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GREATER CHICOPEE CHAMBER CORPORATE LEADERS
Dave's Truck Repair
First American Insurance Agency, Inc.
Insurance Center of New England
The Greater Chicopee Chamber thanks these companies for their extraordinary contribution.
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Corporate Leaders Program
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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
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Greater Chicopee Chamber seeking outstanding leader as President: strong sales, financial, admin skills. Must be highly motivated, organized, self-directed and able to adapt to community dynamics. Requirements: strong leadership ability, management background, computer/Internet skills, excellent written/verbal communication, marketing /public relations. Social media, membership development, event management, chamber program knowledge preferred. Bachelor’s degree required. Deadline 11-21-13 Send introduction letter, salary history and resume Info@chicopeechamber.org
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While the Affordable Care Act has brought several constraints to employers when it comes to health insurance and other benefits, the United States Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have relaxed the Section 125 rules when it comes to health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's) somewhat as employers now have the option to allow plan participants to carry over $500 of an unused remaining balance to a subsequent plan year
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Message from the Chairman of the Board
Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Ron Proulx
from Dave’s Truck Repair, Inc
Economic uncertainty has taught the business community to react differently in the
way it does business. And, because of this new reality, our chamber has been called
upon to provide services that answer the call of our members. Keeping issues on the
Chamber’s radar helps it to manage an advocacy program combining research, surveys,government relations and communications. Read More........
The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) today approved 19 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), which are expected to create 2,347 new jobs and retain 3,102 existing jobs, in addition to leveraging nearly $406 million in private investment and supporting construction projects across the Commonwealth. Click here
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Workforce Training Fund Streamlines Grant Process
The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) today announced four policy changes that will streamline the grant process and make thousands of additional employers eligible for the Express Grant program.
WTFP officials said the fund’s advisory board voted recently to cut in half the two-year waiting period for companies that receive a grant and wish to apply for a subsequent award. The board also made companies with between 50-100 employees eligible for Express Grants; eliminated the waiting period between General Program grants and Express Program grants; and increased the allowable grant period for Technical Assistance grants from six months to 12 months.
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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.
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|Members in Action
E & G Automotive Center , 159 Granby Road, Chicopee was featured on Ch 22's Mass Appeal morning talk show Friday, October 11, 2013.
Eric Lubarsky demonstrated car care tips and how best to diagnose a mechanical problem in your car. An active chamber member, Eric has distinguished himself in a national competition among automotive technicians and earned the title “ Technician of the Millennium."
Eric enjoys sharing helpful car care tips with customers, and is the only automotive service to offer a three year/36,000 mile warranty on parts and labor. E&G Automotive also offers courtesy shuttle and free loaner car options with scheduled service visits
Recently, 6 military, business, and legislative leaders taped a panel discussion at Channel 22 about "Proposed Cuts in Western MA Military Bases" for Ch 22 inFocus show.
Participants were 439th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Steven Vautrain, MA Air National Guard Director of Staff and NG Vice Chief of Staff, Col. Peter Green, State Representatives Don Humason and Brian Ashe, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce President Gail Sherman and Director of Civil Aviation Mike Bolton. to see the show, click here.