Supporting business

 The Department of Commerce helps people plan, start, and run businesses in Philadelphia.

One-on-one small business support

Our business service managers offer one-on-one support to help small businesses navigate City requirements and other challenges they may encounter.


Financial support

Money is available to help businesses, large and small, succeed.

Types of financial support:

  • InStore Program
  • Kiva
  • Business Security Camera Program
  • Storefront Improvement Program
  • Fair Chance Hiring Initiative
  • Philadelphia Business Lending Network

Location-based incentives

Funding and tax breaks are available for businesses located in specific areas. Programs include:

  • Empowerment Zones.
  • Keystone Innovation Zones (KIZs).
  • Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs).

Find out more about all the location-based incentive programs available in the city.


International business

Commerce has a team dedicated to international business, which provides services including:

  • Business attraction and retention.
  • Export and global expansion support for Philadelphia businesses.
  • Hosting inbound and outbound delegations.

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