"Collaborate," An OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 12, Lisa Marrone and Stephanie Cronin

We were so pleased to be able to get updates on the Rt. 129 corridor in Chelmsford, from Lisa Marrone, Business Development Director for the town of Chelmsford, and an update on economic trends from Stephanie Cronin, Executive Director of the Middlesex 3 Coalition

The Town of Chelmsford is aggressively promoting the Route 129 corridor with new zoning, a marketing campaign, and a new logo, which designates the Route 129 business amenity overlay district as a “crossroads.” Lisa Marrone shares details about the campaign which is under way to market the Route 129 corridor as a crossroads of success for businesses. OfficeLink is located in this important region, right off Rt. 3, on 129.

Middlesex 3 is a regional partnership  comprised of nine Middlesex County Communities,
Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lexington, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford - which share a common goal of fostering economic development,  job growth and retention, diversification of the tax base and enhancement of quality of life.  Members include stakeholders in local government, business, finance, education and development who have combined resources to promote the competitive advantages of the region and advance the economic vitality of the corridor. Our parent company, Vazza Real Estate Group, and OfficeLink are proud to support the efforts to create economic vitality in the region.

"Collaborate," An OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 11, Judy Burke, Middlesex Community College

As part of our remote studio day at our Chelmsford OfficeLink location, we were so happy to have a chance to chat with Judy Burke, the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement at Middlesex Community College.

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Judy shares exciting details about the New Academic Art Center the College is opening in Lowell, with a 190 seat theater - it will have academic programs and be open to the public.  The Center will house the college's performing arts programs, including theater, dance and music. The centerpiece of the historic, totally renovated building will be a new proscenium theater to showcase theatrical programs and performances. For a sneak peek, click here.

Middlesex Community College is such a great resource for the region.  Their non-credit programming - for professional and personal development - includes such fun things as wine tasting, cooking and personal enrichment, as well as opportunities to learn skills for career advancement.

Judy also gives details about College for Kids - which is starting up soon! Over 500 children from the region learn in various tracks.  More than a summer camp - it's a fun and life changing experience for local children aged 8-15. College for Kids (CFK) provides children with an exciting range of unique opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills and boost their self-confidence.  Learn more about College for Kids!

"Collaborate," An OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 10, Emma Brooks, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.

On June 26, we hosted a remote studio day in our Chelmsford OfficeLink location.  We have been so fortunate to host a number of town leaders, regional leaders, and community influencers in The Studio at OfficeLink in our Quincy location. Our speaker series, "Collaborate" has become very popular. We have enjoyed meeting these leaders and "collaborating" to film segments, which we share on our blog and on social media.

 It was a perfect day at 321 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, at our Chelmsford OfficeLink location!

It was a perfect day at 321 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, at our Chelmsford OfficeLink location!

Since the goal is to highlight our community and local entrepreneurs – and we want to include Chelmsford & the surrounding community, we hosted a "remote studio day" at OfficeLink Chelmsford yesterday - and we were happy to be able to see so many community leaders, and hear what is happening in the region, and how they are working to create energy and economic development for Middlesex County and the area surrounding our Chelmsford location!

Emma Brooks, Director of Member and Community relations at the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, joined us in our remote studio in Chelmsford, at OfficeLink, to discuss what's happening with the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.  We are proud to be members of this organization, which supports businesses and economic developments in the region. She shared upcoming events, the organization's mission, and what benefits are available to members!

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 8: James Dunphy, CEO of South Shore Bank

James Dunphy joined us in the Studio at OfficeLink today to fill us in on South Shore Bank's recent activity and commitment to the region. A native of Abington, James Dunphy has led the local institution since 2014, and is a leader for economic development in the region.  South Shore Bank merged last year with Braintree, and continues to grow. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.

He also fills us in on South Shore Bank's commitment to the region and the community partnership program they began last year, called Leadership South Shore. 

