Department of Commerce

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


Commerce is hiring!

Do you want to work for the Department of Commerce? Apply for our open position:
Senior Director, Office of Economic Opportunity


  • Oct
    Temple Ambler Campus Procurement Series: Nuts & Bolts
    11:30 am to 2:00 pm
    580 Meetinghouse Road Library Building, Room 13 Ambler, PA 19002

    Temple Ambler Campus Procurement Series: Nuts & Bolts

    October 18, 2019
    11:30 am to 2:00 pm, 3 hours
    580 Meetinghouse Road Library Building, Room 13 Ambler, PA 19002
    Procurement Series: Nuts & Bolts
    Are you ready to respond to RFPs from the government or prime contractors?

    at Temple Ambler Campus
    from 11:30 am - 2:00  pm

    9/10/19: The Value of Obtaining Certification

    9/27/19; Writing an Effective Capability Statement

    10/04/19: Navigating the Procurement Process

    10/11/19: Responding to an RFP

    10/18/19: Putting Together a Budget for Procurement Terms

    10/25/19: Supplier Diversity and How to Develop your Strategy for Success

    Sign up for one, any, many, or all of these workshops!
  • Oct
    PIDC: Cultivating Growth with Mentors & Masterminds
    7:30 am to 10:00 am
    1500 Market Street, Suite 3500 West, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    PIDC: Cultivating Growth with Mentors & Masterminds

    October 22, 2019
    7:30 am to 10:00 am, 3 hours
    1500 Market Street, Suite 3500 West, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Chapter leaders of the NAWBO (National Organization of Women business Owners) of Greater Philadelphia will share the benefits of mentors and mastermind groups that are the core of the Semi-Circle program designed to help women business owners overcome growth challenges. For the women business owners who participate each year, Semi-Circle provides a year of activities designed to teach them different ways to grow their businesses and increase profitability. These activities include the following: --Virtual monthly mastermind with your peers and a trained facilitator --Monthly podcasts interviewing million-dollar women business owners on a variety of topics such as government contracting and growing by acquisition, to name a few --Quarterly dinner meetings with your peers, mentors, and guest speakers --A woman business leader mentor carefully matched with each participant to provide: *advice *business best practices *contacts In this session, NAWBO Semi-Circle leaders, and alumni who have overcome growth challenges, will discuss their experiences and answer questions from women business owners who would like to participate. Register:
  • Oct
    Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS)
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Second Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS)

    October 22, 2019
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Second Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19130
    The Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS) is a ten-week program designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and information needed to create a professional business plan. The ESWS covers all of the basics you need to know to start a small business venture as well as grow an existing one.

    In the first two courses of the series, students in the class conduct a feasibility study to find out if they have a viable business plan. In the next six courses, students learn how to conduct market research, competitive intelligence and how to create financial statements. In the final section of the series, the students present their completed business plans. The benefit of this class is that all students produce a business plan by the end of the class, which enables them to receive management consulting from the SBDC and in turn further their business.

    The Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS) offers two payment options:

    Discounted Plan - pay in full $320.00 at the time of registration.

    Payment Plan – requires a $130.00 down payment due at the time of registration and two additional payments of $110 each which will be due on the 3rd and 5th weeks respectively. The total cost for the payment plan is $350.00.  


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