The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) is a non-profit, membership organization devoted to promoting the advancement and economic growth of Hispanic businesses and professionals in the greater Philadelphia region.
The GPHCC, established in 1990 by a committed group of Hispanic business professionals in response to the pressing need for an entity that would respond to the various needs of the growing Hispanic business community. Since then, GPHCC has grown to be an important voice among municipal, state and federal government entities, as it fulfills its advocacy mission on behalf of its diverse membership.
GPHCC focuses on two strategic areas: small business development and investing in the talent and development of young Latino professionals.
The Small Business Development and Education Program is the heart of the GPHCC. This program seeks to close the gaps in outcomes for Hispanic businesses by providing access to the networks, tools, and resources needed to scale. To this end, the Chamber provides individualized business coaching as well as conferences, symposiums and training opportunities that attract over 2,500 attendees per year.
GPHCC believes in the power of the new generations to lead and promote positive changes in the Latino business community. This is the spirit of the Young Professional Network (YPN), an initiative that creates a pipeline of executive, professional talent with a strong focus on increasing diversity and inclusion in the corporate sector. The YPN offers professionals a three-pronged approach to their careers providing them with: a valuable network of diverse professionals; professional development opportunities; and the ability to support Latino youth through mentoring.
Latinos are starting businesses at three times the national average, far surpassing other groups. There are over 18,000 Latino-owned businesses in the greater Philadelphia region, including 11,000 in the City of Philadelphia. With a thriving and growing business community, GPHCC has increased its programming and outreach.
Each year, the GPHCC convenes, connects and celebrates the Latino business community in various events. Among them is Alegría Ball, the Chamber’s signature fundraising event which benefits the organization’s core programs.
In the same manner, The State of Hispanic Business, an annual symposium, informs Chamber members, partners, policymakers and the business community about the climate, condition, and trends that affect the region’s Latino-owned businesses. GPHCC’s Closing the Gap Conference, held for the first time in 2017, aims to bring resources and know-how to Latino entrepreneurs that are looking to address the disparity in outcomes that persist in contracting and firm size.
The Young Professional Network hosts the only career and college fair for Latino high school students in Philadelphia. The Youth Summit, which started as a one-day conference at a single high school, has expanded to become a two-day, STEM-focused event attended by Hispanic high school students from across the city. The summit attracts diverse professionals who inspire and coach students in panel discussions and workshops throughout the day.
Recognized as the premier voice and resource organization servicing Hispanic business in the greater Philadelphia region, the GPHCC’s will
continue advocate for business and community partners, fostering innovative ideas and programs to help our region thrive.