Commerce Helps the School District to Repurpose Surplus Properties
Nov 08, 2013
The Commerce Department is excited to be working with the School District of Philadelphia to promote the repurposing of their surplus properties. Click here to see the full listing, property information and instructions on submitting proposals and expressions of interest: http://www.philasd.org/real-estate/
2013 Outstanding Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Sep 17, 2013
September 15 - 22 is Welcoming Week. Each day, the Department of Commerce is recognizing an outstanding entrepreneur that has made a significant contribution to Philadelphia's economy. Congratulations to all of them!
Meet the 2013 Outstanding Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Mayor Nutter to Lead Trade Mission to the United Kingdom and Israel
Aug 22, 2013
Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that he will lead a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel next month in order to attract investment from international companies in Philadelphia and to assist Philadelphia companies with trade opportunities in these two key marketplaces. Mayor Nutter will be joined by a number of Philadelphia-area companies on both legs of the mission and will take part in a range of activities to promote Philadelphia and attract international investment.
“My Administration is committed to attracting investment and job creation to Philadelphia, whether from elsewhere in the United States or from around the world, and this trade mission offers many exciting opportunities to meet with businesses looking to invest in our region,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I want to thank the many partners that are supporting this effort and working each and every day to promote Philadelphia on the global stage. It is through these relationships that we will attract new international investment, create trade opportunities for Philadelphia businesses, and create new jobs for Philadelphians.”READ MORE
PHL Made Project Aims To Make Buying Local Easier
Aug 21, 2013
By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Eating locally grown food — called being a ‘locovore’ — is a major trend, but there’s a plan to extend the idea into other products.
The newborn PHL Made project takes its inspiration from a 4-year-old effort in San Francisco, says Michael Cooper, vice-president at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, but modified for a place that still makes stuff. In fact, these “makers”, whether it’s an item or technology or art, are at the heart of this...READ MORE
New Grant Programs for Food, Retail & Creative Bizs
Aug 12, 2013
The City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce in partnership with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
and The Merchants Fund
have launched the ReStore and InStore grant programs to encourage business attraction and expansion on the City’s neighborhood commercial corridors. The programs are designed to help eligible retail, food, and creative businesses expand or make interior improvements. Learn more.
Human Power Keeps New Kensington Clean
Jul 26, 2013
The Lean CDC: How Investing in Human Power Keeps New Kensington Clean
By Alex Vuocolo www.generocity.org
In Center City and University City, uniformed streets cleaners are almost as ubiquitous as police or Parking Authority officers. They are a fixture at parks, public spaces and business areas, changing out trash bags, sweeping, and operating large industrial street sweepers.
But to find Mariusz Turk, the only paid street cleaner in Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond, you may have to wander along Girard Avenue or up Frankford or even check beneath I-95. The best bet is to keep an eye out for his green-painted tricycle, which was built to haul drum equipment but now carries brooms, trash bags and cleaning chemicals.
Turk is employed by the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), a broad-based community development corporation that engages in housing assistance and streetscape improvements...READ MORE
2012 Annual Disparity Study Released
Jul 19, 2013
In May Econsult Solutions, Inc. and Milligan & Company submitted the Annual Disparity Study for FY2012
to the City of Philadelphia. The study finds that while Minority/Women/Disabled-Owned Enterprise (M/W/DSBE) utilization remained relatively unchanged, there was an increase in the participation of M/W/DSBEs located inside Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area. City-based participation increased by 8.8 percent between FY2011 and FY2012. The total amount of contracts awarded to M/W/DSBEs in the City grew from $57 million in FY20011 to $72.6 million in FY2012, a 27 percent increase.
Of the City’s seven completed projects with Economic Opportunity Plans, four projects exceeded their utilization goals, including two which with utilization of over 50%. Furthermore, for the third year in a row, the percentage of contracts with M/W/DSBE prime contractors increased.
Overall, while the number of M/W/DSBEs “ready, willing, and able” to compete for City business on Public Works, Personal and Professional Services, and Supplies, Services, and Equipment contracts has increased, the study concludes that overall disparity remains an issue, with a FY 2012 disparity ratio of .67 (down from .70 in FY 2011). The authors of the study recommend maintaining a participation goal of 25% for fiscal years 13, 14, and 15.
Expanded Services for Food Businesses
May 17, 2013
The Department of Health and the Department of Licenses and Inspections have worked together to improve the licensing process for new food businesses. Businesses will find revised fees, forms and procedures, and new resources such as a step-by-step manual, streamlined plan review and application form, online payment options for some licenses, and a new food certification procedure. Health officials are also now available Tuesday - Thursday 10AM - 2:30PM in the Lower Concourse Level of the Municipal Services Building (1401 JFK, across from City Hall). Learn more
Support PHL Businesses, Become a Kiva Trustee
May 17, 2013
Commerce is partnering with Kiva, a non-profit that facilitates microloans, to bring low cost funding for small businesses, but we need community support. Kiva loans are made at 0% interest, and connect borrowers with a network of thousands of individual lenders, who become their customers and brand ambassadors. Becoming a Trustee is easy and requires no financial or legal obligation. Read the overview.
Nutter's 10,000 Jobs Challenge, Hire a HS Intern
Oct 31, 2012
Mayor Nutter is encouraging Philadelphia businesses, partners and individuals to unite and join the city-wide challenge, in partnership with WorkReady Philadelphia. Learn more at www.phillysummerjobs.org