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The New Bedford Area Chamber Focus Business News for and about Members of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce July - August 2010 Chamber Welcomes Over 130 New Members During Campaign! The New Bedford
The New Bedford Area Chamber Focus Business News for and about Members of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce July - August 2010 Chamber Welcomes Over 130 New Members During Campaign! The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce conducted a very successful New Member Campaign for the Second year in a row! On June 8 th and June 9 th, over sixty-five business leaders contacted thousands of businesses in Greater New Bedford. The campaign resulted in over 130 new members! The success of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce s membership campaign is evidence of the strength of our local business community, said James Pratt, Jr., Managing Partner at Hodgson, Pratt & Associates, P.C. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber. Chamber membership has never been more valuable to local businesses and it is particularly heartening to see so many new businesses take advantage of the many benefits offered by the Chamber. A special thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, contributed a suggestion, or donated an incentive prize. The generous contribution of time, skill, and support continues to strengthen continued on page 4... Inside July - August 2010 Marriot Fairfield Now Open...2 Small Business of the Year...3 Regency Apartment Viewing...5 Good News...6 Recent Chamber News...11 South Coast Rail Update...12 Working Waterfront Festival...13 Member Highlight SouthCoast Business Expo - Bigger and Better Planning for the 16 th Annual SouthCoast Business Expo is underway and we anticipate it being one of our strongest yet. This years s EXPO will take place on Wednesday, October 20 th at White s of Westport. This annual event is co-sponsored by the New Bedford and Fall River Area Chambers of Commerce. Attendees will have the chance to network with exhibitors to find solutions to everyday business challenges beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continue until the Business After Hours networking event wraps up at 6:00 p.m. With over 100 new members recruited in our membership drive, the New Beford Area Chamber of Commerce continues to build and strengthen. We have new members representing a myriad of fields in the SouthCoast Region and they will be exhibiting at our Business Expo. continued on page Chamber Invitational Golf Tournament is Filling Up Quickly. Register Soon to Get Your Spot Sponsored by: Wonder Bowl, Holiday Lanes, East Providence Lanes & Bristol County Savings Bank The 2010 Golf Tournament will tee off at noon on Tuesday, September 7 th at the LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts. This championship 18 hole golf course features lush fairways, sparkling ponds, spacious greens, and a selection of tees. It s panoramic links style layout provides challenge and enjoyment for both the beginner and accomplished golfer. continued on page 8... The 2010 Winning Team, The Nery Corporation, (L-R) Kevin Nery, Barry Higham, Paul Debortoli, Bruce Barboza The New Bedford Area Chamber Focus is the official news publication of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce 794 Purchase Street fax Editor: Kate Ouellette Photographer: Deborah L. Hynes Printer: The Standard-Times DEADLINES: 1 st of the month preceding publication for press releases and camera-ready or electronic artwork. Board of Directors Officers Chair of the Board James R. Pratt, Jr., Hodgson Pratt & Associates Vice Chair of Government Affairs Lynne Mastera, Precix Vice Chair of Community Affairs Mary Harrington, SouthCoast Media Group Vice Chair of Economic Affairs Jose S. Castelo, The Castelo Group Vice Chair of Membership Advancement Jim Rattray, Southcoast Hospitals Treasurer Minnie Saleh, Sovereign Bank Assistant Treasurer Chuck Mitchell, RothTec Immediate Past Chair Peter J. Muise, First Citizens Federal Credit Union President & CEO Roy Nascimento, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Directors Beth Sylvia Caldwell, Sylvia Group of Insurance Agencies Ray Cebula, Acushnet Company Timothy H. Dyer, Dyer Capital Management Dennis Galvam, NSTAR June Goguen, Bridgewater Savings Bank Ellen Gitlin, Diversified Marketing Group Liz Isherwood, Moore & Isherwood, Inc. Charlene J. Jarest, Lafrance Hospitality Valarie Lacasse, Citizens Bank Douglas Leatham, Leatham & Associates, CPA s Eugene Lonergan, Merrill Lynch David Maher, Lockheed Martin Joseph Michaud, Law office of Joseph L. Michaud Donald Monaghan, Jr., Monaghan Printing Co. Lynn Motta, BankFive Chris O Neil, Tomlinson and O Neil Insurance Agency Kevin Pelland, Citizens-Union Savings Bank Kim Perry, Waring-Sullivan Funeral Homes John Sbrega, Bristol Community College Jack Silva, Bristol County Savings Bank Paul Vigeant, South Coast Development Partnership Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Open in New Bedford Richard Lafrance, President and C.E.O. of