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The New Bedford Area

Inside May- June 2017

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

SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon Featuring Local Legislative and Senatorial Delegation Join us Friday, June 2, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Cotali Mar Restaurant, located at 1178 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA for the Annual SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon. The Legislative Luncheon is a high profile annual event that provides business leaders with an opportunity to have face time with regional legislators as well as hear from members of legislative leadership on the priorities of Beacon Hill. This year our local Legislative and Senatorial Delegation will partake in a panel discussion and answer your questions about statewide matters which are relevant to the economic vitality of our region.

May - June 2017

Coast Rail on page 10. • The SouthCoast Young Professionals Network will host the next Coffee & Conversation in May, more on page 13. • Looking for summer help? The supported employment network can help, more info on page 15. • The next Good Morning SouthCoast! features the topic of preparing our future workforce. Read more on page 15.

Connecting Activities ..............................3 Good News ..............................................6 Welcome New Members......................10 Featured Member Discount ...............13 Government Affairs Update................14 Good Morning SouthCoast .................15

Chamber Recognized Accomplishments of Local Businesses at the APEX Awards

The cost to attend which includes lunch is $50 per person for members and $60 for non-members. Tables of ten are also available. Registration for this event is required online at newbedfordchamber. com or by calling 508-999-5231. For more information and to inquire about Presented as “Non-Profit Organization of the sponsorship opportunities contact Year” was Child & Family Services, Inc.. Deven Tillman at The New Bedford Area Chamber of dtillman@newbedfordchamber.com Commerce and BankFive are pleased or call 508-999-5231. to recognize the significant contributions and achievements of our region’s businesses with the presentation of the Corporate sponsor: 2017 APEX Awards in the categories of Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit/Educational Institution. Although this recognition ceremony has been around for quite some time, this The event will be Moderated by local year was the event’s debut as its own popular WBSM Radio Personality and occasion - separate from the Chambers New Bedford's "Morning Mayor" Phil esteemed Good Morning SouthCoast. Paleologos​.

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“Large Business of the Year” for 2017, was presented to LifeStream. With over thirty nominees this year, the painstaking task of narrowing down one of the largest turnouts to date was no easy one. Each nominee has played a unique role within the community and contributed to the economic development of the SouthCoast. Presented with “Large Business of the Year” award for 2017, was LifeStream. Established in 1976, the founders of LifeStream aimed to improve physical and mental healthcare, whereas many continued on page 3

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 • focus@newbedfordchamber.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 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 William Burns, 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 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 With the beautiful weather of spring comes a flurry of Chamber activities that are designed to serve our members in positive and diverse ways. Your chamber never stops working for businesses of the South Coast region with a single goal – economic growth for all of Rick Kidder, our member businesses. President & CEO In April, more than 100 businesses gathered at Greater New Bedford Vocational and Technical High School for a job fair that brought out several hundred job seekers from throughout the region. The attraction of talent throughout the area is essential to economic growth, and this chamber is committed to making sure that our businesses have access to unemployed and underemployed individuals from throughout the area. The labor market has been tightening, and companies are looking for people to help them grow. There is no greater investment than the investment in a quality workforce! This spring the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce and the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce embarked on a new and exciting concept for the businesses physically located in Wareham. While both chambers serve that important and growing area, neither has a strong enough foothold in Wareham so we are launching an exciting “two-for-one” limited time offer to attract businesses to join both chambers for one low price. Marie Oliva, the president of the CCCRCC and we in New Bedford believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and our goal is to make certain that the businesses of Wareham receive the services of two strong chambers to help meet their business needs. With this new relationship will come cross-marketing opportunities for both chambers and a coordination of calendars to allow for businesses to involve themselves at the highest levels they desire.

One of the hallmarks of a strong chamber is connection to and influence on our elected officials. All of our state representatives and senators care deeply about the South Coast region, but that does not mean that they don’t need to hear from the business community on an ongoing basis about the needs, challenges and opportunities afforded through good public policy. Business votes, and elected officials need to listen to the businesses that hire and pay nearly every tax payer in the region. The June 2 Legislative Luncheon will feature every elected officials representing every community we serve, and the distinguished Phil Paleologos will moderate this important discussion. The business community is affected every day by decisions made at the State House, and the Chamber is redoubling its efforts to influence policy and advocate for business-friendly legislation. The backbone of any region’s success is the quality of our schools. Our June Good Morning SouthCoast reflects the commitment of the business community to preparing our young people for the world of work. The leadership of all of our regional school systems are dedicated to continuous improvement and to make certain that our children are prepared. Nothing can replace education as the key to advancement for an individual or a family, and our leadership believes strongly in giving our children all of the tools they need to succeed. It is an investment in our region’s success that pays dividends for generations. The Chamber is involved in serious endeavors, but never forgets the value of fun and camaraderie. Come to a Business After Hours. Be a part of important discussions that add wealth to our region. We thank you for your membership and endeavor to represent you well every day!

