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NORTH SHORE BUSINESS JOURNAL VOLUME 27 NO. 6

SUMMER 2011

Brand Your Firm at July 18 Ipswich Country Club Golf Tournament (978) 774-8565

North Shore Chamber of Commerce • 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 100 • Danvers, MA 01923 • (978) 774-8565 • Fax (978) 774-3418 www.northshorechamber.org

July 20th Breakfast Forum North Shore Chamber works with Sec. Bialecki on Job Creation and Long-Term Economic Growth

Shown with Secretary of Economic Development Gregory Bialecki (r) are past chairs: RosalinAcosta, TD Wealth Management, David LaFlamme, North Shore Bank, 2011 Chairman John Hall, Salem Five Bank and Dr. Wayne Burton, North Shore Community College

The Economic & Public Policy Breakfast Forum at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers will feature a talk by Secretary of Economic Development Gregory Bialecki on "Job Creation and Long-Term Economic Growth in Massachusetts and the North Shore".

Greg Bialecki appointed both Beverly Mayor WIlliam Scanlon and Past Chairman Dr. Wayne Burton, president, North Shore Community College to the new Mass. Economic Development Planning Council to represent the North Shore and develop a second term economic development policy and implementation. The goal is an important one – establish a cohesive, forward-looking plan that current and future leaders can use to keep Massachusetts on a path toward longterm economic growth and job creation. Call (978) 774-8565 to register to sponsor.

Summer Business Reception Thurs., July 14th - 5-7 p.m.

The Joan Norton Stadium at the Ferncroft Country Club $15/Members • Call 978-774-8565

MBTA General Manager Richard Davey addresses Board of Directors North Shore Transportation Improvements

Shown above at the May Board of Directors Meeting are John Hall (l), Senior Vice President & Division Manager of the Commercial Banking Division at Salem Five Bank and 2011 Chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and the new MBTA General Manager and MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator Richard A. Davey (r). View YouTube Clip at www.northshorechamber.blogspot.com

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Shown in the photo above at the 2011 Honor Scholars Recognition Dinner are from l to r - back row: Chairman John Hall, Salem Five Bank, Keynote Speaker Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Robert Bradford, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Steve Rowell, Rockport High School, front row: Sponsor David Olson, The Salem News, Lisa Vassallo, honor scholar from Bishop Fenwick HS, Sponsor Maureen Woodman, Woodman’s and Joseph Wioncek, honor scholar from Beverly HS.

Chairman John Hall stops by his alma mater High School, HamiltonWenham’s table and pays tribute to this year’s honor scholars. Congratulations to the 299 honor scholars and their sponsors from across the North Shore. They are the top 5% of graduating seniors from 30 North Shore public and secondary schools.

MBTA General Manager and MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator Richard A. Davey (second from left) poses for a photo after addressing the May Board of Directors Meeting on North Shore Transportation Updates. Shown with Davey is Chairman John Hall (left) with Beverly Mayor William Scanlon and Annie Harris, Essex National Heritage Commission.

William Bates, District Coordinator for Representative Ted Speliotis discusses improvements to the North Shore’s transit system and MBTA commuter bus service in the Hathorne section of Danvers, with board member, Ed Hurley, general manager, Eastman Gelatine Corporation. This part of town (Routes 1, 95 and 62) has seen tremendous growth since MBTA bus service was discontinued some years ago.

Also shown at the Board Meeting are North Shore Chamber Vice Chair of Energy William Penney (l), president, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline along with Attorney Peter Feuerbach, Esquire, Rubin and Rudman LLP. Auditor Suzanne Bump is scheduled to address the Board of Directors in June.

Shown at the All People Accessible Business (APAB) Kickoff Event, sponsored by the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann are from l to r: Jeffrey Simon, Director, Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Office, Congressman John Tierney, an ILCNSCA volunteer and and Mary Margaret Moore, Executive Director of the ILCNSCA. ILCs are community-based nonprofits that provide peer support and guidance to individuals with disabilities to assist with living independently in the community.


2011 North Shore Chamber of Commerce Policy Agenda more of the tax burden will fall upon the business community through tax classification and fees.

Our mission is, "to shape policy and events so that decisions by business and government result in an improved economy and quality of life throughout the North Shore." Directors should plan to write letters and communicate with elected officials to ensure the voice of business is heard, with one, powerful and respected voice in the halls of Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. Sixth Essex Congressional Redistricting - As a result of the 2010 census Massachusetts will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The North Shore Chamber will work to ensure that the Sixth Essex District remains intact. In Massachusetts, the legislature has jurisdiction over all redistricting. The district is home to several defense manufacturers dependent on federal budget expenditures including General Electric, Raytheon, and Textron Defense along with numerous subcontractors and Hanscom AFB.

Economic Development & Regionalization - To help ensure the fiscal health of our cities and towns, the Chamber supports and encourages cost savings through regional solutions, pension reform, health insurance plan design (GIC). Declining state aid will require cities and towns to rely more heavily on property taxes to meet expenses. We also encourage stream lining the permitting processes to encourage uniform economic development approval process. Without an expanding commercial and industrial base,

Small Business (Drives the North Shore Economy) – The strength of the North Shore is small business. The North Shore Chamber of Commerce works with many member firms, operating on the brink of new discovery in the fields of technology and innovation to foster the development and growth of small business on the North Shore

Health Insurance - Rising cost of health insurance has emerged as a leading issue facing business. The Chamber worked for the recent passage of the small business group purchase health insurance bill. This new law allows small business to take advantage of group purchasing rates as larger employers already do. The Chamber will attend meetings on containing health insurance costs & federal health care reform. Education - The Chamber supports both technical and professional training and educational programs at the secondary and collegiate level. The Chamber supports the new Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical High School.

Energy - Safe, reliable, reasonably priced energy is vital to support our regional and statewide businesses. Our growing North Shore region will continue to benefit by having its own source of electric generation through the continued operation of the Dominion Salem Harbor Generating Station. The Chamber also supports fuel diversity, energy reliability, affordability and the development of green technology as it is developed and proven cost effective.

Transportation - The Chamber supports investment in North Shore transportation improvement proj-

ects including improvements to Route 128, Route 95, Route 1, Mass Transit and the Blue Line extension to Lynn. Airport and seaport development through Massport are also crucial to the region. New parking garages have been approved for the much needed MBTA stop in Beverly and Salem. Membership Development – In order to have a healthy and vibrant region, the North Shore must have a strong and influential regional Chamber of Commerce. Fostering current relationships and building new ones is vital to the Chamber and the business community.

Tourism - The natural beauty of the North Shore makes it a favorite destination of tourists. Our job is to attract visitors and increase the awareness of our Region to improve the local and main street economies. From whale watches out of Gloucester, to the history and mystique of old Salem, to the gift shops and art galleries of Rockport, to the countryside of Ipswich and Topsfield, to the restaurants of Beverly and Salem and waterfront views of Essex and Newburyport, the North Shore plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Our Established in 1918, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce is the region's largest and most influential business organization, representing more than 1,300 businesses from every industry, providing members with benefits through membership and programs.


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EBSCO merger will add new jobs

EBSCO Publishing, a company that compiles databases in a variety of academic, business and other subjects for use in libraries, announced yesterday that it has merged with The H.W. Wilson Co. in a move that will add dozens of employees and create 30 new jobs in downtown Ipswich.

scribe to them, providing access to users through such means as links to e-book collections.

Along with content, EBSCO will acquire Wilson's search tools, adding them to EBSCO's platform, EBSCOhost, which "is one of the most used in the world," according H.W. Wilson is a smaller database aggrega- to McEvoy. tor in the Bronx, N.Y., that is best known for publishing the Reader's Guide to Periodical Wilson also has valuable expertise in servicLiterature. A yet-to-be determined number ing school, public and corporate libraries, of Wilson's 200 employees will eventually which will reinforce the services EBSCO join the 800 workers at EBSCO. The 30 new already provides to those and a variety of jobs will be in editorial, sales and software other kinds of libraries. engineering. The purchase of H.W. Wilson, a company that "All H.W. Wilson employees are now was founded in 1898 and still publishes some EBSCO employees," said Kathleen print content, marks another stage of steady McEvoy, public relations manager at growth for EBSCO, which is one of the EBSCO. "Ultimately, we'll migrate every- largest employers on the North Shore, thing to Ipswich. This campus is designed McEvoy said, and has 40 high-tech positions that are currently unfilled prior to the merger. for growth." EBSCO will absorb Wilson's 80 databases into the 300 databases it already produces in everything from economics to applied sciences.

"We grow organically and through acquisition," McEvoy said. "A year ago, we bought an e-book aggregator, NetLibrary, for searching e-book collections. It's all about how we can better serve the library.

Wilson is "really big in areas such as art and "People in the library world know us, but I biographies," McEvoy said. don't think other people recognize the scope Databases consist largely of academic of what we do," she said. Continued on research published in journal articles and Chamber Blog - Will Broaddus, Salem books, which are organized by subject area News, 6/3/11 and indexed. A wide range of libraries sub-

Health Care: Breaking inflationary cycle - Key to recovery

President & CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Andrew Dreyfus addresses over 225 Business Leaders at the June 1 Health Care Breakfast at the Hawthorne Hotel.

When he eyes the three-legged stool that is the Massachusetts health care system, Andrew Dreyfus says two of those legs — access and quality of care — are plenty strong. But it's the wobbly third leg representing affordability that has the system in what many describe as critical condition. As head of the state's dominant health insurance provider — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts — Dreyfus knows better than most the fiscal pressures facing doctors and hospitals on the one hand, and businesses and consumers on the other. Continued at www.northshorechamber.blogspot.co m from Salem News, 6/2/11.


