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.