Businesses Recognized at the APEX Awards

Connecting Activities Informs Middle School Students Why Its Important To Stay In School

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in the community. Offering more than 150 career and transfer programs that lead to Associates degree’s in science, arts and applied services, along with certificates of accomplishment and/or achievement. With five accessible loca- Partnership to deliver CHOICES tions and comprehensive programs such workshops to local 7th graders as their online eLearning alternatives, By: Brenna Souza Bristol Community College offers many enrichments within the community.

viewed this form of care with a stigma, and much of it institutionalized - so many afflicted were left with little quality of life and fulfillment. Today, LifeStream has grown as the region’s leading human services organizations and employs over 500 people in 39 different office and program locations. The six nominees for this year’s Large Business of the Year award were as follows: AFC Cable Systems, Inc., Brahmin Leather Works, Fernandes Masonry, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, Summit Retail Solutions, and Tegra Medical.

Presented with “Small Business of the Year” for 2017 was SEASTREAK.

Smokehouse, Century House, Darn it! Inc., Days Health and Sports, Dorothy Cox’s Chocolates, Gaspar’s Sausage Company, H. Loeb Corporation, Hampton Inn of Fairhaven/New Bedford, Jim’s Organic Coffee, Poyant Signs, and SERVPRO. Presented with “Non-Profit Organization of the Year” award was Child & Family Services, Inc.. Being one of the oldest non-profits in Southeastern Massachusetts, Child & Family Services, Inc. opened their doors in 1843 as the New Bedford Orphans’ Home to help children left homeless or without families. Since then, the New Bedford Orphans’ Home has had many faces, changing their name alongside changing times and attitudes towards the aid of disadvantaged children. Between 1910 and 1948, New Bedford Orphans’ Home became New Bedford Children’s Aid Society. Then, once again, during 19481999, New Bedford Children’s Aid society became known as New Bedford Child & Family Services. Which leads us into present time, where the organization goes by Child & Family Services, signifying their extended footprint well beyond New Bedford. The non-profit now offers more services than ever before, such as Outreach & Counselling programs, Psychiatry, Support Groups and many more.

Presented with “Small Business of the Year” award was SEASTREAK. Located on New Bedford’s historical waterfront, SEASTREAK offers high-speed catamaran transport to metropolitan New York, New Jersey, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In addition to their commuter services, SEASTREAK offers an array of special events, such as In addition to “Non-Profit Organization sightseeing cruises and tours, daytrips, of the Year”, comes the “Educational Inand year round getaways. stitution of the Year” award, which Bristol Community College had the honor Twelve other businesses were nominat- of receiving. Chartered in 1965, Bristol ed for this year’s award, which include; Community College has become a staple Acorn Management Inc., All Friends

“Educational Institution of the Year” for 2017 was presented to Bristol Community College. Seven other non-profit and educational institutions were nominated for this year’s award, including Alma del Mar Charter School, Burgo Basketball Associations Interise, Mercy Meals and More, Our Sisters’ School, Veterans Transition House, and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Nominations solicited from within the community, and reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Chamber members undertook this responsibility. The selection committee looked for companies who have balanced success with a strong commitment to the community. Each nominee rated on five criteria: number of employees, staying power, growth, social responsibility and innovation. To meet just a few of these goals is a significant accomplishment. The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce extends its appreciation to BankFive for being a partner in this important program. Their commitment as the founding sponsor of the “Business of the Year Awards” program reflects their dedication to our community and their commitment to providing services to small businesses.

Every school day, 7,000 students become dropouts nationwide. That’s one every 26 seconds. The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership needs volunteers to help address this crisis within the New Bedford area by delivering CHOICES, an interactive decision-making workshop that empowers teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations. Volunteer presenters from the local community are needed to deliver CHOICES to local 7th graders at Roosevelt Middle School in New Bedford on May 23rd, 2017, and May 24th, 2017. CHOICES is broken up into two 90-minute sessions, where presenters take students into the real world and through real life experiences. Exercises done throughout the session focus on academic self-discipline, time and money management, and goal setting. These hands-on activities allow students to recognize the fact that they have the power to make important future-impacting decisions right now. The seminar develops the ideas of time management, self-discipline and wise academic decision-making. This program exposes the students to important information about the education skills required for various occupations in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace. Presenters will stress how education achievement levels will either greatly limit or expand career choices and the ability to financially support oneself or a family. continued on page 5 3

Our commitment to the Southcoast continues to grow. We are pleased and excited to announce that Jeff Pagliuca has joined our New Bedford team as Vice President, Commercial Lending. Jeff is wellknown in the local market for his professional service and strong relationships, which make him a perfect fit with our style of community banking. We look forward to discussing how we can help your business grow. Contact Jeff at 508-324-3654 or jeffrey.pagliuca@bcsbmail.com.



