March Business Connection
125th Anniversary Fun Fact!
Alisia St. Florian with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP was recently elected chair of the board for the Chamber. Which member business has been represented three times with a board chairperson?

Answer below...
February Photos
Clockwise from top left:
  • Members enjoyed networking with appetizers and drinks at Napper Tandy's in Norwood.
  • Members of the Women's Leadership Alliance Steering Committee and speakers from their recent event.
  • The Women's Leadership Alliance event featured a presentation on health and wellness.
  • Norwood Hospital President, Sal Perla, Dr. Juliet Nimako, Dr. Louis Silvagnoli, Robyn Konopacki, SMG, Director Practice Management and Chamber President, Tom O'Rourke celebrate the opening SMG Primary Care Physicians practice in Norwood with a recent ribbon cutting.
Transportation Access Survey
The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is studying how changing travel behavior is affecting customer access and demands on the curbside lanes in central business districts (CBDs). The study will help inform decision-makers, such as planners and municipal officials, about how to best meet the needs of customers accessing businesses in these districts.

The MPO staff is conducting this study in two phases. The first is this online survey that asks business owners and managers about their customers' travel and shopping patterns. It will take approximately 5–10 minutes to complete. We ask that you answer these questions based on your general observations of customer activity. Please complete this survey by March 22, 2019, to have your response included in our analysis.

Based on the response rate from this survey, we will select locations for the second phase of this study. We will survey customers of businesses in these locations in person to learn more about their access modes and shopping patterns. By completing this survey, you agree to let us survey your customers in person if we select your business for the second phase of this study.

Please contact Andrew Clark at or 857-702-3660 with any questions. Feel free to share this email with other businesses in your area that may be interested in helping with this effort.

Resources for Saving on Health Care Costs
Did you know that in a recent survey of Massachusetts employees and their families, 1 in 3 respondents reported that their last trip to the emergency department (ED) was not for an emergency situation? The cost of an ED visit can be 5-6 times more expensive than other care settings and that hurts not just your employees' wallets, but your premium costs as well. 
The Neponset River Regional Chamber has joined the Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition because we know that the rising cost of health care impacts the health of businesses and our community. Our goal is to reduce potentially avoidable ED use by 20% over 2 years to save as much as $100 million in health care spending.  
Want to get involved? Here are 3 ways to support this effort:
1. Visit the website and sign up for the mailing list. The Coalition posts news, upcoming events, resources, and more on the website. While you are there, register for the mailing list to receive periodic updates and invitations. 
2. Use the resources to get your employees involved. Display a poster in the break room to get the conversation started, or go a step further and encourage employees to learn about all of the places they can turn when they're feeling sick by sharing the "My Care, My Options" form. 
3. Let the Coalition know you want to engage your employees. The Coalition is always looking for local employers to partner with. Whether it's providing feedback on new resources, participating in piloting programs, or developing a customized plan for connecting with your employees on this issue, the Coalition wants to work with you! Contact Aisha to learn more: .  
Fun Fact Answer
The Bank of Canton has had three people serve as board chair over the years:
James Egan in 1997-98
Steve Costello in 2004
Anthony Caruso in 2011
TASTE of the Neponset River Region - March 28th!
Mark your calendar for the tastiest event of the Year! The Taste of the Neponset River Region is set for Thursday, March 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

We will return to the Norwood Space Center which turned out to be a great venue for last year's event. Sample the finest food and drink the region has to offer!

Sponsored by:

Tom O'Rourke -
Denise Flynne -
Stephanie Coyne -
Neponset River Regional Chamber |