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The Small Business Series

Introducing

Small Business Series

The Small Business Series (SBS) will showcase outstanding, Black-owned organizations across Philadelphia that align with the Whitney M. Young pillars of equality and economic empowerment. The series will uplift and support Philadelphia's Black businesses by awarding capital and providing increased exposure and visibility in the greater Wharton ecosystem.

The Small Business Series' inaugural year will set a precedent. It will become a staple for Philadelphia’s small business community and forge the connection to Whitney M. Young’s legacy and future impact in the business world.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the SBS team at sbs@wmyconference.com.

 

 

SBS Application Period

Applications are now closed

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Open Application Period

Oct. 4 - Oct. 31, 2021

Application Screening Process

Oct. - Nov. 2020

Top 20 Semi-finalists Announced

Late Nov. 2020

Workshop Modules for Top 20 Semi-finalists

Late Nov. - Dec. 2020

Delivery of Short Pitches by Top 20 Semi-finalists

Early January 2021

Top 10 Finalists Announced & One-on-one Office Hours with NVC Mentors

Mid Jan. - Mid Feb. 2021

Who is eligible for the Small Business Series?

To be eligible to participate in the SBS, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Small business (annual revenue of less than $1 million)
  • Black-owned
  • Philadelphia-based
  • 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees

Judging Criteria

Business Model

How sustainable is the business model? Is it unique and can its advantages be defended?

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How large and loyal is the customer base? Has revenue grown over time?

Demonstrated Traction

Demonstrated Community Impact

How has the business engaged with and improved the Philadelphia community?

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Does the team have the skills, strategy, and willingness to continue to expand the business? What are the business' future plans?

Growth Potential

The strength of an application submission will be assessed against the following four category areas:

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Selected NVC finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their new venture in front of a panel of esteemed judges and compete for a chance to win up to $175,000 in non-equity financing and other in-kind prizes to springboard their businesses

Industry Practitioners

Our Judges

Mercedes BentPartner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Brittany DavisGeneral Partner, Backstage Capital
Erik Moore WG '96Founder & Managing Director, Base Ventures
Elliott RobinsonPartner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Jason ScottHead of US Startup Developer Ecosystem, Google
Alice VilmaManaging Director, Multicultural Client Strategy, Morgan Stanley

Selected NVC finalists will have the opportunity to connect for two one-on-one sessions with our NVC mentors to further refine their pitch and seek additional business guidance on their ventures

Industry Practitioners

Our Mentors

Kofoworola AgbajeInvestor, Quona Capital
Frederik GrocePrincipal, Storm Ventures | Co-Founder BLCK VC
B.A. SillahManaging Partner, Kola Global Advisors
Jarrid TingleManaging Partner, Harlem Capital
Brittany HenryInvestment Associate, Impact America Fund
Alpha to Omega Termite and Pest Control

5821 Haverford Ave        Philadelphia, PA 19131 www.aqpest.com

 

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse

2578 Frankford Ave, 1st Floor Philadelphia, PA 19125 www.amalgamphilly.com

 

ARTrageous Brush & Flow

6345 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 www.artrageousbrushandflow.com

 

Balancing Life & Kids, Inc.

818 Alexander Ave                    Drexel Hill, PA 19026 www.balancinglifeandkids.com

 

Boateng Psychotherapy & Consultation

1226 S. Broad St              Philadelphia, PA 19146 www.akuakboateng.com

 

Bodyrock Bootcamp

3858 Lancaster Ave         Philadelphia, PA 19104 www.bodyrockbootcamp.net

 

Buddha Babe Co

7101 Emlen St                 Philadelphia, PA 19119 www.buddhababe.us

 

Career Services by Elle, LLC

5444 Arlington St           Philadelphia, PA 19131 www.ellecareerservices.net

 

Chestnut Hill Cleaning Company

7701 Crefeld St               Philadelphia, PA 19118 www.chestnuthillcleaning.com

 

Civic Capital Consulting

7300 City Ave, Suite 360 Philadelphia, PA 19151 www.civiccapitalconsulting.com

 

Custom Arts Studio, LLC

438 East Hortter St, Side Door Philadelphia, PA 19119 www.customartsstudio.com

 

D&P Financial Services

6941 Limekiln Pike          Philadelphia, PA 19138 www.dnpfinancial.com

 

Daddy University Inc.

1500 JFK Blvd, Suite 1410       Philadelphia, PA 19102 www.daddyuniv.com

 

Dear Laney

1241 Carpenter St           Philadelphia, PA 19146 www.xodearlaney.com

 

Diaspora Educational Services, LLC

150 W. Abbottsford Ave   Philadelphia, PA 19144 www.diasporaeducationalservices.org

 

Dreams Ice Cream Factory At Glenside

33 E. Glenside Ave               Glenside, PA 19038 www.dreamsicecream.com

 

Dreams Lash Bar

4161 Ridge Ave               Philadelphia, PA 19129 www.dreamslashbar.com

 

Duafe Holistic Hair Care Inc.

