Peer-based Learning Experience

Please note: Power Up Your Business is currently operating remotely due to COVID-19. Store Owner Series’ workshops are currently being held online. Starting in 2022, the Peer-Based Learning Experience program will be held in person.

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

Workshops are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.Philadelphia Planning District Map

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, through April 27, 2022
No class March 9, 2022, or March 16, 2022
Applications due December 18, 2021

Classes are held at the Main Campus, Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, through July 27, 2022
Applications due April 16, 2022

Classes are held at the Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.

Peer-Based Learning cohorts occur three times per year. Class size is limited.

More than 300 businesses located in every zip code in Philadelphia, have completed this incredible free program. 
Dates for upcoming cohorts for 2022 will be determined.

To qualify for acceptance to the Peer-Based Learning Experience program, your business must be operational and registered within Philadelphia city limits.

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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