In May 2019, the Chamber completed another successful program year of CEO Access Network. Boasting over 200 alumni members to date, CEO Access is an informal group of established c-suite executives and small business owners from underrepresented populations in the Greater Philadelphia business community* who are committed to drive business and create economic opportunity for regional businesses and residents.
The Chamber believes that job and business creation through entrepreneurship are critical in helping to address equity issues such as low-median household income, unemployment, and high poverty rates. By creating a vehicle for local small business owners to build relationships with established c-suite executives through CEO Access, the business community can propel Greater Philadelphia forward as an inclusive world-class region.
Partners meet as a collective three times a year to share business development goals, networking opportunities, and advice and counsel.
* Disability, LGBTQ, minority, veteran, or women
Hear what they have to say:
“It has been incredibly inspiring to see the innovation coming from these companies who do not have the benefits of a large professional network, significant capital, or a well-known brand and despite that, are thriving.” — Amy T. Loftus, General Manager, Slalom Philadelphia
“Not just a mentorship program, large business CEOs can help small business leaders make new contacts and improve aspects of their operations, but they also help guide them toward taking on leadership roles within their business circles.” — Phil Jaurigue, Chairman & CEO, Sabre Systems, Inc.
“The CEO Access Network created by the Chamber is an essential model and resource. It makes inclusive networking easy by offering ready-made programs, thoughtfully curated by those with their fingers most firmly on the pulse of the city.” — Russ Starke, Chief Executive Officer, Think Company
This year, the Chamber cultivated 12 partnerships. A special thanks to this year’s cohort of partners.
Chief Executive Officer
DCD Contracting, Inc.
President & CEO
Philadelphia Market Executive
President, CEO & Owner
Tri-Force Consulting Services, Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Huneke Associates, Inc.
Owner & Principal
Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors
Managing Shareholder – Philadelphia Office
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Windows Management Experts, Inc.
Executive Vice President
Electro Soft, Incorporated
CEO & Founder
President & Owner
Supplemental Benefits Groups, Inc.
President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
General Manager & Owner
President & Founder