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Greater Chicopee Chamber
264 Exchange Street
Chicopee MA 01013
T: (413) 594-2101
F: (413) 594-2103
Welcome New Members:
Ludlow Printing & Copy Center
International Metal Products, Inc.
Bridgeways Software, Inc.
Pioneer Valley Cruise Planners
Anna Kleeberg Group
Andrey's Family Chiropractic
Grogan & Speer, Inc.
HW Staffing Solutions
Junior Achievement of Western MA
American Heart Association
Traction Business Coaching
The Perfect Fit/Custom Fitted Bras & Wellness Products
Clean Flow Energy
Referred by: Roberto Nieves - Common Capital, Inc.
Referred by: Jason Reed - Chicopee Boys & Girls Club
NJ's Custom Embroidery
Referred by: Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Services
Buffalo Wild Wings
National, Regional, Local
Governor Patrick Signs Economic Development Bill Expanding Growth and Opportunity in the Commonwealth
BOSTON – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today signed H.4377 “An Act To Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth,” building on the Patrick Administration’s successful economic development strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure. The economic development package provides new tools and training to ensure the Massachusetts workforce meets the needs of employers, invests in our Gateway Cities to promote development across the entire state and provides incentives to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Read more
From AIM Blog, posted by John Regan 7/31/14
Massachusetts employers would retain the ability to protect their intellectual property through the use of non-compete agreements and would gain access to an expanded research and development tax credit under an economic development bill approved by the Legislature early today. Read more
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
GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE TO PROMOTE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTHRead more