A message from the Chamber’s President & CEO Rob Wonderling to our community regarding the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Dear Friends,

In our nation’s infancy, 1793 to be precise, yellow fever struck Philadelphia and caused many of the same disruptions we’re seeing in our region today.

When the days were their darkest, Stephen Girard, a banker who would become the wealthiest man in America by the time of his death, took charge of the city’s hospital and not only managed its affairs but nursed the infirmed with his own two hands.

This sense of individual responsibility to neighbor, colleague, and community is what will see us through our current crisis. One person can make a difference.

At the Chamber, we’re seeing our members take up Girard’s mantle through various acts of quiet heroics. Members like American Solutions for Business, a distributor of print, promotional products, and other services, who is reimagining their supply chain to get our region’s health care providers the personal protective equipment that is so desperately needed.

While your company might not be able to directly support the crisis with medical supplies, there are ways we can look ahead to the time beyond the pandemic and shore up our regional economy through the targeted support of our small businesses.

The City of Philadelphia and PIDC have established the Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund to provide grants and zero-interest loans to Philadelphia’s small businesses. I invite individuals and organizations to consider making a grant through PIDC Community Capital, a 501(c)(3), to scale the impact of this fund with the aim of helping the small and micro businesses in our community keep their lights on and workers employed during this crisis and beyond.

If you’re interested in making a grant to the fund, connect with us at memberengagement@chamberphl.com and we’ll get you connected.

Stay safe, connected, and healthy, and continue to let us know how we can help.


Rob Wonderling
President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia