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Philadelphia Community College, city lending hand to small businesses

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Hunting Park Business Association head Monica Parrilla says it's unusual to have training programs focusing on small firms. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Hunting Park Business Association head Monica Parrilla says it's unusual to have training programs focusing on small firms. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A new program supported by the city and Community College of Philadelphia is designed to help small businesses.  

Power Up Your Business is designed to help small firms improve and grow, said City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker.

“It’s a a two-tier program,” she said. “One tier is a 10-week module based on a program where business owners can go to regional campuses and get the tools they need to succeed. The second part is a series of free workshops that are hosted throughout the city for business owners who cannot dedicate time to the 10-week course.”

Hunting Park Business Association head Monica Parrilla said Monday that it’s unusual to have training programs focusing on small outfits.

“There are workshops and seminars and grants for businesses with large-scale revenue streams, where small businesses like mine don’t reach that benchmark,” she said.

The first classes will start in February; applications are due by Jan. 13 through Community College of Philadelphia’s website.

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