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The Alliance Urges Gov. Baker to Fight President’s Immigration Policy

The Boston Herald, 2/23/17 The Alliance for Business Leadership and the ACLU of Massachusetts has sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter urging him to protect the state’s residents from “discriminatory” federal immigration policies. “Business leaders like to focus on the bottom line, and the bottom line here is that immigrants are vital to Massachusetts’ economic […]

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Biz Officials Urge Baker To Lead On Immigration Issues

State House News, 2/22/17 Business and tech industry leaders and civil liberties advocates are calling on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to lead efforts to make sure Massachusetts remains a safe place for immigrants and refugees. In a letter to Baker released on Wednesday, 22 business leaders joined the ACLU of Massachusetts and The Alliance for […]

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ACLU, The Alliance, and Other Business Leaders Stand with Immigrants

Dear Governor Baker: As we await President Trump’s revised Executive Order on immigration, it is time to make sure that we do all we can to reinforce our rights at the state level. We, the undersigned leaders in science, health care, technology businesses, research organizations, and civil society groups urge your administration to lead efforts […]

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Alliance Joins Coalition for Clean Energy Solutions

Boston, April 26, 2016 New Coalition of Nonprofit, Business and Consumer Groups Launch Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Leading Regional Organizations Combine Forces to Support Long-Term Policies that Will Create Clean, Affordable and Reliable Energy . Nearly 20 environmental, clean energy industry, business, consumer, and health groups announced the creation of a coalition named […]

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Alliance Board Member’s Company Highlighted for Leading on Paid Family Leave

US Department of Labor Blog, 3/9/16 Today, Vermont became the fifth state to pass paid sick leave legislation, joining Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and 24 local jurisdictions now enjoying the many benefits of paid sick leave policies. The momentum behind paid sick time is part of a wave of family-friendly policies, including paid family and […]

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Envisioning a Far Reaching Impact for All Among Us

The Boston Globe, Opinion, 1/18/16 JON CHESTO’S piece on the courting of General Electric (“To land GE, a big, glossy pitch,” Page A1, Jan. 15) touched on some of the ways in which our newest corporate citizen could benefit the area. Jobs, infrastructure improvements, and boosting our innovation sector are worthy of celebration, but let’s […]

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Alliance Leaders Support Carbon Pricing Bill

Alliance Leaders J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services; Roger Freeman, Founder and President of Solventerra; and Tedd Saunders, CEO of EcoLogical Solutions Inc. and CSO of The Saunders Hotel Group testified this afternoon at the State House hearing of S.1747, “An Act Combatting Climate Change,” sponsored by Senator Mike Barrett. Their full testimonies are below. “Putting a price on carbon pollution will […]

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Alliance Leader testifies in support of Paid Family & Medical Leave Act

Alliance Board Member Beth Monaghan, Co-Founder & Principal of InkHouse, testified this afternoon in support of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (bill S.1008) sponsored by State Senator Karen Spilka. Ms. Monaghan spoke from the perspective of a business owner (as well as a mother) stating, “Paid family leave is the right thing to do […]

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Resolution Pushes for More Women on Boards: S1007 Vote Passes Aiming to Change How We Do Business in Massachusetts

Members of the House unanimously voted yesterday to pass Massachusetts State Resolution S1007, urging companies to put at least three women on their boards of nine or greater by the year 2018.  For smaller companies, the resolution recommends that boards include at least two women. The passing of the non-binding resolution, which was also passed […]

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Top Massachusetts officials back gender pay equity bill

Alliance leader and board member Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Hollister Staffing, was featured in an article on MassLive.com July 21st for her support of the pay equity bill  S.983 and H.1733. Read more below, or see the original article by Shira Schoenberg  here. Several of Massachusetts’ top elected officials – and more than 100 […]

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More talk than action on giving women a say on corporate boards

Alliance leader and board member Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, was featured in the Boston Globe July 20th, 2015 for her work on gender parity for corporate boards in Massachusetts. Read more below, or see the original article by Jon Chesto here. July is not the best of time of the year to get busy business […]

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Northeast energy program lifting economies and lowering emissions

Mariella Puerto, Senior Program Officer – Climate at the Barr Foundation released the following article July 20th regarding a new report which shows that states participating in the most recent phase of regional carbon cap-and-trade are experiencing significant economic benefits while dramatically reducing emissions. Read more below, or view the original article – with access to the […]

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Earned sick time is good for workers – and businesses: New law should be implemented fully and without delay

The Alliance was featured in Commonwealth Magazine on May 20, 2015 in an op-ed written by Board Members Philip Edmundson, Jeffrey Bussgang, Beverly Armstrong, David Belluck, David Gasson and Joshua Boger. Read on below, or view the original article here. Massachusetts voters passed the earned sick time ballot question by an overwhelming margin last November and the Commonwealth’s […]

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Embracing the Future: The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy

The Alliance was pleased to host Mike Bernier, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy & the Environment and Dr. Susanna Laaksonen-Craig, Head, Climate Action Secretariat from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment along with leading Massachusetts and British Columbia business executives for breakfast April 13th to discuss one of the hottest topics of conversation in the Massachusetts State House: […]

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Hacking Immigration – The Global EIR Coalition

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Our immigration reform system is broken. That isn’t new news. There is now a fix for high-skilled, immigration entrepreneurs that can be implemented TODAY with no legislation required. That is new news. And it has the potential to break through the political logjam. Only 85,000 H1-B visas are […]

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ViewPoint: Quality early education, childcare: Make the issues your business

Alliance Leader Jay Gonzalez, President & CEO of CeltiCare Health, was featured in The Boston Business Journal on March 27, 2015 in an Op-Ed discussing the importance of high-quality early education and childcare availability and affordability. Read the full article below. By Jay Gonzalez, President & CEO of CeltiCare Health Many businesses face common challenges. […]

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The Global Entrepreneur In Residence Program: An Engine for Economic Growth in Massachusetts

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners I am passionate about the issue of immigration reform.  In my role as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and business school professor, I have watched our dysfunctional immigration system turn away the best and brightest from creating jobs and wealth in America. Two years ago, I had the […]

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Five Impediments to a Booming Social Impact Investment Market

by: Jeff Kushner, Partner, Social Venture Partners A few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping to lead the Alliance for Business Leadership’s discussion of “Sustainable Investing” at the Alliance’s 8th annual Fall CEO Summit. It was a lively discussion that has prompted the development of an Alliance for Business Leadership Task Force on Social […]

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A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts

A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts Leading innovation CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs participated in the Alliance for Business Leadership’s 8th annual CEO Summit on Sustainable Business in Boston on October 22nd.  Pricing carbon at a state level, similar to a policy implemented in British Columbia with the support of the business community there, […]

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Health & Wellness: Vital to Employee Engagement

By: Norm Gorin (norm@theidiet.com), CEO of Instinct Health Science, Inc.- a Weston, MA based workplace wellness company. At the Alliance’s Fall CEO Summit, participants began a conversation about Sustainably Engaged Employees.  Critical to this topic is how employers can efficiently help advance the health and wellbeing of employees.  One particular opportunity for employers to help employees in a manner that […]

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Sustainable Business Practices: Got Engaged Employees?

By: Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CEO of AdvancingWellness- a Watertown, MA based workplace health promotion and well-being consulting firm. At the Alliance for Business Leadership’s Fall CEO Summit on Sustainable Business, we began the conversation about the benefits of a sustainably engaged workforce and links to well-being. The theme of this year’s Summit was Growing […]

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Earned Sick Time Wins with The Alliance's Business Leadership

Following the Governor of Massachusetts signing the highest minimum wage in the nation into law in June,  Bay State voters endorsed a state-wide minimum for Earned Sick Time as “Yes on Question 4” prevailed Tuesday.  The Alliance for Business Leadership was one of the few business organizations that publicly supported increasing the state minimum wage and was even more unusual […]

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Alliance for Business Leadership: "No On Question One" in MA

This Halloween it is scary to think what a yes on Question One on the Massachusetts ballot Tuesday would mean. The Alliance for Business Leadership’s Board of Directors has resolved to publicly endorse “No on Question One”. The Alliance joins dozens of other cross-sector business and civic groups in concluding it must publicly reject the […]

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Oct 1
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CEO Summit on Sustainable Business Launches Collaborations

Innovation-focused CEOs and investors across the professional services, technology, life sciences and advanced energy sectors came together through The Alliance For Business Leadership’s CEO Summit on Sustainable Business; Growing Margins, Growing Markets at the Harvard Club in Boston October 22nd. Guided by global thought leaders, engaged by top national policy-makers, and inspired by top innovation CEOs […]

