Emergency Insurance Support Initiative to help small businesses impacted by civil unrest

June 9, 2020

Small businesses that were damaged or sustained losses during the recent civil unrest can benefit from a new program – the PHL Emergency Business Insurance Support Initiative.

The collaborative program, launched by City Councilmember Allan Domb, the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative (WPCC), The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (Barristers) and other community leaders and officials, connects recently impacted small businesses with insurance professionals and lawyer-volunteers recruited by Barristers to help owners review insurance policies, assist with filing claims, and review claims already submitted to ensure accuracy. The volunteers will meet with the small business owners through virtual platforms to assist with their needs. 

The initiative launched with a focus in West Philadelphia through the coordination of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative and collaboratively working with Barristers. The Office of Councilmember Jamie Gauthier and the Enterprise Center provided additional support to launch the program.

Small businesses can contact a staff member at Domb’s Office at 610-304-8529 to schedule a virtual meeting with an attorney volunteer. WPCC and other community leaders have been distributing hundreds of flyers throughout the community to connect with small businesses in need.

For businesses that do not have access to technology, the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia is providing support to connect with attorney volunteers to conduct the virtual meetings. The virtual meetings can be coordinated to accommodate schedules as necessary.

The PHL Emergency Business Insurance Support is available to all small businesses across the city needing assistance to review and file claims.

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