Philadelphia Tribune

Small Business Growth in Philadelphia Aims to Close the Income Gap


PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 17, 2018) excerpt via THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE - Developing minority-owned small businesses could diminish the income gap, according to Marc H. Morial, president of the National Urban League.

“While white adults have 13 times the wealth of Black adults, the gap between white and Black business owners is only three to one. The median net worth for Black business owners is 12 times higher than Black non-business owners,” Morial wrote.

The National Urban League is partnering with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to provide access to business support services and foster growth.

“‘Histories of the civil rights movement that emphasize the glory and successes of charismatic leaders only tell part of the story,” said historian Louis Ferleger in The Philadelphia Tribune. “‘Small Black-owned businesses were critical because they were empowered to engage in civic participation. These businesses were uniquely situated to support the civil rights movement and also parted the waters.’”

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