Eileen Duff, President-Elect of the North Shore Realtors, recently presented more than $1,300 in gift card and cash donations to Wellspring House in Gloucester, a homelessness prevention organization that works to provide shelter to families and guide them toward financial security.
Duff made the presentation to Wellspring President and Executive Director Melissa Dimond.
The gift cards were donated by members of the North Shore Realtors as part of a donation drive to benefit Wellspring in honor of its Annual Meeting, Awards, and Installation event. The gift cards to area grocery stores and retailers, will be distributed to parents, caregivers and families enrolled in Wellspring's education programs and services this holiday season.
North Shore Realtors is a real estate trade association that serves over 1,400 members across the region.
LASS Wardrobe LLC
VIP image consulting and services
INTELLIGENT LEADERSHIP EXECUTIVE COACHING
Leadership and executive coaching
Address: 44 Boyles St., Beverly
Main number: 617-817-8704
Year founded: 2022
Number of employees: 1
Owner and master certified leadership coach: Deane Gyllenhaal
A. Neumann & Associates LLC
Mergers and acquisitions advisory firm
Address: 57 High St., Charlestown
Year founded: 2003
Managing Director: Michael McEntee
THE GRAPHIC GROUP
Address: 203 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington
Main number: 781-229-1500
Year founded: 1996
Number of employees: 4
President: Rick Michaud
Director of Sales & Marketing: Lori Michaud
Institution for Savings President/CEO Michael Jones, back row, third from right, is joined by students from Gloucester’s Veterans Memorial Elementary School, library staff and leaders of the Sawyer Free 2025 campaign to celebrate the bank's $1 million donation to the Sawyer Free Library renovation and expansion campaign.
Cape Ann Savings Bank President Marianne Smith, fifth from right, gathers with Sawyer Free Library staff, patrons, library foundation members and leaders of the Sawyer Free 2025 campaign to present the bank’s $250,000 donation to the capital campaign to support the creation of a digital makerspace inside the new library.
WHEN SECONDS COUNT, INC.
CPR & First Aid training and supplies
Address: 97 Boston St., Salem
Main number: 978-744-4799
General email: email@example.com
Year founded: 2000
Number of employees: 10
Founder/CEO: Shawn Lerner
Salem Plumbing Supply celebrated the opening of its new location at 8-10 Newbury St. in Danvers with a ribbon cutting and trade show on June 15.
The third-generation company was founded in 1945 by Bill Sevinor, who passed it on to his son, Ralph. Now, grandson Jason Sevinor has been at the helm as president since 2008, after having worked in various roles throughout the company.
With the opening of the Danvers location, Salem Plumbing Supply now has three wholesale locations on the North Shore. The Beverly, Gloucester, and Danvers locations stock plumbing, heating and PVF. The company also has two Designer Bath Showrooms in Beverly and Watertown.
A trade show featuring more than 25 product vendors and a catered open house were held in conjunction with the Danvers ribbon cutting.
The Chamber was thrilled to assist Salem Plumbing with its
ribbon cutting and congratulates the company on its success.
Be kind. Be empathetic. Support one another. And be open and present about mental health.
Those were among the take-aways from the North Shore Chamber’s June 1 Business Insight Breakfast Forum on “Mental Health and the Workforce.”
A crowd of more than 80 gathered under the Misselwood Events tent overlooking the ocean on the campus of Endicott College in Beverly to explore an issue facing every workplace in the region today.
Panelists David Morales, general manager of UniCare; Glenn MacFarlane, president and CEO of Beacon Health Options; and Tom Sands, president and CEO of Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals, shared their insights and strategies for what employers can do to better support their valued employees and promote their overall health and wellness.
Morales offered guidance navigating the various insurance entities in accessing mental health services, while also providing his own approach to addressing mental health, both from a personal and professional perspective.
Part of our roles as leaders, he said, “is to make sure our employees feel welcomed and loved.” He emphasized that a successful leadership structure must be one of care, compassion and empathy.
MacFarlane highlighted some of the innovative solutions available through Beacon. He provided an overview of the 988 emergency mental health hotline that goes into effect nationwide on July 16 and discussed the need to improve access to mental health services and to raise the overall perception of the mental health field.
“There’s not just a stigma trying to get access to mental health service, there’s a stigma in the medical community,” MacFarlane said. “Doctors who deal with physical health are thought of higher than folks who deal with mental health. It’s just unfortunate, but it’s true. The mental health checkup is just not looked upon as favorably as a physical checkup.”
Sands discussed the need to approach the mental well-being of employees as a team.
“It’s about us doing it together,” he said. “We are humans supporting each other. We cannot do it alone.”
Beverly Hospital introduced wellness specialists to engage with employees and lift spirits coming out of the pandemic. But Sands said businesses of all sizes can leverage existing team members and empower them to be their in-house booster squads.
The panel addressed audience questions on how to help individuals who may be struggling, but are unable to acknowledge they need mental health services; the resilience of the behavioral health community; and issues particularly facing the aging workforce.
Dr. Mark Carlson, executive director of The Children’s Center for Communication in Beverly, sounded a cautionary note on the mental health crisis occurring today in the schools both with educators and students.
