3500 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104

+1 (215) 883 - 0109  

Monday to Friday | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Lancaster Avenue

21st Century Business Association CDC

LA21 Funders & Sponsors

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Reopen & Recover Grant - Applications Accepted February 12 – 26

https://wpfsi.com/reopen-and-recover-grant/


Citizens Small Business Community Chamption Award  - Applications open until March 1, 2021

https://citizens.businesschampion2021.dja.com/


Doordash Accelerator Grant  - Applications close March 2, 2021

https://doordashimpact.com/accelerator


Comcast RISE - Applications Accepted March 1-14, 2021

https://www.comcastrise.com/investment-fund/


Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Grant- Applications close March 19, 2021

https://www.equivico.com/ncrc-business-grants?mc_cid=3cdc1fc69d&mc_eid=b9a2226d61

Business Resources

Business Development

Business Enrichment

Business Mentorship

About us

The Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association was founded in 2008 by George Stevens, Jacqueline Williams, Pearl Bailey, and Terri Shockley. The Association, through the continued leadership of its founding members and partnership with other organizations, is a thriving and ever-expanding movement that is bringing forth change, and revitalizing hope and prosperity into the Lancaster Avenue community and the lives of its citizens.

 
 

Our Mission

The mission of Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association (LA21) is to partner with stakeholders of the Lancaster Avenue corridor from 34th Street to 44th Street to promote economic development, beautification and support new business ventures in the area.


Service the business needs of business owners on the corridor and provide networking opportunities promoting economic growth, advancing business-friendly public policies, and servicing our members through outstanding programs to help build their customer base

LA21 Events


DATE: Thursday, August 20, 2020

Time: Two sessions: 10:00 AM, and  6:00 PM EDT

Making Change: How to Move Forward During our current Confusing Times

Location: Virtual


Making Change: How to Move Forward During our current Confusing Times is an introduction to basic concepts and strategies to help you manage the change you are seeking. Whether you want to start a business from scratch or unsure of what exactly you want to do, the information shared will help you understand what you need to do to start making change.


During the webinar, you will be encouraged to develop more awareness around the following to better assess where you are currently, and what might be your next steps:


  • The missing piece that's needed to change your situation
  • What's your reason, and why having one is a must
  • Which of the 4 ways to make money work best for you now
  • The secret that most people don't get that's essential to navigating change


Come join us virtually on August 20, 2020. We are offering two options: 10am & 6 pm.


Space is limited, so register now!


 
 

DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 9th - Thursday Sept. 10th

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am EST

Free Google Webinar: Reach Customers Online with Google

Location: Virtual


Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads.


In this webinar you'll hear best practices for:  

  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
  • Creating a free Google My Business listing
  • Advertising your business on Google


Presented by Google Trainer Randi Penfil


This workshop will have three different sessions:


 

 

DATE: Friday, October 9th

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM 

Making Change: Is Now the Time to become “A Pandemic Entrepreneur”?

Location: Virtual


This event is part of the Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week 2020


It’s normal for interest in self-employment to increase during a recession when jobs are scarce. Self-employment spiked during the Great Recession of roughly a decade ago, rising fastest in areas with higher unemployment rates Philadelphia. Despite the existing resources in Philadelphia for aspiring entrepreneurs. The number of diverse business owners within the city is strikingly low. There is a gap in services for many people who seek help in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Philadelphia, because they are viewed as “not ready.” We have designed this program specifically to reach and serve this group; it is client-centric, trauma informed and based on a deep understanding of change methodology. We believe it empowers participants with the skills, information, and support needed to gain the confidence and personal insight to successfully pursue economic betterment by learning, earning and working together.


 

 

DATE: Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Virtual Workshop: Getting Your PPP Funding

Location: Virtual


Join a representative from the SBA (Small Business Administration) and LA21 for a PPP  (Paycheck Protection Program) Q&A session to learn about COVID-19 stimulus funding opportunities for your business.


Minority and immigrant business owners are highly encouraged to attend!


You will be able to register for one-on-one PPP application support services after the workshop.


 

DATE: March 10th (6PM) & 11th (10AM)

Making Change: How to Move Forward During Confusing Times

Location: Virtual


We face many challenges throughout our lives.  Increasing our income and creating fulfilling work is one of those challenges that if successfully managed, can significantly improve our quality of life. Transitioning from not having enough and feeling stuck to thriving financially and feeling purposeful is something most of us desire.

 

Making Change: How to Move Forward During Confusing Times is an introduction to basic concepts and strategies to help you manage the change you are seeking.  Whether you want to start a business from scratch or unsure of what exactly you want to do, the information shared will help you understand what you need to do to start making change.


During this live presentation you will be encouraged to develop more awareness around the following to better assess where you are currently, and what might be your next steps:

  • The missing piece that's needed to change your situation
  • What's your reason and why having one is a must 
  • Which of the 4 ways to make money works best for you now
  • The secret that most people don't get that's essential to navigating change


Are YOU Ready for Change to Keep Moving Forward?


 

 

NEW! LA-ERIC BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER

Free Basic Business Training

FREE mentoring and guiding of clients’businesses

Referral and Information Resources

Consultancy and advisory services for already existing businesses

Work space to people looking to start or grow a business.

Provision of technical assistance and Marketing Consultancy

ENGAGE   EDUCATE   INSPIRE

"CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THEIR DESIRED PURPOSE"

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