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Notification of Grant Opportunity for ASEZ and NCEZ
Apr 21, 2015
Competitive gap financing now available for commercial and industrial real estate projects in in the American Street Empowerment Zones and the North Central Empowerment Zones

The Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the American Street Empowerment Zone (ASEZ) and North Central Empowerment Zone (NCEZ) Community Trust Boards are pleased to announce the Neighborhood Economic Development Impact Grants (NEDIG) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the ASEZ and NCEZ.

The NEDIG funding is a competitive RFP process for interested non-profit and for-profit developers providing gap financing for commercial or industrial real estate development projects. Projects must be new construction or substantial rehabilitation of a vacant building to be eligible (residential projects are not eligible). Development projects must be located within the NCEZ or ASEZ boundaries and show an impact to the neighborhood.

An RFP briefing will take place:

10:00 AM Wednesday, April 22nd
1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor
City Planning Conference Room 18-029

Find maps of the Empowerment Zones and r ead the complete RFPs HERE.

For more information contact Aiisha G. Herring-Miller, Director of Economic Development Zones, at 215.683.2152 or aiisha.g.herring@phila.gov.
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Office of Manufacturing and Industry Releases 2015 Annual Report
Mar 31, 2015
When the Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force was created in 2013, the overarching goal was to provide our city with an industry-led roadmap and actionable recommendations for improving Philadelphia’s competitiveness and address barriers that inhibit growth in the sector. Fulfilling the first tangible outcome of the plan, the Philadelphia Department of Commerce convened the Philadelphia Manufacturing Working Group in early 2014, a committee of staff from partner entities in the public and nonprofit sectors, to begin implementing the strategy. The Office of Manufacturing & Industry was created soon after to manage this ongoing process and direct policy on behalf of the city’s industrial sector.

After a year of work we are pleased to present this Annual Progress Report detailing the many steps taken to support and grow manufacturing in Philadelphia. Exciting things are happening: new lines of capital are available for small companies to grow; significant business tax reform and relief took effect this calendar year; and the School District of Philadelphia will launch the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, a public magnet high school that will teach manufacturing design and process, in the fall of 2015.

Read the complete report HERE.
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Office of Neighborhood Development Seeks a Program Manager
Mar 31, 2015
The Department of Commerce Office of Neighborhood Economic Development (ONED) identifies and develops programs to invest in economic development opportunities in Philadelphia neighborhoods. The Program Manager is an integral part of the unit with the responsibility to manage funding awards, relationships and contracts for performance of economic development work in the City of Philadelphia. This person reports to the Senior Manager of CDC Programs within the Office of Neighborhood Economic Development.

Get the full job description and application details HERE.
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Commerce Seeks Motivated Communications Fellow
Mar 23, 2015
The Philadelphia Department of Commerce seeks a part-time Fellow to assist the department over a four to six month period to support the Department’s communication efforts to the business community. This opportunity is a paid position. The ideal candidate will:
  • Be a recent graduate or enrolled in a communications, graphic design, marketing, or related creative program 
  • Be available a minimum of 12 hours per week
  • Have social media management experience in a professional or volunteer capacity
  • Demonstrate proficiency in layout and design for print and web
  • Demonstrate an ability to write concisely and layout documents that can be easily understood by a general audience
  • Have experience managing WordPress websites (or similar content management systems), Constant Contact (or similar email marketing platform), and Hootsuite
  • Proficiency with Prezi preferred
  • Proficiency in HTML preferred
  • Have a strong desire to work on a team that makes a difference to businesses in Philadelphia
Get the full job description and application details HERE
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Mayor Nutter Celebrates 35 Years of Economic Opportunity, Releases 2014 Annual Report
Mar 19, 2015
The Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report details 29.4% minority participation rate, Mayor Nutter increases goal from 25% to 30%

Philadelphia, March 20, 2015: Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the release of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Participation Report which represents an in-depth analysis of for-profit contracts awarded by the City of Philadelphia to Minority, Women and Disabled Owned Business Enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) and a review of the impact of Economic Opportunity Plans on public, private and non-profit construction projects. In Fiscal Year 2014 the City and Quasi-Public Agencies awarded M/W/DSBEs $266.5 million in contracts which represent 29.4% participation and an increase over the $243 million awarded for the previous fiscal year. Mayor Nutter announced the first increase of the minority participation goal in more than 30 years, increasing the goal from 25% to 30% of City contracts.

