Guest Commentator: Will Brown, Owner, Duke Barber Co.

How can the business community and government work together to promote inclusive growth?

As a fifth-generation barber, it is important to me to provide the best possible service in a welcoming and contemporary atmosphere. And that’s exactly what you will find at Duke Barber Co.

We are more than just a place to get a haircut. Duke Barber Co. is a place for people to come together. We support the communities we’re in — be it with free haircuts for furloughed workers and their families during the Federal government shutdown, a place for young artists to showcase their work, or just a place to catch up with family and friends.

I am proud of the business I’ve built in Philadelphia. Now I want to grow my business and offer more individuals good jobs and solid skills. But many of the business regulations in Philadelphia make starting or growing a business a challenge that at times feels impossible.

For small businesses like mine to continue to grow and provide jobs in our communities, we need City Hall to update outdated regulations. Tell City Hall to undertake smart regulatory reform and hang an “Open for Business” sign on all of Philadelphia.

I am excited to keep growing in Philadelphia. When businesses like mine thrive, it helps create an inclusive prosperity for all with the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project.

Duke Barber Co. is a coalition partner of the Chamber’s PHL Neighborhood Growth Project. Building on the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth initiative, the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project seeks to engage community leaders, voters, and candidates in honest dialogue about the challenges facing the City of Philadelphia and advocate for an inclusive, pro-growth agenda as being key to needed solutions.

Upcoming Event

At this Roadmap for Growth issue forum, participate in an honest dialogue about how we can overcome our city’s staggering unemployment rate by mobilizing schools and incentivizing businesses to train the next generation of our workforce.