September - 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

Norwood Hospital Welcomes New Leadership
Salvatore Perla, DrPH, appointed president

Norwood Hospital recently appointed Salvatore Perla its new president.  Perla comes to Norwood following 5 years leading Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC), a Steward hospital, located in Ayer, MA.

Under Sal's leadership, NVMC was named a Leapfrog Top Hospital and earned many consecutive Grade A's for patient safety and quality. He was instrumental in expanding new service offerings including bariatric surgery, pain management and a state-of-the-art sports and physical therapy center, growing the medical staff, and bringing some of the latest diagnostic technologies to the hospital.

"We are very fortunate to have Sal as a member of the team," said Gerard Lorusso, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Norwood Hospital. "He is a seasoned healthcare leader who brings tremendous vision to the community. We are confident that under his leadership, Norwood Hospital will experience exceptional growth and innovation. "

"Sal is a strong leader who brings passion, talent and enthusiasm to this role," said Trip Pilgrim, President, Eastern Division, Steward Health Care. "Sal was committed to high quality, hands-on care in the Nashoba Valley community and will no doubt bring the same level of dedication to this region's residents."

Perla joined Norwood Hospital in June of this year as interim president following the departure of Kim Bassett, who was appointed president of Steward Health Care's largest medical center in Houston, TX. 
James Donellon Elected Partner at Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP 

James Donellon, CPA, MSA, has been elected a partner at Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP, a certified public accounting and advisory firm based in Canton, MA. 

The announcement was made by James DeLeo, Leading Partner of the firm.

Donellon joined Gray, Gray & Gray in 2006, and most recently served as a Director in the firm's Client Services Department. He has more than 12 years of experience providing audit services and business consulting for a wide range of clients including manufacturers, distributors, architectural and engineering firms, SaaS companies, and transportation companies. He is also a member of Gray, Gray & Gray's highly regarded Employee Benefit Plan Audits practice group.

The Business Case for the "Grand Bargain"
Reprinted with permission from Jon Hurst, President, Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM)

The so-called "Grand Bargain" was signed into law in late June, and with its' passage, three initiatives were kept off the November ballot. One question was RAM's rollback of the sales tax; and the other two were the $15 minimum wage and the paid family and medical leave payroll mandates.

Make no mistake about it-without the existence of RAM's sales tax initiative, the political pressure to remove these two costly labor mandates from the ballot would never have occurred. The sales tax ballot initiative created the environment and the leverage to move closer to middle ground through compromise, rather than facing near certain voter passage of the labor initiatives. Neither the Legislature nor the advocates pressing the labor mandates wanted to see a sales tax rollback with a $1 Billion price tag.

Many factors contributed to RAM's decision to agree to pull our sales tax ballot initiative in exchange for the agreement. First, two major court decisions in June rendered our sales tax proposal a much tougher sell with voters. They included a MA SJC decision eliminating the so-called "Millionaires Tax" from the November ballot, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision on internet sales tax in the SD vs. Wayfair case. While both decisions were arguably good for our industry and the state, they also made the case for a sales tax cut more difficult without funding a multi-million dollar advertising campaign.

Click the links below to view two charts which show the what the legislation contains versus what was originally proposed.
Chart 1              Chart 2        
Get to Know Your Public Officials 9/26
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Legislative Reception next month at the historic Endicott Estate in Dedham.
There is no formal speaking program; instead, this event provides the opportunity to meet and chat with local and state officials and members of the business community in order to create a better understanding of the issues impacting businesses in the Neponset Valley Region and beyond.

There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by Off the Vine Catering.

Endicott Estate 
656 East Street 
Dedham, MA 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Special Offer for Chamber Members 
Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Tax Policy Conference at the MTF member rate.

For more information or to register, please click the invitation below.  
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
Sponsored by:

Member Promotion

Member Benefit of the Month:
Member Alliances
As a membership organization, the Chamber shapes its programs, events and other activities based on input and feedback from its members.   win_win_checks.jpg

Over the years, members have banded together to form "Alliances" based on common industries or interests. Currently we have Alliances for our members in Elder Care, Human Resources, Women's Leadership and Young Professionals.  Each group offers unique programming of interest to the group and members in general.  Additionally, they become a conduit for networking and sharing of best practices in their particular fields.

To learn more about these Alliances (and our Committee's) click here.            

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