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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.

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

  • Oct
    6
    Diverse Chambers Coalition MEDWeek Convening
    9:30 am to 11:00 am
    Online

    Diverse Chambers Coalition MEDWeek Convening

    October 6, 2022
    9:30 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    Online
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    Join the Diverse Chambers Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, comprised of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, and DE, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Independence Business Alliance – Greater Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce for an event where business owners can network with each other and hear the results from the latest commerce-focused survey released by the Diverse Chambers. 

    The theme of this event is about empowering small businesses by bringing them together to learn and network, as well as creating a survey to determine businesses’ priorities and challenges and how Chambers can best advocate for them.

    Attendees will be able to:
    • Learn about the Diverse Chambers Coalition
    • Hear the results from the latest commerce-focused survey released by the Diverse Chambers.
    • Network and discuss the survey results 
    • Meet like-minded business owners
    Target audience:
    • General audience
    • Business owners who are into supplier diversity and procurement
    • MWBE Program Practitioners
    Learn more and register today!

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

  • Oct
    6
    2022 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Supplier Diversity Forum and Trade Show
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    2022 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Supplier Diversity Forum and Trade Show

    October 6, 2022
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 4 hours
    Join The Enterprise Center of New Jersey, Rowan University, MBDA Business Center for a panel discussion and trade show how to strengthen the buyer-supplier network and promote purchasing opportunities from diverse local suppliers interested in doing business with Rowan University

    Register for this event series 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.

  • Oct
    6
    More than Just a Paycheck- How to Engage and Retain Employees - Panel Discussion
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Online

    More than Just a Paycheck- How to Engage and Retain Employees - Panel Discussion

    October 6, 2022
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Online
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    Join the Department of Commerce's Office of Business Services for a panel discussion on how to engage and retain employees in this current workforce climate. 

    The event will feature panelist representatives from the Office of Business Services, Workforce Development, the Department of Labor and two business owners who have had much success hiring and retaining their employees over the past few years. State Representative Donna Bullock will moderate the panel discussion.

    Attendees will be able to:
    • Gain a wealth of knowledge and necessary tools to expand and grow their businesses
    • Gain information, resources, and best practices to engage and retain employees.
    Target audience:
    • Business owners who are planning to, in the process of and/or current engage with employees
    Register today!

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

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