Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another Message from the Chamber President: Happy New Year!

Dear Chamber member:

As we look ahead to the New Year, I wanted to take a brief moment to express my thanks for your support of the Chamber in 2010.

We are committed to continue our efforts to create a much stronger business climate for the region and for our members.

On behalf of the Chamber staff, I wish you and your colleagues a Happy New Year!

-Paul Guzzi

Sunday, December 26, 2010

President's Message on the Snow Emergency

Dear Chamber Members:

In response to today's snowstorm, Mayor Menino has declared a snow emergency that went into effect at 3 p.m., which impacts parking throughout the city of Boston. In addition, Governor Patrick has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts.

According to the most recent reports, this storm could bring 18-24 inches of snow to the Greater Boston region by tomorrow afternoon with strong wind gusts. These blizzard conditions will make driving extremely difficult.

The Mayor is encouraging employers to allow those employees who are working tomorrow to arrive and depart on a staggered basis to avoid congestion on the roadways. The MBTA will be running normal weekday service on all subway and commuter rail lines, and public transportation is strongly recommended. Click here to access service updates from the MBTA, and click here to access the MBTA inclement weather guide.

The Chamber will continue to coordinate with the Mayor's office throughout the day tomorrow, in order to help facilitate a smooth and safe commute for employees throughout the city.

-Paul Guzzi

Monday, December 20, 2010

Boston Bruins President Cam Neely on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Cam Neely, president of the Boston Bruins, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas for the final edition of "Game Time" in 2010. A former player himself, Cam discussed his transition from the ice to the office, shared his number one goal for the team, and talked about the Bruins' business model. He also discussed the NHL in the post-lockout era and the Bruins' role in the community.





On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joined to discuss TIME Magazine's Person of the Year, Governor Patrick's inauguration plans, Massachusetts jobs numbers, Boston's school closure plan, and a recent survey of CEOs of large US companies.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Job numbers, school closure plan & state budget outlook 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went On the Record with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss the rise in Massachusetts unemployment rate and job loss in November, the Boston School Committee's approval of Superintendent Carol Johnson's plan to close or merge 17 schools, and the state's fiscal outlook.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Video of Mayor Menino's Address to the Government Affairs Forum

Watch Mayor Menino's entire speech from earlier today at the Government Affairs Forum below. Mayor Menino's remarks begin at the 4:00 mark.

Mayor Menino gives his annual address to the Boston business community

This morning, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave his annual address to the Boston business community at the Greater Boston Chamber's Government Affairs Forum. The event drew a crowd of more than 500 people at the Westin Copley Place Boston. In his address, the Mayor called for a renewed focus on education and voiced his support of Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson's plan to close 9 school buildings and merge 8 schools into 4. He says that this plan will help reduce the 5,600 empty seats that currently exist in the Boston school district and cost taxpayers over $20 million each year. Mayor Menino said that tackling education reform now will secure the future of Boston's economic vitality.

For more on Mayor Menino's address to the Chamber, check out the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, WBUR, and WCVB-TV. Also, tune in to WBUR 90.9 FM this Sunday, December 19, at 8pm to hear a full broadcast of this event.

Click here to view photos from today.

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

Monday, December 13, 2010

This Week in Business looks at the Top 5 Business Stories of 2010

Yesterday on This Week in Business, the Business Editors roundtable with Steve Syre of the Boston Globe, Frank Quaratiello of the Boston Herald, and George Donnelly of the Boston Business Journal joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas for a special year end show. The editors look back at the Top 5 business stories of 2010 and make predictions for 2011.

Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins as he, Paul & Mike look back on predictions they made for the economy, politics, and sports in 2010 to see how accurate they were. They also make predictions for 2011.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tax deal, CFO survey & UMass president search 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went On the Record with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss the impact of President Obama's tax deal for Massachusetts residents and businesses, a recent Bank of America survey of more than 800 US company CFOs citing that 47% of companies are planning to hire in 2011, and the turbulent search for a new UMass president.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pictures from last night's Annual Holiday Reception Now Online


Were you one of the more than 500 Chamber members who came out to the State Room last night for a night of networking and holiday cheer at the State Room Boston? Pictures from the Annual Holiday Reception are now online! Click here to access the photo album.

