Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Verizon Present First Small Business Week May 13-17 to Celebrate Region's Small

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Verizon Present First Small Business
            Week May 13-17 to Celebrate Region's Small Businesses

Activities Include Workshops, Networking Events and More

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, April 29, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Greater Philadelphia Chamber
of Commerce and Verizon will present Greater Philadelphia's inaugural Small
Business Week May 13–17, celebrating and recognizing the critical
contributions of the Greater Philadelphia region's more than 150,000 small

The 2013 Small Business Week will feature a series of events allowing
small-business owners to gain insights to better run their business and
opportunities to network, including:

  oMay 14: Small Business Week Educational Workshop – GPCC offices, DiBona
    Room, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Delivering Exceptional Customer Service. The
    panel discussion will focus on the best techniques to connect with clients
    and deliver exceptional customer service. The workshop is free for chamber
    members and $35 for nonmembers.
  oMay 16: Small Business Webinar presented by Verizon – Denise Hart, author
    and executive momentum coach, will host a free webinar, Defining Your
    Don't Quit Attitude – For Business Owners, at 2 p.m. The webinar, part of
    the Verizon Live Business Webinar series, will be accessible anywhere
    there is broadband access. Anyone interested in participating can
    register online at
  oMay 17: Keynote Event: Create Contagious Content for Your Business – Jonah
    Berger,  author of "Contagious: Why Things Catch On" and one of the
    world's foremost experts on what goes viral and why, will deliver the
    week's keynote program, Create Contagious Content for Your Business.
    Berger, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of
    Pennsylvania, studies social epidemics, or how products, ideas and
    behaviors catch on and become popular. He is an expert on how individual
    decision-making and social dynamics between people generate collective
    outcomes such as social contagion and trends. The event will be held at
    the WHYY Studios in downtown Philadelphia from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The
    registration fee for the event is $45 for Chamber of Commerce members and
    $90 for nonmembers. Attendees also will receive a free copy of Berger's

Every year since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a
proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the
critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small-business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they
create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

"Small and local businesses are the foundation of our region's economy," said
Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of
Commerce. "The chamber is dedicated to facilitating a business-friendly
climate that allows owners and entrepreneurs to grow and create jobs. We look
forward to celebrating the success of the region's small businesses throughout
this week."

As part of the Small Business Week celebration, Verizon "Street Team" events
will be held at various locations across the city. Verizon representatives
will promote the Small Business Week activities, including Friday's keynote
event with Jonah Berger. In addition, the Street Teams will give away
prizes. For locations and other details, follow the teams on Twitter on
@Verizon and @PhillyChamber.

Tim Smith, Verizon region president of consumer and mass business markets for
Pennsylvania and Delaware and a member of the chamber's executive board, said:
"We're excited to help bring this first-ever, week-long celebration to the
greater Philadelphia region to bring together small businesses in this market,
provide them with resources and encourage their growth. At Verizon, many of
our customers are small-business owners, and we are committed to providing the
latest solutions and resources that will help advance their business."

More information about the GPCC Small Business Week can be found online at

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting
regional economic growth, advancing business-friendly public policies, and
servicing its members through outstanding programs, benefits and services. As
an advocate for regional development, the Chamber is dedicated to supporting
and encouraging the continued growth of its 5,000 member companies together
with the regional business community. The Chamber strives to influence
business-friendly legislation in all levels of government, participate in
initiatives to improve education and the community, present professional
enrichment programs, and provide our members with cost-efficient ways to run
their businesses. For more information, visit:

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless
network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also
provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues,
Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900. For more information, visit 

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Contact: Marissa Williams, GPCC, 215-790-3823,; or Lee Gierczynski, Verizon, 412-633-5574,
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