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The New Bedford Area

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

Call for Membership Drive Volunteers & Prize Donations -We Need Your Support!

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Membership Campaign on Tuesday, June 9th and Wednesday, June 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please consider giving three and a half hours of your time with fellow business leaders, all while sharing the value you derive from being a member. The day will include a complimentary lunch. In addition, valuable prizes will be awarded to top recruiters!

The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership is seeking the assistance of local employers to help high school students find summer internship opportunities. Turn to page 3 to find out more.

The Small Business of the Year Award will be announced at a Good Morning SouthCoast! breakfast event in June. Turn to page 4 more for more information.

The 2015 SouthCoast Women’s Forum will feature dynamic speakers from a variety of industries all with ties to the SouthCoast. Turn to page 4 more for more information.

The Chamber provides numerous services for its members, including networking and professional development, export services, an electricity discount program, free and low cost marketing, school-to- career initiatives, trade shows, as well as government affairs programs and advocacy to encourage a positive business climate for the New Bedford Area. In addition, the Chamber’s New Member Campaign will also feature several “join now” incentives for businesses and organizations that enroll with the Chamber, including free advertising, website listings, admission to Chamber networking programs and more. Continued on page 4.

Inside May - June 2015

Message from Campaign Chair.............2 Connecting Activities ..............................3 Small Business of the Year Award .......4 SouthCoast Women’s Forum.................4 Good News ..............................................6 Welcome New Members ......................10 Featured Member Discounts ...............13 May - June 2015 Tourism & Travel Update .....................14

Legislative Luncheon to Feature Governor Charlie Baker The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce will bring Beacon Hill to the SouthCoast when it hosts Governor Charlie Baker as the keynote speaker at its 2015 SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon on Thursday, June 11th. The event will he held at Hawthorne Country Club, 970 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check-in for the event starts at 11:15 a.m., with the luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m. The cost of the event is $45 for members and $55 for non-members, with tables of ten also available. Advanced reservations are required by Friday, June 5th and can be easily made by calling the New Bedford Area Chamber at 508-999-5231 or online at

Charlie Baker was inaugurated on January 8, 2015 as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor, he has pledged to work toward a growing economy with familyContinued on page 8.

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, Fairfield Inn & Suites/Waypoint Event Center Chuck Lord, AHEAD Lynne Mastera, Precix Lynn Motta, BankFive Peter J. Muise, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union Jim Pratt, Hodgson Pratt Pratt & Saunders, PC 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 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 Programs & Events Manager, Caitlin Joseph - Ext. 26 Communications Manager, Rebecca Laliberte - Ext. 27 Tourism Marketing Coordinator, Ellie Fragata - Ext. 29 Programs & Membership Coordinator - Crystal Stone - Ext. 22


Message from the 2015 Membership Campaign Chair businesses in the area that are not yet benefiting from Chamber membership. We need committed member volunteers who can As the Chairperson of the support this campaign by 2015 Membership Campaign, volunteering 3 hours of your I am asking you to particitime to assist us by reaching pate in this year’s effort to out to local businesses that recruit new members to our Jeffrey P. Pagliuca, Esq. are not already members and organization. Our annual 2015 Membership inform them about the many Membership Campaign is Campaign Chair benefits that membership scheduled for June 9th offers, and ask them to join! and 10th and serves as an opportunity to not only increase the For those who would like to participate Chamber’s membership but to also in the Campaign as an individual increase the impact we can have on team member or a team captain, issues that affect the Greater New please contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Bedford business community as a Workforce & Business Development at whole. the Chamber (508) 999-5231. New members provide more opportunities for us to do business with On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you in advance for your other local companies that we may anticipated commitment and effort. not be aware of. New members help The Chamber would not be what it bring new ideas and perspectives is today without your dedication and to the organization. New members support! also bring new energy to the Chamber that changes and challenges Sincerely, the organization to be responsive, progressive and innovative. Membership growth also helps to strengthen the Chamber financially and provides resources that allow us to continue Jeffrey P. Pagliuca, Esq. to develop and expand our programs Senior Vice-President, Webster Bank and services. 2015 Membership Campaign Chair New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce This June, the Chamber will be reaching out to thousands of We need your involvement to make the June Membership Campaign a success!

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

2015 SouthCoast Jobs Fair an Overwhelming Success The First Annual “SouthCoast Jobs Fair” took place on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Tripp Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Dartmouth.

Martin Sippican, New Bedford Public Schools, Wal-Mart, The Bristol County Sheriff ’s Office, KAM Realty and Rockland Trust.

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.

