Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dr. Phillip Sharp to address the Chamber on Monday


On the same day that the Nobel Foundation announces the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Nobel Laureate Dr. Phillip A. Sharp will address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Sharp was awarded the same prize in 1993 for his discovery of split genes. Now an institute professor at MIT, Dr. Sharp's research is focused on understanding how RNA molecules act as switches to turn genes on and off (RNA interference). These newly discovered processes have revolutionized cell biology and could potentially generate a new class of therapeutics.

In 1978 he co-founded Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and in 2002 he co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage therapeutics company. He has authored more than 350 scientific papers, received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and has served on many advisory boards for the government, academic institutions, scientific societies, and companies.

To register for Monday's breakfast with Dr. Sharp, click here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Interim Senator appointment, Hyatt Hotels debacle & CSX rail deal on the 'Business Beat'

NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins the Business Beat to talk about the choice of Paul Kirk as interim Senator from Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick's actions regarding Hyatt hotels firing housekeepers, and a CSX rail deal that should help expand commuter rail service in Massachusetts.

First Wind CEO talks about recent developments in the IPO market in the 'Briefing Room'

In the Briefing Room, Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind, discusses the upturn in the IPO market and his recent meeting in Washington with Treasury Secretary Geithner and Energy Secretary Chu about the role stimulus money has played in helping his business. Gaynor also talks about how to determine whether to set up a wind farm on land or offshore.

OnForce CEO discusses his company's move to Massachusetts and successful business model on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on ‘This Week in Business,’ Peter Cannone, CEO of the technology outsourcing firm OnForce, joins hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to talk about why he moved his company from New York City to Lexington, Massachusetts. Despite the recession, OnForce has been able to grow dramatically, and Cannone describes the business model that has made this possible.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Interim Senator appointment, CSX rail deal & life sciences investment 'On the Record'

Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went ‘On the Record’ last night with NECN’s RD Sahl to discuss Governor Patrick’s interim Senator appointment, a new deal on the rails, and an investment in life sciences.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announces state agreement with CSX at the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum

This morning, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray addressed more than 200 Chamber members at the first Government Affairs Forum of the fall. He announced that the state has entered into an agreement with national freight carrier CSX to expand commuter rail services to Worcester, New Bedford, and Fall River. The Commonwealth will purchase the Worcester to Boston and New Bedford - Fall River lines to increase probability of additional commuter service. Lieutenant Governor Murray stated that the Administration is dedicated to improving both passenger and freight rail services for the long-term prosperity of the economy and environment.

Click here to view a highlight of Lieutenant Governor Murray's address.

To view images from today's event, click here. Tune into WBUR 90.9 at 8:00pm this Sunday, September 27 to listen to the entire event.

Coverage of today's event can be found in the Boston Herald.

Don't miss the next Government Affairs Forum with ABC World News Anchor Charlie Gibson on November 10. For event details and registration, click here.

The Chamber would like to thank Bank of America for their sponsorship of this series.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lieutenant Governor Murray to address Government Affairs Forum Wednesday


Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray will be addressing the Greater Boston Chamber’s Government Affairs Forum this Wednesday at the Westin Copley Place Boston. Don’t miss this great event! Click here to register.

Increasing health care premiums, a new transportation secretary, and casinos on the 'Business Beat'

On the ‘Business Beat’ NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to talk about the high price of health insurance, advice to the new Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan, and the future of casinos in Massachusetts.

A uniform internet sales tax rate & August retail numbers in the 'Briefing Room'

In the ‘Briefing Room’ United States Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA) and Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, talk about the push for The Main Street Fairness Act, which aims at ensuring that customers from all retailers -- including internet and catalogues -- are taxed the same way. While retail sales are up nationally, Hurst says August numbers were down twenty percent.

Congressman Bill Delahunt joins 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on ‘This Week in Business’ United States Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA) sat down with hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to talk about national healthcare reform, stating that he personally favors a public option. Congressman Delahunt also discusses his push for a commission to study the financial collapse, a national tourism act, and the future of United States - Cuba relations.

Friday, September 18, 2009

An Increase in Health Care Costs & Charter School Reform 'On the Record'

Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi goes ‘On the Record’ with NECN’s RD Sahl to discuss an upcoming increase in health care premiums and the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education’s hearing on charter school reform.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chamber statement on charter school hearing.

The Chamber supports raising the cap on Charter Schools and expanding innovation via Readiness Schools. Education is the cornerstone of economic competitiveness. The Chamber strongly believes that in order to strengthen our future economy, Massachusetts must do more to strengthen public education. All of us – business leaders, teachers, civic and government leaders – need to do our part to make schools better. Charter schools are a key component of this effort. By lifting the cap on charters schools and promoting innovation in the classroom, we can expand the talent pipeline that will help sustain Greater Boston’s economy.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Women's Network Breakfast with Cynthia Ashworth Attracts More Than 200 Attendees

The Greater Boston Chamber officially kicked off the fall program season this morning! More than 200 attendees turned out for the Women's Network Breakfast with Cynthia Ashworth, vice president of consumer engagement with Dunkin Brands, Inc.

Ms. Ashworth's presentation focused on the notable "America Runs on Dunkin" campaign, and the importance of knowing your brand and knowing your audience. As part of the program, she showcased the wide array of media vehicles that were utilized in the campaign, including television ads, radio spots, and social networking vehicles such as Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to access pictures from the program. Thank you to MS&L Worldwide for sponsoring this morning's breakfast.

We hope you can join us for the next Women's Network Breakfast on October 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel with Vicary Graham, Regional President, BNY Mellon. Click here to register.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chamber announces winners of 2009 Small Business of the Year Awards

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of its 2009 Small Business of the Year Awards. Infoscitex Corporation was named the ‘Small Business of the Year.’ RDK Engineers will receive the ‘Business Excellence Award’ and Diane Hessan, president & CEO of Communispace Corporation, will be honored with the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award.

This year’s Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on October 15, 2009 at 12 p.m. Randy Papadellis, CEO of Ocean Spray, will be the event’s featured speaker, and Anthony Silva of WBZ-AM 1030 will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Celebrating 25 years, the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards recognize the entrepreneurial achievements of Greater Boston’s smaller for-profit companies who have gross revenues over $2 million and display strong financial performance, achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation, and community and social responsibility.

“This year’s winners are an excellent representation of the innovative spirit, focus on excellence, and commitment to the community that define the region’s small business community,” said Paul Guzzi, president & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber. “Each award recipient demonstrates the best of business and entrepreneurship in Greater Boston. We look forward to honoring each of them on October 15.”

This year’s Small Business of the Year, Infoscitex Corporation (IST), is an engineering services firm that provides innovative solutions in the defense, aerospace, life sciences, energy, and environmental markets. Founded in 2000, IST has established itself as a highly competent organization with a reputation for developing solutions that meet the unique requirements of its varied customers, including Reuters, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. military, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health. IST’s first spinoff, IST Energy Corporation, recently launched its flagship product, the Green Energy Machine (GEM) which turns waste into energy.

The recipient of this year’s Award for Business Excellence, RDK Engineeers, is a specialized mechanical and electrical engineering firm that offers total building system solutions. Founded in 1897, RDK has become an innovative leader in adopting and developing green solutions and incorporating the use of a wide variety of cutting edge, environmentally conscience technologies. Over the past ten years, RDK has experienced average sales of growth of 19%, profit growth of 20% per year, grown the staff 400% and consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work.

Diane Hessan, president & CEO of Communispace Corporation, will be honored with this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Hessan has served as CEO of Communispace since its founding in 1999. Over the past ten years under her leadership, Communispace has developed the first online communities that allow organizations to truly listen to the “voice of their customers.” As social media continues to grow as a business tool, Communispace offers the only social-networking model with a proven track record of providing real business value and competitive advantage to businesses.

Winners were selected from a large pool of qualified applicants that was first narrowed down to nine semi-finalists, from which a group of finalists was selected. The Small Business of the Year selection committee made site visits to the finalists to gain first-hand knowledge of their operations. Previous winners include Hartney Greymont, Baker’s Best, Elizabeth Grady, Cafco Construction Management Inc., The Piantedosi Baking Company, Stacy’s Pita Chip Company, Finagle a Bagel, Boston Duck Tours, Gentle Giant Moving Company, Nantucket Nectars, and J.P. Licks. The two previous entrepreneur of the year winners were Dr. Janet Wolfe of Wolfe Laboratories, Inc. and Dr. Ian Lane Davis of Mad Doc Software, Inc.

To register to attend the event, click here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Chamber EVP Discusses August Tax Receipts, Next Steps in Health Care Reform & Boston's Competitiveness 'On the Record'

Chamber EVP Jim Klocke goes ‘On the Record’ with NECN’s RD Sahl to discuss August tax collection numbers, President Obama’s next move in health care reform, and the Beacon Hill Institute’s release of its annual metro competitiveness index which put Boston in the number two slot.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Nobel Laureate Dr. Philip A. Sharp to Address Life Sciences Forum

On Monday, October 5, Nobel Laureate Dr. Philip A. Sharp will address the Greater Boston Chamber's Life Sciences Forum.

A Nobel Laureate and world leader of research in molecular biology and biochemistry, Dr. Phillip A. Sharp is institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sharp’s research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. His landmark achievement was the discovery of RNA splicing in 1977. This discovery, which fundamentally changed scientists' understanding of the structure of genes, earned Dr. Sharp the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His lab has now turned its attention to understanding how RNA molecules act as switches to turn genes on and off (RNA interference). These newly discovered processes have revolutionized cell biology and could potentially generate a new class of therapeutics.

In 1978 Dr. Sharp co-founded Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and in 2002 he co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage therapeutics company. He has authored more than 350 scientific papers, received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and has served on many advisory boards for the government, academic institutions, scientific societies, and companies. Dr. Sharp is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

A native of Kentucky, he earned a B.A. degree from Union College, KY in 1966, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1969. Dr. Sharp did his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology, where he studied the molecular biology of plasmids from bacteria in Professor Norman Davidson's laboratory. Prior to joining MIT, he was Senior Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

To register for the event, click here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chamber monthly jobs update shows loss of 2,800 jobs in MA in July

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 health care reform, skilled workforce development, and corporate tax policy.

Click on the following link to access the latest edition of the Massachusetts Jobs Update: July 2009 Massachusetts Jobs Update

July Headlines:
  • Massachusetts lost 2,800 jobs last month; falls to 199,700 jobs below previous peak
  • All 12 regions shed jobs over last 12 months
  • State posted 3.3% job loss last 12 months; moderately better than U.S. job loss rate of 4.2%
  • State construction job growth ranked 35th among states last 12 months

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