Peer-based Learning Experience

Through this 12 week, 36-hour program, you will gain practical skills that you can immediately put into action and learn how to create a business improvement plan to help grow your business. Learn the foundations of small business management and other tools needed for a successful small business through this FREE training program that provides the following:

  • Team of experts that teach marketing, financials, human resource and operations, insurance and legal, and how to develop a tactical improvement plan
  • Learn from experienced entrepreneurs through our peer-based learning model
  • Coaching support from a business coach and financial coach
  • Our training is held in local Philadelphia communities in Northeast, West, Northwest, South, and nearby Center City so local businesses can connect and network easily

Who is Eligible

  • Business located within the City of Philadelphia.
  • In business for at least one year with some sales (sales cannot exceed $1 million)
  • Have one full-time equivalent employee (can include owner or 2 part-timers)
  • Must be an owner, have an ownership stake or be a decision maker in the company

Dates and Locations

Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. at the following locations:

Main Campus: 1751 Callowhill Street
Wednesdays, May 6 to July 22 (no class on July 1)
Application deadline extended - due by April 17, 2020

West Regional Center: 4725 Chestnut Street
Wednesday, August 26 to November 11
Applications due July 31, 2020

Northeast Regional Center: 12901 Townsend Road
Dates for upcoming classes to be determined.

South Philadelphia at Constitution Health Plaza: 1930 S. Broad Street
Dates for upcoming classes to be determined.

How to Apply

To apply for the Peer-based Learning Experience program, simply complete our online application and email the following business verification information to

1. Submit one of the following:

  • a copy of your most recent business tax return
  • a copy of your most recent Profit and Loss Statement

2. Submit a copy of your City Commercial Activity License (CAL): Applicants who do not have their CAL at time of submission may obtain it prior to the start of the program.

3. Applicant must obtain a support letter (recommendation) from their area CDC, business association, civic association, City council person, or from a small business support organization.

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