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.
$15 monthly / $150 annual
Businesses with just one employee
$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.
For commercial corridor businesses:
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.