Thank you to our Senators and Representatives who approved the Housing Choice legislation as part of the larger $625 million economic development bill. The South Shore Chamber of Commerce was an early supporter of this proposal to promote more housing. By collaborating, advocating, and supporting housing initiatives on state and municipal levels, we see housing production as an economic development strategy that increases our region’s housing choices and improves our region's economic competitiveness.
The legislation encourages cities & towns to adopt zoning best practices related to housing development by a changing the threshold from a super-majority (66%) to a simple majority vote (51%) on 9 types of zoning reform. It does not mandate towns to make zoning changes, but gives them the tools to introduce new housing types and support local economic activity and growth.
Our South Shore 2030 vision is to create an environment for current and future businesses and our resident workforce to thrive. Housing is a major component in creating this environment and our Housing Initiative encourages more housing options that attract the next generation of workers and keep our population of retirees here in our region. This housing choice legislation helps to advance our goals of adding an additional 44,000 housing units to the region by 2030, a critical initiative in our larger South Shore 2030 economic development agenda.
“The state’s housing crunch is not just a Boston problem, but also a suburban problem. The legislation will help communities allow the type of housing in the right area that helps promote community stability and economic growth. We reached out to our legislative delegation this week to reiterate the importance of this piece of the bill for our housing initiative and encouraged by their action,” said Peter Forman, President & CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.
News coverage from Patriot Ledger:
Video below: Launch of Housing Choice Initiative (December 2017) featuring comments from Chamber President & CEO, Peter Forman.
The Small Business Administration recognizes December as National Write a Business Plan Month.
The pandemic is impacting small businesses across America, so now is a good reminder to review your business plan and make any necessary adjustments. The SBA offers a step-by-step approach to writing or updating your business plan whether it's a Traditional Plan or a Lean Startup Plan. For all the details visit the SBA's link and get started today. http://ow.ly/zjlV50Cqyxg
Chamber Director’s Partner, blumshapiro is the 2020 Underwriter for the NPO Group.
The NPO Group is a mission-driven group for Nonprofit professionals to provide a way to come together, collaborate, and to share common challenges and best practices.
blumshapiro is the largest regional accounting, tax, and business advisory firm based in New England. The NPO Group invited them to present a one-hour virtual education on trending hot topics and how they apply to non-profits specifically.
Topics covered in this recording include: Internal Finance Controls in a Remote Environment; Cybersecurity, and Attracting & Retaining Talent. They covered these subjects at a high level, need-to-know "punch list" like a best practice format. An open Q&A forum follow the conclusion of this very informative webinar.
Now, more than, ever it is important to shop at our local retailers and restaurants for your holiday gift giving! We've compiled a list of businesses who are offering specials this upcoming weekend or throughout the holiday season.
Bookmark this page as it will be updated as we receive more information!
South Shore Chamber update on MBTA proposed service cuts
The MBTA proposed a series of transit cuts earlier this month in an attempt to answer some budget shortfalls due to a decrease in revenue and ridership. These proposed cuts affect Ferry Service in Hingham & Hull, as well as some bus and commuter rail service in the region.
The proposed MBTA service cuts could impact far more people and interests than simply the individual riders of ferries, buses, and trains. Some of the proposals threaten the region’s economic future. Municipalities, developers, businesses, and homeowners have planned, invested, or located around long-term transit assets.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has been engaged in dozens of public and private discussions with state and local officials as well as residents and businesses. The Chamber recognizes the financial pressure on the MBTA during the COVID-19 slowdown when people have been asked to stay at home. However, we are also looking to the recovery. We are concerned that deep cuts or elimination of services during a slowdown may mean no services during the recovery. Mass-transit services are not easily reinstated once capital and personnel changes are made.
The Chamber has submitted a formal statement to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board. The FMCB will be making their decisions in the next few weeks.
Chamber's advocacy efforts
On November 17th, organized and led meeting with Joe Aiello, Fiscal and Management Control Board Chair for the MBTA with 50 + regional leaders, stakeholders, local officials.
Submission of an official letter to MBTA outlining concerns. See link to full letter.
Creation of member sign-on letter. Chamber members can support our position and express concern by reading and signing the letter via the link provided.
The Chamber's Human Resources Group held a timely and important Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) Update yesterday morning . The speakers discussed what to consider and plan for now in preparation for January 1, 2021 – the date benefits first become available for employees and with a helpful PFML checklist of steps you need to take.
