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About BGP

The Business Growth Partnerships (BGP) started out of a desire to help people learn how to establish and cultivate meaning professional connections.  Most business associations are for the lack of other words, terrible, and we plan to change that.  We plan to disrupt the old business membership association model by offering more value to our members, creating innovative and activity based events, and facilitating ongoing professional development programs. 

Our Mission

CONNECT - Companies with new partners and opportunities. Connect with the local community

GROW - business for our members and boost economic growth in our region  

PROMOTE - Create promotional opportunities for  our individual and corporate members

COLLABORATE - with the community to address the areas most pressing social and economic issues.

Meet Our Founder

Pittsburgh's Champion Of Kids With Disabilities

Pancho Timmons

Founder & CEO

Pancho Timmons was about to drop out of Slippery Rock University when a 5-minute conversation changed his life. His writing teacher recognized his classroom struggles as undiagnosed dyslexia and encouraged him to get the proper help.

He followed that advice, stayed in school and went on to earn a couple of master’s degrees.

His early experience overcoming a disability helped direct his career of helping others. He worked for 14 years with the Office of Rehab Services, but he felt he could do more and moved on.

Today, at age 42, Pancho is the CEO of Pennsylvania Youth Initiative (PYI), an organization that gives career opportunities to transition-aged kids with disabilities and increases workplace diversity and inclusion.

Approximately 275,000 students in Pennsylvania have a disability. The unemployment rate for them is double that of the rest of the population, according to the Department of Labor and Industry.

In the nearly two years since PYI formed, the organization has helped more than 300 job-seekers find happiness and employment.

Read the full article here: https://www.kidsburgh.org/kidsburgh-hero-pancho-timmons-of-pa-youth-initiative/