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The SouthCoast

Inside March - April 2018

Chamber Focus

Proudly Serving New Bedford and the Towns of the South Coast Business News for and about Members of the SouthCoast Chamber

March - April 2018

Chamber Update ................................2 Connecting Activities..........................3 Good News .........................................6 Welcome New Members....................10 Featured Member Discount ..............13 SouthCoast Young Professionals.......13 Government Affairs Update..............14

Legislative Dinner with Governor Charlie Baker - April 10th at White's of Westport government that is as hard working as the people of the Commonwealth are. Governor Baker will discuss his current policies and future agenda that will directly influence the SouthCoast as a whole. This exciting event, sponsored by Southcoast Health, will begin at 5:00 pm and include a cocktail hour, dinner and networking opportunities. Individual Tickets are $65 for Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Corporate table sponsorships are also available.

Join the SouthCoast Chamber and Bristol County Chamber for a special cocktail hour and dinner reception with Governor Charlie Baker on April 10th at Whites of Westport. Since taking office, Governor Baker’s major objective has been to make Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family while delivering a customer-service oriented state

• Have you ever wanted to travel to China? Join the Chamber on a trip to China! Read more on page 5. • The Chamber is hosting two interns for the spring semester, read more on page 8. • The Annual SouthCoast Women's Forum will take place in May. Read more on page 12.

Governor Charlie Baker was inaugurated as the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts on January 8, 2015. Upon taking office, Governor Baker worked to close two budget gaps worth more than $2 billion without raising taxes, while bolstering local aid for our schools and communities, investing in a more reliable public transportation system and prioritizing funds to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic.

Governor Baker has supported robust business sectors by reforming the Commonwealth's regulatory environment, holding the line on taxes, and advancing efforts to rein in energy costs.

to oversee the system's operations and finances, and prioritize investments in the core system that over one million daily riders depend upon.

Prior to his election, Governor Baker was a highly successful leader of complex business and government organizations, serving as a cabinet secretary to both Governor William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and leading Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as CEO, from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the nation’s highConfronted with a devastating opioid est ranked health care providers. and heroin epidemic, Governor Baker’s administration has implemented a plan Do not miss this unique opportunity focused on prevention, intervention, to connect with Beacon Hill and learn treatment and recovery support, includ- what Governor Baker and his adminising partnering with the legislature on tration have in store for our region. For passage of landmark legislation. more information, contact Deven Robitaille, Programs and Events Manager Met with a historic snowfall during his by calling (508) 999- 5231. first winter in office that halted our beleaguered mass transit system, Gov- Sponsored by: ernor Baker undertook a major overhaul to fix the MBTA by appointing a Fiscal and Management Control Board Ensuring Massachusetts continues to be a national leader in education, Governor Baker has invested over $4.6 billion in Chapter 70 education funding -- the highest level of local education aid in state history.


The SouthCoast Chamber Focus is the official news publication of the SouthCoast Chamber 794 Purchase Street • New Bedford, MA 02740 508-999-5231 • fax 508-999-5237 • info@southcoastchamber.com 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 Chris Howard, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union Vice Chair of Economic Affairs Jen Hartley, Hampton Inn Fairhaven/New Bedford Vice Chair of Membership Jeff Pagliuca, Bristol County Savings Bank Immediate Past Chair Dave Maher, Lockheed Martin Directors Nathan Araujo, R4L Management Henry Arruda, WJFD-FM William Burns, Southcoast Health Systems Kevin Carando, 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 Rose Lopes, Sylvia Group Chuck Lord, AHEAD Lynne Mastera, Precix Lynn Malaso, BankFive Douglas Rodrigues, D. E. Rodrigues & Co. Kristy Roussel, Lafrance Hospitality Derek Santos, New Bedford Economic Development Council Carmen Sylvester, Southern Mass Credit Union Robert Unger, Unger LeBlanc Director Emeritus Joel E. Burns Your Chamber Staff 508-999-5231 President & CEO, Rick Kidder - Ext. 100 Director of Operations & Finance, Dorothy Botelho, IOM - Ext. 101 Manager of Business Development & Public Policy, Ian Abreu, IOM - Ext. 105 Supported Employment Network Coordinator, Joanne Rego Communications Manager, Rebecca Laliberte, IOM - Ext. 102 Programs & Events Manager, Deven Robitaille- Ext. 103 Youth Services Coordinator/Tourism Marketing Coordinator, Brianna Alves - Ext. 104 Member Relations Coordinator, Ashley Wojtunik - Ext. 108

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The Chamber Version of March Madness (And April!) A Message from the President & CEO new structured networking The Chamber, like all of us in program, SouthCoast Business the area, has awakened from Builders Breakfast. More than the holidays and nursed the 60 dedicated networkers joined wounds of a Super Bowl loss, us on the first event in Januand the Spring event season is ary and Southcoast Behavioral now in full swing! No organizaHealth will be our hosts for tion can ever afford to sit still, this next innovative networkif the goal is business growth Rick Kidder, ing event. and business success, and what we have planned in the next two President & CEO Business After Hours in months should appeal to every March has not one but two sector of Chamber member. opportunities for no-rules networking! On March 8th, the SouthCoast Cham- Join us on March 15th at Hampton Inn ber is once again the organizing entity in Fairhaven for their annual extravafor the annual Mayor’s State of the City ganza of connectivity and two weeks Address, this year held at New Bedford later on the 29th we will have another High School. We expect a packed house Business After Hours, sponsored by Bay for what promises to be an upbeat re- State Wind and located at the beautiful port from the Mayor on important eco- Moby Dick Brewing Company. nomic and governmental indicators for our home city. He will also outline his Also on March 29th, we will welcome future vision for New Bedford, includ- Housing and Economic Development ing the continued improvement of New Secretary Jay Ash along with a panel discussion on the State of the Business Bedford’s schools. Community in our Commonwealth The next day will feature the annual and our region at our morning breakSeafood Buyers Tour of the New Bed- fast series Good Morning SouthCoast. ford waterfront, where buyers from across the globe will convene to visit On to April! On April 10, we will join the nation’s largest and most successful forces with our friends at the Bristol fishing port, meet fish processors, tour County Chamber of Commerce to the area and enjoy a luncheon of New co-host a very special Dinner with the Bedford scallops and hear about the Governor, sponsored by Southcoast science of fishing with a presentation Health. Featuring passed appetizers and a sit-down dinner, we will be honored from UMASS-Dartmouth’s SMAST. to hear and learn from the man rouDo you want to visit China? On March tinely dubbed “America’s Most Popular 12th at 5:30 at Waypoint Event Cen- Governor.” ter, the Chamber will host an information session by Citslinc, the Chamber’s The 18th of April brings the next Busitravel partner to China. This superbly ness After Hours at UMASS-Dartpriced trip, departing in October will mouth, followed the next day by the visit Beijing, Shanghai with a choice region’s largest Job Fair, held at Greater of a side trip to the terra cotta warriors New Bedford Regional Vocational and in Xian or visits to two other remark- Technical School. able cities, Hangzhou and Suzhou. All hotels, all meals, ground transportation As always, go to www.southcoastchamand airfare are included in this amaz- ber.com for more information and to ing nine day trip for $2399 per person register for all of these events! Your (double occupancy). It is NOT to be chamber does not rest as we look to develop programming and events unlike missed! any other. March 14th at 8:30 AM brings our Thank you as always! second installment of the Chamber’s


Signal Success; Preparing Students for the Workforce! By: Brianna Alves

On February 5th, the Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership began the Commonwealth Corporation work readiness workshop "Signal Success" for New Bedford High School students participating in the Learn and Earn Program through Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MACEC). This workshop provides the students an opportunity to learn and participate in activities while developing strategies to improve their own college and career plan. The workshop will also provide a context for understanding how Signal Success fits into the overall goals of this exciting Clean Energy Center opportunity.

“The Commonwealth Corporation Signal Success is an important program that helps students learn both the skills they may need in the future workforce, but about what interests they have and the many career pathways they can go on to find their perfect career. The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board is so happy to help bring this great curriculum into area schools to enhance the learning about the potential career future each student has in our economy,” says Dr. Kaisa Holloway Cripps, Director of Operations for the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board. The New Bedford High students participating in this workshop, with interests in a career within clean energy, electrical engineering, and/or mechanical engineering, will also take two 3-credit college courses afterschool through Bristol Community College. These courses can be

used towards a certificate or degree program at Bristol Community College and/ or transfer to another institution per their guidelines. These students will participate in a paid 140-hour summer internship with the grant employer partners: Siemens, Eversource and Deep Water Wind upon completion of Computer-aided Design & Drafting course (CADD), Engineering course and Signal Success Workshop.

Get Reimbursed for Summer Youth Wages! If you are interested in hosting a high school intern during the summer months, the Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership has an exciting opportunity made available through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) employers to

host PAID internships for students in the South Coast Region! We are encouraging all members to apply at their earliest convenience. MLSC will reimburse eligible employers internship wages up to $2,880. The internship should run from July to August 2018 ($12 per hour for 6 weeks). Visit www.masslifesciences. com/programs/hsapprenticeship for more information and to apply. If you have any questions about applying for the MLSC grant, please email internship@masslifesciences.com or contact Brianna Alves, Youth Services Coordinator at the SouthCoast Chamber, Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership at 508-999-5231 ext. 104 or by email at balves@southcoastchamber.com.

SouthCoast Job Fair Features over 100 Employers Looking to Hire Admission is FREE for attendees with a Registrations will be accepted until Monresume! day, April 16, 2018, or, until capacity is reached. Recruiter/Employer Information: 6-foot table (no electricity) - $350 Admission to this event is free for all job 8-foot table (with electricity) - $400 seekers. Multiple Table Discounts – If renting All job seekers and attendees are also more than one table, you will receive $50 encouraged to take part in our complioff each additional table. mentary professional headshots photo booth, courtesy of Imagemakers PhotoEach Employer Will Receive: graphic Artists of New Bedford. • 8 or 6-foot table (depending on choice and or availability) If you or your business is interested in participating in the “SouthCoast Job • 2 Chairs Fair,” please contact SouthCoast Chamber Business Development and Public • Breakfast & Lunch provided by the Policy Manager Ian Abreu at (508) 999SouthCoast Chamber 5231, ext. 105 or, via email at iabreu@ southcoastchamber.com • Access to electrical outlets (must be requested)

on the campus of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High Are you looking for a "rock-star" to take School, located at 1121 Ashley Boulevard, New Bedford, MA. your business to the next level? If so, then the "SouthCoast Job Fair" is The region’s largest career and hiring the place you need to be! event of the year, the “SouthCoast Job The SouthCoast Chamber, the Greater Fair” will provide your business with an New Bedford Career Center and opportunity to interact one on one with Lifestream will be once again hosting its a large group of talented job seekers. Our annual “SouthCoast Job Fair” on Thurs- goal is to help you make connections to day, April 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 meet the workforce needs of your busi- • Access to hundreds of well-prepared job seekers p.m. at the Z. Walter Janiak Field House nesses. Is your company hiring?

