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Think-tank leader plans a 'chamber of entrepreneurs'

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Matt Brouillette may be leaving the Commonwealth Foundation, a Harrisburg-based conservative think tank, but he's not going very far.

Last week, the foundation's president and CEO announced he would be stepping down at the end of June to pursue a new but related endeavor.

Today Brouillette announced that venture: the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs, launching July 1.

The new organization, not to be confused with a chamber of commerce, will focus on improving public policies for all people, not just for businesses, he said.

"There is a difference between advocating for free enterprise and free markets — they benefit and help everyone to flourish — and being pro-business," he said.

Still, Commonwealth Partners will be structured as a 501(c)(6) membership organization, much like a business league or chamber of commerce. And it will pack a "political punch" behind good public policies," he said. 

Brouillette will be joined in this endeavor by two Pennsylvania entrepreneurs who will serve as founding trustees: David Barensfeld, president and CEO of Ellwood Group Inc. in Ellwood City, and Richard Harper, principal of the R.E. Harper Group of Cos. in Cumberland County.

Charles Mitchell will replace Brouillette at the Commonwealth Foundation. He is currently the executive vice president.

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