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Join us for the SouthCoast Emerging Leader Awards Reception on June 15th

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CHOICES is a fun workshop that quickly becomes easy to present. The partnership is looking for local business and community leaders who are comfortable with public speaking, are passionate about the success of youth and are interested in education, are organized and creative, and who can donate approximately 6 hours (over the two-day session) of their time to the workshop. All new presenters will need to be trained on the course curriculum. To register to become a CHOICES presenter and to receive instructions on training please call Brenna Souza at (508) 999-5231 ext 29 or e-mail Bsouza@newbedfordchamber.com.

About the Connecting Activities Partnership The Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership, a collaboration of the City of New Bedford Office of the Mayor, the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council, Bristol Community College and the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, promotes the connecting of academic and workplace learning through Connecting Activities workplace internships. Area employers assist High School seniors to make more informed decisions about their future education and career choices. Currently, we service students at Dartmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, New Bedford High School, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School and Old Rochester Regional High School. More information about the partnership is available at www.newbedfordchamber.com or by calling (508) 999-5231.

The SouthCoast Young Professionals Network, SouthCoast Media Group, Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth, Leadership SouthCoast and the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us for a cocktail reception to honor five young leaders at the fourth annual SouthCoast Emerging Leader Awards, better known as the SouthCoast 5. These awards are designed to bring attention to the passion, advocacy and commitment young professionals bring to our community, to recognize their achievements and to inspire the leaders of tomorrow to follow in their footsteps.

Massachusetts the opportunity to nominate who they believed to be one of the SouthCoast 5. The SouthCoast Emerging Leader Awards will be held Thursday, June 15th, from 5:30-7:30 PM at the New Bedford Whaling Museum located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford.

The cost to attend is $25 which includes admission to the cocktail reception, h’ordeuvres catered by Russell Morin and plenty of time for networking. A cash bar will also be available. Registration is required and available online at: www.newbedfordchamber.com or by Throughout the last few months, we calling 508-999-5231. opened our polls and gave Southeastern

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Good News! Southern Mass Credit Union To United Way of Greater New Bedford Undergo Change In Leadership Welcomes Vice President of Special Southcoast Health to invest millions Initiatives in state-of-the-art emergency department and private inpatient rooms at Tobey Hospital

After 15 years as president/CEO, Daniel E. Waltz is departing the Fairhaven-based Southern Mass Credit Union to take over United Way of Greater New Bedford has “This is a significant investment both in as president/CEO of the City of Boston named Pamela J. Cruz Vice President of Tobey Hospital and for the greater WareCredit Union on May 1, 2017. Special Initiatives. ham community,” said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health. Southern Mass Credit Union (SMCU) Ms. Cruz joins the United Way team af- “Tobey is a valuable community resource Board of Directors Chairman David S. ter serving as the Area Administrative that provides needed and exceptional Darmofal announced that D. Hilton As- Manager for the Massachusetts Depart- clinical care in our region along with hunsociates of Texas, the same firm used to ment of Children & Families, New Bed- dreds of quality jobs for residents. The hire Waltz, has been retained to assist the ford Area Office for the past nine years. expanded emergency department is a furBoard in a nationwide search for a new Prior to her time at DCF, Ms. Cruz was ther example of Southcoast Health’s unCEO. The senior management team will the Director of Community Affairs for wavering commitment to Wareham and run the day-to-day operations until a new the Bristol County District Attorney Of- the surrounding region. Similar to our CEO is in place. fice. Urgent Care center at Wareham Crossing and our medical office building at Rose“The Board of Directors wishes Dan well Ms. Cruz is no stranger to United Way of brook, this investment will further provide and thanks him for his years of service,” Greater New Bedford. She is the former clinically excellent care.” said Darmofal. “Under his leadership, the Executive Director of United Way’s New Credit Union has experienced successful Bedford Community Connections Coali- The new emergency department will have growth and introduced innovative prod- tion and served on the Board of Directors the capacity to treat 40,000 patients a year. ucts and services to our members. He is from 2008 until February 2017. The current emergency department is a real team player with a clear-eyed focus designed to serve 15,000 patients annuon how to best serve our members and “The new work that United Way is un- ally, but had a volume of more than 31,000 the community.” While calling Waltz’s dertaking is exciting and different from patients in 2016. The expanded facility departure a loss, Darmofal said there will what has been traditionally seen in our will have in excess of 30 rooms and greatbe no gaps in service. “We are a solid community,” said Cruz. “I am excited to ly reduce wait times for patients. And financial institution that has been going be a part of a team that is so dedicated while the number of total hospital beds strong for 95 years. That is not going to to creating positive change in Greater at Tobey Hospital will remain the same, change.” New Bedford.” the additional private rooms will provide an enhanced experience for patients and Waltz has been very active in the local As the Vice President of Special Initia- guests. community serving on the Board of Di- tives, Cruz will be responsible for leading rectors of the New Bedford Area Cham- and managing UWGNB’s current and “The most common request that we get ber of Commerce as well as secretary/ future government funded initiative in- from patients is the desire to have a private treasurer of Fairhaven Dollars for Schol- cluding the New Bedford Community room,” said Renee Clark, COO of Southars, Inc.; council member of the New Connections Coalition, Family Resource coast Hospitals Group. “We know that it Bedford Public Schools Education and and Development Center, PATCH and can be difficult to share a room when you Industry Coordinating Council, a group United Way’s newest contract, the Safe are not your feeling your best. We are of business and workforce development and Successful Youth Initiative. She will listening to our patients and doing everyleaders who advise and oversee New Bed- work to identify new opportunities to thing we can to create an outstanding ford High School’s Career Academy mod- expand both public and private partner- experience in all of our hospitals.” els. He is also a council member of the ships to leverage opportunities for systems Fairhaven High School Council. level change. St. Anne’s celebrates 81st Annual Meeting Established in 1922, SMCU is celebrating “We are excited to have Pam rejoin the ninety-five years of service excellence and United Way of Greater New Bedford financially sound operations. The credit team” says Michelle N. Hantman, Presiunion has assets totaling $205.42 million dent and CEO. “Her previous work with and provides banking services to more United Way and her continued work in than 15,000 members. The main office is the city will ensure a smooth transition in Fairhaven with branch offices in Fall into the role and allow her to hit the Among the numerous positive reports ground running.” River and New Bedford. given, Board Chairman William R. 6

Bouchard and President/CEO Eileen M. Danahey spoke about the strong lending year 2016 was for the Credit Union. Chairman Bouchard reported favorable numbers in several areas for 2016. St. Anne’s originated over $162 million in residential mortgage and equity loans while also closing $5.1 million in consumer financing and $45.3 million in member business loans, helping thousands of members achieve their financial goals. This was a 35% increase over last year and exceeded 2015 member business loan and mortgage loan originations by 96% and 60%, respectively. In addition, the Credit Union has specifically designed products to meet the needs of low to moderate-income households - in 2016 St. Anne’s granted 4.2 million dollars in real estate mortgages financed by the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. President/CEO Danahey reviewed the highlights of the past year – speaking about the increase in asset size to $891 million and deposits to $741 million. St. Anne’s serves over 57,000 members and remains one the largest financial institutions headquartered in Fall River. CEO Danahey stated that the Credit Union encourages all of its employees to become involved in the local community, by volunteering at events or serving as directors or advisors of community organizations. Employees volunteer hundreds of hours of their own free time and donate thousands of dollars in total to local organizations. She also mentioned the various accolades that St. Anne’s Credit Union received in 2016 – the Credit Union was selected as a leading Credit Union in Massachusetts by Banker & Tradesman and also named a part of Banker & Tradesman’s Fast 50 - a list of the 50 fastest growing lenders in Massachusetts. Commending the scholarship recipients, she also congratulated Jean Correia, one of the Credit Union’s mortgage originators recognized by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine as a ‘Five Star Mortgage Professional”, Robin Levesque on her promotion to Vice President of Branch Administration, and welcomed new additions to staff - Deborah Dion, Vice President of IT and Lee Zupkofska, Vice President of Marketing. Looking ahead into 2017, the Credit Union will celebrate its relocation of the Dartmouth branch to better serve members with a more modern and convenient

Good News! location and update the Credit Union’s mobile banking service, enabling the Credit Union to offer a better banking experience.

The New Bedford Symphony Spinner Publications Goes Digital Orchestra Announces It Has Selected Most titles are now available as Yaniv Dinur As Its Next Music eBooks! Director

Polaroid, Acushnet Foundation, Funds Support Our Newest Americans

Maestro Dinur is the Assistant Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and conducted the NBSO’s January concert, “An American in Russia.” Dinur commented, "It is a joy to be joining such a wonderful group of musicians, and a passionate and innovative staff. The week I spent making music with the New Bedford Symphony was not only inspiring and rewarding—it was also great fun. I can't wait to begin our journey together!" Dinur will be the thirteenth NBSO music director, succeeding David MacKenzie who retired at the end of the 2015-16 centennial season after a decade as music director.

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA) recently awarded $100,000 in workforce development and early literacy grants with funding from the Polaroid Fund and the Acushnet Foundation Early Literacy Consortium.

