July 24, 2015
In order to support business growth and development throughout the city, PIDC engages directly with business owners, developers, non-profit leaders, investors, and strategic partners such as bankers and accounting professionals. A team of market managers leads this engagement, focused on the following sectors:
- Small and midsize commercial businesses-Marla Hamilton & Heather Hanowitz
- Manufacturing and Industry– Brad Boone
- Non-profit organizations and community investment– Carol de Fries
- Commercial developers– Anne Bovaird Nevins
- Strategic partners- Ivy Olesh
We were able to catch up with Heather during her first week at PIDC and asked her to share a little bit about herself.
What’s one thing you would like the Philadelphia business community to know about you?
HH: I would like my clients to know that I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and have firsthand experience of the ongoing struggles and barriers to entry most business owners face during the development of their business. With this perspective, I make it my mission to advocate on behalf of small businesses and ensure my clients have the best information at their fingertips.
An interesting fact to know is that I speak Spanish and always welcome the opportunity to practice so my accent doesn’t get too rusty!
What are you looking forward to most while working at PIDC?
HH: I am excited to work for Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and am thrilled to have the opportunity to increase access to capital to small businesses dedicated to growing and creating jobs within the City of Philadelphia – a dynamic and culturally diverse city I feel privileged to call home.
What do you hope to accomplish while at PIDC?
HH: My goal is to make a significant impact in the lives of my clients and become a trusted member of their advisory team.
What’s your favorite pastime to do in the city?
HH: On the weekends you can find me cycling on the beautiful Schuylkill River trail, or running errands using the City’s new Indego bike share program. It’s a great program and definitely not only for tourists!
If you are a growing business in Philadelphia, find out more about how to connect with our Market Managers like Heather to help you grow. Call 215-496-8157 or email or visit us online http://www.pidcphila.com/knowledge-and-networks/market-sector-expertise