The New Bedford Area
Chamber Focus Business News for and about Members of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
Inside July - August 2016 Membership Campaign Update ...........2 Connecting Activities..............................3 Annual Golf Tournament......................5 Good News ..............................................6 Member Spotlight Article ....................12 Featured Member Discounts ...............13 SCYPN Event Photos.........................14
July - August 2016
SouthCoast Legislative Lunch with Businesses Recognized with Awards at Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, Karyn Polito Good Morning SouthCoast! The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and BankFive are pleased to recognize the significant contributions and achievements of the region’s businesses with the presentation of the 2016 New Bedford Area Business of the Year Awards in the categories of Small Business, Large Business and Non-profit/ Educational Institution. The awards were presented in June at a special ediPolito will discuss what is in store on tion of the Chamber’s Good Morning The June Good Mornings SouthCoast featured keynote speaker, Randy Helm, Beacon Hill for the business community. SouthCoast! business series. interim Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth. Afterwards, attendees will have the This year’s Small Business of the Year opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Lieutenant Governor. Award was presented to The Pasta turnover rate, The Pasta House is reThe legislative delegation has also been House. Located in Fairhaven, The Pasta markable in that most staff tend to stay House, which was established in 2001 with the restaurant. They offer a range invited to participate. and employs about 45 is well-known for of positions and prepare their employLieutenant Governor Polito began her their high quality food, beverages and ees for success both in business and life. The New Bedford Area Chamber of public service in local government, service. The Pasta House cultivates a During the recession, the Pasta House Commerce and Fall River Area Chamber serving as a member of the Shrewsbury sense of community making every guest had to cope with rising cost of goods of Commerce will bring Beacon Hill to Board of Selectmen. She then expanded feel at home and that they matter. In an and utilities without passing those costs the Greater New Bedford Area when industry that is known for high staff continued on page 4. it hosts Lieutenant Governor Polito continued on page 8. as the keynote speaker of the 2016 SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon at Rachel’s Lakeside, 950 State Rd, Dartmouth, MA, on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The event is being sponsored by Southcoast Health System, and cosponsors, Southern Mass Credit Union, Saint Anne’s Hospital, St. Anne’s Credit Union and BayCoast Bank.
• Chamber is seeking volunteers for our annual membership campaign. More information on page 3. • The Annual Golf Tournament is quickly approaching , find out more information and how to get involved on page 5. • Update from the Southeastern MA Visitors Bureau - page 14 • Save the date for our annual sunset cruise - page 13
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Rebecca Laliberte • Photographer: Rebecca Laliberte 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 Gerry Kavanaugh, UMASS-Dartmouth Chuck Lord, AHEAD Lynne Mastera, Precix Lynn Motta, BankFive Peter J. Muise, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union Caroline Paradis, Junior Achievement John Sbrega, Bristol Community College John Silva, Santander Bank A. Jack Silva, Bristol County Savings Bank Robert Unger, Unger LeBlanc Nate Weare, Fairfield Inn & Suites 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 & Events Manager - Deven Tillman - Ext. 26 Membership Development Account Representative - Alex Paleologos - Ext. 29 Tourism & Marketing Coordinator - Kelli Munroe - Ext. 22
A Message from the 2016 Membership Drive Chair
We need your help! As a business organization, new member growth is important to the vitality of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Members help shape the organization through their investment, voice and involvement.
unteers that have already stepped up to support this campaign and share information about their positive experiences and the many benefits of membership. But, we still need help to insure a successful effort and hope that you will consider being a part of this new member recruitment initiative or, if you know someone who isn’t already a member, tell them about the many benefits membership offers.
Lynn A. Motta As a member of the ChamFirst Vice President ber’s Board of Directors, Commercial Services Chair of the Ambassadors’ Division, Bank Five Council, and 2016 Membership Campaign Chair, I am writing to ask that you participate in this year’s effort to recruit new members We have a great story to tell, as the to our organization. Chamber offers so many programs that are cost-effective, convenient and benOur Membership Campaign, scheduled eficial to business success. Now is the for September 13th & 14th, serves as time to give the Chamber’s financial and a tremendous opportunity to not only membership efforts a solid boost! grow the Chamber’s membership, but grow our ability to better serve New Members who would like to particiBedford and the SouthCoast. Member- pate in the “New Member Campaign”, ship growth will give us an even stronger please contact Ian Abreu, Manager of voice to impact business interests. New Workforce & Business Development at: members mean more businesses enter (508) 999-5231, ext.24, or, via email at into our network to do business with email@example.com. one another. New members help bring new ideas and perspectives to the table. There has never been a better time to New members also bring new energy join! On behalf of the Board of Directo the Chamber that changes and chal- tors, thank you for your commitment lenges the organization to be respon- and effort. The Chamber would not be sive, progressive and innovative. Mem- what it is today without the dedication bership growth also helps to strengthen and support of our membership. the Chamber financially and provides resources that allow us to continue to Sincerely, expand our programs and services. Lynn A. Motta This September, the Chamber will be First Vice President reaching out to thousands of businesses Commercial Services Division in the area that are not yet benefiting Bank Five from Chamber membership. We have terrific and committed member vol-
Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership By: Ian Abreu neering academy). The high school will be adding an Academy of Finance, Information Technology, and Health Sciences.
