Building communities and entrepreneurs for the future...
Black Squirrel provides services as a NEXUS POINT for small businesses improvement and neighborhood revitalization that leverages resources for sustaining and scaling local enterprises to advance a community’s economic health and wealth. Through its network of industry professionals and technical assistance providers – Black Squirrel delivers solutions that emphasize Sustainable Economic Investment for Wealth Creation.
- Providing opportunities and benefits for business sustainability and scalability, in alignment with community regeneration.
- Establishing highly functional community ecosystems through connecting loosely knit linkages with highly functional economic networks.
- Obtaining, collecting, and analyzing community and business data for development and investment opportunities that maximize impact and economic growth.
DEPLOYING solutions. DEVELOPING people. DELIVERING results.
What We Do
Small-Medium Business Assessment
Through our proprietary assessment tool, BizScoreline, Black Squirrel provides value-added benefits to users for sustaining and scaling their businesses.
Real Estate Development & Funding
In partnership with development leaders and professionals we have launched a Real Estate Accelerator, Philly RISE, to engage, train, support, and provide capital for black and brown developers to grow.
Community & Impact Investment
Through collaboration with social impact investors and a network of CDFIs, we connect capital to neighborhoods for investment in local development and community revitalization.
News & Updates
At the report launch, Kevin Williams, a member of the Black Squirrel Collective in Philadelphia, spoke to the urgency of the work. “You see a lot of studies and research being done about the plight of minorities in America,” Williams observed. “But you don’t see any follow-up. Somebody writes a paper and says Black people are poor. Yeah, we know that. But has anyone done a follow-up to see what has been done to address that problem?… We need to continue to be vocal…and we have to continue to drive the point that equity has to occur.”July 28, 2021
This national collective addressing equity in capital launched ahead of Juneteenth. A Philly org is involved
Inclusive Capital Collective convenes partners from across the country to take aim at systemic racism and build community wealth. Its first focus is real estate, with a case study from the newly formed Black Squirrel Collective.June 16, 2021
Large companies in the city will track their progress in becoming more diverse through an internal systemApril 21, 2021
Designed to encourage large companies to use more Black and brown-led suppliers, the Diverse Procurement Collaborative commits 100 of the region’s largest employers including the University of Pennsylvania, Comcast, and Wawa to increase the diversity of their contracting networks.April 20, 2021