3129 N 22nd St               Philadelphia, PA 19132 www.duafehairsalon.com

 

Joshua’s Catering

804 Oak Lane,                 Philadelphia, PA 19126 www.joshuasevents.com

 

 

EDAY APP Inc.

www.edayapp.com

 

Grandmas Hands, LLC

4627 Baltimore Ave       Philadelphia, PA 19143

 

Grant Blvd

3605 Lancaster Ave             Philadelphia, PA 19104www.grantblvd.com

 

Greener Little Seeds, LLC

2534 Amber St                 Philadelphia, PA 19125  www.greenerlittleseeds.com

 

Hair Vyce Studio

4828 Baltimore Ave        Philadelphia, PA 19143 www.hairvyce.com

 

Hairs 2 U Wig Bank

760 S. 4th St                   Philadelphia, PA 19147 www.hairs2u.org

 

Haitian House

1415 McKinley St               Philadelphia, PA 19149

 

Hakim's Bookstore & Gift Shop

210 S. 52nd St                 Philadelphia, PA 19139 www.hakimsbookstore.com

 

John Graves Productions

1214 South St                Philadelphia, PA 19149 www.johngravesproductions.org

 

Just It's Electric, LLC

3900 Ford Road, Suite 5 Philadelphia, PA 19131   www.justitselectric.com

 

Kingdom Social Media

7551 Malvern Ave           Philadelphia, PA 19151   www.kingdomsocialmedia.com

 

Lash Bash

1716 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor Philadelphia PA 19103 www.lashbashsalon.com

 

Le Mandingue African Restaurant

6620 Woodland Ave           Philadelphia, PA 19142   www.lemandinguephilly.com

 

Learning Garden Philly

734 South St                  Philadelphia, PA 19147www.earlyliteracyacademy.com

 

Loving Heart Behavior & Rehabilitation Services Inc.

543 Bloomfield Ave                   Drexel Hill, PA 19026 www.lovingheartbehavior.net

 

Lucky Thirteen Candle Company

www.luckythirteencandle.com

 

Marsh + Mane

529 S. 4th St                             Philadelphia, PA 19147   www.marshandmane.com

 

Mel's Butter Blends

3675 Market St, Suite 200 Philadelphia, PA 19104 www.melsbutterblends.com

 

Mister Relaxation Spa & Lounge

6325 Germantown Ave   Philadelphia, PA 19144 www.misterrelaxationspa.com

 

National Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society

762 S. Martin St             Philadelphia, PA 19146 www.marianandersonhistoricalsociety.weebly.com

2022 Applicants

Nicole Enterprizes Fitness & Apparels, LLC

290 Westbrook Drive     Swedesboro, NJ 08085

 

Neighborhood Progress Fund

1300 W. Lehigh Ave, Suite 100       Philadelphia, PA 19132  www.npfp.org

 

One Art Community Center

1431-39 N. 52nd St          Philadelphia, PA 19131   www.oneartcommunitycenter.com

 

Paradise Gallery, LLC

41 S. 52 St                                 Philadelphia, PA 19139

 

Pet Parent Allies

672 W. Johnson St           Philadelphia, PA 19144 www.petparentallies.com

 

Pure OrganiKs

www.porganiks.com

 

Rage Philly, LLC

1101 Ivy Hill Rd, Unit 2   Philadelphia, PA 19150   www.rageroomphiladelphia.com

 

Reaching Nirvana, LLC


Sarah Car Care Inc.

7147 Lynford St               Philadelphia, PA 19149   www.sarahcarcare.com

 

Senoj Clothing

1609 South St                     Philadelphia, PA 19146   www.shopsenoj.com

 

SMART Fitness Personal Training & Exercise Studio

2499 N. 50th St, Ground Floor Philadelphia, PA 19131   www.smartfitnessstudio.com

 
Solara Natural Hair Designs

7359 Ogontz Ave             Philadelphia, PA 19138   www.solaranaturalhairdesigns.com

 

The Dress Matters

1024 N. Providence Road         Media, PA 19063 www.thedressmatters.com

 

The Haus of Soul

1516 N. 5th St                  Philadelphia, PA 19122www.petrasherbinfox.com/haus-of-soul-studio

 

The Pink Lady Hair Studio

6009 Chestnut St             Philadelphia, PA 19139 www.square.site/book/K6R742XS5W6C8/the-pink-lady-hair-studio-phila-pa

 

The Sable Collective

1400 N. American St                 Philadelphia, PA 19122  www.thesablecollective.com

 

Tribaja

3675 Market St.                Philadelphia, PA 19104     www.tribaja.co

 

Workaholix Media Consulting

3675 Market St. Suite 200 Philadelphia, PA 19104 www.workaholixconsulting.com

 

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