Using Social Media Webinar – Watch the recording!

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2020
Category: Communiversity, News

You missed the live webinar – watch the recording:


Join us Tuesday, June 23, at 1:00 pm | Live Online
Registration Free. RSVP Below.

Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020  at 1:00 PM as our speakers, Bernard Williams ( and Ron Williford (, address your questions about contracts, managing your PPP and EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) funds, bookkeeping, and much much more.

Live online via Google Meet – register now and the link will be emailed to you!

Register Here | Download and Share the Flyer



2020 Business Pitch Challenge – June 19th

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2020
Category: News

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

Register here.


Small Business Stimulus on WURD

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020
Category: Covid Resources, News

The Business Center’s Pamela Rich-Wheeler and SBA’s Solomon Wheeler shared information on the Covid Stimulus on the April 3, 2020 Wake Up with WURD on Philadelphia’s WURD Radio. Listen:



Emergency Loans and Grants for Small Businesses – Resources

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020
Category: News



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.

9:00 am  Wednesday’s Live Webinar to Get Questions Answered – SBA Emergency Loan Webinar: Process for Applying and FAQ’s  – You’ll find the latest live stream and other recordings on the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers YouTube page 

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

Federal, State and City Resources

Solomon Wheeler 
To check on the status of your application contact

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

Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Information on the SBA PPP program can be found on the US Treasury website
Download the PPP Borrower Application Form (current v-3 4/2/2020check the US Treasury website to be sure this is the latest version)

Information slide sets from the SBA (pdf):

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Payroll Protection Program (PPP)


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 (Deadline April 15, 2020)

Phila gov
Phila PIDC
Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund 

Deadline for COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

Your Emotional Well-Being in the COVID-19 Environment (Zoom Webinar April 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM)

Banking Institution Resources


Santander US Announces COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Customers Bank

Judith Exantus
Office: 215-717-7954
Cell: 215-429-0077

Veder M. Reddick
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


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)

Reinvestment Fund
Reinvestment Fund has partnered with the William Penn Foundation and Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™ to launch the Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE), which will support organizations that provide early learning for children from birth to age five. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to any member of our staff at Reinvestment Fund or via email at

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.

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.

The Verizon-LISC COVID-19 Recovery Fund is now offering grants up to $10,000 to help business deal with the immediate financial impacts of the pandemic. This grant can be used for things like rent, payroll, utilities, and vendor payments. Make sure to submit your application by Saturday, April 4th, 11:59 pm ET! To access the application, click here.

Mt. Airy CDC

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


Be safe and stay well!

updated 4/21/2020