Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Past Chair of the Board
*Alisia St. Florian
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP
Bacon Flaherty LLC
Neponset River Regional Chamber
Todd J. Chipman, MST, CPA
John T. Chipman & Co., CPAs
ServPro of Norwood and West Roxbury
Bank of Canton
American Holt Corporation
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Dedham High School
The League School
Compass Real Estate
Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center
*Member of the Executive Committee
NRRC Joins U.S. Chamber’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative
Last week we participated in the
National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, along with more than 2,500 others who have committed to hosting similar conversations and taking action in their own communities and industries to address inequality of opportunity across America. The National Summit brought together leaders from across the private and public sectors including Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning; Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO; Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC; and former NBA basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to discuss solutions to some of the underlying challenges driving inequality of opportunity for Black Americans.
The initiative is focused on bridging opportunity gaps in four key areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and the criminal justice system—all of which perpetuate broader inequities in society and hold back individual and business success and economic growth.
In order to drive meaningful, measurable impact, we must listen, learn, and lead. The U.S. Chamber recently released
America's Opportunity Gaps: By the Numbers
, a research compilation to help quantify the racial divides in key areas and explore some of the contributing factors. The findings will inform our work as we pursue targeted, data-driven, and sustainable policy and private sector solutions. We will share additional information and resources on the initiative as they become available.
Tom O'Rourke, CCE
President and CEO
Tax-Free Holiday Announced
Mark your calendars.
sales tax holiday
for 2020 will occur on August 29 and 30. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax.
COVID-19 and Reopening Resources
Be sure to
check out our webpage
with a complete list of resources for your business during the COVID-19 crisis.
NRRC Self Care and Wellness Benefit
The NRRC and the Ambassador Committee are excited to introduce to its members a new benefit emphasizing self-care and wellness.
During these challenging times, the Chamber has kept its members well informed of all vital business-related issues and especially Covid-19 related issues. However, self-care and wellness are equally important to every business.
We recognize there are many members who can add value to our new benefit and
would like to invite any and all members who feel they can make any type of a contribution to help fellow members; contributions such as offering a webinar, writing a newsletter article, a blog post, offering or extending a service or discount. Any type of contribution will be greatly appreciated by the Chamber and its members.
Additionally, we believe that sharing our stories is essential to self-care and wellness, so, the Chamber is also expanding its Member Spotlight series.
In addition to profiling your business, a Member Spotlight can now allow members to share their stories during these hard times, whether it's how you found success, overcame a challenge, or dealt with hardships. Ultimately, our goal is for members to help one another.
If you are interested in making any type of contribution, or participating in a Member Spotlight,
please reach out to any member of the
and to please refer to the Chamber directory for their contact information.
We look forward to hearing from many of you.
Thank You! The following members have renewed their membership with the NRR Chamber
We understand the difficulties that many of our members are dealing with at this time. We know that many may not be able to renew their memberships until the situation improves.
We are grateful to those who are in a position to support the Chamber, including the following who have recently renewed:
Barron Benefit Advisors
College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving
ComForcare Senior Services
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Datasmith Network Solutions
Davco Air Conditioning Corp.
Dr. Anna Vishart
Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP
Homes of Distinction Realty
Law Office of Lipsey & Clifford, PC
McDonald's - Norwood
Park Place Self Storage
Staples - Norwood
Sweeney Wealth Management Group
The Allied Group
Statewide Small Business Recovery Survey
Dear Business Owner,
The Neponset River Regional Chamber along with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center has partnered with the MassINC Polling Group and others to conduct an important statewide survey about how the coronavirus has impacted small businesses in Massachusetts. We are asking for your input to ensure that economic recovery programs and policies are informed by your current needs.
This survey is for small businesses with 500 employees or less. It’s available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Mandarin. It should take less than 10 minutes of your time. Your answers will be analyzed together with other responses and will never be used to identify you personally. This survey will be open for a short period of time, so please respond as soon as possible.
Thank you very much for participating in this important initiative. Please feel free to share this survey with other Massachusetts business owners to ensure wide representation.
MBAE receives 2020 Excellence in Advocacy Award
As you know, the Chamber is a partner with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. We are pleased to see that they were recently recognized for their advocacy work on behalf of our communities' students.
MBAE was honored to accept the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Award in Advocacy from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) at a virtual event last week sponsored by Citizens Bank. The award recognizes a nonprofit organization whose work resulted in significant progress on a public policy issue.
MBAE and the employers we represent believe that an excellent public education system is the essential foundation of a sound and equitable economy. MBAE won this award for our work helping pass legislation, the
Student Opportunity Act, that increased funding for public schools, targeted the bulk of the new funding to districts serving students most in need, and ensured new funds will be effectively leveraged to close socio-economic and racial education achievement gaps.
Member Benefit of the Month: Free Job Postings
We recognize that many businesses are not thinking about hiring employees at this time. However, there are certain sectors that are in serious need of adding staff. Also, as businesses begin to ramp up again, there may be a need for finding new employees.
The Chamber has a free job bank page on its website.
Any member can go to our homepage and click the button
and you will be taken to a page where you can add your job listings.