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Fairmount CDC's business development priorities are to focus on business development (assisting aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups), business growth (assisting existing/establish businesses grow) and business sustainability (ensuring longevity in new and established businesses).
Greater Art Museum Area Business Alliance

GAMBA is a community-based business alliance working to maintain, enhance and promote the Greater Art Museum Area as a destination community in the City of Philadelphia for business owners, residents and tourists. Whether you are a retailer, restaurant, professional service, or real estate developer, a membership in GAMBA will help you grow your business through marketing, networking, and business assistance, while being part of the overall marketing and promotion of the Greater Art Museum Area. Furthermore, your membership contributes to clean and safe commercial corridors, public space projects, and community events in our Art Museum Area neighborhoods.



Membership Options

Sole Proprietor

$15 monthly / $150 annual

Businesses with just one employee


Small Business

$25 monthly / $250 annual

Brick & mortar businesses with up to 2 employees


Medium to Large Business

$35 monthly / $350 annual

Brick & mortar businesses with 3 or more employees


*Nonprofit rates available - email

Business Incentives & Programs

Fairmount CDC works closely with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and other partners to connect business owners to incentives, financing and technical assistance. 


For all businesses:

Business Security Camera Program – Commercial properties that install video surveillance outside of their properties and register with SafeCam can receive up to 50% reimbursement of the costs.

Kiva City Philadelphia – Access no-interest microloans through this crowdfunding platform.

The Merchants Fund – Grants to help small business stabilize, remain viable and grow.

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) – PIDC offers workshops as well as loans and contract lines of credit for Philadelphia businesses.

Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) – Housed at the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library, the BRIC offers business and nonprofit information and one-on-one research assistance, including patent and trademark resources.

Power Up Your Business Program – Free, neighborhood-based classes and business coaching for small business owners, offered by the Community College of Philadelphia.

For commercial corridor businesses:

InStore Program – Forgiveable loans for new or expanding businesses on select commercial corridors.

Storefront Improvement Program – Eligible businesses and property owners receive a 50% reimbursement for the costs associated with improving the façade of a building.


Additional programs and incentives are also available. Please contact us for any help conducting business in the Greater Art Museum Area.

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Fairmount Community Development Corporation

2837 W. Girard Avenue. Philadelphia, PA 19130