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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

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

Tuesday, June 4th

from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

2nd COHORT of Basic Entrepreneur Training

Location: CEC 

3500 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, PA

  • Starting a business
  • Logical thinking in business decisions
  • Computer Basics
  • Web and Social media marketing basics
  • Business Skills Training Courses 
  • Writing a business plan
  • SWOT & PEST Analyses
  • Presentation and communication Skils

DATE: First info session is on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Small Business Essentials Bootcamp

Location: Virtual

Do you want to start or restart a business? LA21 Business CDC and LA21ERIC are here to help! Designed for businesses that want help restarting or for entrepreneurs who want to start and/or build their businesses, the Small Business Essentials Boot Camp will help you gain a solid foundation and adapt to today’s new norm.

This preparatory series includes (but is not limited to) the following:

● Stages of Business Startup

● Legitimizing your business

● Building a strong financial foundation

● The essentials of a business plan

● Using your EIN to build your business credit

● How to use social media platforms as a marketing strategy

● How to prepare your business to qualify for funding

And much more!

Space is limited, so register now! Registration closes August 8th.


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: Tuesday, September 15th

Time: 11am-12pm, 1-2pm EST

Free Google Webinar: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps 

Location: Virtual

Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. 

  • Learn how to create and/or update your profile on Google
  • Hide your address
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • What's new, tips and tricks to updating your profile

Presented by Google Trainer Randi Penfil

This workshop will have two different sessions:


DATE: Tue, Sept. 15th & Wed. Sept. 23rd

Time: 1-2pm, 10-11am EST

Free Google Webinar: Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Location: Virtual

Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel that drives engagement with your business and promotes your products or services. We'll cover topics like setting up a YouTube channel, learning how to create effective videos, and measuring your results. 

Presented by Google Trainer Randi Penfil

This workshop will have two different sessions:


DATE: Tue, Sept. 29th

Time: 1pm EST

Understanding Philadelphia Business: City Taxes (Revenue 101)

Location: Virtual

Learn all about how City Taxes affect your business, and how to plan for them in advance.

In partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia



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



Years of


Registered Businesses





LA21 Members