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The Urban League Entrepreneurship Center is a comprehensive resource hub for small businesses seeking to expand their financial and human capital. Our team of experienced professionals provides detailed technical assistance to help entrepreneurs navigate complex business challenges and develop effective strategies for growth. Additionally, we offer a range of resources and connections to help small businesses access the capital, training, and support they need to succeed. Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your business to the next level, the Urban League Entrepreneurship Center is here to help.

ULEC Services

Unlock the full potential of your business with the comprehensive services offered by the Urban League Entrepreneurship Center (ULEC). Our dedicated team is committed to providing tailored support, guidance, and resources to help entrepreneurs like you thrive and succeed. Discover how ULEC can take your business to new heights!

Business Coaching

Our expert coaches provide personalized guidance in various areas including sales, marketing, strategic planning, financing, and more, empowering entrepreneurs to overcome challenges and seize opportunities.

Specialized Services

We offer a suite of services to help a small business grow its customer base and improve operations, including digital footprint assessments, website development, business credit assessments and counseling, tax preparation, information technology assessments, and promotional video production.

Workshops & Special Events

Engage in dynamic training seminars and networking events tailored to businesses of all sizes, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing among like-minded entrepreneurs.

Customized Training & Development

Elevate your team’s skills with customized on-site training, equipping employees with the tools and knowledge necessary for sustainable growth and success.




Business Health Assessment

Gain invaluable insights into the overall health of your business with ULEC’s comprehensive assessment, identifying areas for improvement and charting a course towards lasting success.



 Join a vibrant community of entrepreneurs committed to personal and professional growth through our Mastermind Monday sessions, where collaboration and collective learning thrive.


90-Day Business Launch Challenge

Through a comprehensive series of workshops, coaching sessions, and online tools, participants emerge equipped to conquer new markets and achieve sustainable growth.


Black Restaurant Accelerator Program

BRAP is Designed for restaurant owners, food service professionals, and personal chefs, BRAP offers targeted support and resources to enhance their culinary ventures.

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Empowering Small Businesses

Communities Thrive When Small Businesses Thrive.

At the Urban League Entrepreneurship Center (ULEC), we believe in the power of small businesses to drive economic growth and foster community resilience. Through tailored technical assistance, strategic planning, and access to vital resources, we empower entrepreneurs to expand their financial and human capital, unlocking new opportunities for success.

535 Small Businesses Served.
61 New Jobs Created.
4.9 Million in Contracts.

In 2023, the Entrepreneurship Center (ULEC) provided training, coaching, and technical assistance to ensure small firms followed a path of economic growth. The work paid off. We serviced 535 aspiring and experienced business owners who obtained $4.9 million in contracts and $2.6 million in financing. Our clients created 61 jobs and started 12 new businesses. With the support of the PepsiCo Foundation, ULEC runs the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program (BRAP); we awarded $10,000 cash grants to eight restaurants and caterers. Through a partnership with Courvoisier, we held a pitch competition and awarded $55,000 to four businesses. Moreover, with the support of the Office Depot Foundation, ULEC offered individualized coaching and $5,000 cash grants to six entrepreneurs. Finally, we kicked off our 90-Day Business Launch Challenge, with the support of the CapitalOne Foundation, offering intensive training to new business owners. We gave seven firms $1,000 start-up grants. 


Impacting Greater Philadelphia


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Join us in our mission to empower entrepreneurs and drive economic prosperity within our communities. Explore partnership opportunities and discover how your organization can make a meaningful impact alongside ULEC.


Join Our Community

Become a part of the vibrant ULEC community and unlock a world of opportunities for collaboration, growth, and success. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, seasoned business owner, or community partner, there's a place for you within our dynamic ecosystem.

Personalized Coaching.
Strategic Goal-Setting &
Technical Assistance.

At ULEC, we adopt an inside-out methodology to business growth, starting with challenging business owners to expand their thinking and capabilities. Through personalized coaching, strategic goal-setting, and comprehensive capacity building, we guide entrepreneurs towards sustainable and improved results, fostering a culture of continuous growth and innovation.

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Our Approach to Business Growth

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 Who We Are  ULEC

A Beacon Of Support In Philadelphia Communities

The Urban League Entrepreneurship Center (ULEC) stands as a beacon of support within the Urban League of Philadelphia’s Economic Development Division. Our mission is clear: to assist African-American entrepreneurs and others in scaling their businesses, leading to increased sales, job creation, and enhanced market presence within the region.

Complete the Intake Form
& Business Health Assessment (BHA)

To ensure we provide you with the most tailored support, we ask that all potential clients complete our intake form and a Business Health Assessment (BHA). These forms help us understand your business needs comprehensively and identify areas where we can best assist you. Get started today by completing our intake form.

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