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Power Up Your Business

Power Up Your Business is a free, neighborhood-based approach to support small business owners in Philadelphia—like you—to give you the tools you need to grow your business and help your community thrive.

This new and innovative program was designed for businesses across Philadelphia. We're bringing entrepreneurs and business owners together to learn from one another, as we provide the education and training to help you adapt to challenges and run your business efficiently.

Community College of Philadelphia has a strong history of helping small businesses. In the past three years alone, we have helped nearly 300 small businesses grow their revenue and jobs, and we have provided counseling and resources to another 140 businesses in the past year.

Building from these experiences, the College will focus on commercial corridor and other neighborhood-based businesses that define our communities across the city. As an institution with three neighborhood-based Regional Centers and a central Main Campus, the College is in a unique position to serve Philadelphia's small business community.

Key partners include neighborhood-based business advisory groups and chambers of commerce, financial lenders, and community-based organizations with a focus on small businesses and entrepreneurship. These connections will provide an opportunity to build and strengthen connections for small businesses.

Program Overview

This program is free to all participating businesses and will be offered in two tiers. Review the tiers below to select one that best meets your availability and interests.

Store Owner Series

This series of workshops will be targeted to every district in Philadelphia, consisting of a series of workshops covering small business basics such as financial management, personal and business credit, and neighborhood-based marketing. There will also be a small business resource event. As a participant, you will benefit from the resources, guidance and mentorship needed to strengthen your business.

Workshops are currently underway at the Main Campus.

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Peer-based Learning Experience

We're offering a 10-week, 30-hour course in basic small business management and planning where you will gain hands-on familiarity with the fundamental concepts, tools and skills needed to plan and run a successful business. The program requires one night a week of your time for 10 weeks.

You will 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.

In addition to the classes, you will be supported by a business coach who will help troubleshoot challenges and help you create your business improvement plan.

Applications for the Main Campus cohort are due by April 14, 2017.

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For more information, please email powerup@ccp.edu or call 215.496.6151