Monday, June 27, 2011

BRA director Peter Meade talks Vertex, BCEC expansion on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Boston Redevelopment Authority director Peter Meade joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the groundbreaking of Vertex Pharmaceutical's Boston waterfront headquarters and a proposed expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.



In the Briefing Room, Jeff Bardin, security chief at Treadstone 71, joined to discuss online security and recent business and government data breaches. He also offers advice on how to better protect yourself and your business from hackers.



On the Business Beat, Paul & Mike discuss the US Supreme Court's ruling on the class-action suit against Walmart, thousands of Massachusetts residents losing their jobless benefits, the tornado aftermath in Springfield, and a controversy between Mayor Menino and Nike.

Chamber CEO talks Vertex groundbreaking On the Record

Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went On the Record last week with NECN's Latoyia Edwards to discuss Vertex's groundbreaking in Boston's waterfront Innovation District, the recommended Boston Convention & Exhibition Center expansion, and the Federal Reserve's dimmed outlook for economic growth this year.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Chamber hosts closing reception for Women's Leadership Program

Last Thursday, the Chamber closed out this year's Women's Leadership Program with a reception at the UMass Club. The reception brought together a number of program participants and members of the Chamber's Women's Network Advisory Board.

Click here to view photos from this reception.

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for next year's Women's Leadership Program class. Click here to learn more or to download an application.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Business Editors discuss likelihood of a double-dip recession on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Boston Business Editors Shirley Leung 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 to discuss recent economic indicators and debate the likelihood that the nation is headed into a double-dip recession. The editors also talk about hospital industry consolidation in Massachusetts.



In the Briefing Room, the editors are back to discuss the economic impact of recent tornadoes that hit western and central Massachusetts. They also share stories that their own papers are focusing on and make predictions for news to come in the week ahead.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe weighs in on big news at Pfizer, CSX rail expansion, Apple's iCloud, and NBC's Olympic deal.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Beige Book survey, Pfizer expansion 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's Mike Nikitas to discuss A&F Secretary Jay Gonzalez's address to the Chamber and his support of DOR reforms filed by the Chamber earlier this year. Guzzi also commented on the Federal Reserve's Beige Book findings, Pfizer's expanding footprint in Boston, and consolidation in the hospital industry.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bentley University president Gloria Larson addresses the Chamber

This morning, Gloria Larson, president of Bentley University and former chair of the Chamber, addressed the Chamber's Women's Network on the topic of "Women's Leadership in the Business World: What does the Future Hold?" With more than 200 men and women in attendance at the Omni Parker House, Larson discussed challenges that women face in the business world and unveiled the mission of Bentley's new Center for Women in Business.

Click here to view photos from this event.

Read coverage of today's forum in the Boston Herald: Bentley's Gloria Larson: Women 'stuck in place' in business world

The Chamber would like to thank MSL Boston for sponsoring this event.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Boston Herald on Chamber forum with Secretary Gonzalez

Today's Boston Herald features an article highlighting yesterday's forum with A&F Secretary Jay Gonzalez where he endorsed several DOR reforms filed by the Chamber earlier this year.

"Deval Patrick aide backs tax-reform plan"
The Patrick administration has agreed to reforms pushed by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce to make the state Department of Revenue more friendly to businesses.“There’s a lot we can do, must do, to continue to improve DOR’s taxpayer relations and services to taxpayers,” said Jay Gonzalez, Patrick’s administration and finance chief.

In a speech to the business group yesterday, Gonzalez said DOR reform legislation includes lowering interest charges for audits that take longer than 18 months and giving notice on tax-policy changes by posting proposals online...

Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A&F Secretary Jay Gonzalez addresses the Chamber

Today, Secretary Jay Gonzalez, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, addressed Chamber members at a Government Affairs Forum. As Governor Patrick's budget chief, Secretary Gonzalez discussed the state's tornado relief efforts, fiscal strength and bond rating, health care payment reform, and FY 2012 budget development.

A complete broadcast of this event can be heard Sunday, June 12, on WBUR 90.9FM.

Read a highlight in the Boston Herald: Western Mass. tornado insurance claims total $90M.

Click here to view photos from today's Government Affairs Forum.

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

Video of Today's Government Affairs Forum with Secretary Gonzalez

Earlier today, Secretary Jay Gonzalez, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, addressed the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum. Secretary Gonzalez covered a wide range of topics on the state budget, including municipal health care, business tax reform, and higher education funding. Watch his complete address below:

Networking Tips from the Chamber

Summer is a great time to take advantage of some upcoming networking opportunities. These tips and best practices are the combined wisdom of the staff at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. On average, the Chamber staff attends 2-3 networking events per week where we are not only there as networkers, but also as facilitators helping our members make valuable connections with one another.

