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Beauty Salon & Barbershop Entrepreneur Accelerator Program

B-Smart is a robust 10-week entrepreneurship program created in 2017 to address the lack of legitimate and accessible training for early-stage companies. Through the program’s mentorship with MBA Students and Coaches, rigorous curriculum taught by actual entrepreneurs, a pitch competition for on-the-spot grants and loan capital, and ongoing technical assistance, B-Smart has supported over 140 businesses and awarded over $101,000.00 in capital commitments to participants. B-Smart was designed by the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, VestedIn, and the Drexel University Beachell Family Learning Center.

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, and small businesses are an essential part of our neighborhoods’ identities. From corner stores to hair salons to small restaurants, they provide goods and services to neighbors that are affordable and reflect the cultures and tastes of their communities.

What is Our Neighborhoods, Our Businesses, Our Stories?

B-Smart is a robust 10-week entrepreneurship program created in 2017 to address the lack of legitimate and accessible training for early-stage companies. Through the program’s mentorship with MBA Students and Coaches, rigorous curriculum taught by actual entrepreneurs, a pitch competition for on-the-spot grants and loan capital, and ongoing technical assistance, B-Smart has supported over 140 businesses and awarded over $101,000.00 in capital commitments to participants. B-Smart was designed by the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, VestedIn, and the Drexel University Beachell Family Learning Center.

Our Neighborhoods, Our Businesses, Our Stories” is a project which will highlight selected commercial corridors and neighborhood businesses through video. These videos will showcase the business owners who make up these diverse corridors and the products and services within them.

ONOBOS is funded through Congressman Dwight Evans ‘Community Funding Grant. Rep. Evans represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District and the corridors featured in this project.

Partners for this project include ShopPhilly1st, Philly’s Virtual Community Shopping marketplace, and the Small Business Development Center at Temple University, which provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper.

ONOBOS Program FAQs

Who should participate in this project?

  • A small business owner/entrepreneur looking to do more marketing online
  • A small business owner/entrepreneur looking to grow their business
  • A small business owner/entrepreneur looking to tell their story
  • A small business owner/entrepreneur who has a physical storefront or office on the corridor

When can I apply for this project?

  • Applications will open in February 2023

ONOBOS is dedicated to promoting local small businesses and keeping dollars circulating within our neighborhoods.

What are the benefits of participating in this project?

  • Free video production services to enhance their online presence and increase their chances of being found in consumer searches
  • Free citywide advertising platform to help reach online shoppers and extend their market reach on ShopPhilly1st
  • One on One marketing consulting
  • Access to Capital

Can you provide an example of what the video will look like?
(Embed the sample video of Beales’ Florist.)

Want to showcase your business through ONOBOS?

If so, fill out the form below and we will notify you when applications are open!

Contact Karyn Paul at VestedIn, adminassist@vestedin.org.

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