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

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.