• Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    Our friends at Univest are hosting a series of workshops for small businesses at their Fairmount Ave branch this month. Take a look at the flyer below and RSVP to Mia Kirksey at (267) 639 9076!

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    Attention local designers, makers, craftspeople...

    Design Crawl participation is 50% off for the first 10 businesses in the Art Museum Area to register thanks to sponsorship from Fairmount CDC.

    Click here to register your open house.

    Open your doors to the community as part of the design crawl! Design crawls will take place from 4-7pm over 5 days of the festival and are divided by neighborhood. The 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival will take place October 5th-14th.

    As a host, all we ask is that you open your doors during your neighborhood’s time slot and invite guests into your space. Just keep it simple with tours and hellos, and maybe some refreshments! People will be coming and going, so you don’t want to plan on any content that requires a specific timeline.

    Friday, October 6th: Old City
    Monday, October 9th: Center City
    Tuesday, October 10th: South Philly
    Wednesday, October 11th: West Philly
    Thursday, October 12th: Fairmount/Brewerytown
    Friday, October 13th: Fishtown/Kensington

    Benefits of participation include:

    • Showcasing your work and space to the public
    • Meeting prospective clients
    • Raising awareness of your brand within the design community
    How to participate:
    1) Plan your open house
    2) Submit your event by June 1st, 2017 to
    3) Pay $50 listing fee (normally $100)
    4) You are good to go!

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Businesses,

    I am sure you have started to notice, the NFL Draft is coming... The official festival is April 27-29, the bulk of which is open to the public on a come-and-go as you'd like experience along the Parkway (with estimates of crowds nearing 200,000). The city has released details for local businesses, including a help line and details around access to areas for customers, employees and deliveries. Below are key highlights, specifically for Art Museum Area businesses...

    Promoting Small Businesses

    We have worked with the Mayor's office and Commerce Department to make sure our online business directory of local businesses ( is included on official press announcements. We will encourage visitors to get the "local" experience by dining / shopping in the Art Museum Area during their visit.

    Get Social with #DraftDeals

    The official social media hashtag for businesses wanting to share specials is #DraftDeals. In addition to promoting on your own channels, be sure to send any specials (drink specials, themed merchandise, menu items, events, etc.) to and we will list all of our local #DraftDeals on

    Fairmount Ave. Arts Crawl

    The Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl has pre-emptively used our rain date of Sunday, April 30to avoid any potential complications with the NFL Draft. We have worked with the city to include information about Arts Crawl on the official NFL Draft press release.

    Road Closures

    Click here for an official list of rolling road closures. Note: customers, employees and deliveries will be able to access businesses and parking lots located in areas designated as "Local Access" at all times. 

    Logistics & Questions

    If a business experiences issues or has questions during the NFL Draft impacting their operations, they are encouraged to call the Department of Commerce's Business Services Hotline at 215-683-2100 or contact the department via email at This line will be operational for extended hours during the Draft: Thursday 4/28 and Friday 4/29 9am-11pm and Saturday 4/30 10am-6pm.


    Lastly, I know there are multiple perspectives on the impact of large-scale events along the parkway, particularly when a secure perimeter needs to be constructed. Following the NFL Draft, please expect to see a survey from Fairmount CDC to collect feedback from our business community on the overall impact of such events.

    All the best,

    Kevin Moran

    Executive Director

    Fairmount CDC / GAMBA

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    The Community College of Philadelphia just launched their Power Up Your Business program, a neighborhood-based approach to support small business owners in Philadelphia.

    FREE to businesses, Power Up offers two options for participation:

    • Store Owner Series: Sign up for individual workshops in bookkeeping, marketing, and more as part of the "Store Owner Series." The first round of classes will run February-March and you must RSVP by Jan 31.
    • Peer Based Learning Experience: Apply to this 10-week class offering practical skills, peer-based learning, and personalized business coaching. Classes at CCP's main campus run May-July. Please note that the application requires a letter of support from your local CDC - please reach out to us if you are interested in applying.

    For businesses in our area, classes will be held at the Center for Business and Industry (1751 Callowhill Street, at CCP's main campus). For more info, and to sign up, visit:

  • Friday, September 23, 2016 11:08 AM | Sarajane Blair (Administrator)

    Save the date! Thursday, November 17, 2016 

    The Fairmount Food Fight brings friends and neighbors together to celebrate the Fairmount community for a night of culinary excellence, live music, and exciting raffles. Guests are invited to sample dishes from our local Art Museum Area restaurants and vote for their favorites as we crown the annual champions, all while enjoying the surroundings of one of Philadelphia's most storied buildings, Founders Hall.

    The Food Fight is not possible without the strong support from our community businesses. Here's how you can get involved:

    Restaurants - Sign up today to share samples and compete for the crown. From best signature dish to best cocktail to best dessert, choose the category(ies) that make the most sense for you. Learn more here.

    Shops & Services - An important part of the Food Fight is the annual raffle. Please consider donating an item or experience that can be used to raise the critical funds to continue our work. Learn more here.

    Partners - Consider sponsoring the Food Fight to demonstrate your support of a healthy and vibrant Fairmount neighborhood. Learn more here.

    Tickets for the Food Fight will go on sale soon at which point we'll reach out again to ask for your support in sharing this event with your customers and constituents. Thank you, as always, for your continued support!

  • Friday, September 23, 2016 11:06 AM | Sarajane Blair (Administrator)

    Here is a list of holidays (some unusual) to help craft unique social media messages. Remember, tag @ArtMuseumArea on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so we can share your content!



    19-Sep Oktoberfest Begings

    19-Sep International Talk Like a Pirate Day

    22-Sep First Day of Fall


    7-Oct World Smile Day

    10-Oct Columbus Day

    14-Oct National Dessert Day

    17-Oct Boss's Day

    25-Oct World Pasta Day

    31-Oct Halloween / Breast Cancer Awareness Month


    3-Nov Sandwich Day

    6-Nov National Nachos Day

    8-Nov U.S. General Election Day

    11-Nov Veterans Day

    11-Nov National Sundae Day

    13-Nov World Kindness Day

    14-Nov National Spicy Guacamole Day

    17-Nov Homemade Bread Day

    23-Nov National Espresso Day

    24-Nov Thanksgiving Day

    25-Nov Black Friday

    26-Nov Small Business Saturday

    28-Nov National French Toast Day

    28-Nov Cyber Monday


    4-Dec National Cookie Day

    7-Dec Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    9-Dec National Pastry Day

    15-Dec National Cupcake Day

    24-Dec Hanukkah Begins

    24-Dec Christmas Eve

    25-Dec Christmas Day

    26-Dec Kwanzaa Begins

    31-Dec New Year's Eve

    31-Dec National Champagne Day


    1-Jan Hanukkah Ends

    1-Jan Kwanzaa Ends

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    Apply for grant funding to stabilize or grow your business!

    The Merchants Fund has two core grant making areas for businesses that have been legally established for at least three years in Philadelphia: 

    • Business Stabilization grants up to $10,000 to help small businesses remain stable, viable and grow in the face of economic challenges or to respond to opportunities.  We do not make grants for working capital.  Grants must be spent byDecember 31, 2016.  Requirements, online application and PDF of application:
    • Business Loan Match grants up to $20,000 to match accredited government programs or bank loans at least dollar for dollar ($20,000 minimum loan matched by a $20,000 grant).  TMF does not make loans. Grants must be spent by August 31, 2016.  Requirements, online application and PDF of application:

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Many businesses will then be able to get grants to pay for energy improvements in their restaurants and stores including for more energy efficient lighting, refrigeration, and heating cooling and ventilation equipment. Penn State at the Navy Yard is funded by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to train students to perform energy assessments in the Philadelphia region.  PADEP also reserved funds for Small Business Advantage grants to distribute to restaurants and food stores for energy retrofits installed as a result of these assessments, through June 2017. Restaurants and food stores interested in participating should read the attached flyer and complete this very short online survey.

    To Learn More, Click Here!

    To Sign Up for Assessment, Click Here!

  • Monday, July 11, 2016 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    What's your favorite storefront in the Art Museum Area?


    Storeowners throughout Philadelphia put their best face forward every day. They're a big part of what makes your neighborhood feel like home.The Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Commerce Department invite you to nominate the best storefront façade improvement projects in Philly. This is your opportunity to demonstrate that good design is good business and gain exposure for your business, consulting firm, or favorite neighborhood spot!

    Your nominee may be recognized at the Storefront Challenge Celebration onOctober 6, 2016 with awards like these:

    • Best DeSign - most unique signage
    • Amazing Awnings - best awnings
    • Bang for the Buck - biggest impact for the lowest cost
    • Night Life - best lit facade at night

    Business owners, property owners, design consultants, contractors, customers, neighbors, corridor managers, and others are eligible to submit nominations. Projects must be located within the City of Philadelphia and completed between October 2014 and September 2016 to be eligible. There is no cost to nominate a project. 

    Nominations must be submitted by September 15, 2016. 

    Awards will be presented at the 2016 Storefront Challenge Celebration on Thursday, October 6, 2016

    Clink This Link to Nominate Here!


  • Monday, July 11, 2016 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    New service allows small businesses to reach multiple lenders with one application!


    Capital Consortium is a great tool to make it easier for small businesses to apply for loans from multiple lenders! The form and information appear on the City's business services website. Once a completed information form is received, the Capital Consortium lenders will get back to you in 10 days or less if they are interested in working with your business. 

    Click Here to Learn More or Apply for a Loan
The Greater Art Museum Business Alliance (GAMBA)
GAMBA is a Fairmount Community Development Corp. initiative.
2837 W. Girard Avenue. Philadelphia, PA 19130

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