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Business Services Center

The Department of Commerce operates an online resource center which provides a single place for information about starting or expanding a business in Philadelphia. The site provides applications for licenses and permits, as well as all existing guides or instructions.

Use the Interactive Business Assistant for Customized Support

When first visiting the site, a blue pop-up screen appears. This is the Business Assistant, an interactive wizard that helps businesses get to the information that addresses their needs. Press START and answer each question. These answers are used to create a personalized dashboard with information about licenses, taxes, financial incentives, and other regulations specific to each business. 

The site provides applications for appropriate licenses and permits, as well as all existing guides or instructions to planning, starting, or running a business.