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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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NOW OPEN: PHL Most Diverse Tech Hub Request for Proposals

The Department of Commerce is seeking PHL: Most Diverse Tech Hub proposals to broaden access within the tech industry. Proposals must identify how funding would help grow technology skills for the future talent pipeline, leading more Black and brown Philadelphians to grow in technology fields and prepare for tech-related jobs of the near term and the future.
  • Learn more, including how to apply, here.
    • Submit letter of intent by 5pm on November 28, 2022
    • The deadline to submit all proposals is December 9, 2022 at 5 p.m.
    • Questions? Contact Talent.Development@Phila.Gov

We’re Hiring!

Do you want to work for the Department of Commerce? We’re hiring for the following positions:

Apply today!


  • Dec
    Leveraging Your Year End Business Goals and Processes
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Leveraging Your Year End Business Goals and Processes

    December 6, 2022
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour
    Community College of Philadelphia - Small Business Development Program is hosting a workshop on how to get your business in order by the end of the year to create future growth.

    Register today!

    Attend, learn and grow your business.
  • Dec
    Women's Opportunity Resource Center Family Savings Account Orientation
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    WORC | 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

    Women's Opportunity Resource Center Family Savings Account Orientation

    December 6, 2022
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    WORC | 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
    The Women's Opportunity Resource Center (WORC) runs a Family Savings Account program, which is a savings and match program created to assist low-income individuals achieve self-sufficiency. Funds can be used in several ways, including funding a business. WORC holds monthly orientation sessions for anyone interested in learning more about this program. Sponsor: WORC - Women's Opportunity Resource Center Cost: Orientation is FREE More information and registration:
  • Dec
    Open Business Services Hours
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Open Business Services Hours

    December 12, 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: