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  • 29 Nov 2021 1:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia is launching Boost Your Business, a fund for equitable business growth. Businesses owned by people of color face unique barriers in accessing resources and opportunities, which was only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boost Your Business will provide funding to help diverse entrepreneurs in Philadelphia grow and sustain their businesses.

    10 businesses will be selected to receive a $50,000 investment in the first round, and another 10 will be selected in the second round. Applications for the first round will be available in December 2021.

    Get more information about the Boost Your Business Fund and apply below!

    Boost Your Business Fund

  • 18 Nov 2021 2:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Because life is trade-offs, the return of the Philadelphia Marathon brings with it the requisite road closures, too many of which to list here, so for all the details sprint here.

  • 18 Nov 2021 12:01 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Rep. Dwight Evans has extended the deadline to Wednesday, Nov. 24 for students in the 3rd Congressional District to apply for a nomination to one of the nation’s five service academies

    (U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. (The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.)). For requirements, click here.

  • 17 Nov 2021 4:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed seven new bills into law, including one that designates three new holidays in Pennsylvania.

    Wolf signed Senate Bill 248, which establishes Persian Gulf War Veterans Day on March 6, Global War on Terrorism Veterans Day on Oct. 7 and First Responders Day on Sept. 27.

    Additionally, Wolf signed a bill that requires a district attorney to hold an active law license while in office.

    Gov. Wolf Signs 7 New Laws, Establishes 3 New PA Holidays (

  • 16 Nov 2021 2:37 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    This holiday season, the heart of the city will once again transform into an authentic, open-air German Christmas Market. The 2021 Christmas Village will bring cherished traditions and new additions to LOVE Park and City Hall.

    The festivities begin after the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25. They continue through Christmas Eve, December 24. The event is one of the largest and most authentic German Christmas markets in the United States. Admission to Christmas Village is free. Shopping, food, and drink are pay-as-you-go.

    Be sure to check out the Preview Weekend—November 20 to 21, 2021. The Preview runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 21.

    Learn more about the Christmas Village below!

    Christmas Village 2021

  • 15 Nov 2021 1:17 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia has a new tax filing and payment website. Find out how the Philadelphia Tax Center is making life easier for residents and businesses.

    What to expect | Department of Revenue | City of Philadelphia

  • 12 Nov 2021 4:12 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Starting today, the level "Family" has been changed to "Household.  

  • 10 Nov 2021 12:26 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    An order by Pennsylvania's acting health secretary that requires masks inside public schools was thrown out Wednesday by a state court that said she lacked the authority.

    Pennsylvania Court Throws Out Governor’s School Mask Mandate – NBC10 Philadelphia (

  • 10 Nov 2021 9:51 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    A man was shot and killed inside Center City's well-known LOVE Park across from Philadelphia City Hall Tuesday night. And, the killer got away in a vehicle with some noticeable details.

    The victim, who was not identified, was found shortly before 9 p.m. in the park, shot at least once in the head. Police officers rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he died a short time later.

    The man was well dressed and had a last-known address outside the city, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

    After the shooting, the gunman hopped into a Jeep with some specific features.

    "We're being told it has green wheels, green lights -- possibly coming from the front -- and green trim, or a green front bumper," Small said. "So, there's a lot of green to this vehicle."

    A motive was not immediately known.

  • 09 Nov 2021 4:59 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    If you are seeing smoke in the area, it's because of a junkyard fire in Southwest Philadelphia. 

    Junkyard Fire Sends Flames, Smoke 100s of Feet into Sky – NBC10 Philadelphia (

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