All of the electronic images are high-resolution, print-ready files!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The business community's signature holiday gathering is tonight!

Tonight's the night! The Chamber's Annual Holiday Reception will be held tonight from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the State Room Boston. Don't miss this opportunity to make a year's worth of business contacts in one night and enjoy a beautiful view of the Boston skyline!

Click here to register for this event.

Chamber announces 2011 Pinnacle Award honorees

The annual Pinnacle Awards honor business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship, management, and lifetime achievement, and the Chamber has just announced the 2011 Pinnacle Award honorees. The 2011 Pinnacle Awards luncheon will be held on January 27 at the Westin Waterfront Boston.  This event typically attracts more than 1,000 attendees, it is one of the premiere gatherings of women (and men) in the region.

This year’s honorees will be recognized for their accomplishments in the following categories:
  • Lifetime Achievement: Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Supreme Judicial Court;
  • Achievement in Entrepreneurship: Sandy Lish, Co-Founder & Principal, The Castle Group;
  • Achievement in Management, Private Sector: Pam Hamlin, President, ArnoldWorldwide;
  • Achievement in Management, Government: Dr. Carol Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools;
  • Achievement in Management, Non-Profit: Frederica Williams, President & CEO, Whittier Street Health Center;
  • Achievement in the Professions: Santa Sasena, Partner, PwC;
  • Excellence in Arts & Education: Dr. Katherine Sloan, President, Massachusetts College of Art & Design; and
  • Emerging Executive: Esther Lopez, Executive Director, Martha Eliot Health Center, Children’s Hospital Boston.
To register for this event or to learn more, please visit bostonchamber.com.

Monday, December 6, 2010

BCBS MA CEO Andrew Dreyfus joins 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss holiday retail sales. Strong Black Friday sales and a historic Cyber Monday helped generate stronger than expected November sales.



In the Briefing Room, Andrew Dreyfus, the new president & CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, joined to share his priorities as the head of Massachusetts' largest health care insurer. He also discussed his thoughts on controlling escalating health care costs, and gave his perspective on the recent sale of Caritas Christi.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe talks about the US employment situation, an announcement by State Street to cut 400 jobs in Massachusetts, the possible end of jobless benefits for 60,000 Bay State residents, a WikiLeaks threat, and GM's new electic car.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Boston school closings, jobless benefits & WikiLeaks threat 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went On the Record with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson's plan to close or merge more than a dozen schools, the Congressional debate over whether or not to extend jobless benefits to more than 2 million Americans, a positive Federal Reserve Beige Book survey, and the possibile threat from WikiLeaks to leak Bank of America documents.

Click here to watch this interview.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bank of America's Anne Finucane speaks to the Chamber

This morning, Anne Finucane, global strategy and marketing officer & Northeast president of Bank of America, spoke to the Chamber's Women's Network at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  In one of the largest Women's Network Breakfasts, Finucane shared her professional journey with more than 350 Chamber members.  She also discussed the financial crisis, saying that nothing in her past had prepared her for something so challenging.  Finucane touched on the philanthropic work that the bank is invovled in, and changes they have made as an organization in recent years.

To hear Anne Finucane's address in full, tune in to WBUR 90.9 FM this Sunday, December 5 at 8pm.

For highlights of today's program, visit the Boston Globe, Boston Herald & Reuters.

Click here to view photos from this Women's Network Breakfast.

The Chamber would like to thank PwC for sponsoring the Women's Network series.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Check out the Chamber's December events!

The Chamber has some terrific events coming up in the final month of 2010 that you don't want to miss!

Click here to view the Chamber's December e-Calendar.

December 1 - Women's Network Breakfast
Featured Speaker: Anne Finucane, Global Strategy & Marketing Officer, Northeast President, Bank of America
Time & Location: Boston Harbor Hotel, 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Click here to register for this event

December 8 - Annual Holiday Reception
Time & Location: State Room, 60 State Street, 33rd Floor, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Click here to register for this event

December 14 - Government Affairs Forum
Featured Speaker: City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Time & Location: Westin Copley Place Boston, 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Click here to register for this event

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chamber releases November Jobs & Policy Update

Highlights from the Chamber's November Jobs & Policy Update include:
  • State added 10,000 jobs last month following two consecutive months of job loss. State posted 1.2% job growth last 12 months, double the U.S. rate of 0.6%.
  • State unemployment rate fell to 8.1% (lowest since April 09), capping the steepest two-month consecutive rate drop since tracking began in 1976. Mass. rate remains substantially below the U.S. rate of 9.6%.
  • Five of 12 regions added jobs last month; Six of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in South Coast and Metro South regions.
  • Education & Health Services (+5,100) and Leisure & Hospitality (+2,800) posted largest monthly job gains.
Click here to read the full Jobs & Policy Update.

Transportation projects & the turbulent housing market on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on 'This Week in Business,' Jeff Mullan, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas from the NECN Suffolk University Studio to discuss his top transportation priorities, give an update on the Bay State's transportation projects, and to discuss the one year anniversary of landmark transportation reform.



In the Briefing Room, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston president & CEO Ed Hjerpe joined to discuss the turbulent housing market, foreclosures in the Commonwealth, and the bank's initiative to promote affordable housing opportunities.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe talks about the recent jobs report in Massachusetts, GE's tax credit request, and the future of Filene's.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Jobs, tax credits & proposed changes to the national health care law 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss Massachusetts' recent jobs report indicating that the state's unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% in October, General Electric's push for a $25 million tax credit from the state in order to prevent layoffs, and Senator Brown's decision to file legislation that would modify the national health care law.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Video from Government Affairs Forum with Senator Scott Brown

Check out video from yesterday's event with United States Senator Scott Brown.


Government Affairs Forum with Senator Brown from Greater Boston Chamber of Commer on Vimeo.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Senator Scott Brown voices the importance of job creation at Chamber forum

This morning, United States Senator Scott Brown addressed the Chamber at a Government Affairs Forum. The event was held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and more than 350 members of the business community were in attendance. In his first address before the Chamer as a United States Senator, Brown focused his speech around the need to focus on the economy and create jobs. He said that Washington needs to stop focusing on 'fluff' and get serious about jobs.

For more highlights from Senator Brown's address, check out the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, AP, State House News, WBUR and WBZ. And to hear a complete broadcast of the forum, tune in to WBUR 90.9 FM this Sunday, November 21 at 8:00pm.

Click here to view images from today's event.

Don't miss the final Government Affairs Forum of 2010 with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at the Westin Copley Place Boston on December 14. For more details and to register, click here.

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

Recent layoff announcements & the role of Facebook in the workplace on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on 'This Week in Business,' the Boston Business Editors Roundtable with 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 hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss recent layoff annuncements in the Bay State. They also weigh in on the political and economic outcomes of the elections.



In the Briefing Room, the editors are back to discuss the role of Facebook in the workplace, to share some stories that their papers have been focusing on, and to make predictions for news in the week ahead.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to talk about President Obama's trip abroad and the G20 Summit. He also discusses holiday shopping projections, an expansion at Mass Eye and Ear, and the sale of Caritas.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't miss Senator Scott Brown on Monday!

Last chance to register for the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum with United States Senator Scott Brown on Monday, November 15 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Click here for details.

Layoffs & expansions 'On the Record'

Last night Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss a number of recently announced layoffs across the state, a Mass Eye & Ear expansion in the Longwood Medical Area, and a new wing opening up at the MFA.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The US Ambassador to Norway joins 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss what the recent elections mean for business. He also discusses the latest employment data and the direction that the economy is heading in.



