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









Welcome New Members:

Barefoot Cleaners
Mark Dinoia:  413-219-8312
Follow us on Facebook @ 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

Renaissance Manor on Cabot
Joel Camp:  413-536-3435
www.reveracabot.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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The Greater Chicopee Chamber thanks these companies for their extraordinary contribution.

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1.  2014 Mileage Rate Decreased: Reminder:  The IRS has decreased the allowable business mileage expense by ½¢ a mile effective January 1, 2014.  The new rate is 56¢ per mile.

2.   2014 Pay Increases: Buck Consultants, according to SHRM, predicts a 3% increase in the average base pay in 2014.  See SH&Q’s Client Update No. 264, dated November 25, 2013, reporting a 2.9% increase for non-union and a 2.6% increase for unionized employees, predicted by Aon Hewitt.
3.   2014 401(k) Limits:
The IRS published dollar limits for 401(k) Plans for tax year 2014.  Deferrals into 401(k) Plans remain at $17,500, with the catch-up contribution remaining at $5,500. The highly compensated employee 401(k) definition remains at $115,000.

News to Use

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 5, 2014…. Non-resident children who are being detained along the border after crossing into the United States from Central America will not be coming to Massachusetts as a temporary home.  Read more

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

Is the Massachusetts Tax Fairness Commission an oxymoron?

It’s difficult to conclude otherwise about a commission that appears to view fairness exclusively through the lens of redistributing revenue from the productive sectors of the economy to the government. When the primary conversation about tax fairness starts with “How progressive is the tax?” you know the analysis is fraught with bias and ready to veer from math towards politic

Read more - click here

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.




Upcoming Events
Workshop 1 - From Start-Up to Finish: Financing Your Business
Friday September 05 2014
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Friday September 05 2014
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CEO Luncheon
Wednesday September 10 2014
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Wednesday September 17 2014
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September Salute Breakfast
Wednesday September 17 2014
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Workshop 2 - Understanding & Negotiating Leases
Thursday September 25 2014
Residence Inn by Marriott 500 Memorial More...


Attend The Table Top Expo
Tuesday September 30 2014
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Multi-Chamber Table Top Expo
Tuesday September 30 2014
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Workshop 3 - Human Resources: Best Practices For Small Businesses
Thursday October 09 2014
Hampton Inn - Chicopee 600 Memorial More...


October Salute Breakfast
Wednesday October 15 2014
Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, 500 More...



Members in Action
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

Wondering how your online search results and social media presence can help you grow your business?Facebook, Google, Yelp and many other pages are free to use, and your potential customers are already using them to select where they do business.  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