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

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.




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



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Registered Businesses





LA21 Members