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

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Bristol County Business Expo On October 11th The Bristol County Business Expo is the premier business to business event in southeastern Massachusetts. This Bristol County Chamber of Commerce production is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at White’s of Westport. The theme for the Bristol County Business Expo is vacation destinations. Where are you planning your next vacation? Headlining the Bristol County Business Expo is Steven Cohen, one of the principals at the CEA Group. CEA Group purchased the mostly vacant and run-down former “New Harbour Mall” and repurposed it into the soon to open SouthCoast Marketplace. Market Basket, T.J. Maxx, 110 Grill, Qdoba Mexican, Starbucks, and an 11-screen cinema are just a few of the soon to open tenants at the SouthCoast Marketplace. In his noontime address to attendees, Mr. Cohen will discuss why CEA Group selected Fall River as a place to invest $100 million. This discussion with Mr. Cohen is an opportunity that no person in business should miss. The Expo Business Lunch will begin promptly at 12:45 p.m., with registration and lunch at 12 p.m. Admission is $25.00 and includes a lunch buffet with beverages. The Bristol County Business Expo is produced by the Chamber to be an opportunity for area vendors to showcase their services and products to other businesses and area consumers. By providing a venue such as the Bristol County Business Expo, the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce fulfills its mission of improving the local business climate. Production of this signature event is also part of the Chamber’s broader goal of educating consumers to buy locally. While others talk about shopping locally, the Chamber is the only organization

that connects consumers with small businesses via the Bristol County Business Expo and the Bristol County Home and Garden Show. There is great synergy at the Bristol County Business Expo. New this year will be a diamond giveaway donated by Silvia and Co. Jewelers, of North Dartmouth. Only attendees can enter for the diamond giveaway. To enter, present your business card to a Chamber representative at the expo registration booth. At the end of the day, one business card will be drawn and the lucky person is walking away with a signature diamond. In addition, many of the vendors will offer special deals and incentives. The day’s agenda also includes and “Action Alert Breakfast” and several business seminars. All year the Chamber has informed businesses that much is at stake on Beacon Hill. Be informed about what is happening this fall by attending the Action Alert Breakfast program. Our special guest will be Chris Carlozzi, Massachusetts Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Mr. Carlozzi will highlight and discuss many important issues impacting businesses. The Action Alert Business Breakfast will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m., with registration and breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Admission is $25.00 and includes a breakfast buffet with beverages. The Action Alert Business Breakfast in past years has sold out. Please book your reservation with the Chamber early. Another feature during the day will be a live broadcast on the floor of the expo of the very popular “Voice of Business” radio program that airs every Wednesday

on WSAR1480AM. The Voice of Business is produced by the Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Empire Hyundai. Listen to the Voice of Business every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Don’t forget that there are great the prize drawings all day. Whether you are drawn to the Bristol County Business Expo as a business owner, employee, future entrepreneur or a consumer, this event is a fun way to meet area retailers and service companies while shopping locally. Please make the most of what is a unique networking and sales opportunity by attending the Bristol County Business Expo on October 11th at White’s of Westport. I hope to see you there! Best regards, Robert A. Mellion, Esq.

President/ Chief Executive Officer Bristol County Chamber of Commerce

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Featured Business Expo Speakers Wednesday, October 11th at White’s of Westport

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. 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

Action Alert Business Breakfast

Expo Business Lunch

featuring Chris Carlozzi, Massachusetts Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses

featuring Steven Cohen, President of CEA Group Inc.

Registration and breakfast at 8 AM with presentation at 8:45 AM.

Registration and lunch at 12 PM with presentation at 12:45 PM.

Admission: $25.00 per person and includes breakfast buffet.

Admission: $25.00 per person and includes lunch buffet.

Register now by calling the Chamber at (508) 676.8226 BUSINESS NEWS PUBLISHER Robert A. Mellion, Esq., President & CEO 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 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


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

09/13 WED.........................Ambassador’s Committee Meeting 12 p.m. 9/14 THUR....................................Events Committee Meeting 8:30 a.m.



