August - 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

Anthony Brown
Dedham Savings

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 

Kim Kelley
Norwood Hospital 

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

Subaru Loves to Care Supports Norwood Hospital Cancer Patients

The cancer patients at Norwood Hospital Cancer Center at Foxboro recently received a donation of blankets and messages of hope from the Subaru Loves to Care Program. For the third consecutive year, Subaru of America, Inc. and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) have spread love, hope and warmth to cancer patients and their families in communities across the country with the donation of "simple comforts".

Locally, Clay Subaru of Norwood, participated in the program with LLS and delivered 80 specially-made blankets with messages of hope from Subaru employees to the cancer patients of Norwood Hospital's Cancer Center at Foxboro. "Patients greatly benefit from, and truly appreciate, the warmth and comfort these blankets provide," said Jonathan Croopnick, MD, Medical Director at the Norwood Hospital Cancer Center. "Thank you to Clay Subaru and LLS for the generous donation and support of our patients through the Subaru Loves to Care Program."

Join us at Patriot Place on September 22 and help move to a world without Alzheimer's disease!

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! 

While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Register today at or contact Chamber member Autumn Hotaling at

Join us and lead the way to Alzheimer's first survivor. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease!
The Metro South/West Workforce Development Board and Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce are pleased to announce Greg Bunn as their new Executive Director. Greg brings a wealth of experience with over 14 years in workforce development, which include: statewide and regional labor market research supporting sound economic development plans; ongoing implementation of WIOA funded initiatives; and building effective employer engagement strategies and business service metrics. He has collaborated with workforce development professionals on federal, state and municipal levels, and with non-profits and the business community, to provide services aimed at helping individuals find meaningful work.

Greg will lead the region in workforce development activities and continue working with the Department of Career Services and Tony Mazzucco, General Manager, Town of Norwood.
Also the following have been named as new Metro South/West Workforce Board members: John Bogdan, Boston College; Jessica Cimini, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission; Shannon Laingen, MEDITECH, Inc.; Nick Pavone, New England Laborers' Training Center; and Mary Lou Regan, MAS Building and Bridge.

5:00P to 8:00P
Thursday, September 13th, 2018

It's our 3rd annual Business After Hours and Appreciation Party! Join Rob Peters Entertainment as we host one of the most INTERACTIVE and FUN Business After Hours & Networking Events on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 from 5 to 8PM!

We've moved our event to a bigger and better space...The Loft At Plainridge Park Casino. Located right off of Route 495, The Loft at Plainridge Park Casino is the premiere space for social and corporate events. 

PLUS, we will be introducing several new services for your upcoming events, AND have a few surprises up our sleeves!

REGISTER NOW: Pre register for our event by September 12th and you will be entered into our special drawing for a $25 Phantom Gourmet Gift Card.
Getting From Here to There
For most of us getting to work is a fairly easy task.  Typically, if we work in the region, we drive and park in a nearby lot.  For those commuting to Boston it can it bit more cumbersome whether its taking the commuter rail or driving through the inevitable traffic.

However, there is a reasonably large population of people who commute into our region to work, for whom the journey can be not only lengthy, but somewhat dangerous.  Many workers come to the area to work at retail locations like Legacy Place, Patriot Place, The Mall at Walpole and hotels and restaurants along Route 1.  The MBTA's 34E bus brings people from Boston to the Neponset Valley along Route 1A.  Getting from Route 1A to employer locations on Route 1 can be tricky as there are no connections for commuters, other than walking.  In the winter time, with snowy roads, this can be a nuisance at best and hazardous at worst.

With a strong economy and full employment, many of our retailers and hospitality businesses are struggling to find workers to fill out their staffing needs.  Attracting people from outside the region can be effective, but only if we can find creative ways to help these people get to their jobs, often at off-peak hours.

For the past few years, the Chamber has been working with the Neponset Valley Transportation Management Association (TMA) and others to address this issue and more relating to moving people around the region.

Recently we formed a Suburban Mobility Working Group consisting of a broad range of stakeholders including local municipalities, large and small employers, councils on aging, health care institutions, human service agencies and others.  

The Working Group has identified three issues on which it will focus to achieve its mission which is -  to address mobility challenges in the suburban Neponset Valley region through multi-modal infrastructure improvements. The group will collaborate and advocate for reliable, affordable, cost-effective, efficient, and accessible innovative transportation solutions that serve all needs. 

