Tuesday, December 22, 2009

U.S. Senator Paul Kirk to address the Chamber January 8.

United States Senator Paul Kirk (D-MA) will be the featured speaker at the Greater Boston Chamber's Government Affairs Forum breakfast on Friday, January 8, 2010.

Senator Kirk was appointed in September 2009 to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  He will serve in the Senate through the special election on January 19, 2010.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Some hopeful economic signs 'On the Record'

Chamber Executive Vice President Jim Klocke went ‘On the Record’ last night to discuss the state's budget cycle, hopeful signs in state revenue, an education caucus on Beacon Hill, and Brian Moynihan’s appointment to chief executive officer of Bank of America.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Harvard's decision to stop construction in Allston & the financial services overhaul on the 'Business Beat'

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to talk about Harvard's decision to stop construction on a billion dollar science center in Allston, the financial services overhaul, and how the final candidates for the US Senate seat differ on business related issues.

AthenaHealth CEO discusses electronic medical records in the 'Briefing Room'

In the Briefing Room, Jonathan Bush, CEO of the electronic medical records company AthenaHealth, talks about healthcare reform and the role of electronic medical records in easing the paperwork and cost burdens incurred by medical practices.

The Boston business editors join 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on ‘This Week in Business,’ Boston business editors Shirley Leung, business editor of the Boston Globe; Frank Quaratiello, business editor of the Boston Herald; and George Donnelly, editor of the Boston Business Journal joined to discuss the economic stimulus and President Obama's plans for job creation. The editors also share some of the biggest business stories of the year and make predictions about the year ahead.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Challenges facing the next Senator, health care & property taxes 'On the Record'

Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went ‘On the Record’ last night to discuss the challenges that the next Senator will face, the ongoing health care debate in Congress, and an increase in property taxes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mayor Tom Menino addresses Chamber in first public appearance since re-election.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the longest serving Mayor in Boston's illustrious history, addressed the Greater Boston Chamber this morning in his first major public appearance since his re-election and subsequent knee injury.

Menino spoke to nearly 500 Boston business leaders, promising a new era in city government and a bold vision for Boston's future.  The Mayor was joined on stage by three of his key cabinet members: Superintendent of Schools Carol Johnson, BRA Director John Palmieri, and budget chief Lisa Signori, each of whom called for action on the legislative front. 

Mayor Menino also announced the appointment of his new chief of staff, Mitchell Weiss, who currently serves as executive director of the Tobin Project

To view photos from the event, click here.

The Boston Globe's Michael Levenson reports on the speech.  The Boston Herald's Tom Grillo notes Menino's comments about Downtown Crossing, and the Boston Business Journal's Eric Convey focuses on the BRA plan for a Business Improvement District. 

Monday, December 7, 2009

Comcast, Bank of America, National Grid & Wal-Mart on the 'Business Beat'

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to talk about implications of the Comcast NBC deal, Bank of America paying off its TARP debt, National Grid's plan to buy power from Cape Wind, and a historic settlement between Wal-Mart and more than 87,000 Massachusetts employees.

MA Senator Scott Brown, Republican candidate for US Senate, is in the 'Briefing Room'

In the Briefing Room, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, Republican candidate for US Senate, gives us his take on healthcare and jobs creation.

An economic overview on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on ‘This Week in Business,’ Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS Global Insight, joins hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to talk about the drop in the nation's unemployment rate. In a comprehensive overview of current economic conditions, Behravesh also discusses the cost of defense spending, the stock market, the cost of healthcare reform, holiday retail sales, and the debate over Ben Bernanke's future.

Chamber announces winners of 2010 Pinnacle Awards.

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of its 2010 Pinnacle Awards

Honoring the accomplishments of eight women in Greater Boston who have achieved excellence in business and management, the Pinnacle Awards will take place on January 22nd, at the Westin Copley Place Boston. The awards luncheon will feature Lisa Hughes, anchor at WBZ-TV, as the master of ceremonies.