CUPCAKES Thursday, September 28th White’s of Westport 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11th White’s of Westport 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets: Adults: $15.00 (advanced) $20.00 (at the door) Children 12 and under: $8.00 Please call Kim Coroa-Moniz at (508) 676.8226 for additional information.

For booth space or additional information please contact Kim Coroa-Moniz at (508) 676.8226. Booth space is limited!

09/15FRI......................................Government Affairs Meeting 8:00 a.m. 09/15 FRI.................................Education Committee Meeting 11:30 a.m. 09/25 MON...............................Executive Committee Meeting 12 p.m. 09/25 MON.................................Cultural Committee Meeting 2 p.m. 09/27 WED.........................................................Board Meeting 11:45 a.m. 09/27 WED..............................................Business After Hours Located: BankFive 79 North Main Street Fall River, MA 02720 Sponsored by: BankFive 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 09/28 THURS.......................................Battle of the Cupcakes

IN THIS EDITION Member Spotlights............. Page(s) 8 Business News.................... Page(s) 5, 6 10, 13 Business Advice.................. Page(s) 4 "Representing Fine Companies Such as"

Human Resource Advice.. Page(s) 9 Member Discounts............. Page(s) 14 & 15

Fall River Office 155 North Main Street Phone: 508-673-5808

New Bedford Office Taunton Office 949 Ashley Blvd. 53 County Street Phone: 508-823-0073 Phone: 508-998-2101


Business Advice: Financial Strategies for Women Investors

ing to remain single. Dropping from two incomes to one would obviously require making some adjustments. It’s important to think about alternatives in the event you should be faced with a similar situation. Time spent out of the work force. Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions - whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events affect women differently than men and can have an impact on investment decisions. Women might want to give some special consideration to the following areas: Longer life expectancy. People are living longer these days, and conventional wisdom will tell you that women tend to outlive men. In fact, studies have confirmed this is the case. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, women outlive men by an average of more than five years.* Women often end up facing more years in retirement than men. To prepare for such a situation, women need to implement strategies catered to possible longterm needs. Being on your own. Statistics also show that women have a very high probability of being on their own at some point in their financial lives - not only as a result of a spouse’s death but also because of divorce or choos4

When caring for children - or an elderly parent - women tend to spend more time away from work than men. Some surveys have shown that, on average, women spend more than a decade out of the work force. The implications for women with regards to investments are clear: They will likely have less time than their male counterparts to contribute to their retirement nest eggs. While these are just some of the many important considerations for women investors, there are also several simple steps women can take to help come up with an effective financial strategy. Look for ways to learn about investments.

Have a plan. Take the time to assess your current financial situation to help get a clear picture of where you stand. Make a list of your financial goals and then develop strategies to meet them. Keeping in mind the special circumstances we mentioned earlier, you can chart a course of action that will help you to meet any future challenges. * CDC, NCHS, nchs/products/life_tables.htm 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 BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE

The financial press and financial web sites are loaded with information about investments and alternatives. Remember, however, not every source is reliable.

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered brokerdealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

Seek advice from a professional.

Š 2017 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.

Enlisting a financial advisor to help with 0217-04844 your investments does not take away from your ability to make the final decisions. It does, however, provide someone you can turn to for guidance as you make those important decisions.

Got Sun Go Solar Announces Merger, Expands to New Location REHOBOTH MA - Got Sun Go Solar, has moved to a new, larger location at 150 Barney Avenue in Rehoboth, MA. The company is a full-service solar provider for residential and commercial properties. The Design Center will be open to the public from 9pm-5pm weekdays.

Store with Got Sun Go Solar RI, Rob Gianfrancesco the owner of the store will be joining the team as VP of Operations in RI. The larger location will also expand general staffing. With a knowledgeable team, the community will get a true sense of the solar design process.

The Center will be an ongoing project through this coming year to be fully developed by 2018. There will be demonstrators for solar PV systems, solar thermal and wind solutions, and other conservation equipment. Homeowners and businesses can explore a full range of options. The Center will also be open to the community to learn about the benefits of solar solutions in the region.

“We welcome anyone who has questions about solar technology and renewable energy solutions,” says Bennett.

