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The New Bedford Area

Chamber Focus Business News for and about Members of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

Inside July - August 2015 Welcome New Members .........................2 Connecting Activities ..............................3 Good News ..............................................6 Chamber Golf Tournament....................8 Good Morning SouthCoast! ................13 Featured Member Discounts ...............13 Tourism & Travel Update .....................15

July - August 2015

Chamber Welcomes Over 80 New Members “With All My Heart Child Care, Inc.” Receives 2015 New Bedford Area Small Business of the During Campaign The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the organization has recruited over 80 new members as a result of its 2015 New Member Campaign. The campaign held in June included a mailed invitation to over 5,000 businesses in the Greater New Bedford Area and personal phone-calls from 60 local business leaders encouraging them to join the Chamber. “With the challenges to our economy these past few years, there is no better haven for businesses and non-profits than the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce,” said Ian Abreu, Manager of Workforce & Business Development at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. “By joining the Chamber, you give our Chamber a Continued on page 4.

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is welcoming a new President & CEO to the team. Read more on page 3.

The September Good Morning SouthCoast! will feature the Secretary of Transportation, turn to page 13 for more details.

The Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament will be held in September at the Country Club of New Bedford. Find out more information on page 8.

Year Award & Seastreak is Recognized as Small Business Leader in Economic Development The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and BankFive are pleased to recognize the significant contributions and achievements of the region’s small businesses with the presentation of the 2015 New Bedford Area Small Business of the Year Award. The award was presented in June at a special edition of the Chamber’s Good Morning SouthCoast! business series. This year’s Small Business of the Year Award was presented to With All My Heart Child Care, Inc. of East Freetown. With All My Heart Child Care, Inc., is a woman owned, small business located in East Freetown. After having her first child, owner Doreen Fouquette decided to stay home and open a family daycare center.

The 2015 Small Business of the Year Award was presented to With All My Heart Child Care, Inc. of East Freetown. She and her husband reconstructed a section of their home and in 2002 they opened the doors of With All My Heart Child Care, Inc. The daycare quickly grew and two years later Continued on page 4.

The New Bedford Area Chamber Focus is the official news publication of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce 794 Purchase Street • New Bedford, MA 02740 508-999-5231 • fax 508-999-5237 • Editor: Rebecca Laliberte • Photographer: Rebecca Laliberte & Crystal Stone Board of Directors Chair of the Board David Maher, Lockheed Martin Chair Elect Joseph Michaud, Law Office of Joseph L. Michaud Vice Chair of Government Affairs Kim Perry, Waring Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute/SCI Vice Chair of Economic Affairs Beth Sylvia Caldwell, Sylvia Group Vice Chair of Membership Advancement Jeffrey P. Pagliuca, Webster Bank Vice Chair of Community Affairs Daniel E. Waltz, Southern Mass Credit Union Treasurer Carl W. Taber, BayCoast Bank Immediate Past Chair Mary Harrington, South Coast Consulting LLC Directors Nathan Araujo, R4L Management Henry Arruda, WJFD-FM Stephen Canessa, Southcoast Health Systems Hank Conaty, Acushnet Company Stephen W. Connulty, Paul & Dixon Insurance Wendy Cullum, Michel Cullum Associates Ron Ellis, Edward Jones Gail Fortes, YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts Jeffrey Glassman, Darn It, Inc. Ellen Gitlin, Diversified Marketing Group Jen Hartley, Hampton Inn Bob Jackson, Courtyard by Marriott Chuck Lord, AHEAD Lynne Mastera, Precix Lynn Motta, BankFive Peter J. Muise, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union John Sbrega, Bristol Community College John Silva, Santander Bank A. Jack Silva, Bristol County Savings Bank Martha Worley, Worley Beds Factory Outlet Director Emeritus Joel E. Burns Your Chamber Staff 508-999-5231 President & CEO, Rick Kidder - Ext. 25 Director of Operations & Finance, Dorothy Botelho, IOM - Ext. 20 Manager of Workforce & Business Development, Ian Abreu - Ext. 24 Supported Employment Network Coordinator, Joanne Rego - Ext. 28 Communications Manager, Rebecca Laliberte - Ext. 27 Programs & Membership Coordinator - Crystal Stone - Ext. 22


Welcome New Members Adriana’s Mexican Restaurant 1262 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (774) 425-3952

Coastal Dental 118 Alden Road Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 828-0818

Amaral & Associates Real Estate Inc 1145 Tobey St. New Bedford, MA 02742 Phone: (774) 624-7237

Coastline Services, LLC 9 Milbury St. New Bedford, MA 02744 Phone: (774) 309-0068

Arruda Insurance Agency 434 American Legion Hwy Westport, MA 02790 Phone: (508) 636-6626

Constellation Energy 3 Beverly’s Way Wareham, MA 02571 Phone: (857) 251-9385

Aquapoint Inc. 39 Tarkiln Place New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (508) 985-9050

College Advisors Group, LLC 151 State Road, Unit 2 Wattuppa Plaza Westport, MA 02790 Phone: (401) 821-0080

Ascent Audiology & Hearing 77B State Rd Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 996-0389 Best Choice auto Sales Inc. 116 Dartmouth Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 996-4655 Bridgetower, LLC 128 Route 6A P. O. Box 1196 Sandwich, MA 02563 Phone: (774) 413-9771 Bristol County Towing 167 So. Main Street Acushnet, MA 02743 Phone: (774) 425-4047 Bristol Dental Group New Bedford, MA 02742-8827 Phone: (508) 995-9493

Country Dog 1101 State Road Westport, MA 02790 Phone: (508) 676-7387 Crush Beverage Co., Inc. 801 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 206-1855 Dennison Memorial Community Center 755 South First Street New Bedford, MA 02744 Phone: (508) 996-2691 Eastern Bank 340 Front Street P. O. Box 517 Marion, MA 02738 Phone: (508) 748-2926 Fabulous Foundations By Nancy 398 State Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 996-2860

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About the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce With approximately 1,000 member businesses, the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing opportunities for members to advance their business and promoting a healthier business and economic climate for the region. The Chamber is here to help members – with trusted resources, a strong business network

and a support system to keep your business moving forward. Our mission is to serve the interests of member businesses while advocating business advancement, economic growth and job creation for the benefit of New Bedford and the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts.

Connecting businesses on the SouthCoast from Wareham to Westport

New Bedford Area Chamber Welcomes Rick Kidder as President & CEO The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Frederick L. “Rick” Kidder, Jr. has been selected as the next President & Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber. It is expected that he will assume his new duties no later than August 3, 2015. Mr. Kidder currently serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Scottsdale (AZ) Area Chamber of Commerce. He will be replacing Roy Nascimento who left the Chamber in January 2015. Board Chairman David Maher of Lockheed Martin led a 9-member Search Committee that worked with Waverly Partners, a national executive search firm, to identify qualified local, regional and national candidates. “We are very excited about having Rick take the reins of the Chamber. Our community and region are fortunate

to have recruited someone with Rick’s vast Chamber, business, education and political experience and we are confident he will continue the Chamber’s forward progression.” said Maher.

college Mr. Kidder worked as a teacher and administrator at the Fessenden School in Newton, MA and then became the co-owner of an educational consulting firm. He relocated to Arizona to join the faculty and then administration of the Phoenix Country Mr. Kidder said, “I am extremely Day School and next served as a Senior excited to take on this new challenge Policy Advisor to Arizona’s Governor in a community which in so many ways Fife Symington. Mr. Kidder worked resembles Gloucester where I grew up. briefly as Executive Director of a forThe New Bedford area is both beautiful profit K-12 school in Scottsdale before and rife with potential, and with the joining the staff of the Scottsdale Area strong support of the Board and the Chamber as its Public Policy Officer. energy of the community’s leadership, He was promoted to Scottsdale Area it is my goal to continue forging the Chamber’s President & CEO position Chamber as a collaborative leader in 2006. The Scottsdale Area Chamber and partner in the regions quest for is the second largest chamber in economic growth.” Arizona with over 1,000 members.

Association of Chamber Executives and has been active in the Scottsdale Rotary among other community organizations. The New Bedford Area Chamber is a progressive organization of approximately 1000 members that participates in initiatives that positively impact our business members and the quality of life in the SouthCoast region. Initiatives include education, economic development, trade shows and legislative affairs. Rick Kidder can be reached at 508-999-5231 ext. 25 or rkidder@

A native of Gloucester, MA, Mr. He is a member of the Association of Kidder has an undergraduate degree in Chamber of Commerce Executives, English from Harvard University. After the U.S. Chamber and the Western

Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership Thanks Area Employers

goal setting and assessment tool used to gauge the improvement of student’s skill levels while at their internship.

The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership would like to thank the 150-plus employers in New Bedford and the SouthCoast region for hosting high school interns at their establishments during the 20142015 academic year. We appreciate your contributions to develop our future workforce, help our students make more informed college and career decisions and contribute to our community’s educational experience.

“These valuable internship experiences allow our local students a robust opportunity to become college-andcareer ready,” said New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Manager of Workforce & Business Development Ian Abreu. “Essentially, when an employer hosts a high school intern, they are making an investment in the future workforce development of our community. These students will one day become the future employees of these local businesses.”

Employers who participate in the Connecting Activities Partnership program take the time to plan tasks for the interns to complete that will improve their skills throughout the duration of their internship. At the beginning and end of the student’s internship, employers complete reviews through the Massachusetts Work Based Learning Plan, an online diagnostic

by SeaPerch and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I. The devices were built by local middle school students in an after-school tech program.

The purpose of this all-day event was to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers to the Greater New Bedford community and local school system(s).

NBHS Information Technology Academy Students Take Part in ATMEL Conference

ATMEL is a leading manufacturer of tech components such as microcontrollers and touch-technology semiconductors, many of which were on display in the blue trailer. The trailer also showcased parts used in smart watches and cell phones.

On Tuesday, June 16th, ATMEL Technologies out of Cambridge, Mass., hosted a “Tech on Tour” mobile trailer event at New Bedford’s state pier on the waterfront.

New Bedford High School Information Technology Academy students also took part in an exhibit featuring underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles, or ROVs, in a tank provided

The event was also co-sponsored by chamber member INEX Advisors, an IOT (Internet of Things) firm based out of New Bedford. About the Connecting Activities Partnership The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership, a collaboration of the City of New Bedford Office of the Mayor, the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council, Bristol Community College and the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, promotes the connecting of academic and workplace learning through Connecting Activities workplace internships. Area employers assist High School seniors to make more informed decisions about their future education and career choices. Currently we service students at Dartmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, Global Learning Charter Public School, New Bedford High School, and Old Rochester Regional High School. More information about the partnership is available at or by calling (508) 999-5231.


