January 2018 Newsletter
Thank you to Lorenzo's for the spectacular Business After Hours on December 5th!
Peter & Angela Maffeo and Samantha Lawson went above and beyond in providing an abundance of delicious appetizers and beverages to the attendees our December's Business After Hours!  Truly a spectacular display of generosity! 

Christmas Tree adorned with Shrimp!  Sculpted vegetables in a butternut squash vase displaying a cheese platter!  Antipasti, stuffed mushrooms, and more!  They even provided take out containers so we were able to enjoy at home!  

Lorenzo's has already booked us for next December's Business After Hours!  You cannot afford to miss next year's...so mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 11, 2018!
2017 Window Decoration Winners
Left to Right:  
Paulette Lila of The Custom Decorator; Scot Dean of Gregory Scot Jewelers;
Brianna Lavelle, Rachel Borus, Laura Howarth of Rachel's Hair Expressions

Thank you from the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce to all of the downtown Middleboro shops that worked so hard to share their seasonal and holiday spirit in their window displays!  Everybody wins when everyone is in the Holiday Season Spirit!  Our Committee awarded those business windows that best reflected traditional New England holiday season scenes.  Congratulations to the winners:


Third Place – The Custom Decorator - $25 Gift Certificate Generously donated by The Charred Oak Tavern

Second Place – Gregory Scot Jewelers - $50 Gift Certificate Generously donated by The Hideaway

FIRST Place – Rachel’s Hair Expressions - $50 Gift Certificate Generously donated by Middleboro Gas & Electric

Honorable Mentions were given to: 

Dimensions Salon & Spa 

Salon Corsini

Captured Memories

We are still accepting Nominations for the Cranberry Country Chamber Business of the Year for 2017. 

Forms are due back by January 5th. 
It's EASY!  Click below to nominate a current chamber member for Business of the Year! 
Show that Chamber Member business and/or individual that you recognize all they have done for our local community!
Cranberry Institute For Better Business Presents 2018 Speaker Series:

Jill Beresford and “Why men and women working together is good for business.” 
Tuesday, January 16, 8-9:30am
Massasoit Community College
49 Union St
Middleboro, MA
        Men and women have taken equal, but different responsibilities, for the survival of the human species for over 2 million years (thankfully!). Each has contributed their strengths, skills and talents to get us to where we are today and each strength has been important to the species survival – but different. But no question, the human species would be extinct if it were not for the contributions of each gender.
       But what does that mean for today’s global workplaces where technology is helping to change the traditional survival methodologies of over 2 million years?
      Business is hard work. It is not for the faint of heart. But with the carrot of significant increased profitability and competitive advantage right there in front of you, this is a seminar you don’t want to miss! Please join us for some laughter, learning and immediate take-away tips that can help your business start to grow immediately!

Jill Beresford has been the CEO and Chairman of a publicly-held corporation. She has spent +25 years successfully working in the Turnaround & Restructuring Industry filling the positions of CEO, CFO, CRO and/or CMO. Jill has also been bringing the message of improved economics through gender balance to the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies through one-on-one trainings, facilitating workshops, participating in Summits, and conducting Key note addresses. 
PR Works Seminar outlines how to obtain public speaking engagements. The benefits – new business and expert positioning – speak for themselves.
You probably have a very good grasp of your topic. You just know that speaking locally or on a bigger stage would generate new clients, expert positioning, more referrals, better personal and company branding and differentiate you from the pack.

Wednesday, January 31st, 8-9:30 a.m.  

Cranberry Country Chamber

9 Clayton Road

Middleboro, MA

The seminar investment is $49 per person. Business professionals are encouraged to attend. Seminars will be led by Steven V. Dubin, founder of PR Works, who has both spoken locally and nationally and has been making similar speaking arrangements for clients for over 25 years.

From the local accountant to the national business coach, speaking engagements are a powerful way of moving prospects to clients. Remove barriers to speaking engagements? Learn how to reach out to meeting planners, conference organizers and fraternal club decision makers. Simplify the packaging of your pitch kit. Understand the negotiation of honorariums, travel and per diem expenses and the many speaking arrangement details.

Attendees will also learn how to identify best targets, build a database of prospects, develop an outline local or national speaking opportunities, submit credentials to national speaking portals and references, create a host of speaking topics, draft a Speaking Kit, prepare a presentation, reach out to potential speaking sources and coordinate the details of the speaking engagement.
 Click to LEFT to register for the Middleboro   seminar at Cranberry Country Chamber Office
Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce 39th Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fireside Grille
30 Bedford Street
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

4 - 5:00   Cocktails and Business Expo
5:00        Introductions and Meeting
5:15        Dinner (Chicken Marsala)
5:45        Speaker - Alec Stern "Pillars for Achieving Small Business Success"
6:30        Awards
7:00        Auction closes

Click below to register for and/or sponsor this event



Julia Dixon, Chairman, Pet Recess Doggie Daycare - 2019

Jason Gerrish, Treasurer, Eastern Bank - 2020

Torie Sylvia, Vice Chair, Taunton Federal Credit Union - 2018

Glenn Sherman, Past Chair, Bridgewater Savings Bank- 2019


Matt Arguin, Southcoast Kitchens - 2018

Itamar Chalif, Rockland Trust - 2018

Wilfred Duphily, Willie's Auto Supply - 2018

Wayne Perkins - 2019

Susan Okolita, Old Colony YMCA - 2018

John Olivieri Jr, JK Olivieri Insurance Agency - 2018

Rose Paquette, Massasoit Community College - 2018

Kira Watkins, TM Ryder Insurance Agency - 2020

Pat Gaughan, Mechanics Cooperative - 2021


Valerie Glynn, President and CEO

Pam Dziura, Admin and Marketing

Join your fellow Chamber Members (below)
who have signed up to sponsor our Annual Meeting!  
Marketing Tables:
Bridgewater Savings Bank
Citrin Cooperman
Right Key Mortgage
Rockland Trust
J.K. Olivieri Insurance Agency
A & M Associates
Bristol - Plymouth Regional High School 
Colonial Maintenance Contractors
Grants Rental
Native Times Coffee
Serv Pro of Marion/Middleborough
Simply J Bookkeeping
Wood Palace Kitchens, Inc.
Click to the left to donate an item for our Silent Auction!  Thank you!
February Business After Hours

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time:  5:00  - 7:00 p.m.

TownPlace Suites by Marriott
50 Rosebrook Place - Wareham, MA
Join your fellow Chamber members to socialize and participate in Networking activities!
 Women's Coffee &     Collaboration

Next Event February, 2018 - Date TBA

Breakfast at:
The Hideaway
9 Station St., Middleboro, MA
Cost  $15.00/person

Member News: 

Habitat of Greater Plymouth Info Session

CARVER, Mass. –

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth is pleased to announce we are hosting an information session at the Plymouth Public Library on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m.

Habitat of Greater Plymouth representatives will be in attendance to answer any questions about the organization, or how you may become involved. We are beginning the process of building three homes on Long Pond Road in Plymouth, two of which are for veterans. Come learn more about Habitat, its mission, and how you may help with our upcoming builds. Volunteers can help build the homes, provide lunches for the construction crew, or serve on one of our many committees.

For more information, please visit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth website at www.hfhplymouth.org.

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School is looking for volunteers
4th Annual Credit for Life Fair
 Friday June 8, 2018

The Credit for Life Fair is an interactive financial literacy program that allows students to role play as a 25 year old adult trying to manage a budget. Each student is given a personalized profile that reflects the income and debt of an entry level professional in their career choice. The objective is to visit each of the fair’s fourteen booths, which represent the major categories of living expenses and develop a working budget. Students will have to make decisions such as buy a new or used car, allocate money for food, clothing and items such as a cell phone. Throughout the process students are challenged to live within their means (not spend more than they make) and budget for life’s needs and wants. The goal of the fair is to increase student awareness of personal money management and put their potential career and salary to the test!

We will be hosting the kick-off for the Credit for Life on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 9a.m. Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School is located at 207 Hart Street in Taunton. For more information about this event, please contact Kerrie Carrelas at 508-823-5151, ext.130.

South Shore REALTORS® Raises $14,000 For Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build

PEMBROKE, MA. (December 21, 2017) – #LaughforOurVeterans was the hashtag used by South Shore Realtors® to promote their November 16th Comedy for a Cause event for Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build. Comics Christine Hurley, Dan Crohn and Graig Murphy delivered outstanding comedic performances to the 200 people who attended to support Veterans and Habitat for Humanity.

The event, organized by the South Shore Realtors® Community Service Committee, raised $14,000 to assist Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth and South Shore Habitat for Humanity build homes for Veterans. South Shore Realtors® is the second largest Realtor® Trade Association in Massachusetts and serves 24 communities from Quincy to Plymouth,

The Committee invited representatives of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth and South Shore Habitat for Humanity to the Association’s office in Pembroke to present each organization with a $7,000 check. The committee also plans to participate in the Veterans build with each Habitat chapter in 2018.

