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February cohort closed! Register to be notified about next cohorts!

“Join this dynamic, motivational business plan class created to encourage and prepare new and existing entrepreneurs with the information they will need to start, sustain and expand their business.” Join the virtual class and learn with other entrepreneurs!

How it works: This is an intensive course. The objective is for you to have a complete business plan at the end.  New sessions open on Monday each week including a live Zoom meeting at 6:30 pm ET, and you will be assigned videos, readings, and work for you to complete during the week – on your own – at times that are best for you. If you are not able to be a part of the live meeting each week, there will be a recording available. Each week’s work builds your skills and helps you collect and organize all of the information you need to complete the business plan.

Class Schedule

Time: February cohort closed, next to be announced soon!
 
12 weeks of weekly class work around your schedule 
or
One on one coaching

Location: Virtually

Registration:

  • Pre-register for the next cohort or for one on one coaching below

It is recommended all learners have access to a laptop or desktop computer so that they have all the resources needed in order to create a complete Business Plan document for presentation at the end of the course.

You will learn how to:

  • Do a feasibility study and market research
  • Create a business plan
  • Finance a business
  • Use Social Media to market your business
  • Project sources of income and expenses
  • Identity grants and loans to fund your business
  • Establish and maintain a network of clients and partners

Cost for the course

Course Fee: $350
Additional Course Materials: $30.00
There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee

Financial Aid is available – complete and return this form

Loan Approvals of $10,000 (or more) may be offered for Viable Completed Business Plans

Meet the Lead Instructor

Ronald Williford

Ron WillifordRonald Williford is the President/ Founder of Philadelphia Financial Consultants, LLC., an independent financial planning brokerage specializing in personal financial planning, retirement planning, small business consulting and tax planning. He is noted a speaker on various financial topics and is the host of the program “Let’s Talk Money.” He has over 36 years of experience in the financial services industry in various positions. His motto is “Financial planning begins with education.

Ron earned his B.A. degree in Economics from Villanova University. He currently serves on the boards of the Haverford YMCA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Main Line NAACP Branch (Treasurer) and Making A Way International. INC. Ron is a member of the Trustee Ministry of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and is also active in the Financial and Education Support Ministries.

Ron and his wife, Tanya, reside in North Wales, Pa. They are the proud parents of Jenea Williford, Shannan Williford-Burton and Salina Williford.


 

TBC Virtual Business Plan Course sponsors

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TBC Covid Relief webinar

Updates on the new COVID-19 Relief Bill as of January 20, 2021

TBC is scheduling COVID-19 Relief Fund appointments free of charge – call 215-247-2473 or email education@thebizctr.com

Useful links from the webinar:

SBA: Soloman Wheeler email | Covid-19 related resources website – check for updates
download the SBA slides

PA 30 Day Fund website – forgivable loans for small business Ron Williford talked about

TBC Covid Relief webinar sponsors

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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 rvntv.tv. 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.

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TBC Best Practices 2020

Join us for our annual Best Practices in Action Awards and Fundraising Breakfast – Virtual for 2020!

Sponsor • Advertise • Raffle • Participate • Breakfast Delivered to You

Click to get all the details and register on Eventbrite

Featuring Panelists

• Bernadine Hawes

• Tiffany Kincaid

• Tony Wittock

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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.)
Email: education@thebizctr.com


Federal, State and City Resources

SBA (Small Business Administration) – Solomon Wheeler 
To check on the status of your application contact disatercustomerserviceassistance@sba.gov

SBA (Small Business Administration)
Office: 717-782-3840
Cell: 717-503-7094
Email: solomon.wheeler@sba.gov

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

Deferment Period December 31, 2023

EIDL application portal
Applicants may be asked to provide IRS Form 4506-T

Borrowers may use COVID EIDL working capital loan proceeds to make regular payments for
operating expenses and to:
• Pay or pre-pay business non-federal debt incurred at any time (past or future),
including monthly payments, payments of deferred interest;
• Pay regularly scheduled payments on federal debt;
• Payroll;
• Rent/mortgage;
• Utilities; and
• Other ordinary business expenses

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness

The PPP program is closed for applications.

Join PIDC and Lendistry as we walk you through the guidelines, documentation, and application for the new SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Click here for details and registration. For the full list of events, Click here. To see if you are eligible Click Here. For the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund application Click Here.

For an in depth explanation and guidelines to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Click Here.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant  SVOGrant@sba.gov

Find a lender: click here for SBA Lender Match

Lendistry

For more information, contact Rojer Kern via email at instore@phila.gov or number at 215 – 683 – 2156

State

Michael Shorr
DCED
Email: mshorr@pa.gov

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: ra-cwcainfo@pa.gov

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 instore@phila.gov 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

Email: vreddick@customersbank.com
C 610-401-5242
F 215-232-2025
O 215-717-7953

Santander Bank

email PPPnewaccount@santander.us to make contact and get the process started

Lendistry

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
Email: info@merchantsfund.org

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.

Be safe and stay well!

updated 11/24/2021

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