Come hear from Governor Maura Healey as she addresses Chamber members as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth.
9:45am - 11:00am
The Westin Copley
Hear from a panel of professionals on how apprenticeship programs are creating a more robust and diverse talent pipeline.
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Another Age Productions
Join us for our highly anticipated Annual Meeting, Greater Boston's top business convening of the year.
4:30pm - 8:00pm
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Expand your DEI professional development with a virtual workshop focused specifically on LGBTQIA+ identities and inclusion.
Join our Transformational DEI Certificate! Our comprehensive learning & development offerings are designed to connect and grow strong leaders who lead both inside and out of the office.
Our Women’s Leadership Program enables you to take your leadership to the next level by arming you with the most in-demand leadership toolkit.
Our Boston’s Future Leaders (BFL) program provides emerging leaders with a socially conscious and civically engaged leadership toolkit, as well as the opportunity to apply their knowledge through experiential assignments.
City Awake empowers young professionals in a variety of ways that encourages these rising leaders to stay invested in the region’s future success.
We are developing an ecosystem of corporations and partners with the influence and buying power to transform economic inclusion for minority business enterprises (MBEs).
The Fierce Urgency of Now Festival brings Boston’s diverse young professionals together with business leaders, organizations and their peers to build connection, advance careers and ignite positive change.
BIMA (the Boston Interactive Media Association) serves a vibrant community of like-minded professionals from agencies, brands, publishers, and ad-tech companies with business interests in the New England market.
For nearly 30 years, the Chamber’s Women’s Network has connected female professionals of all background and career levels. Today, our Women’s Network is the largest in New England, strengthening the professional networks of women each year.
The Massachusetts Apprentice Network convenes employers, training providers, and talent sources interested in developing and implementing apprenticeship programs in occupations across industries and statewide in fields such as tech, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, and more.
We support small business through public policy initiatives, events designed to connect small businesses in Greater Boston to their peers and established business leaders, professional development offerings, and free small business advising.
Explore our mission and values to better understand how we are leading the business community forward.
Our member directory is your resource to discover, connect, and engage with Boston’s businesses from every industry and sector.
The FY2021 Budget Conference Committee is working to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate FY2021 spending plans. The Chamber submitted a letter requesting that they consider the following provisions that will directly impact our region’s economy.
To view a copy of the Chamber’s letter to the Conference Committee click here.
Investments in Workforce Development and Regional Competitiveness
The Chamber supports the House proposal to fund the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund at $7 million. Investing in the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund will help close the skills gap by developing industry partnerships to train the unemployed and underemployed and fill vacancies in high-demand job markets across the Commonwealth. Getting residents back to work and into high-demand jobs is especially important now, given the state’s 7.4% unemployment rate as of October 2020.
The Chamber supports continued funding for the MGCC Small Business Technical Assistance Program provides funding and other resources to nonprofits that support small businesses across the Commonwealth through access to capital, business training, and other necessary resources. Among other positive results, MGCC reports that between FY2014 and FY2017 the program successfully generated more than 1,200 new businesses and more than 1,600 businesses grew because of the program. Successful programs like this contribute to the overall economic strength of Massachusetts.
The Chamber supports allocating $1.5 million for Career Vocational and Technical Education (CVTE) because this funding will allow more access to CVTE for all students by expanding existing programs and developing new ones. CVTE programs are an effective method for training our next generation of talent with the skills they need to be successful in the workforce and are so popular that thousands of students across the Commonwealth are on waitlists.
The Chamber supports the Senate proposal to continue funding the Registered Apprenticeship Expansion at $500,000. This program promotes hiring and training new employees in the health care, manufacturing, and information technology industries. Apprenticeships benefit both employers and individuals: employers are able to develop their workforce pipelines, and individuals gain the skills and training to secure employment in the state’s key industries.
Sales Tax Modernization
The Chamber has consistently expressed its concern with proposals to implement pre-payment of sales tax.
By requiring early remittance, or pre-payment, the Commonwealth would see a one-time bump in FY21 revenues, but no lasting change to state revenues. This has the effect of essentially building in 13 months of sales tax revenues in a 12-month period. The Chamber opposes implementing early remittance without the flexibility that is provided through a safe harbor that allows businesses to estimate their tax liability based off of a previous filing.