Small Business Recovery: Philadelphia


According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, more than 80 percent of small businesses experienced a significant negative impact during the pandemic. Minority-owned businesses are among those hardest hit.

What opportunities are being created for minority-owned small businesses in the recently passed federal stimulus plan? What unique challenges are these entrepreneurs facing in different parts of the country, and how can public policy tools be deployed to best serve them?

In the first stop of our Small Business Recovery tour, The Hill makes a virtual stop in Philadelphia. Members of Congress, local officials, nonprofits and small business leaders join us to discuss what challenges remain for diverse small business owners in Philadelphia and what they need for a successful recovery.


Thursday, April 29

1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT



  • Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Member, Financial Services Committee
  • Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), Member, Committee on Small Business
  • Jim Burnett, CEO, VestedIn
  • Darrell Clarke, President, Philadelphia City Council
  • Andrea Custis, President & CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia 
  • Sunny Phanthavong, Chef & Owner, Vientiane Bistro
  • Richard Vague, Secretary, Banking & Securities, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Sponsor Perspective:

  • Della Clark, CEO of The Enterprise Center
  • David Miree, Head of Consumer & Small Business Banking Diverse Customer Segments, Wells Fargo


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


Questions for our speakers? Join the conversation using @TheHillEvents and #TheHillSmallBiz.



 Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is donating approximately $420 million to help small business owners recover from the pandemic. Learn more about the Open For Business Fund.