Department of Commerce

As business activity begins to resume in Philadelphia, businesses should reopen with care by following the City’s industry-specific reopening health guidance. 
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can learn more about information and resources available.

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


NOW OPEN: Call For Ideas for Innovative Workforce Solutions

The Department of Commerce is seeking proposals that identify innovative, evidence-informed approaches to supporting under- and un-employed Philadelphians prepare for—and connect to—sustainable career pathways that pay a living wage.

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.

Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Is Virtual This Year!

On Monday, October 5, the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will kick off the 36th annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, which highlights minority businesses and the resources that help them grow. This year’s MED Week, October 5-9, will be entirely virtual, with a series of engaging events and activities to help support minority businesses in Philadelphia.

Learn more, including how to sign up for events.


  • Sep
    Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours

    September 29, 2020
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 1 hour
    Access 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
  • Sep
    Construction Management Certificate Series
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Construction Management Certificate Series

    September 29, 2020
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hours

    Course Description

    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

    Course Outline

    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

    Registration Link:
  • Sep
    [SBDC CoE] Planning for a Resilient Tourism and Hospitality Target Market - LGBTQ+
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Zoom link to join:

    [SBDC CoE] Planning for a Resilient Tourism and Hospitality Target Market - LGBTQ+

    September 30, 2020
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour
    Zoom link to join:


    Time:12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

    RegistrationDeadline: 9/30/20 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Fee:No Fee

    Pointof Contact: Jamie Shanker-Passero (215) 204-7282

    TrainingTopics: COVID-19 General Support

    Description: Withthe greatest amount of disposable, the LGBTQ+ market is often the one tocontinue to travel (or be the first to travel again) even during poor economictimes. It is a viable market for a number of organizations/destinations.However, companies need to understand it is more than just lip service to goafter the pink dollar. This webinar will highlight how gays can truly feelwelcome in just about every aspect of the tourism and hospitality experience

    Instructions:Zoom link send with registration confirmation


  • Sep
    Women’s Business Enterprise Center-East Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony
    4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

    Women’s Business Enterprise Center-East Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony

    September 30, 2020
    4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, 2 hours
    Women’s Business Enterprise Center-East will acknowledge the deserving corporations, government agencies and the women business enterprises that are making a difference by opening the doors of opportunity to women business owners. 

    Our network honors clients, suppliers, and companies by nominating them for one or more categories. Award criteria varies from regional contributions, to promotion of WBEs, and also different spend categories. All winners will be honored at the virtual Annual Awards Celebration being held on Wednesday, September 30th.

    Register for this event here. 
  • Sep
    Rethinking Business in the Age of COVID-19
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Rethinking Business in the Age of COVID-19

    September 30, 2020
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours

    Course Description

    These are challenging times and many of us are turning to entrepreneurship to regain financial stability. Others are rethinking their current business strategy to stay afloat. Are you ready to build the skills needed to ensure your business is profitable?

    Join this 10-week virtual program that helps you get focused and make critical business decisions. Our rebooted curriculum, industry expert guest speakers, and interactive activities will guide you as you stay motivated with your new network of fellow entrepreneurs.  Fine-tune your business concept, establish a strong organization, build lasting customer relations, and maintain profitable operations. 

    Six classes will take place Wednesday evenings and the remaining 4 classes can be taken at any time during their assigned week on the course calendar. 

    Topic Covered: 

    • Classes Titles: Business Writing

    • Business Concept

    • Project Management

    • Customer Relations

    • Accounting

    • Business Organization

    • Legal Considerations

    • Operations 

    Registration for Rethinking Business in the Age of COVID-19:  
    Tuition: $200   
    This course will be held online, and you must have your own laptop (equipped with a webcam) and internet capabilities!

    Registration Link: