall River. With so many locations from which to choose, there is probably a mentoring site near you. It stands to reason that children want to succeed in life. For some, that might require a caring adult who will help that child feel special, feel listened to, feel empowered – by simply showing up each week. Toss a starfish, and change a life. You CAN make a difference! Catherine DeTerra SMILES Mentoring, a program of People Incorporated

Works Cited: Bruce, M., & Bridgeland, J. (2014). The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring. Washington, DC: Civic Enterprises with Hart Research Associates. Family Strengthening Policy Center. (2004). Mentoring as a Family Strengthening Strategy. Washington, DC: National Human Services Assembly. Public Impact. (2008). Disconnect Youth and Multiple Pathways to Graduation. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation.



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PAYROLL EXPRESS We Will Beat Competitor Pricing (508) 679.1858 PERFORMANCE AUTO CENTER 10% Off (508) 675.4777 RADIO VOZ DO EMIGRANTE 15% Off (508) 678.9727 REMAX, DAWN RUSIN $500 Off Closing Costs or a Complimentary Moving Van (508) 677.3629 SABER TV $50 Off Any $499 or More Furniture Purchase (508) 672.8603 SALON ELEGANCE & SPA 10% Off any Spa Service/$20 Off First Facial (508) 642-9178 Check them out on Facebook! SECURED STAFFING We Will Beat Competitor’s Pricing (508) 567.5083 SENIOR FUNDING GROUP $500 Off Reverse Mortgage Closing Costs (508) 646.4351 Contact: Mike Kennedy SOMERSET CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP 10% Off Parts and Labor (508) 675.1106 SOMERSET DECORATING 10% Off (508) 674.8596 SOUTH END SUNOCO 20% Off All Labor Work ($100 Work Minimum) 2322 S. Main Street, Fall River, MA

MORE MEMBER TO MEMBER DISCOUNTS LISTED BELOW! STRIVE GYMNASTICS & FITNESS, LLC 10% Off (508) 567.3830 SULLIVAN TIRE & AUTO Full Service Regular OilChange$19.95 (508) 674.4068 SPINDLE CITY AUTO GLASS 10% Off Any Service (May not be combined with other offers) (508) 677.3063 TOWN CAR TRAVEL LIMOUSINE 10% Off (508) 379.9088 THINKTECH COMPUTER Free 27- Point Network Audit (508) 992.2541

TIPSY TOBOGGAN 10% Discount (508) 944.3728 TRANSANALYSIS First Month Free (508) 646.1000 UPLAND ARCHITECTS 10% Off Services (774) 430.3390 FUN 107/ WBSM 25% Off Advertising for New Clients, Townsquare Media (508) 999.6690 WICKED KICKIN CHEESECAKES 10 % Off (774) 309.3133 WSAR 1480 AM 25% Off Advertising for New Clients Only (508) 678.9727

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