Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Images available from the Women's Network Emerging Executive Panel

Last Thursday, the Chamber's Women's Network hosted an Emerging Executive Panel discussion at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common. The event was moderated by Mary Richardson, and the panel included Tiziana Dearing, president of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston; Susan Esper, partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP; and Kim Steimle, EVP at Suffolk Construction. Each of the women talked about their professional journey and what leadership means to them. They also gave advice to a room of more than 200 women about how to get ahead in the corporate world and have a successful career.

Images from this event can be viewed here.

The Chamber would like to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for sponsoring this event.

Chamber members: Don't miss the Business Showcase!

Calling all Chamber members, there is only a limited amount of exhibitor space left for the Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber on Wednesday, July 14 at the Back Bay Events Center.

The Business Showcase allows exhibitors and attendees to generate qualified leads in multiple industries and network with our small business community. Business exhibitors (who must be Chamber members) will have the opportunity to showcase their goods and services to all 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 learn more about this unique opportunity - but don't wait too long!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Financial reform & oil spill clean-up efforts on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on ‘This Week in Business,’ Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at Boston University's Law School, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss an agreement reached in a House & Senate conference committee to overhaul the nation’s financial system.

Click here to view this segment.
 
In the Briefing Room, Marc Casper, president & CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific, joins to talk about the role that his company is playing in the BP oil spill clean-up.

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On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss some of the major business stories making headlines this week.

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New census trends, ballot proposals & budgets 'On the Record'

Last Thursday, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' on NECN to discuss recent census data indicating growth in Boston and what it means for the city. He also talked about a ballot proposal to decrease the state's sales tax and the Commonwealth's recently passed FY 2011 budget.

Click here to watch this interview.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chamber releases June Massachusetts Jobs Update

Highlights from the June Massachusetts Jobs Update include:

  • State added 15,800 jobs last month; 4th consecutive month of job growth. State posted 0.1% job growth last 12 months, compared to -0.4% U.S. rate
  • State unemployment rate is unchanged at 9.2%, Mass. rate remains well below the U.S. rate of 9.7%
  • Five of 12 regions added jobs last month; 8 of 12 regions shed jobs year-over-year
  • Government (+8,800), Leisure & Hospitality (+4,700), and Education & Health Services (+4,000) posted largest monthly job gains
Click here to view the jobs update.

Monday, June 21, 2010

This Week at the Chamber

This week at the Chamber:
  1. Bill Swanson, chairman & CEO of Raytheon, will be the featured speaker at the Chamber's Executive Forum on Tuesday, June 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel. To register for this event, click here.

  2. The Chamber's Women's Network will host a Women's Network Breakfast Emerging Executive Panel Discussion on Thursday, June 24 at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common. This event will feature moderator Mary Richardson, the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Pinnacle Award Winner; and panelists Tiziana Dearing, president of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston; Susan Esper, partner at Deloitte; and Kim Steimle, EVP of Suffolk Construction. To register for this event, click here.

BP's crisis management & the importance of website performance on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on ‘This Week in Business,’ Peter Morrissey, CEO of Morrissey & Company, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the management of the BP oil spill. He shares his perspective on the company’s response to the crisis, and details what they should have done differently.

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In the Briefing Room, Jaime Ellertson, president & CEO of Gomez, talks about his company’s website management platform and the importance of web performance and efficiency. He discusses how Gomez monitors some of the country’s largest websites and explains the link between website performance and business profitability.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Jobs, IBM expansion & a new rail line 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss the 15,800 jobs that Massachusetts added in May, IBM's decision to expand in Massachusetts, President Obama's chief economic advisor Larry Summers' address to a group in Boston, and South Coast rail expansion.

Click here to watch this interview.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The BP oil crisis continues with the Business Editors Roundtable on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on 'This Week in Business,' Boston Business Editors 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 for their monthly segment. The editors discussed the BP oil crisis and BP's crisis management, the political implications of the spill, the future of the oil industry, and Congressman Markey's upcoming hearing.

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In the Briefing Room, the Business Editors are back again talking about Genzyme's settlement with investor Carl Icahn, stories that their own papers are covering, and predictions of what to expect in the news in the week ahead.

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On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss a recent iPad data breach, the business of the World Cup, an uptick in airline passengers' satisfaction, and the future of Talbot's.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Video of Charlie Baker's Address to the Government Affairs Forum

Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, addressed the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum yesterday. Baker discussed his plan to reduce business taxes, create jobs, and promote energy efficiency. The entire address can be viewed below.


