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File #: 2022-0074    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 1/31/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/1/2022 Final action: 2/1/2022
Enactment date: 2/1/2022 Enactment #: 14
Effective date: 2/1/2022    
Title: WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh works to support the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurship across the City of Pittsburgh; and,
Sponsors: Deborah L. Gross, All Members
Indexes: PROCLAMATION - MS. GROSS
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WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh works to support the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurship across the City of Pittsburgh; and,

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WHEREAS, there are multiple barriers to entrepreneurship, especially for women and people of color; and,

WHEREAS, Prototype PGH operates as a small-business incubator, with the goal of being the earliest-stage incubator possible, giving participants the opportunity to go on to more advanced incubators with greater knowledge on top of granting participants $500.00 for their endeavors; and,

WHEREAS, based in Oakland, Prototype PGH has been working to build gender and racial equity in technology and entrepreneurship in the City of Pittsburgh; and,

WHEREAS, celebrating their fifth birthday, Prototype PGH operates with all staff based in the City of Pittsburgh, with co-founder Erin Gatz being a graduate of Brashear High School; and,

WHEREAS, Prototype PGH provides affordable coworking spaces, affordable equipment training in laser cutting, three-dimensional printing, and vinyl cutting; and,

WHEREAS, Prototype PGH strives to enhance opportunities by subsidizing membership based on income, allowing 24-hour access to their equipment, and offering financial training workshops with supplemental information on starting a business or non-profit; and,

WHEREAS, the workshops offered by Prototype PGH are provided at a cost of no more than $10, originally utilizing grants from prestigious tech companies to provide them for free; and,

WHEREAS, Prototype PGH has engaged thousands of people over the past five years, providing them and their businesses invaluable support, and;

WHEREAS, Prototype PGH strives to provide a zero-barrier space to all citizens in the City of Pittsburgh, helping to develop our local economy and provide advancement opportunities to people of color, women, and feminists of all genders; and,

WHEREAS, this January, Prototype PGH celebrated their fifth anniversary since opening th...

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