Attend GU’s FREE Business Info Session on Wednesday, September 16

gu-bizinfosessionGermantown United CDC’s next Business Info Session will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Germantown Historical Society, located at 5501 Germantown Avenue. Speakers include business growth strategist Veronica Woods, and Giana Lawrence, Manager of the Philadelphia Department of Commerce’s Storefront Improvement Program (SIP).

The session will also include an update from GUCDC the neighborhood website we are developing that will highlight Germantown businesses, amenities, and attractions for both residents and visitors.

Who can attend?

Anyone who owns a local business, or is interested in opening a business in Germantown is welcome to attend. This program is FREE to attend.

About the series

Business Info Sessions are held bi-monthly and feature invited speakers who give brief presentations about resources that can benefit local businesses, and updates on GUCDC’s work as it relates to the local business community. All sessions include time for attendees to network, ask questions, and offer feedback.

More about the speakers

VeronicaWoods_image_lowres3Veronica Woods will speak on topics related to strategic planning, implementation best practices, and new product launches. She works with business leaders that have taken a stand to move to a new level of business growth, and guides businesses looking to implement strategies to serve new clients, form new strategic partnerships, or expand into larger markets. Read more:

SIPGiana Lawrence works with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce as the Manager of the Storefront Improvement Program (SIP). The purpose of SIP is to encourage businesses and property owners within targeted neighborhood commercial corridors, like Germantown, to improve their storefronts, making these areas more attractive to shoppers and growing their vitality and economic performance. The program reimburses owners up to 50% of the total cost of eligible improvements, for a maximum reimbursement of $10,000 for a single commercial property or $15,000 for a multiple address or corner business property. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more:

Event Logistics


Wednesday, September 16 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.


Germantown Historical Society
5501 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144


GUCDC Office: 215-856-4303
GU’s Corridor Manager Emaleigh Doley:

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GU’s Business Info Session series is made possible with support from First Niagara Foundation.

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