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The Chamber is Pleased to Welcome Ashley Wojtunik as Member Relations Coordinator The SouthCoast Chamber is pleased to bring Ashley Wojtunik on board as their new Member Relations Coordinator. Ashley comes to the Chamber with great knowledge of the local region. Born and raised in Acushnet, she loves all the history and small-town charm the South Coast has to offer. Ashley serves as a contributing writer for The Standard Times where she covers an array of local interest stories. Ashley also works for Townsquare Media/ Fun 107 on the Street Team and assists with onlocation events. Both of these jobs have given Ashley an opportunity to interact with many members of local communities. Ashley holds an Associate’s degree from Bristol Community College and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, holding a BA in English with a concentration of writing/rhetoric/ communications. Ashley’s primary focus at the Chamber will be membership sales and retention. Her mission is to help other businesses grow and feel like they are part of a com-

March Good Morning SouthCoast: The State of the Business Community Thursday, March 29, 2018

munity that cares about supporting one another. One of her various roles will be overseeing the “SouthCoast Business Builders Breakfast”. This breakfast networking mixer is new to the Chamber and Ashley is looking forward to further developing this event. She is very interested in becoming involved with other initiatives associated with the Chamber such The March edition of Good Morning as the Women’s Forum and the Junior SouthCoast! will focus on the State of Achievement program. the Business Community and the current economic climate of our region. SecreRick Kidder, SouthCoast Chamber CEO, tary of Housing and Economic Developsaid, “We are thrilled to have Ashley join ment for the Commonwealth of Massaour team. Membership growth and reten- chusetts, the Honorable Jay Ash will be tion, often tied to networking events and the featured keynote speaker. Secretary programs, is the key to growth in the Ash will discuss the status of housing and Chamber world, and Ashley’s sparkling community development, job creation, personality and skill set is a perfect match business development, consumer affairs, for the Chamber.” and business regulation throughout the South Coast. Ashley is excited to learn more about the business community and to serve the The Honorable Jay Ash serves as the SecChamber’s members. retary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of MasAshley Wojtunik can be reached at 508- sachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible 999-5231 ext: 108 or by email at awoj- for directing and executing Governor tunik@southcoastchamber.com Charlie Baker's agenda on housing and

community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Since joining the Baker-Polito Administration, Secretary Ash has prioritized efforts to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic development priorities, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across Massachusetts. Following Secretary Ash’s remarks, a panel discussion will take place with local professionals and experts. Members of the panel will include Derek Santos, Executive Director of the New Bedford Economic Development Council, Jeff Pontiff, Owner/Broker E.J. Pontiff Real Estate and President, Whaling City Expeditions and Rick Kidder, President and CEO of the SouthCoast Chamber. They will share their insight and answer your questions on the State of our local Business Community and the direction it is heading. The event will be held at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford at 7:30 am. Individual tickets are $30 for Chamber Members, $45 for Non-Members and tables of ten for $300. For more information, contact the SouthCoast Chamber at 508999-5231.

Join the SouthCoast Chamber on an adventure to…CHINA!

The SouthCoast Chamber will be holding its China trip information session on March 12th at the Waypoint Event Center, (185 MacArthur Dr, New Bedford, MA 02740). The information session will run from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM. This free event will go over all of the details of this once in a lifetime event including; price, everything included in the package, and departure time.

be an opportunity to learn about this Space is limited, so act fast. Don’t miss AMAZING once in a lifetime trip. out on this opportunity to explore historic China, exchange ideas with local This nine-day trip will have you explor- business representatives, and make ing all over China including the Great memories that will last a lifetime. Wall, Forbidden City and much more. You will be able to taste amazing food For more information about this trip, and hear local music. This unforget- please call the SouthCoast Chamber at Travel dates for the trip to China are table adventure will enrich your knowl- (508) 999-5231, or you can email Deven October 27 – November 4, 2018. The edge of Chinese history and is an op- at deven@southcoastchamber.com. cost is $2,399 per person (double oc- portunity you don’t want to miss! cupancy) and includes roundtrip international airfare, Chinese domestic The information session is a free event airfare, tax, 4 and 5 star hotel accom- for everyone; non-members are always modations, 3 meals a day, deluxe bus encouraged to attend. To register go ontours, a fluent English speaking tour line at www.southcoastchamber.com or guide, and entrance fees for all the at- call (508) 999-5231. tractions. The information session will 5


Good News! Carmen L. Mello Joins Tomlinson & ment with Raymond James Financial Services (Raymond James), one of the O’Neil Insurance Agency leading brokerage firms in North America, which will provide Bristol Wealth Group and its clients with a wide range Christopher J. O’Neil, Vice President of of investment solutions and a state-ofthe Tomlinson & O’Neil Insurance the-art investment platform. Bristol Agency of New Bedford, MA has recent- Wealth Group will be owned equally by ly announced that Carmen L. Mello has the Bank and the Ricciardi Financial joined the agency’s Personal Lines Depart- Group and managed by CEO Lou Ricment as a client service representative. ciardi, Owner and President of Ricciardi Carmen brings over 27 years of client Financial Group, who has also served on service and management experience to the Bank’s Board of Directors for more the agency. Fluent in English and Por- than 25 years. Bristol Wealth Group will tuguese, Carmen has attained the desig- be located on the 2nd Floor of the Bank’s nation of Certified Insurance Service Main Office at 35 Broadway in Taunton. Representative, holds an insurance pro- The merger has received approval by fedducers license and is a certified Notary eral regulators and the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks. Public. “After many months of planning and due diligence, we are confident that our joint venture with Ricciardi Financial Group will provide all our clients the exceptional products and services required to satisfy all of their investment needs from a locally-owned and controlled independent wealth management advisor,” said Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank. “We look forward to a seamless transition as FAS clients will continue to be served by a financial advisory group with which they Bristol County Savings Bank And Ric- are familiar but now with the added ciardi Financial Group Announce Joint value of Bristol Wealth Group’s advisor’s Venture To Form Bristol Wealth Group affiliation with Raymond James, one of the most highly regarded and well capitalized, independent broker-dealers in North America.” Most recently serving as a branch manager with a Fairhaven based agency, Carmen will be working to grow and service an expanding list of clients at Tomlinson & O’Neil. She can be reached at 508994-5678 or at cmello@toinsurance.com. Tomlinson & O’Neil Insurance Agency is a progressive insurance agency serving the needs of thousands of individuals and businesses throughout New England. For more information please visit www.toinsurance.com.