New Bedford High School Approved for Three New NAF Academies On Tuesday, May 31st, New Bedford High School announced it has graduated from the National Academy Foundation. The announcement means the high school will be adding three new academies during the fall 2016 semester (in addition to its already existing engi-
New Bedford High School is one of eight in the country to successfully graduate three academies at once from the NAF. Of course, the academies at the high school wouldn’t have achieved its recent success if not for the hard work of the volunteers and community leaders who have sat on the Education Industry Career Council (EICC) Committee. The Committee, which is comprised of local business leaders, has met monthly for over three years and has helped oversee the implementation of the curriculum.
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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. Preferably, we’d like to start placing these students As a valued employer in our region, the by the beginning of July. For more inChamber, Connecting Activities and the formation, contact Connecting ActiviEICC Committee over at New Bedford ties at 508-999-5231. High School are still looking for paid summer internship host sites. In collab- About the Connecting Activities Partnership oration with New Bedford High School, The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership, a collaboration of the City of New Bedford we are still seeking paid internship op- Ofﬁce of the Mayor, the Greater New Bedford Workportunities for rising juniors and seniors force Investment Board and Youth Council, Bristol who are part of NBHS’s Academies. Community College and the New Bedford Area ChamThrough this endeavor, your company ber of Commerce, promotes the connecting of academic and workplace learning through Connecting Activities will have the distinct opportunity to pro- workplace internships. Area employers assist High vide an authentic work experience and School seniors to make more informed decisions about their future education and career choices. Currently we shape your future workforce. service students at Dartmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, Global Learning Charter Public School, Typical summer internship opportuni- New Bedford High School, and Old Rochester Regional ties consist of 120 hours of paid work High School. More information about the partnership is experience which can be tailored to available at www.newbedfordchamber.com or by calling (508) 999-5231.
your specific needs. For example, students may work 20 hours per week for
New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Member Campaign The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Membership Campaign on September 13th & 14th. This new member campaign will include reaching out to nearly 5,000 businesses in the Greater New Bedford area that are not yet benefiting from Chamber membership. The campaign will include an email invitation and personal phone calls from business leaders in the region encouraging them to join the Chamber. Lynn Motta, First Vice President of the Commercial Services Division, will chair this special campaign. In addition, nearly 80 business leaders have volunteered to help recruit new members to the Chamber by sharing information about their positive experiences and the many benefits of Chamber membership. “As a membership organization, our members are the lifeblood of our organization and it’s beneficial for us to add
new business members who bring with them new viewpoints and ideas and ensures that we are truly representing the needs of our business community to our fullest potential,” said Motta chair of the campaign. The Chamber provides numerous services for 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. Highlighting the campaign will be a twoday, four-session phone-a-thon at the In addition, the Chamber’s New Mem- Chamber’s offices on September 13th & ber Campaign will feature several “join 14th. Volunteers will be competing for now” incentives for businesses and or- bragging rights as the top recruiter and ganizations that enroll with the Cham- some great prizes including overnight ber, including free advertising, web site trips, gift certificates to restaurants and listings, admission to Chamber network- stores, and much more. ing programs and more.
Businesses interested in joining the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce or supporting the New Member Campaign should contact Ian Abreu, Manager Workforce & Business Development at (508) 999-5231 ext. 24 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber Presents Business Awards (continued from front cover)
Ginny Motta, Mario Ribeiro and Raquel Ribeiro from The Pasta House accepting the Small Business of the Year Award.
Rayana Grace, Jim Scherer, Tara Pacheco, and Elizabeth Burns accepting the award for the New Bedford YMCA. and stone fabrication, providing a one stop location for their customers. They continue to grow by adding new clients, growing their service territory and adding new jobs. The other 4 businesses nominated for this year’s award were: AHEAD, Acushnet Company, US Drywall Inc and CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Michael Tavares of Horacio’s, Inc. accepting the Large Business of the Year Award. onto the customer. They focused on This year’s Large Business of the Year volume sales and was able to grow the award was presented to Horacio’s Inc. catering business during this time. Located in New Bedford, Horacio’s Inc. is a leading fabricator of stainless steel The other 9 businesses nominated for products for a wide variety of industries this year’s award were: SERVPRO, Flour using innovative technology and tradiGirls Baking Company, Quahog Repub- tional tools. Horacio’s is a second genlic Whalers’ Tavern, Celia’s Boutique, eration family business that employs 65, SEASTREAK, Hope Yoga Studio/LA mostly SouthCoast residents and many Cycle Studio, Doctors Express, Fairfield who have been with the company over Inn & Suites, WayPoint Event Center 20 years. Horacio’s has responded to and Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memo- economic changes by diversifying serrial Tribute and Rock Funeral Home vice in other areas including millwork 4
This year’s Non-Profit of the Year was presented to the New Bedford YMCA. The New Bedford YMCA is dedicated to serving the mission of the organization to strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established in 1867 and with a staff of 90, the New Bedford YMCA is making an impact on the community through its various programs that support youth development and healthy living. The YMCA works to ensure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Child and Family Services, Better Community Living, Rail to Boston Coalition, Interise and New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! 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 “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 The other 8 non-profit/educational submitted nominations for the awards. institutions nominated for this year’s award were: UMASS Charlton College of Business, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Devin Laubi Foundation,
Golf Tournament - September 6, 2016
“The Essentials of Great Mentoring” July 29 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Calling all golfers! Dust off your clubs and plan to join us for the Chamber invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the Country Club of New Bedford located in Dartmouth, MA. This beautiful 18hole 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!
Golf Cart Sponsor - $1,000 Company name displayed on golf carts, one complimentary spot in the tournament and an ¼ page ad*
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.
Practice Green Sponsor - $250 Two tee signs with your company name and an ⅛ page ad*
Tournament Co-Sponsor - $2,500 Company name displayed on all marketing pieces, complimentary foursome at the tournament and more!
Raffle & Gift Bag Contributors - A great opportunity to showcase what your company has to offer
Shirt Sponsor - $2,000 Company logo on golf shirts, two complimentary spots at the tournament and a ½ page ad*
For information on reservations or sponsorship opportunities, please call the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508-999-5231 or email: email@example.com
Hat Sponsor - $1,500 Company logo displayed on golf hats, one complimentary spot in the tournament and a ¼ page ad*
Beverage Sponsor - $1,250 Company name on beverage cart, logo or business card attached to each drink voucher (1 per player) and an ¼ page ad*
Friday Forums are free but registration is required. Registration is available online at www.newbedfordchamber. com or by calling 508-999-5231.
“The Essentials of Great Mentoring” is a compelling presentation delivered by Alan Wheelock, President of Jones River Consulting and long time executive at Iron Mountain. Delivered in an engaging, humorous and crystal clear style, this presentation will lay out the incredible value of formal mentoring programs tailored for the needs of your business.
Lunch Sponsor - $750 Company banner displayed at lunch buffet (banner provided by sponsor), option to display literature on table near lunch buffet and an ⅛ page ad*
Guide & Golf Sponsors - $150 Tee-sign displaying your company’s name posted at one of the holes and an ⅛ page ad* Hole Sponsors - $100 per hole Tee-sign at one of the holes
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Prize Sponsor - $1,500 Sticker with company logo displayed on each raffle bag, one complimentary spot in the tournament and a ¼ page ad*
Good News! Darn It! Celebrates 20 Years of Garment Residence Inn by Marriott New Bedford Inspection and Repair! Dartmouth “Light it up Blue in April” in Honor of Autism Awareness Darn It! is very excited to announce Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates the their 2 0 t h start of it’s signature campaign “Light It Up anniversary. It’s hard Blue” for the month of April. After fundraising to believe that it has for the entire month for Autism Speaks “Light been 20 years since it up Blue” campaign, the employees at the they started a new Residence Inn New Bedford Dartmouth venture Inspecting raised almost twice the amount raised in 2015. and Repairing Garments. Over the years, they Last year the hotel raised $1090. This year the have evolved from a cut and sew manufacturing hotel collect $2025.50 exceeding the goal of operation into a full service Quality Inspection $1500 for 2016. and Warehouse / Distribution business. “So many people are affected by Autism and Back in 1996 Darn It! borrowed 4-6 people as a company, we realized just how many and from Ronnie Manufacturing to inspect and that we wanted to help” said Residence Inn repair a large load of pants from Mexico. General Manager, Monica Gouin. “We Today, you might walk in to the main building participated last year by Lighting It Up Blue and see 120 people working on 15-20 different but this year, Hersha Hospitality Management projects that have come from dozens of as a company vowed to raise $150,000 countries that we had never even heard of company wide. I encouraged my team to get back then. Even though their niche has always involved. I thought it was something we could been in the garment industry, they are now really get behind – and we did!” performing similar inspections and repairs on many other types of items such as shoes, The entire team is proud of the amount raised jewelry, accessories, toys, books and other hard and looking forward to participating again next goods. year. In 2006, they started their new Warehouse and Distribution division so that they are now a one-stop facility for all Apparel and Hard goods services. Darn It! works with many retailers, wholesalers, and importers and house their goods for distribution to their Wholesale and E-Commerce customers. Darn it! has been very lucky to have such a dedicated staff with them over the many years, and most recently, they are very glad to have a very experienced management and supervisory staff on board.
BankFive’s Maria Pinarreta Named a 2016 Community Bank Hero by Banker & Tradesman Maria O. Pinarreta, a BankFive executive with more than 45 years’ experience in the banking industry, has been named by Banker & Tradesman as a 2016 Community Bank Hero. Pinarreta, who is Vice President in Retail Administration at BankFive, is among 12 recipients of the prestigious award. She and the other winners were honored at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Hyatt Regency Boston hotel. They were also highlighted in a special section in the May 16 issue of Banker & Tradesman.
To this day, their customers continue to challenge them with many different quality issues that arise. This has given Darn It! many opportunities to broaden thier expertise in many different areas and offer many more valuable services. Most recently, the addition of a 8,000 cubic foot ozone room has been added to aid with Mold Remediation and Oder Removal from many different types of items. Darn It! hopes their customers continue to challenge them in the years to come. Thank According to the financial publication, nominees were required to meet all of the you again for a great 20 years!! following requirements: 6
• A Massachusetts community bank employee. • Someone who consistently gives back to the industry and the community, giving freely of their time, energy and resources for volunteerism, community service and charity. • A respected industry professional who has made a significant impact on those around them. • An outstanding contributor to their institution – a positive influence on peers and subordinates, and the industry as a whole.
Pinarreta also had longtime involvement with The English Works Campaign, which is a unique coalition of immigrant community leaders, labor unions, business and civic leaders, educators, and advocates across Massachusetts. The organization was the driving force behind the establishment of a sustainable, high-quality English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) system, which addresses the needs of immigrants and their employers. She currently resides on the Advisory Board of New Bedford Public Schools for Division of An Azorean immigrant, Pinarreta’s success Adult Continuing Education. brought her up through the ranks at Luzo Community Bank before it was acquired by She also sits on the board of the Greater New BankFive nearly a decade ago. She got her Bedford Workforce Investment, which start as a teenager working after school as a provides employment and education training bank clerk. She then worked in Luzo’s loan, and connects employers and job seekers. She accounting, and treasury departments before is a Chamber Ambassador for the New rising to the top spot of President. Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the United Way of Greater New Pinarreta’s passion for banking is rivaled only Bedford’s Cabinet Committee. by her passion for serving her community, according to Catherine Dillon, BankFive Senior Vice President and Director of John Vasconcellos To Serve As New Marketing, Sales and Business Development. President Of The Community Foundation Of Southeastern Massachusetts “It’s incredible how Maria has touched the lives of so many people with her unselfish The Community Foundation of Southeastern desire to help others,” Dillon said. “She is truly Massachusetts is a hero and an exemplary role model in our pleased to community.” announce that New Bedford Pinarreta’s community involvement is extensive native John and nearly unparalleled. She has served on the Vasconcellos will YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts Board serve as the next of Directors since 2012, and has served as the president of the Board Treasurer since 2014. She is also a Community Foundation of Southeastern member of the following YWCA committees: Massachusetts beginning August 1, 2016. Executive, Capital Campaign Strategic Planning, Governance, Membership and John is a visionary collaborator and change Investment Committee. leader who has extensive not-for-profit and fundraising experience and was chosen from She is also on the finance committee for Our a field of over 80 applicants. Through the Sister School, a tuition-free independent school generosity of the Carney Family Foundation, for girls from low-income families. the Search Committee had the expert guidance of Janet Atkins of Ridgeway Philanthropy. In addition, Pinarreta is dedicated to supporting The committee sorted and ranked the organizations that provide resources and applicants on intellectual leadership, vision, programs to immigrants, something that she financial acumen and fundraising as well as can personally relate to, having moved to the management experience. United States at the age of 12. She has been a board member for the Immigrants Assistance Most recently, John served as Senior Regional Center (IAC) for the past five years. The IAC Director for the Southeast and Boston regions was established in 1971 to help immigrants of The Trustees of Reservations. Other overcome language, cultural and economic experience includes Managing Director of barriers. Development and Marketing for the Gay
Good News! Men’s Health Crisis, Vice President of Development and Communications at the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Director of Development for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
about the particular needs of Southcoast residents, including coastal property and flood insurance. We look forward to having her assist our clients.”
United Way of Greater New Bedford “The Board of Directors of the Community Donation Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is grateful to the Search Committee for selecting St. Anne’s Credit Union has continued their such an outstanding candidate,” said Board support of the United Way of Greater New Chairman Seth Garfield. “We are looking Bedford by forward to working with John and taking providing the advantage of his visionary energy and extensive organization with experience.” a $5,000 grant, which will be “The opportunity to work with the Board to reinvested into the lead the Community Foundation into its next c o m m u n i t y, twenty years is exciting, vital and humbling,” helping those that need it the most. In Mr. Vasconcellos stated. “ There is such great addition to this work occurring in our region in the realms of the arts and culture, education, environment, grant, St. Anne’s supports the United Way social services, health and community through their annual events such as the Stamp revitalization, and I look forward to our out Hunger Food Drive and the Annual Community Foundation expanding its role as Clambake. a key player in moving those initiatives forward. I am honored to be asked to lead this important For over 60 years, United Way of Greater New effort.” Bedford has been a leader in raising both individual and corporate investments as well Paul & Dixon Insurance Welcomes New as mobilizing volunteers. United Way brings Account Manager Cecilia M. Senra together volunteers, donors, businesses and other local nonprofit organizations create the Paul & Dixon community investments that work to advance Insurance is pleased the common good. The dollars raised through to welcome Cecilia M. our annual fundraising campaign are funneled Senra as an Account back into the community, supporting local Manager to the programs that address a wide spectrum of agency serving clients needs and target specific outcomes. Its service across the Southcoast. area, which has a population in excess of Ms. Senra brings over 197,000, includes the City of New Bedford 20 years of experience and is licensed in and surrounding towns of Acushnet, personal lines insurance. Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham. Previous to joining Paul & Dixon Insurance, Ms. Senra served as a client service When you support United Way, you are representative for three local insurance investing in the community – keeping agencies. She is an expert in home, auto, boat, neighborhoods safe, helping children & youth, and umbrella insurance, as well as other forms and making sure everyone has access to the of personal lines insurance. She brings years most basic human needs. St. Anne’s is proud of experience helping clients understand the to support their local communities through complexities of specific insurance products. the United Way’s endeavors. Said Steve Connulty, Owner and President of Paul & Dixon Insurance stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Cecilia to our team. She brings a depth of experience in personal insurance lines and is a long-time resident of the Southcoast. She is extremely knowledgeable
Krajewski of Swansea, MA- First employee to celebrate 30 years of Service at Community Connections, Inc. Community Connections Inc. is celebrating Chief Operating Officer, Joseph Krajewski’s
30 years of service to the organization. Mr. Krajewski began his career at CCI as a Case Manager and Vocational Evaluator for the Fall River Employment Program on 6/30/1986. His natural way of working with people with intellectual and physical disabilities and his talents in working in human service administration soon paved his way to a path of promotions through the organization. He has held nearly every management position at CCI since 1985, as the Manager of the Fall River Employment Services, Director of Employment and Residential Services, Regional Director and Vice President of Programs covering the Cape Cod, Plymouth, New Bedford, and Fall River Areas and finally to his current promotion in September, 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. This position is responsible for overseeing a $15M budget and over 300 employees. “Joe is an invaluable member of the Community Connections team. He is well liked and respected by his fellow employees, colleagues, people we serve and many of their family members. He leads with a sense of humor and purpose and has made an indelible mark on this fine organization.” said Donna Sabecky, Founder, President and CEO. Mr. Krajewski holds a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Assumption College, Worcester, MA. He and his spouse, Jackie, are parents of two adult children. He is a long time volunteer of Special Olympics and is an avid golfer. Buttonwood Park Zoo welcomes new veterinarian. Dr. Whitney Greene takes the helm of the Zoo’s veterinary hospital. Buttonwood Park Zoo Director, Keith Lovett stated that “we are very excited for Dr. Greene to lead the veterinary programs at the Zoo. She brings a great mixture of education, experience, and energy to this position.” Greene who grew up in both South Dartmouth and on a farm in northern New Hampshire attended Friends and Tabor Academy. Dr. Greene was first exposed to the world of veterinary medicine while interning at the Living Seas in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. She holds an
undergraduate degree in Biology from Connecticut College and a Masters of Science in comparative immunology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Whitney attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in California which emphasizes problem based learning and hands-on experience. She completed rotations at San Diego Zoo, Mystic Aquarium, San Diego Zoo Wild Safari Park, Georgia Aquarium, Denver Zoo, Angell Memorial, The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, CA), the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, and specialty hospitals throughout California. Additionally, Dr. Greene interned at the Buttonwood Park Zoo veterinary hospital in the summer of 2013. Dr. Greene moved back to Massachusetts after completing her studies and recently celebrated her marriage to Josh Huntsman. She has served as a teaching assistant in Anatomy and Physiology at UMASS Dartmouth and has published research papers on dolphin cognition and behavior and comparative immunology. Dr. Greene is excited to join the team at Buttonwood Park Zoo and says she “is eager to bring more research and educational programs to the zoo and is excited to work with rescue, rehabilitation and conservation”. In her role as the BPZ Veterinarian, Dr. Greene will lead all of the Zoo’s veterinary activities including programs focused on general veterinary care, preventative animal medicine, animal nutrition, wildlife rehabilitation, and animal wellness. Additionally, Dr. Greene will be highly involved in further developing the Zoo’s endangered species conservation and research science programs.
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SouthCoast Legislative Lunch with Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, Karyn Polito (continued from front cover)
her work to the state level, serving as a member of the State Lottery Commission. Then, in 2001, Polito ran for State Representative and won, proudly representing the residents of the 11th Worcester District (Shrewsbury and Westborough) for five terms.
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In her time on Beacon Hill, Polito was a leading advocate for the passage of “Jessica’s Law,” a bill which would establish tough mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders. Her advocacy paid off in 2008, when she worked with her Democratic colleagues to pass tougher sentencing legislation and require District Attorneys to file more comprehensive reports about child sex offenses in Massachusetts.
The 2015 Legislative Luncheon featured Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker as the keynote speaker.
the issuance of special license plates with the Red Sox and Jimmy Fund insignias. Since that bill was passed, the Red Sox special-issued license plates have raised more than $7,000,000 to date for the Lieutenant Governor Polito understands Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer the strain on local budgets, and worked Institute and the Red Sox Foundation. relentlessly to secure increases in local aid, Chapter 70 school aid, Special Lieutenant Governor Polito is a lifelong Education aid, and Special Education resident of Shrewsbury, where she owns transportation aid, as well as for local and operates a commercial real estate grant funding. Throughout her term development firm and lives with her in office, Polito advocated for a safer husband and two young children. Commonwealth by filing legislation in a number of key areas: cracking down on drunk drivers, requiring defibrillators in public schools, and strengthening the experience requirements for young drivers. Polito has also worked hard to promote jobs and economic development, especially encouraging young people to explore careers in science and technology. She served on the Robert H. Goddard Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, and she hosted the annual “Women in Science” conference in Worcester. She is a board member of the Worcester Area Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce. Lieutenant Governor Polito also believes strongly in giving back to the community. Her first major legislative initiative in 2003 was to file legislation allowing for
The SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon is a great opportunity for business and community leaders to meet with legislators and hear first hand what is in store on Beacon Hill for the business community. Invited legislators include Senators Mark Montigny and Michael Rodrigues; Representatives Antonio Cabral, Robert Koczera, Susan Williams Gifford, Christopher Markey, Keiko Orrall, Paul A. Schmid, William M. Straus, Mayor Jon Mitchell and others. Check-in for the event starts at 11:15 a.m., with the luncheon beginning at 11:30. The cost of the luncheon is $45 for members and $55 for non-members, with tables of 10 also available. Advance reservations are required by Friday, July 8th and can be easily made by calling the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508-999-5231, ext. 26 or online at www.newbedfordchamber. com.
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Sleepy’s 370 State Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 993-0957
Beacon Compassion Center, Inc. 900 Washington St., Suite A Norwood, MA 02062 Phone: (508) 735-8682
Jim Pike Plastering 123 Locust Street , Apt #1 New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 933-5029
Tasca Nissan Dartmouth 483 State Road North Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 996-3200
Byron R. Ford Jr., Realtor - Weichert Realtor 226 Maple Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 999-6621
Long Plain Service 1142 Main Street Acushnet, MA 02743 Phone: (508) 763-2676
Tegra Medical 8 Ledgewood Blvd. North Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 541-4236
Mary’s Restaurant 288 Union St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 202-0236
The Southcoast Autism Center 69 Main Street Fairhaven , MA 02719 Phone: (508) 997-1311
New York Life Insurance Company 1 Lakeshore Center, Suite 202-204 Bridgewater, MA 02324 Phone: (508) 728-3492
Towne Enterprises Inc. / D.B.A. Townie Originals, LLC 352 Main St. Acushnet, MA 02743 Phone: (508) 998-3511
Divine Massage 862 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (508) 933-9504 Dream Land Arts & Crafts 358 Main St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (774) 202-5573 FBinsure 3263 Acushnet Ave. New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (508) 998-3008 Four Paws Up Bakery & Boutique 356 Main St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (774) 202-5573
Premier Foods 258 Main St. Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 Phone: 508-743-9400 Southcoast Architecture, Inc. 34 Slocum Farm Drive Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (774) 202-4868
Viking Tech Solutions, LLC 74 Main St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 617-6805
Chamber Partners with New Bedford Folk Festival crowds of over 20,000 to historic downtown New Bedford with over 70 musical acts, over 100 craft and food vendors and a fun family atmosphere. Visitors come from the New England area and locally for this weekend of continuous folk music and cultural exhibitions. Local hotels and restaurants are inundated with these visitors, who contribute to the meaningful economic boost to local business over the course of the festival weekend. There is truly something for everyone at We are pleased to announce that the New the event! Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the 21st Annual New As a New Bedford Chamber of ComBedford Folk Festival on July 9 & 10. merce member, you can sign up to be The Chamber will sponsor “Business a Business Row exhibitor for the disRow” at the Festival which will feature counted price of $850 (a $150 savings). businesses who offer various services Exhibitors will be placed in a high trafor seek to bring more visibility to their fic area near the Festival’s Food Court & business. The two day festival draws Bar, also completely open to the general 10
public. Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their own 10x10 EZ-UP tent, tent weights, tables, and chairs and exhibitor hours are 11am-6pm. To secure this discount, please fill out the application online: http://goo.gl/forms/dihCrQLDriDq9Qpw2 Checks can be made out to: New Bedford Folk Festival Mail checks to: Zeiterion Theatre C/o New Bedford Folk Festival 684 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740 If there are any questions, please contact Operations Manager Brooke Baptiste at BBaptiste@zeiterion.org or 508-207-6726.
1. 1) Panelists at the 2016 SouthCoast Women’s Forum at Rosebrook Event Center*
2) Business After Hours at Bristol Community College* 3) SouthCoast Women’s Forum Speakers* 4) SouthCoast Young Professionals Network at Sharing the Harvest Community Farm 5) Networking event with the development community hosted by New Bedford Economic Development Council
Business After Hours Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union (Downtown Branch) 271 Union St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Sponsored by:
6) Business After Hours at Bristol Community College* 7) SCYPN CEO Unplugged at Factory Five Racing 8) April Business After Hours hosted by BayCoast Bank at the Whaling Museum* 9) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Heathcare Solutions Team 10) Guests at the Ribbon Cutting at Equestrian Element had the opportunity for horseback
Register online for upcoming Business After Hours by visiting www.newbedfordchamber.com or calling (508) 999-5231.
rides.* 11) Business After Hours at BankFive in Fairhaven* *photos by Sergio: email@example.com
Member Spotlight: Interise In 2004, Interise was established by providing the tools, resources and networks for small business owners to grow. With meetings twice a month during the StreetWise MBA Program, entrepreneurs create a customized 3 year strategic growth action plan with realistic steps on how to grow. Interise graduates learn how to improve leadership skills, hire the right staff, cut costs, do business with other graduates, get approved for loans and much more. All graduates also receive a certificate from Interise and Boston University for completing the program and they join a network of over 3000 small business owners nationwide. “We want to work with and surround ourselves with business owners that are game changers and who go beyond trying to make payroll and really want to make a difference in their community.” Bernard Johnson, Interise’s Director of Program Operations.
Calendar of Chamber Committee Meetings
Contact the Chamber office for more information on any of these committees.
Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, July 8th - 8:30 a.m. Executive Committee - Thursday, July 14th - 8:30 a.m.
No meeting scheduled.
Executive Committee - Thursday, Sept. 8th - 8:30 a.m. Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, Sept. 9th - 8:30 a.m. Board of Directors - Thursday, Sept. 22nd - 8:30 a.m.
Interested in joining a Chamber Committee? Call the Chamber today to find out more at 508-999-5231 or visit www.newbedfordchamber.com
Interise has a proven track record with their award winning StreetWise MBA Program. Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities and provides a diverse group of small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, new business resources and access to markets. The Interise community creates jobs, grows businesses and develops community leaders. The latest impact report of Interise graduates showed 57% have added new jobs, 68% have increased revenue, 80% are in touch with fellow graduates and peer groups and job creation is 8X faster than the private sector. Giving back to the community is also important to the team at Interise. They volunteer with Community Cooks, providing a meal once a month for at-risk youth at Bridge over Troubled Waters located in Boston. The Interise staff of 22 full-time workers has also volunteered with Cradles to Crayons. Interise is also an active Chamber member and has participated at the 2016 Women’s Forum. They also strongly encourage program graduates to be active members in their communities. Interise aims to give back to the community and create growth in underserved cities.
“Get on TOP of your business” with Interise: Where Small Businesses Go to Grow”; Kate Saliba: 2010 Graduate of StreetWise ‘MBA’ Program ; Smudge Ink, Charlestown, MA
In 2014, Interise was honored with the Gold Stevie award during which it expanded to 26 states and 32 cities across North America. Interise now works with twelve partners throughout the country to deliver its curriculum and has reached 511 small business owners in 60 communities; cumulatively, the organization has reached over 3,000 small business owners. In June 2016, Interise received certification for the WNPO: Woman NonProfit Organization, which certifies qualified companies that are womancontrolled non-profit organizations. Internal growth also contributed to the organization’s momentum, with the addition of six department managers, four new board members and the formation of a research department purposed with the examination and sharing of insights collected from over ten years of program delivery, operations and systematic program evaluation data. Being part of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce embodies the commitment of the business community to the New Bedford regional area. It facilitates and brings businesses together to unite in building a thriving base for residents, visitors and employers. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2016-17 program; call to schedule a qualifying interview. Contact Elizabeth Howe, South Coast Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
July - August Featured Member Discounts
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10% off all food - dine in, take out or delivery For more information: phone: (774) 202-2819 email: email@example.com website: www.covesurfandturf.com Valid: May 12, 2016 – September 3, 2016
LJ Rogers Inc. LJ Rogers Inc. provides complete Supply Chain Solutions to and from anywhere in the world. Is your Import and/or Export Program in Compliance? (with Customs, Commerce, FDA, other agencies) LJ Rogers is offering a 20% discount on their services. You will receive a free Customs Compliance Consultation (a $500 value) and a Supply Chain Best Practices evaluation. For more information: phone: (508) 672-8888 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.ljrogers.com
The Chamber Member Discount Program is sponsored by Cox Media To set up your discount or to view a complete list of discounts currently available to Chamber members, please visit www.newbedfordchamber.com or call 508-999-5231
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SCYPN & AHA! Annual Sunset Cruise
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Join us on Weds., August 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a boat cruise on the Cuttyhunk Ferry! The cruise includes light appetizers and a cash bar. The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets early. The boat will be leaving from 66B State Pier, New Bedford, MA, at 6:00 p.m. To purchase tickets for this event, call 508-999-5231 or purchase online at www.newbedfordchamber.com.
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Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau The Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau hosted Francois-Laurent Nivaud Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism on June 29th in Bristol County. The trip included a tour of the region, highlighting many local attractions. In the beginning of June, a group of travel journalist from the United Kingdom and Germany, visited the region on their tour around New England. A special thank you to Westport River Wineries and The Westporter for hosting the group.
The SCYPN June “Off the Clock” was held at the community Boating Center in New Bedford. Guests had the chance to go for a sail and learn the basics on sailing.
Please remember all festival and events are offered free listings on visitsemass.com. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau please contact Kelli Munroe at (508)999-5231 x22.”
Awards, Officers Announced at Workforce Board’s Annual Meeting The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB) held its Annual Meeting June 22, 2016. At the meeting, Mayor Jon Mitchell and outgoing Chair Joseph Michaud congratulated the WIB, its staff and partners for many successes. After serving for the past four months in the capacity of Acting Executive Director/CEO, James D. Oliveira was permanently appointed to the position by a unanimous vote of the WIB. Jim’s annual review highlighted a number of high points for the WIB including adding nearly 1000 new jobs, 400 employer engagements and over 700 youth served through the New Directions Career Center and Youth Annex. Also highlighted was over $2.3mn in grant collaboration and activity in FY 2016, including a very successful Office of Housing and Economic Development Advanced Manufacturing Training Grant which trained 23 job seekers in advanced manufacturing, LEAN and 14
welding and has resulted in a 70% placement rate to date.
