You Are the Chamber
While catching up on my emails upon returning from an enjoyable vacation on Cape Cod I was struck by the subject line of one in particular. It was from Chamber member, John Gorham of the Bulfinch Group and it mentioned Ralph Pace. I opened it to discover what I was afraid it might say – Ralph Pace had passed away. Many of you may not have known Ralph Pace, many others did. There was nothing in between. If you had met Ralph once you knew him and you remembered him.
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I myself hadn’t seen Ralph in years, yet I was as saddened by the news as if I had just seen him yesterday. Ralph was the owner of ADJ Group (formerly ADJ Signs) in Norwood Center. He was an active member of the Chamber for many years. He served on several committees including the Board of Directors. I remember many times when I was out prospecting for new members that I would end up at ADJ listening to Ralph talk about the Chamber, politics or the business climate. I always left with something new that I hadn’t know before.
“Youth is Wasted on the Young.”
Calling all Young Professionals Perhaps George Bernard Shaw was being a bit harsh in his assessment of the young. However, I can understand his sentiment as each year passes. Certainly there is much we can all learn from those younger than we and, of course, vice versa. Much has been written lately about the “Millennial Generation”, those born roughly between the early 1980’s through 2000. As this generation infiltrates the workforce they will undoubtedly make their mark bringing their own particular values, work-ethic and culture with them. Depending on what you read this generation is tech-savvy, doesn’t own cars, cares about the environment, carries lots of student debt and consequently, lives longer at home, changes jobs often, is highly educated and values work/life balance. Read more »
Open for Business
My waistline took a beating this week. We welcomed two new restaurants to the area as both the Bonefish Grill and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza opened up at University Station in Westwood. Chamber members and staff participated in Ribbon Cutting ceremonies for each restaurant, which of course were followed by a sampling of their menu items. From the shrimp and sushi at Bonefish Grill to the meatballs and pizza at Anthony’s, we were overwhelmed with delicious food and hospitality. Read more »
Transportation Issues in the Spotlight
The region’s transportation system has been under the microscope in the wake of an historic winter. Government leaders, business organizations and transportation advocates have been busy crafting statements, completing studies and planning for a future system that can withstand the hazards of harsh New England weather. The Baker administration responded to the woes of the MBTA by commissioning a study of the agency which proposes, among other things, the creation of a financial and management control to provide oversight of the T’s financial operations. Naturally lawmakers are hesitant to cede control and have questioned several of the study’s findings. Meanwhile the Pioneer Institute, in their own study of the MBTA, was far more critical of the agencies spending and management operations. Read more »
Chamber Members Support Local Veteran’s
I feel like I spent the month of March stalking Charlie DuQuette. Charlie is the Veteran’s Representative for Employment and Training Resources, our local One-Stop Career Center. For returning veteran’s looking to re-enter the work place, there is no better person to work with than Charlie, and of course, our local municipal Veteran’s Services Directors. Our paths crossed three times last month thanks to several members of the Neponset Valley Chamber who are committed to helping veterans get back to work after serving our country. Unemployment rates for veterans continue to remain higher than the general population. Several reports show that despite the training and job skills acquired in the military, young veterans of recent conflicts have generally encountered more difficulty in finding work than civilians. Fortunately government and business leaders are working together to create programs that will bring veterans into contact with employers. Read more »
More Than 250 Chambers Urge Congress to Fund Transportation
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce joined more than 250 local, regional and state chambers of commerce urging Congress to resolve the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, and to pass a long term federal transportation authorization bill. Chambers of commerce know infrastructure investment is an important economic issue. Without a sustainable source of funding, the federal Highway Trust Fund will be in a deep deficit that will require major cuts, or potential halts, in highway and transit projects which would jeopardize much needed economic and job growth in our cities and regions Read more »
Weathering the Storms
My brother lives in Florida and recently visited. He couldn’t leave fast enough. Somehow he managed to get in and out of Logan airport between the first two blizzards we had at the end of January. We love to talk and joke about the weather in New England, but this winter it has been no laughing matter for many homeowners and business owners. The impacts of the weather have been well documented regarding the service of the MBTA, commuter rail and parking in Boston. At the Chamber’s Board of Director’s meeting last week we discussed some of the local impacts and thought it would be interesting to survey our members to see how they fared. The results were interesting and generally in line with our assumptions. Read more »
Associations and Chambers: Who Needs Them?
