The first gender-focused small business development center in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Formed in July 1995 with the assistance of a matching grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Women Business Ownership, the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones. While the center is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women, the services are open to all individuals.
Our mission, aligned with the mission of the Greater Philadelphia Region, is to:
- foster economic development,
- advance small business initiatives, and
- create and retain jobs in low-and moderate-income areas.
WBDC offers a comprehensive menu of training, counseling, and networking programs and services. The Center continuously offers the following programs:
Programs are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
Offers a 10-session start-up business plan course, a 5-week start-up program, an 8-week course for family home-based child care businesses, 2-hour workshops, a 12-session business growth series and a 1-day strategic planning session for established businesses.
Business Finance Program
Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ
Helps you evaluate your business' current financial conditions, plan for growth, access loans from banks, government agencies, community organizations and provides loan packaging assistance and individualized financial counseling along with financial education programs.
WBDC also facilitates the relationship between corporations, government and women-owned businesses to provide growth and sustainability through our Women's Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey (WBEC PA-DE-sNJ).
A marketing, procurement and certification assistance council whose goal is to increase the growth of business between corporations, government and women-owned enterprises and to assist corporations and government agencies to open the door of opportunity for women-owned businesses by developing world class supplier diversity programs. As a partner with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), WBEC certifies women owned businesses to do business with the Fortune 1000 corporations.
In keeping with WBDC's commitment to economic justice, all women are provided access to services regardless of their economic status, and receive equal programming, training and one-on-one counseling. Initial consultation is provided free of charge, with workshops at the lowest possible cost and need-based financial aid available to lower-income clients.
Contributions to the Women's Business Development Center can be made directly to WBDC or though the United Way Donor Program. WBDC's United Way Donor Code Number is 8607.
WBDC works with a broad spectrum of clients from all socio-economic backgrounds, ranging from aspiring micro-entrepreneurs to owners of fast growth ventures and provides them an environment in which they can meet, organize, learn from and support each other in their entrepreneurial efforts.
To date, WBDC has provided information, business assessment, training, and counseling services to over 20,000 potential and existing business owners. By offering a full range of services and using the expertise of successful business owners to deliver its programs, WBDC is Greater Philadelphia's focal point for economic empowerment opportunities.
WBDC programs are funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia and The Wells Fargo Foundation.