By MChapman

As of the last week in June, Governor Patrick, the House, and the Senate had all proposed economic development bills that would promote innovation and strengthen the state’s economy.  Each bill includes a Chamber proposal to create a state Financial Services Advisory Council.

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, the Chamber...


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By MChapman

In late June, changes to the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) system became law that will bring significant cost relief to the Massachusetts business community, helping to address a longstanding competitive disadvantage for the region.  They follow months of advocacy by the Chamber and other groups on UI issues, and were part of a bill that also increased the state’s minimum wage.  This is the first time in over a decade that employers have seen real UI cost relief.

The reforms provide real...


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By MChapman

Business for Federal Research Funding, a coalition of more than 50 Chambers of Commerce from across the country led by the Greater Boston Chamber, has been working to build support for strong research funding growth in the federal budget.  As part of this work, the Chamber led several members of the coalition on a Washington DC fly-in on June 9 to meet with key budget writers.  In those meetings, the coalition argued that in order to provide for the development and advancement of a strong inn...


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By MChapman

intern hubThe Internship Collaborative, a partnership led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Greater Boston Chamber, on June 16 announced an expanded partnership with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.  This expansion officially brings InternHub.com to students, employers, and career counselors in Central Massachusetts.

“Our goal is to strengthen the connection between the business and higher education communities with a focus on developing our economy, retaining students to stay and...


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By MChapman

On Thursday night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went On the Record with NECN’s Mike Nikitas to discuss legislation signed by Governor Patrick that will lower unemployment insurance (UI) costs for Mass. businesses, a new development proposal on the Boston Waterfront, and an update on the state’s various ballot initiatives. Watch the interview here.

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By MChapman

The Greater Boston Chamber today welcomed new reforms to the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) system that it said would bring significant cost relief to the Massachusetts business community, helping to address a longstanding competitive disadvantage for the region.

“The reforms signed into law today by Governor Patrick provide real UI cost relief in 2015, and preserve that relief in 2016 and 2017,” said Paul Guzzi, President & CEO of the Chamber.  “Under this bill, nearly all employers in...


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By MMcDonough

Amid the increased activity on Beacon Hill, the Chamber will be hosting a webinar on Monday, June 30, breaking down the current legislative developments – and how they specifically impact the Greater Boston business community.

Areas of focus include:

  • Current legislation in play – current status, what’s next, and the impact on your business
  • New economic data on the regional economy
  • New initiatives bringing you better access to top talent
  • More on the Chamber’s long-term advocacy priorities

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By MChapman

ELI Headshot - Ivy BrownName: Ivy Brown
Title: President – Northeast District
Company: UPS
Education: Master’s Degree – Information Systems
Program: ELI 2014

The beginning of summer is graduation season here in Boston! What was your first job after graduation?
I joined the US Army after I graduated from college. My MOS was Preventive Medicine. I was initially stationed in Savannah, Georgia. After that, I was stationed in South Korea for eighteen months.

Share your biggest lesson from that experience.
The military really...


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By MChapman

WLP Headshot - Ashley SeamansName: Ashley Seamans
Title: Director of Business Intelligence
Company: Rapid7
Education: BA Economics, University of Vermont & MA Economics, Boston University
Program: WLP 2013-14

What was your first summer job?
In high school, I worked part time as an Office Assistant for a communications company whose clients were mostly in the natural resources and tourism industries.

Share your biggest lesson from that experience.
Given that I was 15 and had no understanding of business, I learned A LOT....


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BFL Headshot - Nathan PhamName: Nathan Tuan Pham
Title: Regional Director – Government Affairs
Company: Verizon
Education: J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Program: BFL 2014

What was your first summer job?
Helping my parents during the summer at their nail salon – as an airbrush artist, of all things.

Share your biggest lesson from that experience.
It was not so much a lesson I learned about myself, but more about my parents. I came to a better understanding that they were among other hard-working immigrants in the...


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