May, 2019
Chamber Chat Newsletter
News from the Executive Director

Boy – I know the calendar said that spring began on March 20 th but my heat at home is still coming on every night. It seems someone has yet to let Mother Nature know!
 
While the weather has been cold, dreary and rainy, it has been just the opposite for things at the Chamber. Our schedule continues to heat up and the pace of coming events is as busy as ever.
The month of April continued our steady pace including the monthly Business Clinics with Maria DeStefano, Northeast Regional Director Massachusetts Office of Business Development and our Breakfast Club meeting at Brothers. The monthly “BYOB” breakfast had another terrific crowd in attendance and another lucky individual won a $25 gift certificate to Brothers! Thank you to Brothers for hosting our event and donating the gift certificate to the Chamber. If you haven’t attended yet get in the spirit and be sure to come to next month, it’s never too late to become a breakfast club member!
 
We welcomed new member West Side Social Club by hosting an open house to showcase their facilities and provide another networking opportunity for members. Thank you to our new friends at the West Side Social Cub for their hospitality.

We want to also thank Town Administrator Steve Maio and Town Planner Paul Reavis for partnering with us to offer an informal but very informative presentation to our members and business community at large regarding a review of the Envision Wakefield Downtown Revitalization program. It’s the cooperation and joint participation between the Town and the Chamber in ventures such as this that demonstrate the true value of working together and strengthens our relationship with our town officials for the benefit of our business community and Wakefield residents.
 
On Saturday evening April 27 th we participated in the 12 th Annual Blossoms at the Beebe . This annual fundraising event is a joint effort to benefit the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library and the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce. The evening was “electric” as approximately 400 attendees descend upon the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library for a night of fun, entertainment and good fellowship. If you were in attendance you already understand, if not you will have to wait until next year for the 13 th annual event.

The month ended with a sold-out Women in Business event hosted by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. Keep a look out for information on the next Women in Business event scheduled for July.
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Looking ahead, we are in the process of reintroducing a “Member to Member” discount program. If you would like to offer any type of discount or incentive to other Chamber members to utilize your products and services, please let us know. We already have a number of Chamber members who have indicated their willingness to participate in such a program and we would encourage all of our members to find a way to participate in this program. We will happily promote this program for visibility and benefit of all of our members. Please give this some consideration and thought – any offer which acts as an incentive to bring others to your business is better than offering nothing!

Check out the upcoming events listing with this month’s newsletter. There are a lot of interesting events coming which include private business clinics, Breakfast Club, networking event at Cedric’s, State of the Town address, Small Business Resource Expo, semi- annual Wakefield 101 and a Young Professionals event at Kings. Like I said, there is a lot going on!

Also, SAVE THE DATE - June 6th our Annual Meeting being held at Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield Boston Hotel. If you haven't already, vote here for Member of the Year and New Members of the Year. We hope you will join us.

John