“What helped make our event so successful was the fact that we welcomed a wide-range of different employers offering different career opportunities,” said Ian Abreu, Manager of Workforce & Business Development at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. “It didn’t matter if you had a GED-level education, or a PHD in a specific field, we had employment opportunities for everyone. We strategically set this event up in such a manner.”

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.

According to statistics courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, only Some of the employers on the wide about 42% of chambers of commerce spectrum included: Acushnet Company, are actively engaged in economic and General Dynamics Boat, Lockheed workforce development.

“As we continue to shape our chamber and organization in the 21st century, we need to find new, innovative ways to keep this chamber relevant amongst our constituency and community,” explained Abreu. “Less than 1-out-of-2 chambers across the country are actively involved in employment matters, and we’re one of them. As the person who oversees that area of our operations, I am very proud of the work we’re doing and will continue to do in the months and years ahead.”

The Chamber has currently administered a post-“SouthCoast Jobs Fair” survey, and will be reporting its findings in the July-August Chamber Focus newsletter. If you were an employer and participated in the “SouthCoast Jobs Fair” and would like to take the survey, it can be found via SurveyMonkey at:

The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership Seeks New Bedford High School Academy Internship Host Sites for Summer 15’.

The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities (CA) Partnership is a Department of the Elementary & Secondary Education initiative that supports college and career readiness for local high school students. Through the CA Partnership, students achieve additional learning hours by extending the classroom to the workplace, while providing them with an adult role model to offer support with one-to-one career mentoring. We broker workbased learning opportunities and paid internships for area students and, with your help, we are gearing up to provide a historic 100 paid internships this summer!

As a valued employer in our region, we are inviting you to be a partner in this initiative. In collaboration with New Bedford High School, we are seeking paid internship opportunities for rising juniors and seniors who are part of NBHS’ Academies. Through this endeavor, you will have the distinct opportunity to provide an authentic work experience and shape your future workforce. Typical summer internship opportunities consist of 120 hours of paid work experience, which can be tailored to your specific needs. For example, students may work 20 hours per week for 6 weeks, or 25 hours per week for 5 weeks. In addition, these internships can be project based and several interns can participate on one project. Please join the many Massachusetts businesses that have provided these experiences throughout the

state. During FY14, the statewide CA initiative boasts the following outcomes: • Employers invested $13.9 million in wages to support student internships • 10,324 students were placed in internships at 3,510 employer sites • 7,663 (74%) students utilized the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan to structure learning experiences and productivity at their worksite

If you would like more information about this initiative, please contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Workforce & Business Development at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at: (508) 999-5231, ext. 24, or, via email at Old Colony Regional Voc-Tech High School Sophomores Take Part in Successful Second Annual “Career Fair”

The GNBCAP hosted and facilitated another successful annual “Career • 7,446 students participated in classes/ Fair” at Old Colony Regional Vocworkshops including career exploration, Tech High School in Rochester. The event took place on Monday, March work-readiness and internship 9th. The goal of this Career Fair was workshops to provide an opportunity for current Over 2,700 employers sponsored career students to meet employers face-toface, make contacts, explore career awareness and exploration activities options or co-op’s, and inquire about for students including career days, job shadowing and guest speaker programs. available internships and or entry-level jobs once they have graduated. There continued on page 10 3

Good Morning SouthCoast! Features COO of Boston 2024 & Small Business of the Year Award Presentation

Call for Membership Drive Volunteers & Prize Donations (continued from front cover)

The 2015 Small Business of the Year Award will be presented at the Chamber’s next edition of Good Morning SouthCoast! which is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Rachel’s Lakeside, 950 State Road, Dartmouth. This event brings together local business leaders to celebrate the accomplishments of small businesses in our community. Each of the nominees will be recognized at the event and the winner will be announced. The event will also feature a presentation from keynote speaker, Erin Murphy, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Bid Officer, Boston 2024.

If you are unable to volunteer your time, please consider donating a prize or gift certificate for those who will be participating in the campaign. Your support will help make this Membership Campaign a great success!

Erin Murphy is overseeing the bid process, talent, committees, and day to

Last year’s prize sponsors were:

day operations for the group working to bring the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Boston. Prior to this position, Murphy was the President and CEO of the Dublincontinued on page 10

AAA Northeast, The Airport Grille , AT & T, Azores Express, Back Nine Club, Cotali Mar Restaurant, Country Club of New Bedford, Dunkin Donuts, Fran’s Travel, Hampton Inn of Fairhaven/New Bedford, Handy Andy’s Quality Vacuum, Health Services Administrators HSA, Hodgson Pratt Pratt & Saunders, PC, LaFrance Hospitality, Luzo Auto Body, Luzo Maxi Mart, McDonalds, Mirasol’s Café, Moore & Isherwood, Not Your Average Joe’s, The Pasta House, Rose Alley Ale House, Pawtucket Red Sox, Residence Inn by Marriott, SATA Airlines, Service Master Carpet & Upholstery, Southcoast Chiropractic, The Steamship Authority, The Whaling Museum and YMCA Southcoast.

