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International business

The City of Philadelphia invites organizations from around the world to explore our city.

International business support

The Department of Commerce’s international business staff are your gateway to Philadelphia. They are here to help you learn about the city and its competitive advantages.

We can assist your business with:

  • Facilitation of customized business development tours.
  • Strategy and guidance to enter the U.S. market through Philadelphia.
  • Local and state incentives.
  • Data on cost of doing business and cost of living, real estate, and talent.
  • Connections to talent and workforce resources.
  • Connections to service providers who can help foreign businesses.
  • Introductions to private, public, and partner organizations.

We can connect your business to our strategic partners, including:

  • Export service providers and trade promotion agencies.
  • Philadelphia-based consulates and trade offices.
  • Key international business expansion partners, like immigration lawyers, accountants, and consultants.
  • Incubators, Accelerators, and business support organizations.
  • Real estate firms.
  • Philadelphia International Airport and Philadelphia Port.
  • Other agencies to help your company grow globally.

Business attraction and development

For international companies who may want to open a Philadelphia operation.

What we do

  • Create customized business development tours.
  • Introduce you to key partners and stakeholders in public and private sectors.
  • Offer incentives to companies choosing to locate in Philadelphia.
  • Provide connections to service providers who can help international businesses.
  • Offer real estate suggestions and tours of potential offices.
  • Connect your company to talent and workforce resources.

Export and global expansion support

We assist Philadelphia-based companies discover international markets and partnerships.

What we do

The Department of Commerce will guide you through available resources. They will help you in your global expansion.

This includes connecting businesses to:

  • Partner organizations.
  • Export support programs.
  • Business development opportunities.
  • Other resources.

Inbound and outbound delegations

International representatives who would like to visit Philadelphia can arrange visits through our international business and global strategy team. Our team also conducts a limited number of outbound business missions to key locations around the globe in partnership with Philadelphia-based partner organizations.

Delegations can include:

  • Businesses.
  • Embassies.
  • Governments.
  • Incubators.
  • Organizations.
  • Trade offices.

What we do

We provide customized welcome briefings and presentations on the City of Philadelphia. For more information on international business opportunities, contact

All Sister Cities inquiries should be directed to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.