We’ve moving!

If you’ve been by the Chamber office recently it’s plain to see that the SouthCoast Chamber is in moving mode. We will be moving to our new offices this week which are also located in downtown New Bedford.

New Address:

227 Union Street

Mezzanine 2

New Bedford, MA 02740

 We appreciate your patience during this time, as we will have limited access to internet on Dec. 13th & 14th. Our website will still be up, and access to your member profile and event registration will be available during this time.

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Small Business Saturday!

The SouthCoast Chamber and SouthCoast Media Group are thrilled to be Neighborhood Champions, promoting the American Express “Shop Small” initiative on Small Business Saturday, November 24th.

FREE Bus Fares with SRTA
As part of Small Business Saturday, SRTA is offering free fares all day long, as a way to encourage people to shop on the South Coast.

Numerous businesses in the region will be taking part by opening their locations that day to promote shopping local. Check back frequently as we will continue to add retail and business partners to the list of participants, and be sure to look our for special sales, deals, and promotions that many of the retailers will be offering.

Cindy Irving Photography
$55 print credit when you book a session.

Mellisa’s Pet Depot
30% off a non-food item (excludes flea/tick products).
A free treat & goodie bag for the first 25 customers who make a purchase.

Mike’s Restaurant
Get a $10 gift card with a purchase of a $100 gift card.

Salon En Vogue Organic
$100 off holiday gift sets, 20% off haircuts and $18 blow outs

The Barre
Receive $15 off the monthly membership rate ($115, normally $130), deals on class packs and enjoy 15% or more on all retail clothing.

Brewer Banner
20% off stock sewn decorative flags and banners

Ritual Sweat Society

New Bedford Harbor Hotel
20% off dining in our Restaurant (Excludes alcohol, tax & gratuity, Cannot be combined with any other offer)

Come in on Small Business Saturday to book an overnight stay and receive 20% off (Must stay  before 12/31/18, Cannot be combined with any other rate offer.)

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Free hot chocolate and a free gift with any purchase of $25 or more.  We are open 10-4 on Saturdays.

Found Treasures

Spend $50 and be entered in for a chance to win a decorative wreath.

Savage Advertising Solutions
20% Off any purchase over $150 (not to be combined with other offers)

Waterfront Grille, Bittersweet Farm, Ten Cousins Brick Oven, The Galley Grille
For every $50 in gift cards purchased, receive $20 bonus card.

Moby Dick Brewing Co.
For every $50 in gift cards purchased, receive $10 bonus card.

Boutique Fitness, Inc.

Davol Grooves & Nutrition on Davol
15% off a 10 class pass $85.00 or 15% off membership packages
10 shakes & teas $76.00, $93.00 or $110.00.
20% off all your product orders/direct ship to the location of your choice.

Sagres Vacations
Discounts on package deals to Lisbon, Madeira and the Azores.

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Awards Presented at SouthCoast Chamber’s 132nd Annual Meeting

The SouthCoast Chamber is pleased to recognize organizations for their significant investment and contribution to the economic development, educational leadership and outstanding service of the region with the presentation of the 2018 Economic Impact Awards, Educational Leadership Award, and the Outstanding Service Award. The awards were presented on November 14, 2018 at the Chamber’s 132nd Annual Meeting at Century House. These businesses, through their investment, have generated economic growth, helped positively impact schools and provided outstanding service throughout the South Coast.

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARDS PRESENTED BY SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER AND SYLVIA GROUP

Lockheed Martin, New Bedford Wind Energy Center & New Bedford Harbor Hotel

 

Lockheed Martin

For more than a century, Lockheed Martin has used forward thinking and innovation to positively influence the global economic climate while remaining an active contributor to the SouthCoast Region.

One of the area’s largest employers, Lockheed Martin’s plant located in Marion, employees a workforce of over 300. A strong supporter of employee growth and development they provide professional advancement opportunities through leadership workshops, seminars, and mentorships. These employee-growth programs provide academic scholarships that will both prepare and train our workforce while supporting local colleges and universities.

Lockheed Martin provides generous funding to STEM education for students of all ages. They support campaigns concentrating on student achievement and teacher development.  They collaborate with organizations such as Girl’s Inc., the YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Club on several outreach projects to make science fun, interesting and easily accessible. Their programs such has Generation Beyond, Engineers in the Classroom and Imagine Science have fostered an environment filled with diverse educational opportunities for the entire community.

