HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is pleased to announce an upcoming Town Hall that will be focused on fostering success and growth opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses in Pennsylvania. The “Risk and Reward: Minority-Owned Businesses and the Growth Paradox” event will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  It is being sponsored by AmeriHealth Caritas, a Philadelphia-based health care company that is a national leader in Medicaid managed care and health care solutions for those most in need.

“Business leaders all recognize that the small business owners who make up the majority of employers here in Pennsylvania are the engines of our state’s economy,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “As we consider the benefits that these businesses bring to the table, our shared objective must be to find ways to continue fostering their growth.  To that end, we are proud to partner with AmeriHealth Caritas, a leader in partnering with small and diverse businesses.  They can attest that relationships strengthen ties to local areas, helping the company achieve its mission to help people get care, stay well and build healthy communities.”

The Town Hall will bring together local and state elected officials, business leaders and agency experts to highlight the benefits of partnering with small and diverse-owned businesses and will also explore initiatives to promote continued growth and contribution to the local economy.  The goal of the event is to address the phenomenon that smaller, minority-owned business owners call “the Growth Paradox;” and discuss the best methods for these businesses to position themselves to take risks to accommodate larger demand.

The program will feature a panel discussion focusing on: ways to overcome barriers to future success and growth of minority businesses; characteristics that large companies are looking for in minority-owned business partners; current and future state initiatives that foster smaller, diverse business growth; and Pennsylvania programs that support the growth of minority-owned businesses.

Panel participants include: PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr; Sen. Vince Hughes, D-Philadelphia; Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia; Department of General Services Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities Kerry L. Kirkland; and AmeriHealth Caritas Supplier Management and Diversity Director Ron Baldwin.

“Small, diverse business owners share a lot of the same values that we do here at AmeriHealth Caritas, so it’s imperative that we continue actively encouraging, supporting and celebrating these businesses in our local communities,” said AmeriHealth Caritas Executive Vice President of Health Markets Steve Bohner. “Working in conjunction with state officials and local organizations, together we have advanced our work to propel small businesses forward and drive economic progression. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the PA Chamber and look forward to a productive dialogue with others that share this important goal.”

AmeriHealth Caritas is invested in the neighborhoods its members call home, where populations are increasingly multicultural, multilingual and multidimensional. Supporting small, diverse businesses is a critical component to economic growth in the community. AmeriHealth Caritas partners with local businesses owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans – many of whom are the fabric of its membership – to position them for success. In fact, the company has doubled its investment in these businesses since 2013.

For more information on the event visit the PA Chamber’s website.  Additional information about AmeriHealth Caritas’ programs to support small, diverse businesses can be found online.