This is the Community Foundation's 10th year of managing the New Bedford Area grants program of the Polaroid Fund under contract with the Boston Foundation. The Polaroid Fund has distributed up to $100,000 each year to support organizations or collaboratives that focus on work- Dinur is a winner of numerous conductforce development and early literacy. ing awards, among them the 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Seven local organizations received a total Special Prize at the 2009 Mata Internaof $76,000 in grants from the Polaroid tional Conducting Competition in MexiFund to support workforce development co, and the Yuri Ahronovitch 1st Prize in programs, with an emphasis on advocacy the 2005 Aviv Conducting Competitions and capacity building, as well as English in Israel. He was chosen by the League for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), of American Orchestras to be a featured Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Gen- conductor in the 2011 Bruno Walter Coneral Education Development (GED) ducting Preview, and he is a recipient of classes. They are: Community Economic the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Development Center, Greater New Bed- and the Zubin Mehta Scholarship Endowford Regional Vocational Technical High ment. He has conducted the Israel PhilSchool/Adult ESOL Program, Holy harmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem SymphoUnion Sisters / Sister Barbara Walsh, Im- ny, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philmigrants Assistance Center, Junior harmonic, New World Symphony, San Achievement of New Bedford, United Antonio Symphony, Tallahassee SymInterfaith Action, Women’s Fund of phony, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, OrSoutheastern Mass., A total of $24,000 in chestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra additional support from the Acushnet Sinfonica Abruzzese, Pomeriggi MusiFoundation’s Early Literacy Consortium cali in Milan, Solisti di Perugia, Torino and from Polaroid is supporting family Philharmonic, Portugal Symphony Orliteracy programs that integrate early lit- chestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, State eracy programming for children from Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta birth to three years old with ABE/ESOL Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico, and and parenting courses: City of New Bed- the National Arts Centre Orchestra in ford Dept. of Community Services, New Ottawa. Yaniv has also worked closely Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, and with such world-class musicians as Lorin PEOPLE, Inc. Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, and Kurt Masur. He holds a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music. Visit www. nbsymphony.org for more information.

lic for research or for display purposes,” says Archivist and Associate Publisher Jay Avila. “I try to help people find images of places, events and people that are meaningful to them.” For more information, contact Susan Grace at (508) 994-4564, email sgrace@ spinnerpub.com, or visit Spinner online at www.spinnerpub.com.

In an exciting and long-awaited development, Spinner Publications is digitizing its large-format, coffee-table-sized books known for their photography and colorful design. Readers will now be able to enjoy the incredible photographs and stories of even Spinner’s hard-to-find and out-of-print favorites such as its awardwinning titles Lincoln Park Remembered, Cranberry Harvest: A History of Cranberry Growing in Massachusetts, and A Window Back: Photography in a Whaling Port. Spinner Publications, the New Bedfordbased publishing house known for keeping the present in touch with the past through its historic photographs and books about the history and culture of southeastern Massachusetts, is converting all of its 40-plus titles to digital format. Using a mobile device, tablet or laptop, readers can bring Spinner books into the classroom, to the beach, or on a trip to Costa Rica.

Bristol County Savings Bank Appoints Pagliuca To Vp/Commercial Lending For Southcoast Region Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), headquartered in Taunton, Massachusetts, announces the appointment of Jeffrey P. Pagliuca, Esq. to the position of Vice President/ Commercial Lending. In this capacity, Pagliuca will be responsible for the development and management of commercial banking relationships in the Southcoast of Massachusetts and will work out of the Bank’s Dartmouth, Massachusetts office located at 502 State Road.

Prior to joining Bristol County Savings Bank, Pagliuca held the positions of Senior Vice President, Business Banking for Webster Bank in New Bedford, Massachusetts and Vice President, Commercial New technology available to readers and Relationship Manager at Santander USA, publishers, such as the improved-quality New Bedford, Massachusetts. of Kindle ebooks from Amazon and the availability of Apple’s proprietary digital Active in the community, Pagliuca cur“ibooks” on iTunes, allows for Spinner rently serves as a Board Member and Vice Chair of Membership Development for to launch its new eBook library. the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce. The work of preparing and redesigning He is also a member of the New Bedford Spinner books for digital format is in the Economic Development Council and a hands of Staff Designer Zachary White. Board Member of Our Daily Bread Soup “I’ve tried to maintain the integrity of the and SEED Corp, both located in Taunton, design and the impact of the photos to Massachusetts. Pagliuca is also a licensed give readers a true reflection of the orig- Massachusetts attorney. inal work,” White said. In addition to establishing an e-library stocked with titles, Spinner will also expand its catalog of online photographs now viewable on Flickr.com. The Spinner Collection holds more than one million historic photographs of southeastern Massachusetts and beyond—20,000 of which can be viewed on Flickr.com. “It’s exciting for us to be able to share much of our wonderful collection with the pub-

Do you have good news to share? Please send your press releases with photos to focus@newbedfordchamber.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.


New Bedford Area Chamber and Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber To Launch June Membership Drive to Help Launch Joint Membership Program



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The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce that both have recently entered into a formal partnership together to help better service the Wareham business community through a joint membership program. The goal and overall purpose of this joint membership program is to help you and your business thrive in the town of Wareham. Whether it is through networking, business-to-business services, business-to-consumer services or professional development, we are here for you!

