May - 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!

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.

Norwood Hospital Adds Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Total Knee Replacement
NORWOOD, MA - May 1, 2018
- Norwood Hospital has expanded is robotic-assisted orthopedic surgery program to include total knee replacement. Surgeons at Norwood Hospital have been performing Robotic-Arm Assisted surgery for partial knee and total hip replacements since 2012, having performed hundreds of surgeries to date as one of the first hospitals in Massachusetts to use the innovative Mako System by Stryker. Norwood Hospital's Knee and Hip Replacement program has been designated a Blue Distinction+ program since 2017.
"We are excited about additional advancements to our already excellent joint replacement surgery program," says Kim Bassett, President of Norwood Hospital. "This innovative surgery has already proven highly successful for partial knee and total hip replacements, so we pleased to be able to offer yet another innovative option to our patients."
Norwood Hospital is hosting a FREE Information session on robotic-arm assisted joint replacement for knees and hips on
Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm in the Abraham Sieracki Conference Room at Norwood Hospital, 800 Washington Street, Norwood, MA.  Norwood-based Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Susan Chabot will present and answer questions. A light dinner and validated parking will be provided.  Please register at
781-278-6020 or
Tell Us What you Think - Chamber Member Survey Launches Tomorrow
You've read here in the recent past that the Chamber has formed a Communications Committee.  Led by chair, Dana Bottorff, GT Reilly & Company, the group has been meeting for about a year.

They have spent their time reviewing the Chamber's communications activities in both print and digital media.  Through brainstorming, best practices research and creative discussions, the group has generated a number of fresh ideas to help the Chamber increase its visibility and effectively showcase its members.

The "Burning Question" Video series features Chamber  members answering common questions about how to network and market their businesses to practical advice to this month's question about the benefits of  our Referral Exchange Networks (REN).  Matt McKee,  Matt McKee Photography and Will Person, Prize Possessions are the team that make it happen.

Our other video project allows members the opportunity to shoot a one to two minute video promoting their businesses.  It's free and can be done on site.  What better way to showcase your business?  The Chamber will run the spotlight in our e-newsletter and you can then use it yourself for your own purposes.  Simply contact Darryn Carroll at Norwood Video to get in the spotlight.

Along with these projects, the Committee has worked to beef up the Chamber's presence on social media.  A major effort to market the TASTE of the Neponset Valley on Facebook was very successful.

In order to continue to create the most effective messaging and media for ongoing Chamber communications, the Committee is asking members to share their thoughts with us on a number of issues in a Member Survey.

Check your inbox tomorrow and you will find an email with the survey.  We are asking members and non-members to spend a couple of minutes (less than 5) letting us know what you think about the Chamber and some of its activities.  This will help ensure that we are building programs and initiatives that meet your needs in an ever-changing environment.

Thank you in advance.

Tom O'Rourke
President and CEO
U.S. Chamber President 
on the Value of Small Business

This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins with all Americans to celebrate National Small Business Week. This is an opportunity to show our appreciation for the backbone of our nation's economy: the small businesses that employ more than half of all Americans and create about two out of every three new jobs each year. The Chamber is  proud to represent millions of these businesses all around the country.
We  fight for their interests every day in Washington, D.C., on the big policy issues before our government. We do it because America succeeds when small businesses succeed - and our economy grows when they grow. We also know that the reverse is true - small businesses succeed when America succeeds.
NFIB Head to Talk About Ballot Questions

Christopher Carlozzi, the state director of the National Federation of Indepedent Businesses will speak to the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee on Friday, May 18th at 8:00 am.

Carlozzi was a panelist at last month's Small Business Day on Beacon Hill which brought hundreds of small businesses, Chambers of Commerce and employer organizations to Boston to inform legislators of the dangers posed by several upcoming ballot initiatives.

Mr. Carlozzi will share information with members about the potential impacts of these questions which include:
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • $15 Minimum Wage
  • Income Tax Surcharge (Millionaire's Tax)
  • Sales Tax Reduction (from 6.25% to 5%)
There is no cost to attend, but please email Tom O'Rourke at if you plan to join us.
What is REN? Check Out Our Video
Looking to expand your network?  Check out our Referral Exchange Networks (REN).

REN 1 meets every other Tuesday at 7:45 am
President: Juan Barrerra 508-734-3022         
REN 3 meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 8:00 am
President: Mike Freeman   617-759-1513    
REN 7W meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:45 am
President: Eric Douglas         617-785-3727       
REN 10 meets every Tuesday at 7:45 am
President: David Nicholson 781-255-1101      
Member Benefit of the Month:
Conference Room Available to Members

Looking for a space to hold an offsite meeting with your staff or customers? 

The Chamber conference may be just what you need.  The spacious room is equipped with a white board, podium, video projector and conference call telephone.

The room can hold up to 25 people in a variety of configurations.  There is also access to our kitchen facility should you need to bring in any food or refreshments.

The Chamber office is conveniently located on Route 1 and has ample parking.

Best of all, as a member of the Chamber there is no cost to use the space.

To reserve the room, simply email Denise Flynne at .
Save the Date: Golf Tournament July 30
The good weather is finally here and it's time to dust off your golf clubs.  The Chamber is pleased to announce that our annual Golf Outing will take place at Blue Hill Country Club on Monday, July 30th.

The event includes a shotgun start at 11:00 am followed by a delicious dinner, awards and silent auction.  

Registration information will be available soon.

Sponsor opportunities can be  found here.
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