If you are interested in volunteering for the drive or, are interested in becoming a prize sponsor, please contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Workforce & Business Development at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at: (508) 999-5231, ext.24, or, via email at

2015 SouthCoast Women’s Forum - Inspiring Women

The 2015 SouthCoast Women’s Forum will be held at Hawthorne Country Club, located at 970 Tucker Road, Dartmouth on Thursday, May 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The SouthCoast Women’s Forum is the ideal setting for leading business professionals, and aspiring women in business to connect, learn and be inspired by other women! The four inspiring women panelists are Ashley Bendiksen, Lynn Donohue, Lauren Mackler, and Ann Partridge, who will elaborate on their own personal journeys, hurdles they’ve overcome, as well as career goals and everything in between. Get ready to connect with some of the most inspiring women of the SouthCoast! 4

Ashley Bendiksen, is the Executive Assistant to District Attorney Tom Quinn, Chairperson for the YWCA’s Leading Ladies and the Miss New Bedford Scholarship Foundation and is heavily involved in a number of other local organizations and initiatives focused on promoting women’s empowerment, leadership development, domestic violence advocacy, Alzheimer’s advocacy and mentoring. Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Adult Survivorship Program at DanaFarber Cancer Institute & Brigham and Women’s

Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is also the Chairperson for the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. Lauren Mackler is a WorldRenowned Life, Career, Relationship and Executive Coach, Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Management Consultant, Speaker and creator of the Illumination Coaching method. She is the author of the worldwide bestseller, “Solemate,” and co-author of “Speaking of Success.” Mackler served as a member of Northeastern University’s faculty, guest lecturer at Brandeis and Harvard Universities, and faculty member at Omega, Canyon Ranch, and Kripalu.

Lynn Donohue is an Inspirational Speaker and the Award Winning Author of the critically acclaimed memoir, “Brick by Brick: A Woman’s Journey.” The memoir takes readers on an inspirational journey from Lynn dropping out of junior high-school, to becoming a self-made millionaire, and describes how a passion for masonry helped her find her inner calm and personal strength to reach success. Whether they were raised in the area, had or have had a career or education in the area, or simply call the SouthCoast their home, all of these inspiring and accomplished women have strong ties to the SouthCoast region. Our dynamic panel discussion will be moderated by Lee Blake, a New continued on page 5

SouthCoast Emerging Leader Awards Reception on June 4th to recognize their achievements and to inspire the leaders of tomorrow to follow in their footsteps. Throughout the last few months, we opened our polls and gave Southeastern Massachusetts the opportunity to nominate who they believed to be one of the SouthCoast 5. The SouthCoast Emerging Leader Awards will be held Thursday, June 4th, The SouthCoast Young Professionals from 5:30-7:30 PM at the New Network, SouthCoast Media Group, Charlton College of Business at UMass Bedford Whaling Museum located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Dartmouth, Leadership SouthCoast The cost to attend is $25 which and the New Bedford Area Chamber includes admission to the cocktail reof Commerce invite you to join us for a cocktail reception to honor five young ception, h’ordeuvres catered by Russell leaders at the second annual SouthCoast Morin and plenty of time for networkEmerging Leader Awards, better known ing. A cash bar will also be available. Registration is required and available as the SouthCoast 5. These awards are online at designed to bring attention to the passion, advocacy and commitment young www. or by calling 508-999-5231. professionals bring to our community,

2015 SouthCoast Women’s Forum (continued from page 4)

Bedford Community Activist and education administrator, with a wealth of experience as a teacher and administrator in urban education. Admission to the event is $40.00 for members and $50.00 for nonmembers. For more information, please contact Caitlin Joseph, Events Manager, at 508-999-5231, ext. 26 or visit

Supporting Sponsors

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Small Business Sponsors BayCoast Bank Burke & Lamb, P.C. Center for Women & Enterprise Fisher College St. Anne’s Credit Union Our Sisters School YWCA