Partnership also includes affiliation agreement with Raymond James Financial Services. Bristol County Savings Bank and Ricciardi Financial Group, both of Taunton, Massachusetts, announce they have entered into a joint venture to merge the Bank’s Financial Advisory Services (FAS) division, located in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Ricciardi Financial Group to become Bristol Wealth Group with combined assets of approximately $700 million effective January 31, 2018. The joint venture also includes an affiliation agree6

Ricciardi Financial Group, which traces its roots back to 1981 when Ricciardi was first licensed, provides wealth management and investment advisory services to over 600 clients and has grown to become one of the largest independent practices in the country today with assets under management of more than $400 million. The company has enjoyed a successful affiliation with Raymond James on behalf of its clients since 2009. Established in 2007, Bristol County Savings Bank’s Financial Advisory Services division provides wealth management, investment and trust administration services to over 400 clients with assets under man-

agement of more than $290 million.

service organizations that benefit the elderly, veterans and the homeless of our communities. “As a community bank it is part of our mission to support small business owners to grow, create jobs and revitalize our local economy," said William R. Eccles, JR., President and CEO of BankFive. "We are thrilled to sponsor a business owner to go through the Interise program, who will receive the tools and training to develop their business for future success.”

“The personalized approach to wealth management, which has been the hallmark of both entities since their founding, will continue to be our guiding principal,” said Ricciardi. “With similar cultures focused on the customer and a shared history of working together on behalf of the communities we serve, our new joint venture is focused on further strengthening our customer relationships and maximizing the strategies and tools available in pursuit of meeting our cli- “My Name is Jocelyn Maniglia and I have ents’ financial goals.” been a licensed equestrian instructor, horse trainer and barn manager with over Ricciardi added that with the combined 20 years experience . I own and operate assets of his company and FAS, Bristol Equestrian Element and it’s my life’s pasWealth Group will be able to enhance sion. I am truly loving my chosen profesand expand its investment services offer- sion and my goal is to grow my business ings, from comprehensive financial plan- to not only be more profitable, but to ning, to broader access to municipal bond also provide increasingly improved client investing for individual investors and services and facility expansion. Currentmunicipal financing for cities and towns, ly, Equestrian Element is based out of to expanded customized portfolio invest- East Over Farm in Rochester. ments and models for individual and company retirement plans. I’ve recently began a new business plan; I am hoping to update and complete it Interise Receives “Stwmba” Scholarship with the knowledge and education I reFrom Bankfive For South Coast Business ceive from Interise. Continuing my eduOwner cation in business is important to me. I am a hard worker with an imagination. I strive to stay current on the needs of my community and adding programs that will enrich people’s lives. Soon, we will need funding to complete projects to better handle the growing number of students and classes offered.”

The South Coast Interise, Streetwise ‘MBA’™ program and Bank5 have partnered to sponsor Jocelyn Maniglia, owner of Equestrian Element, for the 2017-18 program. The “BankFive Foundation Fund” provides financial support to the local community through grants that enrich schools and other organizations that serve lowand moderate-income households. The Foundation focuses on projects that support local educational programs, financial youth programs, and health and human

Interise provides the tools, resources and networks for small business owners to grow. With meetings twice a month during the program, entrepreneurs create a customized 3 year strategic growth action plan with realistic steps on how to grow. Interise graduates learn how improve leadership skills, hire the right staff, cut cost, 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 6000 small business owners nationwide. The program meets once a year in the fall for 13 sessions.


Good News! New Bedford Regional Airport Continues Commercial Service The New Bedford Regional Airport is pleased to announce continued commercial jet service following an overwhelming success over the holidays. From December 16 to January 1, Maine-based carrier, Elite Airways operated direct service to Vero Beach, Florida from the New Bedford Regional Airport. With most flights going out nearly full, the carrier is responding and working out details for a spring schedule. Elite is considering a few destinations from New Bedford including Myrtle Beach, SC, Vero Beach, FL, and Newark, NJ. The EWB team is prepared to meet the growing demand for more service and is actively seeking options for residents of the SouthCoast. Additional information may be found HERE: http://www.southcoasttoday. com/news/20180109/elite-airways-soarsat-new-bedford-regional-airport.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Michael Baldwin, Marion Institute Co-Founder and President of the Board of Directors. “Robyn has been a loyal member of the Marion Institute team for over five years and has played an integral role in our continued success and development. She adds a breadth of experience and understanding of the work of the Marion Institute in the greater New Bedford nonprofit community. She has a deep commitment to our core values and mission and a capacity to strategically guide us forward in developing relationships that will allow us to broaden our impact.” Branco has over 16 years of development, fundraising, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. A New Bedford native, she worked in nonprofit development and event coordination in both San Francisco and Washington, DC, before returning to New Bedford in 2007.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Marion Institute Names Robyn Branco degree in Natural Resource Studies and New Executive Director a minor in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In 2011 she was named one of the New England Business Bulletin’s top young professionals.

