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The Philadelphia Department of Commerce sets and leads policies to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive. The Department coordinates activities along neighborhood commercial corridors, with small businesses and entrepreneurs, major real estate development projects, large-scale business attraction and retention efforts, as well as efforts to increase minority-owned business contracting opportunities. The Department is the umbrella organization for all economic development activity in the city and coordinates the work of related agencies, including the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA).

Office of Development Initiatives

Business Retention & Attraction
The Department of Commerce actively works to attract medium and large businesses to the City of Philadelphia through the Office of Business Attraction and Retention. The City works directly with new and growing companies interested in learning more about site selection services, workforce assistance, and financing and incentive opportunities.

Real Estate Development
This unit guides large-scale public and private development projects through the development and pre-development process.

This unit analyzes local/state/federal legislation and policy as it affects the business community, as well as a performing a variety of policy and economic development research projects, such as researching industrial sectors, workforce and labor statistics, and coordination of data with partner agencies.

Offices of Neighborhood and Business Services (ONED, OBS, OEO, & Labor Standards)

Office of Neighborhood Economic Development (ONED)
The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive neighborhood-based economic development program to encourage neighborhood revitalization, increase the level of economic investment in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, create neighborhood jobs and improve the quality of life in underserved areas.

Office of Business Services (OBS)
Representatives from our Department work with other City agencies and economic development affiliates to connect businesses to assistance, services and programs that the City has to offer.

Office Economic Opportunity (OEO)
The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) promotes the economic development of Minority/Women and Disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DSBEs) through its certification program; contract review and monitoring activities; as well as ongoing interaction with other City departments, quasi-public agencies and the local marketplace.

Labor Standards Unit
The Labor Standards Unit ensures that companies doing business with the City are informed of and act in accordance with labor compliance laws. The unit serves as an advocate for employees who have not received wages in accordance with prevailing wage laws and works with businesses to ensure that they are compliant.

Finance & Administration

Fiscal & Accounting
Fiscal & Accounting ensures that Commerce financial transactions comply with fiscal and reporting requirements as established by Federal and State law, agency regulations, City policies and procedures, and generally accepted accounting principles. Other responsibilities include planning, organizing and directing department expenditures and overseeing the financial components of external/provider contracts and administration.

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Monday through Friday 9 – 5

1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Office of Labor Standards
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Blvd., Room 170C
Philadelphia, PA 19102