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Department of Commerce

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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

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  • Sep
    Startup Basics - SCORE Philadelphia
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Virtual Classroom

    Startup Basics - SCORE Philadelphia

    September 28, 2022
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Virtual Classroom

    SCORE Philadelphia is hosting virtual workshop on Startup Basics:


    What do I need to do to start a successful business? How do I avoid the traps which lead to failure? How do I keep on the right side of the law? Money, money, money! How do I manage all the ins and outs? What are my first steps for starting a business? Am I ready to start a business?

    This 2-hour on-line Zoom workshop is essential for those thinking about starting a business or anyone who has a business idea, but needs assistance in getting focused and organized.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • Myths & realities of entrepreneurship
    • Advantages & disadvantages of starting a business
    • Critical success factors
    • Components of business ownership
    • Making it legal
    • Funding & cash management
    • Business plan basics

    The workshop is presented by SCORE volunteer Alletta Parris-Olday. Register today!

    You'll receive confirmation and reminder emails from SCORE Philadelphia with the Zoom meeting link. Please be sure to add "" to your contact list.

  • Sep
    WORC's Family Savings and Emergency Savings Program Orientation
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    WORC's Family Savings and Emergency Savings Program Orientation

    September 29, 2022
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour

    Join Women's Opportunities Resource Center for orientation session on the Family and Emergency Savings Programs, hosted by Program Manager Camille Johnson.

    Family Savings Account is a savings and match program created to assist low-income individual achieve self-sufficiency. Funds can be used to purchase a home, fund a business, pay for higher education for the participant or child (undergraduate level).

    Register for this event to learn more!
  • Oct
    Pitching Your Business Part 1: Creating Your Pitch
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Virtual Classroom

    Pitching Your Business Part 1: Creating Your Pitch

    October 1, 2022
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Virtual Classroom

    Small Business Development Center Temple University is hosting Pitching Your Business Part 1: Creating Your Pitch [Start-Up Essentials]

    Sign up today! 

    Do you feel comfortable talking about your business? Would you like to develop your "pitch" to talk to anyone anywhere about it? Join us for a two-part workshop to create your own Pitch Deck

    Note: attendees should be available for BOTH sessions. In Part 2 we will practice our pitches and get feedback. 

    Attendees will be able to:
    - Describe their business idea and its market feasibility
    - Practice pitching their idea to others within break out sessions
    - Refine their pitch and become comfortable promoting their business

    Target Audience:
    - Preventure businesses
    - Start-ups
    - Existing businesses

    Erika Tapp Duran, a Temple SBDC advisor, will be presenting this webinar. Erika provides consulting services to pre-venture and start-up businesses as well as teaching the center’s business planning courses. Erika is also part of the faculty of the Social Enterprise Program at the Villanova School of Business working with teams of students providing pro bono consulting for social enterprises. She came to Temple with a decade of experience in community and economic development in Philadelphia. Erika earned her EMBA at Villanova University, her MA at the University of Pennsylvania, and BArch at Cornell University.


    Zoom link sent upon registration. Confirm that email address is correct.