Chelsea Chamber Pot of Gold Set for Oct 18

Chelsea Chamber Pot of Gold Set for Oct 18

The 30th Annual Chelsea Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Pot of Gold is around the corner.  The event will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal Street, Malden, MA. It will be an outstanding evening filled with great networking opportunities, delicious food and Back to the 80s fun, all while supporting your Chamber.  This is the longest running major fundraiser for the Chelsea Chamber!  Proceeds greatly contribute to the important work the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce does for the business community in Chelsea.  First prize is $10,000.  Only 250 will be sold and can be purchased by Chamber members and nonmembers alike.  Act now and you could be the next $10,000 Pot of Gold winner!

Chairs Sue Gallant and Arthur Arsenault are working with their committee to make the 30th  Pot of Gold the best yet!  The Chamber will be going back to the 80s when it all started celebrating all the iconic music, fads and outfits from that decade.  Prizes will be awarded to the best outfits from the 80s! Get creative and let’s see what you can put together!  Maybe you will be one of our prize winners!

We also have opportunities to purchase raffle tickets to win Megaraffle baskets that are each valued at over $500.  Themed baskets include Nights on the Town with Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox tickets, Ultimate Tailgate Package and a North Shore experience to name a few.  We will also raffle off an Instant Wine Cellar where one person will win enough wine to start their own wine Cellar as well as a 50/50 raffle!  So many great prizes to win besides the big prize of $10,000!

 Tickets are $175.00 each.  The ticket price includes one entry in the drawing for a chance to win the $10,000 top prize, opportunities to win one of our many fabulous door prizes, one dinner which will include a delicious meal of surf and turf and open bar. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $60.  Festivities start at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm and the first ticket drawn at 8pm.

The Chamber would like to thank the following for sponsoring this important fundraiser for the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce:

Corporate Sponsors

Broadway Jewelers

Chelsea Bank, a division of East Cambridge Savings Bank

Golden Cannoli

MGH Health Center

Member Sponsors

Arsenault & Cline, CPAs, Stop & Compare Supermarkets, Cameron Real Estate Group, Hispanic American Institute, North Shore Advisory Group

In-Kind Sponsors

Coprico Printing, Cataldo Ambulance, Chelsea Community Cable Television, Fairmont Copley Plaza, El Planeta, Independent Newspaper Group

Sponsorships are still available. Your name will be included on the Chamber website, in social and print media and advertised throughout the event. What a great way to highlight your business to people from all over the North Shore!

Only 250 tickets will be sold, so get your tickets now! Check out the Chamber website at www.chelseachamber.org, call the office at 617-884-4877 or drop by 308 Broadway Chelsea today.  Rich Cuthie, Executive Director of the Chamber, will be happy to help you pick that winning ticket number!

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Pop Up Park on Broadway

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It’s a parking spot, or maybe it’s just a park. Chelsea GreenRoots unexpectedly opened up a Pop-Up Park at noon on Friday, Sept. 16, right in front of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce in the heart of Broadway. The pop-up park was in honor of International Park(ing) Day and was a way to challenge residents to think about open space in the downtown area. The park was so popular that organizers had to keep it open an additional hour, until 5 p.m.

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Local Help for Small Business Training and Assistance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has selected the Hispanic-American Institute as one of five providers of training and assistance to small and minority businesses seeking to contract for the construction phase of new casinos under development in Everett and Springfield.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded the project to the Institute in view of its track record of reaching out to minority, woman-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. The Institute is teaming up with the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and Social Capital, Inc. to provide training and assistance on the certification process and other aspects of disadvantaged business participation in state contracts.

“The Institute is already helping Wynn Everett identify qualified contractors to work on its $2 billion construction project,” said Nader Acevedo, Executive Vice President of the Institute. Nader has a long history of helping New England small businesses secure contracts and financing, and has been recognized as one of Boston’s most influential Latinos by El Planeta newspaper for twelve consecutive years.

“We look forward to working with the Institute and Social Capital on this valuable opportunity for small businesses to participate in one of the largest construction projects in the region”, said Sergio Jaramillo, President of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. The Chelsea Chamber will lead the effort to involve other area Chambers of Commerce in the project.

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Breakfast with Santa

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Ariana Martinez, 7, told Santa what she wanted for Christmas during the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce– annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Williams School. Hundreds of kids gathered to get some time with Santa and let him know exactly what they wanted for Christmas this year.

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Sixt Rent A Car Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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Sixt Rent A Car held its ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at its new offices located at 123 Eastern Ave., Chelsea. Sixt president, CEO, and owner Paula Vercollone and vice president and owner Jack Vercollone led the ribbon-cutting ceremony and were joined by local dignitaries and Chamber of Commerce officials, from left, D. Bruce Mauch, Sixt Boston Manager Salim Fauras, City Manager Thomas Ambrosino, Joseph Mahoney, Michele Leonard, Susan Gallant, Dakeya Christmas, Chamber executive director Rich Cuthie, John Vetere, Peter Zaksheski, and Deputy City Manager Ned Keefe.

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Honoring Former City Manager Jay Ash

Honoring Former City Manager Jay Ash

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State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash was honored for his outstanding leadership as city manager at the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner March 25 at Spinelli’s, Lynnfield. Among those joining the large crowd in the tribute to Ash were, from left, Dr. Deborah Wayne, Supt. of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque, and the Rev. Sandra Whitley.

