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. Here are just a few of the ways we're working to advocate for and help small businesses connect and grow.
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. Check back soon to find out the date of the 2018 Small Business of the Year Awards.
To learn more, contact Luz Arregoces, Program Manager.
To qualify as a small business, the Chamber follows the federal definition of 500 employees or less. The categories for our awards are:
- Small Business CEO Award: This award recognizes a small business's top executive for outstanding accomplishments in leading and growing a small business and supporting their local community.
- Diverse Small Business Award: This award recognizes a Women, Veteran, Disability, Minority, or LGBTQ-owned business.
- Main Street Business Award: This award recognizes a local business and "main street" company that is a part of the fabric of our daily lives, serving consumers and other local businesses.
- Up and Coming Business Award: This award recognizes a company that is less than five years old and demonstrates a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, innovation, and determination.
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 Manager.
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.