Annual Membership Campaign - Thank You Volunteers, Sponsors & Supporters! (continued from front cover)

Buffalo Wild Wings, Tropical Smoothie Café-Fairhaven, Table 8 Restaurant and Mirasol’s Café of Dartmouth for sponsoring coffee, breakfast and lunch for the volunteers; AAA of Southern New England, Country Club of New BedThe campaign’s top-recruiter was Kelly ford, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Dunkin Baldwin of St. Anne’s Credit Union, Donuts, Fran’s Travel, Hampton Inn of bringing in nine new members at a Fairhaven/New Bedford, Handy Andy’s whopping $2,595. Finishing strong in Quality Vacuum Cleaners, Health Sersecond and third place was Modesta vices Administrators (HSA), Hodgson “Mudd” Levesque of Southcoast Media Group ($2,330) and Tracey Medeiros of The Chamber appreciates the efforts of In addition, the Chamber would like to Pratt Pratt & Saunders, PC, LaFrance Bank Five ($1,570). Jeffrey Pagliuca, Senior Vice President recognize the corporate and prize spon- Hospitality, Moore & Isherwood, Not Your Average Joe’s, The Pasta House, at Webster Bank and Vice-Chair of sors who contributed to the success Pawtucket Red Sox, Residence Inn by Jeffrey Glassman (Darn It! Inc.), Carol the Chamber’s membership affairs, of the campaign. To name just a few: Marriot, Service Master Carpet & UpMichael (Bristol Community College), Comcast Business Class; and Health for serving as Chair of the 2015 New Odesia Melo (Webster Bank), Maria Services Administrators for sponsoring holstery, Steamship Authority, Verizon Member Campaign. Wireless Zone, Tia Maria’s European Pinarreta (Bank Five), Chris Johnson the campaign; Comcast, New Bedford Cafe and the New Bedford Whaling (TNT Cleaning), Gail Fortes (YWCAInternet, SouthCoast Media Group, The Chamber would also like to thank Southeastern Mass) and Claudia Camara all of the team captains, volunteer reSpectrum Marketing Group, New Bed- Museum. (Webster Bank) all rounded out the “top cruiters, and supporters for their efforts ford Guide, WPLM-FM and WJFD10” recruiters and grand prize winners. during the campaign. FM for their media sponsorships; much stronger, more united voice when we advocate for issues that affect you, whether at a municipal, state or federal level.”

Small Business of the Year Award (continued from front cover)

new award, in recognition of this small business’ tremendous success in making New Bedford and the SouthCoast a truly economic boosting force.

Nominees for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award

Seastreak, LLC was recognized with the Small Business Leader in Economic Development Award

they converted their home garage to accommodate the growing daycare. They also expanded services to include a full day preschool program, which was immediately full. As the demand grew, they knew they would need more space to accommodate the growing business. In 2011, the couple broke ground of what is now the amazing new home of the business. A two-story, 8,500 square foot building, featuring state of the art security, a full kitchen, library and media room, gymnasium, activities rooms and

in Economic Development Award. This award was developed by the selection committee as they recognized that Seastreak was going above and beyond their general duties, in order to make an impact on our local economy. Seastreak strives to be innovative and creative with their business approach, all while delivering the quality service that their clientele is seeking. With the conclusion that this business didn’t fit the specific mold for the small business of the year award, but rather something else, the committee decided to create a


classrooms to accommodate various age groups. The facility services 68 children; 11 full time, and 4 part time employees and continues to grow. The other 4 businesses nominated for this year’s award were: Acushnet Creamery; Boutique Fitness; Hawthorn Florist and Seastreak, LLC New to the program this year, Seastreak, LLC was recognized at the event with the Small Business Leader

Nominations were solicited from the community and reviewed by a selection committee comprised of members. The selection committee looked for companies who have balanced success with a strong commitment to the community. Each nominee was rated based on five criteria: number of employees, staying power, growth, social responsibility and innovation. To meet just a few of these goals is a significant accomplishment. The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce extends its appreciation to BankFive for being a partner in this important program. Their commitment as the founding sponsor of the “Small Business of the Year Awards” program reflects their dedication to our community and their commitment to providing services to small businesses. The Chamber would also like to thank those individuals who submitted nominations for the awards.


Good News! Bankfive Promotes Six Employees

than 25 years. He has held a variety of positions at the bank, spanning from retail to servicing to information technology.

