Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for certain groups. Learn more about the City’s plans for distributing vaccines and reserve your place in line. Sign up today!

Department of Commerce

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City has announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve. 
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can learn more about information and resources available.

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
Email business@phila.gov

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New Grant Program: Philadelphia COVID-19 Restaurant & Gym Relief Program

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program (RGRP) is designed to provide financial relief to small businesses located in Philadelphia that have been among the most adversely affected by the latest round of pandemic-related restrictions enacted in November 2020. Eligible businesses are limited to restaurants with indoor dining, gyms, and businesses whose primary activity is indoor exercise. Grant awards are estimated to be up to $15,000 per business. Applications will be available beginning January 28, 2021 here

Paycheck Protection Program Reopens for Applications

The federal Paycheck Protection Program has reopened for applications. Businesses that did not receive funding from the program last year are given first priority, but all businesses that employ 0-300 people, including sole-proprietors, are eligible to apply; this includes businesses that received PPP loans in 2020. Learn more about how to apply.


  • Jan
    Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours

    January 26, 2021
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 1 hour
    Access experts who can help you navigate during COVID-19. Speak with someone face to face (virtually) who can help you. 

    Temple SBDC is holding open office hours via Zoom. You do not need to pre-register. 

    Office hours are Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional resources, webinars, and recordings can also be accessed via the Temple SBDC website.

    Click here to request an appointment
  • Jan
    Construction Management Certificate Series
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Construction Management Certificate Series

    January 26, 2021
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hours

    Course Description

    Registration for the Construction Management Certificate 

    Pay in Full: $2,300.00

    Payment Plan: $2,500.00

    Down payment: $620.00

    Monthly payment: $235.00

    Course Outline

    The Construction Management Certificate Series is a 9-month series of classes designed to provide business management tools to existing and aspiring independent contractors. Participants who complete the series will earn a Special Certificate of Completion from the Temple University Fox School of Business and the Small Business Development Center.

    Requirements for graduation include:

    • Team project
    • Team resume
    • Team project presentation
    • Business concept paper
    • Course payment in full
    • Attendance in at least 80% of the classes


    Under the payment plan, the down payment must be paid before the start of the series, while the payment due monthly must be paid on or before the first class of each month.

    Late payments with no communication attempts will result in the following

    - Students with payments past due 30 days or longer will not be able to enter class.  Upon payment in full, students will be able to resume attending class.
    - Students with payments past due 90 days or longer will be dropped from the class with no refunds and the payments will go to Temple University collections.

    Applies Towards the Following Certificates

    Registration Link: https://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=8361264
  • Jan
    Team Building in a Virtual World
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Team Building in a Virtual World

    January 27, 2021
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour

    Date: 1/27/21

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

    Status: Open - 491 places remaining

    Registration Deadline: 1/27/21 11:00AM (EST)

    Fee: No Fee

    Point of Contact: JamieShanker-Passero (516) 672-3630

    Location: Philadelphia PA 19121

    Training Topics: COVID-19 GeneralSupport, Managing a Business

    Description: There is no"I" in "Team" but there are two in "Winning"!Building a productive team is critical to the success of your business and iseven more challenging to achieve when working virtually. In this webinar, wewill discuss web-based team building best practices and proven individual staffdevelopment techniques that you can utilize even in this virtual environment.Transform your team from a mentality of "striving to maintain" to amindset of "thriving to excel".

    Instructions: Zoom link sent withregistration confirmation, double check email address

    Registration Link: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27368