The three issues are:
  1. Support for Foxborough Pilot/Expanded Reverse Commute Options
  2. Improved access to Healthcare and Human Services for all
  3. Advocate for Infrastructure/Improvements to Existing Programs
The Chamber's involvement will be on the first and third issue as they relate directly to supporting businesses with their hiring needs and with ensuring that the region has the appropriate transportation infrastructure in place to support a vibrant economy.

The success of these efforts will depend largely on the input we receive from local businesses about the challenges they face in getting employees to and from work.  Please let me know if you would like to be part of this process or if you have any input you would like to share regarding these issues by contacting me at 781-769-1126 or


Tom  O'Rourke
President and CEO
Members Enjoy a Day of Golf
Jim Kivlehan, Blue Hills Bank, congratulates members of the winning team and Linda McDaid for her Longest Drive among women.

More than 100 chamber members and guests participated in a great day of golf at Blue Hill Country Club this week.  The weather was pleasant and the course conditions were excellent for the annual event.

First Pace Team: City of Boston Credit Union
Kevin Linskey, Coleman Flaherty, Mark Bernard and Greg Rooney
Second Place Team: Dan Tereschko, Peter Ellis, Sean Marshall and Eric Douglas
Long Drive Men: John Galvani, Norwood Bank
Long Drive Women: Linda McDaid, South Shore Staffing
Closest to the Pin Hole 7: Sean Marshall, One Stop Career Center
Closest to the Pin Hole 16: Kyle Farrell, Blue Hills Bank

The City of Boston Credit Union also won the inaugural and highly coveted "Banker's Cup".

Many thanks to all who participated as sponsors, players, donors and volunteers!

Major Sponsors:
Moderna Opens Norwood Site 
Moderna Therapeutics opened its new 200,000-square-foot Norwood site last month, where manufacturing, pre-clinical and clinical work will be conducted. The Upland Road site includes an additional 13 acres on which Moderna could essentially double its footprint, setting the stage for the next few phases of company development.

Norwood Board of Selectmen chair, Tom Maloney welcomes Moderna to its new Norwood facility.  
Let's Do Business Expo Registration Open
The Let's Do Business Expo is set for Thursday, October 25th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  The event runs from 3:00 - 7:00 pm and is open to the public.

The EXPO provides an opportunity for small local businesses to showcase their products and services to thousands of potential customers, combined with some good old-fashioned face-to-face networking!  All while experiencing Gillette Stadium!  

Exhibit space is available for $425, however if you register before September 28th the early bird fee is $375.  So sign up now!

Why should you Exhibit?
  • Access to over 1000 consumers from 30 communities
  • Great value on investment at only $375.00 (this early bird ends September 28)
  • Amazing location - Get a chance to be in the exclusive Putnam Club with stunning views of Gillette Stadium
  • Professional marketing, booth set up and signage - We do the work, you show up!
  • Build relationships with area service providers and businesses
  • Taste cuisine from area restaurants during our Networking Hour
Your registration includes:
  • Professional signage
  • Booth (8x6) with pipe and draping, table, 2 chairs, linens, trash can all set up before you arrive
  • Marketing throughout the region
  • Basic WiFi for emails and surfing
  • Special networking and training seminars for exhibitors (Date shortly)
  • Prizes, food, fun and amazing views of the stadium-don't miss it!
Sponsored by:


Economic Census Update - Past Due Notices

The U.S. Census Bureau measures the nation's population once every 10 years. It also measures U.S. businesses every 5 years with the Economic Census, the most comprehensive source of data related to business activity. 
The 2017 Economic Census was mailed in May 2018, and asks companies to report information for each location, including employment, payroll, and value of goods or services produced in 2017. Questions are tailored by industry and size of business.
The June 12th due date for the 2017 Economic Census has now passed. Businesses who received the Economic Census but have not yet responded are receiving past due notices from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to comply and get assistance. Please note that response is required by law.

Learn More

The Economic Census provides industry and market statistics at the national, state and local levels. Economic Census data serve as the foundation for the gross domestic product (GDP) and other leading economic indicators for the nation. 
Visit the Information for Respondents page at the Economic Census website for additional guidance. 
Member Benefit of the Month:
Your Member Decal: The Sign of Good Business
Did you know that according to a recent national survey by the Schapiro Group, i f respondents know that a small business is a member of its
local chamber, the business enjoys:
* a 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating
* a 73% increase in consumer awareness
* a 68% increase in its local reputation
* an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers
will patronize the business in the future.

But how do consumers know if your business is a member of the Chamber?
One simple way to show them is to display your membership decal.  These are mailed to all members every year and given to new members after they join.

If you need a need a decal (or additional decals for multiple locations), please contact Denise Flynne at 781-769-1126 or

Your decal is your sign of being a community-minded business.      

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