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Department of Commerce

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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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Announcements

New $28.6 Billion SBA Grant Program for Restaurants Opens

The U.S. Small Business Administration is scheduled to open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021 at noon for the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. More information, including how businesses can create a registration account for the new Fund is available at sba.gov/restaurants.

Established under the American Rescue Plan, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides a total of $28.6 billion in direct relief funds to restaurants and other hard-hit food establishments that have experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds must be used for allowable expenses by March 11, 2023.

Commerce Dept. Offering Plastic Bag Ban Info Sessions For Businesses

The Department of Commerce will be offering a series of virtual information sessions for business owners who are interested in learning more about how to comply with the requirements.

Register for one of the webinars, which will be offered on May 12 and June 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Each webinar will provide an overview of the plastic bag ban legislation and its requirements. Attendees will then have an opportunity to ask questions.

Register to attend one of the information sessions below:

PPP Application Deadline Extended to May 31

The deadline for the federal Paycheck Protection Program has been extended from March 31 to May 31, 2021. 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.

New Grant Program for Select Philadelphia Hair Care Businesses

The Salons and Barbershop Emergency Relief (SABER) Grant Program is a new $1 million fund created by the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) to support a limited number of businesses in the hair care industry severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the limited amount of funds available, this is a targeted and specific grant opportunity for Philadelphia salons and barbershops. It is not open to the broader business community; it is invitation-only.

Learn more, including how businesses were selected.

Events

  • May
    12
    Kauffman FastTrac
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Virtual classroom

    Kauffman FastTrac

    May 12, 2021
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    Virtual classroom
    map
    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.
  • May
    19
    Kauffman FastTrac
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Virtual classroom

    Kauffman FastTrac

    May 19, 2021
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    Virtual classroom
    map
    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.
  • May
    24
    Open Business Services Hours
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Open Business Services Hours

    May 24, 2021
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours

    The Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services has launched “Zoom With Us,” virtual one-on-one business support sessions to help Philadelphia businesses plan, launch, manage, and grow. 

    Business Services Managers will be available for one-on-one assistance every second and fourth Monday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Business owners can register below and select specific times for personalized business support:


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