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.


1515 Arch St.
12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Our programs


  • Nov
    Advisory Boards: “Miracle-Gro” for Small Businesses (Fall Session with PIDC)
    7:30 am to 10:00 am
    1500 Market Street, Suite 3500 West, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Advisory Boards: “Miracle-Gro” for Small Businesses (Fall Session with PIDC)

    November 19, 2019
    7:30 am to 10:00 am, 3 hours
    1500 Market Street, Suite 3500 West, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Advisory boards can add tremendous value for small business owners who are committed to achieving profitable and sustainable growth for their businesses. In this Workshop presented by ATHENAPowerlink® of the Delaware Valley, a panel of experts and entrepreneurs will share information, experience, and advice about the following: --Developing and managing your high-impact advisory board: *how your business can benefit from an advisory board *how to identify your advisory board members *how to work effectively with your advisory board --How ATHENAPowerlink® assembles advisory panels of volunteer experts customized to help women business owners to jump-start their business growth. WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Men and women small business owners who have built strong business foundations and who want to leverage the expertise and experience of a panel of experts to take their business to the “next level.” Register:
  • Nov
    Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS)
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Second Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS)

    November 19, 2019
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Second Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19130
    The Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS) is a ten-week program designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and information needed to create a professional business plan. The ESWS covers all of the basics you need to know to start a small business venture as well as grow an existing one.

    In the first two courses of the series, students in the class conduct a feasibility study to find out if they have a viable business plan. In the next six courses, students learn how to conduct market research, competitive intelligence and how to create financial statements. In the final section of the series, the students present their completed business plans. The benefit of this class is that all students produce a business plan by the end of the class, which enables them to receive management consulting from the SBDC and in turn further their business.

    The Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS) offers two payment options:

    Discounted Plan - pay in full $320.00 at the time of registration.

    Payment Plan – requires a $130.00 down payment due at the time of registration and two additional payments of $110 each which will be due on the 3rd and 5th weeks respectively. The total cost for the payment plan is $350.00.  


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  • Nov
    Doing Business in the City: Philadelphia Electric Company
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Doing Business in the City: Philadelphia Electric Company

    November 20, 2019
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    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 Electric Company 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.

    Register for the free event.