Monday, August 31, 2009

Save the Date for Fall Events at the Chamber!

It's officially the last day of August. But while summer may be winding down, Chamber programs are heating up! The list of upcoming speakers includes a Nobel Prize winner, nationally-recognized authors and journalists, and other leaders in business and government. Save the date now for some of the upcoming programs listed below, and be sure to visit our online Calendar of Events for a complete listing of 2009 programs and events:

September 16
Women's Network Breakfast
Cynthia Ashworth, Vice President of Consumer Engagement,Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Location: Ritz-Carlton Boston Common
Sponsored by: MS&L Worldwide

September 23
Government Affairs Forum
Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Location: Westin Copley Place Boston
Sponsored by: Bank of America

October 2
Financial Services Forum
Eric Rosengren, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Location: Four Seasons Boston
Sponsored by: Boston University School of Management, Executive MBA Program

October 5
Life Sciences Forum
Nobel Laureate Dr. Philip A. Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Taj Boston
Sponsored by: Weber Shandwick Worldwide

November 4
Women's Network Breakfast

Suzy Welch, Best-Selling Author, Commentator & Business Journalist
Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Sponsored by: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

November 10
Special Government Affairs Forum

Charlie Gibson, Anchor, ABC World News
Location: Mandarin Oriental Boston
Sponsored by: Bank of America

December 8
Government Affairs Forum

Mayor Thomas Menino, City of Boston
Location: InterContinental Boston
Sponsored by: Bank of America

Remember, these are simply a few of the events the Chamber will be offering over the next few months. There are many more programs and events already scheduled, including our free networking functions and the annual Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon.

If you want any additional information on Chamber programs, please visit

We hope to see you in the fall!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Remembering Senator Kennedy: 2003 Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Tribute

At the 2003 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Dinner, we were honored to induct Senator Edward M. Kennedy into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. We invite you to watch the 2003 video tribute as we look back at the life and legacy of Senator Kennedy.

Chamber CEO Discusses His Relationship with Senator Kennedy on NECN

Paul Guzzi joined Mike Nikitas and Karen Swensen on Good Morning Live on New England Cable News this morning to talk about Senator Kennedy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chamber Statement on the Passing of Senator Kennedy

“Massachusetts has lost a great senator. We have all lost a great friend.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy has been a fundamental force in shaping virtually every public policy debate crucial to the future of our region. His determination in fostering economic growth and entrepreneurial enterprise was steadfast. His commitment to social justice and equality of opportunity was unparalleled. And his success in securing the resources that drive research and innovation was remarkable.

His enduring legacy includes access to quality health care, education reform, equal pay for women, a modern transportation system, job training, and securing billions of crucial federal research dollars for Massachusetts research hospitals and universities.

In addition to all of the issues that Senator Kennedy championed, he also possessed that increasingly rare skill of bringing different political interests together to achieve landmark legislation that changed the region – and the nation – for the better.

Since I first came to know him in the 1960s, Senator Kennedy displayed extraordinary resilience to overcome tragedies, to represent the Commonwealth, and to carry on the tradition of public service that his family epitomized. He was the voice for the hopes and aspirations of millions who would have had no voice but for his.

We honor his life and legacy – and we will greatly miss him.”

-Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Monday, August 24, 2009

2010 Census, Fall Flu Season & Upcoming State Legislative Session on the 'Business Beat'

NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins host Paul Guzzi on the ‘Business Beat’ to discuss the implications of the upcoming 2010 census for Massachusetts, the business community’s response to the fall flu season, and the business community’s expectations from the state legislature this fall.

Stimulus Czar Reveals How Massachusetts is Putting Stimulus Dollars to Work in the 'Briefing Room'

Jeffrey Simon, Massachusetts director of infrastructure investment, joined the ‘Briefing Room’ to discuss Massachusetts spending of stimulus dollars. He notes that the state is expected to receive a total $5.7 billion to stimulate the economy and help create jobs. So far, Massachusetts has received more than $3 billion of that money, and has already spent nearly $1.5 billion, making it one of the top states putting stimulus funding to work.

Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority Jon Kingsdale Disucsses National Health Care Reform on 'This Week in Business'

Executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, Jon Kingsdale, joins host Paul Guzzi and NECN business reporter Peter Howe to talk about the continuous push to overhaul the nation's health care system, what can be learned from Massachusetts, and what implications of national reform could mean to the bay state.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chamber President Discusses Senator Kennedy's Request for a Law Change, Unemployment Figures, and H1N1 'On the Record'

Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi goes ‘On the Record’ with NECN’s RD Sahl to discuss Senator Ted Kennedy’s request for a change in the law on succession, the latest jobless figures in Massachusetts, the business community’s role in fighting the swine flu, and the latest in the health care debate.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lt. Governor Tim Murray to address the Chamber on September 23

On Wednesday, September 23, Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray will be the featured speaker at the Greater Boston Chamber's Government Affairs Forum.

Murray was elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 2006. A former three-term mayor of Worcester, Murray was the first mayor to be elected governor or lieutenant governor in more than 50 years – bringing to the corner office a unique commitment to helping cities and towns across the state improve the quality of life for their residents.

