Join us for our installment of the Pacesetters Doing Business series featuring Boston Planning and Development Agency on December 7, 2023.
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jenny Holaday will share her journey into leadership as President of Encore Boston Harbor and first woman to run a casino in Massachusetts.
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Encore Boston Harbor
Step into Winter Wonderland at our BIMA Holiday Gala. Gather your digital media and marketing peers for a night of networking and entertainment.
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Designed for mid-level managers and supervisors, this new certificate program addresses workplace well-being through unique, innovative, and actionable methods.
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 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will recognize six small businesses for their contributions to the region, their customers, employees, and communities. Each year, the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year (SBOY) Awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Greater Boston’s for-profit companies with fewer than 500 employees.
The Chamber’s SBOY Awards will be entirely virtual for the first time ever. Winners will be given extensive visibility across Chamber communications and social media channels.
Small Business of the Year Award Categories and Honorees are as follows:
Innovation and Growth: Soofa
Launched out of MIT and Harvard in 2014, Soofa is a female founded company for people with a shared stake in a special place. Soofa creates the neighborhood news feed that connects a community with screens everyone can see and anyone can use.
Cultural Excellence: BSC Group
BSC Group is a multidisciplinary consulting firm committed to supporting New England’s economic growth through the provision of engineering, planning, permitting, landscape architecture, and ecological services. BSC offers client-focused solutions to support transportation, energy, and land development projects. BSC’s capabilities are augmented by the expertise of its affiliated firm, Geonetics, a software consulting team specializing in the development of custom solutions for the engineering and transportation industries.
Community Impact: Stop and Compare Supermarket
Stop and Compare is a family-owned and operated neighborhood supermarket established in 1996 to serve the Hispanic and ethnic population of the Boston metropolitan area and other New England communities. Stop and Compare operates stores in the cities of Chelsea and Lynn, Massachusetts and is proud to offer high quality and diverse products at affordable prices to its customers.
Diversity & Inclusion: Cruz Companies
Cruz Companies is one of the oldest and largest minority-owned companies in the Northeast. A third-generation, family-owned business, Cruz is a modern firm that values old-fashioned quality and integrity. The John B. Cruz Construction Company is responsible for landmark projects and developments across the region; Cruz Development Corporation produces well-designed homes, maintaining the highest standards of workmanship, and Cruz Management Company, Inc., provides quality residential housing management services.
CEO Leadership: Proverb
Proverb is a multidisciplinary branding agency working to shape the images, narratives, and messages that define its clients. Led by Daren Bascome, Proverb has guided revitalized neighborhoods in cities like Washington, DC and Los Angeles in reshaping their image and even helped religious leaders strategize about how to better connect with the millennial generation.
Champion: The Urban Grape
The Urban Grape is an award-winning wine, craft beer, and spirits store located in Boston’s vibrant South End neighborhood. UG is the first store in the world to utilize Progressive Shelving, a unique system of organizing wines by their body, rather than varietal or region. Progressive Shelving allows UG staff to help you pick the perfect wine for customers’ palate by encouraging the exploration of regions, varietals, producers, and price points.
About the Greater Boston Chamber
We are the convener, voice and advocate of our region’s business community, committed to making Greater Boston the best place for all businesses and all people to thrive. We help our members and Greater Boston succeed by convening and connecting the business community; researching, developing and advocating for public policies that contribute to our region’s economic success; and providing comprehensive leadership development programs designed to grow strong business and civic leaders. Learn more at BostonChamber.com.