BankFive has promoted Robert Potvin to Vice President/Information Technology. His responsibilities include overseeing the bank’s technology and BankFive (, one of information systems, including the the region’s top community banks, development and recommendation announced that it recently promoted six of technology objectives, policies and staff members in recognition of their long- and short-range plans. Potvin, superior service and commitment to the who has been with BankFive for seven Bank and its customers. years, has 16 years of experience in the IT field. BankFive has promoted Adam Connell to Banking Officer/Bank Secrecy BankFive has promoted Vicki L. Act Officer. Connell’s responsibilities Hathaway to First Vice President/ include administering the bank’s antiDeposit Operations. Head of the Retail money laundering program. Connell, Operations area, Hathaway oversees of Rumford, RI, has been employed by IRA’s, Debit cards, Fraud, ACH, Mobile BankFive for 16 years in a variety of and Merchant Remote Deposit Capture, capacities. and Bookkeeping. She has been with the bank for 38 years. Hathaway has BankFive has promoted Andrea Amaral held various positions with BankFive, Rodrigues to Vice President/Marketing including Vice President and Assistant Manager. Her responsibilities include Vice President of Retail Operations; assisting in the development and systems specialist in the Management implementation of marketing plans and Information System Department; budgets in accordance with corporate branch manager; and teller. and retail objectives, develops and implements research projects relating Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP to deposit acquisitions, competitive Receives National Recognition As position, consumer attitudes, service Leading Law Firm quality and retail market segment identification. Rodrigues previously was Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager. She has been with BankFive Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP and for six years. several of its attorneys have been included in the Chambers USA BankFive has promoted Evan T. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Mazetis to Banking Officer/ Network 2015 Client Guide. Manager. His responsibilities include managing the bank’s systems, network Congratulations to the following infrastructure, and Management partners and their respective practice Information System staff. Mazetis has areas: been with BankFive for more than Melissa E. Darigan, Litigation: two years, first starting as the system General Commercial; Michael A. administrator. Gamboli, Labor & Employment; David M. Gilden, Real Estate and BankFive has promoted Gregory J. Corporate/Commercial; James H. Medeiros to First Vice President/Credit Hahn, Corporate/Commercial; John Administration. His responsibilities E. Ottaviani, Intellectual Property; include all credit, loan review and loan Christopher J. Panos, Bankruptcy servicing functions. Medeiros, of Fall & Restructuring; John J. Partridge, River, has been with BankFive for more Corporate/Commercial; 6

Howard Merten, Litigation: General Commercial; William R. Moorman, Jr., Bankruptcy & Restructuring; Richard Nadeau, Real Estate; Steven E. Snow, Litigation: General Commercial Chambers & Partners has a team of more than 150 highly qualified, fulltime researchers who identify and rank lawyers and law firms based on in-depth, objective research. During telephone interviews, people are asked to rank individual attorneys on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence, commitment and other characteristics most valued by clients. “It is especially rewarding to receive this distinction from clients and fellow attorneys in our region. Client service is of the utmost importance to us and we are honored to be recognized in Chambers USA for providing superior value to our clients,” said David Gilden, Managing Partner, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP. St. Anne’s Credit Union Director Celebrates 50 Years of Volunteer Service Albert E. Mercier, longtime director and past chairman of over 20 years of the Credit Union’s Board of Directors, recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of volunteer services to St. Anne’s Credit Union. At their recent meeting, the Board of Directors celebrated this momentous occasion with Mr. Mercier. In addition to being the former Chairman of the St. Anne’s Board of Directors, Mr. Mercier is retired from the City of Fall River (Chairman of the Board of Assessors), and is currently an active member of several of the Credit Union’s committees; such as Credit Committee, Finance Committee, and Building Committee. The Credit Union

also established a scholarship for Holy Name School in Mr. Mercier’s name that is given out each year. St. Anne’s Credit Union is very proud of their very loyal director and is happy to celebrate his accomplishment. Nery Corporation d/b/a Coastal Commercial Real Estate Announces New Leases The Nery Corporation d/b/a Coastal Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce the successful Lease of two retail spaces at 634 State Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748. A 3,300 SF retail site on Route 6 will be a new location for the Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. This is the 4th location for the group. They are also located in Somerset, Norton, and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The Lessor was 634 State Rd LLC and the Lessee was Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. A 1,500 SF was also leased and will be a new location for a Convenience Store, Gold Star Market. The Lessor was, 634 State Rd LLC and the Lessee was Gold Star LLC. The Lessors/Lessees were all represented by Michael Volpe from Coastal Commercial Real Estate. Coastal Commercial Real Estate Sales and Leasing is a division of The Nery Corporation and specializes in office, retail, commercial, industrial and warehouse properties. It is located at 700 Pleasant Street, Suite 330, New Bedford, MA 02740, 508-990-4280, YMCA Southcoast Holds Annual Meeting: Board of Directors Nominated and Volunteers from across the Southcoast Region Recognized On Thursday, June 11, 2015 YMCA Southcoast held its 148th Annual Meeting at the Mattapoisett YMCA, overlooking the beautiful Mattapoisett Harbor. Peter Bullard, Chairman of the Board and member of the Nominating/Board

