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The New Bedford Area

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

Inside November - December 2015 Message from the CEO ..........................2 Friday Forums .........................................3 2016 Legal Holidays Calendar...............5 Good News ..............................................6 Welcome New Members ......................10 Featured Member Discounts ...............13 Nominating Committee Report..........14

November- December 2015

129th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon to Feature Keynote Speaker Joseph Abboud Meeting will include a presentation from the keynote speaker, the election of new board members, recognition of outgoing board members and the presentation of the Chamber’s Annual Economic Impact Awards, Outstanding Service Award and the 2015 Education Leadership Award.

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 129th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Century House, 107 South Main Street, Acushnet, MA. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The lunch and program portion of the event will run from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. The Annual

The next Good Morning SouthCoast! is scheduled for January 14th. For more information turn to page 10.

The Chamber’s Annual Membership Directory is underway and businesses should be sure their information is up-to-date. There are also still advertising opportunities available. Turn to page 8 for more information.

Small Business Saturday is happening on Nov. 28th. Find out how you can participate and more on page 12.

Lifestyle designer Joseph Abboud was drawn to the fashion business by a deep appreciation for quality and elegance. Born in Boston, he studied comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts, where he was later awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts. Shortly after, he went on to attend the Sorbonne in Paris, where he grew to love the sophisticated polish of European style. Since the debut of his first collection in 1987, Abboud has been accorded numerous honors including the distinction of being the only designer to have received the

coveted Menswear Designer of the Year two years in a row (1989 & 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Abboud was honored for Excellence in American Design by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Abboud was reunited with his namesake brand in August 2013 when Men’s Wearhouse acquired JA Holding Inc., the parent company of the celebrated American clothing brand, Joseph Abboud®. Abboud re-launched his label, reestablishing the brand as a sophisticated modernAmerican lifestyle collection. Abboud is personally involved in every step of the design and manufacturing process. He is grounded, engaging, and possesses an infectious passion for his work. A true artist, Joseph finds inspiration in art, travel, music, and history in passionate pursuit of the next trends in menswear.

The corporate sponsor for the 129th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon’s is Southcoast Health System. Supporting sponsors include Bristol Community College, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, Sylvia Group, Waring-Sullivan and Rock Funeral Homes - Dignity Memorial, and media sponsor WBSM/ WFHN. The cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members which includes lunch. Tables and sponsorship opportunities can still be obtained. To register for this event, or for sponsorship information, please contact Deven Tillman at the New Bedford Chamber at (508) 999-5231, ext. 26, dtillman@ newbedfordchamber.com or visit www.newbedfordchamber.com.


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 Board of Directors Chair of the Board David Maher, Lockheed Martin Chair Elect Joseph Michaud, Law Office of Joseph L. Michaud Vice Chair of Government Affairs Kim Perry, Waring Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute/SCI Vice Chair of Economic Affairs Beth Sylvia Caldwell, Sylvia Group Vice Chair of Membership Advancement Jeffrey P. Pagliuca, Webster Bank Vice Chair of Community Affairs Daniel E. Waltz, Southern Mass Credit Union Treasurer Carl W. Taber, BayCoast Bank Immediate Past Chair Mary Harrington, South Coast Consulting LLC Directors Nathan Araujo, R4L Management Henry Arruda, WJFD-FM Stephen Canessa, Southcoast Health Systems Hank Conaty, Acushnet Company Stephen W. Connulty, Paul & Dixon Insurance Wendy Cullum, Michel Cullum Associates Ron Ellis, Edward Jones Gail Fortes, YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts Jeffrey Glassman, Darn It, Inc. Ellen Gitlin, Diversified Marketing Group Jen Hartley, Hampton Inn Bob Jackson, Courtyard by Marriott Chuck Lord, AHEAD Lynne Mastera, Precix Lynn Motta, BankFive Peter J. Muise, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union John Sbrega, Bristol Community College John Silva, Santander Bank A. Jack Silva, Bristol County Savings Bank Martha Worley, Worley Beds Factory Outlet Director Emeritus Joel E. Burns Your Chamber Staff 508-999-5231 President & CEO, Rick Kidder - Ext. 25 Director of Operations & Finance, Dorothy Botelho, IOM - Ext. 20 Manager of Workforce & Business Development, Ian Abreu - Ext. 24 Supported Employment Network Coordinator, Joanne Rego - Ext. 28 Communications Manager, Rebecca Laliberte - Ext. 27 Programs & Events Manager - Deven Tillman - Ext. 26 Membership Development Account Representative - Alex Paleologos - Ext. 29

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Chamber Update A brief report on Chamber Activities from the President/CEO Dear Members of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce: As the holiday season approaches, the business community is ever mindful of the joys and challenges of our community and our region. While a happy time for most of us, not all members of our communities are able to enjoy the richness of family and friends or even a home. We received a call from Peter Muise, one of our Board members, who was one of the organizers of a sleep out in support of the homeless population of New Bedford called One Homeless Night is Too Many. He was encouraging business people and politicians to spend a night sleeping outside, without the comforts of a tent or sleeping bag so that they could better relate to the plight of the homeless population. I was away that night, on my way to a wedding in Texas, but Ian Abreu of the Chamber staff joined Peter, members of the region’s business, faith and civic leadership and many others who sought to put a spotlight on the lack of shelter space in New Bedford, especially during colder months. This gesture of one night of inconvenience has produced results, including the beginnings of private efforts to raise funds to operate a shelter this winter. Through the efforts of the marketing department at First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, a web site was created. RiseUpForHomes.com accepts donations to help raise the $100,000 needed to fund a shelter this winter. The Chamber is proud to be a part of this effort and encourages all members to help in any way they can.

On Saturday, November 28, two days after Thanksgiving, the Chamber will once again be partnering with American Express in promoting Small Business Saturday. The backbone of any economy is small business, and although many people enjoy the relative madness of shopping the national chains on Black Friday each year, the Chamber also strongly urges shoppers to embrace small businesses where local dollars support local merchants, individuals who risk it all to make their business a success. On December 1st, the Chamber staff will be working with Downtown New Bedford putting up holiday decorations in our Downtown area. While our decorating talents may not qualify us for the cover of Architectural Digest, we are excited to take part in supporting our Downtown by applying our meager talents to the task of making our beautiful city even more festive. We are moving into a busy time of year for everyone. But commerce goes on! The entire New Bedford region is gearing up for winter but also preparing for a new year of prosperity, job growth and new energy. Please know that your chamber will be working for you as we always have to promote business interests and to support the community. The New Bedford Area Chamber is looking to grow, and we know that our business, like yours, grows through referrals. So, we ask for your help to continue to enlarge our ranks of members so that we may serve you better. From the Chamber team to you and your team, we wish you a joyous, prosperous and safe holiday season and year ahead. Sincerely, Rick Kidder President & CEO

About the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce With approximately 1,000 member businesses, the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing opportunities for members to advance their business and promoting a healthier business and economic climate for the region. The Chamber is here to help members – with trusted resources, a strong business network

and a support system to keep your business moving forward. Our mission is to serve the interests of member businesses while advocating business advancement, economic growth and job creation for the benefit of New Bedford and the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts.

Connecting businesses on the SouthCoast from Wareham to Westport


Chamber Invites Members to Submit Proposals for Friday Forum Workshop Series The New Bedford Area Chamber invites our members to submit proposals to present as part of our Friday Forums. Two Fridays a month, at the Chamber office, members and nonmembers will be invited to hear from experts on a variety of topics. We are Sponsorship opportunity for the Friday encouraging our members with expert Forums is also available and includes knowledge in their field of business to recognition at each workshop and in submit a proposal to present. the event marketing and more. Chamber Programs & Event Manager Deven Tillman says “I think Friday For more information or to submit Forums will be a great opportunity for a proposal contact Deven Tillman, our members and to educate and learn Programs & Events Manager at from one other on a variety of relevant dtillman@newbedfordchamber.com or and informative topics.” call 508-999-5231.

New Bedford Area Chamber Announces New Partnership with Groundwork, LLC The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our new partnership with Groundwork, LLC. Groundwork is an affordable and inspiring shared office environment for creatives, startups, and freelancers in New Bedford. Located on 1213 Purchase St., Ground work is home to 24 businesses and quickly growing. The Chamber’s partnership will allow each Groundwork business to be a member of the Chamber as an included benefit for being a Groundwork member. The goal is to a partner in growing and helping small businesses thrive in our community.

Sarah Athanas, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Groundwork! says “Our friends at the Chamber have been supportive of our mission and our business since we started. This partnership is a great benefit to our members and an important step towards the communitywide collaboration that will strengthen New Bedford’s local economy.” For more information on the partnership please contact the Chamber at 508-999-5231.

Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership “AMP it up! New Bedford” To Partner with Old Colony Regional Voc-Tech for 2015-16’ School Year

The AMP it up! New Bedford initiative, under the direction of the Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a school-to-career partnership with Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School for the 2015-16 academic year. The purpose of the AMP it up! partnership is to leverage new and existing resources to continue ongoing efforts to reach career counselors, community organizations, youth-serving organizations, teachers, and most importantly, students throughout the Greater New Bedford region. The program includes outreach and awareness events such as discussions with manufacturing employees and company tours, parent engagement, as well as teacher externships and information for teachers and guidance counselors regarding educational pathways for manufacturing careers at post-secondary institutions.

“With such a wealth of opportunities in the advanced manufacturing industry here in Massachusetts and an everincreasing need for skilled workers to fill these high-paying jobs, young people need to know more about the possibilities of manufacturing careers,” said Marty Jones, President and CEO of MassDevelopment. “We’re seeing great success from the first two years of AMP it up! awards in expanding awareness of these careers and the skills needed, and these nine partnerships will build on their previous efforts to reach new groups of young people and the adults in their lives.” The AMP it up! campaign highlights the exciting, technology-driven, high-paying career options in manufacturing, dispels outdated misconceptions about the industry, and bolsters the prospective employee base for these quality jobs with Massachusetts companies. In the third consecutive year of the program, MassDevelopment will provide awards totaling $88,633 to the nine partnerships that consist of regional employment and workforce investment boards; advanced manufacturers; chambers of commerce and development councils; community

colleges; youth-serving organizations; and other organizations throughout the Commonwealth. The community-based programs receiving the awards plan to offer tours of advanced manufacturing companies, career awareness workshops, teacher and guidance counselor information sessions, and externships with manufacturers. The lead organizations on these nine partnerships are Berkshire Community College (Pittsfield), Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board (Worcester), Greenfield Community College, Metro North Regional Employment Board (Cambridge), New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, North Central Massachusetts Economic Development Council (Fitchburg), North Shore Workforce Investment Board (Salem), and Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc. (Springfield). The third round of grants builds on the successes of the campaign’s first and second years. Grant applications were evaluated based on the uses proposed; the collaborations/partnerships created; and scope of outreach proposed. This year, the program was able to award

funding to all applicants, all of whom are previous AMP it up! awardees that are continuing, expanding, and/or reshaping their programs for the coming year. If you are an educator and would like more information on how you or your school can participate in AMP it up!, please contact New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce & Business Development Manager Ian Abreu at (508) 999-5231, ext. 24, or, via email at iabreu@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, Global Learning Charter Public School, New Bedford 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.

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Chamber Welcomes Bristol Community College Intern for the Fall Semester The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Aubrie Britto has been chosen to intern with us for the fall semester of 2015. Aubrie is a Communication Major at Bristol Community College in Fall River. She hopes to learn about Public Relations throughout this opportunity by being apart of our staff here for the next couple of months. Aubrie will be learning about the work the Chamber does for businesses and the community

in the SouthCoast. Public relations is something that Aubrie would like to build her career in once she graduates college, this internship will help advance her skills and familiarize her with everything the Chamber does. Communications Manager Rebecca Laliberte says “We are excited to have Aubrie join us for the Fall semester. She will be working on increasing awareness and visibility on several Chamber events including Small Business Saturday. Aubrie will also be working on the planning and preparing of our Annual Membership Directory, our premier publication. We hope she has a great experience as an intern here at the Chamber and hope to help her prepare for her next endeavor.”

Chamber Welcomes Alex Paleologos as Membership Development Account Representative son of local The New Bedford Area Chamber restaurant of Commerce is pleased to welcome owners, Phil another addition to our growing team in and Celeste the Fall of 2015. A native to the South PaleoloCoast, Alex Paleologos brings a depth gos of the of knowledge and professional experShawmut tise to our newly created Membership Diner. Development program at the Chamber. Through With his career path in hospitality, sales his years of and business development, Alex will service in the serve as the first point-of-contact with restaurant prospective businesses and members, building value in the Chamber’s services business and eventually into sales, Alex learned the most important mission of that will lead to active and engaged any organization is the genuine care of membership. its customers and guests. Chamber President and CEO Rick Kid“Building meaningful and lasting busider says “The Chamber is so pleased ness relationships is my core competento have Alex on board. He brings an cy, I love to encourage other’s success,” energy, enthusiasm and a passion for small business that will not only ensure Alex said at our recent Business Expo at White’s of Westport. his success on the team but also make him a valuable resource for the business “My goal with the Chamber is to community.” strengthen our member-family and continue to grow what I believe to be the Alex was born into the small-business best business organization in southeastcommunity of New Bedford as the ern Massachusetts.” 4

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Highlights from the 2015 SouthCoast Business Expo 1. Exhibitors showed their team spirit at this year’s football themed event. 2. LifeStream was one of the nearly 80 exhibitors at this years Expo. 3. Luncheon speaker Bill “Spaceman” Lee captivated the audience with his humorous stories. 4.. Many businesses connections were made at the expo. 5. The Rhode Island Small Business Journal team at the Expo. 6. Diversified Marketing Group displayed the wide variety of promotional products they provide. 7. Exhibitors at the Expo had many games and drawings for attendees to have the chance to win prizes. Photo credit: Sergio: sergio.az@hotmail.com

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Good News! Local Collaborations Win National Attention What does the uncommon place in the Commonwealth and one of the fastest growing construction companies in the nation have in common? They can now claim an award-winning online presence. The Southeastern Massachusetts Visitor’s Bureau and Dellbrook Construction LLC were both named 2015 American Web Design Awards Winners from Graphic Design USA.

has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Joe has proven to be a key employee for many years. He began his Community Connections career as a Vocational Evaluator in 1985. Joe was promoted through the organization, most recently taking on the duties of Vice President of Programs. Mr. Krajewski, currently resides in Swansea, Massachusetts, has a Masters and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College.

owners. The company has a network of nearly 7,000 independent agents, throughout the ten states where it operates. Paul & Dixon and Stoddard Insurance are adding the carrier to help Southcoast area homeowners have additional options for home insurance. For many years, residents in the region have had limited options for coastal home coverage.

square-foot Center marks the largest expansion of educational space in the Museum’s 112-year history, quadrupling its classroom capacity and reuniting its Research Library with the Museum campus, which is located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The Center is an education tool for New Bedford students and dovetails with the city’s educational goals.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Hon. Armand Fernandes, Jr., Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees noted that He has held nearly every management many benefactors “privately funded position in the organization since “Our website is another one of 90% of this beautiful building” and 1985, as Manager of the Fall River our great collaborative builds,” said he emphasized how the new facility Employment Services, Director of Mike Fish, President of Dellbrook will enable the Museum to “embrace Employment and Residential Services, Construction, LLC and Partner/CEO digitalization supporting a model of Regional Director and Vice President at JK Scanlan, LLC., Dellbrook’s sister of Programs, covering the Cape Cod, “Because Universal has deep experience open access, create distance-learning company. “Just like our services, our classrooms, and engage new audiences Plymouth New Bedford and Fall helping policyholders in other coastal website is now on the same awardby creating expanding portals for River areas. Mr. Krajewski is as gifted communities, they will be particularly winning level.” greater public access.” For more with people with intellectual and valuable to our coastal clients by information visit www.whalingmuseum. physical disabilities as he is talented offering another true alternative to the The winning websites come courtesy org. in human services administration. insurer-of-last-resort treatment so of Design Principles, Inc., a fullMr. Krajewski has been a frequent many homeowners have faced in recent service creative agency in Marion, Attorney Brandon C. Walecka volunteer of Special Olympics, was years,” noted Connulty. MA. Company President Karen Alves has been named to the 2015 honored by Commissioner Elin Howe said the two organizations faced a Massachusetts Rising Star list by of the Department of Developmental Residents who have questions about similar challenge: bringing their online Super Lawyers®! Services for his contributions to their home insurance, particularly presence up-to-date. Making their sites Employment Services for people with coastal home coverage, are invited to user-friendly and mobile responsive The Law Office of Surprenant & disabilities. Joe is happily married with call the agency at (508) 996-8593. were primary goals. Beneski, P.C. located in New Bedford, two adult children. To learn more about Hyannis and Easton are proud to Community Connections programs Whaling Museum Opens New $8 “There is true business magic when announce that Attorney Brandon C. and services, call 800-308-1321 or visit Million Learning Center a company’s outward appearance Walecka of Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. www.CommunityConnectionsInc.org. equals its fantastic products and has been named a 2015 Massachusetts Benefactors services,” says Karen Alves, president Rising Star by Super Lawyers®! Paul & Dixon, Stoddard Insurance Kathy and of Design Principles, Inc. “We’ve seen Add New Carrier to Assist Coastal Gurdon it quite literally transform our client’s Atty.Walecka is a Homeowners Wattles, and businesses.” Dartmouth native Joan and Irwin Jacobs, cut the ribbon and earned his Paul & Dixon on the Wattles Jacobs Education This is the fifth award Design Principles Juris Doctor from and Stoddard Center on September 26, opening has received from Graphic Design the University of Insurance are the new $8 million wing of the New USA. The agency was also recently Massachusetts pleased to offer Bedford Whaling Museum named in recognized for their work on the City School of Law – a new home their honor. The festive ceremony of New Bedford’s website through the insurance carrier that specializes in Dartmouth, class was held outdoors on a sun-splashed Massachusetts Municipal Association. of 2011. In 2013, coverage for coastal homes. After Saturday afternoon with the more than he completed the considerable research and discussions 250 guests lining the street in front of Community Connections, Inc. Master of Laws (LL.M.) Elder Law with brokers in other regions, we the Center. The ribbon-cutting kicked Names New Chief Operating program through the Stetson University are pleased to offer products from off a weekend-long celebration of the Officer College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Universal Property & Casualty addition of this new community asset. Community Connections, Inc., a private Insurance Company. Universal is one At Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., Atty. More than 1,754 visitors toured new non-profit agency serving high school Walecka enjoys helping seniors, and of the largest home insurers in the state center during the two-day celebration. students and adults with disabilities, is clients of all ages, protect their hardof Florida with extensive experience proud to announce that Joe Krajewski earned assets and make important working with coastal home property The official opening of the 20,000 6

“We don’t enter into insurer relationships lightly, so I am very pleased to announce the addition of Universal to our large menu of carriers,” said Paul & Dixon President Steve Connulty.


