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.
Keystone Opportunity ZonesUsing tax exemptions to increase investment in areas lacking development.
Keystone Innovation ZonesProviding tax credits to for-profit companies in the life sciences and tech.
Beginning in March, the Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services is launching “Zoom With Us,” virtual one-on-one business support sessions to help Philadelphia businesses plan, launch, manage, and grow.
The Office of Business Services helps business owners navigate City services, understand business regulations, as well as assist entrepreneurs through the process of opening, operating, and growing a business in Philadelphia. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The federal Paycheck Protection Program has reopened for applications. 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.
Mar9EventComcast RISE $10,000 Grant Program Information Session11:00 am to 12:00 pmEvent
Comcast RISE $10,000 Grant Program Information SessionMarch 9, 202111:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1 hour
Join PIDC as we host Comcast RISE executive, James Lavallee, in walking through the two (2) current Comcast RISE programs.
With the application deadline rapidly approaching on March 14 for the Comcast RISE Investment Fund $10,000 grant, we will walk you through the process to help avoid application mistakes. Philadelphia (including the City of Chester) was selected as one of five cities nationwide and we are excited that 100 local businesses will each be awarded a $10,000 grant.
Don’t miss the chance to learn more about these opportunities and get your questions answered.
Mar9EventTemple SBDC Virtual Open Office Hours4:00 pm to 5:00 pmEvent
Temple SBDC Virtual Open Office HoursMarch 9, 20214:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 1 hourAccess experts who can help you navigate during COVID-19. Speak with someone face to face (virtually) who can help you.
Temple SBDC is holding open office hours via Zoom. You do not need to pre-register.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional resources, webinars, and recordings can also be accessed via the Temple SBDC website.
Click here to request an appointment
Mar9EventPower Up Your Business With Community College Of Philadelphia: Info Session #15:30 pm to 7:30 pmEvent
Power Up Your Business With Community College Of Philadelphia: Info Session #1March 9, 20215:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
Power Up Your Business is the free neighborhood-based business education program provided by the Community College of Philadelphia. Power Up Your Business is designed to support small business owners in Philadelphia neighborhoods by providing the tools needed to grow and thrive. This education and training program will help you adapt to operational challenges and run your business more efficiently.
Power Up Your Business program is free to all eligible participating businesses. You may register for the individual workshops through the Store Owner Series, apply to the 12-week Peer-Based Learning Experience, or join in the 6 workshops for Industry Best Practices.
Join PIDC and our partners at Community College of Philadelphia to learn more about the program and decide if the Store Owner Series or 12-Week Peer-Based program is best for you.
Program Coordinator, Power Up Your Business
Community College of Philadelphia