 

 

 

 

 

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 7: Rick Doane, Executive Director of Interfaith Social Services

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Rick Doane, Executive Director of Interfaith Social Services, describes the need for programs for families in need on the South Shore. 

Founded in 1947, Interfaith Social Services is dedicated to improving life for South Shore families and individuals in need. They rely on a team of volunteers, donors and community partners to deliver compassionate, client-centered programs focused on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance.

OfficeLink is Expanding

OfficeLink has secured an additional 7000 square feet to expand its successful shared office suite location in Quincy. The Quincy location is just off the highway, on Furnace Brook Parkway, which makes it both easily commutable from anywhere south of Boston and convenient to downtown Boston.

 “Quincy has experienced huge economic growth of late, with its location just south of Boston positioning it as a perfect location for South Shore residents eager to be close to Boston without the added commute time. We needed to expand to meet increasing demand in this area.” said Stephen Vazza, President at Vazza Real Estate Group and co-owner of OfficeLink. “We are also actively seeking to expand OfficeLink other regions in Boston’s immediate suburbs and have seen a number of promising locations we hope to move forward on soon.”

The expanded Quincy office space will add additional private office and coworking options, and will also have a seminar space which can accommodate both classroom-setting and conference-style meetings.  OfficeLink is responding to the demand for a modern seminar room for members and tenants.

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 6: Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce

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Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce came by the Studio at OfficeLink this week to share news about economic development initiatives and priorities in the region.

He gave us an update on the strategic plan being developed for the 2030 project, which identifies where the South Shore wants to be by the year 2030 in terms of employment, housing, opportunities, and more. 

There is a great need for additional housing opportunities for South Shore residents - and this, the changes in how retail centers are used, and large developments in the region are all shaping the landscape of this resource-rich region from Quincy to Plymouth.

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 5: Kaitlyn Litchfield of the South Shore Young Professionals

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Kaitlyn Litchfield, Executive Director of the South Shore Young Professionals, stopped by the Studio at OfficeLink to talk about challenges and opportunities for young professionals in the region, and how the organization creates valuable networking opportunities for career-driven people on the South Shore from Quincy to Plymouth. 

The South Shore Young Professionals holds 10 events annually (at least) and their main fundraiser is coming up next week. The 8th Annual SSYP Foundation Golf Tournament brought to you by Brookline Bank is Wednesday, May 23rd at The Pinehills in Plymouth, and raises key dollars for the organization's foundation. Check out the video to learn more about the South Shore Young Professionals and their Foundation's mission!

We will be planning an event soon for the South Shore Young Professionals at OfficeLink Quincy!

OfficeLink Chelmsford hosts wine tasting for local foundation, Live for Liv

OfficeLink, Shared Office Concepts in Chelmsford hosted a fundraiser on Tuesday, May 8th for the local foundation, Live for Liv.

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The Live for Liv Foundation, Inc., is committed to educating society about the warning signs and impact of domestic violence in order to honor the memory of Olivia “Liv” Marchand. The Westford-based  foundation, which raises awareness about domestic violence and promotes resources for families in need of assistance for domestic violence situations, was started n February 1, 2010, after 17-year-old Olivia Marchand life was taken and her mother Jody Marchand was critically injured. For more details about The Live for Liv Foundation, visit www.liveforliv.org.

The event, which featured a wine tasting from One Hope Wine, and delicious gourmet hors d’oeuvres provided by Jody’s brother, Scott Toney (Licensed Realtor at Weichert, Realtors and gourmet chef!), was a joyful evening which served to build enthusiasm for the Foundation’s main annual fundraiser, the Live for Live Ride and Run. This year’s event is on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the 4H Fairground in Westford and features participation for all levels and family members. To view more details about the July event, visit: www.bikereg.com/37973.

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 4: Kerry Byrne

Kerry Byrne, of KJB Hospitality, speaks to "Collaborate" - an OfficeLink Speaker Series.