Read the FY 2014 Annual Report HERE

Read A Summary of Economic Opportunity Plans HERE

Watch a video of the Press Conference.
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Mayor Nutter, Deputy Mayor Greenburger Welcome New Helicopter Manufacturing to Philadelphia
Mar 03, 2015
Philadelphia, March 3, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger welcomed yesterday’s announcement by AgustaWestland that the AW609 civil TiltRotor helicopter will be manufactured at the company’s Philadelphia facility.

“As one of this city’s most innovative and global companies we are tremendously excited that this new cutting edge aircraft will be manufactured by AgustaWestland in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “Congratulations to CEO Bill Hunt and the more than 560 employees at the Philadelphia facility and we look forward to continuing to work with AgustaWestland as they grow production and manufacturing jobs in our city.”

AgustaWestland Philadelphia, AgustaWestland’s center of operations for production, sales, customer support and training across the Americas, operates out of a 275,000 square foot facility, on a 39-acre site at Northeast Philadelphia Airport in Pennsylvania. The facility also includes final assembly lines for the AW119Kx and AW139 helicopters, a parts supply depot for the Americas and a fully approved FAA and JAA repair station.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE
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Mayor Nutter signs Paid Sick Leave Bill
Feb 13, 2015
Philadelphia, February 12, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by Councilman William Greenlee, signed into law legislation establishing that workers employed by a business or organization with 10 or more employees must earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. The Paid Sick Leave Bill was passed in City Council earlier today.

“I am honored to sign into law this legislation that supports and protects Philadelphia’s hardworking men and women by providing mandatory paid sick leave. Now, our workforce will be able to take time off for preventive care, recover from an illness or injury, or to ensure that their family and personal business is well-cared for without worrying if it will affect their financial situation or physical health,” said Mayor Nutter. “This legislation balances the needs of workers and employers and I am proud to sign it. I want to thank Councilman Greenlee, the Mayor’s Task Force on Paid Sick Leave and the many advocates who worked together to create this important benefit.”

Businesses with existing leave policies that meet the minimum paid sick leave accrual standards and other requirements within the legislation will not have to change their policies or provide for additional leave time.

“I am very pleased that we have all come together to provide this reasonable benefit to the working people of Philadelphia,” said Councilman Greenlee, who introduced this legislation.

Paid Sick Leave takes effect 90 days after the signing.
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The Merchants Fund Grant Applications are due February 27th
Feb 03, 2015
Don't wait to apply for The Merchants Fund Business Stabilization Grants or Loan Matching Grants from $2,000 to $20,000. Deadline is February 27th.

LEARN MORE
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Internship Opportunity at Commerce: Kiva Zip Philadelphia
Jan 30, 2015
As the Kiva Zip Operations Intern for Philadelphia, you will work directly with the Kiva Zip Philadelphia Manager for the City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce. You will assist with daily functions, as well as, provide independent thinking, new strategic ideas, and problem solving skills to anything you encounter. This is a perfect position for someone with a proactive, can-do attitude. The ideal candidate will be excited to volunteer their skills with Kiva and the Department of Commerce, knowing they will gain invaluable experience from an industry-leading organization.

Get full details and instructions.
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The Storefront Improvement Program has new guidelines!
Dec 18, 2014
The Storefront Improvement Program reimburses owners of commercial buildings and businesses within designated commercial corridors who make storefront improvements. The program can reimburse up to 75% of the cost of eligible improvements to a maximum of $10,000 for a single commercial property, or up to $15,000 for a multiple-address or corner business property.

To find out whether your property qualifies and contact Giana Lawrence at 215-683-2017 or Jonathan Snyder at 215-683-2153 or Email SIP@Phila.gov.

Get the Guidelines and Learn More
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Commerce Launches $200K Lighting Project at Germantown and Erie Aves.
Dec 12, 2014
Joint Commerce and Streets Department project is part of the City’s multi-year neighborhood revitalization strategy

Philadelphia, December 10, 2014 – Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger joined officials from the Department of Commerce and the Streets Department, along with Council President Darrell Clarke, to participate in a lighting ceremony today to turn on street lights along the commercial corridor at Germantown Avenue and Erie Avenue. The Department of Commerce and the Streets Department are sharing the $200,000 cost to convert existing street lights to brighter LED bulbs and add to the existing number of lights throughout the neighborhood.

This lighting project is just one of many strategies the Department of Commerce has employed over the last two years to revitalize the commercial corridor at Germantown Avenue and Erie Avenue. The area includes Germantown Avenue from Tioga to Butler and along Erie. The event marks a renewed commitment from the Merchants in the area to work together to make lasting change. 

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE
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Philadelphia is now a Kiva Zip City!
Dec 02, 2014
Small businesses in Philadelphia are serving up artisanal foods, providing professional and creative services, keeping craft manufacturing alive and boosting the local fashion and retail scenes.

