In celebration of Women’s History Month, East Passyunk Business Improvement District presents a panel discussion with women business owners from East Passyunk Avenue about their experiences, challenges, and success.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, East Passyunk Business Improvement District presents a panel discussion with women business owners from East Passyunk Avenue about their experiences, challenges, and success. Join us for an evening of learning, sharing, and networking with a diverse group of female leaders and entrepreneurs. This free event is open to the public, though space is limited and RSVP is required.
• Michelle Gillen-Doobrajh – Owner of Tildie's Toy Box
• Nancy Melchiore – Owner of Headhunters Hair Design
• Rachel Street – Owner of The Street Group and Hestia Construction/Host of “Philly Revival” on DIY Network
• Pam Zenzola (Moderator/Host) – Chair of East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
40 percent of the independent businesses on Philadelphia’s mile-long East Passyunk Avenue are owned and run by a diverse group of strong and talented women. This is a much higher percentage than citywide, where 18.5 percent of businesses are owned by women, according to a recent census bureau survey.
Ranging from restaurants to apparel to salons, there are over 60 different women-owned businesses (and more on the way) that have been instrumental in the growth of the Avenue and the neighborhood.
East Passyunk businesswomen will discuss:
- Fighting misconceptions about business ability (held by mentors, prospective investors, or even staff and customers)
- Unique short term and long-term challenges in running their businesses
- The importance of creating a supportive business community environment for success
Many of the woman-run businesses on East Passyunk Avenue have been around for a very long time, with some opening the doors multiple decades ago. While new owners are still coming, it’s important to note that female entrepreneurs were part of this Avenue long before it became a huge national discussion.