Lafrance Hospitality, announced that the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, located at 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford - the newest jewel in the hotel group, has opened ahead of schedule in New Bedford. Everyone involved in the project, from the general contractors, through to our new staff members, have given a tremendous effort to open the hotel in time to serve the summer leisure travelers, as well as business clients, said Richard. We are delighted to announce that reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly, at , or through the Marriott reservation system at Construction took about ten months. The general contractor was Bufftree Building Co. Extended Stay Suites include separate areas for working, relaxing, and sleeping including an entertainment area with flat screen television and ihome stereo Eileen Lonergan system, and an in-room refrigerator and microwave. The facility also offers a business library, guest laundry, 24-hour market, fitness center, a hotel courtesy shuttle to area businesses, and an indoor pool and Jacuzzi. There are meeting facilities, as well, with an Executive Board Room. A 3,000 square foot full service Conference Center, called the Waypoint Event Center, which includes a ballroom and three meeting rooms, is in the final stages of planning with an anticipated September 1 st opening. The facility is the ideal location for both weddings and regional conferences with ample meeting rooms and a function room accommodating 175 guests Director Emeritus Del Rocha Joel E. Burns Your Chamber Staff President, Roy M. Nascimento - Ext. 25 Director of Operations & Finance, Dorothy Botelho - Ext. 20 Supported Employment Network Coordinator, Joanne Rego - Ext. 28 Communications Director, Kate Ouellette - Ext. 27 Events Manager, Robyn Branco - Ext. 26 Greater New Bedford Connecting Activities Partnership - Ext. 5 Director of Education Workforce Development, Stephanie Barnes - Ext. 24 2 Small Business of the Year Award Presented to NWD Trucking of New Bedford. Eric and Loraine DeCosta of NWD Trucking, Inc. accepting the Small Business of the Year Award at the Good Morning SouthCoast on May 12, The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and BankFive are pleased to recognize the significant contributions and achievements of the region s small businesses with the presentation of the 2010 Greater New Bedford Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year Awards. The awards were presented on May 12, 2010 at a special edition of the Chamber s Good Morning SouthCoast! business series. The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce applauds each small business for its entrepreneurial spirit and gives special recognition to two businesses. Six outstanding candidates were nominated this year creating a competitive selection process. This year s Small Business of the Year Award was presented to NWD Trucking of New Bedford. NWD Trucking was established in 1979 and incorporated in 1982 by Richard and Lorraine DeCosta. Richard DeCosta started the company as a sole operator with one truck behind a diner in New Bedford. Today, the business has nearly fifty employees and services the eastern seaboard and the midwest. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to Townwear of Mattapoisett. TownWear is a locally owned, socially conscious apparel line that was founded in 2006 by Kerrin Adrian to support Mattapoisett s 150 th anniversary celebration. TownWear s custom-designed, community-specific artwork first appeared in 2007 on t-shirts and hats sold in a local retail store. The remaining four businesses nominated for this year s awards were: Blue Point Restaurant of Acushnet; PharmaHealth Pharmacy of Dartmouth; Stephen & Company Hair and Beauty of Dartmouth; and Thompson Farland Surveying and Engineering of New Bedford. Small Employer Tax Credit with Health Care Reform Law The IRS has issued information on the tax credit given to certain small employers who provide employee health care coverage, under the new health reform law, effective with tax years beginning in 2010 through 2013, with transition relief for Eligible small employers or qualified employers providing health care coverage need to meet certain requirements. These include: fewer than 25 full-time-equivalent employees for the tax year, an average annual wage for its employees less than $50,000 per FTE, and the employer must pay the premiums under a qualifying arrangement. For more information, contact Warren Rutherford, The Executive Suite at Chamber Welcomes Over 130 New Members During Campaign! Continued from page 1... the New Bedford Area Chamber. With 17 new members, the campaign s top-recruiter was David Biggs of Biggs-Partners & You Communications. James R. Pratt, Jr., CPA of Hodgson, Pratt & Associates PC and Chairman of the Chamber s Board of Directors, came in second with 12 new members and Julie Lariviere of W.B. Mason who brought in 9 new businesses to the Chamber, placed third. Other top recruiters included Alan Zexter of Raymon Pielech Zexter PC and Wendy Cullum of Michel Cullum Associates, Inc. who both recruited 6 new members each. The top corporate teams were the Chamber Ambassadors captained by David Biggs with 32 new members; Jack s Golfers captained by Jack Silva of Bristol County Savings Bank with 19 new members; and the HPA Group captained by James R. Pratt, Jr. with 18 new members; The Chamber would like to recognize the corporate and prize sponsors who contributed to the success of the campaign. To name just a few: Campaign Sponsors: Media Sponsors: Bristol County Women s Journal Comcast New Bedford Internet SOCO Magazine SouthCoast Media Group Telemundo WJAR NBC-10 Breakfast & Lunch Sponsors: Domino s Pizza of New Bedford Mirasol s Café Grand Prize Sponsors for the Top Recruiters: Direct Air Fairfield Inn & Suites Hampton Inn The Pasta House Waterfront Grille Prize Sponsors: AAA Back Nine Club Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum Buttonwood Park Zoo Café Funchal Caddy Shack Cardoza s Wine & Spirits Carousel Family Fun Center Cheesecake Factory Colonial Air Diversified Marketing Dunkin Donuts F1 Boston Ginger Grille Grape Moments Hodgson Pratt & Associates P.C. JCPenney LaFrance Hospitality M&C Café McDonald s NB Bay Sox New England Revolution Preservation Society of Newport County Whareham Crossing Seekonk Speedway Tatlock Gallery Zeiterion Theatre Trinity Repertory Co. Vineyard Fast Ferry Whaling Museum For a complete list of corporate sponsors and prize contributors please visit Welcome New Members ABC Early Learning 21 Sandwich Road Wareham, MA Phone: Acorn Management 218 Willard Street Quincy, MA Phone: Fax: Aircraft Repairs Unlimited New Bedford Airport 1800 Shawmut Ave Phone: All Clear Title 5 Services, Inc. 30 Cedar Hill Drive Acushnet, MA Phone: Phone: Fax: Apollo Safety, Inc. 57 Walnut Street Fall River, MA Phone: Fax: Apriori Beauty 51 Grove Street Norfold, MA Phone: Arbonne International 74 Jenny Lind Street Phone: Arena Tile & Stone 294 Perry Hill Road Acushnet, MA Phone: Auto Specialists of NB Inc Cove Road. Phone: Fax: Bento Real Estate Group 1 Aster Lane Dartmouth, MA Phone: Benevides Brothers Auto Service 54 Grape Street Phone: Best Friends Construction Co. 62 Chipaway Road E. Freetown, MA Phone: Fax: Big Wheels, Inc. 42 Quanapoag Road E. Freetown, MA Phone: Black Bass 3 Water Street Dartmouth, MA Phone: Ann Borges, CPA 25 Old Westport Road Phone: Brick House Mortgage 220 Perry Hill Road Acushnet, MA Phone: The Broken Tee 166 County Road Lakeville, MA Phone: Brownell Trailers LLC 129 Alden Road Phone: Brunswick Biomedical 4 Little Brook Road West Wareham, MA Phone: Phone: Fax: Burns Tools 350 Mariano Bishop Blvd. Fall River, MA Phone: Burr Bros Boats Inc. 309 Front Street Marion, MA Phone: The Butcher Shop 123 Dartmouth Street Phone: Caldwell Architectural Associates, Inc. 10 Whitweed Drive Phone: continued on page NYC SHOPPING July 24, Aug 28, Sept 18, Oct 23, Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18 FREE DINING IS BACK Book a 5-night, 6-day Walt Disney Magic Your Way Package, including theme park tickets and hotel accommodations in a standard room at a select disney moderate resort, and receive free dining. Book a 5-night, 6-day magic your way package with accommodations at a select Disney Value Resort and receive Disney Quick Service Dining Plan FREE! Book May 3 - August 14, 2010 Travel August 15 - October 2, 2010 For Details Call Full Service Agency with 25 years in Business. Gift Certificates available The Regency s Sales Office is Up and Running with Model Apartment Available for Viewing The extensive redevelopment of The Regency apartment building is on track with the sales office now open and staff in place to show prospective tenants around the model apartment that opened for viewing on June 1 st. The sales office hours are: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday; and noon - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Acquired by Trinity Financial in 2009, the property is being managed by HallKeen Management. With construction fully underway, now is a great time to find a new home in these wonderful apartments with unimaginable views here at The Regency, says Glenn Nirenberg, Property Manager of the 16-story luxury residence. We have some very great leasing deals as we lease up, and I invite people to come by, talk to one of our leasing agents and get ready to be impressed. These units will lease fast, so people should not wait. Working alongside Mr. Nirenberg is Sheila A. Adams, who serves as The Regency s Assistant Property Manager and supervising leasing agent. This is a completely new Regency, says Ms. Adams. I remember this building in its before stage. The transformation that is taking place is pretty incredible. The apartments look great and the views from the building are unlike anything I have seen in this area. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing current residents excited about their new apartment, and new residents that are proud to call The Regency home. People really need to stop by and visit. For more information on The Regency, visit or call HallKeen Management at Good News! John B. Day recently announced his intention to retire in July 2011 as President & CEO of Southcoast Health System after more than 32 years, capping a career that improved access to advanced medical services by bringing a strong regional approach to health care. Day, 59, informed the Southcoast Health System Board of Trustees of his decision at its June 2 nd meeting and informed Southcoast employees and physicians on June 3 rd. The board voted unanimously to name Keith A. Hovan, currently President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, as Day s successor. Upon Day s retirement, Hovan will assume responsibility for both the Health System and the Hospitals Group. After making his announcement to the board, Day reflected on his career at Southcoast and, before that, St. Luke s Hospital, where he began as a hospital administrator in Health care has changed in dizzying ways over the last three decades, Day said. The landscape of health care what services are offered, where patients are treated and how health care is paid for is vastly different than it was when I arrived in I am proud to say the Southcoast of today can stand with any hospital in the state in terms of our top-tier services, our dedicated and compassionate caregivers and our strength and stability for our region. In his years leading Southcoast, Day has overseen more than $450 million in capital improvements, the implementation of new services such as open heart surgery, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, and weight loss surgery as well as the building of a health system that includes more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians at 20 sites across the region. Matthew Schondek, Chief Executive Officer of Fall River Municipal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nancy Couture to Branch Manager. Couture has been with the Credit Union since 2009 and has 28 years of experience in banking working her way up from Teller to Branch Manager. Mr. Schondek is also pleased to announce the following additions to the Fall River Municipal Credit Union staff: Lorie Gervasio has joined Fall River Municipal Credit Union has an Assistant Branch Manager. Gervasio has worked in the banking field for 25 years and was most recently an Assistant Banking Office Manager at a regional bank. Stephanie Medeiros has joined Fall River Municipal Credit Union has an Assistant Branch Manager. Medeiros has worked in banking for 8 years and has experience being a Senior Teller and Operations Manager. Student teams from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School swept three of the four top spots at a regional website design competition sponsored by Bristol Community College. Placing first in the BCC competition was the team of Ashleigh Mota and Steven DuBois. Miss Mota and Mr. DuBois graduated from GNB Voc-Tech this month, majoring in Media Technology. The GNB Voc-Tech team of Ryan Pallatroni and Kyle Ferry placed third and the team of Matthew Blouin and Tyler Hemingway placed fourth. Students from both of those teams are majoring in Programming & Web Development at GNB Voc-Tech. All four are juniors. Mr. Pallatroni lives in Fairhaven, Mr. Ferry lives in Dartmouth, and Mr. Blouin and Mr. Hemingway live in New Bedford. The contest was sponsored by the Computer Information Systems Department at Bristol Community College and the National Science Foundation. At the Commercial Marine Expo, Mayor Scott W. Lang honored Captain Martin Manley and Howard W. Nickerson in perpetuity with the Mayor s Professional Mariners Award and announced Harriet Didriksen as the 2010 award recipient. Harriet Didriksen is constantly fighting for fishing families, the fishing way of life, and the American dream. She steadfastly attends New England Fisheries Management Council meetings from Connecticut to Maine. She also is a regular at hearings in Washington which she attends at her own expense and is a tireless advocate. Harriet owns the F/V Settler. She owned the F/V Bagatell, which is now an educational vessel at Stony Brook University. She is owner and operator of New Bedford Ship Supply, one of the oldest ship chandleries on the East Coast. Mrs. Didriksen s father dragged in the winter and scalloped in the summer. He emigrated from Norway to Brooklyn and moved to New Bedford to be closer to Georges Bank. Her uncles were also fishermen. Her brother is a shore-side business and vessel owner. She is the mother of two. New England fishermen are fortunate to have her on their side. The Mayor s Professional Mariners Award was created to honor individuals or organizations who have made a significant contribution to the marine industry. The Annual Dinner with the Governor marked the end of Attorney Dan Surprenant s term as President of the Bristol County Bar Association. Governor Patrick was on hand as the guest speaker on May 12, 2010 at the annual dinner of the Bristol County Bar Association. The Governor spoke about his administration s accomplishments and goals for our area, and thanked Dan for his service to the bar association and a job well done. Attorney Dan Surprenant is with the law firm of Su
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