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.

Dollar Bank Dollar Bank is a Pittsburgh icon with local roots that run more than 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, Dollar Bank has grown to become one of the nation’s largest independent mutual banks.

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.

UPMC Passavant UPMC Passavant is a world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of accountable, cost-effective, patient-centered care. It provides more than $887 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 62,000 employees, 22 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, a nearly 2.3-million-member health insurance division, and international and commercial operations. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 10 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals — and No. 1 in Pennsylvania.

A well-respected and deeply rooted community hospital, UPMC Passavant has transformed into an advanced care center offering services in all medical specialties and many subspecialties, with emphasis in: cardiac, cancer, spine/neurosurgery, gastrointestinal and colorectal, and women’s health programs. UPMC Passavant’s seven-story pavilion in McCandless enhanced the hospital’s ability to provide highly specialized medical and surgical treatment while improving the patient-family experience. The campus in Cranberry includes an Emergency Department, a Comprehensive Breast Center, a complete diagnostic services department, including CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, general and cardiac nuclear medicine and echocardiography, and outpatient surgical services.

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.