Peer-based Learning Experience

Please note: Power Up Your Business is currently operating remotely due to COVID-19. Store Owner Series’ Workshops and the Peer-Based Learning Experience program are currently held online.

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. Wednesday, on ZOOM, due to closures during the pandemic.

We are listing the scheduled campus locations, but are not using them until it is clear that safe “in person” classes are possible.

Northeast Regional Center: 12901 Townsend Road (Near Franklin Mills Mall)
Wednesday, January 13th thru Wednesday, April 7th, 2021.
No Class on March 3rd
Applications due December 4th, 2020

South Philadelphia at Constitution Health Plaza: 1930 S. Broad Street
Wednesday, May 5th, thru August 25th, 2021
No Class on May 12th
Applications due April 9th, 2021

Northwest Regional Center: 1300 West Godfrey Avenue (near North Broad and Stenton Avenue)
Dates for upcoming classes to be determined.

Main Campus: 1751 Callowhill 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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