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

Our programs

Events

  • Jan
    28
    Grow with Google
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Free Library Of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Grow with Google

    January 28, 2019
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm, 8 hours
    Free Library Of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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    Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Pennsylvania. We’re teaming up with local libraries throughout the state to offer these trainings so that Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to learn digital skills to help you grow your career or business. https://events.withgoogle.com/join-google-in-pennsylvania/
  • Jan
    29
    January Temple Business Roundtable @NE Chamber
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    8025 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 200, Philadelphia PA 19152-3031

    January Temple Business Roundtable @NE Chamber

    January 29, 2019
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    8025 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 200, Philadelphia PA 19152-3031
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    Considering starting a business but not sure where to start? This FREE event is for you. Network with fellow aspiring entrepreneurs and learn from our expert panel who will address challenges faced by small business owners. https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/25468
  • Jan
    30
    JumpStart - Before You Start
    5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107

    JumpStart - Before You Start

    January 30, 2019
    5:45 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/Events.aspx?mode=0&area=Philadelphia&zip=&miles=25&center=12010&topicnum=2&days=120&sort=M&layout=0 Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern If you're registering for the entire series, use the series page for a discount on your registration: https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10390003 Before You Start is a three-hour workshop to help you become thoroughly familiar with the fundamentals of self-employment/business ownership and begin work on the transition from employee to business owner. In the Before You Start workshop you will: Assess yourself personally, financially, and in relation to starting your own business. • Evaluate your business idea. • Learn the pros and cons of self-employment. • Learn how to identify business opportunities. • Learn how to make the transition from job holder to business owner. • Identify steps and resources to make your dream a reality. 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. Register here and on the other workshop pages to pick and choose the workshops that most interest you, or register for the entire series for a discount at the JumpStart series page. The JumpStart Series workshops: • Before You Start – January 30, 2019 - learn how to move from employee to business owner • Market Research – February 6, 2019 - teaches how to assess the feasibility of your business ideas • Financial Analysis – February 13, 2019 - provides financial basics critical to business success • The Business Plan – February 20, 2019 - helps business owners plan for growth and profitability • Business Launch – February 27, 2019 - understand the legal, financial, insurance, employment and tax requirements Limited financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for a financial aid application. Course fees are non-refundable. Registration: 5:45 Class: 6:00 - 9:00 Fee: $35

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