Good News! Development Committee, recapped the 2014-year as highlighted in the annual report. YMCA Southcoast recognized its outstanding volunteers and employees with special awards and recognition. Gary Schuyler, President and CEO of YMCA SOUTHCOAST honored Peter Bullard as YMCA Southcoast’s “Volunteer of the Year.” Peter has served three years as the Chair of the board for YMCA Southcoast and has been a driving force in helping to recruit community leaders and supporters for the Y. Nancy L. Bonell, COO/VP of Operations presented the “Employee of the Year” Award to Samantha Fagundes from the Dartmouth YMCA. Executive Directors from each of YMCA Southcoast’s five branches recognized individuals who best represented the “Spirit of the Y” for their branch with an Outstanding Volunteer Award. • Helen Graves – Gleason Family YMCA • Anita Moses – Dartmouth YMCA • Julie Crosby – New Bedford YMCA • Carolyn Novo – Fall River YMCA • Robert Muse – Mattapoisett YMCA Rhonda Veugen, Development Director spoke about how the new Y nationwide branding and marketing is helping to define the Ys mission and cause to giving back to the community. In following the Y’s mission two young scholars were presented with scholarships to continue with their higher education. Emily Holmes was presented with the Dr. Samuel W McFadden II scholarship and Lizzie Machado received the Dr. Robert H. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship. The following individuals were voted in as officers of YMCA Southcoast at the meeting: Peter C. Bullard, Chairman; Steven Romsey, First Vice Chairperson; Margaret Xifaras, Second Vice Chairperson; Dr. Brian K. Bowcock, Treasurer; Kathleen R Corkum, Clerk. The Nominating Committee of YMCA Southcoast also elected

Kelly M. Baldwin, Anna Christina Cabral, Arthur DeAscentis, Charles N. Decas, Gerard Kavanaugh, Dr. David Milstone, Vincent J. Murphy, James A. Muse, John F. Quinn, William D. Roth, Kenneth A. Shwartz, Lawrence T. Wilson, and David W. Wright to a two year term on the Board of Directors. Wayne Carvalho, VP at First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union Elected to the Veteran’s Transition House, Board of Directors.

Saint Anne’s Hospital earns “Straight A’s” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group’s “Hospital Safety ScoreSM”

Saint Anne’s is the only hospital in the Fall River-New Bedford area to achieve Straight A Hospital Safety Scores since program’s inception

Some of the patient safety initiatives implemented recently at Saint Anne’s Hospital include reduction of patient falls; early recognition of sepsis (a system-wide immune response to a bacterial infection) to reduce complications; improving transitions in care from the hospital to home or other health facilities; and the elimination of unnecessary alarms to reduce “alarm fatigue.” Saint Anne’s “alarm fatigue” initiative has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a best practice.

“Saint Anne’s Hospital’s achievement of Straight A’s validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Safety Score. “Patient safety requires Score rates how well hospitals protect constant vigilance, and we encourage patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the Saint Anne’s Hospital and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating hospital. unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently working to provide a safe The hospital also has been recognized environment for care.” “I am pleased that Wayne has accepted by The Leapfrog Group as a “Straight this appointment,” said James Reid, A’s” hospital, having never received On the Hospital Safety Score website, Executive Director for the Veteran’s a grade lower than an A since the patients can review their hospital’s past Transition House. “I know he will Hospital Safety Score first launched in safety performance alongside its current represent the Veterans Transition June 2012. grade, allowing them to determine House well and will contribute much to which local hospitals have the best track the organization”. Peter Muise, CEO The Hospital Safety Score, the sole record in patient safety. of First Citizens’ noted .. “we are proud hospital rating to be peer-reviewed in of all our employees who are veterans, the Journal of Patient Safety, is the gold To see Saint Anne’s Hospital’s score particularly when they reach out and standard rating for patient safety. It and access consumer-friendly tips for help those in need” uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit Carvalho served as a Sergeant in the A, B, C, D, or F score, representing United States Marine Corps stationed a hospital’s overall capacity to keep in Cherry Point, NC. He also served patients safe from preventable harm. with NATO in the Mediterranean and More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals participated in both Mediterranean and were assigned scores in April 2015. Northern Europe Exercises. He started his career with First Citizens’ Federal “It is an honor for Saint Anne’s to be Credit Union in June of 2010 and is the recognized consistently for our team’s Vice President of Commercial Lending. dedication to quality, safety and service He is responsible for all commercialin patient care,” said Craig Jesiolowski, Do you have good news to share? lending operations within the credit FACHE, president of Saint Anne’s union. Hospital. “Our ‘A’ Hospital Safety Please send your press releases with photos to Score reflects our team’s ongoing Due to space limitations, we can not guarantee commitment to excellence and our each article will be printed. We do try our best to assurance to patients and their families fit as much member news in as possible. of delivering the highest standard of care.” First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union congratulates Wayne Carvalho on his recent election to the Board of Directors for the Veteran’s Transition House. In his role, Carvalho will assist management by providing support, insight and direction in the global delivery of services.

For the seventh consecutive time, Saint Anne’s Hospital has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety with an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety ScoreSM.


Chamber Annual Golf Tournament Save the Date : Sept. 8, 2015

Calling all golfers! Dust off your clubs and plan to join us for the Chamber invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Country Club of New Bedford located in Dartmouth, MA. This beautiful 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross demands accuracy and superb distance control as well as excellent touch around the greens. This year’s tournament will provide an exciting opportunity to network, promote your company and have some fun playing the beautiful Country Club course!

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available to showcase your business. Proceeds from this event will help support the efforts of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce in our mission to advocate for business advancement, economic growth and job creation for the benefit of New Bedford and the SouthCoast region. For information on reservations or sponsorship opportunities, please call the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508-999-5231 or


October 14, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

White’s of Westport 66 State Road Westport, MA The largest business to business trade show in the SouthCoast will be held at White’s of Westport on October 14, 2015. Nearly 100 businesses will be exhibiting their services at the event including non-profits, small businesses and big corporations, all displaying their finest products and services and

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sharing their tricks of the trade. You too can make a statement at this highly visible and well attended event!

