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Department of Commerce

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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

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  • Oct
    Pitching Your Business Part 1: Creating Your Pitch
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Virtual Classroom

    Pitching Your Business Part 1: Creating Your Pitch

    October 1, 2022
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Virtual Classroom

    Small Business Development Center Temple University is hosting Pitching Your Business Part 1: Creating Your Pitch [Start-Up Essentials]

    Sign up today! 

    Do you feel comfortable talking about your business? Would you like to develop your "pitch" to talk to anyone anywhere about it? Join us for a two-part workshop to create your own Pitch Deck

    Note: attendees should be available for BOTH sessions. In Part 2 we will practice our pitches and get feedback. 

    Attendees will be able to:
    - Describe their business idea and its market feasibility
    - Practice pitching their idea to others within break out sessions
    - Refine their pitch and become comfortable promoting their business

    Target Audience:
    - Preventure businesses
    - Start-ups
    - Existing businesses

    Erika Tapp Duran, a Temple SBDC advisor, will be presenting this webinar. Erika provides consulting services to pre-venture and start-up businesses as well as teaching the center’s business planning courses. Erika is also part of the faculty of the Social Enterprise Program at the Villanova School of Business working with teams of students providing pro bono consulting for social enterprises. She came to Temple with a decade of experience in community and economic development in Philadelphia. Erika earned her EMBA at Villanova University, her MA at the University of Pennsylvania, and BArch at Cornell University.


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  • Oct
    38th Annual MED Week Kick-0ff Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
    8:30 am to 10:30 am
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    38th Annual MED Week Kick-0ff Breakfast and Awards Ceremony

    October 3, 2022
    8:30 am to 10:30 am, 2 hours
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Join the Department of Commerce's Office of Economic Opportunity as we kick off the 38th annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week in Philadelphia! Every year, MED Week highlights diverse minority businesses and the resources that help them grow. 

    At the MED Week Kick-off event, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Expand your network 
    • Learn more about the many business resources in Philadelphia
    • Hear inspiring words from speakers 
    • Celebrate diverse businesses at the intersection of history and progress
    • Connect with outstanding minority, women and disabled-owned enterprises, advocates and champions.
    At the kick-off event, OEO will also share information about the 30+ events and workshops being held by partner organizations throughout the week of October 3-October 7, 2022. We'll also recognize several people and businesses that have had a positive impact over the past year.

    Masks are required.

    Learn more and register for the event here!
  • Oct
    Funding Your Business: Equity, Friends, Family, Seed Funding, and Other Investments
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Funding Your Business: Equity, Friends, Family, Seed Funding, and Other Investments

    October 3, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 1 hour
    Join The Business Center for a free workshop where participants will learn how to pitch their business idea to potential investors, friends, and family. 

    Learn what investors are looking for, and how to appeal to them. This event is dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the 100th birthday of Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan who was a pioneer in economic development for black-owned businesses.

    Register for this event today! 

    This workshop is part of the 40+ event series for the 38th Annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week organized by the City's Department of Commerce Office of Economic Opportunity.