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The New Bedford Area

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

Inside March - April 2017 Chamber Update ....................................2 Connecting Activities ..............................3 Member Spotlight Article .....................5 Good News ..............................................6 Welcome New Members......................10 Shop Local - Save Now!.........................12 Featured Member Discount ...............13

March- April 2017

SouthCoast Businesses Nominated for 2017 APEX Awards

On April 13, 2017, three local organizations that have impacted our local economy and contributed to the betterment of the community will be honored at the prestigious APEX Business of the Year Award Luncheon. Each year, the Chamber and a committee of selected representatives from partnering companies collect nominees from business owners, employees and area residents who highlight a local business for demonstrating creativity and imagination in the development of their company while exhibiting growth and contributing to society in a positive, proactive manner.

• The Chamber has a new partnership to help businesses save on transportation and logistics read more on page 3. • Read the latest member spotlight article on page 5. • See which businesses have been nominated for the APEX Awards on page 8. • The Chamber announces its public policy agenda on page 14.

The Chamber’s APEX Award is growing into one of the most esteemed honors to receive in the SouthCoast region. Out of dozens of nominations, the selection committee will have the daunting task of narrowing down the impressive list to a single large business, small business and a nonprofit/educational institution. Last year, the recipients of the APEX Business of the Year Award were Horacio’s, The Pasta House, and The YMCA of New Bedford. Over two hundred guests attended to help honor all the nominees, finalist and award recipients for their accomplishments and community contributions.

Join us at this year’s APEX Awards where See the list of nominees on page 8. we will formally recognize all 2017’s nominees at a luncheon and award cer- Corporate sponsor: emony located at the Century House in Acushnet from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost is $45 for members, $60 for non-members and $450 for a member table of ten which includes lunch. Preregistration is required. To reserve a seat Supporting Sponsors: for the APEX Awards please contact the CliftonLarsonAllen LLP & New Bedford Area Chamber at Bristol County Savings Bank 508-999-5231, ext. 26 or visit

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 & Sergio Dabdoub Board of Directors Chair of the Board Joseph Michaud, Law Offices of Joseph Michaud Chair-Elect Kim Perry, Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home Treasurer Carl Taber, BayCoast Bank Vice Chair of Government Affairs Ron Ellis, Edward Jones Vice Chair of Community Affairs Daniel Waltz, Southern Mass Credit Union Vice Chair of Economic Affairs Beth Sylvia Caldwell, Sylvia Group Vice Chair of Membership Jeff Pagliuca, Webster Bank Immediate Past Chair Dave Maher, Lockheed Martin Directors Nathan Araujo, R4L Management Henry Arruda, WJFD-FM Stephen Canessa, Southcoast Health Systems Hank Conaty, Acushnet Company Stephen W. Connulty, Paul & Dixon Insurance Gail Fortes, YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts Jeffrey Glassman, Darn It, Inc. Ellen Gitlin, Diversified Marketing Group Jen Hartley, Hampton Inn Chris Howard, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union Gerry Kavanaugh, UMASS-Dartmouth Chuck Lord, AHEAD Lynne Mastera, Precix Lynn Motta, BankFive Caroline Paradis Douglas Rodrigues, D. E. Rodrigues & Co. Derek Santos, New Bedford Economic Development Council Dr. John Sbrega, Bristol Community College A. Jack Silva, Bristol County Savings Bank Robert Unger, Unger LeBlanc Nate Weare, Fairfield Inn & Suites Benjamin Middleton, Santander 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, IOM - Ext. 24 Supported Employment Network Coordinator, Joanne Rego - Ext. 28 Communications Manager, Rebecca Laliberte, IOM - Ext. 27 Programs & Events Manager - Deven Tillman - Ext. 26 Brenna Souza - Youth Services Coordinator - Ext. 29


Chamber Update A Message from the President & CEO For most strong organizations, the only constant is change. We see change all around us, and the measure of any chamber of commerce is the ability not only to navigate change but to take the lead in positive change Rick Kidder, for our members and the comPresident & CEO munity. 2017 is already an exciting year for the New Bedford Area Chamber as we look to solidify and enhance our position as the leading organization in the SouthCoast helping businesses grow. Our constant has been change as we roll out new programs, reinvigorate events and build our programming for our members. We listen and we respond.

the same time! Keytags will be available at the show and from the Chamber office in May.

Perhaps nothing is more important to our members is to have their Chamber fighting for them in the halls of government. Every day when the legislature is in session a bill is introduced that may make it more or less easy to do business. Small businesses don’t have the time, the expertise or the ability to go to the State House and fight for what is right. Your Chamber does and can do so with the power of nearly 1,000 businesses behind them to be certain that your voice is heard. We are looking into some cutting edge communication systems to generate more emails to legislators on issues of importance and have begun a new dedicated e-newsletter, The Business Voice, to keep our members abreast of issues before the state and the region that make it easy for all of our members to weigh in for good public policy for business.

