Member 2 Member (“M2M”) Connections are real-life examples of how LACC members connect and do business with one another. Just one more way how the LACC helps you grow your business!
Busy Bee Nursery School & Salem Five
Three years ago, a fateful meeting between Joseph Scianatico and Ashley Bennett at a Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours set a solid professional relationship in motion.
Scianatico is the Assistant Vice President, Market Manager for Salem Five on Boston Street and Bennett is the co-owner along with Sarah Treiber, of Busy Bee Nursery School located on 39 Severance Street, in Lynn.
The “tri-team” hit it off so much that Busy Bee Nursery School opened their account with Salem Five. But it didn’t stop there. When “Busy Bee” wanted to purchase their building, Scianatico was the first person they called.
“Joe is always accessible, efficient and prompt,” says Treiber. Bennett adds that her experience with Salem Five was so positive that when she and her husband needed a home loan they called Joe immediately.
“Joe is a go-to guy,” says Bennett. “I firmly believe he’ll do everything he can to help his customers.”
Ironically, but not surprising this business relationship came full circle when Scianatico needed day care for his toddler.
“My wife and I toured the facility and we were both impressed with Busy Bee’s professional and nurturing approach to learning,” says Scianatico. “My daughter loves going there. She absolutely loves going to school. We’ve seen her develop socially, she’s attending their summer camp and will attend until she’s ready for kindergarten.”
Over the past few years the two parties consider each other invaluable resources in the community due to the connections each bring to the table.
“Joe frequently invites us to other Chamber events so we can expand our network and be part of the community,” says Treiber.
“The LACC has allowed me to connect with businesses for my professional and personal needs as well from dry cleaning to insurance coverage,” says Scianatico.
Looking back, both parties agree that the opportunity to network and establish relationships with fellow business owners should be part of every business’ business plan.
To connect with Joe Scianatico at Salem Five call 978-720-5125 and to connect with Ashley Bennet and Sarah Treiber at Busy Bee Nursery School call 781- 599-2013. To discuss benefits to the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce please call 781-592-2900 or email the office at info@LynnAreaChamber.com.
Christopher’s Cafe & Kaneworks, Inc.
David Shalvoy and Marvin Kane had known each other and then lost touch for a few years.
Shalvoy is the owner of Christopher’s Café at 2 Lewis Street and Kane is a web designer and owner of Kaneworks, Inc. located at 265 Essex Street, Suite 205 in Salem.
It wasn’t until Shalvoy joined the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce and attended the New Member after Hours that the two reconnected and discussed doing business.
“My old web site was tired, needed a fresh and modernized look,” said Shalvoy. “I chose Marvin because I knew his reputation for creating great sites.”
Kane added that he reviewed the “Christopher Café” site and determined it needed more content and photos that would “make your mouth water”, a higher ranking in Google searches, enhanced mobile optimization, easier navigation and the ability for Shalvoy to manage updates.
“I put my faith in Marvin,” said Shalvoy. Since the inception of the new, enhanced website, business has tripled. “We have 7 fresh-squeezed juice blends that we now promote on our site, our fundraisers, catering menu, testimonials and media highlights. Marvin gave life to who we are and what we do now succinctly, simply and beautifully presented.”
And since their reconnection, Marvin has used Christopher’s Café catering for private family gatherings and can often be seen enjoying breakfast and coffee.
“Christopher’s Café is a neat little neighborhood jewel in Lynn,” says Kane. “If you live in the area you can walk here. If you enjoy walking along King’s Beach you can come here before or after, and it’s a great place to host a small business meeting too. If it wasn’t for David (Shalvoy) joining the LACC I’m not sure we would have reconnected so I think it’s been a win-win for both of us.”
To contact David Shalvoy at Christopher’s Café go to www.christopherscafe.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-596-2200. For web design and search engine optimization services contact Marvin Kane at Kaneworks, go to www.KaneWorks.com , email at email@example.com or call 978-836-7182.
Haven Project & Compete Now
Gini Mazman, Executive Director of the Haven Project/Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee House and Donato Dandreo of Compete Now had never met. That all changed when Mazman called the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce seeking a web designer for The Haven Projects website upgrade.
