Southie Trees: A Year in Review

2012 was a year of achievement and successful advocacy for Southie Trees.

Spring projects included mulching and planting flowers along Broadway and the planting of 11 trees through the Grow Boston Greener Grant. During the summer, a Water-A-Tree Program was implemented, a deep root feed was held on Castle Island with Jason Mraz, and a survey of the street trees on West Broadway was conducted. In the fall, we planted trees with Excel High and South Boston Catholic Academy.

Southie Trees - Tree Planting

In all, Southie Trees planted 14 trees, mulched and cared for over a hundred more, and increased community involvement in preserving trees.

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather events, Tech Networks has decided to redirect its efforts to tackle the broader issue of climate change in 2013. Going forward, we are grateful to Donna Brown and South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation for sustaining the Southie Trees program. For more information, email southietrees1@gmail.com.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. celebrates Dr. King’s instrumental role in ensuring civil rights, peace, and equality in America.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?“ On this MLK Day of Service, several members of the Tech Networks team will join millions of Americans from all walks of life to serve their neighbors and communities. We encourage you and members of your organization to join us in making an impact on your community.

Here are two wonderful events being held by our clients that you can participate in:

City Mission Society of Boston:
Martin Luther King Day of Service and Learning
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Live The Dream. Honor the legacy of Dr. King by doing service in your community. People who are incarcerated, inner city school children, homeless individuals, elders and others will benefit from your service. Join us to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Address: United Parish of Brookline, 210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
More Information: Call Carl McDonald at 617.742.6830 x 210

Boston Children’s Chorus:
10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) presents Content of Character in partnership with New England Conservatory. Two shows will showcase the musical excellence of BCC in harmony with the social vision Dr. King laid out to a captive nation. A special guest will join the young singers on stage as they unify to pay tribute, and celebrate Dr. King’s memory.

Time: 2:00 pm and 7:00pm
Address: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
More information: Call 617.778.2242 or email John Connolly (jconnolly@bostonchildrenschorus.org)

To find other service projects in your neighborhood please visit http://mlkday.gov/ 

A Celebration of Women-led Businesses

The Boston Business Journal (BBJ) and the National Women’s Business Council report that women-led businesses account for approximately 7.7 million jobs nationwide and slightly more than $1.2 trillion in annual revenue, contributing roughly 12 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.

Annually, the BBJ recognizes the local women-led companies that contribute to the regional economy and provide the engine for growth and prosperity that enhances the lives of New Englanders. On Thursday, December 6, in partnership with The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), the BBJ celebrated and profiled “100 incredibly talented female executives and their companies who together set the standards for entrepreneurial success.”

Tech Networks if a Top 100 Women-led Business

Nearly 500 local business leaders attended the celebratory event. Susan Labandibar, founder of Tech Networks of Boston, which was named a Top 100 Woman-led Business, attended the event. Roxbury Technology Corporation, a Tech Networks client, and its CEO Elizabeth Williams were also recognized.

New research from Dow Jones entitled “Women at the Wheel,” reports that businesses with women senior executives “have a greater chance of either going public, operating profitably or being sold for more money.” Furthermore, “for start-ups with five or more female senior executives, 61% were successful.” For venture-backed companies, “a company’s odds of success increase with female executives at the VP and director levels. With every 10% increase in female executives at the VP level, the odds of success increase by 6%; for every 10% increase in female executives at the director level the odds of success increase by 3.3%.”