February 21, 2023
Honoring the legacy and great contributions of Black-owned businesses in Philadelphia, this Black History Month and beyond, we’re highlighting a few of our awesome PIDC clients. We’re proud to support local, diverse businesses through funding, workshops, and other services for business growth. Check out their success stories and what they consider the most rewarding part of their jobs.
Dr. Leon D. Caldwell
Founder of Ujima Developers, LLC
Ujima Developers, LLC is a 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 Business Journal, WHYY’s PlanPhilly and more. Thrive Village PHL, LLC is a holistic, equitable neighborhood transformation development project by Ujima Developers. A part of the Thrive Village PHL project includes acquiring and renovating a mixed-use 16,352 SF property at the intersection of 40th and W Girard in East Parkside. PIDC is supporting this project through real estate financing, including a bridge loan to bridge a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant, and an Impact Development Fund loan which provides new capital for neighborhood-based development.
The most rewarding part of Dr. Caldwell’s job:
Founder and CEO of My Independence at Home
Founded in 2013, My Independence at Home is a full-service home care agency that goes beyond simply placing a compassionate caregiver in a client’s home. The company also provides certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care attendants, prescription delivery services, personal emergency response systems, and life preparedness consultations.
Over the years, MYIAH has received a plethora of accolades, including 2018 Minority Owned Small Business of the Year and Philly 100. The company has also been recognized by such media giants as Oprah magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, the Inquirer, Philadelphia Tribune, Fox News, and 6 ABC News. With PIDC’s assistance, My Independence at Home was able to pay off their high interest lines of credit and plan for future growth with additional working capital.
The most rewarding part of Lisa’s job:
Founder of YOWIE
YOWIE is a home and life shop focused on curating small collections from founder Shannon Maldonado’s friends, independent artists, and designers. YOWIE has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Forbes, Philadelphia Magazine, and Vogue. Last year, Shannon was also featured in Architectural Digest’s 10 Black Women Changing the Architecture and Design Space.
PIDC’s Restart PHL Loan assisted YOWIE with building out a new space, purchasing inventory for the upcoming holiday season, and hiring new staff as the company grew.
The most rewarding part of Shannon’s job:
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