ABOUT PHILADELPHIA ANCHORS FOR GROWTH AND EQUITY
Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity (PAGE) is a partnership between the Economy League, the City of Philadelphia and more than a dozen Philadelphia-area institutions that works to increase local purchasing by large institutional buyers to grow Philadelphia businesses, strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build wealth.
Today, the 34 universities and hospitals located in Philadelphia together spend $5.3 billion on goods and services every year, but nearly half of these dollars are currently spent outside of Philadelphia. Analysis of the local business landscape suggests that at least $530 million of anchor dollars currently being spent outside of the region align with local market supply. Capturing just 25% of this half-billion dollar opportunity would translate into 1,250 new manufacturing jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs in Philadelphia.
If you are interested in participating in the initiative as a supplier, buyer, or support organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your organization and your interest in Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity!
PAGE Data and Capital Resources Coordinator
PAGE COMMUNITY MANAGER
June 15 - June 16th
A first-of-its-kind 2-day “field trip” to BROOKLYN, a joint venture of the Economy League’s Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) and PAGE programs will take place on Thursday, June 15-16, leading into the Juneteenth weekend. We will take 40 select participants to experience Brooklyn through the lens of supplier diversity and minority-owned businesses in New York City.
Featuring speakers from Turner Construction's New York office, Urbane Development, Brooklyn Communities Collaborative, and a host of other partners, this event will allow us to learn from New York's best and brightest. By joining us on this excursion, you will get the opportunity not only to learn from nation-leading programs in NYC but also to network with Philadelphia leaders dedicated to expanding opportunities for local MBEs. If this experience sounds rewarding to you, please register.
The PAGE team is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
April 20: PAGE100 Launch
PAGE has consistently answered the call for innovation when it comes to a supplier diversity collaborative and the advent of our PAGE 100 will be no different. Our goal is to have an index of procurement ready businesses that are positioned to compete for contracts from anchor institutions throughout Philadelphia.
Whether you run a minority business or manage a supplier diversity program we know you’ll benefit from attending the PAGE 100 Kickoff. Please join us and show your support for Philadelphia’s minority business community!
Thank you for attending the 4th Annual PAGE Summit.
At the Economy League, community is everything. Our focus is always on serving the people of Philadelphia and creating a more equitable future. At the PAGE summit on February 21st, our community returned the favor. We packed the African American Museum, filling the auditorium until there was standing room only while enjoying a series of engaging panels and speeches. Bruce Katz started the night by giving us a glimpse into the future and offering a clear call to action. Our panelists tackled every angle of the small business growth puzzle with new ideas and hard-earned wisdom. Afterward, we broke bread or, more specifically, tarts provided by Desserts by Dana. Our PAGE Summit represented the best of our community, and we were thrilled to have you attend.
I want to give a special thank you to our sponsors, FS Investments, Draeger, INTECH Construction, Turner Construction, and Everybody Builds. I would also like to thank our speakers and panelists, Michael Forman, Bruce Katz, Harold Epps, Maria Roberts, Andreina Perez Hein, Craig Williams, Ian Lawrence, Allen Riddick, Jeff Raup, and Mark Mills.
Thank you for being the network that makes our impact possible! Without our community, without you, PAGE wouldn't be possible. To a brighter future,
The Economy League Launches PAGE 100
On April 20, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia convened more than 100 diverse business leaders and institutional supply chain professionals to launch a new index of the health of Philadelphia's diverse business ecosystem, the PAGE 100! Read More
Kenyatta James, PAGE Director, Wins 2023 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Award
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JANUARY 2023: FRONTPAGE NOTE: A Reflection for MLK Day
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Test Driving the Anchor Economy Dashboard
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Economy League’s PAGE Hurdle Fund Reports Positive Contract Growth Between Philadelphia Institutions & BIPOC Businesses in First Year, Modeling a Local Capital Solution
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PAGE Impact Report 2022
Since its inception the Economy League’s PAGE initiative – Philadelphia Anchors for Growth & Equity - has been laser focused on leveraging institutional purchasing power to enhance growth opportunities for Greater Philadelphia’s diverse businesses. While we have made great progress in the past 5 years, there is much more work to be done. Have a look at our 2022 impact report to learn more about understanding our impact to continue driving change in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Updated: February 2023
Learn more about our approach to diversifying and localizing institutional supply chains, how we are integrating supply chain data analytics, scaling up through tailored consulting, and capital access through an impact investor hub.
PAGE HURDLE FUND PILOT
The Hurdle Fund serves Black and Brown-owned businesses seeking to eliminate small, low-cost hurdles - including insurance, equipment, certification, and more - in order to win new or grow existing contracts with local institutions.
PAGE is actively seeking prospective applicants for our Hurdle Fund.
Please reach out for more information on this innovative grant program.
Reach out to PAGE DEI Data Analyst Melina Harris to learn more and get involved.
PAGE welcomes the responsibility to develop a common structure of accountability for the anchor institutions we partner with. Many of our participating anchors, community partners, minority business owners, and board members with cross-sector expertise continue to help shape the discussion and decision-making process around this framework.
Check out 2021 PAGE Accomplishments
MORE PAGE RESOURCES
EDA PRESS RELEASE
The US Department of Commerce’s announcement of our award from October funding PAGE Capital, explaining why they think it’s such an innovative concept.
Supplier Landscape Analysis
Our 2019 study of local suppliers utilized by hospitals and universities, based on institutional purchasing and spend data
PAGE: Applying the Lean Startup Methodology to Build a Financially Sustainable Anchor Collaborative
A peer-reviewed journal article about the PAGE approach