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Department of Commerce

What we do

The Department of Commerce helps businesses—large and small—thrive in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the ideal home for your business, offering:

  • A central location along the Northeast corridor.
  • A ready and talented workforce.
  • Competitive office rents and commercial real estate costs.
  • Vibrant commercial districts and growing innovation industries.
  • World-class dining, history, and cultural attractions.

We work to:

  • Attract and grow a diverse set of businesses.
  • Revitalize neighborhood commercial districts throughout the city.
  • Support small businesses and improve their access to funding.
  • Build a strong talent pipeline.
  • Increase economic opportunities for historically underserved business owners.

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Address
1515 Arch St.
12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email business@phila.gov
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Programs

Events

  • Jun
    12
    OEO Doing Business in the City - Doing Business with the School District
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    OEO Doing Business in the City - Doing Business with the School District

    June 12, 2024
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 2 hours

    The City is providing businesses with the resources, education, and knowledge needed to thrive now and throughout the year. Did you hear the good news? We are expanding capacity-building efforts for businesses with a series of monthly, educational workshops. 

    The goal of each workshop is to share pathways toward generational wealth for minority-, women-, disabled-owned businesses. Join us this year to:

    • Learn about available resources.
    • Explore opportunities to grow with City contracts.
    • Develop a strategy to pursue business proposals.
    • Network with like-minded businesses.

    Register for this workshop.

    Topic: Doing Business with the School District

    Presenters:  Eric Watkins, Director, Office of Minority Small Business Development

    This virtual series is from the Department of Commerce, Office of Economic Opportunity. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Wise at Jennifer.Wise@phila.gov

  • Jun
    13
    Bridging Workforce Readiness Through Inclusive Pathways: A Civic Issues Forum
    9:00 am to 11:00 am
    The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Bridging Workforce Readiness Through Inclusive Pathways: A Civic Issues Forum

    June 13, 2024
    9:00 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    Companies today are having to navigate a historically tight labor market on a global scale. While technology is spurring new opportunities to work, the skills required for these new roles are not accessible to the current workforce nor largely taught to the next generation of workers. This only strengthens the vision that our businesses, government, and academic institutions must align to bridge the expanding skills gap and enable students and workers to transition into new family-sustaining wage careers.

    Join us for an interactive discussion with a panel of leaders to discuss how partnerships between public and private entities can help transform our workforce to be more competitive, equitable, and resilient as we move forward into the future of work. Learn more about how strategic investments by growing industries and in youth opportunities in our region can have immense long-term economic and civil benefits for businesses, working individuals, and students alike. Consider how these strategies are helping create a more adaptive workforce that can withstand and prosper during future labor market shifts.

    This will be the third in the series of Civic Issues Forums the Chamber presents. In these forums, civic, local, and state leaders will speak on topics that directly impact business at the community, local, and/or state level with an eye toward equity and inclusivity.

    Speakers to Date: 
    William Bowie, President & CEO of Empower Construction LLC
    Dan Fitzpatrick, President, Citizens Mid-Atlantic Region
    Joanne McCool, MSOD, ACC, SHRM-CP, Vice President Human Resources, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 
    Sue Varnum, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Science Education in the College of Science and Technology (CST), Temple University 

    Attendees can park in The Liacouras Center garage, the rate is $20. There is also some on-street parking in the area – on Broad, 15th Street and Montgomery Ave.


    Click here to register.

  • Jun
    13
    SCORE : How to Start a Business That Lasts - 3 Important Business Lessons
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Online

    SCORE : How to Start a Business That Lasts - 3 Important Business Lessons

    June 13, 2024
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 1 hour
    Online
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    Get ready to be inspired as Christina Moffatt, a former successful cupcake and dessert bar owner, shares her top 3 lessons for growing a thriving business. 

    You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn from someone who has been on the frontline. Christina's stories and strategies will leave you feeling motivated and confident in your ability to cultivate new opportunities for personal and business growth. 

    You’ll learn:

    • How to find your business niche
    • A fresh perspective on savings and investments
    • where to find the support you need to grow 

    Don't miss out on this informative and engaging event!

    Click here to register!


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