Four awards were given in recognition and appreciation to the following WIB members: Joseph L. Michaud, Esq., for his year of service as Chair; Carl W. Taber, for his 3 years of service as Treasurer; David N. Slutz, for his 5 years of service on the Board (departing the WIB); Ron Melbourne, for his 2 years of service as Chair of the Youth Council of the WIB.
Guest speaker at the meeting was Jenn James, Undersecretary to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, who gave a timely update on the State’s approach to implementation of the new Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Special Guest was former New England Patriot Matt Light of the Light Foundation. Mr. Light introduced four New Bedford entering freshmen who will join the Foundation’s Leadership Training program. Devin Moreira, Anton Scurry, Jr., Ethan Medeiros and Tyhon Pina, Jr., will be part of a class of 16 young men taking part in leadership training for the next four years.
At the WIB Annual Meeting, Matt Light introduced 4 New Bedford High School students that his Light Foundation will sponsor for Leadership Training.
Boutique; Bill Clark, Acushnet Rubber Company dba Precix®; Haskell Kennedy III, Kennedy Appraisers Inc.; David R. Martin, Heat Transfer Products, The WIB was also pleased to welcome Inc. (HTP); James R. Pratt, Jr., Cliftonsix new members: Celia Brito, Celia’s LarsonAllen LLP; Dana B. Rasmussen, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.
Additionally, the following individuals were elected to Board posts including: Anthony R. Sapienza, President/ COO, Joseph Abboud Mfg. Corp., as Chair; Ron Melbourne, General Manager, Membrane Concepts, as Vice-Chair; James R. Pratt, Jr., CPA, MST, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, as Treasurer; Lisa M. Lemieux, Organizer, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, as Assistant Treasurer; and Helena DaSilva Hughes, Executive Director, Immigrants Assistance Center, as Clerk.
ENTERPRISING MINDS Submitted by Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator
The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Supported Employment Network Committee sponsored its annual public informational meeting on Social Security Work Incentives on June 14, 2016.
Ms. Thacker also presented valuable information about the ABLE, Act, Achieving a Better Life Experience, a new benefit that was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014.
The presentation provided participants with handouts on Social Security Benefit Programs and their requirements and regulations. The presentation was held at the Wilks Library in New Bedford. Kim Thacker a Benefits Specialist from the Statewide Employment Services Department and Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission gave the informative presentation. Ms. Thacker explained to the audience how working sometimes affects Social Security Disability Benefits. To help the audience better understand the information, Ms. Thacker provided them with a useful packet about SSI and SSDI requirements and regulations.
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.
Government Affairs Committee Update By Ian Abreu On Friday, June 10th the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee meeting featured Mike Foley of Foley & Foley, who offered his legal assessment of the S.B. - 2119 “Equal Pay” bill, which would require businesses to conduct audits, post salary ranges and maintain systems that ensures equal pay for women in the workplace.
The bill is currently engrossed at the Senate. Mr. Foley also spoke about the many challenges brought forward to the business community with the FLSA regulations governing overtime and classification of workers which Rick discussed as part of the CEO Report.
The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee, which will reconvene during the month of September, will discuss whether to support, support with conditions, or not support this current piece Like all bills of this nature, S.B. - 2119 of legislation. offers goals with which no business person could find fault, but it is Mr. Foley’s If you are interested in becoming a assessment that the measure is vague in member of this committee, please conparts, opens up new avenues for litiga- tact Ian Abreu, Manager of Workforce tion and – in spite of its intent – places & Business Development at:(508) 999new burdens on businesses that could 5231, ext. 24, or, via email at iabreu@ make doing business in the Common- newbedfordchamber.com. wealth more challenging. Current statewide estimates are that women receive 83 cents on the dollar in compensation, and this bill would ensure that individuals, regardless of gender, would receive equal pay for equal work.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 • Country Club of New Bedford
New Bedford Area Chamber Calendar - Upcoming Events Legislative Luncheon 2016
July 2016 Business After Hours
Thursday, July 14th 11:15 Registration 11:30 Luncheon Program
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5 p.m. -7 p.m.
Rachel’s Lakeside 950 State Rd, Dartmouth, MA 02747 $45/ Members; $450/ Member Table of ten $55/ Non-Members; $550/ Non-Member Table of Ten
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union (Downtown Branch) 271 Union St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Free for members $25 non members
Friday Forum - “The Essentials of Great Mentoring” Friday, July 29, 2016 9:00 am - 10:p.m. New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce 794 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Free
Sunset Cruise with SCYPN & AHA!
Chamber Invitational Golf Tournament - 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:30 pm - 10:pm
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cuttyhunk Ferry State Pier
Country Club of New Bedford 585 Slocum Road Dartmouth, MA 02747
$175 per player Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Membership Campaign Sept. 13 & 14, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
To register for any event or to view a calendar of upcoming Chamber events, visit www.newbedfordchamber.com
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