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Department of Commerce

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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

Announcements

Changes to Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund Program

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Program offers grants or zero-interest loans to Philadelphia small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program, administered by the Department of Commerce and PIDC, aims to provide relief to selected small businesses in order to help them survive this crisis and retain as many employees as possible. Due to extraordinary demand and limited resources, read here for changes to this program that go into effect on March 30 at 5 p.m.

  • The application for micro-enterprise grants is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

You can find the application here.

Resources available for businesses

Information and resources are available for businesses affected by COVID-19. Find them here.

Events

  • Mar
    31
    SBA Emergency Loan Webinar: Process for applying and FAQ's
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    SBA Emergency Loan Webinar: Process for applying and FAQ's

    March 31, 2020
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers will be providing webinars covering how a business or non-profit can apply for a federal Small Business Administration disaster loans.


    Register here: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26685

    Description:

    Do you have questions about the SBA Emergency loan for small business owners. This no-cost webinar is designed to provide our small business clients with answers to help you understand: 1) who is eligible for an SBA Emergency loan, 2) what you need to have in hand before filing your application 3) understand realistic timelines for approval/closing on your loan 4) helpful guides to help you estimate your economic loss to SBA Facilitating the call is PASBDC director of capital acquisition, Marcia McGavisk. Marcia brings over 25 years of commercial SBA 7A lending experience and she has experience as VP of Operations with one of the largest SBA 504 lenders in the Commonwealth. Because of the anticipated number of people on this webinar, we will take questions through chat and we will try to address as many questions as possible in the one-hour time slot that we have available.
  • Mar
    31
    Women 2 Women Webinar: Cybersecurity and Remote Work
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Women 2 Women Webinar: Cybersecurity and Remote Work

    March 31, 2020
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 1 hour

    Women's Business Enterprise Center (WBEC-East) is hosting the Women 2 Women Webinar.


    This special edition of our Women 2 Women webinar will provide guidance on how to keep your systems secure while moving to remote work. 


    We'll cover tips, tricks and guidelines to a remote workforce, including: 

    -Risk mitigation 

    -Technological modifications 

    -Legal obligations 

    Location/link for webinar: https://ic.wbeceast.com/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=10400020 







  • Apr
    1
    SBA Emergency Loan Webinar: Process for applying and FAQ's
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    SBA Emergency Loan Webinar: Process for applying and FAQ's

    April 1, 2020
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
     Webinar

     Business Financing, Cash Flow Management, COVID-19, Disaster Recovery



    Do you have questions about the SBA Emergency loan for small business owners. This no-cost webinar is designed to provide our small business clients with answers to help you understand: 1) who is eligible for an SBA Emergency loan, 2) what you need to have in hand before filing your application 3) understand realistic timelines for approval/closing on your loan 4) helpful guides to help you estimate your economic loss to SBA Facilitating the call is PASBDC director of capital acquisition, Marcia McGavisk. Marcia brings over 25 years of commercial SBA 7A lending experience and she has experience as VP of Operations with one of the largest SBA 504 lenders in the Commonwealth. Because of the anticipated number of people on this webinar, we will take questions through chat and we will try to address as many questions as possible in the one-hour time slot that we have available.

    Register here: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26686

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