Mayor Kimberley Driscoll Encourages Honor Scholars to become Community Leaders

The May 11th Honor Scholars Recognition Dinner featured remarks by Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. Nearly 1000 scholars, parents, educators and community leaders attended this stellar event. Also shown is Chairman John Hall (r), Salem Five Bank.

“Here are excerpts of Mayor Driscollʼs speech for the evening: As Mayor, I also chair the Salem School Committee. For most communities, education takes up the largest share of municipal expenditures. Whatever you spend in public safety or public works is dwarfed by the costs associated with providing a quality public education. In Salem, for example, we spend $47.5m on public schools ($49.5m next year), plus an additional 5 to 7 million on benefits like health insurance and pensions. Keep in mind, that we are a medium sized community and thatʼs our budget total to educate our 4,600 public school students. The numbers are substantial – and they should be.

Public education is the most important service we provide and our foremost responsibility to the next generation. It is also the area that will yield the highest return on invest-

ment. Each of you are certainly examples of that. We have invested a lot of money in you and we expect you to do your best at being good, productive citizens of your community, your country and the world. You see, by investing in schools, we invest in HUMANITY.” “Of all the challenges I face as a Mayor, from

painful budget deficits to managing the worldwide chaos we know as Halloween, the most difficult, daunting and rewarding aspects of what I do revolve around our public schools. We have taken the approach of offering a varied and wide array of public school choices to our residents, a year round school, a 2 way bilingual school, two K through 8 models, a comprehensive high school. We are also embarking on an in-district charter school aimed at reducing the high school drop out rate and an innovation school that will focus on a continuous learning model that calls on different start dates based on a studentʼs age and readiness for advancement. I am proud of these programs of the dedication of our educators and the success of our students. But, with all of these choices, I still feel like we can and need to do more to service the diverse school population we have in Salem in order to give our kids the best chance at

success in life.

Itʼs that drive that led us from one room school houses to modern buildings; itʼs the desire to provide the next generation with a better education that led many of our ancestors to leave their homes and villages from far away places to come to this country – a trend that continues to this day, and itʼs that determination and hope that we now pass on to you and your age group to fulfill the promise of a quality education to the next generation.

As I stand here this evening and look out on the best and the brightest from the North Shore, I want you to know how proud we are of the effort and successes you have had to date. You are here this evening because of your outstanding academic achievements. You truly are the cream of the crop and as we set high expectations for you and you delivered - from MCAS tests to AP Classes to SATʼS and ACTʼs you did it all. While you may be finishing up your secondary education, we have high aspirations for you beyond schooling.

We know you will continue to excel academically, but I hope this evening, by being recognized by business leaders in the North Shore, you will also value your role in your community, and what you can do to help give back and re-invest in the way others have here with you this evening.”


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Shown at the sold-out June 1 Breakfast Forum, at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, is Andrew Dreyfus, newly-appointed President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Dreyfus discussed strategies on lowering Health Care costs for businesses. Also shown in the photo is Chairman John Hall, SVP, Salem Five Bank.

Shown before the Breakfast Forum are executives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Over 225 business leaders attended the Breakfast Forum. The North Shore Chamber of Commerce has worked for the recent passage of the small business group purchase health insurance bill. The Chamber will continue to host meetings on containing health insurance costs & federal health care reform.

Gathering after Breakfast with Dreyfus (second from left), are North Shore Chamber Board Members and Area Hospital Presidents from l to r: Robert Norton, President and CEO, North Shore Medical Center, Dr. Howard Grant, President & CEO, Lahey Clinic and Ken Hanover, President & CEO, Northeast Health System.

Shown at their Breakfast Forum Sponsor Booth are representatives from Shields Health Care Group. Many people know that Shields does the MRI and imaging for the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins and Shields is the top imaging provider in New England; what many people don’t know is that Shields lower price differential can provide substantial savings for employers. Thank you to Tommy Shields and his team!

North Shore Chamber Ambassador, Attorney Lawrence Morse (l) poses for a photo with our other June Breakfast Forum Sponsor, Francesca Federico (r), Financial Advisor, The Bay Colony Group at MSSB. Many thanks to David Poulin (see cover) and his wonderful staff at The Bay Colony Group for Corporately sponsoring this Breakfast Forum along with Shields Health Care Group . If you are thinking of becoming a Breakfast Forum Corporate Sponsor please contact the Chamber office at (978) 774-8565 or visit: www.northshorechamber.org/breakfastsponsor .

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Spring Reception was held at the beautiful Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport. The Reception was a joint event with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce that boasted more than 150 members and their guests. Shown making remarks at the Reception is Tony Beadle (l), the new Executive Director of Rockport Music and Robert Bradford (r), president of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Many thanks to Bruce Coates, Proprietor at Emerson Inn By The Sea and his entire staff for the wonderful outing at one of Cape Ann’s best hidden gems.


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