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
Social

Our programs

Events

  • Oct
    15
    Ambler Global Mindset Series
    8:30 am to 10:00 am
    580 Meetinghouse Road, Widener 107, Ambler, PA 19002

    Ambler Global Mindset Series

    October 15, 2019
    8:30 am to 10:00 am, 2 hours
    580 Meetinghouse Road, Widener 107, Ambler, PA 19002
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    October 1, 2019: Building Cultural Competency for Business Communication October 8, 2019: Engaging Your Network to Score International Sales October 15, 2019: Leveraging Trade Shows & Introduction to Tariffs Register Now: https://www.fox.temple.edu/institutes-and-centers/small-business-development-center/events/
  • Oct
    15
    Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS)
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Second Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS)

    October 15, 2019
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Second Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19130
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    The Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS) is a ten-week program designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and information needed to create a professional business plan. The ESWS covers all of the basics you need to know to start a small business venture as well as grow an existing one.

    In the first two courses of the series, students in the class conduct a feasibility study to find out if they have a viable business plan. In the next six courses, students learn how to conduct market research, competitive intelligence and how to create financial statements. In the final section of the series, the students present their completed business plans. The benefit of this class is that all students produce a business plan by the end of the class, which enables them to receive management consulting from the SBDC and in turn further their business.


    The Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS) offers two payment options:


    Discounted Plan - pay in full $320.00 at the time of registration.


    Payment Plan – requires a $130.00 down payment due at the time of registration and two additional payments of $110 each which will be due on the 3rd and 5th weeks respectively. The total cost for the payment plan is $350.00.  



    Dates:

    9/17/2019 (TUESDAY)9/24/2019 (TUESDAY)
    10/1/2019 (TUESDAY)
    10/8/20 (TUESDAY)
    10/15/2019 (TUESDAY)
    10/22/2019 (TUESDAY)
    10/29/2019 (TUESDAY)
    11/5/2019 (TUESDAY)
    11/12/2019 (TUESDAY)

    11/19/2019 (TUESDAY)

    Register Link: https://noncredit.temple.edu/public/category/courseCategoryCertificateProfile.do?method=load&from=courseprofile&certificateId=6512195&
  • Oct
    16
    Doing Business in the City: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Doing Business in the City: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

    October 16, 2019
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    Join Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity for Doing Business in the City, a monthly event that explores opportunities to build your business with City contracts. This month, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will present. This event can help you develop strategy for pursuing competitive bids and non-competitive contracts. Learn more about the resources available to support your business.

    Register for the free event.

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