Become A Member

Our History

George Stevens, Jacqueline Williams, Pearl Bailey, and Terri Shockley founded Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association in 2008. The Association, through the continued leadership of its founding members and partnership with other organizations, is a thriving and ever-expanding movement that is bringing forth change, and revitalizing hope and prosperity to the Lancaster Avenue community and the lives of its citizens. In January 2017, The Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association officially became a Community Development Corporation (CDC)!  This designation allowed us to undertake new and exciting opportunities.  Additionally, we are now the Corridor Management organization for 34th to 38th streets of Lancaster Avenue

Our Mission

The mission of Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association (LA21) is to partner with stakeholders of the Lancaster Avenue corridor from 34th to 44th Street to promote economic development, beautification and support new business ventures in the area.   Service the business needs of business owners on the corridor and provide networking opportunities promoting economic growth, advancing business-friendly public policies, and servicing our members through outstanding programs to help build their customer base.


Our Vision is to make Lancaster Avenue a desirable destination to shop, eat and locate a business through maintenance and beautification projects and the promotion of a positive identify for our members and stakeholders. With a positive sense of community we will achieve this through advertising, PR, events, sponsorship, festivals and the preservation of the historic and architectural character of Lancaster Avenue

Membership Statement

As an advocate for local development, LA21 is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the continued growth of each of our member businesses. LA21 strives to influence business-friendly legislation in all levels of government, participate in initiatives to improve the community, present professional enrichment programs, and provide our members with cost-efficient ways to run their businesses.

We meet monthly to plan events, to discuss issues that promote and improve the quality of business life on Lancaster Avenue, Train business owners and the community on how to use computer literacy to improve their business growth.  You may have already participated in our Second Friday events that promote monthly business activity on Lancaster Avenue, business meet and greet or perhaps you attended the annual Jazz Festival in Saunders Park Green.

Membership Benefits

Marketing & Public Relations Benefits:

  • Opportunities to highlight your business through our brand new website:


  • Individual landing page with strong SEO (search engine optimization)
  • Special event listings
  • Staff support to promote member businesses
  • LA21 online Newsletter – post highlighting sales or special events at your business
  • **All sales, promotions, and special events should be submitted to
  1. Access to LA21’s Social Media outlets:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • **Individualized support to set up social media accounts for your business

     2. Special Access & Opportunities:


  • Invitations to all Monthly 1st Wednesday Community Meetings and social events
  • Free access to events including LA DAY Arts Festival, 2nd Fridays and other networking events.
  • Access to free workshops throughout the year, including health and wellness, social media, marketing, security, and potential grants
  • Opportunity to set up a table free of charge at annual LA DAY Arts Festival
  • Opportunity to post open jobs at your business on the website and LA21’s online newsletter at no charge
  • Partnership Opportunities with other businesses in west Philadelphia

      3. Services:

      Staff members working on your behalf as government agency liaisons

  • Relationships with state and local representatives
  • Strong relationship with the Department of Commerce
  • Lobbying efforts supporting the Avenue
  • Connections with the Streets Department for street repairs4.2 Regular Communication from the LA21 Volunteer staff members
  • Monthly newsletters, phone notification system, hand-delivered flyers, weekly emails, monthly committee meetings, board positions4.3 Assistance with permitting & variances
  • Grant opportunities for your business
  • Staff assistance with grant process, timelines, paperwork and opportunities (e.g. Business Security Camera Program, Targeted Storefront Program, The Merchant Fund)

       4.  Safety and Security

  • Strong partnership with the 16th District police officers
  • Security updates through the phone notification system
  • Security workshops with officers from the 16th District and representatives from the Department of Commerce
  • Dedicated police coverage throughout the Lancaster Avenue Community

       5. Retail Recruitment support

  • Prospecting for new businesses that fit LA21’s Retail Strategy and enhance the Commercial Corridor and community at large
  • Assisting members with store merchandising and window display
  • Connecting businesses for potential cross-promotion
  • Assisting members looking for a new storefront within the Corridor4.7 Seasonal Street beautification
  • Flowering along the Avenue Spring through Fall, holiday decorations, and twinkling lights in the trees**For questions regarding your membership benefits, please contact Kwaku Boateng Executive Director at or 267-241 9199

New and renewing members please fill out the below form as completely as possible (for the information that applies to you). Please provide at least one form of contact information. Return the form to 3500 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or by mail. You can also pay online @ http://www.la21philly.orgName: ______________________________Phone: ____________________Email: ___________________________________Website: _______________________________           Business Phone: _______________________

  • Business Name: _____________________ Business Address: ________________________
  • Address: _______________________________________________________

LA 21 Membership Fees

Membership is annually for:

$ 45 – Non- Business Owners

$150 – Business Owners  

$500 – Corporate Premium Sponsorship Membership

Thank you for your Support!