The largest and best Job Fair in the region will take place on April 20, with a new venue to accommodate more companies looking for a quality work force. Expected to be bigger and better than ever, the SouthCoast Job Fair will run from 10-3 at Greater New Bedford Vocational and Technical High School where more than 100 employers will In this edition of the Chamber Focus meet job seekers from throughout the you will find the chamber’s first Public Policy Agenda, a jumping off point for SouthCoast. all future decisions related to business The Chamber’s new and innovative policy and economic issues. This policy “business to the world” keytag discount will allow the Chamber to be more nimprogram – Shop Local-Save Now! – ble as we addressed the ever-changing will kick off at the revamped Home, political and policy landscape and ensure Health & Wellness Show also to be held timely responses to legislative initiatives at VocTech on Saturday, May 20. The that either go to support or interfere discount program will feature chamber with your ability to do business. In short, members, primarily those in the busi- your Chamber is here to fight for you ness to consumer space, that wish to of- and keep you informed. fer meaningful discounts to the general public through our keytag. It is simple, So, what’s new? A whole lot is new, and present the keytag and get a discount. our promise is to be the finest Chamber Business members are encouraged to in the SouthCoast fighting for business participate in offering a discount gen- success! erally not available to the public so that keytag holders can keep dollars in the local economy and save money at

Preparing Our Future Workforce Through Paid Summer Internships By: Brenna Souza 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’s five Academies. Through this endeavor, you (your company) will have the distinct opportunity to provide an authentic work experience and shape The Greater New Bedford Connecting your future workforce. Activities (CA) Partnership is a Department of Elementary & Secondary Edu- Typical summer internships consist of cation initiative that supports college and 120 hours of paid work experience, career readiness for local high school which can be tailored to your specific students. Through the CA Partnership, needs. For example, students may work students achieve additional learning 20 hours per week for 6 weeks, or 25 hours by extending the classroom to the hours per week for 5 weeks. In addition, workplace, while providing them with an these internships can be project-based adult role model to offer support with and several interns can participate on one-on-one career mentoring. We bro- one project. ker work-based learning opportunities and paid internships for area students Please join the many Massachusetts and, with your help; we are gearing up businesses that have provided these exto provide paid internships this summer! periences throughout the state. The MA

WBL Plan structures learning and productivity at the worksite and formally connects classroom lessons (MA Curriculum Frameworks aligned with Common Core Standards) to work-based learning experiences.

through Connecting Activities workplace internships. Area employers assist High School seniors to make more informed decisions about their future education and career choices. Currently, we service students at Dartmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, New Bedford High School, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School and Old Rochester Regional High School. More information about For more information on how your the partnership is available at www.newbedfordchambusiness can assist in providing a valu- or by calling (508) 999-5231.

able work and learning experience for an area student(s), or sponsor a summer internship placement, please contact the Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership at 508-999-5231 ext.5, or, via email at About the Connecting Activities Partnership The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership, a collaboration of the City of New Bedford Office of the Mayor, the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council, Bristol Community College and the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, promotes the connecting of academic and workplace learning

New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Now Chamber Announces Partnership with Offering Individual Memberships L.J. Rogers, Offering International & Domestic By: Ian Abreu Transportation and Logistics Discounts Are you currently in the job market search? Are you looking to network amongst over 900 local and regional companies to help build your “book of business?” Are you retired and looking to stay active amongst the business community?

said Ian Abreu, Manager of Business Development & Public Policy. “Chambers of Commerce have two core responsibilities: to service the business community, but to also service our community at-large. This new individual membership program allows our local community members to stay If you have answered “yes” to any of active amongst our network and thus, the above, then the New Bedford Area grow their own personal professional Chamber of Commerce has a specific aspirations all while contributing to the membership program geared just for leading business advocacy organization you! throughout the SouthCoast region.” Being mindful of your own personal finances, the Chamber has created a special “individual membership” package yearly membership dues investment of only $150 for those looking to either take the next step in their career, or, get back “in the game.” “This is a cutting-edge program we’ve developed here at our Chamber,”

If you are interested in either obtaining your very own individual membership, or, have questions about this new and exciting program, you are encouraged to contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Business Development & Public Policy at: (508) 999-5231, ext. 24, or, via email at

is not just a shipment it is your life. L.J. Rogers has collaborated with the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce The New Bedford Area Chamber is to bring this proprietary opportunity for pleased to announce a new program our members. in partnership with L.J. Rogers to offer member businesses discounts on trans- 1) Offering Customs Clearing and portation and logistics services. Since Consulting on complicated New 1996 it has been the mission of L. J. Customs Requirements Rogers, Inc. to achieve, manage and de- 2) Offering Competitive Freight Rates liver the highest quality of personalized around the world. customer service in all facets of Cus- 3) Offering preferred independent toms Clearing, international & domestic Global Partners Network. transportation and logistics. They utilize 4) Offering Proprietary on-line, realthe knowledge of their dedicated skilled time shipment tracking software. employees, expertise in compliance, and proprietary cutting-edge technological The team at L.J. Rogers is looking fortools, individually tailored to their cli- ward to the opportunity to serve the ent’s needs, to achieve this goal. At L.J. loyal Chamber Community. For more Rogers, they pay strict attention to the information on their services, please details and answer your call knowing it contact Kevin Loflin at 508-672-8888 or email 3

