By MFrappolli

The Chamber has been working on several fronts to strengthen the state’s financial services sector, which makes such a large contribution to the Greater Boston and Massachusetts economies.  As part of this effort, we filed a bill for the 2013-2014 legislative session to create a state Financial Services Advisory Council.  We have been working to build support for it among legislative and executive branch leaders.  The Council, chaired by the state’s economic development secretary with members...


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By MFrappolli

Recognizing that cuts to federal research budgets threaten innovation and economic growth, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of “Business for Federal Research Funding,” a coalition of 41 Chambers of Commerce to date from across the country advocating for strong research funding growth in the federal budget.

The federal government has played a major role in funding research efforts that have led to significant scientific breakthroughs and new technologies, from the...


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By MFrappolli

After House and Senate leaders reached an agreement, Governor Patrick signed a bill to freeze unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates at 2013 levels.  It prevents an imminent 30% increase in rates, which would have added $500 million to Massachusetts employers’ UI tax costs.

The Chamber has been advocating for a freeze, including via the recent publication of our Growth Tracker Scorecard on this topic.  This Scorecard compared all 50 states’ UI tax burdens and noted that without a freeze, the C...


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By MFrappolli

On Thursday night, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went On the Record with NECN’s Peter Howe to discuss Governor Patrick’s new economic development proposal, a freeze in the unemployment insurance rate, and Arianna Huffington’s address to the Chamber. Watch this interview here.


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By MFrappolli

This week, Arianna Huffington, Chair, President & Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, spoke at a Chamber forum about her latest book, Thrive. If you missed this event, you can now listen to it in entirety courtesy of our media partner, WBUR 90.9FM.

Listen to the audio file here:

You can also click below to listen to our recent Government Affairs Forum with State Treasurer Steve Grossman.


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By MFrappolli

On Thursday night, the Chamber released the following statement by Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Chamber, in response to the unemployment insurance rate freeze adopted today by the Massachusetts Legislature:

“We applaud legislative leaders for coming together to freeze unemployment insurance rates at current levels. In the midst of an economic climate that remains fragile, this freeze will eliminate an additional cost burden on employers that would have negatively impacted hiring and job...


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By MFrappolli

Did you miss last week’s Government Affairs Forum with State Treasurer Steve Grossman? Comcast subscribers can now watch the forum in it’s entirety on XFINITY On Demand.

This forums is now available on XFINITY On Demand in the Get Local folder or through the search feature on the X1 box by speaker name.

Watch a promo below and find instructions on how to access this program.


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By MFrappolli

Sunday on This Week in Business, Doug Handler, Chief US Economist at IHS Global Insight, joined host Paul Guzzi to discuss the latest US jobs report and other economic trends. Watch this segment.

In the Briefing Room, Rob Mechanic, Senior Fellow at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University, joined to discuss the latest health care news, including the number of Americans signed up for the Affordable Care Act. Watch this segment.

On the Business Beat, NECN’s Peter Howe weighed...


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By MMcDonough

Summer is just around the corner. Besides the great weather, this season brings your business incredible opportunity through summer internships. Today’s college talent possesses unique skills and experiences not found among your current employees. If you haven’t started searching for interns – the window is closing, fast. (Click here for a quick guide on how to best find the right talent).

Many ponder whether an intern is worth it at the end of the day. The answer is simple: Yes. Sure you have...


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By MFrappolli

This past Wednesday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives advanced education reform legislation that would lift the cap on charter school enrollment in underperforming school districts.  The House vote effectively moves the bill out of the Joint Committee on Education, which was unable to reach a compromise on the bill, and sends it to the House Committee on Ways and Means.  The Chamber included charter school expansion as a key recommendation in the report “A Growth Agenda for Boston”...


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