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19 Aug 2016

North Broad Renaissance Awards largest contract to African American, woman-owned firm

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August 19, 2016 Category: Color Of Money Posted by:

The North Broad Renaissance recently announced that is has awarded its cleaning service contract to TWB Cleaning Company, a woman-owned, minority firm that operates in North Philadelphia.

“In less than a year, the North Broad Renaissance has been able to connect with community members who are doing a fantastic job at helping us share information about contract opportunities and grants,” states Shalimar Thomas, Executive Director of the North Broad Renaissance. “Having a woman-owned, minority firm awarded this contract, who operates in North Philadelphia, is from North Philadelphia, and who will hire people in North Philadelphia speaks to the work the North Broad community is doing at helping us get the word out and connect with vendors right here in the neighborhood.”

Under the NBR “2020 Vision” plan, the objective of the “Clean and Safe” strategic area of focus is North Broad Street. The first year goals included issuing an RFP to establish a cleaning service along North Broad Street who is responsible for keeping needed areas clean. A total of $165,000 has been allocated towards the Clean and Safe initiative. Approximately $100,000 will be allocated towards cleaning services. The remainder will go towards anti-litter and safety campaigns.


“I’m humbled by the opportunity to work in the same community, where I grew up,” states Trina Worrell-Benjamin, owner of TWB Cleaning Company. “It’s because of my background that I’m committed to hiring from the community and working to ensure that our impact is far greater than beautification of North Broad Street. I’m a living example that there are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.”

For now, the TWB Cleaning Company will focus on areas that struggle to maintain clean conditions. This includes Fairmount Avenue to Girard Avenue, Susquehanna Avenue to Allegheny Avenue, and Venango Street to Germantown Avenue – all along North Broad Street. The North Broad Renaissance will expand coverage area as funding becomes available.

“As a new organization, it was important to the board that the NBR marketing, communication and outreach efforts were strong,” states Kenneth Scott, Chairman of the NBR. “This proves that the organization is on the right track as we work to meet with community stakeholders, get them engaged, and help us have an economic impact in the areas we serve.”

TWB is scheduled to start cleaning efforts on September 6, 2016. In addition, to introduce the firm to the community, the NBR will sponsor a community clean up day on Friday, September 16, 2016.

To learn more about the North Broad Renaissance, or to view the 2020 Vision, please visit

About North Broad Renaissance:

The North Broad Renaissance (NBR) is a Pennsylvania non-profit voluntary Special Service District (SSD) between City Hall and Germantown Avenue – along North Broad Street. Its vision is to revitalize commerce, communities and cultures along North Broad Street by focusing on a Clean and Safe North Broad, Maintenance and Landscaping, Marketing and Communications and Economic Development. Learn more at

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