(the following guest column is included in place of my regular column because the writer does a better job than I could – Tom O’Rourke) Association and chamber memberships in many parts of the country are dwindling. Many organizations have been forced to reorganize. Those in financial trouble may be forced to close or possibly combine with another chapter or group. Years ago companies large and small joined these organizations for a wide range of reasons: 1. Participate in networking events and tradeshows. 2. Get or provide group health insurance for self and/or employees. 3. Access to business information and resources. 4. Increase visibility and sales. A number of things have conspired to make the very existence of these organizations challenging: Read more »
Setting the Agenda for 2015
As we turn the calendar from 2014 to 2015 we are looking forward to a prosperous year for all of our members. There will be some changes in the political landscape with a new Governor being sworn in on Thursday and a new Senate President shortly after that. This presents opportunities and challenges for the business community and it’s important for us to build good working relationships with the new administration. Read more »
Giving Thanks and Giving Back
As we approach the end of the year and enjoy the holiday season there are two things that often come to mind; reflecting back on the year that is closing and thinking about those less fortunate. In doing so, I am always happily reminded how much good the business community does for those in need. One of the pleasures of Chamber work is being in a position to see the positive impacts that businesses like yours make in our communities. Of course there are the obvious benefits of providing jobs, paying taxes and providing needed products or services. However, what often goes unnoticed is the charitable work that businesses and their employees do, very often in a quiet and humble manner. Read more »
6 Tips for Combating the Winter Blues - Naturally!
As the days get shorter, the weather turns colder and it feels like you never see daylight, it is sometimes difficult to stay energetic and uplifted. Some experience the “winter blues” which can feel like a depression of sorts. Some people may have low energy, lack of motivation, mood swings, a “chill” in your body. There are many natural ways to get you out of this “funk” or “rut” you may be in. Find the right resolution for you. Read more »
Chamber Promotes “Shop Small” Campaign in Norwood
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that it has signed on as a “Neighborhood Champion” in support of Norwood Center merchants that are rallying together this year to bring a day-long shopping event to their customers. Small Business Saturday is a national movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the United States. Special sales, discounts, refreshments, live music and free items such as reusable shopping bags will be available all day to shoppers who make the trip to Norwood Center on November 29th. Additionally, those who visit at least three locations will be entered into a raffle to win American Express Gift Certificates and special items donated by the merchants. Read more »
No, No, No - Chamber takes positions on Ballot Questions
A large part of the Chamber’s mission is to support regional economic development and the regional business community. To that end, the Chamber board of directors recently voted to oppose three Ballot Questions that we feel will negatively impact economic development and business in the Neponset Valley. Read more »
Back To Work
Well the school buses are rolling again and the Patriots season is about to kick off. I hope everyone had a chance to take a break this summer and enjoy some time away from work, your computer and other electronic devices we seem so attached to. September always feels like the beginning of a new year to me. The kids are back in school, the cooler air re-energizes people, our event calendar picks up and people seem eager to get back to work. It’s a good time to take a look at your business goals and see where you stand before the end of the third quarter. Read more »
Easy Ways to Maintain Movement in Your Life
I have always believed that exercise, daily if possible, is key to great health. I recently had a patient ask me what I do for exercise and I was pleased that I could share with her the variety of enjoyable physical activities that I do Read more »
- You Are the Chamber
- “Youth is Wasted on the Young.”
- Open for Business
- Transportation Issues in the Spotlight
- Chamber Members Support Local Veteran’s
- More Than 250 Chambers Urge Congress to Fund Transportation
- Weathering the Storms
- Associations and Chambers: Who Needs Them?
- Setting the Agenda for 2015
- Giving Thanks and Giving Back
- 6 Tips for Combating the Winter Blues - Naturally!
- Chamber Promotes “Shop Small” Campaign in Norwood
- No, No, No - Chamber takes positions on Ballot Questions
- Back To Work
- Easy Ways to Maintain Movement in Your Life