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November Business Digest

Celebrating our Neighborhood's Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

We are thankful every day for the small businesses that make our neighborhood unique. Many business-owners rely on the holidays for a large share of their sales, and this weekend - Small Business Saturday on November 25 - is a great time to show them your love and shop local. Check out our guide to Celebrating Small Businesses this Saturday and beyond!


Taste of Fairmount

Taste of Fairmount, last Thursday, was an amazing display of the diverse talents and tastes of our neighborhood restaurants! Click here for photos and a recap of the event, including our award-winners, raffle contributors and partners.


An Urgent Opportunity

While Taste of Fairmount helps fund our support for local businesses, the core of Fairmount CDC's budget comes from tax credit partners - local businesses who can receive up to $100,000 in annual tax credits for investing in economic development projects that drive local growth. We have an urgent need to identify two new partners by January 1 in order to keep our funding. Read more about the opportunity at and please connect us with businesses interested in building community around Fairmount and Girard, from Fairmount Park to Broad Street!


Entrepreneurship Month

We are celebrating our future community business-leaders as well - November is National Entrepreneurship Month and saw four neighbors, Carlene Kirkpatrick, Athena Dugan, Sheila Berry, and Jamisha Ryans, graduate our PhillyiHub entrepreneur training program. Get a glimpse into Carlene's business in our PhillyiHub Spotlight. The next cohort of this free class will launch in early 2024; sign up here!


Neighborhood News

Lastly, check out these community businesses in the news! Read about changes at Uhuru to keep meeting their mission, FOX29's trip to Horticulture in Brewerytown and MM Partners' work remaking the F.A. Poth Brewery at 31st and Jefferson. The Monkey & The Elephant made this list of "Philly Coffee Shops That Do Good" and Billy Penn has written the pending opening of The Boozy Mutt dog bar in the former North Star Bar space, featuring "beer, food, and cocktails — including a citywide that comes with a dog biscuit."


GAMBA Business Spotlight

This month’s GAMBA business spotlight features Cultivaire, located at 915 North 28th Street, bringing plants, flowers, and more to the Philadelphia area! Read all about their collection of plants that will impress your guests for all of your holiday gatherings!

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