Greater Chicopee Chamber
264 Exchange Street
Chicopee MA 01013
T: (413) 594-2101
F: (413) 594-2103

Welcome New Members:

American Heart Association
Traci Heath:  413-262-3223

TD Bank
Denise Fleming:  413-858-2671

Traction Business Coaching
Rick Drumm:  774-249-5131

Mary Kay
Lisa Lopuk:  860-690-5967

The Perfect Fit/Custom Fitted Bras & Wellness Products
Gail Bogdanovich:  413-244-4870

Clean Flow Energy
Anthony Porter:  813-438-0045

Referred by:  Roberto Nieves - Common Capital, Inc.

99 Restaurant
Holly Carroll: 413-593-9909

Referred by:  Jason Reed - Chicopee Boys & Girls Club

River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.
Anne Marie Martineau:  413-540-1160

NJ's Custom Embroidery
Nancy Perman:  413-265-5070
Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Services

Valley Blue Sox
Hunter Golden:  413-533-1100

Buffalo Wild Wings
Martti Matheson:  802-399-2798

Renaissance Manor on Cabot
Joel Camp:  413-536-3435

Live Smart 360
Mark Dinoia:  413-219-8312

Chiderah Okoye:  617-999-0301

Aida Ruiz-Batiste/Century 21
Aida Ruiz-Batiste:  413-262-4977
Referred by:  Mayor Richard Kos


Legislative Corner

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Top Business Stories from AIM (Associated Industries of Massachusetts)

Senate Limits Employer Access to Social Media Passwords

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill last week that would forbid employers from requesting social media user names and passwords from employees or prospective employees. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives. AIM is working to ensure that the bill contains exemptions for workplace investigations.


AIM Urges Lawmakers to Delay Minimum Wage Increase, Reform Unemployment Insurance System

AIM will urge a legislative conference committee today to delay any increase in the state minimum wage until January 1, 2015 and to push forward with structural reforms to the Unemployment Insurance system. In a letter to conferees, AIM says an immediate minimum-wage hike will disrupt employers midway through the fiscal year.  Read more

Boston City Council Backs Non-Compete Ban

Why does the Boston City Council support a ban on non-compete agreements that could harm the innovation economy upon which the city depends? Good question. That's why AIM is asking the council to reconsider its vote. Read more


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"If You See Something, Say Something" campaign is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities. Click on title to see more information.

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1.  2014 Mileage Rate Decreased: Reminder:  The IRS has decreased the allowable business mileage expense by ½¢ a mile effective January 1, 2014.  The new rate is 56¢ per mile.

2.   2014 Pay Increases: Buck Consultants, according to SHRM, predicts a 3% increase in the average base pay in 2014.  See SH&Q’s Client Update No. 264, dated November 25, 2013, reporting a 2.9% increase for non-union and a 2.6% increase for unionized employees, predicted by Aon Hewitt.
3.   2014 401(k) Limits:
The IRS published dollar limits for 401(k) Plans for tax year 2014.  Deferrals into 401(k) Plans remain at $17,500, with the catch-up contribution remaining at $5,500. The highly compensated employee 401(k) definition remains at $115,000.

News to Use

The Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, have announced today that Eric Lapointe has been named Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor. The Falcons have also removed the interim tag and appointed Sarah Pompea, Team President and Governor.  Read more

Local Chicopee Chamber member Guy George, Premier Pest Control Achieves Associate Certified Entomologist Status

Guy George, President of Premier Pest Control was recently board certified as an Associate Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation.  Read more.

U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal met with the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Tuesday to follow up on the announcement that Westover Air Reserve Base would be downsized, losing half of its 16-jet fleet and 334 positions at the base.  Read more...

Ron Proulx, Chairman of the Board
General Manager, Dave's Truck Repair, Spfld., MA

English cleric Charles Caleb Colton wrote: “Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.”  Colton died in 1832, but his words are as true today as when he wrote them.

Economic uncertainty will always be a reality because no matter how strong the economy, there will always be a downshift and no matter how weak the economy, it will always find a way to bounce back.

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Is the Massachusetts Tax Fairness Commission an oxymoron?

It’s difficult to conclude otherwise about a commission that appears to view fairness exclusively through the lens of redistributing revenue from the productive sectors of the economy to the government. When the primary conversation about tax fairness starts with “How progressive is the tax?” you know the analysis is fraught with bias and ready to veer from math towards politic

Read more - click here

Published Friday, November 30, 2012

A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community.

The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found consumer perceptions of chamber members to be positive in many ways:
When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

To read the full article, click here.

Upcoming Events
New York City Bus Trip
Saturday August 02 2014
A day on your own in the city. The bus leaves More...

Mornings With The Mayor
Thursday August 21 2014
American Red Cross Blood Donor Center, 3500 Main More...

Workshop 3: You’re Social. Now What? Is It Working?
Thursday August 21 2014
Free for members: La Quinta Inn & Suites, 100 More...

CEO Luncheon
Wednesday September 10 2014
Join us for lunch at the Munich Haus More...

Breakfast Season Card Sept. - Dec. 2014
Wednesday September 17 2014
$76 each - Don’t worry about making a More...

September Salute Breakfast
Wednesday September 17 2014
Collegian Court, 89 Park Street in More...

Attend The Table Top Expo
Tuesday September 30 2014
Visit with over 100 exhibitors and hundreds of More...

Multi-Chamber Table Top Expo
Tuesday September 30 2014
Presented by the Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, More...

October Salute Breakfast
Wednesday October 15 2014
Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, 500 More...

Auction/Wine & Beer Tasting
Thursday October 23 2014
Delaney House in Holyoke from 6-9pm presented by More...

Members in Action
As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you can take advantage of a one-time $100 credit when you sign up for Charter Business communication services.  Read more

TSYS Merchant Solutions is proud to announce Wednesday, August 6th as “ Credit Card Processing Cost Comparison Day. Read more

We are pleased to welcome Venly to the Greater Chicopee Chamber! Learn more about this program that provides members with free one-on-one sessions about getting your business found through social media.  Read more.

Please join Robert Prince of Storm Ready for a FREE Emergency Disaster Preparation Seminar on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 1-2pm at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee.  Read more.

Chicopee Urgent Care, PLLC, located at 1505 Memorial Drive in Chicopee, opened on December 30th. It is one of the biggest urgent care centers in the state of Massachusetts with 8 fully equipped and staffed exam rooms, x-ray machines, and will offer blood and urine testing on site, including physicals and testing for new employment, as well as work related injuries.