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

  • Nov
    19
    JumpStart - Business Launch
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107

    JumpStart - Business Launch

    November 19, 2018
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 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=10380031 Monday, November 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern If you're registering for the entire series, use the series page at https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380044 for a discount on your registration. Business Launch is a three-hour workshop with a panel of experts who will help you understand how to successfully launch a business. In the Business Launch workshop you will: • Learn the City of Philadelphia licensing, zoning, and inspection requirements • Understand the different types of legal entities and how to choose a legal structure for your business • Learn the basics of small business bookkeeping • Learn about insurance for small businesses This workshop is part of our JumpStart series, a low cost, flexible five-week workshop series that helps prospective business owners increase their chances for success and reduce the risks associated with starting a business. Limited financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for a financial aid application. Course fees are non-refundable. Fee: $35 Registration: 5:45 Class: 6:00 - 9:00
  • Nov
    27
    PitchandBrew at Pipeline
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
    Pipeline Philadelphia, Graham Building, Graham Building, 15th Floor

    PitchandBrew at Pipeline

    November 27, 2018
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, 1 hour
    Pipeline Philadelphia, Graham Building, Graham Building, 15th Floor
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    Pitch and Brew is a free, public meet-up offering collaborative brainstorming, Idea checking & concept validation, and business advice for startups, entrepreneurs, and established organizations. You will get 90 seconds to 'Pitch' your ideas and 5 minutes to 'Brew' in the group. Sponsor: PitchandBrew and Pipeline Philly Cost: Free This event occurs every last Tuesday of every month. It's open door to anyone and everyone.
  • Dec
    4
    Women's Opportunity Resource Center Family Savings Account Orientation
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    WORC | 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

    Women's Opportunity Resource Center Family Savings Account Orientation

    December 4, 2018
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    WORC | 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
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    The Women's Opportunity Resource Center (WORC) runs a Family Savings Account program, which is a savings and match program created to assist low-income individuals achieve self-sufficiency. Funds can be used in several ways, including funding a business. WORC holds monthly orientation sessions for anyone interested in learning more about this program. Sponsor: WORC - Women's Opportunity Resource Center Cost: Orientation is FREE More information and registration: http://www.worc-pa.com/contact-events.html

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