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.
This holiday season, the Department of Commerce wants Philadelphians to do their shopping at our city’s many amazing small businesses. We want to help spread the word about the activities and promotions happening at your shops and on commercial corridors.
Let us know what you’re doing for the holidays by filling out a quick survey.
Nov14EventOrientation & Business Assessment6:00 pm to 8:30 pmWomen's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107Event
Orientation & Business AssessmentNovember 14, 20186:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 3 hoursWomen's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107mapDetails: https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380045 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Eastern If you've always dreamed of owning your own business, or if your business needs to g-r-o-w, register for a free orientation & Business Assessment session. In the WBDC Orientation & Business Assessment you will: Clarify your current business needs. Learn about WBDC and its resources. Evaluate and determine which WBDC resources best fit your current business needs. Network and gain support from other women business owners. Identify prospective clients and resources for your business. Fee: No Cost
Nov15EventCoffee & Commerce at Mayflower Bakery & Cafe10:00 am to 12:00 pm1008 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USAEvent
Coffee & Commerce at Mayflower Bakery & CafeNovember 15, 201810:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours1008 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USAmapJoin the Department of Commerce for Coffee & Commerce! This event includes open office hours for small businesses to meet their local business services manager. At Coffee + Commerce, you can learn about City programs and resources, and discuss any business-related issues.
Nov19EventJumpStart - Business Launch6:00 pm to 9:00 pmWomen's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107Event
JumpStart - Business LaunchNovember 19, 20186:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hoursWomen's Business Development Center (WBDC) - 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1124 Philadelphia, PA, 19107mapDetails: https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380031 Monday, November 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern If you're registering for the entire series, use the series page at https://ic.womensbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380044 for a discount on your registration. Business Launch is a three-hour workshop with a panel of experts who will help you understand how to successfully launch a business. In the Business Launch workshop you will: • Learn the City of Philadelphia licensing, zoning, and inspection requirements • Understand the different types of legal entities and how to choose a legal structure for your business • Learn the basics of small business bookkeeping • Learn about insurance for small businesses This workshop is part of our JumpStart series, a low cost, flexible five-week workshop series that helps prospective business owners increase their chances for success and reduce the risks associated with starting a business. Limited financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for a financial aid application. Course fees are non-refundable. Fee: $35 Registration: 5:45 Class: 6:00 - 9:00