“Solar has come into its own,” says Ronald Bennett, owner and President of Got Sun-Go Solar. “This is an exciting time where we can change people’s lives for the better while helping the environment. We are local and our cus-tomers are our focus.” With this move also comes the merge of Ace Solar

manager and LEED AP for Got Sun Go Solar. “This does not come without a true intent for service and engineering quality. I’ve been in solar for 30 years now and I still find it a passion.” For more information about the new location or the products and services offered by Got Sun Go Solar, visit ABOUT GOT SUN GO SOLAR

Got Sun Go Solar offers a greater range of products and services than other solar providers in the area. Their ser-vices extend beyond installation to personalized consultations, construction, and design. The team provides a cus-tomized experience for each client. Each project investigates what works best for a property. The company also considers ways to maximize solar benefits for each project. “Our continued growth is due to the high regard our customers have for us,” says Jeff Hickson, sales

Got Sun Go Solar was founded by Ronald Bennett in 2009. Ron brings 25 years of experience in the building and construction industry. Through his leadership, he has built an exceptional team to deliver high-quality service to clients throughout Southern New England. Got Sun Go Solar is able to offer customers quality solar installations and other related services. In collaboration with qualified designers, craftsmen and other trades professionals, Got Sun Go Solar ensures all aspects of a project - from concept to construction - are handled with precision and quality.

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Our Fall River commercial lending team is ready to help your business grow. As the #1 small business lender in Bristol County* and an SBA Preferred Lender, we're known for great personal service, prompt, local decision-making and custom banking solutions. To discuss your financing needs, call 508-993-3472 or visit one of our branch locations. L-R: Roger Cabral, VP Commercial Lending; Joan Medeiros, VP Commercial Lending; Pete Selley, SVP Commercial Lending; Len Sullivan, First EVP & Sr. Loan Officer; Rich Farmer, VP Commercial Lending; & Michael Patacao, VP Commercial Lending.

Each depositor is insured by the FDIC to at least $250,000. All deposits above the FDIC insurance amount are insured by the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).

*Based on total loan originations as reported in the 2015 aggregate small business loan data to the Federal Reserve under the Community Reinvestment Act.


soutHern MAss credit union nAMes cArMen F. sylvester new president And ceo

excel recyclinG Moves HeAdQuArters

FAIRHAVEN, MA - Southern Mass Credit Union (SMCU) is pleased to announce the appointment of banking executive Carmen F. Sylvester to the position of President and CEO.

FREETOWN, MA - Excel Recycling, LLC is setting up a new home base in the company’s recently completed $15 million state-of-the-art processing plant for scrap metals located in the Freetown Industrial Park.

and our community.”

A resident of Swansea, MA, Ms. Sylvester earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bryant University, Smithfield, RI , and holds Human Resources The CEO position opened up with Certification, including designations the departure of Dan Waltz in May as Professional Human Resources of this year. (PHR) and Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She also studied at Ms. Sylvester comes to SMCU from the Financial Management School the Centreville Bank in West Warat the University of Colorado and wick, RI, where she served as Vice at Rockhurst University National President of Finance for five years. Seminars. Her professional career spans over 25 years in the financial services Established in 1922, SMCU is celindustry, including senior manageebrating ninety-five years of service ment positions for the Advanced excellence and financially sound Engineering Group, P.C. in East operations. The credit union has Providence, RI, People’s Credit assets totaling $205.42 million and Union in Middletown, RI and Fleet provides banking services to more National Bank in Providence, RI. than 15,000 members. The main office is in Fairhaven with a branch “We are delighted to welcome Ms. office in Fall River and New BedSylvester to the Southern Mass ford. To learn more, visit www. Credit Union,” said Board of rectors Chairman David S. Darmofal. “After an extensive search, we have found the right person to lead us into the future and continue our proud tradition of providing exceptional service to our members

