Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chamber CEO co-authors op-ed on talent retention in today's Boston Globe


In today's Boston Globe, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi and Paul Connolly, senior VP and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, co-authored an op-ed piece on talent.

The op-ed highlights the need to connect our talented young students and workers with the Greater Boston region and convince them to remain here after college. As outlined in the piece, the Chamber and the Fed are working to address this challenge in a number of areas, including through the intern event we hosted last week.

To read the full op-ed, click here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chamber monthly jobs update shows loss of 2,300 jobs in MA

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce publishes the monthly Massachusetts Jobs Update to provide public officials with a snapshot of regional and national job markets and trends.

The Chamber is currently working with business and government leaders to advance a policy agenda that will have significant impact on job growth and economic growth in the years ahead – including priority issues of corporate tax policy, skilled workforce development, and health care reform.

June 2009 Headlines:
  • Massachusetts lost 2,300 jobs last month; falls to 196,600 jobs below previous peak
  • All 12 regions shed jobs over last 12 months
  • State posted 3.2% job loss last 12 months; moderately better than U.S. job loss rate of 4.1%
  • State non-farm jobs ranked 22nd among states last 12 months
Click here to access the full June 2009 Massachusetts Jobs Update.

You can find all of the 2008-2009 monthly Massachusetts Jobs Update documents archived on the Chamber’s website, bostonchamber.com.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Future of the Globe and a Proposed Increase in Restaurant and Hotel Taxes on the Business Beat

NECN Business reporter Peter Howe joins the Business Beat to talk about the future of the Boston Globe, a proposed increase in the meals and lodging tax in Boston, and wasting time at work on line.

President of ISO New England Takes a Look at Energy Costs and Alternative Energy Sources

Gordon van Welie, President and CEO of ISO New England, says prices for electricity are 70% lower than they were last year. He talks about why this is the case and looks at pricing in the future, while weighing in on the future of wind farm technology and smart grid infrastructure.

Economist Nariman Behravesh Joins This Week in Business

Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist at IHS Global Insight, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to say that we are at the bottom of the recession. In a far reaching discussion of the economy, he touches on when he thinks the jobless rate will turnaround, the role of speculation in oil prices, the role of the Fed and Ben Bernanke's future, the minimum wage, and the cost of healthcare reforms being debated in Washington, DC.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chamber's Annual Summer Reception on Top of the Taj less than two weeks away


On August 5, the Chamber will host it's Annual Summer Reception on 'Top of the Taj.'

This highlight of our summer calendar offers Chamber members a chance to network in a relaxed atmosphere with more than 200 of Boston's leading executives - all while taking in a spectacular view of Boston's skyline.

Learn more here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More than 300 interns attend Chamber-Fed event on living/working in Boston.

More than 300 interns from Greater Boston's leading employers attended a workshop at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston today. The program was sponsored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Bank as part of an ongoing effort to keep our leading talent in the Boston region.

Attendees were welcomed by Eric Rosengren, president & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Paul Connolly, the Bank's COO, and Paul Guzzi, president & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber.

While earlier events focused on connecting employers with interns, today's event was aimed at the interns themselves. Presentations were designed to show the students the many benefits of living in Boston, tips for making the most of their internships, and guidelines for their post-college job search.

Recap the Chamber's social media seminar on Twitter

This morning the Chamber hosted a social media seminar for a sold out crowd of more than 100 members.

The program included an overview by moderator Don Martelli, VP and director of digital communication at MS&L Public Relations, and case study presentations by Evan Falchuk, president & COO of Best Doctors, Stephanie Miller, director of digital media for WBZ, and Rhonda Mann, director of marketing & communications for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Each panelist offered insight into their company's social media strategy and outlined the way they use various platforms such as blogs, twitter, Facebook, linkedIn.

A number of event attendees live-tweeted the event, and you can recap the discussion by finding the hashtag #bccsm. You can also check out the Chamber's social media efforts.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/bostonchamber, become a fan on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, our event photos on Flickr, or join our LinkedIn group.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chamber testifies on Menino charter school proposal

On July 21, the Chamber submitted the following written testimony on HD. 4474, An Act to Reform Education in Public Schools through the Creation of In-District Charter Schools with Pay-for-Performance - the proposal put forward by Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Testimony:

The Chamber strongly believes that we need to do more to strengthen public education in Boston and in districts throughout the Commonwealth. We recognize that a skilled, talented and well-educated workforce is critical to maintaining the Commonwealth’s long-term economic success. We have been consistent supporters of charter schools, and believe they are a key component to expanding the talent pipeline that will help sustain Greater Boston’s economy.

This legislation would provide additional mechanisms by which charter schools can be created, and gives local officials the ability to turnaround underperforming schools in a quick and efficient manner. Although change is never easy, it is sometimes necessary in order to save a school that is failing its students. These charter schools would also offer new educational opportunities and provide increased choices and encouragement to parents and educators seeking greater creativity and flexibility.

Consistent with our message that we need more innovation, creativity and successful new approaches to learning to strengthen our public education system, this bill would provide additional opportunities to quickly turnaround underperforming schools and create new schools that utilize increased flexibility. We support additional models that challenge the status quo in order to improve our education system across the Commonwealth.

The end of WBCN, the expansion of charter schools, and the profit of Goldman & JP Morgan on TWIB

On 'The Business Beat,' NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the changing radio landscape in Boston, Governor Deval Patrick's proposal for expanding charter schools, and the record profits at major banks that received TARP funds.

Media consultant Steve Safran discusses social media and its impact on business

In 'The Briefing Room,' Steve Safran, senior vice president of AR&D media 2.0 joined Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the impact of social media on the business community.

BCBSMA's Andrew Dreyfus on This Week in Business

Andrew Dreyfus, executive vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield MA, joined Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas on NECN's This Week in Business Sunday to discuss health care payment reform in Massachusetts.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Health care, social media, WBCN, and education on tap for TWIB


This Week in Business, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NECN: Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi and his co-host, NECN anchor Mike Nikitas, will discuss the recommendations of the health care payment reform commission and the national health care reform effort with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts executive vice president Andrew Dreyfus.

Plus, consultant Steve Safran makes the case for corporate use of social media, and NECN business reporter Peter Howe offers his take on the WBCN shut down, the Goldman/JP Morgan earnings reports, and Governor Deval Patrick's charter school proposal.

Be sure to tune in Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NECN, or check the blog on Monday for video.

Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi discusses health care payment reform On the Record

Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went ‘On the Record’ last night to discuss a health care cost report just released by the state’s payment reform commission, and the governor’s plan to allow homebuyers in Massachusetts to get an advance on the $8,000 federal tax credit included in the stimulus bill.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber Pictures Now Online!

Last night's Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber drew more than 200 Chamber members to the Back Bay Events Center. With nearly 40 exhibitor booths and taste tables, the exhibit floor was abuzz with excitement.

Guests were able to learn more about some of Greater Boston's stellar small businesses, and sample from a wide variety of dishes from area hotels, restaurants, and caterers. From hot pretzels to salad to tapas to seafood, there was something for every pallet.

View and download photography from FayFoto on the Chamber's Flickr page. And thank you to Back Bay Events Center for sponsoring the Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber.

Small business members: don't forget to save the date for the Chamber's annual Small Business of the Year Awards. On October 15 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, we will honor the small business of the year and entrepreneur of the year, as well as recognize one or more companies with the business excellence award. Randy Papadellis, CEO of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., will be the keynote speaker.

Chamber responds to charter school and Readiness school proposals filed by Governor Patrick today

The Chamber applauds the proposal by Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Paul Reville to advance public education in the Commonwealth.

The Chamber strongly believes that we need more innovation, creativity and successful new approaches to learning in our public education system. Increasing the number of charter schools has long been supported by the Chamber and the employer community as the best way to achieve these goals and strengthen development of the state’s workforce. Charter schools offer new educational opportunities and provide encouragement to parents and educators seeking greater creativity and flexibility. They have also proven to be an effective tool in closing the achievement gap between low-income and minority students and their peers, a critical issue for schools in urban areas throughout the state.

Governor Patrick’s proposal addresses these goals in several ways, including: increasing the cap on charter schools in the lowest performing districts; creating Readiness Schools, which will utilize increased autonomy and flexibility; and establishing strong new mechanisms for the Commonwealth to turnaround underperforming schools.

These proposals indicate a willingness to challenge the status quo in order to greatly improve our education system. The Chamber will continue to work with administration officials, legislative leaders, and all interested parties to provide more innovation in the public schools and strengthen educational opportunities for children in the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber Tonight!

The Chamber's annual Business Showcase and Taste of the Chamber takes place tonight at the Back Bay Events Center. The exhibit floor is open from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., and attendance is free for Chamber members! Come connect with the small business community and sample dishes from some of the leading hotels, restaurants, and caterers that comprise the Chamber membership.

Register as an attendee at bostonchamber.com.

Exhibitor and taste tables include:

  • Au Bon Pain American Heart Association

  • Back Bay Events Center

  • Bakers' Best Catering

  • Boston Finex Group

  • Brookline Transportation Co., Inc.

  • Chauvet's Gift Baskets

  • Deutsche Bank Championship

  • Edible Arrangements

  • Elephant and Castle

  • Enterprise Ireland

  • FedEx Fayfoto, Inc.

  • Furnished Quarters

  • Holiday Inn Express Boston Downtown

  • HolliBalance Well-being Center

  • Hyatt Regency Boston

  • ITT Technical Institute

  • Jules Catering

  • Leisure Unlimited

  • Live Nation

  • Mooo... Restaurant

  • National Association for Self Employed

  • Neighborhood Health Plan

  • Nexamp, Inc.

  • NSK Inc.

  • Perkins+Will

  • Pine Street Inn

  • Qdoba Mexican Grill/Chair5 Restaurant, LLC

  • RTK Environmental Group

  • Seccion Amarilla USA L.L.C.

  • Stanhope Grill at The Back Bay Hotel

  • Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar

  • Turner Fisheries at the Westin Copley Hotel

  • Verndale Corporation

Exhibit space is sold out, but click here to register as an attendee. We hope to see you tonight!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Boston's Future Leaders Alumni Reception Photography Now Online


On June 24, Microsoft hosted an alumni reception for past and present members of the Chamber's Boston's Future Leaders program at their new Cambridge headquarters. Members from each class dating back to 2004 came together to network and enjoy the food generously donated by 2008 Small Business of the Year honoree Bakers' Best Catering.

Click here for images from the evening. For more information on the Boston's Future Leaders program, visit bostonchamber.com.

Monday, July 6, 2009

"On the Record" Discusses Budget Details, Housing Sales

On July 2, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went ‘On the Record’ to discuss details of the Bay State budget. In addition to increases in the sales tax and plans for transportation reform, an increase in the gas tax could still be on the table.