For information contact the Chamber: 508-999-5231



Welcome New Members (continued from page 2)

George Kirby Jr. Paint Co. Inc. 163 Mt Vernon Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: 508-997-9008

Northeast Maritime Institute 32 Washington Street Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719 Phone: 508-992-4025

Humphrey, Covill & Coleman Inc. 195 Kempton Street P. O. Box 1901 New Bedford, MA 02741 Phone: (508) 997-3321

New Bedford Election Commission 133 William Street, #114 New Bedford, MA 02740

Imtra Corp. 30 Samuel Barnet Boulevard New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (508) 995-7000 Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc. 58 Crapo Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 996-8113 K. G. Urban Enterprises 125 Park Avenue New York, NY 10017 Phone: (212) 850-5428 Law Office of John M. Brum Jr. 267 Durfee St. Fall River, MA 02720 Phone: (508) 672-6707 Liberty Lobster Company 35 C. Homers Wharf New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 997-4500 Lisa A. Brown & Associates, LLC 84 No Main Street Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: (508) 567-3226 Matthew Costa/SolarCity 24 Davis Farm Lane Acushnet, MA 02743 Phone: (508) 542-3613 Mike’s Auto Body 535 Bay St. Fall River, MA 02724 Phone: (508) 675-1194 My Brother’s Keeper P. O. Box 70273 999 Reed Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (774) 305-4577


New Bedford Tile & Carpet 1799 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (508) 998-3695 Paul’s Pinballs 169 Garfield Street New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (508) 999-0200 Pier Oil 126 MacArthur Drive New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 996-8047 Property One Landscape LLC 273 Converse Road Marion, MA 02738 Phone: (774) 553-5438 Quahog Republic Whaler’s Tavern 24 N Water Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: 774-206-6303 Reliable Solar Solutions 360 Main Street Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 441-0921 Salon En Vogue Organic 634 B State Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 993-5299 SCC Fashion Group 686 Belleville A New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (978) 502-7927 Sister Hair & Skin Care, Inc. 67 County Road Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Phone: (508) 317-4520 South Coast Almanac, LLC PO Box 987 3 Pecan Street Onset, MA 02558 Phone: (781) 475-4526

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership P. O. Box 80625 Dartmouth, MA 02748 Phone: (617) 417-4050 Speech & Language Therapy 49 State Road Wattapa Building, Suite 104-105 Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 648-3180 Spindle City Auto Glass 483 Bedford St. Fall River, MA 02720 Phone: (508) 677-3063 State Road Package Store 787 State Road Westport, MA 02790 Phone: (774) 249-8529 Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel 458 Hope Street Providence, RI 02906 Phone: (401) 331-8094 Up Market Stitches LLC 1558 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 206-1784 Ustinov Diamond Jewelers 17 Faunce Corner Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 994-8400 Vinyl Decals, Lettering 35 Green Street Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 904-7011 Webster Investments 545 Pleasant St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 991-2631 Williams Estate & Financial Group, Inc. 158 Charles McCombs Blvd. 2nd Floor New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (774) 992-7444 With All My Heart Child Care 42 Chipaway Road East Freetown, MA 02717 Phone: (508) 763-9647

Recent Events 1.


1. Governor Charlie Baker gave an update to over 200 attendees at the SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon.

3. Speakers for the 2015 SouthCoast Women’s Forum which was held at Hawthorne Country Club.

2. Guests at the 2015 SouthCoast Emerging Leader awards at the Whaling Museum.

4. Erin Murphy, COO of Boston 2024 was the featured speaker at the June Good Morning SouthCoast!






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5. Guests at the June Business After Hours sponsors by BankFive at their North Dartmouth branch. 6. Guests at the May Business After Hours sponsored by Bristol Community College at their downtown New Bedford campus. 7. Members of the SCYPN had the opportunity to meet with Wayne Newton, President of TrueBounce. 8. Guests at the June Business After Hours. 9. Kim Thacker Benefits Specialist from Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission speaks to attendees at the Social Security Disability Benefits workshop. 11

Calendar of Chamber Committee Meetings Contact the Chamber office for more information on any of these committees. July Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, July 10th - 8:30 a.m.

August Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, August 14th - 8:30 a.m. SouthCoast CEO Roundtable - Tuesday, August 18th- 7:30 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting - Thursday, August 20th - 8:30 a.m.

September Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, Sept. 11th - 8:30 a.m. SouthCoast CEO Roundtable - Tuesday, Sept. 15th- 7:30 a.m. SouthCoast Electric Power Group Member Meeting - Thurs., Sept. 17th - 9:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, Sept. 24th - 8:30 a.m.

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2015 SouthCoast Women’s Forum a Success!

By Lynne Mastera, Chair of the 2015 SouthCoast Women’s Forum Planning Committee Every year the committee works hard to find interesting and inspiring topics along with the professional business women leaders to relay their own personal stories. They also have an opportunity to network and share some of their own personal stories. This year the committee decided on a panelist discussion for our forum. Our panelist group was moderated by Lee Blake, who shared some of her own inspirational story.

