Chair of the Board
Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center
Past Chair of the Board
*Alisia St. Florian
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane
Blue Hills Bank
Bacon Flaherty LLC
Previous Past Chair
G.T. Reilly & Company
Universal Technical Institute
Todd J. Chipman, MST, CPA
John T. Chipman & Co., CPAs
New Pond Village
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP
Bank of Canton
Residential Mortgage Services
American Holt Corporation
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Fairfield Inn & Suites
*Member of the Executive Committee
Starting March 19
, 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
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
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.
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.
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
REN 3 meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 8:00 am
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.
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.
Neponset Valley Video Released!
Check out our newly released video highlighting the Neponset Valley region as a place to live, work and play!