Department of Commerce

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City has announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve. 
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.

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

  • Nov
    25
    Kauffman FastTrac
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Virtual classroom

    Kauffman FastTrac

    November 25, 2020
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    Virtual classroom
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    The Kauffman FastTrac® series is an educational program, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, which is designed to help you evaluate and perfect your business concept, as well as complete a comprehensive business plan.

    Whether you’re starting a food truck or a factory, a construction company or a consulting firm, you need a plan. This 10-week series offered twice a year can help. The program is most appropriate for those who are within a year of launching their business; either you're within a year of launching your business or have launched within the past year and are seeking a plan for establishing your business.

    You will study with a group of entrepreneurs, experienced facilitators, and people with start-up business experience who understand the pitfalls of starting a new enterprise.

    Each week, you'll meet in our virtual classroom and hear from our expert facilitator and a guest expert. You’ll also receive free or discounted access to other WBEC-East services as well as lifetime access to an online FastTrac® Toolkit. The Toolkit houses the business planning templates, action steps, activities, videos, and other helpful materials. When you finish the program, you will know if your idea has profit potential, and will have an actionable plan you can use as a roadmap or take to investors.

    In this ten module FastTrac® program, you will:
    •Explore entrepreneurship and develop your business concept.
    •Identify and research market needs.
    •Set financial goals and determine start-up costs.
    •Develop research skills and determine the unique features and benefits of your product/service.
    •Research and analyze the market and prepare a marketing plan.
    •Create a business image and marketing strategies.
    •Build the organization team and understand legal structures.
    •Plan for a profitable business, evaluate pricing and profitability.
    •Learn how to monitor cash flow and seek funds.
    •Determine and implement next steps to launch your business.

    The class will meet the following Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:30 pm:
    September 16, 2020
    September 23, 2020
    September 30, 2020
    October 7, 2020
    October 14, 2020
    October 21, 2020
    October 28, 2020
    November 4, 2020
    November 11, 2020
    November 18, 2020


    Hear from graduates about their experience:

    "This class has taught me so much about my business, but more importantly it has taught me so much about myself. In one word, this class is priceless."

    "I had a great experience, I was pushed out of the shyness that I typically rely on. I learned so much information about starting my business. The guest speakers were very enlightening...I get goose pimples when I talk to others about this class. The Women’s Business Development Center is the light in a dark tunnel. That tunnel is illuminated now."

    "The program has given me the ability to materialize years of thoughts and dreams into actionable steps. The process of preparing a Business Plan allowed me to find the potential pitfalls and benefits before operations. Completing my Business Plan has given me the confidence and knowledge to succeed. "

    Scholarships for the course fee are available based on financial need, so that we can accommodate all qualified participants.

    Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact us via email at mwebb@wbeceast.com to arrange.

    Please submit an application to be considered for this program. You can access the application here.
  • Nov
    26
    Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours

    November 26, 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
  • Nov
    26
    Construction Management Certificate Series
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Construction Management Certificate Series

    November 26, 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

    Notes

    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: https://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=8361264

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