At Stratosphere Networks, we don't just strive to excel as an IT managed service provider. We also aim to forge strong ties with the Chicago community and make it a better place for all of us to not just live but thrive. In addition to providing comprehensive IT solutions to help local organizations succeed, our team reaches out and gives back to the community in various ways.
Supporting Others in the Tech World
ASCII Group affiliation: Our company is proud to be part of The ASCII Group, the oldest and largest group of independent IT solution providers, integrators, and VARS worldwide. ASCII members get access to education, training, knowledge sharing among peers, business service discounts, and more.
ITA membership: Stratosphere Networks is a member of the Chicago-based Illinois Technology Association, a not-for-profit organization with a focus on scaling tech companies in Illinois. Since 2013, the ITA has concentrated its energy on growth-stage tech companies. The organization offers its members access to connections that can lead to new business/partnerships/workers, resources for locating and retaining top talent, and visibility via published work on the ITA blog and in the group's newsletter.
Catapult Chicago sponsorship: We also sponsor/partner with Catapult Chicago, a community of technology startups. By providing Catapult members with high-quality IT infrastructure, our team gives them the resources they need to sustain a rapid rate of business growth. Founded by and for entrepreneurs, Catapult is also the only non-profit workspace for local startups that show business traction.
CompTIA Managed Services Community membership: Kevin Rubin, the president and COO of Stratosphere Networks, serves on the executive council of the CompTIA Managed Services Community, a group of technology industry leaders ranging from managed service providers to managed service vendors to IT industry thought leaders. In addition to promoting best practices to advance the managed IT services industry, the group offers guidance and leadership concerning the programs, education, and research from CompTIA, a non-profit trade association for the IT industry headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Forming Strong Ties in the Business Community
Creation of an inclusive, collaborative, rewarding work environment: We've been recognized as one of Crain's Best Places to Work for three years in a row (2015, 2016, and 2017). Stratosphere Networks has earned a place on the Crain's list not only as one of the best places to work general but also as one of the top companies for millennials, women, and minorities. Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits like flexible work arrangements, the ability to work from home, and training and certification programs fully paid for by the company. Additionally, Stratosphere Networks has created an executive leadership team with a focus on improving the performance review process and organizational development tasks. We're also constantly working to forge and strengthen relationships with other Chicago business leaders.
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce: In order to support and connect with other businesses in the community, we're a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, which seeks to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly area in the country. We've participated in Chamber events such as The Exchange, a tradeshow attended by hundreds of professionals and exhibitors for the purposes of networking and discussing modern business success.
Evanston Chamber of Commerce: Stratosphere Networks also supports other businesses in Chicagoland through its Evanston (Illinois) Chamber of Commerce membership. The Evanston Chamber helps its members succeed through programs, services, and leadership opportunities.
Giving Back and Volunteering
Lawrence Hall Board membership and volunteer work: Steve Melchiorre, CEO of Stratosphere Networks, is a member of the Board of Trustees for Lawrence Hall, a Chicago-based social services organization that has helped abused and neglected youth and their families in the Chicago metropolitan area for more than 150 years. We make monthly donations to the organization, and we've also taken part in volunteer efforts to support Lawrence Hall, such as hosting a holiday gift drive.
Interfaith Youth Core sponsorship: The company has supported the efforts of Interfaith Youth Core (headquartered in Chicago) to foster discussion about how people of different faiths can find common ground as they engage in civic life.
Autism Speaks support: We've backed the annual Chicago Chef's Soiree hosted by New York City-based Autism Speaks to benefit children and families struggling with autism.
Greater Chicago Food Depository sponsorship: We've supported the CANstruction effort benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide thousands of hungry people in Cook County with meals.
Alliance of the Great Lakes sponsorship: We've contributed to the annual Taste of the Great Lakes fundraiser hosted by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes to raise funds to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource. Additionally, we've participated in the Alliance's efforts to remove litter from local beaches for International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Meals on Wheels participation: On the first Wednesday of each month, we deliver for Meals on Wheels Chicago, an organization that aims to promote independence and improve quality of life for homebound seniors and people with disabilities.
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sponsorship: Stratosphere Networks has sponsored the annual Rockin' for Recovery fundraiser hosted by Chicago-based Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare to raise funds to help people with mental illness secure housing and buy food and medicine until they get access to entitlements.
Global Leadership Summit support: We make monthly donations to the Global Leadership Summit, an annual two-day leadership training event that takes place at the Willow Creek Association campus in South Barrington, Illinois every August. The Summit is simulcast live to more than 600 satellite locations around the world.
Partnerships Outside of the Chicago Area
International Justice Mission support: We make monthly donations to IJM, a global organization headquartered in Washington , D.C. that focuses on human rights and combats sex trafficking and slavery.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital support: Stratosphere Networks donates monthly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee to support the advancement of cures and preventive treatments for pediatric diseases.
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