March Business Connection
Transportation Survey Opens - Please Share Your Opinions
What will the Neponset Valley be like when businesses open back up? That’s a big question – but there’s an even bigger one: What do we want it to be like?

The Chamber along with our Neponset Valley communities are working with the Neponset Valley Transportation Management Association and Metropolitan Area Planning Council to figure out how to make transportation in our area better than before COVID, especially at sites along Routes 1 and 1A.

Tell us what you think! This survey will take about five minutes, and it’s anonymous. We’ll use your answers to plan for improvements.

(Please feel free to share this survey with your employees and other businesses.)
Chamber Members in the News
Mass General Brigham recently released the results its 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This community health needs assessment aims to gain a greater understanding of the issues that residents within the Westwood service area face, how those issues are currently being addressed, and where there are gaps and opportunities to address these issues in the future. This CHNA report provides the results from a mixed methods study aimed at identifying the most pressing social, economic, and health issues in the service area.
On March 1st, Rockland Trust opened its 4th annual Small Business Big Dreams contest, which will provide small businesses in our community a chance to win $20,000 to help their business grow. They’re asking participants to submit their background information and give an overview of their strengths, challenges, and plan for the future.
Member to Member Offer
$50 Savings for Chamber Members
Reach thousands of local readers focused on enhancing their living spaces when you advertise in the Spring Home and Garden Guide.
From building a better bathroom to tool care tips and budget landscape improvements, this special section includes a variety of features to complement your products and services.
The Dedham Savings Community Foundation has donated $11,129 to the Westwood Historical Society. This grant will be used toward multiple facility maintenance projects at the historic Fisher School on Clapboardtree Street in Westwood. Updates will include power washing, painting, installation of an entrance ramp and railings, repairs to the stone wall, and general property and brush clean up.
Chamber President, Tom O'Rourke recently appeared on the first episode of "Common Grounds", a new initiative of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.
Each Common Grounds event will convene one Republican leader and one Democratic leader to explore important issues or challenges facing the business community and the nation. Over a cup of coffee, we’ll discuss opportunities for consensus, legitimate policy differences, and pathways to compromise and meaningful solutions.
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:
A. David Landscape & Lawn Care
American Holt Corporation
Boston Business Coaching/Accelerated Business Services
Castle Island Brewing Company Courtyard by Marriott - Norwood Debevino Winery
European Cabinet Design
Fisher Law, LLC
Harbor One
In-Touch Well-Being, LLC
J. Williams Insurance Agency
Lydon & Murphy Insurance
Ms. Fix It, LLC
Neponset River House
New American Funding
Ryan Seamless Gutter Systems, Inc.
Sinclaire Enterprises
The Linden at Dedham
The Lock Clinic
Unique Home Care Services
United Way
Member Blog - Key Employee Insurance
(This months member blog is submitted by
C & S Insurance; P.O. Box 406 | 190 Chauncy St. | Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone 508.948.3848 

Seven out of ten small businesses (71%) are “very dependent on one or two key people” for their organization’s success. Yet only 22% have key person life insurance in place, according to research conducted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. What exactly is the other 50% missing? And might your business be facing this same gap? Here’s a closer look:

What is key employee insurance?
Also known as “key man insurance,” “key executive insurance,” or “corporate owned life insurance” (COLI), this coverage is essentially a life insurance policy. It is owned by the key employee’s business, and the business is its beneficiary.
U.S. Chamber Names New CEO
Last month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that Suzanne Clark will become the organization's next CEO effective Thursday, March 11, 2021, the date of the organization’s next Board of Directors meeting. As you may recall, current CEO Tom Donohue announced his retirement plans nearly two years ago, and the executive committee of the Board of Directors began a multiyear succession process.
Please join us in congratulating Suzanne as she takes on the reigns to lead the U.S. Chamber, strengthen the organization for the future, and carry forward its important mission on behalf of our members worldwide. We are also grateful to Tom Donohue for his strong and tireless leadership on behalf of the business community over his 24 years with the organization. He has been an iconic leader and we are fortunate that he will continue to serve the U.S. Chamber in an advisory capacity. To learn more about the U.S. Chamber's leadership announcement, please click here.
Sponsor Opportunities for 2021
Looking for ways to gain positive exposure for your business? Look no further. The Chamber has put together a collection of sponsorship opportunities for all events in 2021.

What better way to show your commitment to supporting the local business community than by partnering with the Chamber as a sponsor. There are options to fit all budgets. Click below to learn more.
Get your message out to more than 1,500 email addresses for just $25. Contact Tom O'Rourke at
Member Benefit of the Month
Virtual Member Decal
Later this month you will be receiving your 2021 Membership Directory and member window decal.

We recognize that not everyone has a window on which to display their decal. You can download a virtual decal, which can be added to your website, email signature or any other digital display that you would like.

Simply go to the Virtual Member Decal page on our website and follow the simple instructions to download it today!

Remember, studies show that consumers are more likely to do business with those they know belong to their local Chamber of Commerce.
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