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Andrew Winston to Keynote CEO Summit Oct. 22nd in Boston

The Alliance for Business Leadership is pleased to announce that Andrew Winston, a global thought leader and business strategist, will keynote the Alliance’s CEO Summit on Sustainable Business at the Harvard Club in Boston’s Back Bay October 22nd 8:30 to 3pm. Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit […]

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The Alliance in London: New Partnership with United Kingdom

In London September 16th, U.S. based Shorelight Education announced a new partnership with Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom to create the “Massachusetts Community College Challenge” that will provide Bay State community college students with a full tuition scholarship and airfare to attend a new School of Business & Entrepreneurship created through the path-making partnership […]

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Business Leaders Seek to Raise Up Massachusetts

The Alliance for Business Leadership’s Board of Directors has resolved to support the Earned Sick Time initiative on ballot in Massachusetts this November as Question 4. It is all too rare for contemporary American business leaders and the associations that represent them to step forward publically to support initiatives for higher standards and greater shared responsibility.  This, […]

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Shereen Shermak and Launch Angels Open Up the Venture Capital World

A new kind of venture capital approach is opening doors for entrepreneurs who might stand little chance of being funded under the old system, says Alliance leader Shereen Shermak, CEO of Launch Angels Inc. “Regulatory changes now allow smaller venture capital firms to market products more generally and broadly,” Shermak explains. “Now different folks are […]

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Alliance Leadership on Winning an Increased Minimum Wage

Alliance Chair Phil Edmundson, CEO of William Gallagher Associates, addressed the crowd of activists, labor leaders, and legislators who assembled for the signing of Massachusetts’ new minimum wage law by Governor Deval Patrick on Jude 26. If no other state steps forward to do the right thing, by 2017 Massachusetts will have the highest state […]

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Massachusetts to Set Highest State Minimum Wage in the Nation

With the passage of the bill raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $11.00 per hour over the next few years, Massachusetts will set the highest state minimum wage in the nation, and also set the stage for more rapid economic growth based on shared prosperity.  Governor Patrick plans to sign the bill this week, […]

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Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards: New Allies, Sharpened Focus & Enhanced Ability to Assist

by Jim Boyle, President, Alliance for Business Leadership, and CEO, Sustainability Roundtable Two weeks ago a select group of about three dozen Alliance Leaders made the trip to Washington DC with the message that “Growth Economy Leaders” (those regularly adding terrific jobs with a future in the U.S.) are committed to supporting higher standards in workforce development, a cleaner economy, and improving health […]

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American Business Leaders Must Lead Publicly on Climate Change

As the EPA prepares, after years of delay, to issue regulations on carbon pollution required by the Supreme Court to enforce the Clean Air Act, the need for business leadership in advocating for effective action on climate change has never been greater. The hour is late, and the challenge daunting. The Alliance has been educating business leaders, […]

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Clearing the Path: Gender Parity in Pay, and More Women on Corporate Boards

Who will lead the nation on advancing women’s role in the workplace?  There’s no debate about whether we should move forward, or even how to do it. Yet, nationally, the number of women Directors on Boards and the size of the gender wage gap are essentially unmoved.  Can a critical mass of CEO’s and leaders create a tipping point […]

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Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards

In the first quarter of 2014, Alliance Leaders appeared in public forums and in Op-eds throughout Massachusetts and met repeatedly with top state and national policy-makers. Those policy-makers and experts are agreed: little can better help the cause of greater shared responsibility than business leaders publicly explaining the associated business benefit.   Select Alliance Leaders including David […]

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Make Massachusetts Taxes More Progressive: Tax Commission Releases Report

The Tax Fairness Commission established by the Massachusetts legislature has issued a call to lighten the tax burden on those residents and businesses least able to pay it. Currently the lowest fifth of Massachusetts income-earners pays 12.24% of their income in state and local taxes, and the highest fifth pays only 5.69%. That means the […]

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Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts; Nationwide, Businesses Will Benefit

In the Alliance’s home state of Massachusetts, Alliance business leaders have been living with the direct forerunner of the national Affordable Care Act since 2006, when then-Governor Mitt Romney signed into law a very similar program which has revolutionized the health care landscape. We bring good news for the nation’s business community: it works, and it […]

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It's All About Talent – Jeff Bussgang on Eliminating Non-Competes

It’s All About Talent – Eliminating No-Competes Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital Partners For the last few years, many leaders in the Massachusetts innovation community have been arguing that non-compete agreements should be eliminated.  Article after article has been written in support of putting this policy forward to increase the dynamism of our ecosystem and send […]

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Historic Lows in Taxes and Wages Along with Record Profits Shape Minimum Wage Debate

Last month our Alliance Leaders published multiple opinion pieces making the business case for increasing the minimum wage, and have discussed the business benefit of an increased minimum wage in extended meetings with the Speaker of the Massachusetts House and, separately, with the incoming President of the Massachusetts Senate.  On May 21, select Alliance Leaders […]

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Massachusetts State Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg Shares Vision with Alliance Leaders

With the current Massachusetts State Senate President stepping down from that post at the end of this session, all eyes are on Senator Stan Rosenberg of the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester district, who is expected to assume the responsibilities of Senate President.  At a gathering hosted by Alliance Board member David Gasson in his offices […]

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Tesla Plans to Change the World – and They Just Might Do It

Silicon-Valley-based Tesla Motors (NQ:TSLA) is America’s first successful automaker start-up since – well, since automakers first started up.  CEO Elon Musk, a founder of the online payment service PayPal, poured his personal fortune into the company with the goal of solving the problem of sustainable production and consumption of energy, which he calls “the largest terrestrial problem that […]

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Alliance Leaders Discuss Business Benefits of Higher Minimum Wage with MA Speaker DeLeo

A day’s hard work should pay enough to keep full-time employees’ roofs over their heads, and food on their families’ tables.  Alliance leaders brought that simple but powerful message to their meeting with Speaker of the Massachusetts House Robert DeLeo on March 11. And while the argument from simple justice is strong, Alliance executives and […]

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Mission-driven business is good business: David Belluck

David Belluck, General Partner at the investment firm Riverside Partners, is in the business of generating financial returns for his investors, of course.  But at Riverside Partners, having a mission component to business strategy and practice isn’t just an after-thought tacked on to the corporate image.  When a business puts ethics and the mission of […]

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U.S. Corporations Wake Up to Climate Change

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) takes the floor every single week when the Senate is in session to ask his colleagues to wake up to the cost of climate change and the risks we are running by ignoring it. In this heartening talk, his fifty-fifth on the subject, he applauds name-plate American businesses for the work […]

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Can a "Do-good" Company Do Well?

Of course, says Alliance Participating Leader Jon Carson, founder and CEO of Bidding for Good. Far from being a drag on profitability, building a company around a social mission actually provides a practical edge in the marketplace. Jon shared his experience in creating social value through business opportunities at the Alliance’s Fall CEO Summit as […]

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Boston Mayoral Candidates, Congressional Candidates Share their Visions

Boston candidates for mayor John Connolly and Marty Walsh each met with Alliance leaders at the Fall CEO Summit to share their vision for twenty-first century Boston.  An informal discussion period with each candidate gave leaders an opportunity to explore how business innovators and city government can work together for Boston’s future.  Fifth District candidates […]

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Reimagining the Purpose of Business: Creating Social Value

Deborah Leipziger defines Shared Value Creation as “leveraging business to address social issues.”  She is Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at The Lewis Institute of Babson College, and she explains how shared value creation works in her new book, Creating Social Value: A Guide for Leaders and Change Makers, co-authored with Cheryl Kiser. Deborah shared the […]

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Shared Value Creation: Solving Community Problems Drives Business Growth

Justin Bakule, Executive Director of the Shared Value Initiative, kicked off the Alliance’s 2013 Fall CEO Summit with a notion that may transform the business world from the ground up. The proponents of the Shared Value model are out to demonstrate that business success and promoting needed solutions to our community’s problems can be one […]

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Alliance to Host Boston Mayoral Candidates at CEO Summit, Oct. 23

John Connolly and Marty Walsh, candidates for Mayor of Boston, will be joining the CEO’s, investors, and business innovators at the Alliance’s 7th Annual Fall CEO Summit on October 23rd.  They’ll engage with us in a discussion of this year’s Summit theme, “Shared Value Creation,” a concept that could and should revolutionize the way business […]

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Alliance for Business Leadership visits U.S. Senate

Representatives from the Alliance for Business Leadership were pleased to be the first group to meet with Senator Elizabeth Warren in her new permanent offices at the U.S. Senate Hart Office Building a couple of weeks ago.  The “delegation” from our Alliance included Phil Edmundson, Chairman & CEO of William Gallagher Associates, Geoff Chasin, Chairman & CEO […]

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What is the Greatest Unmet Need in U.S. Public Affairs?

If asked for a one word explanation of what is most needed in U.S. public affairs today, I believe a substantial majority of business leaders would say, “Leadership.”   What most science-respecting, innovative business leaders and investors would not likely initially think is that the leadership we most need in public affairs must come from them. […]

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Who Do We Trust? The Case for Business Leadership in Society

Who Do We Trust? The Case for Business Leadership in Society The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer makes clear the stark leadership challenge most countries now fact. The most powerful institutions in society – government and business – remain the least trusted by the general public, with rankings for each below 50% in most cases.  Although […]

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Business Leaders Call on Sen. Reid to Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban

Editor’s Note: The following press release was sent in conjunction with a written appeal to Senator Reid, signed by members of the Alliance Board. This letter is part of an ongoing effort, and in the coming weeks we hope to share other ways the business community can support and influence the coming debate. December 20, […]

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Register now for the Alliance Fall CEO Summit

Post-Election Forecast:What’s Next for Business Leaders? November 8, 2012 As the dust settles from Election Day, join us for a half-day post-mortem and strategy session as we analyze state and federal outcomes with a special focus on their impact on business, the economy, and social issues. Keynote: Veteran journalist Peter Canellos, Editor of the Boston […]

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Entrepreneurial Opportunities Abound in Government Data, says CTO Todd Park

In this video, US CTO Todd Park tells a group of CEOs from The Alliance of Business Leaders that exposing government data to open platforms can unleash tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurship. Alliance leader Jeffrey Bussgang, General Partner of Flybridge Capital Partners, has this to say: “When Reagan did this in the 1980s with GPS data, […]

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Alliance Leaders Host Open House on May 30/31

That’s right – we’re holding an open house to celebrate our new offices on May 30 and May 31. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the Alliance, meet the staff, or mingle with Alliance leaders and supporters, now is the time!  Wednesday, May 304:00-6:00 pmand/or Thursday, May 314:00-6:00 pm Hosted by Alliance Chair Tom Dretler and […]

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Summit Spotlight: Darrell West, Director of Center for Technological Innovation at Brookings Institution

A core belief of the Alliance is that innovation and technological advances are key to solving the problems facing our country, a view championed by Dr. Darrell West, Director for the Center for Technological Innovation and Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. (Note: West is among the speakers at our upcoming […]

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Super PACS Should Be Transparent

According to campaign and finance records from OpenSecrets, a total of 44 super PACs have spent upward of $80 million thus far in the 2012 election cycle. Of that total, roughly 57% of spending has been on opposing candidates and attack ads. A study released in late February 2012 by the research firm Borrell Associates […]

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Critical Senate Vote Today on Funding Mechanisms for Small Businesses

We applaud the bipartisan approach Congress is taking to spur entrepreneurship, drive innovation and create jobs in this country. As the Senate considers the JOBS Act today, we offer our strong support for two specific provisions: crowd-funding, a mechanism for expanding access to capital for small businesses, and the creation of an initial IPO on-ramp […]

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Cambridge Innovation Center's Tim Rowe Tells U.S. Senate: Start-Ups Can Drive Growth, Create Jobs

Today, PBLN member Tim Rowe testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship  at a hearing on Developing and Strengthening High- Growth Entrepreneurship. As you read his brief testimony below, the question for readers here is – did Tim represent what you think is best for the entrepreneurial economy? Weigh in below […]

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Two New Job Postings: Membership Manager and Communications Manager

Please email us at info@pbln.org if you are a qualified candidate for either of the following two positions posted on February 1, 2012 by PBLN: Title: Membership Manager Reports to: President/Executive Director Summary: Seeking a passionate, entrepreneurial and experienced relationship-builder and sales professional seeking a career of purpose who can help bring leaders together to […]

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Brazil Trip Report: Optimism Fuels a Rising Partnership

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick arriving in Sao Paulo, Brazil with the delegation  I recently had a chance to sit down with Andy Tarsy, President and Executive Director of PBLN, to discuss his recent trip to Brazil with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as part of a December 2011 trade mission. As a local entrepreneur, Brazil’s recent economic […]

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Weigh in: Can entrepreneurs create jobs on the scale the US requires?

