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 75% 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

Through this digital platform, Chamber members gain access to daily notifications about RFPs, RFQs, bids and actionable sales opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia region from all levels of government.

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.

Entrepreneur’s Resource Directory

This tool connects entrepreneurs with critical resources needed to launch, grow, or run a business. Find funding sources, technical expertise, professional service providers and facilities.

Healthcare Benefits & Specialty Products

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Benefit Services, Inc. (BSI) provides comprehensive and cost-effective group and individual benefits packages to Chamber member companies. BSI also guides members through application submissions, claims and billing issues and personnel enrollment.

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.

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.

Patent Pro Bono Program

This Chamber affiliate 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, Between 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

Free 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 weeklong campaign includes educational events and networking opportunities that highlight our region's commitment to the small business community.

Supplier Network Procurement Series

This comprehensive supplier network training, education, and networking series features seasoned procurement experts to help prepare your business as a qualified vendor to pursue requests for proposals from large private and government organizations.

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 at the local, state and federal levels. In addition to the activities outlined below, 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

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.

Small Business Champion