Lockheed Martin supports several veteran initiatives and assists active service members transition their military skills into civilian employment opportunities.  These practices, amongst the countless hours Lockheed Martin’s army of volunteers has generously donated to community events, proves their dedication to the betterment of our region.

Lockheed Martin strives on retaining local talent while attracting new innovators to the area. With partnerships and customers from all over the globe, Lockheed Martin is responsible for creating international commerce for the local business community.

 

New Bedford Wind Energy Center

A trailblazer in developing the offshore wind industry, the New Bedford Wind Energy Center is a unique collaboration of three power players responsible for the development of offshore wind in New Bedford.  The New Bedford Economic Development Council, the New Bedford Port Authority and Bristol Community College are capitalizing on one of our greatest assets to bring sustainable clean energy to the SouthCoast.

A few miles south of New Bedford exist some of the strongest and most reliable winds in the country.  Their location and strength possess the capacity to fulfill roughly 40% of Massachusetts’ energy needs.  The Wind Energy Center’s advocacy has attracted international investors and named New Bedford a first-mover in the Off Shore Wind industry.

Aside from securing our position as a key player in the Off Shore Wind Industry, the Center’s work will produce countless job opportunities in a variety of fields; create new areas of study for our local educational institutions, and provide local vendors with new business.  The Wind Energy Center’s collaboration will generate long-term economic growth and sustainability in New Bedford, the SouthCoast and across Massachusetts at every step of the supply chain.

 

New Bedford Harbor Hotel

The latest hotel to open in our vibrant and culturally rich city, The New Bedford Harbor Hotel is a prime example of economic growth and progression.  This historic 46,000 square foot  building located in the heart of downtown New Bedford was restored into a fully operating hotel featuring 70 upscale guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, a fitness center, and unique banquet and meeting spaces.

Currently, they have a workforce of 50 employees, 42 of which are residents of New Bedford.  Strong believers in using and retaining local talent the hotel works closely with educational institutions to prepare students for careers in the tourism and hospitality fields.

The New Bedford Harbor Hotel has maintained occupancy rates consistently above 85%, since it has opened its doors.  They invite tourists and business professionals to indulge in our local restaurants and retail shops while introducing them to our unique history and flourishing art culture.

This special economic development project was funded by a combination of private equities, outside investors, the City of New Bedford and the state of Massachusetts. From its very beginnings to its grand opening in July 2018, the New Bedford Harbor Hotel is validation of the general optimism for the city’s future and its economic progression.

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS PRESENTED BY SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER & BRISTOL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

BankFive

BankFive has a passion for education and workforce development.  With 13 full-service branch locations they specialize in helping with all your banking and lending needs. BankFive has gone beyond putting this passion to practice, especially when it comes to preparing our future workforce for employment.

BankFive offers valuable work and learning opportunities for our area youth. This summer, they provided a New Bedford High School student with a 120-hour paid internship.  Their talented intern Marcos worked diligently with BankFive staff as a Compliance Assistant.  His position required him to assist with daily operations including preparing statistics, monitoring new business accounts, and researching loan accounts.  His attention to detail and efficiency transitioned Marcos into employment beyond the summer internship and into his present school year.

BankFive volunteers with several community organizations and works closely with Junior Achievement and other outreach programs to connect with local students.  In addition, BankFive offers full and part-time employee’s educational advancement opportunities through tuition assistance for associates, bachelors and master’s degrees.  They are also a major sponsor for Leadership SouthCoast a local yearlong course that engages, educates, and empowers diverse individuals shaping them into civic minded community leaders.

 

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED BY SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER CHAMBER

Tom Menchi, Toyota of Dartmouth

A SouthCoast resident for over 30 years, Tom Menchi has been an advocate for local businesses while remaining actively involved in the community.  Tom is a graduate of Milton High School and later attended Burdett Business School in Boston.  As a hands-on, loyal employee for Toyota of Dartmouth for more than three decades, he has managed and directed several departments.  Today, he is the Vice President of Fixed Operations and Community Relations and supervises a staff of more than 25 technicians and employees.

Happily married for 45 years, with two children and three grandchildren, Tom has dedicated his little free time to the advancement of SouthCoast region.

One of his main priorities is to develop Toyota’s personnel while preparing and retaining our future workforce.   To accomplish this goal, Tom works directly with all local vocational high schools schools, MTTI Technical Institute, New England Tech, and Mass Bay Community College as an Advisory Volunteer Member.

Under Tom’s leadership, Toyota has supported countless community programs that are a driving force behind the betterment of the South Coast.  They are major sponsors for Junior Achievement, Bristol Community College Earth Day Fair, Boy Scouts of Westport, the Wareham Elder Expo and the Lion’s Club of Mattapoisett.

A front-runner in economic development, Tom is an active ambassador for both the Bristol County and SouthCoast Chambers.  He hosts networking events annually that connect local organizations and business professionals generating new partnerships.  Tom works diligently every day to ensure that Toyota’s operations have a positive impact on the SouthCoast’s economic environment and enhance our quality of life.

 

In addition to the awards, the Chamber recognized incoming board members: Kathy Carter, Charlton College of Business, UMASS-Dartmouth; Paul Chasse, REALTOR® Association of Southeastern Massachusetts; Doug Glassman, SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford & Marion / Middleboro; Cheryl Bartlett, New Bedford Community Health Center; Mike Tavares, Horacio’s, Inc.; and Luke Lehman, BankFive. They join existing board members: Nathan Araujo, R4L Management; Henry Arruda, WJFD-FM; Kevin Carando, Acushnet Company; Dr. Laura Douglas, Bristol Community College; Stephen W. Connulty, Paul & Dixon Insurance; Gail Fortes, YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts; Jeffrey Glassman, Darn It, Inc.; Ellen Gitlin, Diversified Marketing Group; Chuck Lord, AHEAD; Lynne Mastera, Precix; Douglas Rodrigues, JMR & Company; Kristy Roussel, Lafrance Hospitality; Derek Santos, New Bedford Economic Development Council; Carmen Sylvester, Southern Mass Credit Union;  and Robert Unger, Unger LeBlanc. The Chamber’s executive committee members were also appointed as follows: Chair of the Board, Kim Perry, Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home; Chair-Elect, Ron Ellis, Edward Jones; Treasurer, Carl Taber, BayCoast Bank; Vice Chair of Government Affairs, William Burns, Southcoast Health Systems; Vice Chair of Community Affairs, Chris Howard, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union; Vice Chair of Membership, Jeff Pagliuca, Bristol County Savings Bank; Vice Chair of Economic Affairs, Rose Lopes, Sylvia Group; and Immediate Past Chair, Dave Maher, Lockheed Martin.

 

The corporate sponsors for the SouthCoast Chamber’s 132nd Annual Meeting were Southcoast Health System and St. Anne’s Credit Union. Supporting sponsors included Bristol County Savings Bank, Bristol Community College, BayCoast Bank, Lockheed Martin, Sylvia Group, and Waring-Sullivan and Rock Funeral Homes – Dignity Memorial.

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Here Is What You Must Consider as a New Small Business Owner

There’s no precise recipe for small business success. There are, however, things you can do as you’re starting out to give yourself a better chance. Starting a business is a beautiful combination of risk, risk aversion, dreaming, practical maneuverings, skill and luck. It’s tough but rewarding. Here’s what you have to consider right now getting off the starting line quickly and setting yourself up for long-term success.

Consider how to think long-term from the get-go

Starting a new business is not a sprint. It may not be a marathon either (maybe something in between), but you need to prioritize its long-term viability. While it’s true that passion isn’t everything and you cannot always turn what you love into a thriving business, longevity depends on being engaged.

“Many young entrepreneurs make a big mistake by letting the current economy decide what type of business they should open instead of the other way around,” reports an article in Forbes. Your new business must have broad and growing appeal — businesses that are becoming popular such as phone cases and wireless headphones.

Consider how you’re going to grow on a budget

Throwing money at a problem rarely works, and even if it did you probably don’t have the capital to try right now. You need to be able to grow and save at the same time. Your first concern is probably marketing — how do you promote yourself? This is easier now than ever before, thanks to the internet and specifically social media. Pushing content and interacting with customers/clients on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like is free. Even if you want to go down the paid promoted posts route, it’s cost-effective.

Other ways to expand on a tight budget include interacting and cross-promoting with other small businesses, reaching out and getting involved with local organizations and events, and developing trusted relationships with everyone you work with — suppliers, clients and beyond.

Consider how you’re going to make ends meet when you’re starting out

If you have a ton of extra capital lying around to sink into your business on day one and to also help you live, this section isn’t for you. For most of you, however, you’ll want to read on. Starting a small business is time-consuming so you’ll want ways to generate income that are, above all else, flexible. Apps have made it easier to get involved in the sharing economy, where you can drive cars, walk dogs, fix houses, and rent your home for money. The Internet has made it easy to sell your crafts, wares, tutoring services, consulting services and more. And while you don’t want to get too deep into this for a lengthy period of time, bartering with other businesses can be a great way to free up cash at the start of your venture.