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Kerry Byrne has his pulse on what's happening in the dining scene in Quincy - and he lets us in on secrets and what's coming soon. Quincy's dining scene is hot.  Quincy is getting national press and is really moving toward becoming a dining destination, and one of the most desirable places to live and work in the region.
Kerry is a former writer for the Boston Herald and a Marketing and Dining Consultant who is currently working on PR for the Quincy Downtown redevelopment effort.

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 3: Tim Cahill

Timothy Cahill joins us at The Studio at Officelink to give us his vision for where the City of Quincy is going and the priorities for the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.  Tim is nearing the end of his first year as Executive Director at the Quincy Chamber, and has been focused this year on communicating the relevance of the Chamber to local businesses and growing its membership base, which is currently over 500.

This is an exciting time for the City of Quincy and we are seeing an amazing amount of growth, with the new North Quincy Train Station development and with the highly anticipated development downtown.

OfficeLink Quincy hosts South Shore Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections

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OfficeLink Quincy was proud to host the South Shore Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 24th from 7:30-9 am for their Coffee Connections series! 

There was a great turnout of local business leaders and inspiring conversation - and we were pleased to be able to show off both OfficeLink Quincy to the South Shore community, and The Studio at OfficeLink!

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In addition, Courtney Bjorgaard, Membership Development Director of the South Shore Chamber, joined us in the Studio at OfficeLink to share some information about upcoming Chamber events!

 

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series, Episode 2: Mark Carey

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Mark Carey of Mayor Thomas Koch's office was at The Studio at OfficeLink recently to bring us up to speed on the Quincy 400 initiative. Mark works in Mayor Thomas Koch's office in Media and Productions, and is a former director of Discover Quincy, which was the inaugural organization to promote tourism to the city of Quincy. Mark's current initiative is Quincy 400. In 2025, Quincy will celebrate its 400th anniversary of its settlement. To mark this historic year, Mayor Koch is leading an unprecedented community planning effort entitled “Quincy 400.”  The endeavor will touch on a wide range of subjects from schools to transportation to economic development, the arts and culture, and neighborhoods. It all revolves around a simple question “Where do we want Quincy to be in 2025?”

To this end, Quincy is gathering feedback from stakeholders in the Quincy community in the following important areas: Neighborhoods, Education, History Arts & Culture, Transportation and Capital Assets, Economic Growth and Tourism, and Health and Wellness. 

They will be holding a series of collaborative events to get feedback from the community, and the Quincy 400 committee is also collecting data via survey. To take the survey or learn more, visit Quincy400.com.

"Collaborate," an OfficeLink Speaker Series: Episode 1

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Brilene Faherty, Founder, Quincy Young Professionals, speaks to "Collaborate" on the Quincy region & trends for younger workers, in The Studio at OfficeLink.

Brilene Faherty is a LPL Financial Advisor with Stoddard Financial, LLC in Quincy, MA. She works with clients throughout New England to identify, plan and execute strategies designed for working toward pursuing their desired financial future. Brilene has served on both the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Quincy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a founder of, and sits on the advisory board of the Quincy Young Professionals.

"Collaborate," a New Community Video Series at the Studio at OfficeLink

Introducing "Collaborate: An OfficeLink Speaker Series" 

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As part of our commitment to highlighting our community and local entrepreneurs, OfficeLink is launching a new video series out of our brand new studio location, The Studio at OfficeLink, that will feature community leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs in Quincy, Chelmsford & their surrounding communities. 

We're leading off our series this week with Brilene Faherty of the Quincy Young Professionals! 
Be sure to check back to our blog page this week to learn more about Brilene and the Quincy Young Professionals on "Collaborate: An OfficeLink Speaker Series.”

OfficeLink Chelmsford hosts lunch with the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce

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OfficeLink Chelmsford hosted members of the Greater Lowell/Chelmsford Chamber of Commerce and local community leaders at a lunch on April 10. Over 50 local business leaders were in attendance and we were pleased to be able to show off our Chelmsford location to the community!

We are excited to work with community leaders to foster economic development and entrepreneurial activity in Middlesex County.