Good News! decisions regarding their estate and their loved ones. “Brandon brings to the firm, and to his clients, a fresh approach and a contagious enthusiasm. He is both knowledgeable and approachable, which is so important when dealing with families that are sometimes in crisis”, says Atty. Michelle D. Beneski, CELA, LL.M. who is a senior partner in the firm. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. It is limited to no more that 2.5% of attorneys within Massachusetts. It is truly an honor to be recognized for this accomplishment! Atty. Walecka can be contacted at The Law Office of Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. 508-994-5200 for any questions and concerns. HopeHealth Receives $1 Million Donation from the Elizabeth M. Arnold Stevens Trust Creates The Elizabeth M. Arnold Stevens Alzheimer’s & Hospice Caregiver Fund HopeHealth announced that it received a $1 million gift from the Elizabeth M. Arnold Stevens trust. The funds will be used to establish The Elizabeth M. Arnold Stevens Alzheimer’s & Hospice Caregiver Endowed Fund. This is HopeHealth’s largest single gift and its first endowment. The earnings from the fund will generate annual support for HopeHealth’s caregiver programs. It will allow HopeHealth to continue to educate, guide and support those individuals in the community who are caring for someone with dementia or a terminal illness. These caregivers are an extremely vulnerable population, and the funds will provide the tools and assistance they need to better care for their loved ones and themselves.

Mrs. Arnold Stevens was a resident of Harwich, Massachusetts since the late 1980s until she passed away in April, 2015. She was born in Melrose and retired from the Massachusetts Rating Bureau as vice president and treasurer in 1986. Mrs. Arnold herself was a caregiver to two husbands who predeceased her. She lost her first husband, Richard Arnold, in 1995 and her second husband, Waldo Stevens, passed away in 2007. “HopeHealth is grateful for the longstanding generosity and support demonstrated by Mrs. Arnold Stevens throughout her life,” said David W. Rehm, HopeHealth’s CEO and president. “As a regular donor to our organization, she made a difference in the lives of our patients and families. Now through this legacy gift, Mrs. Arnold Stevens will continue to touch the lives of HopeHealth caregivers and their loved ones for years to come. We are immensely thankful to Mrs. Arnold Stevens for her charitable gift to help support those in our community caring for someone with dementia or a serious illness.”

The hospital has received Healthgrades’ five-star rating for treatment of patients with heart attack, heart failure and respiratory failure for the second consecutive year. A five-star rating indicates that Saint Anne’s Hospital clinical outcomes are statistically and significantly better than expected when treating each condition. Saint Anne’s cardiovascular services include 24-hour emergency care by emergency, cardiac and cardiovascular specialists, plus a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services for more than 30 cardiovascular-related conditions, such as cardiac arrest, heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia, and peripheral vascular disorders. Saint Anne’s was among the nation’s first hospitals earlier this year to earn the “Straight A’s Hospital” designation by the Leapfrog Group. This honor is awarded to hospitals that have received the top “A” grade for the Hospital Safety Score since it was launched in 2012. Hospitals are rated on 26 patient safety measures, such as preventing blood clots or falls, and preventing death from serious treatable complications, such as surgical site infections.

Saint Anne’s Hospital cardiac and respiratory care recognized for clinical excellence and patient safety BCSB’s Isaura Carrasquillo Hospital also receives “Straight A’s” Receives Inaugural Lifework award for overall patient safety Mentor Award From Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts Saint Anne’s Hospital Bristol announced County that it has Savings been recently recognized for clinical Bank excellence for three critical care (BCSB) conditions, including cardiac care, by announces Healthgrades, and has earned its second that Isaura consecutive designation as a “Straight Carrasquillo, A’s” hospital for patient safety by the a Loan Collector who has worked at Leapfrog Group. the Bank since 2008, recently received the inaugural LifeWork Mentor “Saint Anne’s Hospital has long been Award from the Women’s Fund of known for providing a high level of Southeastern Massachusetts based in care for a spectrum of medical and New Bedford. The LifeWork Project, surgical care,” said Craig A. Jesiolowski, a three year program developed by the FACHE, president of Saint Anne’s Women’s Fund, enhances the career Hospital. opportunities and develops the fiscal management skills of economically

challenged women in the greater New Bedford area. The Bank has committed $45,000 to the program through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF) and encourages its employees, including Carrasquillo, to serve as mentors. “As a community bank, we encourage our employees to be proactive and share their talents with organizations within the communities we serve,” said Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President & CEO of BCSB and President of the Foundation. Carrasquillo, who currently resides in New Bedford, is a mentor to a woman named Nieve San Pablo who is a single mother of two girls. “When I first met with Nieve, we immediately began to identify her goals,” said Carrasquillo. “In addition to wanting to earn her degree, she also clearly needed to be employed as this was a step toward being self-sufficient.” Carrasquillo worked with San Pablo on preparing a resume, job interview roleplaying, filling out an application for employment and dressing for success. “To now watch Nieve blossom and see her succeed is very satisfying and fulfilling,” said Carrasquillo. San Pablo is in the process of earning a certificate in the medical field at Bristol Community College in New Bedford and then plans to attain her bachelor’s degree. She is now also employed parttime as a Community Base Facilitator with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and volunteers at the New Bedford Housing Authority’s Bay Village Resource Center.

