• Welcome to the President's Corner
    May 2016


    I hope that everyone enjoyed a happy and safe holiday.  On behalf of the Chamber's staff and members I want to recognize and honor all the men and women who have served and/or are currently serving in the military.

    You are the reason that we are a free country and people.

    Please know that your service, dedication and sacrifices in defense of our safety and freedom are greatly appreciated.

    Be safe,

    Michael A. Albano, CPA, CGMA
    President of the Watertown-Belmont Chamber of Commerce



    • 04/28 Thursday @ 7:30 am: State of the Towns
      • Committee members include Bob Airasian (Chair), Katherine Rafferty, Pamela Giannatsis, Mike Albano and Paul Airasian.   Eight Representatives from Watertown and Belmont made presentations to our very attentive audience, with a Q and A following.
        • Representatives included:
          • Mike Driscoll, Ton Manager, Town of Watertown
          • David Kale, Town Administrator, Town of Belmont
          • Steve Magoon, Director of Community Planning and Development, Town of Watertown
          • Sami Baghdady, Selectman, Town of Belmont
          • State Representative: Jonathan Hecht
          • State Representative: David Rogers
          • State Representastive: John Lawn
          • State Senator: Will Brownsberger

    This Chamber Event was a great opportunity for the communities of Watertown and Belmont to interact with our Local and State officials, ask questions, and become more informed about what is happening in our communities. 

    • 05/12 Thursday @ 5:30 pm: Ted Reinstein's Book Signing  
      • Our chamber had a wonderful evening of networking under the tent at the Commanders Mansion.  We had beautiful evening outdoors with food provided by Stop and Shop of Watertown and Wine and Beer Tasting Courtesy of Magnolia Wine Co., also of Watertown.  Ted Reinstein of Chronicle was our guest speaker who highlighted a few stories from his new book, Wicked Pissed.  Ted also spent time signing copies of his book.  It was a great evening of networking for many new and old chamber members.


    Committee members: Co-chairs: Jerry Amodeo and George Bargamian with Committee members Mike Albano, Bob Airasian, Chris Murgo, Marillian Missiti, Sandy Penchansky, Paul McCaffrey and Kevin Krisof.

    The Committee continues to prepare for our June 6th Tournament at Nashawtuc. Much progress had been made, and we look forward to our most successful Golf Tournament.

    There are a few Sponsorship opportunities remaining, players are always welcome, and Raffle Prizes are always appreciated. One of the best marketing opportunities for non golfers remains the Hole Sponsorships, a chance to showcase your business to our Membership through a signage on tee or green, mention in our booklet, and acknowledge on our website (Hole Sponsorships are $150.00, contact Paul for more info).

    For non- players, our 19th Hole and Dinner are great networking opportunities, contact the Chamber office for more info.


    The Chamber supported the Passport to Health “kick off” event at Belmont Town Day, Saturday, May 21st as co chairs Stacey Hammerlind and Elena Selivan coordinated the efforts of several of our businesses at the very busy event.

    This Event launch will coincide with a permanent Chamber Wellness Initiative to create programs of Health, Wellness, and Fitness for our Watertown and Belmont Communities and Members.

    A Belmont Media Center Cable Show called “The Business of Health” will debut soon with our co-chairs highlighting participating businesses.

    Chamber members interested in participating, Contact Paul or our co chairs for further info.


    Committee members (Karen McCormack, Katherine Rafferty, Pam Giannatsis, and Paul McCaffrey) were extremely busy reading 80 applications from Watertown High School (WHS) students and awarded the following 4 scholarships to these outstanding students:

    • Chamber Scholarship ($1,000 each)
      • Ally McCall
      • Niko Carvajal
    • Barclay Good Citizen Scholarship ($500 each)
      • Karl Elkbakian
      • Zoe Grodsky

    Bob Airasian presented the award winners with their checks at Senior Awards night at WHS on Thursday, May 26.

    The Chamber wishes the winners and all the students much success in their future endeavors!


    Committee members include Board Member Carolyn Zaleski, Mike Albano, Debbie Dobbins, Board Member Kathleen Darcy, Gerry Paone, Linda Bolduc, Nancy Donuhue, Sheri Kennedy,Stacey Hammerlind, Tim Tuttle, Elena Selivan, and Karen Krisin.

    The Social Committee is responsible for introducing, discussing,  planning, and scheduling all Chamber events, mentoring new members, being Ambassadors and hosts at Chamber events, and new member development.

    Current Agenda discussions include:

    • Before Hours Educational and Networking Events:
      • Social Media (video presentation): Chamber member Arc Point Strategic Communications discusses “Video Marketing: The New Must Have for your Strategic Business Plan” June 22nd 6:45-9:30, Watertown Police Community Room, free to members and public
      • LinkedIn and Facebook programs
      • Small Business programs
    • After Hours Networking Events
      • East Cambridge Savings Bank After Hours Networking: Thursday June 16th, 5:30-7:00 PM  Networking, Beer, Wine, Raffle, FUN!
    • Ribbon Cuttings (to be scheduled):
      • PowerHouse Kick Boxing
      • Click Insurance
      • Goddard School
      • IM Wireless/Verizon
    • Other:
      • Open House Gala at the Residence Inn/Boylston Properties: New Residence Inn GM Sharad Chand and our Chamber will be coordinating the Opening Gala tentative date: August
      • Young Professional Group: Multi Chamber effort

    The Business Referral Network (BRN) is now in its fourth month with individuals from a core group of 9 WBCC Member Organizations becoming more familiar with the businesses represented and referring potential clients to one another.

    The Group meets every other Thursday morning, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, at the WBCC Office, with the next meetings scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd and June 16th.

    We are seeking additional Members and participation is open to WBCC Members at no additional cost. If interested in attending a meeting and/or learning more, please contact Paul Airasian (Chamber Director), Nancy Fay Donahue (BRN Co-Chair) or Gerry Paone (BRN Chair). All Members are encouraged to part-take in this and the many other activities and benefits offered by the Watertown-Belmont Chamber of Commerce.


    On May 27, the WBCC Women’s Breakfast Club held their third meeting.   It was the largest attendance to date.  Kelly Taylor and Karen Kristin from ArcPoint Strategic Communications were the guest speakers. They gave a brief overview on how videos, whether taken on your iPhone or created professionally, will assist you in marketing your business.  It was very informative and educational. We hope you will join us for their full presentation to be held at the Watertown Police Community room.  Please check the Chamber website for details.

    We are seeking recommendations from the membership for speakers and any other suggestions you may have to continue to grow the club and to have meaningful and educational meetings. Please email Nancy Donahue or Kathleen Darcy with your ideas.

    Don’t miss or next meeting on Friday June 24.  Speaker to be announced.

    WBCC Women's Breakfast Club is dedicated to supporting women in order to excel through business and personal connections and laughter - to love the life they live and create a life they love. The Club will provide a forum for open discussions, mentoring and camaraderie.