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Client Stories

March 17, 2023

Client Feature: Highway Construction Company Olivieri & Associates Expands by Purchasing Available Land in Eastwick

PIDC client, Olivieri & Associates, is a woman-owned heavy-highway construction company founded in 1999 with notable projects that include the historic street reconstruction of the 300 block of South Philip Street, which won the 2019 Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Olivieri & Associates also just completed the PennDOT Riverfront Gateway Sidewalk Design Project along

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Client Stories

March 17, 2023

Client Feature: H&Mcare Breaks Ground on $13M Project for Home Care Support Services

Last month, PIDC client H&Mcare – a Black- and immigrant-owned home care support services business – celebrated a groundbreaking at 71st and Woodland Streets in Southwest Philadelphia. The $13 million project will provide critical services for the community, including housing to more than 22 individuals over the age of 65, an urgent care, a pharmacy, and residential

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Client Stories

March 17, 2023

Client Feature: Made Institute Fashion School Celebrates 10 Years in Business

Made Institute Fashion School CEO, Rachel Ford, started teaching couture sewing classes out of her live/work loft space in the Old City neighborhood in 2012. She wanted to share techniques she had learned working 10 years at the Philadelphia Opera to this city’s growing number of makers and designers.   Now, after 10 years in business, Made

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Client Stories

February 21, 2023

PIDC Client Spotlight: Silvia’s Bakery

PIDC client Silvia’s Bakery is a Hispanic-, immigrant-, woman-owned bakery that specializes in making Dominican cake, Hispanic desserts, custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops from scratch.  Owner Silvia Paulino grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. Her mother was a seamstress, and her father owned a grocery store in the Dominican Republic in which she often

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Client Stories

October 27, 2022

Torrado Construction

PIDC client Torrado Construction is a Hispanic-owned general construction firm specializing in commercial construction, renovations and rehabilitations, concrete, removal services, and painting services. Luis E. Torrado, who established the company in 1995, has devoted his time to working on projects that bring positive change to underserved communities.

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Black-Owned

August 25, 2022

CLIENT FEATURE: YOWIE

PIDC client YOWIE is a Black-, woman-, and millennial-owned home and life shop focused on curating small collections from founder Shannon Maldonado’s friends, independent artists, and designers. Founded in 2016 as an online business, YOWIE attracted a cult following for its eclectic items and workshops and events. Shannon relocated from New York City to open

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Client Stories

June 28, 2022

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month – Q&A with Dock Street Brewery

This Immigrant Heritage Month and beyond, PIDC celebrates and supports immigrant business owners and we encourage you to join us in doing so. This month, we interviewed Dock Street Brewery owner Rosemarie Certo on the importance of support for immigrant business owners. Here’s what she had to say.  Dock Street Brewery Rosemarie Certo, owner PIDC

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Client Stories

June 28, 2022

2022 Philadelphia Industrial Market & Land Use Strategy Study & Report

This summer, PIDC, in partnership with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, will initiate work on the cutting-edge 2022 Philadelphia Industrial Market and Land Use Strategy Study and Report which will play a major part in developments in the city for the next decade or more. As an update from

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Black-Owned

February 23, 2022

PIDC Commercial Mortgage Loan

The Commercial Mortgage Loan was developed out of a capital need that PIDC identified for small businesses and nonprofits to purchase their existing locations and benefit from investment in their growing neighborhoods and commercial corridors. By allowing businesses to gain ownership of their physical asset, the Commercial Mortgage Loan helps to build wealth for entrepreneurs

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Black-Owned

February 23, 2022

Ujima Developers

Ujima Developers, LLC is a Black-owned, community-centered, holistic, equitable real estate development company.  Established by award-winning community-based-researcher, social entrepreneur and transformational leader, Dr. Leon D. Caldwell, Ujima Developers envisions developing thriving multigenerational neighborhoods sustained by real estate investments that promote economic mobility and health/wellness strategies. The company’s work has been featured in Bisnow, The Baltimore

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Client Stories

January 24, 2022

LUHV Food

LUHV Food LLC is a woman- and Hispanic-owned manufacturing company dedicated to producing 100% nutritional vegan foods. The company was started out of necessity as owners Daniel and Silvia Lucci were experiencing personal financial hardship and health issues. Both were initially heavy meat eaters and with Daniel having experience as a restaurant chef of many

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Client Stories

October 28, 2021

PHILLY SHIPYARD HIRES 13 PIDC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRADUATES

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Black-Owned

August 24, 2021

Milligan Group

Milligan Group LLC provides a full range of electrical construction, voice, data, and fiber optics telecommunications infrastructure as well as video surveillance solutions so that businesses’ infrastructure needs are met for this ever-changing industry.  It is a certified MBE, WBE, and DBE firm and a signatory of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) local

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Black-Owned

July 26, 2021

Custom Arts Studio

Custom Arts Studio is an award-winning, woman-owned company in Philadelphia specializing in custom art and design. It has been featured in multiple media and shopping outlets, including CBS Philly, Philly Metro, 6abc, Wooder Ice, The Philadelphia Tribune, QVC, and the Home Shopping Network (HSN). Moreover, Custom Arts Studio was recently selected as artist-in-residence for the

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Client Stories

May 24, 2021

Powel & SLA-MS

In December 2019, Drexel University and the School District of Philadelphia held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the new construction of a 2-story 90,000 square foot school building in the Powelton section of Philadelphia, a federally designated Promise Zone with a poverty rate of 48%. Fast-forward to 2021, and the construction project is now complete,

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Client Stories

February 24, 2021

U3 Ventures Redevelops Historic Building

Real estate development firm, U3 Ventures, is a West Philadelphia-based company that focuses on redevelopment of ignored or unappreciated locations that nonetheless possess high potential for private and community value creation. In 2019, PIDC helped U3 Ventures refinance the acquisition and renovation of a soon-to-be vacant 3-story, 20,000 sq. ft. historic building at 40th and

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Client Stories

December 16, 2020

SHG Immigration Law

As a descendant of Eastern European Jewish refugees and the husband of a Venezuelan native, Attorney Adam Solow and his entire team have either experienced the immigration system first hand or witnessed loved ones go through the system. In 2008, Adam co-founded Solow & Isbell, LLC, and later became the managing partner of Solow, Isbell

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AAPI

November 24, 2020

High Street Hospitality Group

[av_image src=’https://pidcphilablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/high-street-hospitality-group-header.jpg’ High Street Hospitality Group is responsible for some of Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurants such as Fork Restaurant, a.kitchen + bar, High Street Philly, High Street on Hudson, and High Street Provisions.  As a notable leader in the Philadelphia restaurant scene for more than two decades, the founder and co-owner of High Street Hospitality Group,

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