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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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


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