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Please Support Taste of Chelsea On Monday Sept 15

Please Support Taste of Chelsea On Monday Sept 15

We hope that Chelsea residents will support the Taste of Chelsea event, which is HarborCov’s signature fundraiser of the year. The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., at 99 Marginal St. in Chelsea.

The event is co-hosted by the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, who has helped raise funds for HarborCov for its work with victims of domestic violence and raising awareness about domestic violence.

The issue has dominated the news with the incident involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice that resulted in his release from the team and banishment from the National Football League.

HarborCov does great work at its site in Chelsea and we are grateful to its leaders, Co-Executive Directors Lynn Peters and Kourou Pich, for the valuable services they provide for victims of domestic violence. HarborCov is has earned much recognition for its outstanding work.

We want to thank especially Chelsea Bank CEO Joseph Vinard, whose efforts in building the Taste of Chelsea in to one of the most anticipated events of the year, have been extraordinary. The thousands of dollars raised each year is a tribute to the leadership and energy of Vinard, a true unsung hero in this city.

We also extend our gratitude to Eastern Minerals for allowing the use of their great outdoor facility for this event.

Please enjoy the delicious foods that will be available at the event while helping this important cause.

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Back to School Equals Back to Downtown Chelsea

Back to School Equals Back to Downtown Chelsea

Several downtown Chelsea businesses and the Chamber of Commerce are preparing for a major retail promotion this coming Friday, Saturday and Monday that looks to capitalize on back-to-school shopping.

Chamber Director Rich Cuthie said there are some 20 businesses participating in the promotion this year, and it looks to be bigger and better than ever before.

“These business are Chamber members and non-Chamber members and we have 20 or so,” he said. “There really is a nucleus of stores downtown and they will have balloons in front of them to let people know they are part of it. It’s a good mixture of stores.”

While back-to-school is the major retail push in the promotion, one doesn’t have to be after pencils and sweatpants to take advantage of the effort. Stores include clothing stores, phone stores, bakeries, pizza shops, nail shops and even a barber shop in the Parkway Plaza.

“You don’t need to be a student and back to school could mean you are a college student and are getting a new cell phone,” he said. “You don’t need to be a Chelsea Public School student or parent to participate and enter the drawing.”

Aside from the sales, the Chamber will be holding a drawing for three Mastercard gift cards – $100, $50 and $25. To enter the drawing, one needs to make a purchase at a participating store this weekend, and take the receipt to the Chamber of Commerce office at 308 Broadway.

“We’ll stamp it and have people fill out a card to enter the drawing,” said Cuthie. “On Monday, after it’s all over, we’ll hold the drawing and notify the winners.”

Cuthie said the push is very simple – to capture the foot traffic on Broadway and get them to think about buying locally.

“Basically, the Chamber is trying to capitalize on the foot traffic the downtown has,” he said. “There are tons of people walking the streets of Broadway at every hour of the day. We’re trying to get them to pop into the stores and spend some money locally for back-to-school.”

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Chamber of Commerce Installation Is March 27:Dennis Cataldo Set to Take Reins as New President

Chamber of Commerce Installation Is March 27:Dennis Cataldo Set to Take Reins as New President

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Dennis Cataldo

The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce will hold its Installation of Officers Dinner Reception on Thursday, March 27 at Anthony’s in Malden.

Dennis Cataldo, vice president of Cataldo Ambulance Services, will take the oath as the new president of the local business organization. He succeeds Arthur Arsenault as president.

“On behalf of the Chamber, I want to congratulate Dennis on his elevation to president of our organization,” said Saritin Rizzuto, co-chair of the event with Renee Caso. “We also want to thank Arthur for his outstanding service to the Chamber during his term as president.”

Cataldo is a graduate of Malden Catholic High School and holds a degree in Management from Suffolk University. During his career as a leader of the highly respected Cataldo Ambulance Service, Inc., Cataldo spearheaded the acquisition of Atlantic Ambulance Service in 2003 and has overseen the subsequent strategies to grow that brand.

Today, the resources of Cataldo Ambulance and Atlantic Ambulance Service provide more than 140,000 medical transports per year. The company employs more than 700 qualified staff and operates a fleet of mor than 150 vehicles.

Cataldo is active in many organizations and holds the rare distinction of being president of two Chambers of Commerce, having previously served as president of the Malden Chamber of Commerce. Often recognized for excellence in his profession, Cataldo was awarded the EMS Leader Award by the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Anne Thorndike, who will talk about her research focusing on health, wellness, and access to healthy foods in underserved populations.

The installation will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour. At 7 p.m., guests will enjoy dinner. There will be musical entertainment, door prizes, a silent auction, and lots more.

The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank its sponsors: Metro Credit Union, Cataldo Ambulance Service, Eastern Salt, Chelsea Bank, Mass General Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Stop and Compare Supermarkets, Arsenault and Cline CPAs, East Boston Savings Bank, and KYOCERA New England.

Tickets are $60 per person and are available by contacting Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rich Cuthie at 617-884-4877.

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President Of The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Presented a Chelsea Clock in Appreciation to Patrick Wardell

President Of The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Presented a Chelsea Clock in Appreciation to Patrick Wardell

C1Allan Alpert, past president and master of ceremonies and Arthur Arsenault, president of
the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, presented a Chelsea Clock in appreciation to Patrick
Wardell, chief executive officer of Cambridge Health Alliance, for being the guest speaker
at the Chamber breakfast on Wednesday at the Wyndham Hotel on Everett Avenue.

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