Fostering Good Business in the New Year

2018 brought a record-breaking year to Greater Philadelphia. From the sports world to the business community, the energy could be felt across the region resulting in a plethora of successes. Starting the year off with an Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory set the stage for a year of new opportunities in our region. At the Chamber, we had a record number of over 1,700 attendees at our annual Mayoral Luncheon to hear Mayor Kenney address important issues impacting the City of Philadelphia. (P.S. – tickets are still available for the 2019 Mayoral Luncheon.) We brought in national figures to speak to our members across industry sectors, including Adena T. Friedman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nasdaq, Inc. at our 218th Annual Meeting. These achievements provide a great platform to succeed in 2019.

In keeping with our mission to foster growth in Greater Philadelphia, we’re putting a focus on our advocacy efforts, enhancing HR opportunities, championing small businesses, and sparking ideas and innovation for the region. Check out what we have planned for the upcoming year:

Connect with Local, State, and Federal Elected Officials

At the local level

Mayoral LuncheonThursday, January 31, 2019
Join Mayor Jim Kenney as he addresses important issues impacting the City of Philadelphia and outlines his top priorities for 2019 to over 1,700 members of the Greater Philadelphia business community.

City Council Reception | Thursday, March 28, 2019
Forge new relationships, strengthen ties, and interact with members of Philadelphia City Council at our annual City Council Reception.

Roadmap for Growth: Neighborhood Economic Growth Issue Forum | April 2019
Join the Roadmap for Growth Action Team at Temple University for an interactive discussion that will take a deeper look at the type of growth taking place within neighborhoods across Philadelphia.

Thursdays at City Hall
Every Thursday, when City Council is in session, the Chamber convenes representatives from our member companies for a weekly gathering at City Hall. Members join the Chamber’s Civic Affairs team to be introduced to City Council representatives, see a City Council Session in progress, and represent the business community in conversations that promote job creation and economic growth.

At the state level

Pennsylvania Budget Briefing with Budget Secretary Jen Swails February 2019
Newly appointed Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Jen Swails will provide an overview of the Governor’s FY 2019-2020 budget, answer questions and provide insight into the Governor’s legislative agenda for the coming year.

A Conversation with the Governor | Monday, February 11, 2019
Hear Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s vision for the Commonwealth at the Chamber’s annual Conversation with the Governor with 6abc’s Morning Anchor Matt O’Donnell

Pennsylvania Legislative Reception / Grow PA Strategic Priorities | April 2019
This annual event brings the regional and business community an interesting and informative program and reception in the Pennsylvania’s Capitol in Harrisburg. In addition, Grow PA will present its legislative priorities for the 2019-2020 session in Harrisburg to grow Pennsylvania’s economy, jobs, and population.

At the federal level

Chamber Day in Washington D.C. | Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Join fellow senior executives and business professionals for a full day on Capitol Hill. Gain access to exclusive briefings from key members of the U.S. House, Senate, and Administration.

Congressional Staff Luncheon | Friday, March 1, 2019
Meet with staff members of our region’s congressional delegation and discuss key legislative priorities for our region currently being considered by Congress and the Administration.

Enhancing Human Resources Opportunities

Roadmap for Growth: Uniting Against the Opioid Crisis | Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Local business leaders are hiring from populations recovering from opioid addiction, supporting current employees struggling with addiction, and reaching out to their communities to help address the opioid crisis. Join us for an interactive discussion featuring local experts who will discuss the ways regional institutions are actively uniting against the city’s opioid crisis.

Bridging the Gap: Creative Approaches to Workforce Development | Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Discover creative approaches to workforce development such as apprenticeships, industry partnerships, and worker training from leading industry experts. Following a keynote presentation, our panel will discuss how they are building talent pipelines with strategies that address hiring needs and barriers.

Findings on Diversity & Inclusion
In February 2019, the Chamber will present survey findings from our 11-county membership on challenges and opportunities within their own Diversity & Inclusion practices. Copies will be available at our upcoming D&I event, Implementing a Supplier Diversity Program.

HR Roundup
Stay in the know of the range of Chamber programs, peer groups, and meaningful learning/service opportunities that will help you and your colleagues succeed by signing up to receive our monthly HR roundup.

Championing Small Businesses

Excellence Awards Nominations | Opening February 1, 2019
The Excellence Awards honor people and companies that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation, and achievement in support of our region’s economy and small to mid-size business community. Nominations for the 37th Annual Excellence Awards will open February 1. Be sure to encourage your favorite business leader or company to nominate themselves be recognized for their creativity, vitality, stability, and relevance.

Small Business Month | May 2019
We’re proud to partner with Comcast Business to present Small Business Month 2019. This month-long campaign highlights our region’s commitment to small and growth-oriented businesses featuring a variety of educational programs and networking opportunities for our region’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Sparking Ideas and Innovations for the Region

CreativeXchange | April 19 – May 17, 2019
Led by Philadelphia’s top creative minds and art-makers, this five-session creative leadership and team design training takes professionals and teams out of the world of analytical thinking and, through the creative process, empowers them to maximize their problem-solving potential and master the art of innovation.

Innovation Talks | May 2019
As our region explores opportunities to enhance our collective capacity for innovation, we will take a look at how both local and global business leaders leverage, manage and nurture innovation to breathe new life into waning markets, shift priority areas and create opportunity from risk.


Want to learn more about the year ahead for the Chamber? We are planning engagement opportunities for leaders across sectors, including:

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