The New Bedford Area Chamber held its annual SouthCoast Women’s Forum on May 7th, at Hawthorne Country Club. This event has been successfully connecting women business owners and operators, educating women on a full array of business topics,


Participants have continuously relayed to the Chamber the incredible expeand profiling local women’s success rience they have had attending our stories for the last 13 years. The event women’s forum, this year’s event was no combines a business expo, along with exception. We heard many great coman educational component, and features ments regarding our guest panelist and interesting stories from women in their amazing story. This year we expebusiness, which results in an incredibly rienced the energy, enthusiasm and supdynamic afternoon. port that permeate the room from our

attendees. This year’s speakers included Lauren Mackler, World -Renowned Life, Career Coach; Ann H. Partridge MD, MPH, Director of Adult Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Ashley Bendiksen, Executive Assistant to District Attorney Tom Quinn; Lynn Donohue, Inspiration Speaker and Award Winning author. This year’s panelist was incredibly dynamic in their presentations and their personal journey to success, truly inspirational. I was fortunate this year to have an incredible committee of women leaders to collaborate ideas with and develop new and exciting ways to connect women to other women. Our goal for next year, can we make it even more inspirational?

July - August Featured Member Discounts New Bedford Guide Two free months in the South Coast Dining Guide ($200 savings)* 10% off your first service As a New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce member already servicing many local businesses, we’d like to offer you the same quality service. Call 508-994-2412 to schedule your free consultation and SAVE 10% on your first service. For more information: phone: (508) 994-2412 email: website:

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To set up your discount or to view a complete list of discounts currently available to Chamber members, please visit or call 508-999-5231

September Good Morning SouthCoast! to Feature MassDOT Secretary and CEO This popular breakfast series is a highprofile, fast-paced and educational program geared towards executives, senior managers, professionals and small business owners. The September edition will be held at the Wamsutta Club on September 10th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The Good Morning SouthCoast! breakfast program is also a great way to network with other Chamber members!

Foundation, New England’s leading environmental advocacy organization.

The featured speaker for the September edition is Stephanie Pollack, MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer. Governor Charlie Baker appointed Stephanie Pollack, MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer effective January 13, 2015. Prior to joining MassDOT, Secretary Pollack worked for and contributed to Northeastern University, as both a professor and as Associate Director of Research for the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Before coming to Northeastern, Secretary Pollack served as a senior executive and attorney at the Conservation Law

Secretary Pollack received both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and BS in Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, in 1982 and 1985 respectively.

Under Secretary Pollack’s leadership, MassDOT will continue to research and adopt new ways to further the Commonwealth’s transportation needs. Secretary Pollock will be charged with revitalizing the MBTA, the highways and bridges, and all other vital Massachussetts transportation.

The cost to attend is $25 Members; $45 Non-Members; $200 for table of ten. Registration is required and available online at www.newbedfordchamber. com or by calling 508-999-5231. Sponsored by:

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Chamber Member Spotlight: WJFD 97.3 FM “We also play all the major soccer games; we have a Woman’s lifestyle show, a political show, a Fado show and Cabo Verdean and Brasilian shows,”

Middle-age has never looked so good! At 40 years, WJFD 97.3 FM is the largest Portuguese radio station in North America and the only FM 50,000 watts in New England, transmitting in Portuguese 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “We are an entertainment radio station with live DJ’s everyday, from 6 am until 11 pm, playing the latest Portuguese and world music hits,” explained Paulina Arruda, Co-Owner of WJFD.

With over 400,000 listeners to date, Arruda realizes how important the community is to WJFD since they turned on their transmitter on June 23, 1975 and began local broadcasting. “Our business exists because of the Portuguese community and we are proof of how big the Portuguese community in the area is and of how important the community is,” states Arruda. “We have been transmitting for 40 years thanks to the support of the community. We feel very grateful to them and we also feel the responsibility of maintaining the Portuguese language, music, culture and history, not only for all the Portuguese generations, but to all other cultural groups.”

A member of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, since 2011, Arruda finds tremendous value in that her membership allows her to connect with a network of business professionals throughout the SouthCoast region. “Being part of the Chamber has been very important to us. It has been a way to network and get the “word out” about WJFD and also let other business know about the strength of the Portuguese in the area,” said Arruda. “It has also been important to meet other business people in the area and share experiences, as well as for businesses to come and all work together for the better of all businesses and the community.” If you would like to hear more about WJFD FM, please tune into 97.3 FM, or, feel free to log on to their website at

News from the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board Have a job you need filled? Have a specific need for business assistance? Why not contact the Greater New Bedford Career Center. You can post a job order on their website http:// Employer-Services.htm or call the Employer Job Line (508) 990-4100 to list any openings in your organization. What Services are Available to Business Customers? • Employer Account Representative • Job Fairs • Recruitment Assistance • Job Seeker Pre-screening Services • Pre-employment Testing* • Qualified Job Referrals / Job Matching • Labor Market Information • Salary Surveys • Community Resource Information • Federal and State Grant Funding Assistance • Tax Credit Information 14

• ADA Technical Consultation • Disability Information • Outplacement Services • Job Listings – Confidential, Statewide or on Job Central Other Services • Customized Training Information • Incumbent Worker Training Information • Conference Rooms* • Interview Rooms • State Talent Bank Access * Fee Based Service WHAT IS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING? On-the-job training is a training strategy that the workforce investment system can offer local employers and job seekers. This strategy is particularly important during the current economic environment. On-the-job training puts unemployed workers back to work earning a wage while receiving

training. Even better, employers can be reimbursed for the costs associated with training this new employee. WHY IS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING IMPORTANT? With many employers still reluctant to hire new staff and many skilled individuals facing extended unemployment, On-the-job training is experiencing resurgence. It can get job seekers back to work and train them to meet employer needs. This also allows people to continue to draw a paycheck while learning new skills. Both employees and employers can see the benefit from day one. Concerns of employers not interested in the long term unemployed (LTU) are being corrected. Within your own establishments, you need to throw out any misconceived thoughts about the majority of the LTU.

SouthCoast Jobs Fair Data The First Annual “SouthCoast Jobs Fair” took place on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Tripp Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Dartmouth. The “SouthCoast Jobs Fair,” a regional partnership between the Chamber, Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Greater New Bedford Career Center, UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College, helped connect over 115 local, regional and national employers with over 1,000 local job seekers and students. Employers offered internships, entry level jobs, jobs for those with a GED or high school diploma-equivalence, and those requiring as much as a doctorate. The chamber recently polled all 117 participating employers asking a series of questions leading to data that indicates the SouthCoast Jobs Fair led to nearly 600 regional hires in full-time, part-time or seasonal jobs. Ian Abreu, the chamber’s manager of workforce and business development, said the April 8 job fair on the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (UMD) campus featured more than 1,000 attendees and more than 100 employers, offering positions that spanned a diverse range of industries and professional experience. Responses from employers have indicated the fair led to hires for 380 full-time jobs, 107 part-time jobs and 100 seasonal jobs, in addition to 383 paid or unpaid internships, Abreu said.

Chamber Tourism & Travel Update

ENTERPRISING MINDS by Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator

Experienced Job Seeker Available for Part-Time Employment Opportunity

Exciting news coming to Bristol County! New Bedford Mayor, Jon Mitchell and The Boston 2024 Partnership announced earlier in June that New Bedford has been selected to host the Olympic Sailing competition on Buzzards Bay should Boston be chosen for the 2024 Summer Games. If Boston is chosen as the host city for the 2024 Olympics, this will create a strong demand for the South Coast Rail to Boston to be developed before the games come to Massachusetts. Also! The Visitors Bureau’s design team, Design Principles has been awarded with a distinction for the site from GDUSA (Best of American Web Design).

Brian Blanchette has an impressive resume that offers a variety of Congratulations to Karen, Mike and experience to any potential employer. all those who helped with the site’s Brian is currently looking for part redesign! time employment with approximately 8-10 hours per week. Brian says he is The FY 2016 tourism grant application open to any employment opportunity. has been submitted to the state, word Blanchette’s past employment history on the approval of the grant and how includes experience as a bus boy, much will be awarded will come at an automobile showroom associate the end of August. In the meantime, and in maintenance where he says the Visitors Bureau is working closely he particularly enjoyed his duties of with its tourism partners to close out vacuuming and washing windows and the final quarter of FY 2015 and push mirrors. promotion throughout our busiest summer season months. His past employers and coworkers describe him as a hard worker, The SMVB invites you to add your dependable and reliable. Blanchette summer events to the calendar at For more information has the fine reputation of being a long term employee who also has great call 508-999-5231. customer service skills.

The SouthCoast Human Resources Council meets monthly September through May. The Council is open to all members of the Chamber with an interest in human resources.

As the results of his regular work outs at the gym, Brian is a strong young man who also has the capability to lift and carry heavy items. In addition, Blanchette is a very social “people person”. Those who know him say he is a caring person who likes to help other people.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, going to the movies, guys night out with his brother Kenny, trips to Six Flags New England and dining out with his friends from M.O.LIFE, Inc. If you have any questions about the Supported Employment Network or are interested in hiring a person with a disability, please call Joanne Rego at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508-999-5231 extension 28 or Cynthia Rapoza, Job Developer at M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. at 508-992-5978.

For more information or to register, contact Dorothy Botelho at or 508-999-5231 ext. 20. Corporate Sponsor:


Invitational CHAMBER

Save the Date


Tuesday, September 8, 2015 • Country Club of New Bedford

New Bedford Area Chamber Calendar - Upcoming Events Member Orientation

July Business After Hours

August Business After Hours

Chamber Golf Tournament

Good Morning SouthCoast!

September Business After Hours

Weds., July 22nd 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Weds., July 22nd 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Weds., August 26th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 8th 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10th 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Weds., Sept. 16th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Low Tide Yacht Club at Fort-Taber/Fort Rodman 1000B Rodney French Blvd. New Bedford, MA

Low Tide Yacht Club at Fort-Taber/Fort Rodman 1000B Rodney French Blvd. New Bedford, MA

First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union 2 Fairhaven Road (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Country Club of New Bedford 585 Slocum Road Dartmouth, MA 02747

Wamsutta Club 427 County Street New Bedford, MA 02740

The Zeiterion Theatre 684 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA


Members - Free Non-Members - $25

Members - Free Non-Members - $25

$175 per player

$25 Members $45 Non-Members $200 Member table of ten

Members - Free Non-Members - $25

To register for any event or to view a calendar of upcoming Chamber events, visit newbedfordareachamber new-bedford-area-chamberof-commerce

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