Friday, December 2, 2011

The Chamber's Katy O'Neil Interviewed on the Chamber's Role with Small Businesses

Katy O'Neil, Executive VP of Member Services here at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, was interviewed for an article published today on the role of Chambers of Commerce in the small business community. The article, by Jason Keith, asked some vital questions about the state of chambers of commerce, the focuses of chambers of commerce, and what our Chamber does specifically to help the small business community in our area. Some key questions can be seen below, or to read the full article, please click HERE!

"Q. What is the most important role that the Chamber serves today, in your view?

A. The Chamber has made a top priority of developing and connecting the next generation of leaders. Strong leadership is vital to drive economic growth, build a more inclusive community, and ultimately make Greater Boston a better place to live and work. Through the Chamber Leadership Initiative, the Chamber has embraced the mission of developing leadership in the Greater Boston region, instituting leadership programs designed to provide our members with the skills needed to be effective leaders in the 21st century.

Q. How specifically is the Chamber helping to represent or further the interests of small businesses in the Boston area?

A. We recognize the importance of small business and provide the following opportunities to the Chamber’s small business members:

  • Public policy advocacy focused on health care reform, business tax reform, and energy efficiency tax credits – issues that impact all businesses but are particularly significant for small business

  • Free programs and events – each month the Chamber offers one free program for our budget-conscience members

  • Business Showcase – this annual event provides the opportunity for our small business members to showcase their products or services

  • Small Business of the Year Awards –this annual program highlights and honors the innovative small businesses of our region"

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