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Germantown United Community Development Corporation Wins Preservation Grant

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s work to revitalize America’s Main Streets, the National Trust joined with American Express, National Geographic, and Main Street America for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, a community-based campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preserving America’s Main Street districts.

The Open Doors in Germantown project, led by the Germantown United Community Development Corporation, finished in first place out of 25 main street districts in a nationwide popular voting competition from September 25 through October 31, and earned a $150,000 grant for historic preservation. Germantown also won an additional $10,000 grant for increasing its vote total by the highest percentage during a one-week voting challenge.

Germantown United Community Development Corporation A Finalist For National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant

As a finalist in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, Germantown United Community Development Corporation encourages the public to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org/Germantown to help Germantown United CDC secure funding to preserve two buildings on Germantown Avenue’s business corridor: Parker Hall (5801 Germantown Ave) and John Trower’s building (5706 Germantown Ave). Germantown is the only neighborhood in Philadelphia and the entire state of Pennsylvania participating in this competition. With the awarded funds, this project will provide necessary facade and structural improvements to these two significant 20th-century African-American historic sites.

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September 6, 2017
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Germantown Business Info Session: Activate Your Storefront, Wednesday, Sept. 20

Germantown United CDC’s next Germantown Business Info Session, organized in partnership with The Business Center, will be held on Wednesday, September 20 from 8 a.m. – 10 …

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August 28, 2017
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Power Up Your Business

Germantown United CDC is partnering with the Community College of Philadelphia and a diverse and collaborative team working to support the micro-businesses and small companies in Philadelphia.

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July 8, 2017
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Germantown Business Info Session: How to Define Your Target Market

Germantown United CDC’s next Germantown Business Info Session will be held on Wednesday, July 19 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center, located at 5722 Greene Street (across from Vernon Park). Start your day with us! Refreshments will be provided.

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June 2, 2017
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Germantown In the News: June 2017 Recap

Germantown is in the news! Germantown United CDC staff pick your must-reads of the month, with a focus on business, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization news.

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March 2, 2017
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Germantown Business Info Session: Creative Ways of Financing Your Business, Wednesday, March 15

Germantown United CDC’s next Germantown Business Info Session, organized in partnership with The Business Center, will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 8am – 9:30am. A panel of experts will discuss various ways of financing your business, using loans, equity, and grants. Anyone who owns a local business, or is interested in opening a business in Germantown is welcome to attend this FREE program. All sessions include time for attendees to network, ask questions, and talk with Germantown United CDC staff members. Learn more.

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April 1, 2016
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Volunteer in Germantown at the Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 9

The Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. citywide (rescheduled from April 9)! In Germantown there will be a huge presence felt all over the neighborhood with over a dozen official projects registered! Join Germantown United CDC and Penn Knox Neighborhood Association’s cleanup of the lower Germantown business district. Volunteers will clean the grounds of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church at 5300 Germantown Avenue and the stretch of Germantown Avenue between Penn Street and Seymour Street. Learn more about our project and many others in Germantown!

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March 31, 2016
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New 2016 Community Grant Program Application Deadlines, Germantown United CDC Announces 2015 “Fund for Germantown” Micro-grants

In an effort to align grant funding for community improvement efforts with the warmer weather months for outdoor projects, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) is changing the grant application dates for the Fund for Germantown, the organization’s micro-grant program supporting community-driven beautification projects in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. In 2016, the deadlines will be Friday, April 15, and Friday, September 30. Learn more.

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March 2, 2016
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Germantown Business Info Session: Minding Your Business for Maximum Success, Wednesday, March 9

A panel of experts will discuss the importance of establishing a strong team, solid inventory, well managed operations, and a marketing strategy to achieve success at Germantown United CDC’s next Business Info Session, co-organized by The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave (near School House Lane).