Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 until further notice

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
Email business@phila.gov

Our programs


Apply to become a Philadelphia Global Identity Project fellow!

The Global Identity Project, convened by the City of Philadelphia, is a consortium of organizations who are working together to develop a brand and identity for the Philadelphia region that will be deployed locally, domestically, and internationally. We are seeking a fellow who has excellent project management skills, pays careful attention to detail, and is adept at working with people of all backgrounds and levels of experience to work on the Philadelphia Global Identity Project. The ideal fellow has experience taking a project from concept to reality, and is passionate about contributing to Philadelphia’s future.

Find out more about the position in the job listing.

What makes Philly better than the rest? Fill out this survey to tell us!

The Philadelphia Global Identity Project is inviting Philadelphians to share their voices and contribute their thoughts to a new regional branding process. The results of this community survey will be critical to developing a new brand identity for the city. The identity, which will be developed in subsequent phases of this project, will be deployed around the globe in hopes of attracting and retaining business, capital, talent, students, and tourism in the region at large.

Fill out the survey here: www.SpeakPhilly.com


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

    PitchandBrew at Pipeline

    January 22, 2019
    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.
  • Jan
    JumpStart - Before You Start
    5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107

    JumpStart - Before You Start

    January 30, 2019
    5:45 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107
    Details: https://ic.womensbdc.org/Events.aspx?mode=0&area=Philadelphia&zip=&miles=25&center=12010&topicnum=2&days=120&sort=M&layout=0 Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern If you're registering for the entire series, use the series page for a discount on your registration: https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10390003 Before You Start is a three-hour workshop to help you become thoroughly familiar with the fundamentals of self-employment/business ownership and begin work on the transition from employee to business owner. In the Before You Start workshop you will: Assess yourself personally, financially, and in relation to starting your own business. • Evaluate your business idea. • Learn the pros and cons of self-employment. • Learn how to identify business opportunities. • Learn how to make the transition from job holder to business owner. • Identify steps and resources to make your dream a reality. This workshop is part of our JumpStart series, a low cost, flexible five-week workshop series that helps prospective business owners increase their chances for success and reduce the risks associated with starting a business. Register here and on the other workshop pages to pick and choose the workshops that most interest you, or register for the entire series for a discount at the JumpStart series page. The JumpStart Series workshops: • Before You Start – January 30, 2019 - learn how to move from employee to business owner • Market Research – February 6, 2019 - teaches how to assess the feasibility of your business ideas • Financial Analysis – February 13, 2019 - provides financial basics critical to business success • The Business Plan – February 20, 2019 - helps business owners plan for growth and profitability • Business Launch – February 27, 2019 - understand the legal, financial, insurance, employment and tax requirements Limited financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for a financial aid application. Course fees are non-refundable. Registration: 5:45 Class: 6:00 - 9:00 Fee: $35
  • Feb
    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

    February 5, 2019
    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: http://www.worc-pa.com/contact-events.html