Department of Commerce

What we do

The Department of Commerce helps businesses—large and small—thrive in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the perfect home for your business, offering:

  • Reasonable office rents and cost of living.
  • A ready workforce.
  • A central location on the Northeast corridor.

We work to:

  • Attract and keep a diverse set of businesses.
  • Revitalize neighborhoods by building vibrant commercial districts.
  • Support small businesses and improve access to funding.
  • Develop a strong talent pipeline.
  • Increase contracting opportunities for minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email business@phila.gov
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Our programs

Events

  • Mar
    18
    Supplier Diversity Event
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Temple University Center City Campus, 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Supplier Diversity Event

    March 18, 2019
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    Temple University Center City Campus, 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    Join us after work for this event at Temple Center City Campus. The Diversity Procurement event is in collaboration with the diversity chambers and large prime contractors. This is the perfect opportunity for small contractors to meet procurement decision-makers at large Philadelphia Institutions and learn what they need to do to secure contracts and sub-contracts. Businesses with MBE/WBE/DBE are encouraged to attend. Bring your business cards. To register: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/25724
  • Mar
    20
    Doing Business in the City: Philadelphia Gas Works
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
    One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

    Doing Business in the City: Philadelphia Gas Works

    March 20, 2019
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
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    Join Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity for Doing Business in the City, a monthly event that explores opportunities to build your business with City contracts. This month, Philadelphia Gas Works will present. This event can help you develop strategy for pursuing competitive bids and non-competitive contracts. Learn more about the resources available to support your business. RSVP for the free event: http://bit.ly/2tDArtN
  • Mar
    20
    Finding Your Funding
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107

    Finding Your Funding

    March 20, 2019
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107
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    Details: https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380032 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern This two-hour workshop will provide valuable information on loans for start-up and existing businesses. The financial options discussed will include loans, micro-loans, lines of credit, leasing, as well as alternative financing. A panel of lenders from various financial institutions and loan funds will be on hand to present the information you need to understand to get funding for your business. Finding Your Funding will help you to: Understand what lenders look for when evaluating a loan package. Learn what documents are required for a loan request. Make valuable contacts with lenders. Learn about financing options. Learn how to apply for a small business loan. Fee: $ 10.00 Course fees are non-refundable. Limited financial assistance is available to those who qualify; complete a financial aid application before registering for a course.

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