Thomas J. Donohue Thomas J. Donohue
Advisor and Former Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


March 11, 2019


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce exists to help businesses thrive by advocating for the pro-growth policies that will create a strong economy and by providing the tools and resources they need to start, run, and grow.

Few people who run a business wake up thinking about what’s happening in Washington or worrying about a given policy proposal. They are thinking about the survival of their companies. They are singularly focused on the exhilarating and terrifying process of growing a startup. They are consumed with everything from choosing the right business insurance to figuring out a pricing model to working with bankers to secure a loan.

Many of them don’t know that the Chamber is here to help.

Enter CO—, a digital platform designed specifically for ambitious, growth-minded business owners who are eager to take the next big leap. Launched in late February, CO— can be an invaluable instrument in the toolkit of small and middle market business owners. Its goal is to reach businesses at every stage of growth – from creation to expansion.

Grow with CO—

Designed for business owners, CO— is a site that connects like minds and delivers actionable insights for next-level growth.

The interactive platform connects business owners and aspirants with timely and relevant content. It gives them access to ideas and advice from CEOs, business leaders, and forward-thinking experts from across the country. And it showcases inspiring stories and practical lessons from owners of other young companies who are striving and succeeding.

CO— also puts entrepreneurs in touch with the unparalleled assets and subject-matter expertise of the Chamber. Most important, it enables the Chamber to now reach startups at scale – meeting people wherever they are, with the help and resources they need, when they need it most.

To build and lead CO—, we brought together a top-notch team of journalists and creatives with digital prowess and a proven record of success at media companies like The Atlantic,, Business News Daily, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., and Thomson Reuters. Every person on the CO— team cares deeply about building a vibrant entrepreneurial community and helping business owners succeed.

Serving businesses is what the Chamber has been known for since its founding more than a century ago, and it’s still at the core of who we are today. CO— is part of our broader commitment to helping growth-minded companies in ways that are innovative and inspiring, with a focus on real-world tactics for achieving success.

Through CO—, America’s dreamers and doers will thrive in good company. Visit

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Thomas J. Donohue

Thomas J. Donohue

Thomas J. Donohue is advisor and former chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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