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.
The Philadelphia COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program (RGRP) is designed to provide financial relief to small businesses located in Philadelphia that have been among the most adversely affected by the latest round of pandemic-related restrictions enacted in November 2020. Eligible businesses are limited to restaurants with indoor dining, gyms, and businesses whose primary activity is indoor exercise. Grant awards are estimated to be up to $15,000 per business. Applications will be available beginning January 28, 2021 here.
The federal Paycheck Protection Program has reopened for applications. Businesses that did not receive funding from the program last year are given first priority, but all businesses that employ 0-300 people, including sole-proprietors, are eligible to apply; this includes businesses that received PPP loans in 2020. Learn more about how to apply.
Jan26EventTemple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours4:00 pm to 5:00 pmEvent
Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office HoursJanuary 26, 20214:00 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
Jan26EventConstruction Management Certificate Series6:30 pm to 8:30 pmEvent
Construction Management Certificate SeriesJanuary 26, 20216:30 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
Jan27EventTeam Building in a Virtual World12:00 pm to 1:00 pmEvent
Team Building in a Virtual WorldJanuary 27, 202112:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
Status: Open - 491 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 1/27/21 11:00AM (EST)
Fee: No Fee
Point of Contact: JamieShanker-Passero (516) 672-3630
Location: Philadelphia PA 19121
Training Topics: COVID-19 GeneralSupport, Managing a Business
Description: There is no"I" in "Team" but there are two in "Winning"!Building a productive team is critical to the success of your business and iseven more challenging to achieve when working virtually. In this webinar, wewill discuss web-based team building best practices and proven individual staffdevelopment techniques that you can utilize even in this virtual environment.Transform your team from a mentality of "striving to maintain" to amindset of "thriving to excel".
Instructions: Zoom link sent withregistration confirmation, double check email address
Registration Link: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27368