Mt. Airy CDC’s focus on Business Services has been a key platform of the organization, particularly through the renaissance of Germantown Avenue since our founding in 1980.
Through physical improvements, marketing and promotion, business development, and recruitment activities over the past 40 years, Mt. Airy CDC has helped re-establish vibrancy on the Germantown Avenue corridor. We’re working to extend that vibrancy throughout the neighborhood to other commercial corridors like Chew Avenue and Vernon Road.
More recently, the department has grown into a three tiered platform that includes the Go Mt. Airy Business Association, Work Mt. Airy, and the PhillyiHub.
Go Mt. Airy Business Association
The Go Mt. Airy Business Association focuses equally on sustaining and promoting local businesses and inviting new businesses to the area. In addition, the Business Association helps businesses to attract customers, improve branding and storefronts, and strengthen business management. Mt. Airy CDC has also created festivals and events like Supper Sessions on the Avenue, the Go Mt. Airy Business Expo, and previously Street Fare and Final-ly Friday, all of which provide key marketing opportunities for businesses while shining a spotlight on the neighborhood. Learn more about the Business Association HERE.
Work Mt. Airy
Work Mt. Airy, the neighborhood’s first coworking space, provides an exciting community to be a part of in a modern, well-designed office space. It incorporates the benefits of workspace, meeting space, and lounge space, in the lower level of the former 19119 post office building. Packages range from part-time space at a community desk to full-time dedicated personal desks. A conference room, hard-wired and wifi internet, and fresh coffee are among the amenities. Learn more about Work Mt. Airy HERE.
The PhillyiHub provides aspiring entrepreneurs and established small business owners with the tools and expertise they need to develop their businesses. Hosted in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia and Philadelphia LISC, the program welcomes both immigrant newcomers and longtime residents who have the ambition to start or grow a commercial enterprise. Participating in the PhillyiHub allows business owners to receive a variety of services, including:
- Affordable workspace
- Workshops on business-related topics
- One-on-one business growth plan development
- Access to financial capital (from traditional and non-traditional lenders)
- Opportunity to learn from fellow business owners
Learn more about the PhillyiHub HERE.