Small Business Development Centers

The organizations listed below provide assistance for small businesses in our area.

Universal Business Support Center

Universal Companies
1502 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Telephone: 215.985.9420
Fax: 215.985.9715

Universal Companies is a nonprofit organization chaired by Kenny Gamble, a well-known former music producer who is seeking to reinvest in our South Philadelphia neighborhood. Universal Companies operates the Universal Business Support Center (UBSC) to support entrepreneurs with new and existing businesses. The Center assists entrepreneurs individually with a number of small business concerns and also conducts workshops on small business development, financial investment tax preparation, credit restoration, budgeting and money management, business plans, accounting and bookkeeping, insurance, and managing employee benefits.

Getting Your Business Legal: A Four-Week Series
6 pm to 9 pm, 1427 Catharine Street

Business Entity Choices, March 5
Non-Profit Formation, March 12
Local & State Taxation Issues, March 19
Intellectual Property, March 26

Cost: $50 for 4 sessions; FREE for SSWBA Members!

Temple University
Small Business Development Center

Eustace Kangaju, Director
Phone: 215.204.7282
Fax: 215.204.4554
1510 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Wharton Small Business Development Center

Keith Ellison, Assistant Director, Consulting
Phone: 215.898.1063
Fax: 215.898.4861
3733 Spruce Street
409 Vance Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

University of Pennsylvania Small Business Clinic

Phone: 215.898.8044


Phone: 215.790.5050
1315 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Phildadelphia, PA 19101

Small Business Support Center

Executive Director
Phone: 215.790.5000
Fax: 215.790-5016
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1116
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Women's Business Development Center

Geri Swift, President
Phone: 215.790.9232
Fax: 215.790.9231
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1116
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Women's Opportunities Resource Center

Lynne Cutler, President
Phone: 215.564.5500
1930 Chestnut Street, Suite 1600
Phildadelphia, PA 19103

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Eleven Penn Center
Suite 1100
1835 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.972.6700

The mission of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania is to stimulate economic growth and competitiveness in Southeastern PA through technology and innovation. It seeks to serve as a primary economic development catalyst in the work of helping the region transition from an energy-based economy to a knowledge-based economy. Ben Franklin serves a varied range of businesses and business owners. However, its Competitive Edge Loan Program (microloans) serve primarily women, minorities, people located in distressed areas, low-income borrowers, and "credit-challenged" individuals.

G.E. Capital Small Business College

Phone: 215.772.2960
Yolanda Brown, Business Development Executive
1528 Walnut Street, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Small Business Clinic

Phone: 215.898.8044
Diane Rosecrans Wender, Clinic Supervisor
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104