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“This cutting edge facility is a high point in our history that brings us in line with the largest scrap handlers in New England,” said Excel President Marty Costa, who founded the company in 2003. “As we work aggressively to expand our customer base, we now have the opportunity to centralize our operations here and take the next step forward in growing our business.” The leadership team includes Vice President Jonathan Costa, the founder’s son. President Costa continued, “We are proud to be part of the Freetown community and want to be a good corporate neighbor.” The company did not request a TIF from the town and contributes $22,128

in property taxes for fiscal year 2018. Noting that Excel generates 150 to 200 jobs for local families and spinoff businesses in the region, he said, “A lot of families are depending on us for their livelihood. We derive a great deal of satisfaction from being a positive force in their lives and are looking forward to a successful future in which we will be able to continue to build our workforce.” Excel is recognized as a leader in the New England scrap industry serving eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. With full service facilities in Westport and Charlton, Massachusetts, an export facility in the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal and the new metals shredding location in Freetown, the business has global access to domestic and international markets. To learn more, visit

New Chamber Members Brazilian Grill Dartmouth Joined 8/1/17

The Arc of Bristol County Joined 8/1/17

Somerset Federal Credit Union Joined 8/2/17

Argosy Collegiate Charter School Joined 8/8/17

Bridgewater State University Joined 8/10/17

CSEP Innovation Consulting & Management INC Joined 8/10/17

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MeMBer spotliGHt: e2sol eFFicient enerGy solutions E2SOL LLC (Efficient Energy Solutions), innovates renewable energy technologies, develops sustainable project solutions and offers products designed to generate, store, and distribute renewable energy. E2SOL LLC (Efficient Energy Solutions was founded in 2010 by Anthony Baro with the purpose to inno-vate renewable energy products and develop renewable energy facilities. Since then, the company has completed Patent Applications for a Low Profile Marine Vertical Axis Wind Generator, a Closed Loop Hydronic Power Generator System, and an Electric Motor Power Co-generator. CAPABILITIES (DESIGN, ENGINEER, PROCURE, INSTALL, SERVICE) E2SOL offers Sustainable Design and Engineering Services designed to deliver Energy Efficient Devel-opments to achieve Low Energy, Net-Zero Power, and/or Plus Energy Generation. Our project teams comprised of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited, Professional Regis-tered Architects and Engineers, integrate sustainable design practices to optimize the use of a project site’s available natural assets to maximize energy efficiency, reduce cost of operation and environ-mental impact of new developments.

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Human Resource Advice

Google for Jobs - a Recruiting Game Changer

Google for Jobs aims to make job searching less of a hassle for candidates but more technical for employers, impacting Employers’ Job Advertising practices. Google's mission is to steer people to the information they need in their daily lives. One crucial area the Internet giant says could use some help is Jobs. Consequently, Google has recently launched a new initiative, “Google for Jobs”. Their impact - a search feature that collects and organizes millions of job postings from all over the web making the process easier for job seekers. “Google is determined to crack the code on matching available jobs with the right candidates,” CEO Sundar Pichai said during his keynote address at Google's annual I/O conference for software developers. "The challenge of connecting job seekers to better information on job availability is like many search challenges we’ve solved in the past," he said. Pichai says he hopes Google's new job search function will surface new opportunities for job seekers who often don't know there's a job opening "right next door." Anytime an 800-pound gorilla like Google enters a market, it sends shudders through the established players in the targeted industry. Google's leap into travel search was a game changer for the travel booking industry. Google for Jobs is a Huge Technical Impact on Employers Job Board Recruiting Practices Here is how Job Board Search Engine Optimization Works on Google scours the web, pulling from a broad cross-section of job listings, including from Monster, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, Facebook, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter and about 40,000 other job boards including state and employers career pages. Their aim is to increase the efficiency of job matching for candidates. The challenge for employers is to adapt a job advertising strategy that meets the stringent rules Google employs in their sophisticated algorithms. Without getting too technical, it’s important for employers to adapt to the practices that Google requires by posting jobs using compatible job advertising technology that meets all the Google for Jobs SEO criteria. It is also important to have a career page on your website that is job search engine optimized. Your job ads and job descriptions need to be compliant and work to promote your jobs in Google for Job’s world. For instance, Google uses a technology that involves what is referred to as “crawl rate”. Crawl-rate means how many requests per second Googlebot makes to your site when it is crawling on your site. Google’s sophisticated algorithms determine the optimal crawl speed for a site. Their goal is to crawl as many pages from your site as they can on each visit without overwhelming your server's bandwidth. There is a way to limit your website’s crawl rate but not recommended unless you are seeing server load problems caused by Googlebot hitting your server too hard. You cannot change how often Google crawls your site; but if you want Google to crawl new or updated content on your site, you need to use “Fetch as Google” -another technical process.

