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5200 Warren Street

Phone: 215-452-0100

Fax: 215-452-0101

Web: West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

WPFSI Vision

Our vision is to create urban communities that are vibrant, diverse and flourishing environments where wealth and economic opportunity is accessible.

What is an Operating Cycle in a business? Why does a business need Working Capital?

Operating Cycle In Business Would Your Business Benefit from Working Capital? A Business will typically need working capital when its operating cycle is too long.  First, let’s define what an operating cycle is in a business.   The operating cycle is the average period of time required for a business to make an [...]

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Roundtable Discussion Series II: "Philly, Your Voices, Our City"

On February 01, 2014, we held our pilot Roundtable discussion with Philadelphia millenials. In attendance was a diverse group of Philadelphia residents who provided insight on their view of this city. The public school system, crime and safety, housing options, transportation, and entertainment were some of the topics that were addressed. In conclusion, the group [...]


The West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution (WPFSI) is a community-based nonprofit financial services corporation that provides financial products and services in the West Philadelphia Market. WPFSI finances entrepreneurs and small businesses that are in need of capital to expand, grow or start-up its operation.        Products               [...]

Establishing of Business Credit

In my January 2014 blog post, I indicated that in this month’s blog post we would explore how to Establish Business Credit. I have posed a series of Questions and Answers that may be helpful in thinking about the establishment of business credit. Question: How to Establish Business Credit? Answer: A key to establishing credit for [...]

Meet Sarah L. Stirzel Cuzzolina- BAWP Executive Director

The Business Association of West Parkside (BAWP) was established in 1987 and has had the tenacity to survive as a volunteer organization for 26 years.  In July, I had the great pleasure to be hired as the Executive Director of BAWP. Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself? A: I am originally from [...]

Come Visit Another Level, a New West Philadelphia Event Venue

Dwight Butler, New York native is the owner of 5100 Lancaster Avenue banquet hall.  He found investors in Philadelphia and saw the interest in leasing space and renting rooms for private events.  5100 has been in business for 6 years , has three (3) buildings totaling six (6) floors with more than 15,000 square feet [...]

The Fundamentals of Business Credit

Entrepreneurs must seek to build, maintain and acquire credit both individually and as business owners. Why is it important to build business credit? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s important to build business credit if you’re trying to build and grow a company so that you want have to rely solely on your personal credit. [...]

WPFSI joins Philly Cuts and the 76’ers in West Philly

WPFSI joined with Philly Cuts and provided refreshments on Monday October 28th from 4-6 PM.  The first 76 children got a free hair cut and two tickets to the Sixers opener against Miami Heat on Wednesday October 30th. Philly Cuts, located at 4409 Chestnut Street, partnered with the Sixers and had players on site to take [...]

Business Planning – Lifeblood of Diverse Business Growth

In today’s economic environment, business planning is key to the lifeblood of any diverse business expansion. Ask any entrepreneur whether business creation and/or growth is possible without good planning, in our current highly-restricted credit environment, and they will tell you absolutely not. In fact, without proper business planning, raising capital (i.e., debt or equity) is [...]

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