Lancaster Avenue Business Association

Celebrating - 2 Decades/Plus
Community Service

LABA, today bridging business and community
... Since 1986

LABA-CDC, has experienced many victories throughout the past twenty plus years of service.Much appreciation is extended to those community partners having worked with us and continue your efforts of support., as we collectively address our business and economic development needs.

Business Services

Service Provider
Showcase Community Services Inc. - provided soical services, build community support, implement and operate longterm economic and community development programs, generating funding support for project initiatives that encourage social and community outreach to resident families and businesses. Throughout the years Showcase Inc. was known for its array of services in legal referrals, counseling, advertising, a service center providing recreational printing, copy / fax, notary public and administrative assistance to adult and senior citizens of the communities. To commemorate the legacy of the founder a mural is featured at the original location site in the 4200 block on Lancaster Avenue. (Showcase)

Lancaster Avenue Business Association-CDC
The LABA-CDC provides support to small business owners, assisting in organizing existing and new businesses to regain stake in the community. By building collaborations, and bridging merchant and community relationships the LABA is able to give direction by providing a platform for businesses to become actively involved with meeting the social, community and economic development needs. LABA provides technical assistance workshops addressing business needs, problem solving and association participation. We support education, communications, entrepreneurship, minority and small business development. Through Electronic Marketing, we advertise the businesses on the corridor, for increased business and support. We also provide Bi-Monthly Newsletter-Showcase Community News - Educating the Communities, for updates and information distribution, bridging communities adjacent to the Historical Lancaster Avenue. In recognition of collaborative effort between governmental agencies, area CBO's CDC's, institutions etc., we support initiatives designed for positive growth along our corridor recognizing "Teamwork & Unity-are the Cornerstone of Successful Efforts

Safe Corridor Initiaitve
In cooperation with the 16th & 19th Police Districts, in support of the Philadelphia Operation Town Watch, LABA has organized a Corridor Town Watch Program to increase security for Lancaster Avenue businesses and residents. Collaborative efforts have provided increased Foot & Bike Patrol on the corridor - 39th - 46th. LABA TOWN WATCH / with support of Operation Town Watch Integrated Services training & recruiting encourages merchant participation through the eyes, ears and reporting process, designed to prevent criminal activity, while looking out for fellow merchants, by reporting criminal acts, or suspicious activities, and loitering at or around businesses along the corridor, we hope to decrease criminal attachs at local businesses.

LABA supports the West Philadelphia Weed & Seed Project, designed to collaborate with community support and assistance to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in West Philadelphia and ultimately revitalize neighborhoods. Weed - a comprehensive effort of law enforcement and prosecutors to "weed out" violent crime and drug offenders, attempting to prevent their return in the area & Seed -a comprehensive effort of community , law enforcement, social service agencies, community and faith-based organizations and private sector providing a broad range of human services to the West Philadelphia Weed & Seed area, including intervention, treatment and neighborhhood revitalization, Lancaster Ave. 40th - 54th is included in the West Philadelphia Weed & Seed Zone.

Goal - Increase business & community collaboration, seeking resource support for LABA-CORRIDOR TOWN WATCH Program, designed to provide training & employment opportunity for corridor patrol, to prevent criminal activity & loitering, in support of a safer business corridor. (Philadelphia Operation Town Watch)

Community Services
Corridor Beautification Programs

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