Consider how you’re going to stand out amongst the crowd

Unless your business is so niche that it literally has no competitors, part of your plan must be figuring out how to stand out amongst your competition. Sometimes standing out isn’t about what you sell — it’s how you sell it. Find a way to do business in a completely different way than your competitors. Prioritize customer interaction. Offer deals or promotions that nobody else will.

There are nearly 6 million small businesses in this country, and over 28 million if you count the ones without additional employees. What does this mean? It means two things: First, you can do it. Second, that’s a lot of competition. But, you’ll need to work hard and work smart to succeed.

Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

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Local Businesses Recognized at the Portuguese-American Business Recognition Awards (PABRA)

The SouthCoast Chamber and the Portuguese consulate had the pleasure of hosting the first annual PABRA on October 19, 2018. The ceremony took place at the Waypoint Event Center located at 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA.

The Portuguese-American Business Recognition Awards, (PABRA) celebrated the economic and civic contribution of various Portuguese-American businesses. Additionally, the SouthCoast Chamber had the honor of recognizing 11 local Portuguese businesses as finalists and awarded three 2018 PABRAs. This year’s PABRA recipients were: DeMello International Center, Luzo-Auto Center and Fernandes Masonry Inc.

 

DeMello International Center

 Through the vision of Jim DeMello in 2016, this organization came to New Bedford with a mission focused on professional and educational development, support for major non-profits, and an increased quality of life for residents of the South Coast.  In two years, the DeMello Center has transformed a previously nearly empty building with a 20% occupancy rate into a full operating business center housing 35 businesses.

The Center houses daily operations for three major educational institutions and ten non-profit organizations including Junior Achievement, the New Bedford Symphony, and The United Way.

By accommodating a variety of organizations from every industry, they support each aspect of our local economic development. These companies provide local employment opportunities in numerous fields both traditional and non-traditional, ranging anywhere from cosmetology to public policy.

With strong beliefs in educating our future workforce and retaining local talent, this past spring, the Center welcomed Lesley University to the Business Center.

The DeMello International Center has spent countless hours servicing the community and generously donated to and sponsored local charity events and non-profit organizations.

The DeMello International Center has created a thriving business center in the heart of downtown New Bedford that has strengthen our economic climate. The Center is a reflection of Jim DeMello’s commitment and dedication to the community while fostering an environment devoted to education and professional development.

 

Luzo-Auto Center

For more than half a century this small business has succeeded with hard work, high quality service, and impeccable customer relationships. Today, Luzo Auto Center operates with sixteen employees and a reputation to meet consumers’ needs with fairness and understanding.

Today, they have evolved into one of the major players in the Collision Repair and Service industry. Luzo’s customers includes numerous commercial organizations alongside of countless resident accounts throughout the South Coast.

Over the years, Luzo’s professionalism and hard work has allowed them to expand their showroom, add four new job opportunities to their workforce and continuously modernize their equipment and technology.

The focal point of their mission is to give back and support the community.  Luzo Auto Center sponsors several youth athletic teams and are strong supporters of a variety of local organizations including the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the Prince Henry Society.

Luzo Auto Center has unceasingly contributed to our economy by supporting local businesses, servicing residents and creating and sustaining local job opportunities.  As an active member in the community, they are committed to creating a better South Coast.

 

Fernandes Masonry

As a local employer for twenty plus years, this family organization has flourished into one of the leading businesses in the area.

With a workforce of more 120 employees, Fernandes Masonry’s dedication to quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction has continuously influenced our economy.  The company works closely with local vendors and suppliers in every industry believing the best service and support comes from the companies’ closest to them geographically.

The Fernandes Masonry workload includes multi-million dollar projects in the private, public and government sectors all over New England. Aside from fueling our economic development, they support local businesses and have been a driving force behind the betterment of the South Coast.

They donate countless volunteer hours, are members of numerous trade organizations and are active sponsors with non-profits and local sporting clubs. After raising over two million dollars, with help from an army of volunteers, the Team Noah Foundation, a non-profit organization Fernandes created, undertook one of New Bedford’s largest community building projects. This past year, Noah’s Playground was completed and is the area’s largest fully accessible playground.

Fernandes Masonry has been a staple organization within our community for more than two decades, they continue to expand operations and cultivate our economy while remaining devoted to the community’s quality of life.

2018 PABRA finalists included: Azores Airlines Vacation America, Inc.; DeMello International Center; The Castelo Group; Fernandes Masonry; Horacio’s Inc.; Luso-American Financial; Luzo Auto Center; Hair In Motion; Places to Go Transportation; Sagres Vacations; WJFD-FM, INC

 

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The SouthCoast Chamber presents The Portuguese-American Business Recognition Awards (PABRA) A Celebration of Economic and Civic Contribution

The SouthCoast Chamber and Portuguese Consulate are pleased to recognize our Portuguese-American businesses in New Bedford and the South Coast. The following companies have been nominated to for the coveted PABRA and will be honored at our “Good Morning, SouthCoast Breakfast” on October 19th at the Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Dr., New Bedford, MA.

2018 Nominees:

Antonio’s Restaurant

Azores Airlines/SATA

Castelo Group

Club Madeirense S.S.Sacramento

DeMello International Center

DeMello’s Furniture

Fernandes Masonry

Hair In Motion

Horacios, Inc.

Luso-American Financial

Luzo Auto

No Problemo

Places to Go Transportation

Sagres Vacations

WJFD 97.3

Join us as we pay tribute their years of hard work, success and civic contributions.

The prestigious PABRA is an accolade reflecting on the nominee’s achievements, growth and devotion to the betterment of our community.  Portuguese Consul, Shelley Pires and local elected officials have been invited to help present the esteemed PABRAs and recognize all nominees.

Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) will host a special seminar immediately following the Award Ceremony.   This educational and informative seminar will focus the social and economic development of Portugal and the local economy through cooperation and partnerships with our business community and the United States.  The Let’s Talk About Business Program is aimed at entrepreneurs looking to develop business ideas or existing businesses, as well as to all managers and executives interested in exploring new opportunities and creating innovative projects. This event is a unique opportunity to hear from experts and professionals that work directly with Portugal’s Business Community and within our local economy.

The award ceremony and breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM until 9 AM. From 9AM to noon the Luso-American Development Foundation’s special seminar will occur. Tickets for breakfast and awards are $30 each for memebrs, for non-members $45 each. A table of ten is $300 for members, and $350 for non-members. The seminar at 9AM is free but registration is required.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Any questions? Contact Deven Robitaille at deven@southcoastchamber.com.

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SouthCoast Chamber Invites Businesses to Join During September Membership Campaign

By Nick Frederick, Intern

The SouthCoast Chamber is beginning a new membership campaign reaching out to hundreds of businesses in the Greater New Bedford area. This membership campaign will be centered on personal phone calls from local business leaders, with the additional ability for new members to join online.

“If you are a business owner you owe it to yourself, your employees, your customers and your bottom line to seriously consider joining the SouthCoast Chamber,” said Chris Johnson, the chair of the Membership Drive and the Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford and SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro.

Becoming a member of the Southcoast Chamber comes with many benefits, with additional value for those who sign up between now and September 21st. Businesses can benefit from incentives totaling up to over $5,000 dollars by signing up during this time period. These benefits include bonus media packages, social media promotions, group training seminars and free ad space and design. Alongside these perks, businesses who sign up will have all of the benefits of being a member of the Southcoast Chamber, which comes with monthly networking events, an electricity discount program, professional development opportunities and much more.

The core of the campaign will be a two-day, four-session phone-a-thon at the Chamber’s offices in Downtown New Bedford on September 11th and 12th. Volunteers will be competing for bragging rights as the top recruiter alongside prizes such as overnight trips, restaurant gift cards, and plenty more. The strength of this campaign is that these volunteers are members of the Chamber, and will be giving first person accounts as to what makes the SouthCoast Chamber a great decision for any business.

“The chamber has helped me grow my business, by constantly offering fun local events that allow me to connect with other chamber members, who I usually end up doing business with. The Southcoast Chamber has been integral to my success, and I highly recommend that any local business should join the chamber.” said Eric Miranda, the Retail Development Officer of First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union.

To join the SouthCoast Chamber or learn more about the benefits of joining, click here or call Ian Abreu at (508) – 999 – 5231 ext. 105.

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Alert all commercial property owners! Tax code changes have left you with only a 2 weeks to capture your 2018 property benefit.

Submitted by Allison Nuovo, Senior Business Consultant, Stryde-GMG Savings

As a commercial property owner you need to be aware that tax code changes have left you with a very small window of time over the next two weeks to get a property benefit. A cost segregation filed with your 2017 taxes is worth 40% more than one filed next year. The value of your depreciation as a whole just took a huge hit with this tax change, and this is the last year you’re allowed to do a “catch up” and reclaim all that money. Most buildings were done during years where tax rates were at their highest, and depreciated things under the assumption that you’d get those deductions “over time”. Now, due to the tax changes you still get some of your money, but it’s at 21% instead of 35% (therefore, your overall deduction is worth 40% less next year than it is this year). You still have time to get your benefit however, you need to act fast. In order to meet this timeline demand we’ve created an online solution for you to check and initiate your pending benefit.