This year’s honorees will be recognized for their accomplishments in the following categories:

•    Lifetime Achievement: Mary Richardson, Anchor, WCVB-TV’s Chronicle;

•    Achievement in Entrepreneurship: Beth Tucker, President, KNF&T;

•    Achievement in Management, Private Sector:  Fredi Shonkoff, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.;

•    Achievement in Management, Government: The Honorable Therese Murray, President of the Senate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

•    Achievement in Management, Non-Profit: Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director, Pine Street Inn;

•    Achievement in the Professions: Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;

•    Excellence in Arts & Education: Renee Landers, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; and

•    Emerging Executive: Tiziana Dearing, President, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston.

“This year’s honorees exemplify excellence in their respective fields and their commitment to the region’s civic community is nothing short of remarkable,” said Paul Guzzi, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber.  “Each recipient is an inspiration to women aspiring to lead in business, government, academia, and media, and the Chamber looks forward to honoring them in January.”

Now in its 16th year, the Pinnacle Awards are presented by the Women’s Network of the Greater Boston Chamber. The awards honor women for outstanding achievement in the workplace, demonstrated leadership that has made a difference, and a commitment to enhance the quality of life in the region. The Women’s Network was founded in 1994 to promote and expand economic opportunities throughout the Greater Boston region for all women in business through shared leadership and expertise. The Women’s Network offers programs that provide career enrichment and development opportunities for women at all professional levels, spotlight the accomplishments of women, and promote the positive influence that women have upon the Greater Boston region.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Job creation & unemployment insurance 'On the Record'

Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went ‘On the Record’ last night with NECN’s RD Sahl to discuss the most recent jobless figures, incentives for job creation, and the legislative hearing on unemployment insurance rates.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chamber hosts 2009 Annual Holiday Reception

Last night, the Chamber hosted its Annual Holiday Reception at the State Room. More than 500 Chamber members came out to network, toast the holiday season, and enjoy a beautiful view of the Boston skyline.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chamber on unemployment insurance: 43% increase will hamstring job growth, reform needed now.

Massachusetts’ unemployment insurance costs are already among the very highest in the country. Under current state law, employers will face a 43 percent increase in UI premiums next year. Imposing such a dramatic increase is a mistake during a steep recession – widening our UI cost disparity versus other states, and undermining our collective goal to mount an economic and job recovery.

The Greater Boston Chamber testified today in support of legislation that would provide UI rate relief and systemic reform in early 2010. Special legislation that imposes a more moderate increase in UI premiums could provide $300 million in rate relief to employers next year as compared to current law – without jeopardizing the solvency of the UI trust fund. Coupling rate relief with systemic reforms to experience rating and workforce attachment provisions could improve the efficiency of the UI system, and place it on solid footing in the years ahead.

As companies struggle through the downturn, such special legislation would help support hiring and economic recovery and send an important signal to employers that Massachusetts is prepared to compete for their business.

Mayor Thomas Menino to address Chamber

On December 8, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will address the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum. Please join us for Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s first major public appearance since his historic re-election last month.  At this unique Government Affairs Forum, Mayor Menino will address Chamber members and will be joined on stage by key members of his administration.

On November 3, 2009, Thomas M. Menino was re-elected to a record 5th term as mayor of the City of Boston. The longest serving mayor in the city’s history, Menino has been a strong advocate for the business community – providing critical leadership through periods of financial growth as well as slowdowns. As the nation and the region work to emerge from recession, Mayor Menino is committed to improving Boston’s economic vitality and is working with the Chamber and employers to grow jobs, spur development, and lay the foundation for the city’s economic future. He has steered the city to the highest bond rating in its history, improved schools, and worked to make Boston a leader in green development and clean tech innovation.

A lifelong resident of the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston , Menino was first elected mayor in 1993. He served his neighborhood as a city councilor for nine years prior to becoming mayor and earned a degree in community planning at the University of Massachusetts.

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