Jeannie Paradise Joins Coastal Financial Christopher M. Hodgson, CFP® MSFS, CFBS, CLTC of Coastal Financial in Dartmouth, MA is proud to announce Jeannie Paradise has joined the firm. Jeannie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication and has an extensive background in office administration, customer service and marketing. She has previously worked at Brown Brothers Harriman, Brown University, Community Boating of New Bedford and most recently as the Marketing & Customer Service Manager at Atlantic Capes Fisheries.

Jean is responsible for the growth of residential lending throughout the South Coast region and neighboring Rhode Island. “Jean’s commitment to customer service and her passion for making homeownership a reality for buyers made her a natural choice to join our team,” states Carmen Sylvester, President & CEO. Correia, a resident of Westport, earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Providence College. She was also the recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Five Star Home Professionals award as published in the Rhode Island Monthly magazine. Southern Mass Credit Union is a full service financial institution with offices located in Fairhaven, New Bedford, Fall River and Plymouth.

Coastal Financial is a boutique firm providing financial services to a select group For additional information on Southern of successful business owners, profession- Mass Credit Union products and serals and nonprofit organizations who are vices go to southernmass.com. committed to improving their current financial position, achieving their financial goals and protecting their families, business and employees. We seek to accomplish this mission through comprehensive financial analysis, successful implementation of recommendations and constant re-evaluation of ever changing dynamics.

Branco is active in cultural organizations such as the Azorean Maritime Heritage Jean Correia Named New Residential Society, where she serves as a Board Mem- Mortgage Originator at ber. She previously served as the Marion Southern Mass Credit Union Institute’s Development & Programs The Marion Institute, a nonprofit orga- Director, and has been with the organizaSouthern Mass nization that has worked to foster positive tion since 2012. Credit Union social change since 1993, has announced announces that the selection of Robyn Branco as its new “The Marion Institute has always strived Jean Correia Executive Director. has joined the to enhance the quality of life for our credit union as neighbors here in the Southcoast and I Effective immediately, Branco will fill the feel privileged to be a part of this work. a Residential vacancy created by Janet Milkman’s de- I look forward to building stronger conMortgage Loan parture in December 2016. The selection nections among our current programs Originator. was made after Branco stepped in to fill and partners to expand the impact of our many aspects of the Executive Director work,” Branco said. “I am especially ex- Jean brings thirty-six years of experience role, working in tandem with Margherita cited about identifying and cultivating in the credit union industry; nineteen Baldwin, co-founder of the Marion Insti- leaders in my hometown to strengthen of those years directly as a Mortgage tute and acting Executive Director during our communities, promote healthy living, Originator and a Business Development the interim. and increase sustainability initiatives.” Officer. She joins Southern Mass from St. Anne’s Credit Union where she held the position of a Mortgage Originator.

Do you have good news to share? Please send your press releases with photos to info@southcoastchamber.com Due to space limitations, we can not guarantee each article will be printed. We do try our best to fit as much member news in as possible.

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Chamber Welcomes Two Interns for the Spring Semester

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The SouthCoast Chamber is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with two college students to provide them with internships for the spring semester. Rebecca Laliberte, Communications Manager at the SouthCoast Chamber said “We are excited to welcome Gwladys and Matthew to our team for the Spring semester. They each bring different skills, which will be refined and strengthened, throughout their internship. We hope to help prepare them for their next step as they prepare to enter the workforce.” We asked Gwladys and Matthew to share a little bit about their background and to reflect on their first few weeks at the Chamber. My name is Gwladys Ngatchou. I am currently enrolled as a General Study Mass/Trans student at Bristol Community College. Not really sure of my career choice, I decided to intern at SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce this semester to find my “why”. I have just been working here for a couple of weeks now, and I am beginning to love it. During this internship, I aspire to achieve three specific goals. I intend to work with Rebecca, Communication Manager, who will teach me how to write and publish a press release, an advertisement post, and a member spotlight. Deven Robitaille, our Program and Event Manager, and I will be working on how to plan an event. We will specifically focus on planning the “SouthCoast Women’s Forum” event that will take place in May, and I hope to learn a lot from her creative mind. My final goal aims at learning the value of membership and understanding why and how to make a business join the SouthCoast Chamber membership. This will be possible with the help of Ian Abreu, the SouthCoast Manager of Business Development and Public Policy. These goals seem a lot to be achieved considering the time I have to work at the Chamber, but the phenomenal Chamber crew and I will be able to achieve these goals through our hard work, dedication and their experience. This semester being my last, I hope to figure out my next step by the end of this internship.

As a senior at Fitchburg State University studying in the Communications Media field with a concentration in Professional Communications, I am required to do an internship that is 32-40 hours a week for the entire semester. In choosing my internship, my main priority was that it was close to home so I would not have to live on campus, which saved me money this semester. I also wanted something that would allow me to put my skills into practice and be able to learn new ones. So I went online to look for places that fit, the reason I chose the SouthCoast Chamber is because they work with different companies so I would get to do a lot of networking, as well as being able to do different tasks with the different departments including Communications, Membership, and Events and Programs. I thought it was a perfect fit after doing my interview and accepting the position I started on January 22nd and right from the start they had me doing various tasks within the different departments. I have done press releases for the communications department; I have been helping with the preparation of a few different events for the programs and events department. I have also been helping with the annual job fair by making phone calls to see if they wanted to register, and writing two 30-second radio commercials as well as making social media posts. I have made phone calls to members to get accurate information for the annual publication, to companies about being a part of the job fair, etc. Sitting in on the meetings to see the logistics and all of the little details that go into planning the events has been a valuable experience. I hope to continue to grow as a professional in the field and learn new skills as well as enhance the ones I already have. Gwladys Ngatchou can be reached at gngatchou@southcoastchamber.com and Matthew Perez can be reached at mperez@ southcoastchamber.com. Employers interested in hosting interns are encouraged to attend the Chamber’s Friday Forum on April 6th, 8:30 am, at the Chamber office, presented by Bristol Community College.


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Art For Your Mind, LLC 12 Euclid Ave. Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Phone: (508) 498-2864

HW Staffing Solutions 822 Mount Pleasant St. New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (508) 994-6464

RE/MAX Welcome Home 11 Annies Way Taunton, Massachusetts 02780 Phone: 508-789-6934

Bayside Lounge 125 Sconticut Neck Road Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 996-9212

Image Signs Inc./Image Print Co. 126 River Rd. New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (774) 627-6324

North Star Marine Insurance Services LLC 59 Main Street, Unit #1 Fairhaven , Ma 02719 Phone: 774-202-2751

Bic Pens www.BicPens.com 877-bicpens

JAZ USA, Inc. 59 Tarkiln Place New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (877) 529-8721

Cafe Mimo 1526 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (508) 997-8779 Caliber Home Loans 128 Union Street, Suite #101 New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 836-3402 Cleary's Pub 111 Huttleston Ave Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 996-3500 Erin Kavanaugh Photography 241 Reed Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 264-1717

Keches Law Group 186 Branscomb St. New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (774) 263-6100 MAACO Collision Repair & Auto Painting 49 Potomska St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 634-0610 Meineke 543 Dartmouth Street South Dartmouth, MA 02748 Phone: (508) 999-7500

Paul Dion, CPA 22 West St. Millbury, MA 01527 Phone: (508) 853-3292 Pioneer Financial Group - Nicholas Briguglio PO BOX 40155 New Bedford, MA 02744 Phone: (508) 441-4655 Pioneer Basement 31 Sanford Road Westport, MA 02790 Phone: (508) 674-5121 Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction, Inc. (PAACA) 360 Coggeshall St. New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (508) 997-9051 Precision Window & Kitchen 1111 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (508) 990-3576

RE/MAX Vantage 129 Huttleston Ave. Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 999-4424 School on Wheels of Massachusetts 100 Laurel Street E. Bridgewater , MA 02333 Phone: 508-587-9091 Sea Green Bookkeeping and Tax Services, Inc. 145 Bridge St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 993-8659 The Web Detective 243 Marble St. Somerset, MA 02726 Phone: (774) 520-8559 Whaling City Admirals 51 Morse Place Fall River, MA Phone: (774) 644-3989

Friday Forums: Expanding your Business & Learn about Hosting an Intern Join us for an upcoming Friday Forums, Master, living in Fall River and workfeaturing topics to help you grow your ing all over the New England area for business! the last 16 years. Rev. Hicks received her ordination at Camp Chesterfield, Affirmations & Advertising The Indiana Association of Spiritualists in 1997, and she also attended the "Expanding Your Business" Arthur Findlay School in Great Britain. Friday, March 16, 2018 She is now offering spiritual develop9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ment classes & workshops at the Soul Chamber Office Purpose in Swansea and she also has 794 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA an office in Canton, Ma to offer her spiritual services to people residing in Come and join us for a Friday Forum the Boston and surrounding areas. Rev. with a spiritual vibe! Let's set our inten- Hicks's gifts include clairvoyance, claitions our ideas to work in several meth- raudience, prophecy, clairsentience, ods to expand your business and boost psychometry, trance medium, spirit your energy to move forward. art, flame messages, and spiritual healing. Rev. Hicks's specialty gift is 'Spirit Reverend Gail Hicks is a Spiritualist Flame Messages' a card smoked with Minister, Medium, healer and Reiki image message from your loved one—a 10

must see event. She has been recognized in several newspaper articles, radio and TV for 'sports predictions'. Her goals are to educate spiritual development to those ready to open the door of communication for healing with the Spirit World and enlightenment."

Learn How Your Company Can Benefit from an Intern

program. Methods to develop a high quality internship program or expand an existing one will be discussed. This forum will cover; the legal considerations of recruiting and retaining interns, developing a high quality project while taking advantage of BCC’s free services and collaboration.

Your presence at this presentation will not only enhance the quality of your business internship program, but will April 6, 2018 - 9:00 AM also teach you how to take advantage Chamber Office of a helping hand while providing high794 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA quality education and resources to students. During this Friday Forum presentation, you will have the privilege to learn from Friday Forums are FREE but registraBristol Community College’s Coopera- tion is required at southcoastchamber. tive Education about their internship com or by calling 508-999-5231.


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4. Guests at the Jan. Business Builders Breakfast had an opportunity to share a 20 second commercial about their business.* 5. The Whaler's Tavern in New Bedford hosted the Feb. edition of the SouthCoast Young Professionals Network "Off the Clock". 6. The SCYPN Coffee & Conversation was held at the Waypoint Event Center in New Bedford. 7. Guests at the Business After Hours at Pub 6T5 in New Bedford.* 8. Guest at the Jan. Good Morning SouthCoast at the Wamsutta Club.*

Register online for upcoming Business After Hours by visiting: www.southcoastchamber.com or calling (508) 999-5231.

9. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack spoke to a large group of business and civic leaders unveiling the next steps in getting us on a train to Boston by 2022.* (*photos by Sergio: badmonkeypics@outlook.com)

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Annual SouthCoast Women's Forum The SouthCoast Women's Forum is the ideal setting for leading business professionals, and aspiring women in business to connect, learn, and be inspired by other women! This unique event celebrates the accomplishments of women, while motivating other women to follow their example. Today’s economic, cultural and social environments are continuously evolving and adapting to new technologies and ideas. This constant state of change makes it imperative to share strategies that have been implemented over several generations in order to remain relevant and successful. The 2018 SouthCoast Women’s Forum will focus on how women have progressed, developed and influenced each other across the generations and the impact they have had on one another’s professional development and success. Keynote

Calendar of Chamber Committee Meetings March Government Affairs - Friday, March 9th - 8:30 a.m. Board of Directors - Thursday, March 22nd - 8:30 a.m. April Government Affairs - Friday, April 13th - 8:30 a.m. For more information on upcoming committee meetings contact the Chamber at 508-999-5231 or email info@southcoastchamber.com.

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speaker for the event will be Rosalin Acosta, Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The event will also feature a panel discussion featuring local community leaders. Join us on May 2nd at the Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham for the much anticipated 2018 SouthCoast Women’s Forum! Enjoy a delicious lunch and networking opportunities while gaining insight from women from all generations! For more information, contact the SouthCoast Chamber at 508-9995231.


March-April Featured Member Discounts 10% off

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For more information: 1528 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA phone: (508) 997-8779 email: cafemimo@gmail.com www.cafemimorestaurant.net * Offer valid March-April 2018.

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.southcoastchamber.com or call 508-999-5231

SCYPN CEO Unplugged By Gwladys Ngatchou, Intern Are you a young professional yearning to learn from local CEOs and increase your network reach? This might be a perfect event for you. The SouthCoast Young Professionals Network (SCYPN) will host their next installment of the CEO Unplugged series on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Alma Del Mar Charter School (515 Belleville Ave, New Bedford, MA 02746.) The SCYPN's CEO Unplugged series is held quarterly and provides young professionals with an opportunity to connect with and learn from successful local CEOs. Aimed to be a source of inspiration and a wealth of knowledge, the CEOs share their personal experiences and journey to success with the participants in an informal, small group setting. The 2018 series will feature; Will Gardner on March 22nd, Dr. Laura Douglas, BCC President, on June 12th, and Jason Couto, on September 10th and December is still to be determined.

Our featured speaker for March event will be Will Gardner, Executive Director of Alma Del Mar, a K-8 public charter school in New Bedford. His mission is to put every one of its scholars on the path to college and to challenge them to be service-minded leaders. Prior to founding Alma del Mar, Mr. Gardner ran after school programming for middle schoolers in New Bedford. He began his career as a teacher with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta. He has a BA from Wesleyan University and M.Ed. from Harvard. This event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required online at www.southcoastchamber.com or by contacting SouthCoast Chamber at 508-999-5231.

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Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is available as of 2/15/18. Minimum deposit of $500 is required to open account. Term Certificates do not apply. Penalties may be imposed for early withdrawal. Premium rates not eligible for this special. Funds to open Individual Retirement Account must be transferred from another financial institution. A penalty may be assessed for withdrawals exceeding 50% of the balance or for early withdrawal. Fees could reduce earnings on account. There are no annual maintenance fees on IRA accounts. Share insurance is provided in excess of NCUA federal insurance by MSIC, a Massachusettschartered corporation not affiliated with the NCUA or the federal government. This is a limited time offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Rates subject to change at any time. We reserve the right to determine the eligibility of new members and existing members for all promotional offers. These offers cannot be combined with any other current or ongoing offers, promotions, & discounts.

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SouthCoast Chamber Announces New Partnership with "VoterVoice" Software By: Ian Abreu

Your voice matters, and it should be heard loud and clear! The SouthCoast Chamber is proud to announce that its public policy advocacy is continuing to grow, and its newest partnership with the “VoterVoice” governmental affairs advocacy system is yet another step in that direction!

Mass. Minimum Wage Initiative Currently Before the Joint Committee of Labor & Workforce Development As many of you know, there may be several important issues before the voters of our Commonwealth this fall such as: Paid Family and Medical Leave, Minimum Nursing Staffing Level, Millionaire's Tax and Sales Tax Decrease/Tax Holiday Initiative. While each may have good intentions, taken together these initiatives would have devastating impacts on our economy.

This new system will allow our Chamber new and exciting ways to connect each one of you – our members, with public policy issues at both the state and federal level that are relevant to you and your business. One of these, the Minimum Wage Initiative, is currently before the Joint Whether through targeted emails, Committee of Labor & Workforce advocacy campaigns or petitions, we Development. look forward to your involvement with us through this new service. We want The SouthCoast Chamber and its to make sure you are heard on both Board of Directors believe that this Beacon and Capitol Hill. matter, if not addressed appropriately before heading to the ballot, would If you would like more information undoubtedly pass this up-coming about the “VoterVoice” software, please November. If passed, this referendum visit their website at: www.votervoice. would adversely affect the entire net. business community throughout our region and state in the following ways:

• Massachusetts already has one of the highest minimum wages in the country • Small businesses would be particularly and adversely affected •The initiative fails to address a training wage or a "teen" wage •Jobs would be lost for our most vulnerable populations To weigh in and support the Chamber’s public position, or, to add your own opinion to this issue, please visit this link: https://www.votervoice.net/ SOUTHCOAST/campaigns/56981/ respond Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate Clean Energy Growth This past Monday, the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released an energy bill, which claims it may in fact reduce the threat of climate change. The 71-page bill is still under review by our Chamber, the “Associated Industries of Massachusetts” (AIM), and other business advocacy organizations

throughout the state. Here is what we do know about this bill so far: • A requirement for the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to develop a new “market-based compliance mechanism” on carbon emissions from transportation. The mechanism is better known as a carbon tax. • A mandated increase in the amount of renewable power purchased by energy suppliers. Last year’s energy bill required the state’s utilities to purchase large amounts of offshore wind, hydropower and onshore wind as part of the largest competitive procurements for power ever in Massachusetts. The results of these competitive bids are currently under review by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). • An increase in subsidies (net metering) for solar development.

