Business For Good: $3,000 Covid-19 Forgivable Loans

A group of bold-face name Philly business leaders are funding loans to small businesses left out of PPP and, in the process, providing all of us with an object lesson

By Larry Platt

Guest Commentary: Social Equity and Climate Resistance Are Economic Drivers

The director of Philly’s Sustainable Business Network offers a blueprint to creating a fairer and stronger economic ecosystem during our recovery

By Anna Shipp

Putting Money to Work

Women’s Way is set to expand a financial coaching program that has already helped 250 low- and moderate-income women save $115,000. Could it be the key to getting them through the pandemic?

By Malcolm Burnley

The Virus and the City: Cory Booker’s $50 Billion Bet

Drexel’s Metro Finance Lab director worked with Senator Booker on his RELIEF for Main Street Act—a lifeline to small and minority-owned businesses supported by 100 mayors. Will Congress pass it?

By Bruce Katz, Michael Saadine and Colin Higgins

Who is—And Who Isn’t—Distributing PPP Loans

Community development financial institutions like North Philly’s Beech Business Bank invest in inner city mom-and-pop businesses. So why weren’t they giving out federal Paycheck Protection Program funds?

By Andy Metzger

The Virus and the City: Introducing Main Street Regenerators

Covid-19 has decimated small businesses. Drexel’s Metro Finance Lab Director proposes an entity to help rescue neighborhood mom and pops entrepreneurs

By Bruce Katz, Frances Kern Mennone, Michael Saadine and Colin Higgins

The Virus and the City: Training Workers for a Post-Covid Economy

Economic recovery will require retraining Philadelphians for available jobs. Drexel’s Metro Finance Director lays out a plan to make that happen

By Bruce Katz, Mary Jean Ryan, Jessica A. Lee and Courtney Kishbaugh

The Citizen Recommends: Heroes and New Normal Forum

Next week’s virtual event is a call to arms for the investor class: Can concentrated social impact investing create a post-Covid Philly that’s better than ever?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy