Small Business Success Stories

A Small Business Week Program

Friday, March 09, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

This culminating Small Business Week event will focus on Greater Philadelphia and how it supports and fosters growth for businesses no matter their stage of growth. Hear from our speakers about their journey in starting a business and ultimately what has led them to success.

Keynote Speaker: 

Anthony Maher, Co-CEO, 1776 / Benjamin's Desk
Anthony Maher is driven to help grow startup entrepreneurship in this region. He is the co-founder of Benjamin’s Dev, a local dev shop and talent platform and co-CEO of Benjamin’s Desk which recently merged with D.C. based co-working space 1776 to better serve entrepreneurs along the East Coast.

Featured Panelists:

Dhakshina Kasthuri, Co-Founder, Vea Fitness
Dhakshina Kasthuri started an app called Vea Fitness with co-Founder, Jonathan Maxim, out of a college dorm. Vea Fitness encourages people to exercise and stay healthy through a rewards system.

Sam Mink, Owner, Oyster House & Partner, Mission Taqueria
Philadelphia-native Sam Mink is the third-generation owner of Oyster House, a 41-year-old seafood restaurant and raw bar, and partner at Mission Taqueria.

Sara Villari, Owner & Creative Director, Occasionette
Sara Villari started making illustrated goods for friends back in 2006 then went on to create your own business, Occasionette in 2013 first in East Passyunk and have now opened a second location in Collingswood, New Jersey. Occasionette has been named a Best of Philly almost every year since it first opened and is featured in Etsy’s City Guide of Philadelphia

Moderated by: Anthony Mongeluzo, President, PCS

Anthony Mongeluzo is a serial entrepreneur, computer expert and CEO/President of PCS. In 2000, at the age of 20 and with no outside capital, he founded Pro Computer Service (PCS) in his parents’ home. Today, his IT firm operates in five states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland) and recently opened a Washington, D.C. office

We’re proud to partner with Comcast Business to present Small Business Week 2018. This week-long campaign highlights our region's commitment to small and growth-oriented businesses featuring educational programs and networking opportunities for our region’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.

This Event is Closed


Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary, availability is not guaranteed for walk-ins. Payment is required upon registration/entrance. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made. Tickets will be held at the door. Reserved seating for tables of 10 only. Please advise your guests that tickets will be held at the door under your company name.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

Photo Policy:
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional purposes in connection with the Chamber and its Councils.


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