Minority businesses are an engine for our economy, both nationally and within local communities. According to the 2018 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Disparity Study, which includes analyses of the diverse businesses in prime contracts and subcontracts in the state, there is an increase in total spend with diverse businesses. But, despite the progress that minorities and women have made with regard to business ownership, the report points out that persistent barriers remain in starting and expanding businesses.
AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care, is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to host this forum, which will look at the challenges facing small and diverse businesses. The forum will feature interactive panels and bring together local and state elected officials, business leaders and owners, and members of the Philadelphia community for this important discussion.
- Bruce Crawley, APR, MJ, President, CEO and Principal Owner, Millennium 3 Management, Inc.
- Kerry Kirkland, Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities, Department of General Services
- Senator Sharif Street, 3rd Senatorial District of Philadelphia
- Iola Harper, Deputy Director of Commerce, Office of Economic Opportunity, City of Philadelphia
- Valarie Cofield, President and CEO, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council
- Mia Mendoza, CEO; Mendoza Group, Inc.
- Anna Bohl-Fabian, Manager of Civic Affairs, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
- Ron Baldwin, Director of Supplier Management and Diversity, AmeriHealth Caritas
Complimentary hotel parking and breakfast provided to all attendees.