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“Small Business Covid Relief Funds, Loans, Taxes & Financial Support”

With tax season in session and focusing on the adjustments of qualifying for COVID -19 relief funds and grants, The purpose of this workshop will be to assist small businesses in getting their taxes in order and presenting the right paperwork for funding and financial support. This workshop will be presented by TBC tax specialist Ron Williford, and also features business owner David Simms of Eatible Delights, who learned he was not managing taxes well, and then reaped the benefits of consulting with a tax preparer.

WHERE: Completely online!

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 2021 

TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

COST: Free!

Recording of the webinar coming soon.

TBC Social Media course supporters


Fireside Chat with Monique Greenwood

Fireside Chat with Monique Greenwood discussing “Having What Matters”: Professionally, Spiritually & Financially as a Black, Woman Business Owner

In honor of Women’s History Month, TBC is holding a fireside chat with Monique Greenwood of Akwaaba Philadelphia Bed and Breakfast (first Black-owned in the city). She will discuss having what matters professionally, spiritually, and financially as a Black-woman-owned business. The first 25 businesses to register will receive an Echo from State Farm Insurance.

WHERE: Completely online!

WHEN: Thursday, April 1st, 2021

TIME: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET


Click Here for More Information and to Register. 

TBC Social Media course supporters


Tune in on Wednesday, December 23rd where Pamela Rich-Wheeler – our Executive Director at The Business Center, had an interview Team Talk, hosted by Milton Corsey and Mark Iorio at The topic at hand was cultural diversity and small business. Watch or listen in on the stream, Wednesday 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 pm, where Pamela talks about how to create a more inclusive entrepreneurship environment, some challenges small businesses alike may face during these trying times with COVID-19, and thoughts on what needs to be done in order for a more inclusive environment to be achieved. Click here to tune in.

Also, tune in this Saturday as well with G-town Radio at 1:00 pm. Pamela and TBC board member and CEO of Prospect Productions, John Kahler will be on Vanessa’s Money Hour hosted by Vanessa Lowe, discussing the upcoming Social Media Course and how to resolve small business issues during this time. Click here to tune in.

GTown Radio

Do you have a product that is manufactured that needs funding?  Join our Pitch Challenge and win!  There will be a first, second, and third monetary prize, along with a crowd favorite. Details below

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Hello Everyone!

Here you will find contact information and links to emergency loans and grants for small businesses to assist with COVID-19 relief. Included are resources available through The Business Center and other partner organizations.

The Business Center

For Assistance with completing relief forms, financial projections, and tax forms contact us
Office: 215-247-2473 (Please leave messages in the general mailbox.  We are retrieving them remotely and daily.)

Federal, State and City Resources

SBA (Small Business Administration) – Solomon Wheeler 
To check on the status of your application contact

SBA (Small Business Administration)
Office: 717-782-3840
Cell: 717-503-7094

Information on the SBA Covid related programs can be found through the SBA Covid Related Resources page. Some specific information:

Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

EIDL Deadline December 31, 2021
EIDL application portal
Applicants may be asked to provide IRS Form 4506-T

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

PPP Deadline March 31, 2021
Information on the SBA PPP program can be found through the SBA Covid Related Resources page
First time applying click here: SBA form 2483
Second time applying click here: SBA form 2483-SD

March 2021 – Updates on PPP Webinars

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant – not yet accepting applications

Find a lender: click here for SBA Lender Match


For more information, contact Rojer Kern via email at or number at 215 – 683 – 2156


Michael Shorr

DCED Information
New Capital Access Program
Program Guidelines
Program Fact Sheet
List of CEDOs

Additional questions about the CWCA program can also be directed to:

CWCA program: 717-783-5046
CWCA Email:

City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and Philadelphia Industrial Development Cooperation

Phila gov
Phila PIDC

Your Emotional Well-Being in the COVID-19 Environment 
PA 30 Day Fund

For more information, contact Rojer Kern via email at or number at 215 – 683 – 2156

Banking Institution Resources

Veder M. Reddick
Customer’s Bank
Senior Vice President
Progress Plaza – Sullivan Building
1501 N Broad Street
Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19122

C 610-401-5242
F 215-232-2025
O 215-717-7953

Santander Bank

email to make contact and get the process started


New Partnership Created with Goldman Sachs and Lendistry with Potential Forgivable Loan

Community Development Corporations and Community Agencies COVID Resources
(Some of these agencies have a priority to assist businesses owned by people of color)

The Merchants Fund
Jill Fink

Office: 215-399-1339

Merchants Fund

Other COVID-19 Relief Resources 
(This information applies to contractors, consultants, for-profits, nonprofit, etc.)

The Beech Companies offers lines of credit to non-profit organizations and small businesses under their fund through the Beech Business Bank.

WPFSI offers lines of credit to non-profit organizations and small businesses under their fund and relief fund application assistances. WPFSI Their number is 215 – 452 – 0100

The William Penn Foundation announced a $3 million grant to support the PHL COVID-19 Fund. Throughout the crisis, this fund will provide grants to organizations in the Greater Philadelphia whose focus has been on serving at-risk populations. You can read more about the grant qualifications here.

Mt. Airy CDC

COVID-19 Business Relief Fund
Request for Relief: Business Support Fund

Comcast RISE is accepting applications for two (2) separate programs and we encourage you to apply to both programs now. Eligible business owners may apply for either or both.  Comcast RISE is providing this support to help Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses grow as they navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Click here.

The Pennsylvania COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) is the new $145 million statewide fund created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses for certain businesses in the hospitality industry severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. PIDC is administering this program for businesses located in Philadelphia. Grants are available to eligible businesses in the range from $5,000 – $50,000. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 5. Click here to learn more and apply.

The 2021 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is now open—and 12 winners will be awarded a total of over $250,000. So be sure to enter before the March 9 deadline. Entering the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest might just help you write the next chapter of your business story. In addition to a cash award, you could win FedEx Office® print and business services and gain more exposure within the small business community. Click here for more information and to enter.

Be safe and stay well!

updated 3/7/2021