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Small Business & Workforce Support


Expand economic opportunity and catalyze growth in the hardest-hit neighborhoods and industries, by supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, connecting residents with jobs, and increasing the vibrancy of commercial corridors.

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Recent Updates

Seven Public Outdoor Plaza (POP!) sites have completed construction.

Over 100 Street Ambassadors hired to create a visible, welcoming presence on commercial corridors encouraging residents and visitors to visit the local businesses and amenities.

81% of respondents to the Corridor Ambassador program's 2023 small business survey agreed that the program has a positive impact on their neighborhood.

17 community organizations selected by the department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) to activate vacant storefronts through pop-up retail and art for the 2022 holiday season.

Up Next

Open an additional five POP! sites in 2023.

Connect 400 returning residents to work-based learning training programs and employment opportunities and 200 to housing in 2023.

Launch an extended storefront activation program, aimed at reducing commercial corridor vacancies and boosting vibrancy and foot-traffic, in 2023.

Mahalia Jackson Court Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Mahalia Jackson Court Ribbon Cutting Celebration

[Mahalia Jackson Court is] a beautiful thing. It feels great to be able to cross the street and have this area here. I think a space like this is helpful for seniors. People can get used to seeing these paintings and everything. It’s encouraging.

Sandra Williams | Longtime resident and Carter Temple CME Church member


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