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 one of our open position:

Bilingual Business Services Manager (English/Spanish)

Apply for the StartupPHL Venture Grant Program!

The 2019 StartupPHL Venture Program is designed to support startup companies run by entrepreneurs from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This grant program provides funding for technology or technology-enabled ventures that may not have access to traditional forms of capital and founder networks.

The Department of Commerce will provide grants to companies or organizations that can demonstrate an ability to increase the number of jobs available in the City of Philadelphia either through business scale or through the development of programs that enhance economic development.

Apply for the StartupPHL Venture Program.


  • Apr
    Wantrepreneurs Panel Event
    5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    1509 Cecil B Moore room 214

    Wantrepreneurs Panel Event

    April 24, 2019
    5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 4 hours
    1509 Cecil B Moore room 214
    map Considering starting a business but not sure where to start? This FREE event is for you. Network with fellow aspiring entrepreneurs and learn from our expert panel who will address challenges faced by small business owners. This event is co-sponsored by: North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative, Pan African Studies Community Education Center, Center for Community Partnerships, Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative, Office of Community Relations
  • Apr
    Construction Consortium Mixer
    5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Construction Consortium Mixer

    April 25, 2019
    5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 3 hours You are invited to join the Temple Small Business Development Center and The Enterprise Center for an evening of networking with professionals from the construction and real estate development sector. Enjoy light bites and beverages while connecting with participants of Temple SBDC's Construction Management Certificate Series (CMC) and TEC's Construction Consortium. This year we celebrate 31 years of CMC and 3 Years of the Construction Consortium!
  • Apr
    Access Granted: Beauty Business and Resources
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Center for Business & Industry Building, 18th & Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Access Granted: Beauty Business and Resources

    April 29, 2019
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm, 2 hours
    Center for Business & Industry Building, 18th & Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19130
    Join Entrepreneur Works' Beauty Business to access all the resources offered by The City of Philadelphia for small business owners as well as opportunities available through The Beauty Business. Guest speakers include, representatives from The Philadelphia Department of Commerce and The Community College of Philadelphia's Power Up Your Business Program.

    Register for the event.