Volunteers, Ambassadors and Board Members of both Chambers, who will be calling the Wareham business community, will be offering special “Why Join Now” incentives, which are only redeemable during this membership drive special. The package for all new Wareham member signups will include over $2,000 worth of free and or discounted services from both Chambers. The cost to join both Chambers of Commerce during this membership drive is only $400 (two for the price of one)!

If you are a Wareham business and would like more information about this joint membership program before our June 1, 2017 membership drive, please contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Business Development and Public Policy at the The morning-long “phone-a-thon” is New Bedford Area Chamber of Combeing graciously hosted at the Cape Cod merce at: (508) 999-5231, ext.24, or, via Five Cents Savings Bank branch location email at iabreu@newbedfordchamber. at 10 Rosebrook Pl, Wareham, MA. com. To help launch this cutting-edge initiative, both chambers will be hosting a joint membership for the Wareham business community on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

New Bedford Area Chamber to Host Chowder Festival Planning for the 2017 has begun! We are looking forward to hosting this fun and exciting event held on the State Pier on New Bedford' working waterfront. Sponsorship opportunities are available on a variety of levels. Contact Deven Tillman, Event manager at 508-9995231, ext. 26 or email dtillman@ newbedfordchamber.com for more information.


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Welcome New Members Axis Advisors, LLC 909 State Road, Unit E Westport, MA 02790 Phone: (508) 444-0581

Even Keel Realty, Inc. 803 Main Road Westport , MA 02790 Phone: 508-265-3795

Partners Insurance Group 560 Wilbur Ave. Swansea, MA 02777 Phone: (508) 491-3184

Bank of America Merrill Lynch 1 Lakeshore Center, Suite 102 Bridgewater, MA 02324 Phone: (508) 217-3021

House of Sheekness 282 Court St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 441-0988

Pink Box Desserts & Bakery 85-C Faunce Corner Mall Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (774) 992-7334

Behavioral Connections 16 Sconticut Neck Road #206 Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: 508-807-4996

Katie Brown Educational Program 209 Bedford Street, Suite 302 Fall River, MA 02720 Phone: (508) 678-4466

R & W Rope 39 Tarkiln Place New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: 1-800-260-8599

Caroline D. Percy Marcoux, G.G. 118 Laurel Street Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 961-0068

Knight Management Group, Inc. 30 Braintree Hill Office Park Suite 203 Braintree, Massachusetts 02184 Phone: 7819663727

THE DESCO COMPANY, LLC 4 Arsene Way Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: 508-817-5050

Clarity Wellness/Caroline Paradis 24 Egypt Lane Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 525-6750 Divinity Travel 78 Gammons Road Acushnet, MA 02743 Phone: (508) 304-2230 East Coast Property Management 172 William Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Primary Phone: (508) 992-3488

liveWELL 1098 Phillips Road New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: 508-985-3746 LMPrior Associates 1289 Drift Road Westport, MA 02790 Phone: (508) 789-8706

The Donut Factory 102 Rockdale Avenue New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 999-3963 Wilmot's Decorating Center 1193 Ashley Boulevard New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: (508) 985-0042

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SouthCoast Rail Update


by Paul Chasse, Chair, Rail to Boston Coalition CEO, Realtor® Association of Southeastern Massachusetts South Coast residents should feel heartened with the recent news from the Baker administration concerning commuter rail service to the region. The Governor has announced his support of the Middleboro option as a way to fast track commuter rail service to the South Coast’s underserved communities. The Rail to Boston Coalition appreciates Governor Baker’s action to keep the South Coast Rail project moving forward. With his administration’s endorsement of the Middleboro route, we are encouraged that commuter rail service will come and that the service will arrive years earlier than projected by the Stoughton route. The Coalition feels more confident that a workable 10

solution to closing the existing commuter The South Coast Rail project is making rail service gap is closer than ever. progress, and I urge my fellow South Coasters to see the glass as half-full. New Bedford, Taunton and Fall River The rail connection will do more are the only Gateway Cities within 50 than move people from one place to miles of Boston currently not connected another. Transportation is a critical by passenger rail service. Home to large link for growing the region’s economy numbers of immigrants, skilled workers and prosperity. Our communities will and low-income households, these have access to job opportunities, leisure cities are underserved by the existing recreation activities and an improved transportation network, with no direct rail quality of life. South Coast Rail will link to Boston and limited highway access. open up the South Coast for the kind of Where rail links have been extended, growth that commuter rail has brought restored, or implemented in cities and to other areas of the Commonwealth. towns across the Commonwealth, per The journey has been long, but let’s keep capita income has largely increased, as going. has overall educational attainment levels, while unemployment has decreased, reducing the burden on social services.

Recent Events

1. The Annual State of the City Address was presented by Mayor Jon Mitchell at Greater New Bedford Voc Tech.* 2. Webster Bank was the corporate sponsor of the Annual State of the City Address* 3. Bob Unger of Unger Leblanc Communications and the Moby Dick Brewery was the keynote speaker at the Apex Awards.* 4. Guests at the March Business After Hours at the Hampton Inn Fairhaven.* 5. The Chamber participated in the New Bedford Lyceum event which brought speaker Bob Woodward to the Zeiterion Theatre for a sold out event.* 6. The Seafood Buyers Tour showcased New Bedford’s waterfront and local seafood plants to international buyers.

Business After Hours Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at

The Greasy Luck 791 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740

BayCoast Bank 23 Elm St. New Bedford, MA 02740

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7. The State of the City Event kicked off with a performance by the Greater New Bedford Voc Tech student choir.* 8. The Chamber welcomed new member, Cask & Pig with a ribbon cutting ceremony.* 9. The March Businesses After Hours at the Hampton Inn in Fairhaven.* 10. Guests at the April Business After Hours at the Country Club of New Bedford 11. Guests enjoying the outdoor patio at the April Business After Hours at the Country Club of New Bedford. (*photos by Sergio: sergio.az@hotmail.com)


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Calendar of Chamber Committee Meetings

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Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, May 12th - 8:30 a.m. Board of Directors - Thursday, May 25th - 8:30 a.m. June Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, June 9th - 8:30 a.m. Board of Directors - Thursday, June 22nd - 8:30 a.m.

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



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Spotlight Article Service - $150 off Spotlight Video Service - $100 off Spotlight Live Stream Service - $350 off See examples of each service: www.newbedfordguide.com/chamber If you are interested in a service, or simply have a question, don’t hesitate to contact leo@newbedfordguide.com The Chamber Member Discount Program is sponsored by Cox Media

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

SouthCoast Young Professionals Network "Coffee & Conversation"

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Join the SCYPN for “Coffee & Conversation” on Tues., May 16th from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. at the Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford MA. The cost to attend is $10 per person. Join the Chamber’s SouthCoast Young Professionals Network for an earlymorning opportunity to increase your access to leads, build your book of business, and to encourage the meaningful professional relationships in Greater New Bedford! ....all while enjoying a delicious breakfast!


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New Bedford Area Chamber Joins The Massachusetts Business Alliance For Education By: Ian Abreu

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it has signed on as the newest Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) “Affiliate,” signaling the Chamber’s commitment to driving statewide educational improvements that will ensure all students get the education they need in pursuit of their “college and career readiness.”

“We never want to see our local employers having to outsource for its talent,” said New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Business Development & Public Policy Manager, Ian Abreu. “By working closely with all of our local area high schools, vocational high schools, employers in the private sector, and our new partners over at the MBAE, we hope to help create a more streamlined workforce ‘pipeline’ which can help not The Worcester Regional Chamber of only meet the hiring needs of these Commerce, Concord Chamber of Com- companies, but additionally, help get merce, Plymouth Area Chamber of these students a little more ‘college and Commerce, Neponset Valley Chamber career ready.'” of Commerce, Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Groups that have joined are responding Business Leaders for Education and to their members’ concerns on education TechNet have also recently joined this and the workforce expressed through coalition. their responses to a recent statewide

employer survey. 72% of Massachusetts employers say the schools need major or moderate change. Employers believe that there is much room for improvement in preparing our youth for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. Deep inequities in education that leave far too many students on the economic sidelines and a widening skills gap that makes it difficult for employers to find qualified candidates to fill open positions, must be addressed. Education is emerging as a key policy issue this year. The Massachusetts business community has played a significant and successful role over the past three decades in calling for improvements in education. With efforts underway to roll back education reforms that have made

Massachusetts number one in the nation in student achievement and with a need to better prepare all young people for a competitive economy, business groups are joining with MBAE to have a greater impact on that debate. MBAE is finalizing its legislative priorities and positions and looks forward to working with its Affiliates to be effective advocates in the years ahead. If you would like more information, or, would like to become a member of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, please contact Ian Abreu, Business Development and Public Policy Manager at: (508) 999-5231, ext. 24, or, via email at iabreu@newbedfordchamber.com.

Twelve Graduate from Free Manufacturing Training Program; New Program Starting Soon, Businesses may be eligible for tax credits, training grants, and more submitted by the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board A twelve student cohort graduated from the first free Advanced CNC manufacturing training program this past March.

Introduction to Lean, Problem Solving, and Effective Communications Skills. Students were eligible for Level 1 and 2 Credential testing.

The training program is part of the Mass Manufacturing Extension Project (Mass MEP) grant funded by the BakerPolito administration and conducted in partnership with the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (GNBWIB) and the Greater New Bedford Career Center.

The students who passed Level 2 test received a pre-apprentice certificate from the MA Division of Apprentice Standards.