In the Briefing Room, US Ambassador to Norway Barry White joins to give a European perspective on the US economy and midterm elections. He also discusses lessons that Americans can learn from Norway and what opporunities exist in Norway for American businesses.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss the outcome of the Massachusetts ballot questions, the role of outside money in the recent elections, and what the loss of Congressional clout could mean for the Bay State.

Click here to watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this segment.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Find out what the elections mean for business 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss the outcome of the recent elections and what they mean for business. Paul talks about what businesses are looking for from Governor Patrick and the new Congress and the outcome of the Massachusetts ballot questions.

Click here to watch this interview.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Business editors join 'This Week in Business' for an election special

Yesterday on This Week in Business, the Boston Business Editors Roundtable with Shirley Leung, business editor of the Boston Globe; George Donnelly, editor of the Boston Business Journal; and Greg Turner, deputy business editor of the Boston Herald, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas for a 2010 election special. The editors discuss the role that the economy has played in the governor's race and in the congressional races.




In the Briefing Room, the editors are back to discuss the Massachusetts ballot questions and what impact they may have on the state's economy. They also share stories that their papers are focusing on and make predictions for news in the week ahead.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe discusses a Novartis expansion in Cambridge, a $32.5 million investment in South Station, and a good start to the Celtics season.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jim Klocke is 'On the Record' discussing what the business community is looking for in Tuesday's election

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss what the business community is looking for in the upcoming election, the Chamber's position on Question 2 (the repeal of 40B), the Novartis announcement to double the size of its planned Cambridge expansion, Filene's news, and the latest MA jobs numbers.

Click here to watch this inerview.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Video clip from the Senator Kerry forum

Senator Kerry addresses the Chamber

This morning, United States Senator John Kerry addressed the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. With more than 200 members of the Boston business community in attendance, Senator Kerry discussed the government's efforts to help guide this country out of challenging economic times, the importance of investing in infrastructure, foreign policy relations, and predicted major filibuster changes.

Click here to view photos of today's event.  Check out State House News, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe for coverage of Senator Kerry remarks.

Tune into WBUR 90.9 at 8pm on Sunday, October 31 for a complete broadcast of this forum.

Don't miss the next Government Affairs Forum with United States Senator Scott Brown on November 15 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. For more information or to register, click here.

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

Chamber releases October Jobs & Policy Update

The Chamber recently released its October Massachusetts Jobs & Policy Update. Highlights from the update include:
  • State shed 20,900 jobs last month; 2nd consecutive month of job loss and largest monthly job loss since Jan. 1991. State posted 0.7% job growth last 12 months, slightly higher than U.S. rate of 0.3%.
  • State unemployment rate fell to 8.4% (lowest since May 09), steepest rate decline since tracking began in 1976. Mass. rate remains well below the U.S. rate of 9.6%.
  • Only two of 12 regions added jobs last month; five of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in South Coast and Metro West regions.
  • Financial Activities (+1,300), Information (+500), and Professional & Business Services (+400) posted largest monthly job gains.
Click here to read the full update.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Akamai CEO Paul Sagan addreses the Chamber

This morning, the Chamber hosted an Innovation Forum with Akamai Technologies CEO Paul Sagan.  Akamai is a leader in web application acceleration and performance, and has grown from a $50,000 MIT startup to an international leader in Internet content delivery, handling billions of web interactions each day. The program was held at the InterContinental Boston and attracted 150 attendees.  Moderated by NECN business reporter Peter Howe, the event focused on Akamai's growth, the future of the internet, and Sagan's passion for education reform.

Click here to view photos from this event and check out the Boston Herald for highlights of Sagan's address.

The Chamber would like to thank Weber Shandwick for sponsoring this series.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker joins 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss his bid for the governorship. He discussed the latest Massachusetts jobs data and his ideas for job creation and economic development. Baker also weighs in on Cape Wind, Question 3, campaign ads, education, and health care.

Click here to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss some of the top business stories of the week, including an interested Boston Globe buyer, a merger between Northeast Utilities and NSTAR, and renovations at Fenway Park.

Click here to watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this segment.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Vote NO on Question 2

Housing Law Repeal Would Impact Economy & Quality of Life

This November’s statewide election will feature a ballot question on repealing Chapter 40B, the state's primary affordable housing production law. The Chamber is working with the Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law to defeat this ballot question due to its potential impact on the state’s economic vitality and quality of life.

Despite the real estate market correction of recent years, Massachusetts continues to experience an affordability gap. Viable housing options will continue to elude many of our residents, including recent graduates and young families, unless state-level planning and production policies are maintained.

Massachusetts' economic growth will be promoted by a supply of housing that is affordable to workers of all income ranges and is accessible to their jobs. Chapter 40B remains one of the most valuable tools this state has to encourage more communities to expand affordable, workforce housing.

Since its enactment, Chapter 40B has been responsible for the development of tens of thousands of housing units and remains an essential ingredient for promoting the development of workforce housing sufficient to sustain and grow our economy. Currently, there are more than 20,000 homes in the pipeline which will spur much-needed development and construction jobs.

While the Chamber has supported efforts to improve and streamline Chapter 40B in recent years, it has strongly opposed efforts to repeal or otherwise undermine the fundamental intent of the law.

The Chamber will continue its efforts to preserve Chapter 40B and other housing production tools which help to strengthen our economic competitiveness, enhance our ability to attract and retain talented workers, and improve the quality of life of those who live and work here.

For more information on the impact of the affordable housing law, click here.

Remember to vote on November 2! For more information on where to vote, click here.

Vote NO on Question 1

Repealing the state tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol would cost the state approximately $46 million in FY11. The Chamber is working with other groups to defeat this ballot question.

A coalition dubbed "Committee Against Repeal of Alcohol Tax" has launched a website that is a good resource on this particular ballot question.

Remember to vote on November 2! For more information on where to vote, click here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Governor Patrick joins 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on 'This Week in Business,' Governor Deval Patrick joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the most important issues facing the Commonwealth and his plans for a second term, if elected.  He talks about job creation, the housing market, health care, pension reform, and his relationship with President Obama.

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss the rescue of 33 brave Chilean miners and MIT's new Nobel Prize winner.

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of this segment.

Video of Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

Watch video of the entire Gubernatorial Candidates Forum below. Held on October 13 and moderated by WBUR's Bob Oakes, the candidates include Charlie Baker (R), Treasurer Tim Cahill (I), Governor Deval Patrick (D), and Jill Stein (G-R). The Government Affairs Forum is sponsored by Bank of America.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chamber hosts Small Business of the Year Awards

Yesterday, the Chamber hosted the 2010 Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon at the Colonnade Hotel.  Ed Walsh, co-anchor of WBZ's Morning Edition, was the Master of Ceremonies, and Scott Griffith, chairman & CEO of Zipcar, was the keynote speaker. The event honored one impressive entrepreneur and two outstanding companies:
Click here to view photos from the event and the Boston Globe article featuring the honorees.

The Chamber would like to thank Sovereign Bank and the Boston Globe for sponsoring this event.

News from Harvard & MIT 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss Harvard Business School's $50 million gift from Tata Group and planned expansion, MIT economist Peter Diamond's Nobel Prize for Economics, a UMass Donahue Institute study indicating that Massachusetts economy is vulnerable, and a recap of the Chamber's 2010 Small Business of the Year Awards.

Click here to watch this interview.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Initial press coverage from today's gubernatorial forum


Governor candidates debate Cahill lawsuit, transportation
State House News

Governor, Cape Wind developer tout local manufacturing jobs
Boston Herald

What they said: Gubernatorial candidates talk Western Mass. job creation
Mass Live

Audio: Gov. candidates battle on accusations, economy
WBUR

Governor candidates seek to move beyond controversy
Boston Globe

Cahill: No e-mails about Lottery ad blitz
Boston Herald

Mass. gov. candidates face searing queries on suit
AP

Gov. candidates laud buiness heroes
Boston Herald

Business group hosts gov. forum on jobs
FOX

Chamber hosts gubernatorial forum

This morning, the Chamber hosted a special Government Affairs Forum with the candidates for governor of the Commonwealth -- Charlie Baker (Republican), Tim Cahill (Independent), Governor Deval Patrick (Democrat), and Jill Stein (Green-Rainbow).  The forum was moderated by WBUR's Bob Oakes and focused on job creation and economic develpment. It was held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and more than 500 Chamber members were in attendance!

Click here to view photos from this event.

Don't miss the next Government Affairs Forum with Senator John Kerry on Monday, October 25 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill joins 'This Week in Business'

Sunday on 'This Week in Business,' Tim Cahill, Independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the most important issues facing the Commonwealth and his ideas for change. Cahill discusses his plans for job creation, for creating a more competitive business environment, health care, Cape Wind, casino gambling in Massachusetts, and recent changes in his campaign.

Click here to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe talks about changes in Boston's real estate market, and news at Genzyme and Caritas.

Click here to view this segment.

Last chance to register for tomorrow's gubernatorial forum!

Tomorrow morning the Chamber will host a special Government Affairs Forum with the candidates for governor of Massachusetts -- Charlie Baker (Republican), Tim Cahill (Independent), Governor Deval Patrick (Democrat), and Jill Stein (Green-Rainbow). The event will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel and registration will begin promptly at 7:30am.

Click here to register for tomorrow's event.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jonathan Kraft of the New England Patriots joins "This Week in Business: Game Time"

Sunday on 'This Week in Business: Game Time,' Jonathan Kraft, president of the New England Patriots, joined host Paul Guzzi and NECN business reporter Peter Howe to discuss the business of sports.  He shared details of the Patriots business model, discussed their team and brand value, and talked about changes being made to Gillette Stadium to increase the "game day" experience for fans.  Jonathan also talked about the future of the NFL and the Patriots' role in the community.

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, Paul and Peter discuss changes at the Boston Globe, the Air Tran / Southwest merger, and a new 84-minute high speed rail from Boston to NYC.

Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Photos from recent Chamber events now online

On September 23, the Chamber hosted a Women's Network Panel Discussion on "Executive Leadership in the Public Sector" and on September 30, the Chamber hosted an Executive Forum with Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis. Click here to view photos from the Women's Network Breakfast and the Executive Forum.

Eric Rosengren's ideas for job growth & big changes at the Boston Globe 'On the Record'

Last Thursday, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss Boston Fed chief Eric Rosengren's call for the Federal Reserve to take "unconventional steps" to jumpstart job grwoth, the Boston Globe's announcement to start charging for some online content, and Dunkin' CEO Nigel Travis' comments at a recent Chamber event.

Click here to watch this interview.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chamber releases September Jobs & Policy Update

The Massachusetts Jobs & Policy Update is a monthly update that provides public officials with insight into state and regional job trends, as well as a snapshot of policy issues that are critical to the region's business community. Below are highlights from the September Jobs & Policy Update:

  • State added 2,100 jobs in August; 7th consecutive month of job growth. State posted 1.5% job growth last 12 months, considerably higher than the U.S. rate of 0.2%.
  • State unemployment fell to 8.8% (lowest since August 2009), and remained well below the U.S. rate of 9.6%.
  •  Six of 12 regions added jobs last month; half of regions added jobs year-over-year, with Merrimack Valley and Metro South regions showing high strongest growth.
  • All private sector industries added jobs last month.
  • Leisure & Hospitality (+2,800) and Professional & Business Services (2,700) posted largest monthly job gains.
Click here to view the full update.

Monday, September 20, 2010

This Week at the Chamber

Wednesday not only marks the autumnal equinox, but the start of the fall speaker event series at the Chamber.
  • Later today, the Chamber will release its latest Jobs & Policy Update showing yet another increase in private sector jobs in Massachusetts.
  • On Wednesday, we welcome Martin Madaus, former chairman, president, and CEO of Millipore Corporation as the featured speaker for the Innovation Forum. The event kicks off at 7:45 a.m. at the Omni Parker House. Click here for more details.
  • On Thursday, the Women's Network presents a panel discussion entitled "Effective Leadership in the Public Sector." Moderated by Charlotte Golar Richie, speakers include State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, and Registrar Rachel Kaprielian. We'll be at the Boston Harbor Hotel, with registration open at 7:45 a.m. Click here to register.
  • Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi will make his weekly WBZ-AM 1030 on Thursday morning, and goes "On the Record" with NECN on Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. during the "New England Business Day" program.
Lots of opportunities to build your network this week, and we hope to see all of our members during our fall event season.

'This Week in Business' - News at UMass & Jill Stein on job creation

Yesterday on 'This Week in Business,' UMass president Jack Wilson joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss a recent report by The Times of London ranking the university as one of the top in the world. Coming in at number 56, UMass was the only public institution from New England to make the list. Wilson also commented on other happenings at the university.

Click here to view this segment.

In the Briefing Room, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein of the Green-Rainbow party joined to discuss her platform for the campaign and her ideas for job creation. She is the first of the four candidates to be interviewed.

Click here to view this segment.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe discusses a recent spike in hotel rates in Massachusetts and the US Senate's decision to approve tax breaks for small businesses.
Click here to view part 1 and part 2 of this segment.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

First Women's Network Breakfast of the Fall in 1 Week!

"Effective Leadership in the Public Sector"

Join the Chamber's Women's Network next week for our first Women's Network Breakfast of the fall! With the primaries behind us, the Massachusetts political season is in full swing. We invite you to come hear from some our region's foremost female leaders in government, who will discuss what it takes to be an effective leader in the public sector.

Thursday, September 23
7:45 - 9:15 a.m. Networking & Program
Boston Harbor Hotel

Click here to register


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Sponsored by: MS&L Boston

Read today's Chamber ad in the Boston Herald

Today's edition of the Boston Herald featured a full-page ad from the Chamber, including a message from Chamber president Paul Guzzi on the importance of building talent in the region Click on the ad below enlarge the image. And click here to view photography from "Intern Connect 2010."


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paul Guzzi Live with WBZ's Dan Rea After Gubernatorial Debate

Listen to WBZ-AM 1030 right now for a special live post-gubernatorial debate roundtable featuring Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi hosted by WBZ's Dan Rea.

Click here to watch it online live at wbz.com: http://wbz.cbslocal.com/talk-the-vote-live/

The role of the economy in the MA gubernatorial race & biotech news on 'This Week in Business'

Sunday on 'This Week in Business,' the Boston Business Editors Roundtable with Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe, Frank Quaratiello of the Boston Herald, and Eric Convey of the Boston Business Journal, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to take a look at the role that the economy is playing and will continue to play in Massachusetts' Gubernatorial race. The editors also discussed President Obama's new economic proposals.

Click here to view part 1 and part 2 of this segment.

In the Briefing Room, the editors are back to discuss recent news in the biotech industry and to share stories that their individual papers have been focusing on.

Click here to view part 1 and part 2 of this segment.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss recent positive news in MCAS test results, a new deal between the Patriots and Tom Brady, and news that the flying car company will remain in Massachusetts.

Click here to view part 1 and part 2 of this segment.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Chamber Networking Group Tomorrow Morning

We hope you can join the Chamber tomorrow morning at Rebecca's Cafe at One Beacon Street for the latest Chamber Networking Group. This FREE event is a great way to help build you network and make valuable connections. Check out the list of attendees who have registered in advance!

Click here to register for the free event. Coffee and pastry will be served.

Alley424 Communications Manya Chylinski
Barlo Signs Paul Martin
Better Business Bureau Rachel Meyer
Boston's Best Cruises Joe Hajjar
Brigham and Women's Hospital Andrea Boozer
Chase Technology Consultants Jared Franklin
Chase Technology Consultants Tristan Marchette
Citibank Joshua Heapes
Commonwealth Financial Group Alicia Eberle
DGI-Invisuals Bob Bekesha
DGI-Invisuals Larry Zimmerman
DiCicco, Gulman & Company Nicole Solari
Eastern Bank Gregory Maier
Every Brand Apparel, Inc. Anthony D'Onofrio
EYP Brad Horst
Falcon Global Edge Inc Deborah Lentz
Goodrich & Associates, LLC Charie Goodrich
Grant Thornton Jessica Cooper
Grant Thornton Micah Wells
Grealy Globalization Susan Grealy
Grealy Globalization Elizabeth Grealy
Hawthorne Accounting Nick Ware
Holiday Inn Daniel Whitehead
Launch into Boston Stefanie Smith
Make Me a Match Nancy Malis
Make Me a Match Marie McIlwrath
MASCO Mary Gaughan
MGD Graphic Design Melissa Desautels
Morton's Steakhouse - Backbay Catherine Leiras
New Generation Energy Kosta Alexis
NSK Inc. Chris Renzi
Outspoken! Inc. Adriane Spunt
Paralyzed Veterans of America Ken Lipton
Praxes Group David Volin
Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C. Bethany Grazio
Selig Multimedia Randy Scott
SkinnyTrip Inc. Kyle Stanek
Springboards Language Training and Consulting, LLC Nadia Nassif
Sullivan & Worcester, LLP Rich Jones
Sullivan & Worcester, LLP David Nagle
The Westin Copley Place Boston Joyce Lu
UMass Boston Shangliang Wang
United Protective Agency Daniel Valentin
UPS Philip Archambault
UPS Beeni Mathew
UPS Lorie Schlatterer
VDA Productions John Goodwin
View Telepresence Fred Weber
Willow Management Group, LLC Christian Bijoux
Willow Management Group, LLC Ricardo Jean-Noel
XCM Solutions Leon Merian
Xerox Corporation Jermaine Myrie
Xerox Corporation Nicole Steenburgh

This Week at the Chamber

The Chamber's fall program season officially gets underway this week!
  • Join us tomorrow morning for the first Chamber Networking Group of the fall season. Held at Rebecca's Cafe at One Beacon Street, this free event is a great opportunity for members to expand their network and make valuable connections. A contintental breakfast will be served. Click here to register online.
  • The state's August jobs data will be released later this week, and the Chamber will be blasting its latest Jobs & Policy Update. Last month, data showed that Massachusetts added nearly 19,000 private sector jobs in July. We will post the update to the blog.
  • Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi will make his usual appearances on WBZ-AM 1030 on Thursday morning, and "On the Record" on New England Cable News Business Day at 6:45 p.m. that evening.
We have a lot of upcoming events that we will be sending out to members this week as well, including our next Women's Network Breakfast Panel featured leaders in government.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Chamber Announces 2010 'Small Business of the Year' Award Honorees

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of its 2010 Small Business of the Year Awards, to be held on October 14, 2010. Sagamore Plumbing & Heating was chosen as the ‘Small Business of the Year.’ Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods will receive the ‘Award for Business Excellence’ and Joanne Chang, pastry chef and owner of Flour Bakery & Café, 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 Colonnade Hotel on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 12 p.m. Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar, will be the event’s featured speaker.

Click here to register for this event.

Click here to view photos from previous Small Business of the Year Award ceremonies.

Beige Book findings & President Obama's economic proposals 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss the recent Beige Book report indicating that New England's economy is outperforming the nation, the impact that President Obama's economic proposals could have on the Commonwealth, and the potential negative implications of rolling back the state sales tax.

Click here to watch this interview