This is an open thread for comments as we prepare for PBLN’s 5th annual CEO Summit. Our focus is on how visionary entrepreneurship and public policy can align to spur economic growth and job creation. At our Summit Thursday we will ask top execs from Organogenesis, HouseWorks, Vertex, Panera Bread Company, XTalic, Digital Lumens, First […]

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Calling all Companies and Community Colleges: Forum at the Boston Fed will ask, "What are Your Plans for the Jobs of the Future Now?

Enrollment and expectations are up. Funding is down. Many are unemployed and many great jobs are vacant due to a lack of the right skills mix in the workforce. Tough to be running a Community College in 2011? Yes it is. And tough to be an employer unable to find the right hires. And tough […]

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Part 2: More CEOs React to "Occupy Wall Street" Protests

We have had great responses to our blog post “Occupy Everything: What do CEOs Think?” and you should check out the points of view expressed there by Organogenesis CEO Geoff Mackay, Vertex founder and former CEO Joshua Boger, BiddingforGood CEO Jon Carson and others. The protests and what may be the beginning of a serious […]

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Occupy Everything: What Do CEOs Think?

So CEO’s: what do you think of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon? Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit has weighed in about the Occupy protests, saying “Their sentiments are completely understandable. Trust has been broken between financial institutions and the citizens of the U.S., and that is Wall Street’s job, to reach out to Main Street and rebuild […]

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"I Want to Put a Ding in the Universe": In Memory of Steve Jobs

The PBLN community mourns the loss of Steve Jobs, a visionary leader. Much will be said by those who knew him well. PBLN did not get the chance to work with him, to our great regret. Fast company captures some of Jobs’ quotable words on the subject of making the world a better place that are worth […]

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September Issues Update: Jobs, Energy, and Health

Jobs: Working at the State and Federal Level to Build a Strong Workforce PBLN’s Back to School Discussion Sparks Ideas for Improving Workforce Development On September 7, our Education Working Group had a lively meeting at the University of Massachusetts Club about aligning postsecondary education with workforce needs. The meeting, led by Education Working Group […]

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How will the U.S. Create Jobs and Increase our Competitiveness?

On August 31st, I had the pleasure of attending a Listening and Action session of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Portland, Oregon. The session focused on the goal of increasing the number of engineering graduates in the U.S.  Speakers included Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel and Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, […]

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Prevention Must be a Part of Health Care Reform: PBLN at the State House

Yesterday was another busy day at the Massachusetts State House.  A crowd of policy makers, environmental advocates, health officials and concerned citizens turned out for the Joint Committee on Public Health’s public hearing on Air Quality, Hazardous Substances and Related Environmental Health Policies. One of the many bills on the docket was “An Act to […]

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Pick up the Gauntlet: A Response to President Obama's Jobs Speech

President Obama just finished his jobs speech to a joint session of the US Congress. It is hard to remember a Presidential address in the last 20 years that more focused on the role of business in the potential for prosperity in America. The President seemed to want to bridge two conventional images: business as a […]

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A PBLN Back to School Discussion: The Supply Chain to the 21st Century Economy – Workforce Development and Public Higher Education in Massachusetts

A PBLN Back to School DiscussionThe Supply Chain to the 21st Century Economy: Workforce Development and Public Higher Education in Massachusetts   Hosted by Robert Beal, President, The Beal Companies, LLP   Chaired by Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University and Chair of the PBLN Education Working Group   Remarks by David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development […]

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Stepping Up on a Core Business Issue: PBLN Joins Transportation Reform Project

Every day, businesses, government, and households rely on roads, mass transit, and regional transportation networks. A reliable transit system is critical to our economic competitiveness, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and for getting people where they need to go. Right now, our transportation system is in crisis with bridges in disrepair, trains desperately in need of […]

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What's Bigger? The Debt Crisis or the Investment Crisis? Is this Even the Question?

