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


Scholarships available to attend Project NorthStar tech conference

Project NorthStar is a three-day tech conference providing connections, education, and opportunities to the Black and Latinx communities. To increase access, community, and knowledge to as many people as possible, there are scholarships available for up to 90% off the ticket price to attend. Project NorthStar is organized by the nonprofit Black & Brown Founders in partnership with the City of Philadelphia.

Apply for a scholarship.


  • Sep
    Philadelphia International Airport Business Opportunity Forum
    7:30 am to 12:00 pm
    1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA

    Philadelphia International Airport Business Opportunity Forum

    September 24, 2018
    7:30 am to 12:00 pm, 5 hours
    1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA
    Philadelphia International Airport invites you to come hear about specific initiatives and new projects, and network with PHL Airport executives, along with regional and national business leaders. Hear about our growing list of small business initiatives and innovative procurement methods, such as: multi-project RFPs; diversity goals; and information technology opportunities.

    Register here
  • Sep
    PitchandBrew at Pipeline
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
    Pipeline Philadelphia, Graham Building, Graham Building, 15th Floor

    PitchandBrew at Pipeline

    September 25, 2018
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, 1 hour
    Pipeline Philadelphia, Graham Building, Graham Building, 15th Floor
    Pitch and Brew is a free, public meet-up offering collaborative brainstorming, Idea checking & concept validation, and business advice for startups, entrepreneurs, and established organizations. You will get 90 seconds to 'Pitch' your ideas and 5 minutes to 'Brew' in the group. Sponsor: PitchandBrew and Pipeline Philly Cost: Free This event occurs every last Tuesday of every month. It's open door to anyone and everyone.
  • Sep
    Listening To Your Business
    9:30 am to 4:30 pm
    1315 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    Listening To Your Business

    September 26, 2018
    9:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 hours
    1315 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Do you spend more time working IN your business than ON your business? Listening to Your Business™ is a workshop designed to provide business owners with the critical evaluation tools and action steps they need to maximize the growth and profitability of their businesses and create a three-year vision plan. This workshop will take you and a small group of fellow entrepreneurs through a four-step evaluation and action process designed to enhance your company's performance, now and into the future. In Listening to Your Business™ you will: Set your three-year vision - A series of activities through which you will discover where your business is today and where you want to be in three years. Take a snapshot of your business - A process to determine what stage of development your business is in today (concept, start-up, growth, maturity, innovation or decline) and what stage you want it to be in three years from now. Evaluate where you are in the planning process - Assess what plans are or are not in place (feasibility plan, business plan, strategic plan, operational plan) and how they can be adjusted or created to maximize your company's success. Translate your goals into action steps - Nail down the actions and resources that your company needs to reach its three-year vision. Cost: $150