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.
Keystone Opportunity Zones Using tax exemptions to increase investment in areas lacking development.
Keystone Innovation Zones Providing tax credits to for-profit companies in the life sciences and tech.
Proposals must clearly identify how funding would be used to address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or exacerbated by long-standing racial injustice.
- Learn more, including how to apply, here.
- The deadline to apply is October 28, 2020 at 3 p.m.
- Response to questions and requests for clarification, asked at an informational session held on October 6, can be found here.
Oct20EventTemple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours4:00 pm to 5:00 pmEvent
Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office HoursOctober 20, 20204:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 1 hourAccess experts who can help you navigate during COVID-19. Speak with someone face to face (virtually) who can help you.
Temple SBDC is holding open office hours via Zoom. You do not need to pre-register.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional resources, webinars, and recordings can also be accessed via the Temple SBDC website.
Click here to request an appointment
Oct20EventSustaining and Growing Your Business - Building on the Past, Planning for the Future6:00 pm to 8:00 pmEvent
Sustaining and Growing Your Business - Building on the Past, Planning for the FutureOctober 20, 20206:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hoursDate: 10/20/20
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
Registration Deadline: 10/20/20 5:00 PM (EDT)
Fee: No Fee
Point of Contact: Jamie Shanker-Passero
Location: virtual , Philadephia PA 19121
Training Topics: Managing a Business
This 2 hour session for established businesses is designed to be interactive, with attendees sharing insights and exchanging ideas, and will cover topics such topics as Marketing, Sales, Diversification, Cash Flow, Staffing, Strategic Planning, Decision-Making, Account Management and Operations. The workshop, which will include 30 minutes of Q&A, will be led by John Ondik, Senior Business Advisor and Instructor at Temple SBDC, an experienced advisor, lecturer, entrepreneur and investor. Ideal for: established businesses, 3+ yearsInstructions: Zoom link sent with registration confirmation. Double check that email is accurate.
Registration Link: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27293
Oct20EventConstruction Management Certificate Series6:30 pm to 8:30 pmEvent
Construction Management Certificate SeriesOctober 20, 20206:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hours
Registration for the Construction Management Certificate
Pay in Full: $2,300.00
Payment Plan: $2,500.00
Down payment: $620.00
Monthly payment: $235.00
The Construction Management Certificate Series is a 9-month series of classes designed to provide business management tools to existing and aspiring independent contractors. Participants who complete the series will earn a Special Certificate of Completion from the Temple University Fox School of Business and the Small Business Development Center.
Requirements for graduation include:
- Team project
- Team resume
- Team project presentation
- Business concept paper
- Course payment in full
- Attendance in at least 80% of the classes
Under the payment plan, the down payment must be paid before the start of the series, while the payment due monthly must be paid on or before the first class of each month.
Late payments with no communication attempts will result in the following
- Students with payments past due 30 days or longer will not be able to enter class. Upon payment in full, students will be able to resume attending class.
- Students with payments past due 90 days or longer will be dropped from the class with no refunds and the payments will go to Temple University collections.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Construction Management Certificate : Construction Management Certificate Series
Registration Link: https://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=8361264