WELCOME ABOARD, NANCY CABRAL. We are pleased to announce Nancy Cabral has joined our New Bedford banking team as a Branch Manager, Southcoast Region. Nancy is a well-known banking professional with over 30 years of experience in the local area. Her friendly, personal approach is a perfect fit with our style of community banking. Contact Nancy at 508-324-3653 or 4

SouthCoast Women’s Forum Save the Date: May 3, 2017

Member Spotlight: Emerging In Health By Brieanna Wood, Intern

Anxiety, stress, insomnia, migraines, allergies and digestive difficulties – everyone has experienced at least one of these ailments in their lifetime. While most of us turn to pharmaceuticals for temporary relief, what if there was a longer lasting, more health conscious approach to take? The SouthCoast Women’s Forum plays an important role in building awareness of the valuable contributions made by women in our business and professional communities. This unique event celebrates the accomplishments of women while motivating other women to follow their example. This year, the SouthCoast Women’s Forum will pay tribute to those women who have been trendsetters and trailblazers, empowering women of all ages to progress professionally, academically, and personally!

This business event, being held at the Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham on May 3, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00pm includes a popular luncheon, presen­ tations, exhibitors and networking. Save the date and plan to be inspired at the 2017 SouthCoast Women’s Forum! For more information and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Deven Tillman at or call 508-999-5231.

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Emerging In Health provides just that for their clients; a more holistic take on taking care of ourselves. Unlike traditional medicine, this homeopathic approach looks at not only the symptom of the problem but seeks to identify the cause of it. Homeopathy works to stimulate the body’s natural defense system in order to restore it to a healthier, balanced state – leaving your mind, body and spirit rejuvenated. With 200 years of knowledge put into practice, homeopathy continues to be used worldwide to aide acute and chronic illness. The World Health Organization states that there is an estimated 500 million users worldwide, making homeopathic remedies one of the leading holistic options in pain management. In many cases, homeopathy not only provides support for the afflictions listed above but also in favor of: • Addiction • Trauma • Eczema and Psoriasis • Asthma • Women’s Health • Concussion & Sport-like Injuries When asked what makes Emerging In Health the best at what they do, the company’s CEO’s Alix Lopes and Kristina White boldly reassure us “… Our consulting team is dedicated to supporting our clients in discovering their own ability to support oneself in health and wellness through homeopathy and other holistic options.” Emerging In Health is an active member in the SouthCoast community and part of the Health & Wellness initiative. Their goal is to educate the people of our community on the benefits of homeopathy and its ability to provide gentle yet powerful support at a modest price, all the while developing a close relationship with

clients in order for them to receive the utmost consideration in customized care. “Conventional medicine, healthy eating, homeopathy, yoga, massage and so many other holistic options working together is the optimal solution,” Kristina states. “It is a collaborative solution that recognizes each person as an individual with individual needs. Our goal is to educate people on the success our clients see with the use of homeopathy and other holistic solutions in support of their overall health and wellness.” Alix Lopes and Kristina White recognize the benefits of becoming active members in the community and have advocated to programs such as the SouthCoast Youth Court Program, Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction (PAACA), Southeast Family Services- Family Preservation Program (FPP), and the Dorchester Community Health Clinic. Aside from their active involvement in the community, Emerging In Health stresses the importance of keeping themselves educated and up-to-date in regards to all things homeopathic. They have received numerous certifications from schools all over the country, becoming certified in homeopathy techniques by the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH), National Center for Homeopathy (NCH), Academy of Classical Homeopathy, Florida, Teleosis Homeopathic School, Newton MA., and by attendance of the Bowen Therapy Introductory Course of 2015. Emerging In Health is located in the Mattapoisett Wellness Center, located at 76 County Rd. Mattapoisett, MA, and can be contacted at 508-758-6000. To purchase their signature health & wellness teas, please visit the Country Store of Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet and Mattapoisett Wellness Center. To learn more about homeopathy or for more information on Emerging In Health and future events, please visit or www. 5

Good News! Jennifer Lopes Joins Tomlinson & a key factor in banking relationships. We’re O’Neil Insurance Agency pleased to offer a high level of service to our loyal members at our new, prominent County Street location next Spring.” said Peter Muise, President & CEO of First Mark and Chris O’Neil of the Tomlinson Citizens’. & O’Neil Insurance Agency are pleased The Downtown New Bedford branch is to announce that Jennifer Lopes has slated to open in the new space in Spring joined the agency’s Personal Lines Depart- 2017. ment as a Client Service Representative. Ms. Lopes brings over 18 years of sales Child & Family is pleased to welcome and service experience to the agency. Jen- Carl Taber as their incoming Board nifer worked with Travelers Insurance for President. many years as a CSR and Marine UnderHe is preceded writer before leaving to join a Cape Cod by Anthony based agency. She joins a dedicated group Cordeiro, who of client service representatives at T&O held the posithat assist with the placement and service tion for 12 of all personal lines insurance products years. Carl is no including home, auto, umbrella, watercraft stranger to and flood insurance to name a few. Child & Family Services as he Jennifer can be reached at 508-994-5678 also held the or at Tomlinson position as & O’Neil Insurance Agency is a progres- Board President between 1993 and 1995. sive insurance agency serving the needs Carl is the Executive Vice President and of thousands of individuals and busi- Chief Lending Officer at BayCoast Bank. nesses throughout New England. For Prior to joining BayCoast in November more information please visit www.toin- 2004, Carl served nearly 30 years in the Lending Division at Compass Bank, and was in charge of their Real Estate MortFirst Citizens’ Federal Credit Union gage Department where he developed to Relocate Downtown Branch in 2017 both residential and commercial real estate loan business.

First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union announced recently that it will relocate its downtown New Bedford branch from 271 Union Street to 468 County Street. The credit union is purchasing approximately 2,600 square feet. The new location will provide greater visibility and improved parking for credit union members. The friendly local staff will remain the same, but the branch is being designed to better serve our members and the community of Downtown New Bedford with updated technology and comfortable spaces to review finances and open accounts in addition to a separate lending office and an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM). “We know that having convenient locations are highly important to our members, and the location of a branch remains 6

Carl is a strong community advocate as is evident from his involvement in numerous non-profit organizations. He is currently involved with several organizations, including: Trustee Board Member at Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group, Board Member at the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce, Board Member at the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Board Member at the South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation, Member of the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education Development Committee, Member of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association, Trustee Board Member at New Bedford Ocean Explorium, Trustee Board Member at Nativity Prep School of New Bedford, Trustee of the Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation, Member of the Development Committee for Diocesan

Health Facilities. Carl resides in Mattapoisett, MA, with his wife Natalie, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Bankers Supervisory School and the National Association of Savings Banks Graduate School. Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. Welcomes New Executive Director Sara A. Cunha has joined the team at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. as the Executive Director in December of 2016. Coming from a Human Resources background outside of the legal field, Sara is very excited and confident that the skills, experience and education she has will allow her to assist the firm in their growth and development. Away from work, she resides in New Bedford with her husband, Shawn, and two year old son, Ryan. Family is her world and she enjoys creating new memories and traditions with her little family, as well as carrying on old traditions from her parents and extended family. You can usually find Sara and her family watching movies and sports, or simply out and about running errands or eating out as a family. Sara and her husband also really enjoy music and going to concerts together as often as they can; they both look forward to the day they can bring their son with them! Professionally, Sara has been a Human Resources Manager for the past 6 years and is excited to broaden her experience with the excellent staff at the firm. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Human Resource Management, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as well as a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Southern New

Hampshire University. She looks forward to understanding and analyzing the firm’s practices and policies from a fresh perspective and assisting the team with growth and development as they make strides toward the firm’s vision. The team’s legal expertise along with their desire to assist their clients is truly inspiring. Sara is proud to be a member of the team. Brian Rego will be receiving the 2017 Katie Brienzo Personal Achievement award at the M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Annual Ball on April 1, 2017 at White’s of Westport Mr. Rego was chosen to receive this award by the Ball committee because of his many accomplishments. Mr. Rego has been employment at McDonald’s in Fairhaven for nearly 20 years. Brian is also receiving this honor because of his advocacy for the disabled citizens of Fairhaven as a member of the Fairhaven Commission on Disabilities, his volunteer work at the Fairhaven Fire Department and his kindness and compassion to the senior citizens at the Fairhaven Senior Center where he volunteers many hours each week. Anne Silvia, Director of Fairhaven Senior Center will be receiving the 2017 Woman of the Year Award at the M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Annual Ball. Mrs. Silvia is receiving this award because of her undying dedication to enhancing the lives of the senior citizens who attend the center each day and for her work with people with disabilities. Brett St. Gelais will be receiving the 2017 Man of the Year Award at the M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Annual Ball. Mr. St. Gelais will be receiving this award because of his endless dedication to his community starting at such a very young age. Mr. St.Gelais has been a role model for our youth and for people with disabilities. Victorina Brito will be receiving the 2017 Personal Achievement Award at the M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Annual Ball because of her many years of dedicated volunteer

Good News! work at the M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Food Pan- beginning of his career. A Certified Pubtry and for her lifelong example as a true lic Accountant, Mr. Panaggio obtained his role model for others. MS in Finance from Bentley University and his undergraduate degree in AccountThe 2017 M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Ball will be ing from University of Massachusetts in held on April 1, 2017 at White’s of West- Dartmouth. port from 6:30 to midnight. Tickets are $50.00 and it includes the award ceremo- “It is a tremendous opportunity to join ny, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. St. Anne’s at such an exciting time,” said Please contact Carrie Murphy at 508-992- Peter Panaggio. “I’m eager to work with 5978 for ticket information or go to www. the executive team here, contributing to to purchase tickets this growing institution for long-term operational and financial success." St. Anne’s appoints Panaggio SVP and CFO NBSO presents “Phantom of the Symphony” on June 3 Eileen M. Danahey, President & CEO of St. Anne’s Credit Union, along with its Board of Di- Come listen to the music of the night on rectors, are Saturday, June 3, 2017, when the New pleased to an- Bedford Symphony Orchestra hosts its nounce the ap- annual Seaside Swing fundraiser at the pointment of Peter Panaggio as Senior Kittansett Club in Marion. This year’s Vice President and Chief Financial Of- swinging seaside gala has a Broadway vibe ficer. as guests will enjoy highlights from The Phantom of the Opera. The event will "Peter is a seasoned executive with a feature signature cocktails and an elegant strong background in financial opera- dinner, and guests will also have the options,” said Eileen M. Danahey, President portunity to bid on auction treasures and and Chief Executive Officer of St. Anne’s dance under the famous chandelier with Credit Union. “His credentials and exper- the NBSO Swing Band. tise in financial strategy will prove invaluable and his extensive experience in ac- A number of sponsorship packages, counting principles will be a tremendous which include tickets, are available for asset to our team. He provides the leader- $1,000 to $10,000. All support levels inship we need to build upon our momen- clude recognition in the Seaside Swing tum and reach the next level of growth. invitation and program book, as well as We welcome him to our team and look in the concert season program book and forward to his contributions to St. Anne’s.” on the NBSO website. Individual tickets for the event are $175. For details on Peter Panaggio brings with him over 20 sponsorships and to order tickets, call the years of financial experience, and most NBSO at 508-999-6276. All proceeds recently worked as Senior Vice President from “Phantom of the Symphony” will of Finance at East Boston Savings Bank, support the NBSO Educational Programs a $4 billion asset bank with 31 branches and Concert Series. Visit www.nbsymin the Greater Boston area. In this role, for more information. he was responsible for the company’s financial reporting to the Securities and STAND UP FOR WOMEN Exchange along with leading a variety of A comedy night for a good cause other accounting tasks. Prior to this role, he served as Controller for various insti- Two nationally renowned comedins are tutions, rapidly climbing the corporate coming to the Southcoast on April Fools' ladder from Accounting Manager at the Day to raise money for a good cause.

In the first of what could become an annual event, the Women's Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts presents "Stand Up For Women," a fun and laughter-filled fundraiser with comedians Kerri Louise and Carolyn Plummer.

and on May 10 at F1 Braintree and will feature digital media specialists from four Boston firms.

“We want to provide small business owners with a strong e-marketing foundation so that they can better compete for all those purchases now taking place on smart The event will take place at the Seaport phones,” Hurst said. Inn & Marina Grand Ballroom at 110 Middle St., in Fairhaven on April 1. The Business owners, or their employees, may be able to attend the seminars for free, show runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. due to a grant from the Commonwealth Kerri Louise was a finalist on NBC's Last Corporation, a state agency charged with providing worker training programs. The Comic Standing. The comic, actress and grant is funded by the Workforce Training mom has been a correspondent for the Fund, which aims to promote job growth, Oprah Winfrey Show and is now the star job retention, and increased opportunities of her own reality show on the Women's and wages for workers by increasing busiEntertainment Network, "Two Funny." ness productivity and competitiveness for Massachusetts businesses. She'll be joined by Carolyn Plummer, has been performing for more than a decade. “I’m pleased to partner with RAM to invest in the skills necessary for even the "Carolyn puts a nail through the hearts smallest businesses to be responsive to of whiners, self-loathers and the self- the evolving expectations of consumers. This is essential to the success of retailers sorry of the world and makes the average in Massachusetts and for the career deseem hilarious and larger than life," ac- velopment of our retail workers.” Secrecording to her own website. "Most of tary of Labor and Workforce Developall, Carolyn's twisted perception of our ment Ronald L. Walker, II common existence leaves audiences hysterically shaking heads in agreement that The training seminars, led by experts in the world is indeed a very funny place." the field, will focus on a number of critical topics, including social media, e-comTo purchase tickets, visit http://www. merce websites, email marketing, and digital advertising. Attendees will be able to choose from a series of break-out seswomen. sions that cater to beginner and intermediate users. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. People attending the show can Those interested in attending should participate in a silent auction and win such check out the program website -- http:// prizes as a spa day for two from Indigo — or conDay Spa in New Bedford and a week at tact RAM directly at 1-(877) RAM-6580. Blackmore Pond Cottage in Wareham. Retailers Association and State Partner to Offer E-Training for Small Businesses The Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is teaming up with the Commonwealth Corporation and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to sponsor a series of free social media boot camps over the next year to help small business owners learn the best tips and tricks to win on the web.

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Home, Health & Wellness Show - May 20th If you are looking to highlight your products and services to over 2000 conGREATER NEW BEDFORD sumers at this special one-day event, Home, Health & Wellness Show then sign up to be an exhibitor at the Greater New Bedford Home, Health Spring is right around the corner and and Wellness Show. with that is the Greater New Bedford Home, Health and Wellness Show. For The Greater New Bedford Home, decades, the New Bedford Area Cham- Health and Wellness Show will be held ber of Commerce has held one of the on Saturday May 20, 2017 at Greater most prominent Home Shows in the New Bedford Vocational Technical region. The newly revamp 2017 Greater Regional High School from 10:00 am New Bedford Home, Health and Well- to 4:00 pm. Admission for attendees ness Show is attracting new exhibitors is $3.00 and children under 12 are free. and generating excitement with residents For more information on exhibiting, looking to find solutions to their home sponsorships or gaining exposure at the and lifestyle needs. The rebranding of 2017 greater New Bedford Home Show, the event will allow the opportunity for contact Deven Tillman at: dtillman@ businesses from a variety of industries or call to interact directly with residents eager (508) 999 5231 ext 26. to solve household problems and live Sponsored by: proactive healthy lives!


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Welcome New Members Advance Career Services 1317 South Main St., Suite #1 Fall River, MA 02724 Phone: (508) 676-6300

Clean Energy Collective 146 W. Boylston Drive 2nd Floor Worcester , MA 01606 Phone: (720) 583-7170

Alma del Mar Charter School 515 Belleville Ave. New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (774) 206-6827

Couto Construction 24 Ernest Street New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (508) 509-4414

Bocce For A Cause 200 Bellevue Street New Bedford , MA 02744

Emerging In Health, LLC 76 County Road Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Phone: (508) 758-6000

Bush Quality Cleaners 173 Spring St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 993-7473 Canon Solutions America 17 Metro Center Blvd Warwick, RI 02886 Phone: (781) 987-3007

Jill Horton-Simms 110 Clinton Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 328-2718 Law Offices of Timothy P. Horan, P.C. 32R Hillman Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 992-0630

Marshall Building & Remodeling 9 Middle Street South Dartmouth, MA 02748 Phone: (508) 979-8984 Photographer Lisa Anne 386 Old Westport Road Dartmouth, Ma 02747 Phone: (508) 525-1849 Rogers & Gray Insurance 434 Route 134, Suite F1 South Dennis, MA 02660 Phone: (800) 553-1801 Standard Marine Outfitters, LLC 137 Popes Island New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 990-7917 TalentValue International, Inc. 95 Mashuena Dr. Warwick, RI 02888 Phone: (401) 463-0200

Chamber Welcomes Bristol Community College Student Intern

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Bristol Community College student Brieanna Wood as the newest addition to the Chambers team as an intern for the spring semester! Brieanna is a Communications major in her last semester at the college and will be assisting the Chamber throughout the spring 2017 semester. With an 10

extensive background in customer service and management, Brieanna will be contributing her skills to help the Chamber in facilitating future events and daily procedures. Brieanna will be working with Chamber staff on a number of projects including the Annual Membership Directory, the Home, Health & Wellness Show and the Chamber’s newest program, Shop Local – Save Now!, a key tag program that will be available for purchase to receive discounts from local retailers. Rebecca Laliberte, Communications Manager at the Chamber says “We are excited to have Brieanna with us for her internship through BCC. She has already demonstrated a high level of professionalism. We hope to provide a valuable learning experience and help her develop skills she will utilize as she continues to pursue her education and career goals. ”

Brieanna is a 2014 New Bedford High School graduate, where she became interested in TV production and advertising during her junior year. With indecision pressing her and the urge to stay local pertinent, she decided to enroll at Bristol Community College until she could narrow down what direction she wanted to head in. “It’s the best decision I could have made for myself ” Brieanna states, “I have been able to provide for myself an affordable education that has allowed me to explore the different career options my major has to offer.” Brieanna will be graduating from BCC this June and is hopeful to continue working in her field of study. With an interest in all things PR, news writing and reporting, event coordinating and broadcasting she is enthusiastic about starting a career and eager to learn what it takes to work in the professions mentioned above.

Recent Events



1. 1. The Feb. Good Morning SouthCoast sponsored by BayCoast Bank featured a panel of experts on offshore wind. 2. The Jan. Business After Hours was sponsored by WJFD FM and Spectrum Marketing Group at their offices in the Howland Place. 3. The Chartlon College of Business held a ribbon cutting prior to the Feb. Business After Hours. 4. Guests at the Feb. Business After Hours included Chamber CEO Rick Kidder, Tim Murray of Toyota of Dartmouth and UMass student Brianna Alves. 5. The Charlton College of Business hosted the Feb. Business After Hours with over 100 attendees.

Business After Hours Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at

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6. The Jan. Good Morning SouthCoast featured samples of Portuguese cheeses and sausages enjoyed by the attendees. 7. All Friends Catering provided the food for the Jan. Business After Hours 8. The Feb. Good Morrning SouthCoast was sponsored by BayCoast Bank. 9. The SouthCoast Young Professionals Network coffee and conversation was sponsored by Lafrance Hospitality at the Waypoint Event Center 10. Student demonstrated the technology available to guests at the Feb. Business After Hours at the Charlton College of Business. 11. Maria Lawton was the speaker at the Jan. Good Morning SouthCoast breakfast sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (*photos by Sergio:


Shop Local - Save Now!: A new program to help members grow their business

The New Bedford Area Chamber is thrilled to invite you to participate in our new Key Tag Program, Shop Local – Save Now! This program will help your business to connect with consumers within the community through specialized discounts or offers, redeemable only to those who have purchased the Shop Local – Save Now! Key Tag through the Chamber.

Calendar of Chamber Committee Meetings Contact the Chamber office for more information on any of these committees.


Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, March 10th - 8:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, March 16th - 8:30 am


Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, April 14th - 8:30 a.m.


Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, May 12th - 8:30 a.m.

We ask that your business put forth a unique offer for Key Tag holders; one that is not currently available to the general public. Chambers throughout the United States have exhibited success in their own way through Key Tags, so we are hopeful Shop Local – Save Now! will encourage the SouthCoast community to shop local, eat local and be local! According to a study published in 2012, shopping at locally owned small businesses generates four times more economic impact if compared to the spending of money at chain retail stores. Similarly, the recirculation of revenue within the community is at a higher percentage compared to that of national chains. This means that with every dollar spent, a dollar is staying within our local communities. Along with money being retained in our area, shopping local can also aide in the creation of jobs, advance environmental


sustainability, diversify the local economy, support healthy communities and create vibrancy and prosperity for all. Participation in Shop Local – Save Now! means that your business will consent to a one year commitment with the program, from May 2017 to May 2018. All employees must be aware of the Key Tag Program and in compliance with it. The Chamber will supply your business with a notice of participation that must be hung in an area that is easily recognizable to consumers. Businesses must be members of the Chamber to offer a discount for the Shop Local - Save Now! program. For general inquisitions or more information on participation in this program, please contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Business Development & Public Policy at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, at (508) 999-5231 ext. 24 or iabreu@ Key tags will be available for purchase in May at the Greater New Bedford Home, Health & Wellness Show, at the Chamber office and online at

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New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Public Policy Agenda By: Ian Abreu


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • Advocate for increased investments in regional economic development and technical assistance funding at the state and federal levels; promote a stronger sense of regionalization among cities and towns throughout the SouthCoast.

• Promote a positive local business climate, one that encourages growth, entrepreneurship and pay equity. • Diversify the local, state and federal economy; continued growth and advocacy centered around the base industries of the SouthCoast region.

• Promote public promotion and financial investments of all roads, bridges, sidewalks and maritime infrastructure throughout our region. • Support continued growth and advocacy of the New Bedford State

Pier at the local, state and federal level (including, but not limited to harbor dredging). • Support domestic and international flight expansion of the New Bedford Regional Airport.

REGULATORY REFORM: EDUCATION & WORKFORCE • Strengthen internship and co-op opportunities for our local high school students. • Support educational opportunities and programs which provide high-quality education and resources to students.

• Meet the hiring needs of our local workforce (continued partnerships with the GNBCC, GNBWIB and NBEDC by facilitating job and career/industryfocused events). • Support Public Education Funding & Reform.

ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT: • Support economically viable energy sources which may reduce the high energy costs that face our local business community.

• Promote the “SouthCoast Electric Power Group” electricity savings program for large energy users (manufacturers, hospitals, etc).

HEALTHCARE: • Support government minimizing health care disruptions by acting as a good business partner.

• Support strong public health as it relates to both the workplace and community at large.

• Support smart regulations to ensure workplace safety & protect public health. • Support a fair regulatory system which represents the views of all communities by streamlining the permitting process.

• Evaluate the impact regulatory rules will have on jobs and small business growth.

TAXATION: • Support fair Taxation on the municipal, state and federal level.

• Educate our local tax paying business owners and residents.

TRANSPORTATION: • Support SouthCoast Rail and its positive economic, workforce, environmental and social impacts throughout the region. (exploring new Middleboro alternative option). • Support increased public transportation infrastructure funding (Regional Transit Authority) at the state level.

• Address the increase in Urban Transport Difficulties; such as: loss of public space, parking availability, traffic congestion, high maintenance costs and hindrances in freight distribution.

(continued on page 15)

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board Received Grants from State Agencies Intended to Spur Interest in Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Career Paths submitted by the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board In early January, the WIB received a $9067 grant from the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency administered through its Commonwealth Advanced Manufacturing Futures Program . WIB Executive Director, Jim Oliveira noted “This is the third grant in 4 years the WIB has competitively proposed that will heighten awareness of advanced manufacturing career paths.” In partnership with the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, The Greater New Bedford WIB will work with local veteran advocates to provide group visits to Greater New Bedford Vocational High School’s evening machining and metal working programs, and provide guidance counselors with externships within their schools’ metal 14

working and machining shops. The program aims to promote knowledge sharing about manufacturing, increase enrollments in school metal shops and training programs and educate schools about the needs of their regional labor market and area employers. Mr. Oliveira concluded “The WIB has noted a decisive uptick of jobs within the region of this nature that call for credentialed training. Making our students and local vets aware of these opportunities will hopefully contribute to decisions to pursue credentials that provide for a lucrative career path.” The WIB was also recently notified of another competitive grant awarded in the amount of $12,000 by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s

Connecting Activities Partnership. This award will provide valuable resources to develop career oriented activities for student populations traditionally underrepresented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. The grant opportunity required the WIB to reach out to Greater New Bedford Regional and Old Colony Regional Vocational High Schools to create programming and awareness of STEM career opportunities and how they applied in their respective schools. Each school will be hosting Career Fair events that will be assisted by the WIB’s Connecting Activities staff that operate from the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce offices. Old Colony will be kicking off its activities with the following signature event: Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High

School and the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board partner to welcome Dr. Temple Grandin to the Old Colony campus on Saturday, March 11th at 9 a.m. For more information, please visit Dr. Temple Grandin, named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people, is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), ABC's Prime Time Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20. Dr. Grandin has been featured in Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and The New York Times.

Public Policy Agenda


(continued from page 14)

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce will advocate for and support issues that improve the business climate and overall quality of life for the Greater SouthCoast region, all while opposing legislation that will have an adverse effect on business and industry. The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is fully committed to being engaged on the local, state and federal level and being your voice.

Submitted by Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator Our advocacy efforts are designed to fulfill eight core priority areas: economic development, education and workforce, energy and the environment, public infrastructure, regulatory reform, taxation, transportation and healthcare. For more information, contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Business Development & Public Policy at or call 508-999-5231, ext. 24.

The Chamber has a responsibility to its 1,000-member strong organization to review all pending legislation and regulations for its impact on their financial well-being, and, if necessary, develop public positions that speak on their behalf.

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Time: 12:00 PM Location: Bank Five Program: Social Security/401k

The Joy of Working: Seeking a Job Opportunity Jason Raphael loves to work. Although he really enjoys working in food services, he is eager to find employment in any environment that offers him a position in maintenance. Jason currently has skills in dining room maintenance including wiping tables, washing dishes, sweeping floors and emptying trash. Jason is also a volunteer at the M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Food Pantry. Raphael says that he hopes to find a job because he would like to earn extra money to take day trips and outings with his program M.O.L.I.F.E, Inc. Jason says he also likes to watch his saving account grow.

Victory Parade with his friends from M.O. Life, Inc.

If you are interested in meeting Mr. Raphael to discuss an employment opportunity or to set up an interview, please contact Cynthia Rapoza at When Jason is not working, he says M.O.L.I. F.E. Inc. at 508-742-8986. enjoys spending his time eating out with his family and with his friends from If you have any questions about the M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. Raphael also enjoys Supported Employment Network or watching his New England sports teams are interested in hiring a person with play on T.V. Jason says he especially disabilities, please call Joanne Rego at enjoys going in person to watch his the New Bedford Area Chamber of favorite teams play at sporting events Commerce at 508-999-5231 ext. 28. with his friends from M.O.L.I.F.E, Inc. Recently Jason braved the snow and sleet in Boston to watch the Patriots

Date: Wednesday April 26, 2017 Time: 8:00 – 12:00 Location: Whites of Westport, 66 State Rd. Westport, MA Program: Labor Law Update Speaker: Tim Kenneally, Foley & Foley Law - Official Sponsor For more information or to register, contact Dorothy Botelho at or 508-999-5231 ext. 20. Corporate Sponsor:


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New Bedford Area Chamber Calendar - Upcoming Events State of the City Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:30 am - 1:30pm Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech High School - Field House 1121 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02745 $50 - Individual Admission $500 - Table of Ten $1,000 - Supporting Sponsor, Table of Ten

March 2017 Business After Hours Thursday, March 16, 2016 5 p.m. -7 p.m. Hampton Inn Fairhaven One Hampton Way Fairhaven, MA 02719 Free for members $25 non members

Friday Forum: Prospecting Techniques Using Social Media Friday, March 24, 2017 9:00 AM Chamber Office 794 Purchase St New Bedford, MA 02742 Free

APEX Awards Luncheon

SouthCoast Job Fair

Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Century House 107 S Main St, Acushnet, MA 02743

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School 1121 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford, Ma 02745.

Members $45.00 Non - Members $60.00 Tables of Ten $450.00

Admission is FREE for attendees with a resume!

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

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