Founding Partners

Consolidated Communications Consolidated Communications became a part of the Chamber’s region through its 2007 acquisition of Pittsburgh-based North Pittsburgh Systems, a public company that included North Pittsburgh Telephone, Nauticom, and Penn Telecom. Consolidated Communications traces its roots to its founding in 1894 as the Mattoon Telephone Company originally serving Mattoon, Illinois. Through three generations of family leadership, the company grew into Consolidated Communications, the nation’s thirteenth largest telecommunications company offering local and long distance telephony, dial-up and high speed internet services, digital television, and other telecommunication services to customers in Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania. The Chamber is proud and honored to have Consolidated Communications as a Founding Partner because Consolidated has consistently demonstrated Chamber support and leadership through its financial commitment and its active role in Chamber board leadership positions.

Dollar Bank Dollar Bank is a Pittsburgh icon with local roots that run 155 years deep. Dollar was founded on July 19th, 1855 by Charles Colton and was originally named the Pittsburgh Dollar Savings Institution; its first day deposits totaled just $53.00. The company name was changed to Dollar Bank in 1858 and the bank spent the next century serving the needs of Pittsburgh area businesses and individuals with deposit, checking, and lending services. Dollar has steadily grown into the organization that exists today with over 60 branch offices and loan centers serving the Pittsburgh and Cleveland metropolitan areas. From its humble beginnings with deposits of just $53.00, Dollar Bank has grown to become one of the nation’s largest independent mutual banks with total assets of $5.7 billion. The Chamber is honored to have a Pittsburgh area institution like Dollar engaged in Partnership with us and we welcome their active participation and leadership.

La Roche College La Roche College is The Chamber’s inaugural Founding Partner and its beautiful campus is situated nearly in the center of The Chamber’s footprint. La Roche was found in 1963 by the Sisters of Divine Providence and it conferred its first degrees to five students in 1965. Over the next four decades, the college grew to meet its growing enrollment demands through an expanded curriculum and via the construction of new educational buildings and residence halls. Today La Roche College is fully accredited by several national governing bodies and the college offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, 20 undergraduate minors, and three graduate programs. The college also fields twelve intercollegiate athletic teams competing in Division III of the NCAA and in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. La Roche’s story of successful growth over such a short history exemplifies the kind of quality growth that The Chamber seeks to pursue and we value La Roche’s Partnership with our vision.

UPMC Passavant UPMC Passavant, with two facilities located within the heart of The Chamber footprint, is a part of the world-class UPMC health system. With roots dating back to the 1800’s, UPMC is Western PA’s largest employer with 50,000 employees and it operates 20 academic, community, and specialty hospitals and 400 outpatient sites, employs 2,700 physicians, and offers an array of rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term care facilities. UPMC Passavant’s McCandless campus was recently expanded through the addition of its new Patient Pavilion. The McCandless campus now offers nearly 400 inpatient beds and expansive patient care services including emergency medicine, cardiology, oncology, surgical services and more. The Cranberry Township campus offers a broad array of health services including its own emergency room as well as a comprehensive breast center and state-of-the-art imaging center, The Cranberry campus is slated for expansion as well. Western Pennsylvania’s health care legacy continues to grow and The Chamber and its 1,000 members are proud to have the support and care provided by our Partner, UPMC Passavant.

Sofranko Advisory Group, LLC Sofranko Advisory Group is a resource for companies and individuals who want to start, grow, finance, franchise and make their business’ vision become reality. Rounded out by a distinguished network of over 1,600 well respected and veteran professionals, the Sofranko Advisory Group gets results. Expertise includes finance, real estate, franchising, acquisitions and the hospitality industry. Our goal is to analyze, review all existing operations and human resources, to listen to the vision of the owners and assist them in reaching their goals. We assist them in  developing  a game plan as a key advisor to the owners of small businesses from start up to 20 M in revenue. Throughout our network, we also review 60 to 70 new business opportunities every year to further enhance our business opportunity portfolio.

At the Sofranko Advisory Group, one of the key attributes is that WE CARE about results and assist in making the right decisions for the small business owner. With our distinguished and powerful network, we have developed an experience level well over 90 years that will make a difference in your small business. Visit out website at and request a free consultation today for your small business.