Friday, July 30, 2010

The Annual Summer Reception is next week!

Join us on Wednesday for a night of networking from the spectacular Rooftop Ballroom at the Taj Boston. Always a great event, we're expecting another big crowd this year with Chamber members from a variety of industries. Click here to view pictures from the 2008 and 2009 Summer Receptions.

Click here to register for next week's Annual Summer Reception.

Curt Schilling and the casino debate in this week's "On the Record" with Paul Guzzi

Last night on New England Cable News, Paul Guzzi, president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, went "On the Record" to discuss the casino debate as well as other important legislation as we enter the final days of formal sessions in Beacon Hill. Paul also comments on the most recent "Beige Book" released by the Federal Reserve Bank this week, as well the news that Curt Schilling is moving his video game company, 38 Studios, to Rhode Island in exchange for incentives from the Ocean State.

Click here to watch the segment on

Monday, July 26, 2010

Economic recovery and the impact on today's workforce on "This Week in Business"

On Sunday, Nariman Behravesh, IHS Global Insight Chief Economist joined Paul Guzzi and Peter Howe on "This Week in Business" to talk about the slower than expected economic recovery and the Financial Reform Bill. Click here to view this segment.

In 'The Briefing Room,' Julie Gebauer, Towers Watson Managing Director, talks about how the recession has affected the priorities and ambitions of the workforce as well as the culture of the workplace. Click here to view this segment.

You can watch "This Week in Business" on New England Cable News each and every Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

This Week at the Chamber

The final week of July is a busy one at the Chamber!
  • In the final week of the legislative session, the Chamber's public policy team will be working with leaders in the House and Senate on passage of key initiatives from the Chamber's "Renew Mass" economic recovery platform. The last day of the session is Saturday, July 31.
  • On Tuesday morning, there will be a meeting of Chamber's Development Committee.
  • Also on Tuesday morning at the UMass Club, the Chamber presents a special event with Google entitled "An Insider's Guide to Online Business Tools." Claire Johnson, vice president of online sales with Google, will present how businesses can take advantage of the various free online business and marketing tools offered by Google. The event kicks off at 7:45 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Click here to register.
And don't forget that next week is the Annual Summer Reception in the Rooftop Ballroom at the Taj Boston. Tickets are still available! Click here to register.

Boston Globe Coverage of Chamber's "Renew Mass" Initiatives

On Sunday, the Chamber's Executive Vice President Jim Klocke was quoted in a story in the Boston Globe on the Chamber's "Renew Mass" initiatives. Click here to read the full story on

As we enter the final week of the legislative session, the Chamber will be working with leaders in the House and Senate on passage of these initiatives from the "Renew Mass" platform that will significantly improve Massachusetts’ competitive position and stimulate job creation in our region.

For more information on the Chamber's "Renew Mass" economic recovery platform, visit

Friday, July 23, 2010

Unemployment benefits, economic development & casinos 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's Chet Curtis to discuss the impact of the federal decision to extend unemployment benefits on thousands of Massachusetts residents, and the state's efforts to pass an economic development bill to help boost the Commonwealth's economy and pass expanded gaming legislation before the session ends at the end of the month.

Click here to watch this interview.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Financial reform details on 'This Week in Business'

Sunday on 'This Week in Business,' Boston Business Editors Shirely Leung of the Boston Globe, Frank Quaratiello of the Boston Herald, and George Donnelly of the Boston Business Journal, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and NECN business reporter Peter Howe to discuss the financial overhaul bill.

Click here to view this segment.

In the Briefing Room, the Business Editors are back to talk about  CNBC's ranking of Massachusetts as the 5th best state in the nation in which to do business and a story that each of their paper's is focusing on this week.

Click here to view this segment.

On the Business Beat, Paul and Peter discuss the implications of a potential change in ownership of the Filene's Basement sight in Downtown Crossing, Rhode Island's plan to bring Curt Schilling's company to their state, and the latest in Massachusetts' employment situation.

Click here to view this interview.

Friday, July 16, 2010

"On the Record" with Chamber President & CEO Paul Guzzi

Chamber President & CEO Paul Guzzi went "On the Record" last night with New England Cable News anchor R.D. Sahl. Paul touches on a recent report on the growing demand for "middle-skill" jobs, the latest on the financial reform bill, and reviews key issues on Beacon Hill as we draw closer to the end of this year's legislative session.

