New Members

TAB of Central New England
Clarence Silvia:  860-558-9069
www.tabcentralnewengland.com

Ayotte and King For Tile, Inc.
David King:  413-532-9463
www.ayotteandking.com

Forfeng Designs
Heather Turner:  860-326-0721
www.forfengdesigns.com

Yarland Properties, Llc
Chris Hellyar:  413-206-6337

Eastfield Mall
Melinda Grenier:  413-543-8000
www.eastfieldmall.com

Referred by:  Carol Campbell - Chicopee Industrial Contractors

HomeCareHands
Sina Holloman:  413-847-0513
www.homecarehands.wordpress.com

Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Systems

Susan Allen Financial
Susan Allen:  413-569-0035
www.susanallenfinancial.com

Motel 6
Daniel Halle:  413-592-5141
www.motel6.com

NovaCare Rehabilitation
Kirstin Lane, PT, DPT:  413-788-6195
www.novacare.com
Referred by :  Jeffrey Shinners - Pioneer Packaging, Inc.

Menck Windows
Todd Bachelder:  866-296-3625
www.menckwindows.com
Referred by:  Carol Campbell - Chicopee Industrial Contractors

C. Valley Landscaping
Eric Czernich:  413-626-9068
www.cvalleylandscape.com

Hadley Farms Meeting House
Brenda Lee Korytko
www.hadleyfarmsmeetinghouse.com

Baystate Restoration Group
Nicole Ash:  413-532-3473
www.baystaterestorationgroup.com

All Events Realized
Mary Ann Dennis:  413-282-7526
www.alleventsrealized.com
Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Services

Chicopee Center Legion Post 452
Wayne Stec:  413-592-0370

Chicopee On-Time Accounting
Michael Margiotta:  413-789-2443
www.on-time-accounting.com
Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Services

McNamara Waste Services LLC
Harry Georgiades:  413-883-2560
www.mcwaste.com
Referred by:  Jeff Sattler - Nuvo Bank

Dale Johnston-The Multimedia Pros
Dale Johnston:  413-534-0507
www.themultimediapros.com

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P. C.
Susan Fentin:  413-737-4753
www.skoler-abbott.com

Baystate Health
Annamarie Golden:  413-794-1016
www.baystatehealth.org

Epstein Financial Services
Lorie Epstein:  413-539-2387
www.epsteinfinancial.com

Heartfelt Fine Gifts
Mischa Epstein:  413-729-4438
www.heartfeltfinegifts.com

Chicopee Country Club
Mike O'Neill:  413-594-9295
www.chicopeecountryclub.com

Bulldog Enterprises
Bill Bullock:  413-519-1478
www.bulldogenterprisesonline.com

Serenity Therapeutic Massage
Coreen Crogan:  413-313-2340
www.serenitytherapeuticmassage.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


 

 

 





Legislative Corner

National, Regional, Local

Senator Eric Lesser has been appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. Read entire press release.

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AIM Top New Stories: Senate Declines to Postpone Sick Leave Law, April 21, 2015  Read article

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Massachusetts Attorney General Expected to Publish Draft Regulations on
Earned Sick Time Law on April 24, 2015 Last November, Massachusetts voters approved a law that will require employers to provide earned sick time (paid or unpaid depending on the size of the employer) to all employees starting July 1, 2015. Since that vote, Massachusetts employers and labor and employment law practitioners have eagerly waited for the Attorney General to issue regulations or other guidance to shed some light on what the law will mean in practice and how employers can properly comply with the law.  Read rest of article.

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Governor Baker is requiring a year-long review of nearly all state regulations, with a mandate that none should exceed federal requirements. This is a far-reaching order, "which has drawn early support from some business interests....and suggests that many current state regulations have imposed unnecessary cost, burdern, and complexity." Read the entire Boston Globe article by Frank Phillips

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The NLRB Moves Against Western MA Labor Relations in a 6.5 Year Old Case

Verizon and IBEW have been parties to a labor contract for over 40 years.  Their contract's no-strike clause probhibits"...picketing of any of the company facilities during the term of the contract.  In 2008, while the contract was in effect, employees at the the Westfield, Springfield and Hatfield, MA facilites displayed pickets signs with various messages in the windows of the cars parked at the company facilities. Employees complied with the company told them to remove the signs.  No one was disciplined. The Union filed a grievance claining that requiring the signs' removal violed the labor contract.  The union also filed an unfair labor practice charge at the the NLRB.  Read more

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Help Massac husetts Officials Secure Storm Assistance

Governor Charlie Baker and his administration are working to secure federal relief for Massachusetts businesses as they recover from losses incurred during the recent stretch of snowstorms and cold weather.

Securing that relief will require the commonwealth to provide federal officials with an accurate estimate of the financial losses that you and other employers may have suffered.

That's why Associated Industries of Massachusetts is working with business organizations across the commonwealth to collect estimates of storm-related losses from as many employers as possible.

Please take just a few minutes to assist the governor - and yourself - by filling out this survey before noon on Monday, March 2:

COMPLETE SURVEY

Thank you for your time and input.

Sincerely,

Richard C. Lord

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Human Resource and Workplace Law Developments from Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC.   Click here for the latest news and what every employer needs to know.

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ALERT Fromt he Employers Association of the Northeast: Massachusetts Maternity Leave Law Set to Become Parental Leave, effective April 7, 2015

Among many other final enactments by departing Governor Deval Patrick, was the signing into law of a bill that was originally filed in 2013; this bill will now expand the state's Massachusetts Maternity Leave law to male employees as well.  Click here to learn what you need to know for your business!

 

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Economic Recovery Provides Opportunity to Address Long-Term Challenges

An economic recovery that finally feels like a recovery provides Massachusetts policymakers with a rare opportunity to address the long-tern structural issues that will shape the Bay State business climate for the next century, the president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts said today. click on the title link above for the entire article.

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Get the Facts about MASSACHUSETTS PAID SICK LEAVE from the law firm of Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC.  Click here for what EVERY business needs to know!

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MANDATORY SICK LEAVE INITIATIVE SET TO GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1, 2015

The Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE) will hold two informational sessions on what every employer needs to know about the Mandatory Paid Sick Leave ruling that passed in the November 4th elections. Read more

News

This month, under the direction of artist-in-residence, Denise Fontaine-Pincince, and art teacher, Mrs. Jackie Boudreau-Kinsey, a number of art students at Holyoke Catholic High School will experience “Art with Poetry.”  Funded by Holyoke Catholic High School and a grant from the Chicopee Cultural Council, the project kicked off with a PowerPoint presentation scanning the history of “Word & Image.” Following the introduction, students received a poetry assignment and were asked to cull words or phrases from their writing to inspire the creation of visual poetry in assemblage artwork. 

On display in the school gallery throughout the month of April, and serving as a model for this multidisciplinary genre, students can view a ‘visual poetry’ exhibit by Fontaine-Pincince entitled “Haiku Thank You” ─ prayers of gratitude in poetry and paint.  Read entire article

The Relay for Life of Greater Holyoke/Chicopee will be May 8-9, 2015 at Szot Park, 687 Front St., Chicopee.  Cancer impacts every single one of us in some way or another and Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's worldwide movement to end cancer!  Over 5100 Relay for Life events take place around the world, bringing people together to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  To learn more about Relay for Life and how yo can get involved, click here.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the RCAF Snowbirds will thrill and amaze you at the Great New England Air Show, May 16th & 17th. Hundreds of thousands will come to Chicopee for this incredible weekend so SAVE THE DATE, tell your friends and, if coming from out of town, hurry and make your hotel reservations!  Click here for details.
Congratulations to STEVE JENDRYSIK for his appointment as 2015 Honorary Commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base!

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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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.

Greater Chicopee Chamber

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Members in Action

Check out the unique programs of Good Works Insurance Co., one of the Chamber's newest members! Click here to find out more!
The Galaxy Community Council invites you to attend the Great New England Air Show Kick-Off Breakfast on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7am.    Live music and great breakfast in a C5 hangar and much more!  Click here for the most up-to-date details!
Get a 10% Discount off Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee Summer Camp if you're a member of the Greater Chicopee Chamber or South Hadley & Granby Chamber! Other savings available for City employees and the Military. Can't beat the price or the place!!  Click here details!
Chamber member Good Works Insurance believes that they should have a 'Purpose Beyond Profit' so they return a percentage of premiums written each year to a local charity or nonprofit chosen by the Chamber Board. Find out more here!
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