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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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Promotional Opportunities Available in the 2016 Annual Membership Directory & Community Resource Guide The 2016 Directory and Community Resource Guide will be: • Consistently used all year in print and online by business professionals and local residents. • Distributed to Chamber members, visitors, new residents and relocating businesses. • Featuring advertising for every Budget with display ads starting as low as $300. • Including an advertising index listing page locations and web addresses of all advertisers. One of the many benefits of being a member of the New Bedford Area Chamber is your free listing in the Chamber’s online directory and printed Membership Directory and Community Resource Guide. The annual printed publication is mailed to hundreds of businesses in the SouthCoast along with being distributed to local hotels, inns, libraries, town halls, tourist information bureaus and individuals interested in relocating to our area. Verification forms for the 2016 edition have been emailed. In order to be certain your business is listed properly in the 2016 Directory, we are asking members to review a verification form that has been emailed to all of our members. You can update your business information by mailing or faxing the verification form or online by logging into your account at www.newbedfordchamber.com. Please be sure that your information is current and accurate by December 18, 2015. Changes made after that date may not be included in the 2016 Directory. Advertising for the 2016 Directory is now open with a variety of ad sizes still available.

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• Highlighting your business to future and current residents and businesses. • Showing future investors what great opportunities we have in our region, including those offered by your company or organization! Several advertising options in the Membership Directory are also available to enhance your business’s visibility. Enhanced listings start at $50 and several premium advertising spaces are still available. Online advertising options are also available. To place your ad in the Directory, email focus@newbedfordchamber.com for an advertising contract. If you have any questions regarding this publication, please contact Rebecca Laliberte, Communications Manager at (508) 999-5231 ext. 27.


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January Good Morning SouthCoast! Keynote speaker for the January edition is the Honorable Jon Mitchell, Mayor of the City of New Bedford. Guests will also hear from featured speaker, James Hunt, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Community Relations of Eversource.

Join us on January 14, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in the Harbor View Gallery, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA for the January Good Morning SouthCoast! breakfast. This popular breakfast series is a highprofile, fast-paced and educational

The cost to attend which includes a buffet breakfast is $25 for members, $45 for non-members, $225 for a table of ten (members). For more information or to register visit program geared towards executives, www.newbedfordchamber.com or call, senior managers, professionals and small 508-999-5231. business owners. Each of the programs has a business-oriented focus and Sponsored by: features a popular speaker to present on a topic of interest to local businesses. The Good Morning SouthCoast! breakfast program is also a great way to network with other Chamber members!

Welcome New Members Advanced Aesthetics Ink. Corp (Laser Tattoo Removal) 100 State Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 991-1616 All Saints Catholic School 115 Illinois St. New Bedford, MA 02745 Phone: 5089953696 Fatima’s Bridal 53 Main Street Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (508) 991-5523 Felicio Franco 137 Rockdale Avenue New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 992-2221 Image Signs & More 450 Bolton Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 627-6324 Law Office of David Carron 179 William St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 999-1630 10

Mercy Meals & More 634 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 763-4385 Merrill Lynch 71 Faunce Corner Rd. North Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: (508) 984-3055 Northeast Planning Associates 123 Alden Rd Fairhaven, MA 02719 Phone: (800) 279-8083 Pidalia 265 Franklin Street Suite 1702 Boston, MA 02110 Phone: (800) 559-8680 Places to Go, LLC Transportation 1 Wamsutta Street Suite 3 New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 202-7756

R & G Pizza Enterprises, Inc. (Little Caesar’s Pizza) 37 Rockdale Ave. #6 New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (774) 929-0199 Riverside Communication 10 Manomet St. New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone: (508) 472-2529 Royal Taber Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 19 Taber Street New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: (508) 997-0791 Sam’s Club 941 Grinnell Street Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: (774) 627-3065 Supporting Strategies 30 Hobart Square Whitman, MA 02382 Phone: (617) 947-7791


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1. Stephanie Pollack, MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer addressed transportation issues at the September Good Morning SouthCoast! at the Wamsutta Club, sponsored by BayCoast Bank.*

2. Salon Ell celebrated the opening of their new location on Dartmouth St. 3. The September Business After Hours was sponsored by the Zeiterion Theatre.*

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Business After Hours Thursday, December 10, 2015 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at

New Bedford Whaling Museum Harbor View Gallery 18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA

EJ’s Restaurant & Deli 111 Huttleston Avenue Fairhaven, MA Sponsored by:

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4. Little Caesar’s Pizza opened their new location on Rockdale Ave. 5. Chamber & BBC staff seated at Downtown New Bedford Inc.’s annual meeting. 6. The attorney general’s office presented a workshop to local businesses on the earned sick time law. 7. The SCYPN Off the Clock featured four panelists who own local businesses.* 8. Boutique Fitness celebrated the opening of their second location in Mattapoisett. 9. Guests at the October Business After Hours at Toyota of Dartmouth.* *Photo credit Sergio: sergio.az@hotmail.com

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Calendar of Chamber Committee Meetings Contact the Chamber office for more information on any of these committees. November Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, Nov. 13th - 8:30 a.m. December Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Friday, Dec. 11th - 8:30 a.m. The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Presents

SOUTHCOAST

JOB FAIR Thursday, March 31 2016 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission is FREE for attendees with a resume! For more information contact Ian Abreu at iabreu@newbedfordchamber.com

Chamber Invites Small Businesses to Participate in Small Business Saturday

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a Neighborhood Champion, promoting the American Express “Shop Small� initiative on Small Business Saturday, November 28th. Small Business Saturday is a national initiative sponsored by American Express to encourage residents and visitors to support small business. Numerous businesses in the region will be taking part by opening their location that day to promote local shopping. Several SouthCoast small businesses have signed up to participate with more being added frequently. 12

Participating Business Include: Boutique Fitness Lafrance Hospitality Company MISS Z PHOTOGRAPHY Save Sum Earn Sum Consignment Treeland, Inc. Tropical Smoothie Cafe-Fairhaven Visit www.newbedfordchamber.com/ shopsmall for more information and a list of participating businesses. Interested in being a shop small partner, Contact Rebecca at 508999-5231, ext. 27 or rlaliberte@ newbedfordchamber.com.

Participating businesses will be receiving lots of promotional materials to help encourage shoppers to shop small on Nov. 28th including shopping bags, doormats, banners, balloons and more.


Nov. - Dec. Featured Member Discounts Sam’s Club Join and save $80 on a Sam’s Plus Membership

Offer valid until 12/31/15

For more information: phone: (774) 627-3065 address: 941 Grinnell Street, Fall River, MA www.samsclub.com

Places to Go, LLC Transportation Discount on Transportation Service

Book With Places To Go ,LLC Transportation and Chamber Members save 5% off you booking. Call today for availability. Total does not include gratuity for drivers. For more information: phone: (774) 202-7756 email: placestogosouthcoast@yahoo.com www.placestogosouthcoast.com

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

Chamber Member Spotlight: Mike’s Auto Mike’s Auto Body is a Full Collision Auto Body Repair shop that was established in 1982. Not only is Mike’s an Auto Body a shop with collision and body repair, but they also service their customers with their towing and recovery service along with their car rental services. Their team consists of thirteen employees that work around the clock to service their customers all day, everyday, even through out the holidays.

believe that helping the less fortunate is the right thing to do. When it comes to being employed at Mike’s Auto Body, they look for people with very good work ethic and customer service skills. They make sure they have a team full of professionals to keep up with their reputation of customer satisfaction and on time delivery.

Mike’s Auto Body wanted to join an organization that serves the interests of members businesses while Helping out around the community advocating business advancement, is important to this Mike’s as well. economic growth, and job creation. Mike’s Auto Body supports many local They believe that the New Bedford organizations such as Conquerors area Chamber of Commerce has not only a great reputation but also has for Christ, and Care for the Children many opportunities for its members. International/Africa/India/Brazil. They also support rehab centers to help Mike’s Auto Body looks forward to networking with the New Bedford those with substance abuse and work Area Chamber of Commerce members with homeless through organizations and building a relationship with the such as Lighthouse Ministries which Chamber staff as well. is an organization that helps with feeding the poor. Helping out those For more information on Mike’s Auto organizations is something that is very important to Mike’s because they visit www.mikesautobodyservice.com.

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New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Nomination Committee Report Pursuant to the chamber’s by-laws, the nominating committee presents the following names to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. All nominees have been contacted by members of the nominating committee and have agreed to serve: Nominated for a three year term expiring in 2018: Beth Caldwell, Sylvia Group Gail Fortes, YWCA of Southeastern MA Ellen Gitlin, Diversified Marketing Group Gerry Kavanaugh, UMass-Dartmouth David Maher, Lockheed Martin Lynn Motta, BankFive Kim Perry, Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home Jack Sbrega, Bristol Community College Jack Silva, Bristol County Savings Bank Nate Weare, Fairfield Inn and Suites

The following have been nominated to serve as officers on the Board of Directors: Chair of the Board: David Maher, Lockheed Martin Sippican Chair-Elect: Joseph Michaud, Law Offices of Joseph Michaud Immediate Past-Chair: Mary Harrington, South Coast Consulting, LLC Treasurer: Carl Taber, BayCoast Bank Vice Chair of Government Affairs: Kim Perry, Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home Vice Chair of Community Affairs: Daniel Waltz, Southern Mass Credit Union Vice Chair of Economic Affairs: Beth Sylvia Caldwell, Sylvia Group Vice Chair of Membership: Jeffrey Pagliuca, Webster Bank

Nominated to complete a two year term expiring in 2017 Caroline Paradis, Junior Achievement In accordance with the Chamber’s by-laws, please consider this article your notification of the people nominated as candidates for members of the Board of Directors. A vote for ratification will be taken at the Chamber’s 129th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Century House, 107 South Main Street in Acushnet. Members of the Board of Directors shall start their service at the next regularly scheduled meeting after the Annual Meeting.

News from the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB) Different Approaches

By George Hempe, Executive Director / CEO, Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB) I met with a young man whom I have know since he played tennis with my son in junior high. He had been attending a well known private 4 year school and then decided to change to a technical college system. He graduated after less then two years with the new school. Within one week of graduation the school had placed him in a position with Cisco. Cisco then contracted with him (with benefits) as a trouble shooting support person for Procter and Gamble. His region is the world. I asked him how he secured a position so quickly and he responded the technical college was the difference.

coordinator (ten years) for institutional assessment and effectiveness. Many people have heard about our challenge of changing the “model”. Here is just one example how all of us can do it better. This young man just turned 20 years old and is scheduled to be earning the “ big bucks” by the end of next year. The point here is this, no matter how much money you throw at a system you will only get out of it what is was designed to produce.

Taking a different approach to education and training worked for him, The instructors are paid in part when how many more people could it work their graduates actually get a job! I’m proud to say I am very familiar with this for? school because I once worked there as 14

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

By George Hempe, Executive Director / CEO, Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB) This is the latest federal legislation that replaces the Workforce Investment Act that has been in place since 1998. The intention of both Acts are very similar and in reality the WIOA is the Fed’s best effort to re-articulate and take lessons learned from WIA and manifest those into reality. One of the primary drivers of the new workforce legislation is that the workforce system be “demand-driven”. It also offers regions more flexibility in defining the objectives and scope of the workforce system that make sense for their area. Regional collaboration, actively engaged partnerships, alignment of planning, and data driven programs and initiatives with real outcomes in terms of credentials, advanced training, and/or jobs describes the intentions of

the Act. As a Workforce Investment Board we are committed to being a convener, facilitator, and neutral broker in helping develop the workforce system that effectively interacts with our other key system partners such as education/training and economic stakeholders. In this remaining year and in 2016 the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board will be transitioning its objectives and mission so that it is aligned and supports the mandates and vision of WIOA.


ENTERPRISING MINDS by Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Network Coordinator

Do You Need Holiday Season Employees? Here’s Your Solution! The traditional signs of the season are all around us. They remind us that holiday season is right around the corner! The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Supported Employment Network has just what you need to fill those very important seasonal positions. The Chamber of Commerce’s Supported Employment Network Program members have skilled individuals with disabilities ready and able to fill your business’s need for holiday season employees. Our Supported Employment Network Program members are Better Community Living, Inc., Lifestream, Inc. and M.O.Life, Inc. Each of these agencies has skilled and trained job seeker ready and available to assist you as you prepare for your rush of holiday shoppers. Our job seekers are eager to come and work at your company. Most job seekers

already have job experience including a successful work history. If your business would like to offer a seasonal position to one of the many skilled individuals who are ready and waiting for a part time employment opportunity, you can 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. 508-991-4840 and Cynthia Rapoza at M.O.Life, Inc. at 508-992-5978. 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.

Date: November 18, 2015 - 7:45am Location: Hawthorn Medical Associates Topic: HR Forms and Handbook Review Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 4:00 PM Cocktail Reception Location: The Cove, Fall River Program: Networking Event Donations from all SCHRC members for Holiday Toys to be Donated to a local program for children. Bring your gift unwrapped! For more information or to register, contact Dorothy Botelho at dbotelho@newbedfordchamber.com or 508-999-5231 ext. 20.

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New Bedford Area Chamber Calendar - Upcoming Events 129th Annual Meeting

December Business After Hours

Jan. Good Morning SouthCoast

Jan. Business After Hours

Thursday, Nov. 12th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 10th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016 7:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

Weds., Jan. 27th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Century House 107 South Main St. Acushnet, MA 02743

New Bedford Whaling Museum Harbor View Gallery 18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA 02740

Whaling Museum

EJ’s Restaurant & Deli 111 Huttleston Avenue Fairhaven, MA

$45 Members $60 Non-Members

Members - Free Non-Members - $25

$25 for Members $45 for non-members

Members - Free Non-Members - $25

Greater New Bedford Home Show Sat. & Sun. March 5th & 6th 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech High School 1121 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02745 $5 to attend

SouthCoast Job Fair Thurs., March 31st 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

Seaport Inn & Marina 110 Middle Street Fairhaven, MA 02719 Free to attend www.facebook.com/ newbedfordareachamber twitter.com/newbedfordarea www.linkedin.com/company/ new-bedford-area-chamberof-commerce

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