Welcome to the new Business Services website!
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By

Justine Bolkus

Workforce Incentives

As an employer you may be eligible for state and city programs that provide tax credits, grants and other incentives for businesses that create jobs and/or help people transition back into the workforce

Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance

The Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance is intended to encourage the hiring of qualified ex-offenders through the reduction of the potential for discrimination. It is also known as "Ban the Box".

Have a Recycling Plan

All commercial properties receiving private or city waste collection must complete the Commercial Solid Waste and Recycling Plan.

Turning on Water Service

Water and sewer service in the city of Philadelphia is operated by Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). Billing for water use and services is regulated by the Water Revenue Bureau, which is a division of the Philadelphia Revenue Bureau.

Purchasing a Business

When buying or transferring a business, many of the same considerations apply as in starting a new business.

What is Jump Start Philly?

Jump Start Philly is designed to attract new businesses and entrepreneurs that create jobs to Philadelphia by exempting them from paying the Business Income and Receipts Tax, formerly the Business Privilege Tax, during the first two years of operations.

Financing Types

So you’ve tapped the bank – including your piggy bank – and you still need funds for your startup? Don’t worry. There are many avenues yet to explore.

Determining Your Business Costs

How do you determine how much money you need, not only to get your business started, but to keep it running until more cash is flowing in than out? One way is to consider all of the costs involved in running a business, not just those that are obvious.

Determining Your Current Resources

When you apply for funds to finance your business, the potential investor or lender will ask you three questions: how much do you want, why do you need it, and how do you intend to pay it back.

Market Research

Market Research should begin long before the Business Plan is written. The results of that research will help to not only define the potential customers for a product or service, but how to design, price and sell it. Moreover, market information is invaluable when approaching funding sources. “Copycat” or “me...
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Improving Your Credit Report

To a business person, a good credit history is even more important. It might affect one’s ability to get the financing needed to start or run a business.