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Business & self-employment

Do business with the City

Service overview

The City of Philadelphia allows businesses to bid on contracts for:

  • Supplies, services, and equipment.
  • Public works, such as streets or building construction or repair.
  • Concessions at City-owned locations and at some events.
  • Professional services.

Businesses can bid on these contracts through the City’s procurement portals:

  • eContract Philly: Used for Professional Services contracts
  • PHLContracts: Services, Supplies and Equipment, Public works, Concessions contracts, and Best Value Request for Proposals (RFP) for these types of goods and services.

While many contracts are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, some contracts are classified as Best Value contracts.

You can also find additional contract opportunities at:

Businesses or individuals that are awarded a City contract must adhere to Labor Standards and Diversity and Inclusion goals.

Who

Usually, to bid on a City contract you must be registered on either eContract Philly, PHLContracts, or both.

Local Business Entities (LBE) can qualify for Local Business Preference on contracts.

The City seeks to fulfill at least 35 percent of all for-profit contracts through minority, women, or disabled-owned enterprises (M/W/DSBEs). If you register as an M/W/DSBE, you can receive preference in the City contracting process.

Requirements

To bid on Services, Supplies and Equipment, Public Works, and Concessions contracts, you must register on PHLContracts.

To register, you’ll need:

  • Your Tax ID number.
  • Your company name.
  • Your email address.

To bid on a Professional Services contract, you must register with eContract Philly.

To register, you’ll need:

  • Your tax ID number.
  • Your company name.
  • Your email address.
  • A phone number.

Once you’ve registered, search for bids and follow the stated requirements.

Where and when

Online

For Professional Services contracts visit eContractPhilly.

For all related Procurement information and opportunities visit PHLContracts and select “open bids”.

Cost

To submit a responsive bid to the City of Philadelphia, the following fees are required, the:

These fees can be paid on the City’s online payment center.

How

For information on creating and editing electronic quotes in PHLContracts, read the Creating and Editing Quotes Vendor User Guide.

If your business receives a City contract, you may be required to follow labor standards and wage regulations. More information is available through the Office of Labor Standards in the Mayor’s Office of Labor.

For some contracts, you may be required to file an Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP). An EOP is a document created to ensure use of minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses on contracts over $100,000. If your contract is above this amount, fill out the EOP Questionnaire.

Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) Questionnaire


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