New Members

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

Yarland Properties, Llc
Chris Hallyar:  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

Goodworks Insurance
Edward F. Ryan:  860-633-0241 X106
www.goodworksinsurance.com

Chemex Corporation
Jennifer Ketchum:  413-331-4460
www.chemexcoffeemaker.com

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Tara McDonagh:  800-262-2583
www.bcbsma.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


 

 

 





Legislative Corner

National, Regional, Local

Help Massachusetts 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!

 

AIM BLOG

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

Congratulatios to  Chamber Member Rick Drumm, owner of Traction Business      Coaching!  Rick has been honored with the 'Rookie of the Year' Award from the      Professional Business Coaches Alliance! Read more

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

Recently, Renaissance Advisory Services, LLC moved from Wilbraham to their new location on Chapin Street in Ludlow, MA. Read all about it and enjoy this photo of the ribbon cutting. Congratulations!
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!

The program is amazing!  Partnering with Junior Achievement of Western MA and the Chicopee Schools, Credit for Life presents the attendees with real-life decisions to be made based on their arbitrarily assigned credit score and career choice.  Students quickly learn through these role-playing examples how to budget their money so they can pay their bills on time and establish and maintain good credit — the foundation of a solid and financially stable future.  Businesses are needed to participate with JA and the schools so the students have REAL LIFE BUSINESSES to work with on April 9, 2015 from 7:30am-11:30 am at ELMS COLLEGE.  For information on how your business can be involved in Credit for Life, click here!

 

100% of your donation goes to the Galaxy Community Council for the GREAT NEW ENGLAND AIR SHOW, when you join in the fun, March 12th, for Celebrity Bartenders Night!  Click here for the details and please join us for a great evening!
Tuesdays and Saturdays, have breakfast with Marcotte Ford!  Don't have a Ford?  No problem! Marcotte can work on ANY model, so stop in or call and make an appointment.  Click here for details!
Porchlight VNA & Homecare is hiring! Could they have the perfect job for you?  There are several positions available.  Click here for details on openings and how to apply!
Wingate at South Hadley has a FT opening for a DIRECTOR of NURSING.
Click here for details and where to apply!
Chamber Member Business has employment opportunity for TECHNICAL SALES. Looking for someone with experience in Research or Health Care. FT or PT, flexible hours. For more information email recruiting@iomics.us
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