As part of the program, the cohort also participated in a networking and recruiting events with area employers, Wareham may be eligible for this free with several students hired for positions training program. For more information The students participated in a 90- with local firms after the event. contact Elizete Perry directly at the hour training program which included Career Center (508) 990-4157or learning the skills related to Level 1 and Another cohort of twelve students is EPerry@newbedfordcc.org. Level 2 Manufacturing including: Shop planned to start in April. Residents of Math, Blueprint Reading, Metrology and Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, The GNBWIB as the area’s local Quality Inspection, Safety, CNC, Milling Fairhaven, Lakeville, Freetown, workforce development board promotes and Turning and Basic Programming, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett, and career services for job seekers and 14

programs for businesses to foster employment and improve the workforce system in the Greater New Bedford area. Area businesses could be eligible for tax credits, training, and more through workforce programs. For more information, please visit their website gnbwib.org.

June Good Morning SouthCoast!: "Preparing Our ENTERPRISING MINDS Future Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities" Submitted by Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator This edition of Good Morning SouthCoast is dedicated to "Preparing Our Future Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities" and will focus on grades K - 12. The event will be held on Thursday, June 22nd at the Seaport Inn in the Grand Ball Room at 7:30 a.m. and a full breakfast buffet will be served. This is going to be an interactive program with a panel of experts and professionals who will share their ideas and knowledge on how we collectively educate and retain today's talented students within the area. The panel will include local Superintendents from local schools and professionals working directly in the area school systems. The event will have be a seasoned moderator who will facilitate questions from the audience to the panel.

experienced panel featuring: • Dr. Pia Durkin, Superintendent New Bedford Public Schools • Dr. Robert Baldwin, Superintendent Fairhaven Public Schools • Mr. James O'Brien, Superintendent Greater New Bedford Voc Tech High School • Mr. Aaron Polansky, Superintendent Old Colony regional Vocational Technical High School

The cost to attend which includes breakfast is $27.50 for members, $45 Non-Members and $250 for a table of ten. Registration is required online at www.newbedfordchamber.com or by calling 508-999-5231. Sponsorships are also available on all levels and a great way Join us for this informative and to gain exposure for your organization. interactive Good Morning SouthCoast! For more information, contact Deven breakfast program and hear from an Tillman at (508) 999-5231 ext 26.

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Time: 12:00 PM Location: The Cove, Fall River Program: Annual Meeting and Induction of Officers Speaker: Derrick Loud, President SCHRC

Summertime is Almost Here! You Can Find the Extra Employees You Need Through the Supported Employment Network! Summer is right around the corner and many businesses will see an increase in seasonal business. Many of these businesses will have to train and hire a few new temporary part time employees. Some businesses have indicated that sometimes finding good employees who are willing to take on a temporary part time position can be time consuming and it is not always an easy task. The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Supported Employment Network has some good news for those businesses trying to fill those very important temporary summertime positions. Our Supported Employment Network members are agencies that assist individuals with disabilities find employment in our community. Better Community Living, Inc., Lifestream, Inc. and M.O.Life, Inc. all have skilled and trained job seekers who are ready, able and available to fill those temporary part time summertime positions.

If your business would like to offer a summertime position to one of the many skilled individuals who are ready and eagerly waiting for a part time employment opportunity, please contact any of our Supported Employment Network Agencies. The supported employment program contact persons are Maurice Charbonneau at Better Community Living, Inc. 508-999-4300, Mark Jardin at Lifestream, Inc. 508-9914840, and Cynthia Rapoza at M.O.Life, Inc. at 508-742-8986. If you have any questions about the Supported Employment Network or are interested in hiring a person with disabilities, please call Joanne Rego at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508-999-5231 ext. 28.

The job seekers are eager to come and work at your company. Many job seekers have job experience including a successful work history.

For more information or to register, contact Dorothy Botelho at dbotelho@newbedfordchamber.com or 508-999-5231 ext. 20.

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Home, Health & Wellness Show Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10AM-4PM Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech, 1121 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA Admission: $3 per person children 12 & under free

New Bedford Area Chamber Calendar - Upcoming Events May Special Edition Business After Hours

SCYPN Coffee & Conversation

Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The Greasy Luck 791 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740

Waypoint Event Center 185 MacArthur Drive New Bedford MA 02740

Free for members $25 non members

$10 per person

Sponsored by Bristol Community College

Business After Hours

Legislative Luncheon

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 2, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

BayCoast Bank 23 Elm Street New Bedford, MA

Cotali Mar 1178 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA 02746

Free for members $25 non members

$50/ Members; $500/ Member Table of ten $65/ Non-Members; $650/ Non-Member Table of Ten

Sponsored by BayCoast Bank

SouthCoast Emerging Leaders Award Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

To register for any event or to view a calendar of upcoming Chamber events, visit www.newbedfordchamber.com

The Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA 02740 $25 per person

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