Pamela Sande, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, and CCP, President & CEO
HR @ Work
Pamela provides clients with high-quality consulting services and resources, helping clients achieve business success through innovative, practical, and cost-effective HR solutions. HR @ Work helps companies ranging in size as few as five to as many as 1,000, including nonprofit organizations as well for profits in many industries providing our clients with high-quality consulting services and resources
Nan O'Neill, Partner
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP
Nan is Senior Counsel in the law firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP with 30 years of experience counseling and representing employers in all aspects of employment and traditional labor law. Nan has extensive experience in the litigation of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, reasonable accommodation, sexual harassment and wrongful termination matters, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, having litigated approximately 30 cases in Massachusetts courts and the MCAD.
For more than 30 years, the Chamber’s Human Resources Group (HRG) has encouraged education, participation, inclusion, mentoring, and networking for those charged with responsibility for human resources within any size company. The HRG offers programming and services to meet the needs of both senior level human resource practitioners and entry level practitioners who may have other responsibilities in their company. The Advisory Team is made up of HR practitioners, employment and labor law attorneys, and HR consultants. They coordinate a dynamic programming schedule that will help businesses small and large understand the affect that laws and regulations can have on business.
By Christina Refford, Marketing Specialist, South Shore Staffing
November 15th starts International Fraud Awareness Week, a time when we should all educate ourselves about fraud and how to protect ourselves against it. At South Shore Staffing, we have had two close calls with unemployment fraud in a short period of time. To learn more about unemployment fraud specifically, keep reading for tips on how to handle it:
With unemployment rates so high due to pandemic-related layoffs and closures, one group is taking full advantage of the situation: The scammers. From super-sophisticated organizations draining states of millions of dollars, to opportunists who want to make a quick buck, the rise in fraudulent unemployment activity is alarming. In fact, the FBI even notified states of the rise in unemployment claims using stolen personal information back in July.
Federal relief programs such as the $2.2 trillion federal CARES Act which provides Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has only increased the illegal activity. In fact, Colorado had to stop $750 million to $1 billion in improper payments because more than three out of four claims made under the PUA program were fraudulent!
It's been the longest year ever so take a break, enjoy time with your family, and have one our regional restaurants provide your Thanksgiving dinner (or just the sides) this year!
Or, if you really want to cook, think about gifting a meal to someone who needs it.
See what our regional restaurants are offering this holiday!
By Nan O'Neill, Partner, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP
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On Monday, November 2, 2020, Governor Baker issued three new COVID-19 Orders, all of which are effective Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.
COVID-19 Order No. 53 (https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-53/download) imposes a Mandatory Night-Time Closing Period for Certain Businesses and Activities from 9:30 p.m. each day until 5:00 a.m. the following day. This Mandatory Closing Period Order prohibits certain businesses, facilities, and activities from admitting customers, patrons, or members of the public to their premises or otherwise offering, providing, or permitting in-person, on-premises services or activities, during the closed period. Businesses, facilities, and activities subject to the mandatory closing period include:
The Nominating Committee of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce is pleased submit a slate of Officers and Directors for terms starting January 1, 2021. Under our bylaws additional names can be placed before the board through a petition bearing signatures of 75 members in good standing. Candidates will be presented to the Chamber’s Board of Directors at their November meeting.
We are suggesting a break in tradition for 2021 regarding the Chair, First Vice-Chair and Immediate Past Chair. These are normally only one-year terms. We are asking Renee McInnes, Deirdre Savage and Jim Dunphy to continue their current positions next year. The Chamber’s year is not very different than what many of our members have gone through. We have not stopped. We have made progress on several fronts and found new ways to serve members. It has been a year of quick adjustments with some projects and programs being put on hold until more normal operations can resume. To move through the remainder of the COVID era while keeping focused on our strategic plan the Executive Committee, Board and management feels it is better to keep those three positions in place for next year. We appreciate all three agreeing to that plan.
Nominated as Officers for terms ending December 31, 2021
Chair – Renee McInnes , NVNA and Hospice
Vice Chair – Deirdre Savage, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Treasurer – Michelle Hatch, PozerskiHatch & Company
Immediate Past Chair – James Dunphy, South Shore Bank
Cate Adams - Eastern Bank
Richard Fernandez - Beth Israel Deaconess – Milton
Joseph Gratta - Atlantic Mechanical
David Robinson - Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.
Bonnie Simmons - Citrin Cooperman
Nominated as Directors for terms ending December 31, 2023
Kaitlin Clifford – Jack Conway & Company
Nancy Curry – Envision Bank
Jack Connell – Eastern Nazarene College
Brian Molisse – Molisse Realty Group
Kathryn Murphy – Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP
Mark Olivieri – The Patriot Ledger
Andrea Pyke – Friendship Home
Brian Renstrom – BlumShapiro
Frank Zona – Zona Salon