By MChapman

On Thursday night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went On the Record with NECN’s Mike Nikitas to discuss the latest progress made on the new MA Health Connector website, key issues still in play on Beacon Hill as the current legislative session winds down, and a new practice facility for the Boston Bruins. Watch the interview here.

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By  April Lane 

Even as the PreparedU Project focuses on women in business, especially millennials, the topic continues to engage the media as well. In the coming weeks, we’ll round up some of the best, saving you time to further the cause of equality in the workforce — a true millennial value.

Matt Lauer Continues to Show Chauvinism on Today Show


By  Melissa Massello

Millennials are rapidly becoming a significant part of the workforce — accounting for more of a third of all workers today, and projected to be close to half by 2020. Still, our PreparedU survey reveals that 66 percent of millennials still feel misunderstood by older generations. The media is trying to help, devoting a bunch of recent coverage and commentary to millennials. Here’s a quick summary of some of the best.

How College is Like Sunscreen


By  Elizabeth Scarborough

Editor’s note: Respondents to Bentley’s PreparedU study believe that men are more likely than women to have an entrepreneurial spirit (62 percent versus 38 percent). Even a majority of women felt this way. Yet, reports of successful women entrepreneurs continue to grow. What follows provides some insight into how and why.


By  Meg Murphy

When it comes to rising in the business world, women have what it takes in spades, according to respondents to Bentley’s PreparedU research study. Indeed, the study is one indication among several that job-hunting millennial female college graduates may actually have a distinct edge over male peers. That’s because just about everyone Bentley surveyed, including employers, finds millennial women better prepared and able to offer superior organizational and interpersonal skills.



Mid-Summer Fishing News

July 10, 2014


By Don Kleiner

The week that I wait all year for is here. The bass are taking dragonflies on the surface of our local ponds. I spent this morning on Megunticook Lake in Camden and after a little time figuring out the right color and getting the leader long enough the fishing was fabulous.

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By Patty Manko

statehouse resized 600Yesterday, the Massachusetts General Court took a huge step forward in the realm of disability rights. The Senate approved S2245, Relative to assisting individuals with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. To read the full text of the bill, click here

The bill still needs to be reconciled with the House version to become law.

The highlights of this bill:

  • makes the Special Commission Relative to Autism a permanent oversight body
  • creates special savings and expense accounts


By Gian Luca Fiori

There are plenty of places in the home to show off beautiful natural stone besides a kitchen or bath countertop. One area that is experiencing a lot of new, creative twists is the fireplace surround. Here, the material you choose can make a strong design statement, add interest, and reflect your individual design style. The hearth can serve as a dramatic focal point or a subtle design that blends into the surrounding décor. The possibilities are endless!

One of our favorite looks for a fireplace...


By (Kelly Burke)


By the Numbers:

Monday marked the 7th straight session oil futures dropped, which is the longest we had seen since December of 2009. Tuesday accelerated the drop off, with ULSD closing down -.0409 and RBOB dropping -.0161 to 2.9729. 

This morning it appeared US Crude may erase some of the drop off over Israeli/Hamas fighting that has erupted this week, but the downward trend has continued - albeit less rapidly. ULSD closed off 25 points to 2.8711 and...


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...