“We’re going to be seeing a massive tsunami of kids coming to be our employees … with a landslide of major mental health problems,” he said. “You’ve got to be prepared as an employer. If you’re not putting those programs out, you’re in trouble.”
Hannah Ginley, chief people officer of Windover Construction and chair-elect of The Chamber's Board of Directors, served as moderator. Joe Riley, executive vice president of retail banking services for Salem Five Bank and chair of The Chamber's Board of Directors, opened the program. Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Endicott College, offered a welcome to guests.
Thank you to title sponsors UniCare, Windover Construction and CM&B and presenting sponsor Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals for their support in presenting the program. Thank you also to the team at Misselwood at Endicott College for hosting the event.
Photos by Jonathan Pellerin, Chamber summer intern,
Salem State University
Videos by Ellie Murphy,
Chamber summer intern, University of South Carolina
Shared by Tom Sands, president/CEO, Beverly & Addison Gilbert hospitals
Current and former Gloucester High students gather at the Sawyer Free Library to celebrate BankGloucester’s $250,000 donation to the Sawyer Free 2025 campaign. Joining BankGloucester President & CEO Patrick Thorpe, back row, second from left, are, front row, from left, Gloucester High graduate Tori Carini, Gloucester High junior Trinity O’Leary, Gloucester High seniors Yahir Collado and Darcy Muller, and Gloucester High graduate Alexander Oaks, and, back row, from left, Sawyer Free 2025 Campaign Manager Sarah Oaks, Sawyer Free 2025 Campaign Chair Barry Weiner, Library Director Jenny Benedict and Library Board of Trustees President Mern Sibley.
Ransomware. Phishing. Credential theft. Cyberthreats on businesses are growing more and more prevalent every day.
Three experts in the IT and cybersecurity field urged North Shore business leaders to bolster their efforts to control and protect their data at The Chamber's April 6 Business Insight Breakfast Forum at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.
Our panel featured:
Gravel said breaches are all but inevitable for businesses today. But he said most businesses are not prepared to respond to them in a timely and efficient manner when they do occur, which can prove costly financially and operationally.
Gravel stressed the importance of training and education, saying most breaches occur unknowingly by a misstep that allows attackers "in the front door." But in addition to focusing on prevention efforts, he said businesses should also direct some of their IT security resources to detection and response strategies to minimize loss and damage in the face of an attack.
Lauria highlighted the importance of cybergovernance plans — a set of policies and standards designed to keep not only businesses safe, but their vendors and clients, too. He said more and more clients are reviewing organizations' cybersecurity protocols and checking their "Cyber Secure Score" before choosing to do business with them. In addition, insurance companies as well as local, state and federal laws are demanding that companies have appropriate controls in place.
Minkwitz focused on banking and financial fraud. She said business email compromises are one of the most financially damaging online crimes, while the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network identifies fraudulent, altered and counterfeit checks, along with payment theft and phishing schemes to be the most common financial criminal activity. She said vigilance is critical to staying a step ahead of what she called the "faceless criminals" in the IT world.
The breakfast drew a crowd of close to 100 members of the business community. Thank you to our title sponsors: Eastern Bank, GraVoc Associates and iCorps Technologies.
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PRIMROSE SCHOOL OF NORTH SHORE
Early childhood education center
Address: 9 Bedford St., Burlington
Executive Director: Sharon Klein
Year founded: 1988
Employees: 3 full-time, 5 part-time
Primary Chamber member: Lisa Leger
Title: Director of fundraising and innovation
Max Bergeron, Enbridge
Sheri Givens, National Grid
(Feb. 2, 2022)
The North Shore Chamber today delved into a topic that’s top of mind for many North Shore businesses — the need for affordable and reliable energy amid efforts for renewable sources to create a sustainable future.
The discussion was the focus of a Business Insight Breakfast Forum held at Danversport in Danvers.
Max Bergeron, manager of stakeholder relations for Enbridge, and Sheri Givens, vice president of U.S. regulatory and customer strategy for National Grid, discussed their companies’ initiatives and efforts in addressing the transition toward clean energy and how the business community can best advocate for their needs and interests.
They both stressed it is imperative for businesses to have a voice in the conversation, with Bergeron calling for a more holistic approach to the dialogue currently before the Department of Public Utilities.
“If only certain stakeholders are showing up to have that conversation, it is going to be a one-sided conversation,” Bergeron said. “No single individual has all the answers and we need multiple voices to be at the table."
Givens urged business leaders to ask questions and be informed.
“There’s a lot of information that’s being processed out there,” she said. “Make sure that you understand it. Make sure you’re asking the questions. Make sure your employees understand that. And let’s work together to find the solution that’s going to benefit the entire commonwealth.”
She added, "It’s really about thinking through all of the different approaches that are out there and how we’re all gong to be in this together."
Access to reliable energy, Bergeron added, shouldn’t have to be a concern in this modern day and age.
"Access to affordable energy as well should also not be a consideration," he said. "We believe there is a way to get there to that lower-carbon future that we’re striving for in a way that balances those other parts of the conversation, being reliability and affordability."
Chamber members Enbridge and National Grid served as title sponsors of the program.
NORTH SHORE JUNETEENTH ASSOCIATION INC.
Address: P.O. Box 8049, Lynn
Year founded: 2016
Founder/President: Nicole Mcclain