What’s bigger? The debt crisis or the investment crisis? Admittedly, both are a problem. And neither was resolved by the debt ceiling drama. We can all agree that avoiding default is a good thing. Beyond that, has anything been resolved? Are we any closer to investing in a sustainable economy that will unleash a new […]

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2011 DC Summit Photos

Photos from the 2011 DC Summit Photos taken by Marty Katz. Copyright 2011 [nggallery id=4]

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Boston Schools Racing to the Top

It has been said that if Rip Van Winkle woke up and came down the mountain he would be wide-eyed and disoriented by how much had changed while he slept – until he got safely inside a school where in many ways, things remain pretty much the same as they’ve been for decades. PBLN’s education […]

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Is Poetry Your Business?

Poetry and Business — A Match Made in Heaven A guest blog post by PBLN Board Member Norm Gorin   Have you ever looked up along the north entrance of the Boston Public Library?  There, chiseled in the granite it reads, “The Commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and […]

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Why Healthcare Reform is Good for Small Business

Our friends at the Small Business Majority are doing it again – getting data together to shed light on the actual views and interests of small business America – lo and behold long term, sustainable changes – including the Affordable Care Act (national healthcare reform) are viewed as critical to success. For a week at […]

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Flybridge Capital VC Shares Israel/UK Mission Perspective

Michael Greeley, General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, recently accompanied Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other fellow business leaders on an innovation economy development mission to Israel and the UK. The delegation focused on job-growth opportunities in the innovation industries, including our technology, life sciences and clean energy sectors. Over the course of the ten-day […]

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Matouk Shares Innovation Insight

“Innovation in manufacturing” was the subject of the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association meeting on Thursday, March 10th. PBLN member George Matouk, third-generation CEO of John Matouk and Co., spoke passionately about how his company is keeping manufacturing alive in Massachusetts through the utilization of strategic marketing practices. According to Matouk, “We make what the customer […]

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Massachusetts Economic Development Mission in Israel Underway

The economic development “trade” mission from Massachusetts to Israel is underway. Today is our second full day in Tel Aviv and the surrounding area. The focus is building relationships with those who want to co-invest with Massachusetts and the investors and inventors in its unusually knowledge-driven ecosystem. Several of us are tweeting at the hashtag […]

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PBLN Expansion

We are pleased to announce that a successful expansion of our membership and donor base has allowed us to go ahead with hiring that will drive faster growth, which means more value to participants and impact for all of us. We are not finished and will have more good news of this nature in the […]

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PBLN's Zipcar Forum: Climate and Energy Needs = Opportunity for Business, Government to Lead Together

Sixty CEOs and top business leaders gathered for a briefing this morning by Massachusetts Undersecretary of Energy/Environment David Cash. The event was hosted by carshare and “responsible urban living” company Zipcar – and moderated by Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith. Many in the room had not heard details of the Massachusetts plan for greenhouse gas reductions […]

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Innovation Execs Join Trade Mission to Israel, UK

Several members of the PBLN leadership are joining Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and a group of other top innovation executives on what Patrick is calling an “innovative economy development mission to Israel and the United Kingdom.” The trip’s mission is simple: (again, quoting from the Governor’s official announcement) “to solidify Massachusetts’ place as a worldwide […]

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Does President Obama Mean Business?

President Barack Obama addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday in a closely watched visit designed to build a better bridge between the Administration and business interests. It came as no surprise of course that he got mixed reviews in the business press. Fortune editor-at-large Nina Easton riffed off of President’s attempt at levity (“if […]

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Vision for a New Year from PBLN Co-Chair Joshua Boger's Address to Wesleyan University Phi Beta Kappa Class of 2010

Vision for a new year – that’s what we all want now in addition to the strength to keep our new-born resolutions.  The following remarks were given by PBLN co-chair and Founder/Former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Joshua Boger to Phi Beta Kappa inductees at Wesleyan University on May 22, 2010. Boger offers advice that serves well as a PBLN […]

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The Year in Review: Progress and Leadership

PBLN finished 2010 as a high-energy network of more than 150 top business leaders. We convened more than 500 business, government and non-profit leaders to wrestle with big challenges and big ideas for progress. We effectively entered the public discourse on healthcare, energy, housing and other issues via PBLN’s own voice and diverse voices of […]

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Introducing the P-BLOG: For & about the ideas of Progressive Business Leaders committed to socially and environmentally responsible economic growth and the public policies that advance it.

The Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN) is emerging as a new voice and new force for innovation and engagement among CEOs and top business leaders. PBLN business leaders represent diverse sectors, backgrounds and business models. The aim of PBLN is to help “invent a more sustainable economy” that fosters economic growth, lasting and shared prosperity and […]

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