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Long time Chamber member, Brendan Gearty will be honored by the Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club with their "Service Above Self" award on October 13th, at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood. Gearty owned Norwood Printing for many years and could always be counted on to support local charitable causes. I can't think of a more deserving recipient of the honor. He was one of the first members I went to see when I first worked here as a Membership Director in 1992, and he helped introduce me to other businesses who in turn became chamber members. He has been involved with the Circle of Hope for years, and a portion of the dinner proceeds will go to that charity. Matt Brown will be the keynote speaker at what should be a memorable evening.

If the Boston Red Sox taught us anything this season, it's don't take your brand for granted. The team that seemed to have the Midas touch when it came to marketing and building an audience beyond local baseball fans, suffered a reversal of fortune this year that would have been hard to predict. I can't remember the last game I've watched as they quickly became irrelevant at the end of the season. The lesson for us is even when we are doing well, we need to stay focused on the future and continue to improve.

Manufacturing in Massachusetts has certainly seen its better days, but to say that it is dead is simply not true. In recent months, I've had the opportunity to visit several Chamber member manufacturers who are not just surviving, but growing. Harbar in Canton, makes tortillas for the food service industry and for retail sale nationwide. They are currently expanding their production facility and adding jobs to meet growing demand. Iris Sample Processing in Westwood manufactures medical diagnostic and sample processing products that are used around the world. Their products test blood and urine samples for both human and veterinary applications helping to detect diseases and improve lives. They too are growing and expanding their product line. Steel Art is a business that just moved from Boston to Norwood bringing about 50 jobs with them and hiring another 20 new employees to meet the needs of their expanding production facility. They specialize in crafting architectural signage and metal letters for commercial use - think big letters on bank signs, for instance.

Like it or not we are in the middle of the election 'season.' I often wonder that if someone were dropped here from another land and could only learn about our candidates by their TV commercials, they would think that our elected officials were all crooks and deviants (insert your own wise crack here). They tell us that negative ads work. Perhaps that message is coming from those who create the negative ads because I don't pay any attention to them.
That's all for now, hope to see you all at the Business Expo!

Tom O'Rourke