About Us

Since we first opened our doors more than 25 years ago, Entrepreneur Works has been guided by one overarching goal: creating opportunities. From our start supporting Philadelphia’s ecosystem of community development corporations to our current work with small businesses and entrepreneurs, we’ve always been committed to meeting the needs of underserved communities in the Greater Philadelphia region.


Entrepreneur Works creates pathways of opportunity for talented yet underserved entrepreneurs.

Across the Philadelphia region, our clients start and grow small businesses, create jobs for themselves and their neighbors, and strengthen the local economy. Entrepreneur Works is a nonprofit organization that offers access to microloans, business training, and one-on-one guidance to hundreds of entrepreneurs each year, empowering small business owners from all walks of life to succeed, prosper, and build sustainable communities. Learn even more about Entrepreneur Works and read our Annual Report here.

Percentage of clients who are women: 60%

Percentage of clients who are low to moderate income: 68%

Percentage of clients who identify as minority: 83%

100 +

jobs created (in 2015)

81 %

business survival rate

52 %

business start rate

Meet the Team

  • Leslie Benoliel

    President & CEO

    As President & CEO, Leslie makes it possible for Entrepreneur Works to serve the needs of Philadelphia-area small business owners by keeping the organization running strong.

    (215) 545-3100 Ext. 223

    [email protected]
  • Earl Boyd

    Director of Entrepreneur Services

    Looking for help as you start or grow your business? Earl offers guidance to small business owners at all stages of their entrepreneurial journeys.

    (215) 545-3100 Ext. 229

    [email protected]
  • Antoinette Truehart

    Managing Director, Entrepreneur Works of Delaware County

    Are you a Delaware County-based small business owner? If you’re looking for support, reach out to Antoinette -- the face of our organization in Delaware County.

    (610) 499-7528

    [email protected]
  • Brian Ranck

    Loan Associate

    Are you considering applying for a small business loan? Reach out to Brian for more information on eligibility and the loan application process.

    (215) 545-3100 Ext. 227

    [email protected]
  • Malika Bethea

    Program Associate

    Interested in our Start It. Grow It. business skills class, special topics workshops, or other upcoming events? Reach out to Malika to learn more.

    (215) 545-3100 Ext. 222

    [email protected]
  • Debra Kardon-Brown

    Office Administrator

    As our Office Administrator, Deb makes sure our office runs smoothly every day.

    (215) 545-3100 Ext. 231

    [email protected]

Entrepreneur Works & Entrepreneur Works Fund Officers

Leslie H. Benoliel, President

President & CEO, Entrepreneur Works

Jerry L. Cotlov, Chair

Executive Vice President, East River Bank

Capt. Mark Delowery, DO, Secretary

Retired, US Public Health Service

James E. Hartling, Vice Chair

Partner, Urban Partners

Donald Haskin, Treasurer

Retired, Citi Community Development

Frederick Heldring, Chairman Emeritus (1924-2013)

William A. Smith, Vice Chair

Retired, Citizens Bank

Antoinette C. Truehart, Vice President

Managing Director, Entrepreneur Works of Delaware County

Board of Directors

Krista Bard

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania President, Bard Advisors, Inc. President Emerita, Center City Proprietors Associations

Levar Clark

President, Bear & Co.

Ann DeLaura

Retired, CoreStates Bank

Melinda Emerson

President, Quintessence Multimedia

Jeanne Fields

Vice President, Institutional Banking, The Bancorp

Sharon Slater

Vice President, Prudential Savings Bank

Sharmain Matlock-Turner

President/CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition

Kameale Terry

Store Manager, Eastern Montgomery County, Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

James E. Turner

Chester Water Authority, Business Development Division

Shelly Anthony White

Community Partnerships Manager, Mid-Atlantic, Santander Bank

Alan Wilson

Senior Vice President, SBA Portfolio Manager, Fulton Bank

We thank all of our supporters for making it possible for us to help entrepreneurs build strong, sustainable businesses.


Bank of America

BB&T Bank

Beneficial Bank

Charter Foundation

Citizens Bank

City of Chester Economic Development Authority (CEDA)

City of Philadelphia Commerce Department

Connelly Foundation

Customers Bank

East River Bank

Goldman Sachs

Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation

Kresge Foundation

M&T Bank

National Penn Bank

Philadelphia Housing Authority

PNC Bank

Prudential Savings Bank

Santander Bank

Sitchin Foundation

Surdna Foundation

TD Bank

The Bancorp Bank

The CDFI Fund (US Department of the Treasury)

Tory Burch Foundation

US Small Business Administration

Wells Fargo

Entrepreneur Works