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City of Philadelphia

One-on-One Small Business Support

Business Services Managers

When a business contacts OBS for the first time, a business services manager is assigned to the company - a professional who knows Philadelphia neighborhoods and industries – to help guide business owners through City processes.

Business Services Center

Providing an online resource with applications for licenses and permits, and guides to planning, starting, or running a business.

Office of Business Services

Starting a business can require many steps, licenses and permits. The City’s Office of Business Services (OBS) provides one-on-one support to businesses and entrepreneurs starting a business in Philadelphia.

Businesses have one place for answers:
  • Starting a business
  • Acquiring permits and/or licenses
  • Connecting to business support resources
  • Finding the right lender