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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.


1515 Arch St.
12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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  • Aug
    Open Business Services Hours
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Open Business Services Hours

    August 22, 2022
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours

    The Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services has launched “Zoom With Us,” virtual one-on-one business support sessions to help Philadelphia businesses plan, launch, manage, and grow. 

    Business Services Managers will be available for one-on-one assistance every second and fourth Monday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Business owners can register below and select specific times for personalized business support:

  • Aug
    Introduction to Market Research - Parkway Central Library
    10:00 am to 11:30 am
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Introduction to Market Research - Parkway Central Library

    August 24, 2022
    10:00 am to 11:30 am, 2 hours
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    The Free Library of Philadelphia's Business Resource and Innovation Center is hosting Introduction to Market Research.

    Learn to conduct market research using free library resources! This class will introduce you to the knowledge required to begin researching your industry to better understand the state of your product or service.

    • Learn the importance of researching your industry
    • Get an introduction to industry codes
    • Gain a better understanding of the market using demographic data
    • Examine the market share by researching the competition 

    Advanced registration is requested as space is limited. Please click here to register. 

    Wednesday, August 24 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | In Person

    Ground Floor|Business Resource and Innovation Center|Parkway Central Library

  • Aug
    Kauffman FastTrac
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Virtual classroom

    Kauffman FastTrac

    August 31, 2022
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    Virtual classroom
    The Kauffman FastTrac® series is an educational program, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, which is designed to help you evaluate and perfect your business concept, as well as complete a comprehensive business plan.

    Whether you’re starting a food truck or a factory, a construction company or a consulting firm, you need a plan. This 10-week series offered twice a year can help. The program is most appropriate for those who are within a year of launching their business; either you're within a year of launching your business or have launched within the past year and are seeking a plan for establishing your business.

    You will study with a group of entrepreneurs, experienced facilitators, and people with start-up business experience who understand the pitfalls of starting a new enterprise.

    Each week, you'll meet in our virtual classroom and hear from our expert facilitator and a guest expert. You’ll also receive free or discounted access to other WBEC-East services as well as lifetime access to an online FastTrac® Toolkit. The Toolkit houses the business planning templates, action steps, activities, videos, and other helpful materials. When you finish the program, you will know if your idea has profit potential, and will have an actionable plan you can use as a roadmap or take to investors.

    In this ten module FastTrac® program, you will:
    •Explore entrepreneurship and develop your business concept.
    •Identify and research market needs.
    •Set financial goals and determine start-up costs.
    •Develop research skills and determine the unique features and benefits of your product/service.
    •Research and analyze the market and prepare a marketing plan.
    •Create a business image and marketing strategies.
    •Build the organization team and understand legal structures.
    •Plan for a profitable business, evaluate pricing and profitability.
    •Learn how to monitor cash flow and seek funds.
    •Determine and implement next steps to launch your business.

    The class will meet the following Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:30 pm:
    September 16, 2020
    September 23, 2020
    September 30, 2020
    October 7, 2020
    October 14, 2020
    October 21, 2020
    October 28, 2020
    November 4, 2020
    November 11, 2020
    November 18, 2020

    Hear from graduates about their experience:

    "This class has taught me so much about my business, but more importantly it has taught me so much about myself. In one word, this class is priceless."

    "I had a great experience, I was pushed out of the shyness that I typically rely on. I learned so much information about starting my business. The guest speakers were very enlightening...I get goose pimples when I talk to others about this class. The Women’s Business Development Center is the light in a dark tunnel. That tunnel is illuminated now."

    "The program has given me the ability to materialize years of thoughts and dreams into actionable steps. The process of preparing a Business Plan allowed me to find the potential pitfalls and benefits before operations. Completing my Business Plan has given me the confidence and knowledge to succeed. "

    Scholarships for the course fee are available based on financial need, so that we can accommodate all qualified participants.

    Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact us via email at to arrange.

    Please submit an application to be considered for this program. You can access the application here.