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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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

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

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This Week at the Chamber

We'll be announcing our Small Business of the Year winners this week! Plus, with Labor Day behind us, we're gearing up for an early start to the fall programs season.
  • Later today, we will mail our September calendar of events to all of our members. There are going to be lots of opportunities to get engaged this month, and we have a great lineup of speakers.
  • On Thursday, we will announce the Small Business of the Year winner, Entrepreneur of the Year winner, and Business Excellence Award winner. All three honorees will be recognized at the Annual Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon on Thursday, October 14. Click here to register.
  • The Women's Network Pinnacle Awards nomination period is officially open! We'll be e-mailing the nomination forms to all members of the Women's Network this week. Know anyone who you think should be considered? Download the nomination form. All nominations are due to the Chamber by September 16. And save the date for the Pinnacle Awards luncheon on January 27 at the Westin Copley Place Boston!
  • Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi will be back with his weekly appearance on WBZ-AM 1030 on Thursday morning, followed by "On the Record" on New England Cable News "Business Day" at 6:45 p.m.
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Budget deficit, growth in manufacturing & campaign season 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' to discuss elevated projections for the state's budget deficit this fiscal year, growth in the manufacturing industry, and what economic issues can be expected to be at the forefront of upcoming campaigns in the Commonwealth.

Click here to watch this interview.