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3 Small Businesses Thriving with Support from Department of Commerce Programs

It’s Small Business Week, and to celebrate we’re highlighting local businesses who have taken advantage of the many programs offered by the Department of Commerce to support entrepreneurs across the city.

Natures Hair Food & A New Roman Era Salon – 6145 Vine Street

Angela and Tracy Tyler have taken their home-grown business national, traveling to events around the country to promote their Natures Hair Food product. In addition to creating a safe, natural haircare product, the Tylers also own and operate a salon in West Philadelphia. A New Roman Era Salon was recently approved to participate in the Department of Commerce’s new Business Coach Program.

Modern Age Furniture – 4709 N. 5th Street

As the largest and oldest business on the corridor, Modern Age Furniture has been a staple on North 5th Street for five decades. This family-owned-and-operated business is known for providing excellent customer service and great deals on quality furniture. Modern Age is currently in the process of going through our Storefront Improvement Program to upgrade their façade, which spans seven storefronts!

Booker’s Restaurant and Bar – 5021 Baltimore Avenue

Booker’s is one of the new kids on the block on Baltimore Avenue, opening just a few months ago in February 2017. Saba Tedla, who also owns Aksum a few streets away, set out to create a neighborhood restaurant where families and young residents alike could enjoy delicious food at a reasonable price. Booker’s has gone through our Storefront Improvement Program and received InStore forgivable loans, which can be used to purchase equipment and materials associated with establishing or expanding a retail, food or creative business.


Get additional information on the programs mentioned above and other Commerce resources.