Last Friday, November 2nd, we were very happy to help cut the ribbon for the opening of the Gallery on Penn. Over a year ago, ELDI was called-out and criticized by the operators of Jamil’s Global Village. They accused ELDI of turning its back to the needs of minority business owners. While the criticism hurt, it caused us to reflect on our work. We helped incubate the Beauty Shoppe, the first co-working space in East Liberty, and have seen numerous other co-working spaces, incubators, and business support programs move into the neighborhood. We realized, however, that none of these programs were relevant to minority businesses and entrepreneurs. It is for this very reason that we have worked with and supported Catapult’s effort to open the Gallery on Penn.