Peer-based Learning Experience
Learn the basics of small business management and planning, and gain hands-on familiarity with the fundamental concepts, tools and skills needed to plan and run a successful business. We ask that participants be prepared to attend the entire 10-week, 30-hour program.
Gain practical skills that you can immediately put into action in topics such as entrepreneurial leadership, understanding financial statements, the role of financing in business growth and how to create a tactical business improvement plan. The program includes small business case studies, peer learning and an introduction to community-based small business resources.
You will also be supported by a business coach who will help troubleshoot challenges and help you create your business improvement plan.
Upcoming Dates and Locations
Center for Business and Industry
1751 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
May 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; and July 12, 19 and 26
West Regional Center
4725 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139
Aug. 23 and 30; Sept. 6, 13 and 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and Nov. 1
Applications for the West Regional Center Cohort are due July 21, 2017.
Northeast Regional Center
12901 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
2018: Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28; March 14 and 21
Applications for the Northeast Regional Center Cohort are due November 17, 2017.
You must be willing to commit to one night per week for 10 weeks (30-hours total) to participate in this program.
- All businesses must be located within the city of Philadelphia.
- Businesses located in targeted commercial corridors (City Commerce Department), and low or moderate income areas of Philadelphia will be given priority.
- The business has been in operation for at least one year before applying.
- The business must have annual revenues not to exceed $1,000,000.
- The business must have a minimum of one full time equivalent employee (including yourself).
- The participant must fill out an application online, agree to attend and participate in all seminars and coaching sessions.
- Must be an owner, have an ownership stake or be a decision maker in the operations of the company. (Only one employee per business.)
- Applicant must obtain a support letter from their area CDC, Business Association, Civic Association, City Council Person or other area legislator, City Commerce Department, or from other small business support lenders or resource organization such as: PIDC, LISC, the Reinvestment Fund, WORC, Finanta, Merchant's Fund, etc.
- Submit one of the following: 1. a copy of your most recent business tax return; 2. a copy of your most recent annual balance sheet; or 3. a copy of your most recent Profit and Loss Statement
- Submit a copy of your City Commercial Activity License (CAL) (Business Privilege License). (Applicants who do not have their Commercial Activity License at time of submission may obtain it prior to the start of the program; admission is contingent on presentation of CAL.