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Luther Vandross Foundation Scholarship

To apply for The Luther Vandross Foundation Scholarship, you must apply using our application link and have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5, be a Full-Time Student, attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and be in your 3rd, 4th or 5th year of your Undergraduate program.

Our scholarship requires that the scholarship candidate apply for Federal Student Aid, so it is recommended that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Get in-depth information on federal student aid programs and applying for financial aid at:

Applications for our Luther Vandross Foundation Scholarship are considered based on their completed application, along with a Last Dollar, need basis review. Once a student completes the application, and if you are deemed a winner, you will be notified along with your College, or University and the combined information will be used to match you to available scholarships administered by the Luther Vandross Foundation from $500.00 to $5,000.

Click here for the Application Page!


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HIAS Pennsylvania has several high level position job openings.
Check them out here!


The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces a national call for ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy’s Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition in 2023. The winning choreographers will be awarded a $5,000 stipend and given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours.

The Joffrey Ballet is looking for talented ALANNA choreographers with 2 or more years of experience setting work on classically trained dancers. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, 21 years of age or older, and must be living in the U.S. or be able to cover travel expenses to the U.S. The deadline to submit materials is July 15.

Find out more and apply!


Join the #InvestinBlackPhilly Facebook Group NOW!

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Join the Angel Venture Fair Conference



The 25th Annual Angel Venture Fair is going virtual this summer, (June 21-22-23) and live in the fall (Nov 2 at the Union League).  The AVF is run by Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs, so we know how difficult is to raise capital.  We welcome every entrepreneur that has a scalable business model where you just don't have enough capital to meet your needs, or your idea needs funding to take advantage of an amazing opportunity.

More information here


Applications for the Racial Equity Capital Funds are Now Open!


RockCreek, one of the largest diverse-owned global investment firms, has opened applications for the $36 million Exelon-funded Racial Equity Capital Fund to support minority-owned businesses in Exelon’s service areas in Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

The fund will help minority businesses obtain capital to fuel growth, create jobs, and strengthen communities that have historically been underserved, under-resourced, and overlooked by financial markets. The fund will provide loans and equity investments for numerous minority businesses throughout Exelon’s service areas over the next three years, with estimated loan amounts between $100,000 and $300,000, and equity investments of nearly $1 million.

Please contact RockCreek at [email protected] for more information or questions about the program.

Apply here


Free Hand Sanitizer for AACC Member Business and Nonprofit

Thanks to a generous sponsor, we have available cases of hand sanitizer. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 12 bottles in each case (8fl oz) and AACC members can request up to 50 cases for their business or organization. Must be able to pick up your supply from the AACC Center City Philadelphia Offices.

Complete this form this form to receive your hand sanitizer


RealList Connectors 2022: Get to know 22 leaders making Philly's Tech and Biz Ecosystem Stronger

 For the third year in a row, The Realist Connectors set out to build their RealLIST Connectors, the “who’s who” to look toward if you want to raise some venture capital, learn about the early days in a startup, connect with the public sector or get involved with a tech-focused community group.

In 2020, they dug deep into their institutional knowledge, and published their inaugural list of 100 very real connectors, the folks they looked to time and time again for resources, info or opinions about Philly’s evolving tech scene. Last year, they added 20 new people influencing the ecosystem for good, and this year in 2022, they added 22 more.

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AACC Member Sulaiman Rahman will act as lead recruiter to hire and promote 1M Black Workers

 In the Philly market, Sulaiman Rahman, founder and CEO of DiverseForce, will act as lead recruiter for the One Ten organization. He opened the co-working space P4 Hub at 4537 Wayne Ave., Germantown, where the OneTen kickoff event was held last month. Black business leaders say the initiative is sorely needed. Due to the pandemic and other pre-existing conditions, “the generational wealth gap continues to widen between white and Black American households,” said Regina Hairston, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE.

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Philly's Rally for a Raise #InclusiveGrowthCoalition

A group of business chambers, business groups and diverse businesses in Philadelphia called on Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council to make substantial wage and business cuts in fiscal year 2023. The Inclusive Growth Coalition held a rally at 12 noon on Wed., June 1st at City Hall. The rally was billed Give Philly a Raise!

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 Members of the AACC become part of an extensive network of corporations and businesses, and are able to engage with policy-makers and business leaders across the region. In addition to exposure to valuable marketing opportunities, members participate in programming that enables them to build a powerful network that helps their businesses grow.

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 The Sistahs in Business expo is excited to return to the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. Meet us at the Hilton City Avenue on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. A high-energy, impactful day with over 100 diverse vendors, 1500+ attendees, dynamic speakers and panelists, live entertainment, incredible networking opportunities, and so much more awaits you.

Vendor Opportunities are available -- 
Apply by June 30 for live & virtual
Apply by July 7 for virtual only

Find out more and register!


Calling All Artists…

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is hiring artists to teach in its Summer Art Camps. Artists develop lesson plans, as well as lead class projects and activities. The camp offers low-cost instruction for kids, 7 to 13, July 5 to August 12., at Parkside Evans Playground, Wissinoming Park and Fisher Park. 20 to 30 hours weekly. To apply, e-mail: [email protected] or visit


Neighborhood Arts Grants up for Grabs…

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy’s Neighborhood Arts Program offer funding to annually support more than 150 free, family-friendly arts activities or events in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The neighborhood arts programs include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, dance instruction, children’s art-making workshops, and more. Artists, arts / cultural organizations, cultural event producers, and civic leaders can apply: or e-mail [email protected] with questions.



The Omicelo Cares 7 Pillars of Sustainable Business™ Accelerator is looking for diverse small businesses to participate in its 2022 cohort, launching in February. Selected entrepreneurs will receive a detailed business assessment and evaluation, $10-20K of technical support from industry experts, and one-on-one consultation in two or three of the 7 Pillars. The 7 Pillars are Strategy + Technology + Communication + Finance + Legal + Capital + People.
Our program is best able to accelerate established businesses that are already doing well in four or five of the 7 Pillars™. You may be a good candidate for the accelerator if you are aware of two or three of the 7 Pillars™ in which your business could use support, you are a disadvantaged, minority, or women business enterprise, or you are from a low- to moderate-income community. The 7 Pillars™ Accelerator specializes in preparing diverse small businesses for procurement opportunities.
Entrepreneurs interested in learning more and applying should complete the form at


D&E Builders is a general contracting and property maintenance company that recently joined the Fair Chance Hiring Initiative as an Employer Partner.  The Carpentry role is a great career opportunity for an entry-level or experienced tradesperson; the salary range is $15-35 per hour, depending on experience.  If you are a Philadelphia resident returning from incarceration and have some carpentry experience, please consider applying.  Please see the following pdf files for more details: FCHI Job Announcement |  Fair Chance Hiring Initiative


Qualifying returning citizens are eligible to receive a one-time, $1,000 Employment Retention Grant as an incentive for maintaining FCHI employment and completing the 180-calendar day New Hire Period.  The returning citizen must be a Philadelphia resident who was released from incarceration as part of a court sentence within the last seven (7) years from a local, state or federal institution.


Job Listings at JEVS Human Services

If you are an individual with a passion for helping others help themselves, please review JEVS Human Services job openings. 

Find a fit for you? You can apply here! Link:



  $850,000 Grant will Support Staff Expansion, New Programming, Archive Preservation and Upgrade of its

Philadelphia Headquarters

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!) is excited and honored to announce the awarding of a 3.5 year grant from the Mellon Foundation to support staff expansion, new programming, the cataloging and preservation of archives, and the upgrade and renovation of the company’s University City headquarters and nearby residential apartments.  The $850,000 grant, one of the largest investments in the 52-year-old dance company’s history, provides essential resources that will allow PHILADANCO! to invest in its staff to maintain its dance excellence and innovation, build out its educational and community programming, and preserve its legacy of artistic achievement and leadership that has been built over the last five decades.


PHILADANCO! Founder and Executive Artistic Advisor Joan Myers Brown states “The Mellon Foundation has been one of the most important partners of PHILADANCO! and Black dance companies in America, valuing the work we do to commission, perform, and preserve works by African American choreographers and other artists of color and to be an important incubator of emerging talent from all walks of life. We are honored that the Foundation has chosen to make this significant investment in PHILADANCO!’s artistic and educational future which includes preserving our history and enhancing the role we can plan in our various communities.”


Artistic Director Kim Bears Bailey adds, “This generous grant is an extraordinary vote of confidence in PHILADANCO!’s ability to carry forward the traditions, innovations, and particular definition of excellence Joan Myers Brown has placed at the center of the organization for over 50 years.”


“PHILADANCO! is one of Philadelphia’s most important cultural institutions,” says Board Chair Ivory Allison. “It means a great deal to everyone associated with the organization that the Mellon Foundation is making this amazing investment which is helping to launch PHILADANCO! successfully into its next half-century.”


PHILADANCO!’s professional and apprentice companies perform at venues across Philadelphia throughout the year and offers classes and workshops as well as its renowned Instruction & Training Programs at its studio headquarters on PHILADANCO! Way in University City/West Philadelphia.  PHILADANCO! also presents performances and workshops throughout the year in locations across the US and in other countries. For more information, visit


 FunTimes' Events Host Lavonne Nichols at the black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit


Mentorship Spotlight

Congrats to Umme and Lauren! These two talented seniors will be paid contributors with FunTimes Magazine. A staple in African, African-American, and Caribbean communities for more than a decade, FunTimes Magazine highlights unique stories and elevates black and brown voices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We are extremely grateful to Eric Nzeribe for creating this internship opportunity for our students. Thank you for allowing them to showcase their writing skills while teaching them how to become better writers for the future!