Local Business Associations Complete “Corridors Connect” Training Program

On Wednesday, November 14th, the West Philadelphia Corridors Connect program celebrated the leaders of seven local business associations (BA) for their completion of commercial corridor development training in 2012.

Participants in the program included leaders of seven local BAs in West Philadelphia: Baltimore Ave, Lancaster Ave, 60th St, 52nd St, 48th & Spruce Sts, 45th & Walnut Sts, and 40th St. Leaders from each of the BAs completed a six-session training on enhancing their commercial development and organizational management skills at Drexel University. The Enterprise Center supplemented the training with small grant investments to be used by the BAs for diverse purposes, including development of branding and marketing materials, certification as 501(c)(3) organizations, community events including street festivals and block parties, etc.

The training was made possible via West Philadelphia Corridors Connect, a program that seeks to revitalize local commercial corridors through a three-pronged approach of holding BA technical and management trainings, investing in corridor development, and providing individual consulting to BA leadership. Corridors Connect is funded by LISC’s Sustainable Communities Initiative in West Philadelphia (SCI-West).

For more information on Corridors Connect, please contact The Enterprise Center Retail Resource Network Director Karolyn Chamberlin at kchamberlin(at)theenterprisecenter.com.

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