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
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Our programs

Announcements

Tell us about your holiday promotions!

This holiday season, the Department of Commerce wants Philadelphians to do their shopping at our city’s many amazing small businesses. We want to help spread the word about the activities and promotions happening at your shops and on commercial corridors. 

Let us know what you’re doing for the holidays by filling out a quick survey.

Events

  • Nov
    14
    Orientation & Business Assessment
    6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107

    Orientation & Business Assessment

    November 14, 2018
    6:00 pm to 8:30 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/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380045 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Eastern If you've always dreamed of owning your own business, or if your business needs to g-r-o-w, register for a free orientation & Business Assessment session. In the WBDC Orientation & Business Assessment you will: Clarify your current business needs. Learn about WBDC and its resources. Evaluate and determine which WBDC resources best fit your current business needs. Network and gain support from other women business owners. Identify prospective clients and resources for your business. Fee: No Cost
  • Nov
    15
    Coffee & Commerce at Mayflower Bakery & Cafe
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    1008 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    Coffee & Commerce at Mayflower Bakery & Cafe

    November 15, 2018
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    1008 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
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    Join the Department of Commerce for Coffee & Commerce! This event includes open office hours for small businesses to meet their local business services manager. At Coffee + Commerce, you can learn about City programs and resources, and discuss any business-related issues.
  • Nov
    19
    JumpStart - Business Launch
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107

    JumpStart - Business Launch

    November 19, 2018
    6:00 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/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380031 Monday, November 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern If you're registering for the entire series, use the series page at https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380044 for a discount on your registration. Business Launch is a three-hour workshop with a panel of experts who will help you understand how to successfully launch a business. In the Business Launch workshop you will: • Learn the City of Philadelphia licensing, zoning, and inspection requirements • Understand the different types of legal entities and how to choose a legal structure for your business • Learn the basics of small business bookkeeping • Learn about insurance for small businesses 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. Limited financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for a financial aid application. Course fees are non-refundable. Fee: $35 Registration: 5:45 Class: 6:00 - 9:00

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