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Trial By Fire
In the city of Philadelphia, young Black entrepreneurs often take leaps into entrepreneurship and struggle to achieve their dreams while battling a culture of poverty. Looking towards a solution, WURD’s Lively-HOOD initiative aims to provide resources, career readiness training, and entrepreneurship resources for young entrepreneurs and job seekers.
JD’s
WURD Small Business Member, JD’s Auto Body & Painting is dedicated to quality work and the highest level of customer service. We understand car accidents are an unexpected occurrence. Let our friendly staff and experienced technicians get your car back to pre-accident condition. 
Eatible Delights
WURD Small Business Member, Eatible Delights Catering and Event Planning Company offers classic cuisine and serves familiar favorites with a modern flare. They focus on providing flawless events with impeccable service and every detail is seamlessly embraced. 
McClain’s Unisex Salon
WURD Small Business Member, McClain’s Unisex Salon,  located in Mt. Airy, is your friendly neighborhood barbershop. Leroy “Mack” McClain opened McClain’s Unisex Salon at 401 Vernon Rd. He was known as the “gentleman’s barber.” When Mack died in 2013, ownership of the barbershop and salon was passed to his son Aaron McClain. His daughter Heather McClain is the shops spokesperson and engagement manager.
Sullivan Progress Plaza
WURD Small Business Member, Sullivan Progress Plaza is the first African American owned shopping center in the United States. It was founded in 1968 by the late Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, and funded by Zion Baptist Church charter members, the local Philadelphia black community, and individual investors. 
Entrepreneurship & Black Innovation Founder’s Circle: Can Philly’s Tech Economy Create Black Wealth
 
Host/Moderator: Sincerely Syreeta 
Panelists: 
  • Sherrell Dorsey, Founder, The Plug
  • Heather Hiles, Founder & CEO, Imminent Equity and WURD Contributor
  • Tayyib Smith, Co-Founder, Little Giant Creative
  • Tiffanie Stanard, Founder & CEO, Stimulus and Project Manager, WURD’s Lively-HOOD Initiative
  • Sylvester Mobley, Founder, Coded By Kids
 
In partnership with The Plug
Blazing Trails: How Everyday People Can Become Agents of Change
Host/Moderator: Dr. Aaron Smith
Panelists: 
  • Jeff Brown, Brown’s ShopRite
  • Jamisa McIvor, CEO, Rosebud’s Investments 
  • Kenyatta Johnson, City Councilman for South Philadelphia
Lively-HOOD Launch
Lively-HOOD website official launch Conversation with Sara Lomax-Reese and Roxann Stafford
 
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