Fishtown Area Business Association

Free Energy Assessments and Energy Retrofit Grants for Restaurants and Food Stores in Philadelphia

Posted August 8th, 2016 by FABA


One-Pager for Small Business Grant – wFCDC

The signup form can be found here.

New Business Spotlight: Fishbox!

Posted March 2nd, 2016 by FABA

Your Answer to Online Shopping: Fishbox, Philly’s New Package Delivery Service

Finding yourself conveniently unavailable for lightning link online preferred delivery period is pretty wizard of oz game online. When “Sorry we missed you!” no longer cuts it, Fishbox is here to save the day.

All information is here:

Local entrepreneur Napolean Suarez has brought Fishbox to Fishtown, providing a hassle-free delivery service that gets you your packages exactly when you want them. Simply sign up for Fishbox via their site, use the specified address and box number and your packages will be delivered to their secure facility. Then, you’ll receive a text indicating its arrival and all you have to do is set up a time and place to procure your package.

Philadelphia Business Journal writes: “Payment is automatic, as they will have already entered their credit card information, and no tip is necessary.” It’ll cost you either “$5 per delivery or $50 per month for unlimited delivery.” Fishbox, feeding your Amazon addiction one delivery at a time.

Fishbox’s FABA member profile can be found here.

Business Tools Update from our Friends at Entrepreneur Works

Posted October 29th, 2015 by FABA

Business Tools Update

My Business or My Job

Source: Earl Boyd, 10/23/15

I have learned over my 35 years in business, as an owner and consultant, that the road to success in business is paved with circumstances and events that are common to most pursuing the entrepreneurial dream.

Discovery of an idea that solves a problem and bares evidence of marketability,
Planning and strategizing to turn that idea into a viable business,
and securing the resources required to make the business work…
are just a few things fledgling entrepreneurs will encounter on their journey to business ownership.

There is one issue I encounter quite often in coaching perspective business owners that is very perplexing for most of them. That issue is centered around the dilemma…My Business or My Job.

Recently, I was engaged in separate conversations with two prospective business owners (Jason and Carol) who both had the same concern. Jason and Carol are working toward starting their businesses. However, both had just started new jobs and were concerned about getting caught up in their respective jobs and losing sight of their entrepreneurial dreams.

Carol, feeling torn and somewhat disillusioned expressed, “Sometimes I have a real fear that I’m sacrificing my true self, who I am, and what I want to do because of the job. But I need the income right now.” Jason’s sentiments, for the most part, mirrored Carol’s.

Read more!

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Small Business Survey

Entrepreneur Works is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey. This short survey will ask about your business’ performance, financing choices, and borrowing experiences.Responses are confidential and will help improve programs and services for small business owners. The results of the survey will help the Federal Reserve System work with partners to develop programs that address the needs of small businesses.

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Residency

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) at Macy’s Center City provides six (6) emerging Philadelphia-based apparel and/or accessories designers with the resources – including workspace, curriculum, and mentoring – to launch and grow their fashion businesses.

Throughout the course of one year, the Designers-in-Residence (DIR) will be required to attend and complete a mandatory core curriculum of workshops and seminars focused on business development.  Conducted at both PFI as well as at off-site locations, these workshops are essential to the PFI program and attendance is mandatory. At the time of acceptance, a calendar with proposed monthly workshop dates for the year will be provided. These dates are subject to change, and the DIR’s need to adjust their schedules accordingly.

The DIR’s will be provided with office space, including a workshop room with sample production space, as well as a shared conference room/showroom space.  DIR’s will receive mentoring from Philadelphia-based industry leaders and feedback from Macy’s at Center City merchant team along with a number of press, sales and event opportunities.

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator will support talent that understands the program is a business proposition, not merely a creative opportunity.


PA Conference for Women
November 19, 7:30am-5pm

Join us at the 2015 Pennsylvania Conference for Women! Registration is now open for this year’s Conference, which will be Thursday, November 19, in Philadelphia. The Conference offers the community and connection, the information and inspiration, the motivation and momentum to help you discover what you want—and go get it! This Conference is the state’s premier professional and personal development event for the women of Pennsylvania, with nationally recognized keynote speakers, a full day of workshops and panel discussions, a seated lunch and a dynamic, informative Exhibit Hall.

Pitch and Brew
Every Tuesday 10:30am

Entrepreneur Works and Impact HUB  – a community of makers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, artists, activists, enterprises and innovators leveraging their shared skills and resources to make a positive impact in the world – are partnering to provide entrepreneurs with a weekly opportunity to build relationships and collaborate. Present business ideas and/or challenges for feedback and advice from the group, which is facilitate by Entrepreneur Works’ Director of Entrepreneur Services, Earl Boyd.

Where: Impact Hub 1227 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

You can also join us virtually at

Entrepreneur Works client Alseny Keita of Al’s International Market

Entrepreneur Works creates pathways of opportunity for talented entrepreneurs. Across the Philadelphia region our clients start and grow small businesses, create jobs for themselves and their neighbors, and strengthen the local economy.

As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, we must count on our supporters and friends to keep us going. If you value our work and our impact, please consider making a donation to Entrepreneur Works today.  


Register to Vote Online!

Posted September 22nd, 2015 by FABA

You can now register to vote online!

October 5th is the deadline to register if you’d like to vote in Philadelphia’s upcoming November election cycle. The good news is you can now (finally) register to vote + change your address if you’ve recently moved, online in the state of Pennsylvania.

Links below:

1. Register to vote


2. Online Voter Registration Frequently Asked Questions


Posted September 22nd, 2015 by FABA

Popeadelphia is only one week away!

Do you still have questions about how the upcoming World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit is going to affect quality of life in the city?

Well NewsworksWHYY has some answers! They put togther a really excellent FAQ full of helpful and relevant information, which should address any uncertainty you have left.

For the more visually inclined, Lauren Ancona, Data Scientist at the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, consolidated all the info into one easy to digest map – Philly Pope Map.