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Good News! Kick off summer with a splash at the 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20! Spring is finally here – but we’re ready to think summer! There’s just a few weeks left until the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20. Register today at The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water course across outer New Bedford Harbor, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven. Now in its 22nd year, the Buzzards Bay Swim is a signature outdoor event for the SouthCoast. The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Some swimmers form teams with their friends, families and fellow swim team members. Firsttime swimmers are also welcome and encouraged to participate. Over 300 swimmers are expected to participate in this year’s Swim, hailing from communities across southeastern New England and around the United States. Already, more than 225 swimmers from 13 states have signed up to swim on June 20. All funds raised from the Buzzards Bay Swim support the Coalition’s work to protect clean water in communities across the Buzzards Bay region, from Westport to Woods Hole. To register and learn more about the Swim, visit The Buzzards Bay Swim is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. The SPLASH Series engages local citizens in recreational use of our waterways to celebrate access to clean water with activities that the whole 6

community can enjoy as they raise critical funds to support their local Waterkeeper organization. For more information, please visit splashseries. org. Bristol County Savings Bank Reports Strong Growth At 2015 Annual Meeting Dennis M. Cody, Chairman of the Board of Bristol County Savings Bank, announced at the Annual Meeting of Beacon Bancorp last month that as of fiscal year end 10/31/14 the Bank’s total assets stood at $1.6 billion, an increase of $110.1 million over the previous year.

$1.2 billion in total loans outstanding.

places and events.

Sullivan also noted the Bank is now the third largest depository in Bristol County, Massachusetts. The Bank increased deposits by a record $129 million, or 12% year-over-year, resulting in $1.2 billion in total deposits at yearend.

The Spinner Archives represents New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and the other surrounding towns and regions including Cape Cod and the Islands, Plymouth County, western Rhode Island, Boston and Cape Ann. In addition, there are thousands of images of people, events, and places from around the world such as the Azores, Cape Verde and Madeira.

Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO, noted in his report that “it was another good year for the Bank driven by our constant efforts to meet and exceed customer expectations across our many and diverse product lines.” Murray also announced that for the 4th consecutive year the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF) contributed more than $1.4 million to non-profits within the areas the Bank serves.

“The Bank’s increase in total assets is a significant achievement, especially when Spinner Publications ~ Preserving History Through Photographs you consider the economic challenges of the region along with the low Spinner interest rate environment,” said Cody. Publications, known for As a result of the management’s its awardcontinued focus on smart growth and winning diversity of revenues, the Bank ended historical the year with net income of $11.3 million, an increase of $1.5 million over books, announces the prior year. Additionally, the Bank’s the availability of its vast photographic total capital increased $11.7 million to archives to the public. The Spinner $235.9 million, resulting in a capital Photographic Collection is an ratio of 14.6%, and exceeding the important community resource regulatory minimum to be considered well capitalized. Cody noted that from a accessible and affordable in digital and capital perspective, this position places print format. The Collection consists Bristol County Savings Bank among the of more than one million images— strongest banks, not only in the region, historical and contemporary—relating to southeastern New England and but in the country. beyond. Cody added that the Bank was There are rare old photographs made recognized as one of the Boston from original glass-plate negatives, Globe’s Top Places to Work for 2014. This award was determined by a survey prints, lanternslides and artwork as well as contemporary digital images, color of those who know best, the Bank’s transparencies and 35mm negatives. employees. Also, during the past year Photographs of industry, recreation, the bank promoted 21 employees, including seven new officers, and hired and events build a scrapbook of daily life and familiar places. Just as Spinner 24 new employees. books celebrate people and culture, historical photographs present an Leonard W. Sullivan, First Executive inexhaustible exposé of architecture, Vice President & Senior Loan Officer, art, hard work, leisure, celebration, reported that net loans outstanding innovation and more. The images increased by $125 million in net loan growth. The Bank ended the year with represent the passing of time, people,

Spinner offers customized framed photographs—printed on painter’s canvas or high-definition paper—for personal and professional décor. Archival prints are museum quality, professionally crafted to adorn the walls of local restaurants and businesses, offering visitors a historical perspective into New Bedford’s past. To learn more about Spinner products and services for your home or business, please visit or call 508-994-4564. Poyant names Stephanie Poyant Moran, Account Executive Poyant Moran joins as fourth generation in the 77 year old family business. Poyant, a New Bedford sign manufacturer and branding specialist, has named Stephanie Poyant Moran, Account Executive. In her new role, Poyant Moran will be responsible for serving customers in Bristol and Plymouth County and Beaumont Sign customers. Poyant Moran brings more than five years of sign industry experience to the company. She previously worked at Poyant from 2001 to 2007. During that time she was the Project Manager for the highest volume sales executive in the company. She also handled the project management of some of the company’s largest conversion projects. From 2005 to 2007 she also took on the role as Scheduling & Field Services Coordinator.

Good News! Before rejoining Poyant, Poyant Moran held the position of Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Prior to that, she was the Public Information Officer and New Media Specialist at Southcoast Health and was the Public Information Officer and Executive Assistant to Mayor Scott W. Lang of the City of New Bedford. Poyant Moran holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management and Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is a past Chair of the Board of Managers at the New Bedford YMCA, Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) Wine Festival Committee and a past member of the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Historical Association Board of Directors and the Whaling History Alliance. “This is a very exciting announcement for our family and our business,” said Richard V. Poyant, President of Poyant. “Stephanie’s energy and passion for helping people in our community along with experience in government, public relations, and marketing will add value to our company and the customers she will be serving.” Poyant Moran resides in New Bedford with her husband, Ross, and their daughter, Elle. Junior Achievement Seeking Golfers for World-Class Tournament at TPC Boston

On Tuesday, May 26th Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts will hold its annual IRONMAN Golf Tournament at the TPC Boston. “This event is such a fun day for avid golfers,” said Ms. Paradis. “Participation means exclusive access to this exceptional course and its facilities, with 36 holes of no-waiting golf.” The event, which raises critical funds

for local Junior Achievement programs in K-12 classrooms, allows players to compete in a Ryder Cup style format at the home of the renowned Deutsche Bank Championship. In addition to two rounds of golf, participation in the event includes breakfast, lunch and a dinner reception, where prizes are awarded for fundraising excellence, golf performance (such as longest drive and most total golf points, as well as a team prize), and to the overall IRONMAN Champion. Prizes include items such as seats to Red Sox and Patriots games, a foursome at the TPC Boston, tickets to the Deutsche Bank Championship tournament, FootJoy’s MyJoy golf shoes and much more, in addition to a complimentary golf bag for all participants. Since its inception, the IRONMAN has raised over one million dollars for Junior Achievement programs, impacting a total of 35,000 students throughout Bristol and Plymouth counties. To receive information on participating the IRONMAN or to learn more about Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts, contact Caroline Paradis at or call 508-997-6536. YMCA SOUTHCOAST Announces New Executive Director of the Dartmouth YMCA

YMCAs. From there he moved on to the Hockomock YMCA in North Attleboro. He is a graduate of Westport High School and UMass Dartmouth. In addition, his certifications include ACE certified Personal Trainer, Crossfit Level 1 coach, YMCA of the USA Strength and Conditioning Faculty Member, and Livestrong Trainer. “I am pleased to welcome Mike back to the association as our new Executive Director of the Dartmouth YMCA. His positive energy and leadership, along with his dedication to the Y and the Southcoast community are great attributes for this position, states Nancy LaRue Bonell, VP and COO of Operations at YMCA SOUTHCOAST. In his role as Executive Director, Mr. Mahoney will be responsible for leading and managing the day to day operations of the Dartmouth YMCA. “The Y has nurtured and developed me into the person I am today. I am happy to be back and a part of YMCA SOUTHCOAST again and I am looking forward to this new chapter of my Y career,” states Mr. Mahoney. Mike resides in Seekonk with his wife Kelley and their 3-month old son Jaxon. For more information about YMCA SOUTHCOAST, visit one of the branches in Dartmouth, Fall River, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, and Wareham or online at

YMCA SOUTHCOAST is proud to announce and welcome back Michael Mahoney as the new Executive Director of the Dartmouh YMCA in Dartmouth, MA.

Your Theatre, Inc. Holds Dracula Auditions

Having been part of the Y culture for 15 years, Mike began his career as a camp and after school youth coordinator. He brings much experience to this position, working his way to program director at the Fall River and Gleason Family

Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the wheelchair accessible Your Theatre, Inc. Playhouse located at 136 Rivet St. (corner of County St.), New Bedford, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church complex. Parking and entrance

Your Theatre, Inc. director, Stephen R. Kay will hold open auditions for actors to fill eight roles in Dracula, adapted by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane. The highly successful thriller is based on the novel of the same name by Bram Stoker.

located at rear of church on County St. Known for successfully directing a variety of top stage plays at venues throughout southern New England, Stephen R. Kay’s auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script. Acting experience is not necessary, but role seekers should have a desire to share the experience of and commitment to live theatre and the enjoyment of collaborating with other talented individuals. The play follows Lucy Seward, daughter of the physician in charge of a sanatorium near London, who is mysteriously anemic. Doctor Van Helsing, a family friend, suspects a vampire that roams the earth by night sucking the blood of victims to sustain its earthly life. With the help of Lucy’s father and her fiancé, Harker, they search for the fiend among the sanatorium patients. They widen their search to include the new occupants of the estate next door, not wanting to leave any stone unturned in their quest to rid the world of the supernatural terror. The show will go into rehearsal beginning shortly after Labor Day with performances scheduled for Thursdays through Saturdays November 12 to 14 and 19 to 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. with matinee performances Sundays, November 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Actors must be available for all performances. For further information about the audition, call Your Theatre, Inc. at 508-993-0772, or send an email to or visit

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SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon (Continued from front cover) sustaining jobs; ensure that schools across the Commonwealth provide opportunity for every child regardless of zip code; and make Beacon Hill a true partner with our local governments to create safer and thriving communities across Massachusetts. Over the course of his career, Governor Baker has been a leader of complex organizations in business and in government. As a member of the Weld and Cellucci Administrations in the 1990s, Baker helped turn a billion-dollar deficit into a surplus, create a half million jobs, and enact an ambitious education reform agenda. As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Baker led efforts made Massachusetts’ social service system more humane, cost-effective and responsive to the needs of the Commonwealth’s residents. In 1994, Baker was appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance, overseeing a number of cost-saving reforms, modernizing state government and making it more efficient. Governor Baker was recognized by the National Governors’ Association in 1998 who rewarded him with the Distinguished Service Award.

As Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker led the company out of receivership to become the top healthcare plan in the country for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness. During Baker’s tenure, Harvard Pilgrim was named one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places To Work” for seven years in a row. Raised in Needham, Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Governor Baker and his wife, Lauren, have been heavily involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors. They live in Swampscott, and have three children: Charlie, AJ, and Caroline. Premier Sponsor:


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2015 Annual Membership Directory & Community Resource Guide


Currently being mailed to our members is the 2015 edition of our Annual Membership Directory & Community Resource Guide. This guide provides a valuable resource to members of our community, businesses, those looking to visit or relocate to the area and more. If you have not yet received your copy, would like additional copies or have any questions regarding the publication, please contact Rebecca Laliberte at 508-999-5231, ext. 27 or email




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The fair, which was made available to the entire sophomore class, featured oral presentations from 12 different local employers covering a wide range “priority industries”, such as offshore wind, advanced manufacturing, information technology and finance.

Jeffrey Stieb, Executive Director of the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission, speaking to the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School staff at the March 9th “Connecting Activities Career Fair” about New Bedford’s working waterfront, the city’s “re-generation” report, and what it will mean for jobs for the Greater New Bedford Region. was also time for staff Q&A for all of our presenters about latest trends and best hiring practices in their particular industries.

Welcome New Members Rua-Dumont-Audet Insurance Agency, Inc. P. O. Box 2575 Fall River, MA 02722 Phone: (508) 673-5808 INEX ADVISORS LLC 56 North Water Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 415-5022 Imagemakers Photographic Artists 388 County St. New Bedford, MA 0274 Phone: (508) 996-3235 TrueBlue/Labor Ready 400 Rhode Island Ave. Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: (774) 704-0693 J.K. Olivieri Ins. Agency, Inc. 64 East Grove St. Middleboro, MA 02346 Phone: (508) 947-1818 10

connections in the community can only mean new more co-op and employment opportunities for our students.”

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 The presenting employers covered Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment topics such as: latest industry trends, Board and Youth Council, Bristol Community current technology in the workplace, College and the New Bedford Area Chamber proper business etiquette and hiring of Commerce, promotes the connecting of practices. academic and workplace learning through Connecting Activities workplace internships. “Anytime we can get employers into our local schools to speak with students Area employers assist High School seniors to make more informed decisions about their about career paths and latest trends future education and career choices. Currently in their industries, it’s a ‘win-win’ for we service students at Dartmouth High School, everyone,” said New Bedford Area Fairhaven High School, Global Learning Chamber of Commerce Workforce & Charter Public School, New Bedford High Business Development Manager Ian Abreu. “Hopefully, these professionals School, and Old Rochester Regional High School. More information about the partnership will provide new, innovative ways to is available at or approach college and career readiness by calling (508) 999-5231. for these students. New business

Good Morning SouthCoast! Features COO of Boston 2024 & Small Business of the Year Award Presentation (continued from page 4) based US Ireland Business Partnership, an economic development advocacy firm that worked with Irish-based companies looking to locate, expand or partner in the United States.

Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and the Boston’s Future Leaders Program at Harvard Business School.

From 2002 to 2011, Murphy served on the management team of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, a regional economic development group with 1,500 member companies. There she served as VP of Communications, responsible for public relations, marketing, and strategic planning for the organization. From 2000 to 2002, she served on the crisis communications team for Polaroid Corporation during the bankruptcy filing for this iconic American brand.

The cost is just $25 for members, $45 for non-members and $200 for a table of ten and includes a buffet breakfast. Pre-registration is required. To reserve a seat for the Good Morning SouthCoast please contact the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508-999-5231, ext. 26 or visit

Murphy began her career in politics, on the campaigns and in the administrations of Governors William

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1. Nearly 500 business leaders attended the State of the City luncheon to hear from City of New Bedford Mayor, Jon Mitchell. 2. The SouthCoast Jobs Fair helped connect nearly 1,000 job seekers with over 115 employers.