“The Chamber gave me a list of web designers to call and I chose to call Donato,” says Mazman.
“We struggled with our old website. Donato and I met and discussed our vision and what information should be presented on the site. He knew what we wanted, suggested great ideas and finished the project on time and within budget.”
“It’s been great to work with Gini, and the Haven Projects mission. It’s been the perfect referral,” says Dandreo.
Dandreo adds that part of his contract includes a tutorial so clients can be self-sufficient updating the website, which makes maintaining the site cost-efficient for the client. “We’re always available for tech support if you need it,” says Dandreo.
The Haven Project is the only organization north of Boston dedicated specifically to providing age appropriate services to a growing, vulnerable 17-24-year-old homeless young adult population. They help with basic needs, online learning, educational support, job training and job acquisition, stable living options, and opportunities to build community and life skills. One of their main missions was to open a business to help teens get the soft skills they need to enter the work world. Land of a Thousand Hills coffee shop answered the call and is prominently featured on the new website.
To support Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Shop, Dandreo tries to host as many client meetings there as possible. “Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is helping to transform the downtown into a vibrant meeting area. People are working on their laptops, meeting friends and hosting business meetings. It’s a destination, beautifully designed, esthetically pleasing and comfortable.”
Dandreo adds, “I really appreciated the direct referral from the LACC. Attending networking events has also generated business for my company from the Four Winds Pub & Restaurant, A. James Lynch and Precision Properties, to name a few.”
Says Mazman, “The Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce proved to be better than blindly trolling through a search engine to find what I need.”
To contact Donato Dandreo of Compete Now web design call 781-985-9043 or email him at Ddandreo@competenow.biz.
For more information about The Haven Project/Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Shop go to www.thehavenproject.net, call 781-913-5738 or visit 61 Monroe Street between 7am and 5pm Monday – Saturday.
CB Stuffer & Welch Florist
CB Stuffer owner, Erin Calvo-Bacci and Welch Florist Sales & Marketing Manager were introduced at an LACC holiday Women in Networking event and the cross-promotion soon followed.
“We’ve always carried chocolate for baskets or as an accessory at Welch Florist, but found that it didn’t have a long shelf life,” says Reece. “CB Stuffer had exactly the right product – a boutique and individualistic chocolate that makes a sinful presentation and sells well, separately.”
Reece adds that CB Stuffer’s peanut butter cups are an easy sell and their constantly reordering.
“The LACC gives members the opportunity to build strategic partnerships. That’s what I’m looking for,” says Calvo-Bacci. “There’s no question that owners Dave and Keith, and Jim did their homework,” says Calvo-Bacci. “I know our product does well in baskets and I’m proud their presentation makes our chocolate even better.”
In return, Calvo-Bacci promotes Welch florist on her social media pages and uses Welch florist whenever possible.
Calvo-Bacci adds, “I know Welch Florist flowers are well cared for and last longer. Their flowers are all hand-picked by the owners and make exquisite gifts. They also understand that our CB Stuffer products are an extension of us and they treat them with the same care as their flowers. I’m humbled to have my products promoted and sold through them.”
In this high-tech, global economy both Reece and Calvo-Bacci say supporting local businesses owners is the foundation for sustainability. Both agree that this strategic partnership is a win-win and a proven reason to utilize the LACC membership whenever possible.
CB Stuffer offers a wide selection of handmade chocolate products, like their famous peanut butter cups, bars drizzled with rivers of flavors, whole pizza and mini-pizza slices, wings and hot seasonal items! Check out the chocolate high heel shoe “stuffed” with chocolate treats and so much more!
Welch florist is we are committed to offering only the finest floral & gift arrangements. Award winning Floral Designers will create beautiful fresh floral and custom silk arrangements for every occasion, along with our friendly & courteous staff that’s been in business since 1947.
To contact Erin Calvo-Bacci go to www.CBStuffer.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-595-1511.
To contact Jim Reece at Welch Florist go to www.WelchFlowers.com, email@example.com, or call 781-595-8222