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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.


1515 Arch St.
12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Our programs


Join the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

If your Philadelphia business manufactures or can pivot to manufacturing COVID-19-related supplies, submit your information to the portal to help the City identify opportunities and solutions. 

Resources available for businesses

Information and resources are available for businesses affected by COVID-19. Find them here.

Sign up for the Department of Commerce’s newsletter, which will be distributed as new resources and information for businesses become available.


  • Apr
    Virtual Event: SBA COVID-19 Loans: Understanding Federal COVID-19 Business Loans
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Virtual Event: SBA COVID-19 Loans: Understanding Federal COVID-19 Business Loans

    April 9, 2020
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is facilitating the federal government’s emergency support funds for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. At this free virtual program for Chamber members, attendees will hear from SBA staff about how to navigate the process for applying for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable loan if certain criteria are met.

    Participants will gain an understanding of: 
    • Who is eligible for an SBA Emergency loan and PPP (typically organizations with less than 500 employees) 
    •  What you need to have in hand before filing your application 
    • What are realistic timelines for approval/closing on your loan
    • How to estimate your economic loss to SBA

    After the presentation, there will be ample time for participants to ask questions.

    This event is exclusive to Chamber members. Due to the format of these gatherings, attendance is limited and will be first come, first serve. We will share an invitation to a Zoom Meeting 48 hours before the event is set to start.  For any questions please contact Brynn Primavera at

  • Apr
    Webinar: Guide to Understanding the SBA EIDL and Payroll Protection Loan Application Process
    9:00 am to 10:15 am

    Webinar: Guide to Understanding the SBA EIDL and Payroll Protection Loan Application Process

    April 9, 2020
    9:00 am to 10:15 am, 1 hour
    Description: The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center is hosting a webinar on the SBA's Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

    Watch here:
  • Apr
    Webinar: Financial Resources in a COVID-19 Environment
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Webinar: Financial Resources in a COVID-19 Environment

    April 9, 2020
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 2 hours

    PIDC and SBA discuss COVID-19 loan programs that are available at the local, state, and federal levels.

    Register online to receive webinar login.

    • Updates: City/PIDC Covid-19 Relief Fund & PA Covid-19 Working Capital Access Program
    • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Paycheck Protection Program
    • Q&A