Event Networking Tips:
  • GO! You cannot make any connections if you don’t get up and go! Chamber events are typically in the morning, so it takes effort, but most people agree that it is worth it.
  •  Speak loudly and clearly, smile, and ask questions. People love talking about themselves! Some good conversation starters include: “Where do you work?” “Have you heard this speaker before?” “How long have you been involved in this organization?”
  • Do your research beforehand
  • Know who is going to be in the room
  • Create a reasonable list of people you would like to connect with
  • Do a little research – recent company news can be a great ice-breaker for a conversation
  • Never end a conversation with “I’m going to the bar” and know your limits! If you do not know your limits (or you have a low tolerance for alcohol) stick to non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Be prepared – know why you are there and what you hope to achieve. Whether you hope to gain information about a particular industry, make a few connections in the industry, or find a new job you should have a plan. It is OK if you deter from your plan, but if you go in to it with one anxiety might be reduced!
  • Make sure you read the papers that morning. It helps you have informed conversations, and it’s just good practice anyway.
  • Ask for an attendee list beforehand, and circle the top three people you want to connect with. It gives you a focus. - At the Chamber, we are always willing to share attendee lists 3 days before an event. Other organizations are likely willing to do the same!
  • Once you meet a few people, take the initiative to make introductions to others who enter the circle - pay it forward!!!
  • Get to know the event organizers. This will help you when you want an attendee list, an introduction or to be seated next to someone specific.
  • Do not sit with or walk around the room with people you know – you can talk to them after the event. This is the time to meet new people.
  • If you see someone standing by themselves, go up to them and introduce yourself. You have just “saved” this person who was probably nervous about approaching others.
Follow Up Tips:
  • When you meet someone and get their business card, write some information about them on the back and what you discussed or commitments you made – so you remember the next day.
  • When following up, try to include something customized or personal – did they mention something they were working on? A big meeting ahead that day? In your follow up, mention that you hope it went well. It shows you were listening!
  • Write a note to someone everyday – it can be a thank you note, a note with an article you found interesting, a letter of encouragement, etc. It will be well received and remembered.
  • If you have made a good connection, follow up with an email and invite that person out for coffee or invite them to another event that may be of interest to them. It may seem awkward at first, but they will likely be receptive. Suggest a location that is convenient for them.
Tips on Reducing Networking Induced Anxiety:
  • Be confident, be yourself and remember that you are in a room with others in similar situation.
  • Remember that everyone is in the same boat, so don’t let the jitters hold you back from engaging.
  • Have the mindset that you are there to offer what you have to others, not that you must get something from the event/conversation/etc… knowing you have something to give will help you gain confidence.
  • If nervous, approach a central area – food table, bar, sponsor booth – and try to connect (“wow, this food looks delicious”) and start dialogue.
General Best Practices:
  • Ask a lot of questions – people love talking about themselves and sharing stories, etc
  • Use the time to find out how others got their jobs, what was their career path etc.. you are asking for advice – not for a job or a sale.
  • Speak loudly and make eye contact. Be pleasant and friendly.
  • Stand tall and proud - this will attract people to you.
  • Reach out first to shake hands with a good, firm handshake.
  • DO NOT CHEW GUM!
  • When introducing yourself, always use your first and last name.
  • Dress for success – the way you present yourself says a lot about you. People notice and it is often one of the things they remember most from a first meeting.
  • Listen, Listen, Listen! This takes the pressure off of you to talk and you definitely do not want to get caught looking over someone’s shoulder.
Have any other tips? Share them in the comments section!

Next Week's Boston After Five Filling Up

The Chamber's next Boston After Five will be held on Monday, June 13 at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in Boston. Our host will provide a cash bar and complimentary hors d'ouevres. This free, member-exclusive networking reception always sells out, so be sure to register early.

More than 100 Chamber member are already registered to attend! Click here to register.

Registered Attendees:


Mara Trumbour NorthPoint Printing
Brian Lynch Lynch Insurance Group
Tom Corrigan Bay State College
Washawn Jones Lawyers Weekly
Lindsay Cook Kinnen LLC
Tyler Finnegan Metech Recycling
Ivon Gois Gois Broadcasting
Jesus Suarez Gois Broadcasting
Luis Marcano Gois Broadcasting
Surajeet Deka TrustFort
Richard Ryan The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina
Ann Marie Rathbun The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina
Gabrielle Piasio Danversbank
Paul Moran First Trade Union Bank
Mim Minichiello EBS Capstone
Joe Moran EBS Capstone
Joan Albert EBS Capstone
Bethany Grazio Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.
Bea Flammia Fairmont Battery Wharf
C.J. Eaton Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Jessica Schauer Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Carrie-Beth Spina NSK Inc.
Shaun Crossen Shanahan Inc.
Carolyn Crowley Eastern Bank
Jake Pizzuto National Communication Services Inc.
Maria Cataldo 829 Studios
Peter Ross 829 Studios
Nick Riotto 829 Studios
Eric Peterson SMMA
Lynn Barkley Jules Catering
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan & Associates
Andrea Boozer Harvard University
Terrilynn Haak Fleming's
Kristin Weisker Polaris Capital Management
Sathish Thyagarajan
Kate Sheridan Suffolk Construction
Hannah Richards Citi Performing Arts Center
Sean Gilbertson Citi Performing Arts Center
Shannon McLeod Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
Aisha Saunders Milton Hospital
Kristi Sprinkel CBT Architects
Mindy Valone CM Communications
Laura Spressert Colliers International
Kelly Duerr Ruth's Chris Steak House
Meredith Yerkes Ruth's Chris Steak House
Michael Judge Law Office of Richard C. Bardi
Samuel Karpel Law Office of Richard C. Bardi
Jim McManus Slowey/McManus Communications
Katie Fryman Slowey/McManus Communications
Todd Ollinger Energy Partners
Paul Loiselle Sovereign Bank
Stephanie Miller formerly WBZ-TV
Justin Porter Veolia Energy
Allison Kelly Veolia Energy
Abby Grant Boston Business Journal
Bob Adams Businesstown.com, LLC
Mari Carozza KPMG
Tara Borawski Blu Restaurant
Robert Simpson RSA Communications
Rodney Rose Sir Speedy Printing Boston
Manya Chylinski Alley424 Communications
Matthew Hein Merrill Lynch
Diane Wilson Bakers' Best Catering
Neil Grant Brown Brothers & Harriman
Haksea Kang Loomis Sayles
Jay Spence Mass Bay Lines
David Sweeney Back Bay Events Center
Michael Sarafinas Lightower
Lisa Kim National Teen Leadership Program (NTLP)
Esther Berkowitz Lawyers Weekly
James Adams 70 Federal Street Associates
Patrick Ring U S Postal Service
Maria Fernandes Children's Hospital Boston
Julie Monchin EMC Corporation
Nicki Noble Omni Parker House
Pat Jusino Longs Jewelers
David Mediano Omni Parker House
Lindsay Gerhardt Barry Communications
Paula Lyons Mintz Levin
Kristina Pearson Servcorp
Nancy Corcoran The First National Bank of Ipswich
David Monge The First National Bank of Ipswich
Liz Thomson Lawyers Weekly
Sophan Sok College of Management, UMass Boston
Josephine Gandolfo Taj Boston
Nadia Nassif Springboards
Dennis Alves Welsh Consulting
Shannon Seaver University of Massachusetts Boston
Jeff Monahan Monahan & Rhee
Adam  Bruno Bay State IP
George MacInnis Bay State IP
Anthony D'Onofrio Every Brand Apparel, Inc.
Katherine Scobbo Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele, PC
Craig Ramsdell Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele, PC
Jeb Bryan Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele, PC
Michael Hilton Copiun
Caroline Driscoll Goodwin Procter LLP
Laura Cleveland Wilmington Trust New England

Monday, June 6, 2011

Impact of severe tornadoes in MA & an interview with State Auditor Suzanne Bump on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Dr. Michael Goldstein, professor of finance at Babson College, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the national job numbers for May, the debt ceiling debate, and the foreseeable economic impact of severe storms and tornadoes in western and central Massachusetts.



In the Briefing Room, State Auditor Suzanne Bump joined to discuss her current priorities and the changes she has already instituted in the auditor's office.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe talks tornadoes, Romney's bid for the presidency, the MBTA retail store, and the Bruins' fight for the Stanley Cup.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Paul Guzzi on economic impact of Bruins' bid for the Stanley Cup on WBZ Radio


President & CEO Paul Guzzi
Yesterday, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi discussed fee hikes at UMass, National Employee Wellness Month, and the economic impact of the Bruins' bid for the Stanley Cup with WBZ NewsRadio's Rod Fritz.

Listen to the audio below. The interview played yesterday on WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030.



Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vicki Kennedy speaks to Chamber Leadership Initiative Participants

This morning, Vicki Kennedy, wife of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, addressed participants from the Chamber's three core leadership programs -- Boston's Future Leaders, Executive Leadership Institute, Women's Leadership Program -- at the first-ever Leadership Forum. Vicki shared some of her husband's best leadership qualities with the group and talked about plans for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

View photos from today's event here.