What we do
The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in the Department of Commerce ensures that the City is working with diverse businesses to fulfill its needs for goods and services. Each year, the City aims to reach 35 percent participation from minority, women, and disabled-owned enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) on its contracts.
OEO does this through:
- Registering minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.
- Reviewing and monitoring contracts.
- Creating alliances within the City government and beyond.
Our partners include:
- City of Philadelphia departments.
- Quasi-public agencies.
- Private industries.
- Nonprofit sector.
See an overview of performance on City contracts through the Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) Dashboard.
Iola Harper joined the City in 2016, and in her role she oversees the Office of Economic Opportunity. The office works to increase involvement of minority, women, and disabled-owned enterprises on City contracts. Previously, Iola served as the executive vice president of The Enterprise Center. She has been recognized as a national small business advocate by the Small Business Administration and as one of “Philadelphia’s Most Influential Women” by the NAACP.
Aiisha Herring-Miller has over 18 years of service assisting small businesses and developing programs to promote commercial corridor revitalization. Over the last 10 years, she managed the Neighborhood Funding Stream, a $32 million dollar endowment providing $1 million grant resources annually to promote job creation, blight removal, and assistance to minority and disadvantaged business owners in Philadelphia neighborhoods that have experienced nominal investment. In her current role, Aiisha leads efforts to increase public and private procurement opportunities for minority, women, disabled, and disadvantaged business owners. Prior to her tenure with the City of Philadelphia, Aiisha worked for a private consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and evaluation services for private and corporate foundations.