3. Guests at the March Business After Hours at the Hampton Inn/Fairhaven.


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5. Guests at the March Business After Hours at the Hampton Inn/Fairhaven 6. Mayor Jon Mitchell delivering his State of the City Address for the City of New Bedford. 7. A wide variety of employers participated in the SouthCoast Jobs Fair looking to hire. 8. Guests at the April Business After Hours at the Waypoint Event Center, sponsored by BayCoast Bank, Partners Insurance Group & Lafrance Hospitality. 11

Calendar of Chamber Committee Meetings Contact the Chamber office for more information on any of these committees. May SouthCoast CEO Roundtable - Tuesday, May 5th- 7:30 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting - Thursday, May 7th - 8:30 a.m. Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, May 8th - 8:30 a.m. Ambassador’s Council Meeting - Friday, May 8th - 11:45 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, May 21st - 8:30 a.m. Young Professionals Leadership Team Meeting - Friday, May 29th - 9:00 a.m. June SouthCoast CEO Roundtable - Tuesday, June 2nd- 7:30 a.m. Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, June 12th - 8:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, June 25th - 8:30 a.m. Young Professionals Leadership Team Meeting - Friday, June 26th - 9:00 a.m. July Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, July 10th - 8:30 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting - Thursday, July 16th - 8:30 a.m. Young Professionals Leadership Team Meeting - Friday, July 31st - 9:00 a.m.

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May - June Featured Member Discounts New Bedford Symphony Orchestra New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is offering Chamber Members Discounted Concert Tickets 10% discount plus no ticketing fees on individual concert tickets now through end of 2015-16 season.

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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

SCYPN V.I.P (Volunteer Initiative Project) May 20th at Sharing the Harvest

Join other young professionals for an afternoon of volunteering at the Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA on Weds. May 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sharing the Harvest Community Farm is a non-profit, volunteer-driven farm that aims to help fight hunger in our community. It was established in 2006 to reduce hunger, create volunteer stewardship and increase agricultural education. Charged with the hunger relief mission, as well as community stewardship and agricultural education, Sharing the Harvest hosts thousands of volunteers each season working together to grow food for our neighbors. Volunteers in the first seven seasons of Sharing the Harvest grew and donated more than

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Volunteers should dress comfortably and be prepared to get dirty. For questions or to sign up, please contact Rebecca Laliberte at 508-999-5231 ext. 27 or email Not a member of the SCYPN? Chamber members can join the SCYPN online for free at For more information about the SCYPN or to become a sponsor, email or call 508-999-5231, ext. 27.

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Chamber Member Spotlight: BYT by BYT “We offer diagnosis and repair of PCs, Macs, phones and tablets. We buy and sell these items as well” said BYT by BYT owner Matthew Daniels. “We also offer managed service plans for businesses and home users and also Wordpress-based web design. We are truly a one-stop tech shop!”

The only problem with troubleshooting is that sometimes trouble shoots back..

Don’t have time to deal with those extensive installations, software updates or frustrating pop-ups? Daniels and his wife, Sarah, along with a dedicated IT staff are able to terminate those issues and many more!

“Our company is the best at what we do because we have to be the best. In this type of industry our competition And when it does, BYT by BYT has is established, fierce and plentiful,” the solution. explained Daniels. “Word of mouth Located at 119 Alden Rd. in Fairhaven, and referrals will absolutely make or break a service based business, MA, this technology shop specializes in everything from computer diagnosis therefore, it’s so very important to and repairs to managing service plans. make sure every single one of our

Chamber Tourism & Travel Update

A new director for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has been announced. Richard Doucette is a Swampscott resident; he is an alumnus of Hill Holliday and recently the CEO of Shopper Marketing. He has taken office as of April 13, 2015. Tourism Day will be held on May 13th this year, at the Statehouse. The SMVB would like to thank Wicked Kickin’ Cheesecakes for their generous food sponsorship. Bristol County’s flavorful culinary inspirations will be well represented by Wicked Kickin’s unique take on savory cheesecakes. We’ll be handing out samples of their famous “New Beige” and “Wicked Kickin’ Chicken” cakes while discussing the important impact tourism has on the state’s economy. Any member attraction that would like to display 14

brochures at the SMVB’s table during Tourism Day should send no more than 100 brochures to 794 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740 no later than May 12th. There are still a few slots available for the SMVB’s upcoming Boston Traveler email campaign. The campaign is a dedicated email blast that is sent to the Boston Globe’s Boston Traveler subscriber list, which contains more than 100,000 subscribers interested in travel deals around MA. The ad will launch on May 14th. Any business interested in participating, or finding out more about costs should contact Ellie Fragata at (508) 999-5231 ext. 29. Payment and artwork deadline must be submitted no later than May 11th.

