Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Starting a business is a complex process, especially if you have only recently arrived in the Philadelphia area. We offer numerous practical tools to assist new and emerging small business owners.
Global Craft Market is part of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians’ entrepreneurship program. It is a collective of 10 immigrant artists representing 9 countries and publicly showcases the wealth of crafts created or imported by the Welcoming Center’s participants from across all its programs. It is a platform that allows immigrants with creative abundance to share their cultures, sustain global craft traditions, and create the opportunity for dialog between locals and immigrants.
The vendors from the Global Craft Market will be vending on Saturdays at the Reading Terminal Market on Filbert Street mid-May to mid-October.
In addition to vending on Filbert Street, the vendors will also be attending a series of workshops curated by the Welcoming Center. Topics range from bookkeeping and marketing, to phone-based photography and credit and financing. These workshops serve to fine tune participants’ skills and to create a space for creative industry entrepreneurs to find affinity among other immigrant artists seeking a creative network in a new country.
Global Craft Market is made possible by the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Filbert Street project is managed by the Reading Terminal Market and CraftNOW.
Business Technical Assistance
Business experts are available to support entrepreneurs through the process of establishing or expanding a business. Our hands-on assistance helps business owners to understand city regulations, develop a business plan, understand business operations, identify capital, create a marketing strategy, and much more.
Small Business Workshop and Events
We offer free business workshops throughout the year. Workshop topics range from marketing and business planning to legal entity choice and business taxation. All of our events are free and held at neighborhood-based locations throughout the region.
Bookkeeping: Create a simple bookkeeping system for your business.
Phone-based photography: Take better pictures with your phone to promote your business.
Marketing: Explore different marketing strategies to promote your business.
Pricing: Calculate the profit for each product.
Credit and Financing: Learn about credit building and micro-loans.
Cooperatives: Explore the idea of forming an immigrant artist cooperative.
Business Training Classes
Our six-week English for Entrepreneurs class is offered periodically throughout the year. With a specialized curriculum covering English vocabulary and pronunciation, customer service skills and cultural competence, the course is open to business owners and retail workers. PlanIt! Business Classes In partnership with the Neighborhood Development Center, this training assists start-up and new businesses obtain business training, financing, and other support within their own communities. The training is a once a week for twelve weeks.