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WHAT: Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and other members of Philadelphia City Council will come together Dec. 5th to announce a bold, new initiative designed to strengthen commercial corridors in neighborhoods and offer free services for small businesses that employ local residents. The initiative, called Power Up Your Business, is a neighborhood-centered approach to economic development. Launching in January, 2017, it will provide training and business development tools to the existing and aspiring small business owners that serve as the building blocks of daily commerce in so many neighborhoods. Child care centers, corner grocers, and other micro-businesses create hubs of activity, where residents can gather, catch up on the news, and build community. Moreover, small businesses are the biggest job creators in most cities, especially in underserved neighborhoods. A newly released report by the nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City titled The Big Impact of Small Business on Urban Job Creation examined five big cities across the nation - Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. It found that that if small inner-city businesses hired an additional one to three employees each unemployment could be eliminated in most neighborhoods.
WHO: Speakers include Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia; Mayor Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Parker, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Wayne Williams, a College faculty member who will work as a consultant to the program. Joining the announcement will be: City Council members Blondell Reynolds-Brown, Derek Green, William Greenlee, Helen Gym, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Mark Squilla. Small businesses owners and partners also will attend.
WHEN: Press conference begins at 11 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016
WHERE: Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall.
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