clients are ecstatic with our service and role in enriching the quality of life for will sing our praises to anyone who will the people who live in it,” said Daniels. listen!” We are currently in the midst of a fundraising drive to provide backpacks Daniels realizes that in order for a and school supplies to children in business to be successful, they must New Bedford who cannot afford these first become an active member from things. We also have an upcoming within the community. plan to donate refurbished laptops to children who may not have access to a “Our entire customer base is made computer at home.” up of our neighbors, friends, family and fellow small business owners. If you would like more information It’s our responsibility to ensure our about BYT by BYT, please contact communities are well taken care them at (508) 994-7000, or, feel free to of. Without the support of our log on to their website at community, we do not exist” he acknowledged. Daniels views his membership with the New Bedford Area Chamber as an approach to build the SouthCoast community into a better region to reside, work and do commerce in. “BYT by BYT is committed to the community and making sure we play a

Chamber Seeks Member Input on New Bedford Casino Proposal As you may know, the City of New Bedford recently signed a “Host Community Agreement” with New York-based developer, KG Urban Enterprises, who plans to develop a waterfront gaming casino in New Bedford. This topic has brought on many opinions in the business community when considering both the pros and cons of the proposed waterfront gaming casino. The impact of a casino in New Bedford could be significant to our business community in New Bedford and the SouthCoast.

It is important that the Chamber hears from you as our opinion as a business organization is to support our members and we can only speak on your behalf if we hear from you. We would be happy to keep your comments confidential or share them if you prefer. Please let us know your preference when you respond. The full host agreement can be read here: blog/

Please send your comments to The Chamber would like to hear from you, our members, on your opinions as to the level of support or opposition.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Doctors Express The New Bedford Area Chamber will join AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Urgent Care Center located at 119 Coggeshall Street, New Bedford, MA 02746. All are welcome to attend. To celebrate its grand opening, Doctors Express Urgent Care will be hosting a social gathering following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours of the new Urgent Care Center facility will be available to all attendees. The dress code will be business attire and light refreshments will be served throughout the event. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ian Abreu at (508) 999-5231, ext. 24 or by email at

Community Workshop on Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Supported Employment Network Committee invites you to attend an informative discussion with Kim Thacker, Benefits Specialist for an explanation of how employment affects Social Security, SSI, SSDI, Mass Health and Ticket to Work Benefits. This event will be held on Tuesday, May 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Wilks Library-City of New Bedford, 1911 Acushnet Avenue at Covell Street, New Bedford, MA 02745. For more information call Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508-999-5231 ext. 28.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Location: Bittersweet Farm Topic: Annual Meeting and Induction of Officers Cost: TBA

ENTERPRISING MINDS by Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator

Multi Skilled Employee Successfully Employed at Wendy’s Restaurant Sarah Isabelle has been employed at the Wendy’s on Route 6 in Dartmouth, MA since September 2014. In the past 9 months, Ms. Isabelle has shown herself to be a successful and skilled employee. Mark Jardin, the Employment Manager at Lifestream, Inc. says, “We are very proud of all that Sarah has accomplished at her place of employment.” Ms. Isabelle’s duties at Wendy’s include sweeping and cleaning the dining room, washing windows, emptying trash, wiping food trays, changing cartridges in the soda machine, making coffee and tea, stocking condiments and cleaning the fireplace located in the dining room. Ms. Isabelle says she loves working at Wendy’s. She adds, “I really look forward to going to work. I have made new friends at work and I get along with all my co-workers and managers. It is the best job I have ever had.”

using her laptop and tablet. Sarah also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Isabelle is an avid Disney fan and enjoys going to Disney World. She is eagerly saving her money to go on a Disney Cruise in the future. 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 at 508-999-5231 extension 28.

In her free time Ms. Isabelle enjoys listening to music and dancing. She also enjoys playing Uno and spending time

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New Bedford Area Chamber Calendar - Upcoming Events SouthCoast Women’s Forum

May Business After Hours

Thursday, May 7th 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 14th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hawthorne Country Club 970 Tucker Road Dartmouth, MA 02740

Bristol Community College 800 Purchase St. Room 216 & 219 New Bedford, MA 02740

$40 Members $50 Non-Members

Members - Free Non-Members - $25

SouthCoast Emerging Leader Awards Thursday, June 4th 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA $25 per person

Membership Campaign Tues. & Weds. June 9th & 10th 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Chamber Office 794 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA Volunteers Needed

Good Morning SouthCoast! & Small Business of the Year Award Thursday, June 18th 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Rachel’s Lakeside 950 State Road Dartmouth, MA $25 Members $45 Non-Members $200 Member table of ten

June Business After Hours Thursday, June 25th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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