A Talk with the Enterprise Center's Della Clark

The Philadelphia facilitator for inner-city business on how small companies can thrive in recession
Clark: Look at your region, find access to equity, and connect with strategic advice Chris Crisman

For 17 years, Della Clark has run The Enterprise Center in inner-city Philadelphia. Located in the building that was once home to Dick Clark's American Bandstand, the center is funded with both private and public dollars. Clark, a former entrepreneur who ran a water bottling company, says her goal is to help entrepreneurs connect with new customers and sources of capital. She spoke with Senior Correspondent Amy Barrett about the resources small companies need to thrive and how the recession has affected inner-city businesses. Below are edited excerpts from their conversation:

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