Business After Hours 2017 Schedule

Wednesday 9/27 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: BankFive 79 North Main Street Fall River, MA Sponsored by: BankFive Wednesday 10/25 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: People, Inc. 4 South Main Street Fall River, MA Sponsored by: People, Inc. Thursday, 11/16 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: Venus de Milo Swansea, MA Sponsored by: Venus de Milo, The Herald News & The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce Thursday 12/7 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location: White’s of Westport 66 State Rd. Westport, MA Sponsored by: White’s & Carl’s Collision

Learn how to adapt to this new Google Job Search Optimization Strategy and reduce the cost of recruiting and find pre-qualified candidates faster contact: Ken Graves 401-463-0200 x2 Learn more:


L.J. Rogers, Inc. Announces Merger

BayCoast Bank Pledges $100,000 to My Brother’s Keeper

FALL RIVER, MA - Century International has merged with L.J. Rogers,Inc. bringing together two established and respected firms with a combined 60-plus years in the international shipping and customs brokerage industry. The Century team,including Mr.Joseph Tarantino and Mr. Paul Roy,will be joining laura Mullin and her team under the l.J. Rogers company name.

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.

Since Century International was founded more than 25 years ago,we have been steadfast in our commitment to providing our customers with the very best personal service and strategic advice. Our many long-term relationships are the hallmark of our success as a freight forwarding firm. In deciding to merge our business with l.J. Rogers,we were equally steadfast in finding a partner firm that shares our values and our commitment to the highest quality service, which l.J. Rogers has demonstrated in its many years in the industry. The combined l.J. Rogers-Century International firm will offer customers an extensive portfolio of services,including: -24 hour and weekend access to air and ocean transportation and booking services -State of the art Customs Brokerage and proprietary tracking software

-the latest in Customs and Border Protection {ACE) software, export AES software, and FDA clearance processes. Additionally,we have a globally recognized network of Agents {CSC} covering 160 countries. Rest assured that your primary business contacts will remain the same and that there will be no change in the service you’ve come to expect from us. As this transition is completed we will keep you apprised of all the details relating to the integration of our two companies. The company will have its headquarters in Fall River, Massachusetts {current location of l.J. Rogers) and operate a service office in East Boston. We are confident our new partnership will offer you access to the best talent and experience in all areas of International Freight Forwarding and Customs Brokerage and we look forward to continuing to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Sincerely, Joseph Tarantino,President Century International Paul Roy. Vice President Century International laura Mullin,President l.J. Rogers,Inc.

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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. 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 5,000-square-foot storage mezzanine, a four-bay loading dock, furniture repair shop and com-

mercial refrigeration for a future Food Assistance Program. 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. “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 assistance 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.”


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cHAMBer in tHe coMMunity

Justice Resource Institute Business After Hours (August 9th 2017) Pictured left to right: State Representative Alan Silvia, JRI Chief Operating Officer Mia DeMarco, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, Senator Michael Rodriques

Wicked Kickin' Savory Cheesecakes Grand Opening (August 16th 2017)

Lisa Anne Photography Ribbon Cutting (August 14th 2017)

Amaral & Associates Real Estate’s “Supply Our Schools” Drive (August 19th 2017)

Congressman William Keating addresses regional business at The SouthCoast Development Partnership Meeting at UMass Dartmouth. (July 31st 2017)


FAll river MunicipAl credit union welcoMes MeMBers oF our lAdy oF AnGels The Board of Directors and Officers of Fall River Municipal Credit Union are pleased to announce that it will soon have a branch in the city’s South End.

have a total of five branch locations and an Operations Center in the Greater Fall River Area.

Our Lady of The Angels Federal Credit Union has been serving its On July 13, 2017, the membership members since 1961. With assets of Our Lady of Angels Federal totaling $2.5 million dollars, they Credit Union, located at 1208 provided banking services to more Dwelly Street, voted to merge with than 1,000 members. Fall River Municipal Credit Union. FRMCU is a local community oriUpon completion of the merger, ented full service credit union that Our Lady of Angels’ members strives to provide friendly, helpful will have access to a variety of and efficient assistance to their services including; Debit Cards, membership. Their philosophy is ATM’s, and Online Banking which simple; “people helping people.” the credit union did not offer. Also, members of Our Lady of FRMCU welcomes the members Angels will now have access to all of Our Lady of Angels Federal of the modern banking conveniCredit Union and anyone who reences that FRMCU has to offer. sides, work, attend school or have a place of business in the South The transition should be complet- End of the city and bordering ed by late September 2017. With Rhode Island. this merger, FRMCU will now




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COMFORT INN & SUITES 10% Off Room Rates (508) 672.0011 CORPORATE IMAGE APPAREL INC. 10% Off (508) 676.3099 DAVE’S TIRE & AUTO SERVICE 10% Off Parts with Repairs 10% Off Tires (508) 679.6482 D.E. RODRIGUES & CO. Free Initial Consultation (508) 679.6079 DELKEN DRY CLEANING 10% Off (508) 679.0999 DOTTIE LEBEAU FOOD SAFETY CONSULTANT 10% Off First Inspection (401) 385.9040 E2SOL LLC 10% Off (401) 489.2273

EMPIRE HYUNDAI, INC. 10% Off Parts & Labor 15% Off All Accessories Purchased at the Parts Counter/Service Desk (508) 673.7646 GASPAR’S LANDSCAPING 10% Off (508) 677.3502 GENERAL FITNESS 20% Off All Memberships (508) 677.4933 GOT SUN GO SOLAR $500 Off (774) 229.2986 INDOFF/DARTMOUTH 10% Off (508) 971.4141 INTERACTIVE PALETTE 5% Off Website Packages (781) 930.3199 JERRY REMY’S BAR & GRILL 10% Off, Food Only (774) 365.6905 JEWELS DAY SPA MEDICAL AESTHETICS 10% OFF (508) 672.1316 LAZER GATE 10% Off (508) 730.1230 MALLARD PRINTING 10% Discount (508) 675.5733 MEGANET COMMUNICATIONS 10% Off, One Month Free


SABER TV $50 Off Any $499 or More Furniture Purchase (508) 672.8603

MINUTEMAN PROCESS SERVICES 25% Off All Services (508) 491.1000

SECURED STAFFING We Will Beat Competitor’s Pricing (508) 567.5083

NETWORK CLEANING SERVICE, INC. 10% Off (401) 439.1383 NEXT MONITORING, INC. 1 Month Free (508) 379.6315

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

O’BRIEN PLUMBING & HEATING, CO. 10% Off (508) 679.3368 SOMERSET DECORATING 10% Off (508) 674.8596 PATTI’S PIEROGIES 10% Off, International Platter (508) 679.4001 SOUTH END SUNOCO 20% Off All Labor Work ($100 Work Minimum) PAWTUCKET RED SOX 2322 S. Main Street, Fall River, MA Buy 25 Flex Tickets & Save $25.00 STRIVE GYMNASTICS & (401) 724.7300 FITNESS, LLC 10% Off (508) 567.3830 PAYROLL EXPRESS We Will Beat Competitor Pricing (508) 679.1858 SULLIVAN TIRE & AUTO Full Service Regular PERFORMANCE AUTO OilChange$19.95 CENTER (508) 674.4068 10% Off (508) 675.4777 SPINDLE CITY AUTO RADIO VOZ DO GLASS EMIGRANTE 10% Off Any Service 15% Off (May not be combined with other (508) 678.9727 offers) (508) 677.3063 REMAX, DAWN RUSIN $500 Off Closing Costs THINKTECH COMPUTER or a Complimentary Free 27- Point Network Audit Moving Van (508) 992.2541 (508) 677.3629

MORE MEMBER TO MEMBER DISCOUNTS LISTED BELOW! 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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