Services, Programs and Initiatives for Growth-Oriented Small Businesses

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia recognizes the importance of a strong and well-supported regional small business community. Our membership is reflective of this community with over 60% of our member companies having 100 or fewer employees.

Through the thoughtfully developed services, programs and initiatives that follow, small businesses save time and money with easy and affordable access to information and tools to help them operate more effectively and make connections to other regional leaders.

Resources
Targeted Programs & Events
Leadership
Advocacy


Resources

CEO Access Network

This year-long program pairs large-business CEOs with minority CEOs to share advice and counsel, as well as provide networking and business development opportunities.

eBid Connect

This digital platform provides Chamber members access to timely, relevant new public sector business opportunities. Members receive a 40% discount on a customizable Guide for Small Business subscription as well as the ability to publicize RFPs. 

Electronic Certificates of Origin

With this next generation eCert technology, exporters and freight forwarders now have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution to process Certificates of Origin, providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains.

The PA Discount Rx Card

This free program provides all PA residents, with or without health insurance, access to discounted prices on prescriptions. There are no pre-qualifications for this program and it can be used at most pharmacies.

Mailing Lists

Target the right customers with accurate, customized and affordable marketing lists that can be used for direct mail campaigns, telemarketing, lead generation or market intelligence.

Free Meeting Space

Impress clients by hosting your business meetings or events at our Mars Drinks Conference Center located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.

Free Member Marketing Tools

Chamber members have a wide array of opportunities to amplify their message through our free marketing tools. These include the member bulletin board, member event calendar and speaking opportunities.

PA Patent Program

This Chamber council program places inventors, startups, early stage businesses, and small nonprofits with patent attorneys who provide pro bono legal assistance.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Make your grand opening special with assistance from the Chamber. We can help you reach out to local officials, provide you with access to media lists, and help you promote your big event.

Targeted Programs and Events

Annual Excellence Awards

Nominated by their peers and presented in ten categories, the awards acknowledge the accomplishments of regional businesses and the contributions they make to our regional economy.

Business Before and After Hours

These networking events are free for Chamber members and provide face-to-face networking opportunities at a variety of venues throughout the region.

Corporate Speed Networking

This exclusive networking program gives Corporate level and above Chamber members 80 minutes to connect face-to-face to refer and exchange leads with other smaller to mid-size enterprises.

Educational Workshops

Complimentary for Chamber members, these workshops feature expert speakers and timely topics from a range of disciplines. Past topics include LinkedIn training, public speaking, marketing strategies, best networking practices and more.

Gear Up for Growth

Discover how to engage with the Chamber to advance your own leadership, as well as the economic vibrancy of our region while getting to know your Chamber team and other new Chamber members.

Peerspective

This series of curated, networking opportunities engages business owners and chief executives in roundtable discussions to offer one another real-world perspectives and candid advice to support decision making.

Small Business Week

This week-long campaign highlights our region's commitment to small and growth-oriented businesses, featuring a variety of educational programs and networking opportunities.

Leadership

Small Business Board

The Small Business Board (SBB) contributes to the overall mission of the Chamber by providing advice and counsel to Chamber staff and management on policy and programming from the perspective of the owners and executives of small to mid-sized growth-oriented businesses.

Advocacy

The Chamber actively lobbies on a wide range of issues related to economic competitiveness. Small businesses can utilize the Chamber’s advocacy team to make connections between business owners and city and state officials and provide insight into, and clarification on, new legislation and regulations when they are released.

Ongoing Advocacy Priorities (As of April 2017)

Federal

• Advocate for comprehensive tax reform including a competitive tax structure for both the individual and corporate income tax rates, ensures simplicity for small business compliance, and provides long-term certainty to enable business decisions to expand or hire.

• Reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Adopt reforms that enable and increase the allocation of grants to small businesses for commercialization activities.

State

• Advocate for small businesses in Harrisburg to address business tax competitiveness issues that contribute to the low rate of job creation in Pennsylvania.

• Work to ensure a fair regulatory business climate and lobby on legislation affecting health insurance, workforce development, and economic development.

City of Philadelphia

• Advocate for a more competitive local tax environment, including reductions in wage and business taxes.

• Promote processes that ease doing business in Philadelphia, including online permitting and increased coordination among City departments.

• Call for continued investments in neighborhood commercial corridors to support small business growth.

• Work to enhance the City's regulatory climate by reducing burdensome regulations through our work on the Special Committee for Regulatory Review and Reform

• Actively engage in the legislative process by submitting feedback on pending legislation and providing testimony on bills that affect economic growth and competitiveness 


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