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.

Contact us today to learn more about our programs and initiatives for entrepreneurs!

Business Training Program

Our Business Training Program, in partnership with the Neighborhood Development Center, 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.

The 12-week program includes: planning for business success, the market, customers and competition, marketing and web-based marketing, credit and financial planning, management and operations and more. 

Students will also be eligible for personalized consultations to support the process of establishing or expanding a business. Our hands-on assistance helps business owners with addressing their needs. 

To enroll, you must have a solid business idea and experience in the field, or an existing business that you are looking to grow in Philadelphia. To join a future session of the Business Training Program, fill out the application form and our staff will contact you. APPLY NOW >>

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. For more information, fill out our application form and our staff will contact you. APPLY NOW >>

Small Business Workshops

We offer workshops for entrepreneurs throughout the year. Check back for information about upcoming workshops.

Global Craft Market

Global Craft Market is a collective of local immigrant artists who share their hand-made, fair traded crafts to celebrate and sustain craft making traditions and artisans from around the world.

Some of the artists include:

Andes Alpaca
Alpaca clothing from Bolivia

Maria Del Alma
Embroideries and jewelry from Mexico

Yemisi Ajayi
Batik fabrics by artist from Nigeria

Strong Woman Design
Persian inspired designs from Dubai

Crafts from El Salvador

Yaku Wear
Toquilla hats and silver jewelry

Amina’s Foods
Traditional Syrian food

Global Food Market

Global Craft Market is an incubator market by The Welcoming Center. It allows food entrepreneurs to share their culture and cuisine while they work to finalize their business plan.

Want to get in touch with the team? Fill up this form to make an appointment and we will be in touch!