WomEntrepreneurship and Business New Bedford (WEB New Bedford) grant awarded to area submitted by the GNB Workforce Investment Board

On February 12, 2018, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced Urban Agenda grants for projects across Massachusetts. Included in these awards was a multipartner effort to help enhance resources for New Bedford women to start and grow their businesses. WEB New Bedford (the WomEntrepreneurship and Business New Bedford) aligns with the New Bedford 2020 Master Plan as a comprehensive strategy for economic 14

development through business assistance and access to seed funds. The project will recruit 8 participants with a focus on women and minorities living in New Bedford who are interested in starting or have started a business and need assistance growing. Activities include Bristol Community College entrepreneurship courses and support from twelve partners including the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, New Bedford Economic Development Council, Immigrant’s Assistance Center, PACE YouthBuild, United Way of Greater New Bedford, GNB Career Center, EForAll, BCC, CEDC, Groundwork!, and SouthCoast Chamber.

long term catalytic growth for womenowned businesses in New Bedford. The goal is to help women start and grow businesses in New Bedford.

A goal of this project is to continue to help start and to grow the number of women owned small businesses in New Bedford and its neighborhoods. The economic benefits from and the number of women owned businesses nationally have continued to increase at higher rates than the national average of entrepreneurial small business firms, with approximately 11.3 million employing nearly 9 million people and fueling the economy with $1.6 trillion of revenues (Source: American Express State of Women Owned Businesses in 2016). WEB New Bedford seeks to capitalize on the national trend The vision of WEB New Bedford is to and encourage and foster a positive capitalize on and aggregate the available atmosphere for women-owned local resources and seed funding for businesses in New Bedford.

WEB New Bedford will be offered to all women entrepreneurs and/or small business owners in New Bedford. A required pitch at the application phase will assist the team with identifying either potential or current business owners who meet the criteria and would benefit from the project. Participants who successfully complete the eligibility and program requirements may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 in seed funding for their business. More information on the program including enrollment will be available in March 2018 by visiting the GNBWIB website gnbwib.org/webnewbedford. The program will officially kick off at the SouthCoast Chamber Women’s Forum in May. This project is funded through the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) Urban Agenda program.


ENTERPRISING MINDS Submitted by Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator

Job Seeker Finds Employment Opportunity Through Network’s Enterprising Minds Article

After reading the July 2017 Enterprising Minds article in the SouthCoast Chamber Focus newsletter, Donald Guimette, President of Shepard Group, Inc. announced to his staff, “I’m hiring him!” As a result, Christopher Mercer found a new job that he loves and an employment opportunity that has proven to have a very successful outcome

for both the employer and employee. SouthCoast Chamber member, Shepard Group, Inc. of Westport is a commercial service contractor company that provides property management throughout the Greater New Bedford and Fall River area. His business was in need of a part-time employee to provide the company with maintenance services and truck detailing one day a week at their Westport office. After reading the Southcoast Chamber’s Enterprising Minds article that highlighted Mercer’s work experience and his active job search, Guimette wanted to give Mercer a shot at a new job at his company. Guimette put in a call to Lifestream, Inc.’s supported employment program

The SouthCoast HR Council meets monthly September through May. The council is open to all Chamber members with an interest in human resources. Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Time: 12 p.m. Location: BankFive in Fall River Program: Discussion on Diversity

and spoke to Mark Jardin the Employment Manager at Lifestream, Inc. Jardin met with Guimette at his Shepard’s Group, Inc. office to discuss the employment needs of their company and an interview was set up between Mercer and Guimette. What transpired was the perfect job match not only skill wise, but also, the boss and the new employee’s personalities were a perfect match too. Both Guimette and Mercer are New England sports enthusiast, which created a unique connection between the two.

Mercer says he is proud to earn a paycheck and to be a tax-paying citizen. He was very pleased when he received his first W-2 this year. Mercer says he saves his money to buy sports gear and to go out for dinner with family and friends.

Mercer has been employed at Shepard Group, Inc. since the summer of 2017. Mark Jardin from Lifestream, Inc. says he is very proud of Mercer and his work performance at both of his jobs. Jardin says that Mercer is a dependable and skilled worker who is very sociable Chris loves his new job providing and is willing to do whatever task his maintenance services for his new employers needs him to do. employer. His duties at Shepard Group, Inc. include cleaning the kitchen and If your business is interested in hiring bathrooms, cleaning and detailing a skilled and dedicated employee like the company trucks, mopping and Mercer or you would like to discuss vacuuming the floors and shredding an employment opportunity, set up paper. Chris says he enjoys working an interview for someone who has with his new co-workers including disabilities while receiving job supports Sarah, Rackel and the guys in the services from one of the participating garage. Guimette says he loves having SouthCoast Chamber’s Supported Mercer working for him at his company. Employment Network Committee Guimette says Chris always has a smile members, please call Joanne Rego at the on his face when he comes to work SouthCoast Chamber at 508-999-5231. and notes that Mercer gets along well with all his co-workers. Sarah says that Mercer is reliable, always on time and he is a hard worker.

Date: Wednesday April 25, 2018 Time: 7:45AM - 12PM Location: Whites of Westport, 66 State Rd. Westport, MA Program: Legal Update For more information or to register, contact Dorothy Botelho at: dbotelho@southcoastchamber.com or 508-999-5231 ext. 101.

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SouthCoast Chamber Calendar - Upcoming Events SouthCoast Business Builders Breakfast Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Southcoast Behavioral Health 581 Faunce Corner Road Dartmouth, MA $15 per person

Business After Hours Thursday, March 15, 2018 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Hampton Inn Fairhaven One Hampton Way Fairhaven, MA Members - Free Non-members - $25

SCYPN CEO Unplugged Thursday, March 22, 2018 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m.

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