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Power Up Your Business next free workshop June 6 at Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center
PHILADELPHIA, PA., May 22, 2017 – Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs across the city are enrolling in free workshops that help them manage and plan their businesses and connect them to valuable resources.
Community College of Philadelphia’s Power Up Your Business is offering a series of workshops in a neighborhood-centered approach to economic development. The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. Business owners can RSVP by calling 215-496-6151 or online.
The College partnered with Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council, and the City Commerce Department, all of whom are committed to a block-by-block reinvigoration of retail along neighborhood shopping corridors. Corner grocery stores, hair salons, and coffee shops serve as job creators and community gathering places, bringing stability and security to commercial corridors.
Several small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the program say the sessions are worth attending – even after a long day at work. Some say they have discovered new tools and efficiencies, like recording their financial information electronically, charting a plan for growth and launching an affordable marketing campaign.
“Power Up Your Business helped me a great deal in being able to acquire the knowledge and information I needed to keep me ahead of the curve,” said Rachelle Russell, owner of Unique Appeal Hair Salon at 5823 Market St. “I’ve been in business for 22 years, but I went back to school to sharpen my skills in bookkeeping, branding and marketing. This course helped me to do that.”
The Store Owner Series of workshops, which has attracted individuals from 63 businesses in 28 different zip codes from across the city, offers the second of four workshops at the West Regional Center on Tuesday, June 6. All of the workshops are held on Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., and those interested are asked to RSVP at least one week prior to the date of the workshop you plan to attend.
The remaining workshop schedule for the West Regional Center is:
- June 6: “Basics of Small Business Bookkeeping.” Understanding the balance sheet, income statements and cash flow.
- June 20: “Resources for Small Businesses.” Discover services that can help your business. Partners include the College, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., and the City Commerce Department.
You can learn more about the Store Owner Series and RSVP online. by visiting http://www.ccp.edu/business-and-industry/store-owner-series
Power Up Your Business employs a two-tiered approach: a more intensive 10-week 30-hour course in basic small business management and planning where business owners gain a hands-on familiarity with the fundamental concepts, tools and skills needed to plan and run a successful business; and the Store Owner Series of workshops, consisting of small business topics that include financial management, personal and business credit, and neighborhood-based marketing.
The 10-week course is a peer-based learning experience, where the College matches participants with professional instructors and coaches. The classes will be held Aug. 23 and 30; Sept. 6, 13, and 27; Oct. 11, 18, and 25; and Nov. 1. Applications are due July 21. To qualify, participants must have at least one full time employee, and earn less than $1 million in revenue per year.
“There are workshops and grants for businesses with large revenue streams, but small businesses like mine are excluded because we don’t meet the benchmark,” said Monica Parrilla, a Power Up Your Business advisory board member and owner of Marz Auto Central in Hunting Park. “Small businesses have the power to keep the local economy moving, provide jobs in our area, and to increase our revenue.”
For more information, call the College business office at 215-496-6151 or email email@example.com,
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