Department of Commerce

As business activity begins to resume in Philadelphia, businesses should reopen with care by following the City’s industry-specific reopening health guidance. 
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

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Our programs


NOW OPEN: Call For Ideas for Innovative Workforce Solutions

The Department of Commerce is seeking proposals that identify innovative, evidence-informed approaches to supporting under- and un-employed Philadelphians prepare for—and connect to—sustainable career pathways that pay a living wage.

Proposals must clearly identify how funding would be used to address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or exacerbated by long-standing racial injustice.


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

    Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours

    October 20, 2020
    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
  • Oct
    Sustaining and Growing Your Business - Building on the Past, Planning for the Future
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Sustaining and Growing Your Business - Building on the Past, Planning for the Future

    October 20, 2020
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Date: 10/20/20
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Registration Deadline: 10/20/20 5:00 PM (EDT)
    Fee: No Fee

    Point of Contact: Jamie Shanker-Passero
    Location: virtual , Philadephia PA 19121

    Training Topics: Managing a Business

    This 2 hour session for established businesses is designed to be interactive, with attendees sharing insights and exchanging ideas, and will cover topics such topics as Marketing, Sales, Diversification, Cash Flow, Staffing, Strategic Planning, Decision-Making, Account Management and Operations. The workshop, which will include 30 minutes of Q&A, will be led by John Ondik, Senior Business Advisor and Instructor at Temple SBDC, an experienced advisor, lecturer, entrepreneur and investor. Ideal for: established businesses, 3+ yearsInstructions: Zoom link sent with registration confirmation. Double check that email is accurate.

    Registration Link:
  • Oct
    Construction Management Certificate Series
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Construction Management Certificate Series

    October 20, 2020
    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: