On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the Chilean, French, German, Irish, Israeli, Japanese, Norwegian, and Russian Chambers of Commerce as well as the Delaware Division of Small Business, the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, and the World Trade Center Delaware, for a tristate area networking event. More than 150 global business professionals and government leaders participated. Internationally minded executives with operations in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania mingled and exchanged ideas in the striking, bright, open, main lobby of Hercules Plaza. Business cards were exchanged and global connections were made throughout the two hour program.

This international event was hosted by 1313 Innovation/McConnell Johnson Real Estate. Founder, Paul McConnell, is a BABCPHL Club Level and Board Member.  1313 Innovation’s mission is to enrich Delaware’s business community by being the most groundbreaking resource for professionals and students. 1313 strives to connect business leaders, and universities to transform Wilmington into the epitome of innovation. They support the development of its members in their roles as business leaders mainly through local and national networking, strategic alliances and partnerships in education. Our group was honored to help Paul and his team meet their mission through collaboration on this second annual international gathering.

Paul and his colleagues Lauren Spinelli and Shona Grace, at 1313 Innovation and McConnell Johnson Real Estate graciously welcomed our group. Event sponsors also included: DLAPiper and the University of Delaware.  The event involved executives from a wide range of industry sectors, and businesses with operations in the three states, and the across the world.  After brief remarks from BABCPHL President Michael Pedrick, sponsor introductions, and comments from: Paul McConnell, Managing Member, McConnell Johnson Real Estate; Matt Denn, Partner, DLAPiper; Ted Foltyn, Adjunct Faculty, Horn Entrepreneurship, University of Delaware; Kurt Foreman, President & CEO, Delaware Prosperity Partnership; and Millar (Joe) White, Vice Consul, Trade & Investment Officer – Technology, Department for International Trade, British Embassy, there was a business card raffle draw for exciting prizes such a as international chamber branded gear, wine, coffee table books, guest passes to future events, and four seats to a 2019 Philadelphia Union home soccer game.  Guests networked and continued to mix and mingle long after the event officially ended.

Sincere thanks to all sponsors and partners. Click here for photos.




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