PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- While you explore everything the area has to offer this holiday season, the Philadelphia City Council has made a major step in supporting diverse small businesses through the month of December.
On Thursday, councilmembers passed a resolution designating each Friday in December as "Shop Black Business Friday."
The resolution was reintroduced by Councilmember At-Large Katherine Gilmore Richardson in partnership with Visit Philadelphia, and encourages people to support the many diverse businesses in the city. It has passed each year since 2020.
first issued the resolution in 2020 while serving as majority leader in City Council.
At Arterial Coffee Shop in Powelton Village, the resolution is welcomed. Co-owners Sharla and Sharaine Brown said they're slowly rebounding like most businesses since the COVID-19 pandemic, but the resolution to continue "Shop Black Business Friday" helps, and they are hoping it continues to make a difference.
Jenea Robinson, senior communications manager at Visit Philadelphia, says Black-owned businesses bring in an estimated $141.1 billion in annual revenue nationally. Online they highlight dozens of businesses at visitphilly.com.
"Black-owned businesses were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, the Black-owned businesses closed at higher rates and moving forward past that, there are fewer Black-owned businesses in the city, there's still issues with capital," Robinson said.
You can find Visit Philadelphia's lists of diverse small businesses to support in Philadelphia below:
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