April - In This Issue:

Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
*Cynthia Peterson
Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center

Past Chair of the Board
*Brian Johnson

*Alisia St. Florian
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane 

*Jim Kivlehan
Blue Hills Bank

General Counsel 
*Thomas Flaherty
Bacon Flaherty LLC

*Thomas O'Rourke

Previous Past Chair
*Dana Bottorff
G.T. Reilly & Company

Shawn Alexander
Universal Technical Institute

Kim Bassett
Norwood Hospital 

Todd J. Chipman, MST, CPA
John T. Chipman & Co., CPAs

Susan Cwieka
New Pond Village

*James Donellon
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP

*Robert Ferrini

Jim Forrest
Dedham High School

Steve Forrest

Rhonda Kale
Bank of Canton 

Paul Kouri
Keller Williams 

*Nancy Levine
Residential Mortgage Services

Jon Levy
American Holt Corporation

Mark LoVuolo
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Najwa Murphy
Fairfield Inn & Suites

*Member of the Executive Committee
New Members!

South Shore Recruiting

Member News

Starting March 19 th , small businesses across the Rockland Trust footprint can enter to win Rockland Trust's Small Business, Big Dreams campaign by submitting a short (30 seconds max) video explaining how they would use $10,000 to grow their business.
Of these submissions, three (3) businesses will be chosen by popular vote on the Rockland Trust YouTube page to present their business plan in person to a selected panel. The panel will then select a winner for the grand prize of $10,000 and the two (2) runners up will each receive $1,000.

New Outlook HomecareBecomes Corporate Partner of Aging Life Care Associatio n

New Outlook Homecare recently became a Corporate Partner of the Aging Life Care
 Association™ (ALCA). New Outlook H omecare is recognized as an industry supporter of Agin
g Life Care Professionals™ - human service specialists who assist older and/or disabled adults reach their maximum functional potential.
"ALCA is the gold standard of Aging Life Care™. New Outlook Homecare is proud to serve Aging Life Care Professionals and their clients and to be part of an association that is committed to maximizing the independence and autonomy of our older adults and disabled persons," said Marcy Leiman, Marketing Director

HESSCO to Offer
 A Caring Response for LGBT Clients: Cultural Competency Training Using Gen Silent

HESSCO is sharing news about a free LGBT Cultural Competency training that they are providing in collaboration with the LGBT Aging Project. It is open to area professionals who provide services to older adults.

Take to Beacon Hill
We are pleased to announce that Governor Charlie Baker will be joining us for Small Business Day on Tuesday, April 10th. Don't miss this great opportunity to hear from our governor and ask him about the issues most important to your business. Learn vital information, meet key legislators, and make your voice heard on Small Business Day!

Along with the keynote speaker and a forum with m embers of the Labor Committee, we will also be joined by
staff from Division of Unemployment Assistance to help answer member questions on the new health assessment that businesses are required to pay.

To ensure your voice as a job creator is heard, the Chamber and our ally business organizations (other Chambers from across the state, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, NFIB, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Restaurant Association, Mass Package Stores Association and Massachusetts Food Association) are hosting Small Business Day on Beacon Hill as an opportunity to educate policy makers on the effects of legislative proposals that increase the cost of doing business and prevent your business from growing and creating more jobs.
This year alone Massachusetts small businesses potentially face:
  • 26 weeks of paid medical leave and 16 weeks of paid family leave (partially employer funded)
  • $15 minimum wage
  • A 4% income tax surcharge for pass-thru entities (the so-called millionaires tax)
  • A newly imposed MassHealth assessment
  • Double-digit health care premium increases
  • Highest in the nation energy costs
In addition to our guest speakers, our agenda includes an update on key legislation from our expert panel, a chance to provide feedback to key legislators, and meet with your elected officials.

All business owners are encouraged to attend and bring guests. There is no cost to attend the program, but reservations must be made by emailing me at

Registration will begi n at 9:30 a.m. with the program to follow shortly after, concluding at noon. The event will be held at the Omni Parker House Hotel, 60 School Street, Boston.

Tom O'Rourke
President and CEO
TASTE of the Neponset Valley
Thanks to all who participated int The TASTE of Neponset Valley!

We've had great feedback from our vendors and those who attended.  The Norwood Space Center provided a fun new venue.  Off the Vine Catering did a terrific job catering the event.

You can view the all photos from the event courtesy of Matt McKee Photography here.

Wine Sponsor:  
Media Sponsor:  

Local Students Learn About Careers from Chamber Members
Sue Jacobs, SJacobs Plumbing,  talks about her career as a plumber and the opportunities that are available in the trades for men and women.

Shawn Alexander, Campus President at Universal Technical Institute welcomes the students to the Career Awareness Seminar.

More than 150 students from area high schools heard from a dozen Chamber members about college and career choices.   

The Seminar was a joint effort organized by the Chamber and School to Careers. 
Monthly Member Video Spotlight 
Click image above to view

This month's spotlight is on the Hilton Boston/Dedham.  Click above to hear what Emily Simula has to say about their newly renovated hotel located at Allied Drive in Dedham!
Norwood Video is located within the Chamber office and Darryn Carroll would love to hear from Chamber members regarding complimentary video projects for the Chamber. Reach out to Darryn at or call 781-686-5293. 
Spring Career Fair Series

Come meet the Metro Southwest region's top employers who are CURRENTLY hiring for a variety of great career opportunities! 30+ employers from across multiple industries will be on hand to meet with local job seekers!

Date: Thursday April 12th, 2018          
Time: 9:30-1:00pm- General Admission
*9:00-9:30am- Veterans Early Admission
Location: Sheraton Hotel-Needham
                100 Cabot St, Needham, Ma
Cost: FREE for all Job Seekers!
Member Benefit of the Month:
Advertise on the Chamber Website

The Chamber website receives thousands of unique visitors each month.  By placing an ad on our homepage these potential customers can find your business with the click of button.

Why advertise with the Chamber?  Consumers are more likely to do business with a business that is a member of a Chamber.

A national survey* of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an  effective business strategy  because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

You can get started for just $100/month.  Simply email Tom O'Rourke at to get started.
The Chamber - Out and About in March

The Chamber partnered with the Neponset Valley Transportation Management Association and others last week on a regional forum called "Bridging Transportation Gaps in Neponset Valley. 

Area stakeholders discussed commuting in the region including: local transit services, improving options for the reverse commute, first/last mile connections and employer-based transportation programs.

Del Frisco's Grille is the latest new business to open at University Station in Westwood.  Chamber President, Tom O'Rourke joi ns  Elissa Valdes-Pablo, 
General Manager (with scissors) and local officials at their recent Ribbon Cutting.
AG Issues Guidance on Equal Pay Law
On July 1, 2018, an updated equal pay law will go into effect in Massachusetts, providing more clarity as to what constitutes unlawful wage discrimination and adding protections to ensure greater fairness and equity in the workplace. 

Yesterday, the Attorney General's Office issued guidance and online resources to assist employers in complying with the law.  Please see the press release below.  

Neponset Valley Video Released!
Check out our newly released video highlighting the Neponset Valley region as a place to live, work and play!
Thanks to New Outlook Homecare for sponsoring the video.

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
520 Providence Highway, Suite 4
Norwood, MA 02062
(t) 781.769.1126 (f) 781.769.0808