New Members

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

Ludlow Printing & Copy Center
Dick Kelleher:  413-583-5220
www.ludlowprinting.com

International Metal Products, Inc.
Michael P. Dupuis:  413-532-2441
www.imp-co.org

Barefoot Cleaners
Mark Dinoia:  413-219-8312
barefootcleaners@aol.com
Facebook.com/BFCleaners

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

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

Alias Solutions
Paul Stallman:  413-364-61477
www.alias-solutions.com
Referred by:  Rick Rheault - TSYS Merchant Solutions

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

Andrey's Family Chiropractic
Andrey Okhrimenko: 413-331-5023
www.chicopeechiropracticcare.com

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

Referred by:  Paul Stallman

HW Staffing Solutions
Dianne Labonte:  413-737-6464
www.hwstaffing.com

Junior Achievement of Western MA
Jennifer Connolly:  413-747-7670
www.jawm.org

American Heart Association
Traci Heath:  413-262-3223
www.heart.org

TD Bank
Denise Fleming:  413-858-2671
www.tdbank.com

Traction Business Coaching
Rick Drumm:  774-249-5131
www.tractionbusinesscoaching.com

Mary Kay
Lisa Lopuk:  860-690-5967
www.marykay.com/llopuk

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

Clean Flow Energy
Anthony Porter:  813-438-0045
www.cleanflowenergy.com

Referred by:  Roberto Nieves - Common Capital, Inc.
99 Restaurant
Holly Carroll: 413-593-9909
www.99restaurants.com

Referred by:  Jason Reed - Chicopee Boys & Girls Club
River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.
Anne Marie Martineau:  413-540-1160
www.rvcc-inc.org

NJ's Custom Embroidery
Nancy Perman:  413-265-5070
www.customembroiderymass.com

Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Services
Valley Blue Sox
Hunter Golden:  413-533-1100
www.valleybluesox.com

Buffalo Wild Wings
Martti Matheson:  802-399-2798
www.buffalowildwings.com


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

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE TO PROMOTE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTHRead more
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News

The City of Chicopee invites ALL to a Halloween Costume Walk & Pumpkin Patch Party, Tuesday, October 28th from 4:30-7:30 pm.  Please come on down for this great Community Event! Click here for details

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.

Read more

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

264 Exchange Street

Chicopee MA 01013

T: (413) 594-2101

F: (413) 594-2103


Members in Action

Greater Chicopee Chamber Board Member, Attorney Layla Taylor and her colleague, Attorney Alice Pizza, both of Sullivan, Hayes and Quinn, were named Rising Stars.  CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS WONDERFUL HONOR!!!

http://businesswest.com/blog/two-sullivan-hayes-quinn-attorneys-named-rising-stars/

The Fall Fundraiser for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen & Pantry is a 'Wine & Beer Tasting Night,' November 1, 2014 and will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus elder Council 69 on Granby Rd., Chicopee.  All are invited to attend!  For more information or to become a Sponsor for this event, click here or call Bobby Liswell at 413-478-6867.
The American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive at Porchlight VNA/Homecare on November 3, 2014.  Donations are desperately needed!  Click here for details.
SAVE THE DATE of Monday, November 10, 2014 from 10am to 2pm for Employ Wisdom~Hire a Veteran at eh Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee MA 01020.  Reserve your table at 413-594-3470.  Read more
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