Small Businesses. Huge Impact.
Small businesses are the backbone of the Greater Boston economy. In fact, the city of Boston alone is home to more than 40,000 small businesses that generate more than $15 billion in annual revenue and employ 170,000 people. And at the Chamber, more than 50% of our members are small businesses.
We don't take these statistics lightly. We're here for small businesses through our public policy initiatives, through programs and events designed to connect small businesses to their peers and established business leaders, to our educational and professional development offerings for small business owners and their employees. Check our calendar and filter by small business to see all of our upcoming small business programs. Here are just a few of the ways we're working to advocate for and help small businesses connect and grow.
Chamber Networking Group
Our free, member-exclusive Chamber Networking Group events are designed specifically for our small- to medium-size member companies, who want to expand their network of business contacts, generate new business leads and learn the most effective strategies for networking. We host Chamber Networking Groups quarterly. To learn more, contact Luz Arregoces, Program Coordinator.
Chamber Mentor Exchange
Chamber M|X, held twice a year, is a one-day mentoring event for established small business and startups to gain access to and advice from high-level experts at companies such as Google, Amazon, State Street, IBM and more. Our mentors cover every sector, profession and topic imaginable! Participants can choose up to six 30-minute sessions throughout the day.
Chamber After Dark
Five C-suite executives meet 20 small and diverse businesses in a "reverse-pitch," where executives will present their challenges working with these businesses in an effort to collaborate on solutions. Chamber After Dark is for Chamber members only. Contact Jodi-Tatiana Charles, Director of Small & Diverse Business Engagement for more information.
Weekly open office hours are open to all small businesses. Get advice from a Chamber team member, share your pain points as a small business owner, and learn more about the benefits of engaging with the Chamber. Contact Jodi-Tatiana Charles, Director of Small & Diverse Business Engagement to schedule your meeting.
Small Business of the Year Awards
Our Small Business of the Year Awards recognize the region's leading small businesses who display strong financial performance, achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation and community and social responsibility. To learn more, contact Luz Arregoces, Program Coordinator.
Take full advantage of your Chamber membership from the convenience of your desk with our 30-minute webinars. Through our webinar series, you'll hear from other members, meet the Chamber team, and learn more about all the Chamber has to offer you and your organization. Participants are invited to join the dialogue, and will be challenged to learn new skills and grow their networks with fellow mentors.
Delving into current policy issues, our roundtable programs target established small business owners committed to strengthening diverse business ownership. We engage these leaders to explore the issues affecting small business growth in Massachusetts and collaborate on potential solutions. Contact Jodi-Tatiana Charles, Director of Small & Diverse Business Engagement for more information.
A condensed MBA format taught by industry experts, specifically for scaling small businesses who seek peer-to-peer education. Thrive is a half-day program that provides advanced business disciplines in financial strategies, public policy, marketing campaigns, community engagement and much more, to support the continued growth of our thriving small business community.