Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We're now accepting 2012 Pinnacle Nominations!


The Annual Pinnacle Awards honor business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship, management, and lifetime achievement. The Chamber's Women’s Network invites you to nominate one or more women for a 2012 Pinnacle Award.

Click here to download a nomination form. All nominations are due by Thursday, October 6.

Monday, August 29, 2011

On the Record: A bill to expand gaming in MA, companies moving into Boston & a housing market spike

Last Thursday, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went On the Record with NECN's Latoyia Edwards to discuss the prospect of enacting the current proposal to expand gaming in Massachusetts, the announcement of Allen & Gerritsen and Smith & Wollensky to move into Boston, and a spike in the Massachusetts housing market.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Massachusetts Jobs Update

Highlights from the Chamber's August 2011 Massachusetts Jobs Update include:
  • State added 12,700 jobs last month bringing the year-to-date job growth total to 53,000. State posted 1.8% job growth last 12 months, well above the U.S. rate of 1.0%.
  • State unemployment rate held steady at 7.6% for 3rd consecutive month. State rate remains at its lowest since February 2009 and is well below the U.S. rate of 9.1%.
  • 10 of 12 regions added jobs last month, and 11 of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in the Greater Pittsfield, Worcester, and Merrimack Valley regions.
  • Other Services (+3,800), Education & Health Services (+3,000), and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+2,900) posted largest monthly job gains among industries at the state level.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Global economic concerns & MA's digital economy on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, economic analyst Ned Riley of Riley Asset Management joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss global economic instability.



In the Briefing Room, Debi Kleiman, president of Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), joined to discuss the future of digital marketing in Massachusetts.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe weighs in on Sovereign's decision to move its headquarters to Massachusetts, Evergreen Solar's bankruptcy filing, and development projects taking off in Boston.

Friday, August 19, 2011

State adds jobs in July & Boston development takes off 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went On the Record with NECN's Latoyia Edwards to discuss Massachusetts July jobs report where the state added 12,700 jobs, two Boston development projects, and Texas Governor Rick Perry's comments referring to the Federal Reserves actions as "treacherous" and "treasonous."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Our terrific fall events are right around the corner!

With the fall season approaching, our calendar of events is filling up and we have a great lineup of upcoming speakers. Check out all of our event listings here and find some program highlights below:

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FORUM
Featuring Peter Meade, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Tuesday, September 13, at the Seaport Hotel
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WOMEN'S NETWORK BREAKFAST
Featuring Ellen Zane, President & CEO, Tufts Medical Center
Wednesday, September 21, at the Omni Parker House
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SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Featuring our 2011 Small Business of the Year -- Little Sprouts
Thursday, October 13, at the Colonnade Hotel
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FORUM
Featuring Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Wednesday, October 19, at the Boston Harbor Hotel
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INNOVATION FORUM
Featuring Matt Emmens, Chairman, President & CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Thursday, October 20, at the Four Seasons Hotel
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chamber's Charles Rudnick talks MA business climate on WRKO

Earlier today, Chamber VP of Communications Charles Rudnick spoke to Barry Armstrong of WRKO on the state of Massachusetts' business climate. He discusses whether or not the state is viewed as "business-friendly," the decision by Sovereign Bank to move its North American headquarters to Boston, the Evergreen Solar's bankruptcy filing, the importance of talent retention, and future economic growth.

Listen to the interview here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Business Editors weigh in on stock market, economy on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, the Boston Business Editors Roundtable with Boston Globe business editor Shirley Leung, Boston Herald business editor Frank Quaratiello, and Boston Business Journal editor George Donnelly joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss last week's record-breaking stock market volatility, the S&P downgrade of US credit, and more on the economy.



In the Briefing Room, the editors are back to discuss projects that could help jumpstart Boston development. They also share stories their papers are focusing on and make news predictions for the coming week.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to share his stock market outlook, and discuss the possibility of Sears moving their headquarters to Boston, more Big Dig drama, and Forbes' list of America's top colleges.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Treasurer Steve Grossman joins This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, State Treasurer Steve Grossman joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the economy, the stock market volatility, and the debt ceiling compromise and how it impacts Massachusetts. He also comments on pension reform and some changes to the state lottery.



In the Briefing Room, Bill Galatis, one of New England's largest Dunkin' Donuts franchisees, joined to talk about Dunkin' Brands' successful IPO and the future direction of the compnay.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss economic volatility, new security measures at Logan Airport, MBTA general manager Rich Davey's appointment to transportation secretary, and Representative Gabrielle Giffords' return to Congress.

Debt ceiling impact on MA, tax collection surplus & a new transportation secretary 'On the Record'

Last Thursday, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's Latoyia Edwards to discuss the appointment of MBTA general manager Rich Davey to the position of transportation secretary, the impact of the debt ceiling deal on Massachusetts, the state's tax collection surplus, and a ballot question looking to repeal the Massachusetts' 2006 health care law.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chamber hosts Annual Summer Reception


Last night, the Chamber held its Annual Summer Reception at the New England Aquarium. Nearly 300 Chamber members came to enjoy a night of networking, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres at one of Boston's most unique waterfront venues. Check out photos from the event here

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Deadline for Women's Leadership Program Applications is Friday


The Greater Boston Chamber is accepting applications until Friday, August 5, for the 2011-12 Women’s Leadership Program



Part of the Chamber Leadership Initiative, the Women’s Leadership Program is presented in collaboration with the Simmons School of Management, a leader in management education for women. 

The 2011-12 program will bring together a select group of emerging female leaders (approx. 3-9 years of professional experience) for a year-long program that will enhance the leadership skills of those participating and engage them in the region’s business and civic communities. 

Click here for a program overview and application. We encourage you to consider applying or nominating a high potential young woman from within your organization. 

For more information, please contact Ali Pincus-Jacobs, director of programs, at 617-557-7347.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Debt ceiling crisis & business trends on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Jay Gonzalez, the Commonwealth's Secretary of Administration and Finance, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss what states are doing to prepare for a potential US credit default if a debt ceiling deal is not reached. Secretary Gonzalez also talked about the state's financial strength and this year's sales tax holiday.



In the Briefing Room, Tim Breene and Paul Nunes, authors of "Jumping the S-Curve," joined to discuss business trends in the current economic environment and share insight on how companies can maintain high-performance.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss the recent NFL deal, Dunkin' Brands' successful IPO, the National Urban League convention in Boston, and new housing data.