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

Apply for the StartupPHL Venture Grant Program!

The 2019 StartupPHL Venture Program is designed to support startup companies run by entrepreneurs from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This grant program provides funding for technology or technology-enabled ventures that may not have access to traditional forms of capital and founder networks.

The Department of Commerce will provide grants to companies or organizations that can demonstrate an ability to increase the number of jobs available in the City of Philadelphia either through business scale or through the development of programs that enhance economic development.

Apply for the StartupPHL Venture Program.

Commerce is hiring!

Do you want to work for the Department of Commerce? Apply for one of our open position:

Bilingual Business Services Manager (English/Spanish)

Events

  • Apr
    23
    Building Communities: Construction Networking Mixer
    5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139, USA

    Building Communities: Construction Networking Mixer

    April 23, 2019
    5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 4 hours
    The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139, USA
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    https://noncredit.temple.edu/portal/events/reg/participantTypeSelection.do?method=load&entityId=24107762
  • Apr
    23
    How To Hire Your First Employee
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Women's Business Enterprise Center (WBEC-East)

    How To Hire Your First Employee

    April 23, 2019
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Women's Business Enterprise Center (WBEC-East)
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    WHERE: Women's Business Enterprise Center (WBEC-East), 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Is it time to start delegating work so you can focus on growing your business? Are you ready to hire your first employee?

    WBEC East is gathering a panel of experts to help you understand the legal, financial and administrative requirements for employers. We'll also discuss best practices for recruitment and on-boarding so that you find and keep the right people for you.


    Sponsor: Women's Business Enterprise Center (WBEC-East)

    Cost: $10. Pre-registration required

    More information and registration
  • Apr
    24
    Wantrepreneurs Panel Event
    5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    1509 Cecil B Moore room 214

    Wantrepreneurs Panel Event

    April 24, 2019
    5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 4 hours
    1509 Cecil B Moore room 214
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    https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/25460 Considering starting a business but not sure where to start? This FREE event is for you. Network with fellow aspiring entrepreneurs and learn from our expert panel who will address challenges faced by small business owners. This event is co-sponsored by: North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative, Pan African Studies Community Education Center, Center for Community Partnerships, Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative, Office of Community Relations

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