The RBA is pleased to have a cooperative working relationship with the United Regional Chamber of Commerce serving the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medway, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham. Please visit their website (click logo above) to learn more.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR
REHOBOTH BUSINESS OWNERS
Local business owners should be aware of a new policy for filing a business certificate in Rehoboth. If you file a “Doing Business As” form, you must first go to the building inspector-zoning office before submitting your paperwork to the town clerk’s office.
They need to determine if your business is properly zoned and if any other filings are necessary before your business certification is authorized at the Town Office.
So, please go to the Building Inspector’s office at 320 Anawan Street first before seeing the town clerk. Business certification is valid for a period of four years and will cost you $50. If you have any questions, please contact Rehoboth Town Clerk Laura Schwall at 508-252-6502, ext. 3100 or Assistant Town Clerk Lynn Shaker at 508-252-6502, ext. 3109.
MONTHLY FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION
Don’t forget to make your monthly donation to Helping Hands Food Pantry. The collections is conducted on the second Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Edward Jones, Mills Plaza II, Unit 1, 492 Winthrop Street (Route 44) in Rehoboth. Please make sure to check the expiration dates on packaged or canned food items. The pantry actually gets a lot of past date donations and they must then dispose of the items at their expense. Paper goods are always needed by the pantry as well.
We hosted our annual Candidates Night on March 22 at Hillside Country Club and welcomed candidates for spring town election.
The event, which was videotaped and posted on YouTube, featured a meet and greet social hour with local candidates followed by a formal question and answer forum conducted by RBA members Luke Travis, Linda Ferreira, and Mike Castro.
While most candidates are running unopposed for the upcoming April 4 election, this event offered the opportunity for all candidates to participate, meet the public, and answer questions related to town issues.
Thanks to all the candidates for local town government who participated, as well as Representative Steve Howitt, a member of the RBA, who is running for re-election this year. Thanks also to the event venue, Hillside Country Club, where the food was delicious (the potato bar was a hit!)
Finally, thanks to RBA Secretary Cindy Saleeba for coordinating the event and board member John Jordan who volunteered for audio/video duties.
The Rehoboth Business Association (RBA) together with Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) hosted a free seminar “Social Security and Your Questions” at Goff Memorial Hall on February 17.
Over forty people attended the seminar with speaker Kurt Czarnowski, former Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration in New England. An author and frequent radio guest, Czarnowski is also President of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. Before the seminar, guests enjoyed a catered light dinner courtesy of the RBA and BCSB, a member of the business organization.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS IN JANUARY
RBA members and guested enjoyed Business After Hours in January at Cristallo Spa at Hillside Country Club. The event featured hors d’oeuvres, spa tour and demonstration of services. There was no charge to attend. Relaxing fun was had by all.
ANNUAL RBA CANDIDATES NIGHT DATE SET
Our annual Candidates Night will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at Hillside Country Club. All local candidates for town election, plus incumbent Rep. Steve Howitt and his opponent, will be invited to participate in a videotaped Question & Answer segment. A social hour will be held and light dinner offered before getting down to the business of asking candidates questions.
RBA member Ernie Boren of Century 21 David Smith Real Estate took some photos at the festively decorated Anawan Club in Rehoboth prior to members arriving for the annual RBA holiday party on Friday, December 11. Everyone who attended enjoyed a delicious meal and fine company.
The Anawan Club, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1898 as a private men's club with hunting and fishing lodge, plus a caretaker's house. Today only members can use the facilities, including hosting meals and functions. The chefs do an amazing job including the traditional course of hot johnny cakes with butter and maple syrup!
Thanks to RBA member Tim Johnson of Propane Plus, member of the Anawan Club, for arranging for the RBA to hold our annual party there.
Chef Mark Soliday and his wife Marie hosted Business After Hours on November 2 at Confectionery Designs, a company specializing in wedding cakes and pastries and located on Winthrop Street (previously the Reluctant Gourmet location). Mark is also a Pastry Arts Instructor at Johnson and Wales University. Check out the Confectionery Design website for photos of their incredible wedding cake and specialty cake creations. The Solidays are now offering an array of pies, cakes, cookies and other treats for the upcoming holiday season. Pre-orders are a must and will close on November 22. They are also collecting canned food items for Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry. They will donate $1 for every can or food item donated!
M & D’S RESTAURANT
Nicole Jarvis of M & D’s Restaurant hosted our last Business After Hours with a buffet featuring upcoming specials that will soon be appearing on the menu. Over 40 local business people gathered on October 21 to enjoy Nicole’s hospitality and wonderful buffet while networking. There is always informal discussion about business in Rehoboth -- growth, development, and what’s new and what has changed on the business scene. Nicole (pictured center) joins RBA President Luke Travis (right) and RBA Vice President Leslie Gouveia (left) in the cozy and friendly M & D’s Restaurant located on Winthrop Street (Route 44).
WE WELCOME ALL OUR NEW RBA MEMBERS
The RBA welcomes a few new members to the ranks including (in alphabetical order): Carreiro’s Lawn Service, Cristallo Spa at Hillside Country Club, Holstein Construction, J & J Materials, Loraine’s Stitch N Crafts, Pariseau Electric, Inc., Plaza Pizza, Tax Connection, LLC, Waste Tech Disposal, Winters Farm, and Wolf Plain Brook G.S.P.S. and Gun Dog Training.
2015-16 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Letters have gone out to all Rehoboth businesses encouraging membership and reminding existing RBA members that it is time to renew their yearly membership. Last year the RBA welcomed several new members. It’s good to see local business growth.
“Every Rehoboth business owner presents a unique set of skills and knowledge that benefit the RBA as a whole,” said RBA President Luke Travis, Esq. “I hope you will join our ‘keeping it local’ team approach to business networking. In the face of a challenging business environment, we hope to further enhance RBA members’ exposure to the Rehoboth community.”
The RBA encourages members, both new and seasoned, to share their business services and products at one of our several networking events this year. Additionally, we plan to continue offering educational and info sharing events on topics to help member businesses succeed in the ever-changing and challenging economy.
A big thanks to Chris Titcomb and his staff at Personal Best Physical Therapy for hosting Business After Hours on September 30.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
The RBA welcomes new members Ron Bennett of Got Sun Go Solar based in Seekonk, and Manuel Salema of Auto Sales of Rehoboth, LLC.
The videos can be viewed at these links:
RBA Candidates Night 2016 Session 1 with School Committee candidates Melissa Enos and incumbent Richard Barrett.
RBA Candidates Night 2016 Session 2 with Selectman Skip Vadnais, Town Treasurer Cheryl Gouveia, Assessor Eugene Campbell, Planning Board Member Robert Moitozo.
RBA Candidates Night 2016 Session 3 with Constable Michael Deignan, Housing Authority Member Robert McKim, Constable Kenneth Abrams, and Constable William A. Dalpe.
RBA Candidates Night 2016 Session 4 with Park Commissioner Robert McKim, and Water Commissioners William Costa, Patricia Vadnais, and Edwin Ballard, and candidate for Water Commission, Kathleen Conti.
APRIL BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Our next Business After Hours will be hosted by new RBA member Peter Beerman who owns Ronin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 51 Winthrop Street (Route 44) in Rehoboth. Stop by for some networking and socializing on Monday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Refreshments will be served and there will be a demonstration of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There is no charge, but please RSVP by April 20. Just call Cindy at 508-641-7146 or email her at email@example.com.
RBA ANNUAL CANDIDATE’S NIGHT
Candidates for Rehoboth spring election were invited to this year’s annual meet and greet featuring a panel Question & Answer session. Everyone enjoyed the fine food and comfortable surroundings of Hillside Country Club.
View the YouTube videos of the candidates:
NOVEMBER BIZ AFTER HOURS
The RBA’s Business After Hours offers a great opportunity to meet fellow RBA members and local business people. The November Business After Hours will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7 PM at Anawan Pharmacy on Route 44. Drop by Rehoboth’s new independent pharmacy and meet owners Erik Johnson, R.Ph and Richard Ploude, R.Ph. No charge, but please RSVP by November 10 by calling Cindy at 508-641-7146 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELCOME NEW RBA MEMBER
The RBA welcomes Rehoboth-based B & R Fournier Construction on Winthrop Street (Route 44).
WELCOME NEW RBA MEMBERS
The RBA welcomes two new members. Rob Davis of Seekonk-based Insite Engineering Services, LLC, and Laura Pires of Smith Insurance Group, Inc. in Rehoboth.
SEPTEMBER BIZ AFTER HOURS
Got Sun Go Solar in Seekonk hosted Business After Hours on Thursday, September 22. Thanks to everyone who dropped by.
WELCOME JASON COLBY TO THE RBA
The RBA welcomes new member Jason Colby, resident of Rehoboth, who is a licensed insurance agent for health, life, Medicare, and long-term care with Health Markets. He business is located in Norwood, MA.