But many small business owners and budding entrepreneurs also struggle to access the loans they need to get started and grow. They’re denied loans from conventional lenders for any number of reasons: the amount of money they need is too small, their business is too young, their plan is too innovative or their credit history is too short or damaged.

What they do have is passion, plans and people in their community that know and trust them. 

Make a loan to a Philadelphia small business owner HERE
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Mayor Nutter Announces StartupPHL Investments, New Angel Fund, and Latest ‘Call for Ideas’
Dec 02, 2014
Philadelphia, November 12, 2014 – Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a range of investments in Philadelphia’s startups and entrepreneurs through Startup PHL, an initiative of the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, PIDC, and First Round Capital to provide funding for early-stage companies and to support programs that develop the startup community in Philadelphia. The Startup PHL initiative encompasses a range of programs including the Call For Ideas, Startup PHL Funds, and the University City Science Center QED program. Through Startup PHL Funds and co-investments from First Round Capital six Philadelphia startups have received more than $1 million in combined seed or angel investment since October 2013, and through the Call For Ideas Grants ten organizations have received more than $200,000 in funding to support entrepreneurship programming.

READ MORE
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Kiva Zip Comes to Philadelphia
Nov 21, 2014
from Technically Philly | by Juliana Reyes

With the help of the Barra Foundation, the City of Philadelphia is helping local businesses get startup capital. Not startup venture capital — just good old fashioned small business loans, but these come with zero percent interest.

The loans come through Kiva Zip, a crowdfunding platform where people lend money to a business and get paid back over the course of the loan term, which could be anywhere from six months to two years. It’s all done through PayPal. A platform from San Franciso-based nonprofit Kiva, Kiva Zip is a way for small businesses to get loans from somewhere other than a bank. It’s also a direct way to support the local economy.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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Opportunities at Commerce: Job Postings
Oct 14, 2014
The Department of Commerce is looking for a Manager, Entrepreneurial Investment as well as Policy Analyst.

If you care about growing Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem, Manger of Entrepreneurial Investment is the job for you.

And if you’re a total data nerd who wants to help Commerce make smarter decisions, we would love to meet you.

See the full job descriptions here: 
Manager, Entrepreneurial Investment

Policy Analyst
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30th annual Minority Enterprise Development Week kicks off
Sep 30, 2014
From philly.com:

FOR MINORITIES, women or members of other historically disadvantaged groups who run businesses, leveling the playing field has always been a key goal.

As Philadelphia celebrates its 30th annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, its playing field is still uneven and barriers such as inadequate capital or technical expertise remain.

To help cope with those challenges, the week will feature free workshops and panel discussions, a tour of the Philadelphia Navy Yard and an awards program.

Read the entire article.
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Hill International Announces Global HQ in PHL
Sep 30, 2014
Philadelphia, September 22, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Hill International, a global construction management and consulting firm, will establish its global corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, signing a lease for 60,000 square feet of commercial office space at One Commerce Square in Center City. Hill will move its headquarters from Marlton, New Jersey and begin a 12-year lease for space at One Commerce Square in May 2015. Hill will expand its current presence in Philadelphia adding approximately 220 new jobs over the next three years.

Read the full press release.
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Commerce is looking for a Communications Intern
Aug 15, 2014
The Philadelphia Department of Commerce seeks a part-time Fellow to assist the department over a four to six month period while completing studies related to communications, marketing, graphic design or similar creative degree. (Recent graduates may also apply.) The fellow will support the Department’s improved communication efforts to the business community. This opportunity pays $14/hour

Application deadline is August 29th. See full job description here.
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Submit your Minority Enterprise Development Workshop Proposal
Aug 05, 2014
The 2014 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Committee is now accepting workshop proposals. GET THE APPLICATION HERE.

MED Week takes place Sunday, September 26-Saturday October 4, 2014. Individuals or organizations interested in submitting a workshop proposal should complete and email the application by 5 p.m. August 31 2014, to Lashawnda Tompkins at lashawnda.tompkins@phila.gov. 

Please note: Workshop submissions does not guarantee inclusion into the MED Week program. Workshops are approved based on discussion topic and space availability. Expenses for all workshops are the responsibility of the individual or organization, not the MED Week Committee.
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Take the City of PHL Business Site Survey
Jul 23, 2014
The City of Philadelphia launched www.phila.gov/business in 2009. It is time to revisit the project in order to stay up to date and stay aligned with the needs of the site's users. We're excited to hear what you think and how we can improve!

Take the survey HERE 
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