Government Affairs Forum with Charlie Baker from Greater Boston Chamber on Vimeo.

Chamber CEO discusses Baker's tax plan 'On the Record'

Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' last night with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker's plan to build a more competitive business environment, Governor Patrick's announcement that further cuts may need to be made to next year's budget, and the possibility of a sales tax holiday this year.

Click here to view this interview.

Additional press coverage of Chamber event with Charlie Baker

Additonal press coverage from yesterday's Government Affairs Forum with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is now online and can be found in the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and State House News.

Be sure to visit the Chamber in the News page for all of the latest Chamber press coverage.  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker addresses Chamber & unveils plan to strengthen business climate

This morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker addressed over 200 Chamber members at a Government Affairs Forum at the Westin Copley Place Boston. Baker unveiled his plan to jumpstart the Commonwealth's economy and improve the state's business climate, noting that the current administration isn't doing enough to enhance Massachusetts' competitiveness. Among a detailed list of proposals, Baker advocated for reducing the state's income tax rate to 5 percent over a 4 year period and extending the amount of time an employee must work for an organization before becoming eligible for unemployment benefits from 15 to 20 weeks.

For a full recap of today's event, tune in to WBUR 90.9 at 8pm this Sunday, June 13, and hear the complete broadcast. Videos from the forum will be posted to the Chamber blog later today.

To view images from today's event, click here.

Press coverage from this forum can be viewed in the Boston Herald, State House NewsAP, and MassBeacon.

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

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz Address Boston's Future Leaders

Jeff Swartz, president & CEO of Timberland, shared his thoughts on leadership with the Chamber's Boston's Future Leaders this morning. The current class of Future Leaders was joined by alumni from the previous seven classes. Video of his speech can be found below (sorry about the quality of video, the morning sun wasn't ideal for filming.)

Thanks again to Jeff Swartz for an inspirational address. For more information on the Chamber's Boston's Future Leaders program, visit our online leadership portal.












Monday, June 7, 2010

This Week at the Chamber

This week the Chamber will host a Government Affairs Forum with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. The event is on Thursday, June 10 at 7:45 a.m. at the Westin Copley Place Boston. Click here for more information or to register.

Coming up on 'This Week in Business,' the Boston business editors will join the show for their monthly segment highlighting the week's biggest business stories.

Tune in to the Chamber blog every Monday morning to learn more about the Chamber's weekly calendar of events.

Gulf oil spill clean up efforts & the strength of the IT industry on 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on ‘This Week in Business,’ Tim Trainer, VP of programs for iRobot’s Government & Industries division, and Matt Brunner, program developer for Gunderboom, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss their company’s efforts to contain and clean up the massive Gulf oil spill.

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In the Briefing Room, Donna Cupelo, Verizon’s region president for Massachusetts & Rhode Island, joined to discuss Verizon’s efforts to expand service, the strength of the IT industry in New England, STEM education, and net neutrality.

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On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joined to talk about the most recent employment situation, a proposal to freeze tuition at UMass, and the economic impact that the NBA finals will bring to Boston.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker to address the Chamber next week

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker will address the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum on Thursday, June 10 at the Westin Copley Place Boston.

Charlie Baker is a former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), where he led a major turnaround that included a $220 million year-to-year improvement in financial performance from 1999 to 2000, and the amicable separation of HPHC and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Under Baker's tenure, HPHC went on to become the highest ranked health plan in the country for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness for five years running, and was named one of the Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” for seven straight years.

Prior to his tenure at HPHC, Baker served as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance. In that role, he restructured and simplified the state’s purchasing system, led a major effort to improve the state’s capacity to collect third party revenue, and oversaw the largest effort ever to modernize the state’s code of regulation. Baker also served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Weld Administration where he led efforts to enact welfare reform. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Governor’s Association in 1998, and is a graduate of both Harvard College and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Click here for more information or to register for this event.

Jobs, housing, health care & casinos 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went ‘On the Record’ with NECN’s RD Sahl to discuss a Robert Half International survey indicating that Massachusetts businesses are more likely to hire than businesses in other parts of the country, a dip in the housing market, the latest in health care insurance rates and cost containment, and the state’s casino outlook.

Click here to view this interview.