January Business Connection
Guest Blog:
 Start the New Year with a Careful Look at New Business Risks 
By Francis M. Walley III, CIC, CPCU | F. M. Walley Insurance, A Division of C&S Insurance

Each new year brings forth new resolutions. Most often, these are the goals we set for self-improvement and personal health. But as 2019 draws to a close and we open the door to a brand-new decade, I’d like to urge fellow Chamber members to focus on the wellbeing of their businesses. Specifically, I’d like to remind people about the coverage gaps that often exist in the areas of cyber liability and employment practices liability.

If you don’t know very much about these growing business risks, you’re not alone. Without totally boring you, here’s a quick look at both issues:

Cyber Liability
These days, cyber liability events can come in many different forms: phishing scams, malware attacks, a company-use cell phone lost or stolen at the airport. And the targets aren’t just mega corporations any more—far from it. According to a 2018 report, 58% of all cyber attacks targeted small businesses. Which begs the question:

ArtWeek Applications Open!
Applications are open!

ArtWeek, the award-winning statewide festival, is calling for creative experiences, and we are partnering to spread the word! This year, ArtWeek will be held Friday, May 1–Sunday, May 10. It is free, easy, and inspiring to be part of this innovative festival.

Don’t delay, apply today!

Visit www.artweekMA.org for more information.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has offered 1,000+ unique experiences to adults and children of all ages and backgrounds since 2013. This year, ArtWeek is being supported by hundreds of Community Partners, Media Sponsors, and Lead Champions: Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Board Nominations Notice
In accordance with the by-laws of the Neponset River Regional Chamber, the following individuals have been nominated by the Governance Committee to serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors beginning in January 2020:

• Peter Ellis, ServPro of Norwood/West Roxbury
• Michelle Lloret, Fairfield Inn & Suites
• Julie Molloy, William Raveis Real Estate
• Christa Seychew, Legacy Place

(excerpt from by-laws of the Neponset River Regional Chamber)
Section 2: Selection and Election of Directors

(b) Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the President shall notify the membership by means of a prominent notice in the next issue of Business Connection, its successor named newsletter (including electronic), or special mailing, of the names of the candidates and the right of petition.

(c) The right of petition for additional nominations may be exercised by written petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least fifteen (15) members in good standing. Such petition shall be submitted by mail to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee within fifteen (15) days of notification to the membership by mail of the names of the candidates. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the validity of the petition(s) is final.

(f) If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated slate of candidates shall be declared elected by the Directors and members in attendance at the Annual Meeting.
Holiday Happenings in December
Clockwise from the top left: REN Group 3 held their annual holiday gathering at the Chamber office; Chamber members donated lots of toys at our Holiday After Hours at the Norwood Space Center, shown Chamber President Tom O'Rourke, Katleen Francois, Community Manager at Workbar, Trisha White, Norwood Space Center and Jack Lank, President of the United Regional Chamber; Chamber members enjoying the holiday after hours; Sheryl Leary, HESSCO facilitated the initial "Listening Session" for Age Friendly Norwood.
Member Benefit of the Month
Online Coupons and Discounts
Looking to offer a discount to fellow Chamber members? Or even to the general public? You can easily do so on the Chamber website.

Any member can go from our homepage to the "Membership" scroll down tab and click on "Coupons" .

At the bottom center of the page click the words "Click Here" and you will be directed to a page where you can quickly and easily add your coupons. At the bottom left of the page click "New Coupon".

You will need to login to the website. If you need your login credentials, simply contact Denise Flynne at denise@nrrchamber.com or 781-769-1126.

Once logged in simply fill out the form with the details of your offer. You can offer a number of discounts and set expiration dates for them. You can add images, links, logos, etc.

Finally, don't forget to let your employees know that they can access member discounts themselves.
Member Benefit: Canada and New England Cruise
Info Session January 22nd
The Neponset River Regional Chamber and the Tri-Town Chamber are teaming up to offer our members an opportunity to cruise from Boston to Halifax, Nova Scotia with stops in Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Offered by Wanderlust Tours and AAA Travel, the trip sails from September 27 - October 4, 2020.

An informational session will be held at the Chamber office on Wednesday, January 22nd at 5:30 PM.

Inside Cabin from $1,399 per person with taxes, fees and port expenses included.

Book by December 31 and save $50!

Reserve your spot by contacting Ellie Rose at ERose1855@yahoo.com or 781-364-0673.
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