 

CALCULATE YOUR TAX BENEFIT NOW –

FindMyTaxCredits.com

Allison Nuovo is a Senior Business Consultant with Stryde-GMG Savings. Stryde-GMG Savings is the nation’s leading full-service stimulus consulting firm specializing in local, state and federal incentives. She can be reached at 781-820-5396 or email ANuovo@GMGSavings.com

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DOR Issues Guidance Regarding this Weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday

The MA DOR has released the following “Draft Emergency Regulation 830 CMR 64H.1.8: 2018 Sales Tax Holiday” in advance of the Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, August 11th and 12th.  We have been working with the Governor’s office and the DOR to put something official like this out to give members as much advance notice as possible, knowing that the Governor has said he will sign the holiday into law, expected later this week.

The guidance is similar to previous years, but members are encouraged to closely review the entire draft regulation, and urged to take specific note of the following section:

(5) Transactions Occurring Prior to or After the Sales Tax Holiday
(a) Prior Sales and Orders. A vendor may not void or otherwise rewrite or re-book, either manually or by use of software, a sale that has taken place before August 11, 2018 for the purpose of bringing the transaction under the sales tax holiday rules.  Any transaction where a purchaser places an order and makes a deposit, prepayment or binding promise to pay for an item of tangible personal property prior to August 11, 2018 does not qualify for the sales tax holiday.

 

Information provided by Retailers Association of Massachusetts

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M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc.’s Job Matching Format Helps Employers Find Successful Employees

By Joanne Rego, Supported Employment Coordinator

As M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. celebrates its 23rd anniversary, the agency is also celebrating the successful job placements of over 40 people with disabilities in their program who are proudly working for wages in our Greater New Bedford community.

These successful job placements are often the result of M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc.’s ability to job match their job seekers with the job seeker’s employment desires and skills when approaching job development goals. Most recently, M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. has been able to match more employees with the ideal employers.

Joseph Abboud has hired three individuals who have both the skills and enthusiasm to work at their business. Jorge and Johnathan are working on the factory floor doing maintenance and cleaning up machines. Alex has cooking skills so his duties at Joseph Abboud revolve around food prep in the cafeteria.

Seastreak Ferry Service recently hired two employees. Ernie has maintenance skills, which have carried over nicely with his new employer. Patricia has skills as a telephone operator that were acquired while working for a previous employer. She was hired to work at the call center by Seastreak Ferry Service to do their bookings and reservations.

Big Lots in Fairhaven also hired two new employees. Both Johnathan and Austyn are both happy to be part of the crew at the new Big Lots.

Texas Road House hired Ron who is the perfect match for the restaurant establishment. Ron loves music and loves to dance. Anyone who has been to Texas Road House knows that there is plenty of country music and dancing to go along with your meal.

M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. is very pleased with the partnerships that they have formed with the local business that have hired individuals with disabilities from their program. The recent group of businesses that they work with have quickly jumped on board to welcome their new employees by offering outstanding supports, understanding and accommodations to the new members of their workforce.

It should be noted, however, that there are still job seekers at M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. who are looking for employment or additional employment. Recently Steven Doyle was laid off from his job at a car dealership after over 16 years of employment. Steven’s responsibilities at the car dealership included car detailing and parking lot maintenance. In addition to his job responsibilities, Steven was an excellent sales advocate for the company and encouraged many customers and friends to purchase a new car from his employer. Often times Steven’s sales recommendations earned him a well-deserved bonus in his pay check. In a Chamber Focus article highlighting Mr. Doyle in 2010, a former supervisor had nothing but praise for Doyle’s job performance saying that Doyle follows directions and does a great job. He added that Steven also got along well with his coworkers. Based on Steven’s 16 years of experience and his employment desires, the ideal job match for Mr. Doyle would be at another car dealership or a similar type of setting.

If you are interested in meeting Mr. Doyle to discuss an employment opportunity or to set up a job interview, please contact Robert Cardoza at M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc. at 508-992-5978.

If you have any questions about the Supported Employment Network or are interested in hiring a person with disabilities, please call Joanne Rego at the SouthCoast Chamber at 508-999-5231.

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