Click here to watch the segment.

Chamber President & CEO Paul Guzzi Profiled in Today's Boston Herald

You may have watched him interviewing our region's business leaders on NECN's "This Week in Business," heard him discussing the key issues of the week in the business community on WBZ-AM 1030, or seen him at a Chamber event talking about policy initiatives impacting our region's competitiveness. But, did you kow growing up, Chamber President & CEO Paul Guzzi had aspirations of becoming a veterinarian?

Today, Boston Herald business editor Frank Quaratiello got to know a different side of the Chamber president on his latest edition of "Frank Talk." An excerpt from the piece is below:

So, Paul, why don’t you tell us about something people don’t know about you, that you started out wanting to be a veterinarian?

That was my career aspiration. It actually dated back to elementary school, fourth grade. There was a project. A teacher, Miss Fitzgerald, asked us as students to think about what it was you wanted to be when you grew up, and I had always loved animals, had always taken in stray dogs. Occasionally . . . a cat but usually a dog.

I loved animals, I loved dogs and in the fourth grade, came to the momentous decision that I would be a veterinarian and had that in my mind as I went through school, up to high school.

Click here to watch the complete interview and read Frank's article in today's Boston Herald. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Herald)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pictures from last night's Annual Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber

Last night, nearly 200 attendees and dozens of exhibitors turned out for the Chamber's 2010 Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber at the Back Bay Events Center.

The annual event connects the region's small business community, providing a platform for exhibitors and attendees to generate qualified leads in multiple industries. Exhibitors and attendees alike were eager to network and learn about some of the great companies that comprise the Chamber membership, including Google, Webster Bank, New England College of Business and Finance, Nexamp, the Bulfinch Hotel, and many more!

And of course, the Taste of the Chamber once again proved to be a hit with attendees, as some of Greater Boston's caterers, restaurants, and hotels were on-hand to showcase samples of their specialty food items. From specialty salads to salmon tarts to chocolate mousse, there was something for every occasion.

Click here to view pictures from the event. Thank you to Back Bay Events Center for sponsoring the Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber.

Monday, July 12, 2010

This Week at the Chamber

This week the Chamber we host our annual 'Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber' on Wednesday, July 14, at the Back Bay Events Center. The event will begin at 5pm and will allow exhibitors and attendees to generate qualified leads in multiple industries and network with our small business community. Business exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their goods and services to Chamber member attendees.

In addition, we invite member restaurants, caterers, and hotels to participate with a Taste Table and showcase samples of your specialty food items. A Taste Table is a great way to provide fellow members a flavor of your offerings and gain added exposure within the Boston business community!

Click here to register for this event.

Friday, July 9, 2010

House economic development bill "On the Record"

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's Chet Curtis to discuss the House economic development bill that includes two of the Chamber's "Renew Mass" proposals, Sanofi-Aventis SA's $65 million expansion in Cambridge, and good news that retailers' sales are growing at the fastest pace in four years.

Click here to watch this interview.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Chamber releases statement on House Economic Development Bill

The Chamber applauds the decisive step taken last night by the House to improve Massachusetts’ competitive position. Massachusetts’ fledgling economic recovery needs a shot in the arm. This economic development bill will mean more jobs, investment, and innovation. Its enactment will spur immediate economic development and business activity in the Commonwealth. Of particular importance are two provisions that were first proposed as part of the Chamber’s 2010 Renew Mass economic recovery platform:
  • The creation of a new 3% state capital gains tax rate on investments in Massachusetts-based startups held for at least three years – encouraging in-state startup activity and investment, promoting patient capital among investors, and spurring innovation and product commercialization.
  • A change in the state’s net operating loss carry-forward period (currently among the most restrictive in the country) from 5 to 20 years – making the state more competitive for startups, innovation-based sectors, and cyclical industries such as manufacturing, construction, high technology and life sciences.
These and other key incentives contained in this bill represent a thoughtful and targeted approach to economic and job recovery for Massachusetts. The Chamber will continue to work with the Legislature and Administration toward passage of economic development legislation that will help make Massachusetts a more competitive place to do business.

Friday, July 2, 2010

State budget & expanded gaming 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss the details of the $27.6 billion FY 2011 budget recently signed by Governor Deval Patrick and the latest in the Commonwealth's expanded gaming efforts.

Click here to watch this interview.