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

Welcome New Members:

International Metal Products, Inc.
Michael P. Dupuis:  413-532-2441

Barefoot Cleaners
Mark Dinoia:  413-219-8312

Bridgeways Software, Inc.
Anna Kleeberg: 413-575-0159

Pioneer Valley Cruise Planners
Chuck Elias:  413-322-9092
Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Services

Alias Solutions
Paul Stallman:  413-364-61477
Referred by:  Rick Rheault - TSYS Merchant Solutions

Anna Kleeberg Group
Anna Kleeberg:  413-575-0159
Referred by:  Chris Maiwald - Renaissance Advisory Services LLC

Andrey's Family Chiropractic
Andrey Okhrimenko: 413-331-5023

Grogan & Speer, Inc.
Michael Grogan:  800-259-4877

Referred by:  Paul Stallman

HW Staffing Solutions
Dianne Labonte:  413-737-6464

Junior Achievement of Western MA
Jennifer Connolly:  413-747-7670

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


Legislative Corner:

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

Compromise Bill Preserves Non-Compete Agreements

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