PHA Hosts a Juneteenth Pop Up Shop for PHA Residents Who Are Growing Their Own Businesses, Strengthening their Communities


For PHA: Linda Wallace

[email protected]

Cell: 713-302-9967


WHAT: Philly’s weeklong Juneteenth Celebration, PHA residents and Housing Choice Voucher tenants who own their own businesses will have a chance to sell their wares and grow their own businesses at an outdoor market. In addition to these diverse vendors, festivities include a Double-Dutch competition, a free intro to Mosaic workshop, a free CPR class, music and fun! Of all the racial groups surveyed in a recent report by Babson College, Black Americans had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity (35%), followed by Hispanic people (27%). Despite this strong interest, both groups remain less likely to run established businesses than white entrepreneurs. To address this issue, PHA began offering regular entrepreneurship workshops and a six-month fellowship as a way to support these home-based micro-businesses. Since then, more than 50 business owners have completed the comprehensive Fellowship program covering the full range of business fundamentals. PHA Fellows receive: up to a $3,000 small business grant; up to $2,000 worth of books, licenses and certification for their business, and an opportunity to receive free office space and services in Resident Advisory Board’s resident Incubator.


WHEN: The best media opportunities will be available from noon to 11:30 to 1:30 PM Monday, June 17, 2024.

WHERE: Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center (761 N 47th St, Philadelphia, PA 19139).

DETAILS: More than 300 people are expected to attend. There will music, food, prizes and giveaways including laptops and gift cards. PHA entrepreneurs will be selling a variety of items including food, desserts, clothing, crafts, and candles.  Come interview these remarkable entrepreneurs who are getting increased recognition on social media, and in the news media.