“The Association and individual Realtors® partner with both Habitat for Humanity chapters on a regular basis. Many Realtors® serve on Habitat for Humanity Boards of Directors, planning committees and on volunteer build projects. It was an honor to host this fundraiser for these organizations and for our Veterans who sacrifice so much.” said South Shore Community Service Committee Chairperson Jonathan Keener. The South Shore Realtors® Community Service Committee assists housing related charities across the South Shore by procuring charitable grants, in-kind donations and hosting fundraising events to allow Association members and members of the public to make a difference in the community.

Sponsors of the event included Gallo Moving & Storage, Indoor Environmental, Franklin American Mortgage Company, Blue Hills Bank, Reality Realty Group, Rockland Trust, Embrace Home Loans, Tiny & Sons Auto Glass Service, Stiles Law, VERC Enterprise, A Fox & Hounds Pet Care, Simplex Janitorial Supplies and Tammy Downes Realtor – William Raveis Real Estate.

The term Realtor® is registered as the exclusive designation of members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) who are licensed real estate agents who choose to subscribe to a strict code of ethics. South Shore Realtors® is a professional resource to Realtors® and consumer and professional Realtors® across the South Shore belong to the 3,000 member professional Association.

For more information on South Shore Realtors®, visit
www.SouthShoreRealtors.com or contact (781) 826-5139. For information on how to sponsor, get involved, volunteer or partner with either Habitat for Humanity affiliate, contact:Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth: http://hfhplymouth.org/ or call (508) 866-4188. South Shore Habitat for Humanity: https://sshabitat.org/ or contacting (781) 337-7744.

Lakeville’s 4th Annual
Winterfest 2018 
When:  Sunday, January 28, 2018 
Where: Ted Williams Camp, Lakeville

This is a community event where individuals and families of all ages can enjoy themselves to free food, entertainment, local businesses, and resources. 

As a local business, please consider sponsoring this community event! Marketing for Winterfest began on December 1st. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience to maximize your sponsorship exposure!  In the meanwhile, MARK YOUR CALENDAR to attend this wonderful event on January 28th!

Kira Watkins at:  Kira.L.Watkins@gmail.com 
Mitzi Hollenbeck at:  Mitzi.Hollenbeck@gmail.com 
to learn about sponsorship opportunities and to submit application.
To Register or Sponsor, click Learn More below for information and to print:
From The Retail Review / Retailers Association of Massachusetts December 2017:
Final Regulations & FAQ’s Released on New Employer Health Care Tax 
     The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has issued a set of guidance documents and regulations on the new employer health care tax to be implemented through an increase in the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC), set to take effect on January 1.  The regulations and FAQ’s are available on the DUA website.
     The Governor and the Legislature included in this year’s state budget a temporary increase in the EMAC for all employers with 6 or more employees, and an additional tax/assessment on employers with employees on public health assistance.  The EMAC is an existing tax that most employers now pay as part of their unemployment insurance taxes.  EMAC funds are used to pay for subsidized health care for low-income residents of the Commonwealth.  The current EMAC contribution rate is 0.34% of wages, up to the annual wage cap of $15,000, with a potential maximum cost of $51 per employee per year.  For the wages paid in the years 2018 and 2019, the EMAC contribution will increase to 0.51% up to the annual wage cap of $15,000, which increases the potential maximum cost per employee to $77 per employee per year.
          The liability of employers subject to the EMAC Supplement begins on January 1, 2018.    
Legislature Poised to Weaken Criminal Laws Used to Combat Retail Theft
    The Massachusetts Legislature took yet another step closer to increasing the felony threshold found in a number of the state’s property crimes as well as limiting the amount of information employers may have access to when conducting criminal background checks after the House of Representatives approved its version of a comprehensive criminal justice bill in mid-November. The House action came a month after the Senate adopted similar legislation opening the door for the Legislature to resolve the differences between the two bills through the formation of a conference committee.
    The property crimes affected by these bills include larceny, misuse of credit cards, credit card fraud, and receipt of stolen property, all of which are heavily relied upon by retailers, law enforcement and prosecutors to protect against retail theft. Currently set at $250, the felony thresholds would be increased to $1,500 by the Senate bill and $1,000 by the House bill.
Welcome to our New Members!!!!
​​​​​​​Dimensions Salon & Spa
Thank you to our renewing Members:
A& M associates, ltd.
Allen & Major Associates, Inc.
Colonial Maintenance Contractors, Inc.
Hannah B. G. Shaw Home
JRI/Anchor Academy
Lakeville Golf Course
Lakeville Self Storage
Loon Pond Lodge
New England Farms
Outback Engineering
P R Works
Taunton Federal Credit Union 
Water Filtration Services
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