A key advisor to Governor Patrick, he serves as the administration’s liaison to the legislature and the state’s 351 municipalities – particularly on issues such as the improvement and expansion of commuter rail services, improvement of maritime economies for coastal communities, and brownfields redevelopment. In addition to his role as chair of the Governor’s Council, Murray also has been entrusted with oversight of councils on domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and veterans' affairs.

As Mayor of Worcester, Murray helped transform the state’s second-largest city from an old-industry hub into a center of new growth and economic development. He worked to maximize job creation and business development, secured more than $1 billion in new development projects, and positioned Worcester to succeed in the state’s innovation economy.

Having served as chairman of the Worcester School Committee, Murray also understands the challenges faced by urban education systems. Under his leadership, Worcester schools lowered drop-out rates, launched school-based health initiatives, and expanded after-school programs to support working families. Murray is a graduate of Fordham University and Western New England School of Law.

To register for the event, click here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Southwest, retail sales & the Patriots lottery ticket on the 'Business Beat'

On the 'Business Beat,' host Paul Guzzi and NECN business reporter Peter Howe discuss the air fare war heating up at Logan Airport, disappointing retail sales, and the New England Patriots lottery ticket.

BAE Systems's Michael Lewis discusses new defense technology in the 'Briefing Room'

Michael Lewis, BAE Systems vice president and general manager, soldier and vehicle solutions, joins the 'Briefing Room' to discuss the company's latest product and how it will help soldiers in the field.

Business Editors round table discusses the health care debate on 'This Week in Business'

Business editors Frank Quaratiello of The Boston Herald and George Donnelly of The Boston Business Journal, and business reporter Robert Weisman of The Boston Globe, joined Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi and NECN business reporter Peter Howe to discuss the national debate over the future of healthcare.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Chamber President Discusses Hopeful Economic Indicators 'On the Record'

Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went ‘On the Record’ last night with NECN’s RD Sahl to discuss some encouraging economic indicators. Guzzi also talks about new carrier Southwest arriving at Logan Airport and the continued health care debate.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dunkin' Donuts VP of consumer engagement to address Women's Network

Cynthia Ashworth, vice president of consumer engagement for Dunkin’ Donuts, the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world, will address the Chamber's Women's Network on September 16.

Ashworth leads the development and execution of all consumer integrated marketing communications, including advertising, online media, customer relationship management, and in-store marketing. With an impressive track record for driving business results, Ashworth has helped expand the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and launch the successful ‘You Kin’ Do It’ campaign.

Prior to joining the Dunkin’ team, Ashworth served as senior vice president of marketing at Oxygen Media, where she oversaw consumer and business-to-business marketing for the cable television network. During her tenure at Oxygen, the station significantly grew its ratings, lowered the average age of its viewers, and won numerous marketing creative awards. Ashworth also spent nearly fifteen years in leading New York advertising agencies, including Ogilvy, JWT, and kirshenbaum bond + partners. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and earned her MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School.

Click here to register for this event.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Jobless figures, a resignation, and ballot initiatives on the 'Business Beat'

Peter Howe joins Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas on the 'Business Beat' for a discussion of the latest jobless figures, the resignation of MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas, and the ballot initiative frenzy on Beacon Hill.

Details of a 'Hollywood East' project in the 'Briefing Room'

In the Briefing Room, Plymouth Rock’s David Kirkpatrick, chairman and executive managing officer, and Joe DiLorenzo, CFO, join to discuss the ins-and-outs of building a 240 acre studio complex from the ground up. The two top executives from the Hollywood East project share the "coming attractions."

As Congress takes its August recess, Jim Brett offers a Capitol Hill recap on This Week in Business

Jim Brett, President and CEO of The New England Council, joins hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to talk about legislation in Washington, DC as the legislative session comes to an end, and how some of the key bills may affect New England. He looks at the future of healthcare, cap and trade, financial services, and what to expect in the fall.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Chamber CEO discusses ballot initiatives 'On the Record'

Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl last night to discuss several proposed ballot questions, the MBTA, and the ongoing civilian flaggers debate.

More than 250 Chamber Members Attend Annual Summer Reception

On Wednesday night, the Chamber held the Annual Summer Reception - the high point of the Chamber's summer calendar. More than 250 Chamber members enjoyed an evening of networking while taking in a spectacular view of the city skyline at the Taj Boston Rooftop Ballroom.

You can view nearly 200 high-res photos from the evening by clicking here. The Chamber would like to thank Citi for sponsoring the Annual Summer Reception.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Citizens Bank, the Kroc Center, and national health care reform on 'The Business Beat'

On the business beat with Peter Howe - Paul, Mike, and Peter discuss the latest developments in the national health care reform effort, a change of leadership at Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, and the groundbreaking of the Kroc Center.

Cumberland Gulf Group CEO Joe Petrowski talks rebranding, coffee, and oil prices on This Week in Business

In 'The Briefing Room,' Joe Petrowski, CEO of the Cumberland Gulf Group, shared his thoughts on the rebranding of Cumberland Farms, the companies growing coffee sales, and the price of oil.

Is the housing market turning around in Massachusetts? Warren Group CEO Tim Warren on 'This Week in Business'

Tim Warren, CEO of the Warren Group, joined Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas on yesterday's edition of This Week in Business to discuss the housing situation in Massachusetts and around the country.