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Fair Chance Hiring Initiative

The Fair Chance Hiring Initiative is a pilot program that offers reimbursements to employers for hiring formerly incarcerated individuals.

The Philly Beverage Tax Starts January 1st

Starting on January 1, 2017, the City will impose a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on the distribution of sweetened beverages as well as syrups and concentrates used to make sweetened beverages. Get complete details about the tax, including what is a sweetened beverage, at www.phillybevtax.com. What does the PBT mean for Dealers?...
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Holiday Deals & Promotions

This holiday season Philadelphia residents and visitors can find special deals and promotions in neighborhoods throughout the city. PPA Free Parking Now through the end of the year, you can park at the PPA garages listed below for only $8 on Saturdays and Sundays, between 11AM. and 5PM. Note: To receive the...
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Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday – a national event celebrating America’s small businesses. In 2015, 95 million people went out to shop on Small Business Saturday, and this year I want Philadelphia to help increase that number. Making purchases at local shops has a tangible impact on our economy....
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Business is Booming in Chinatown

Commerce Director Harold T. Epps will continue his ongoing tour of the City’s many commercial corridors on Friday, November 18 when he visits Chinatown and checks out some of their businesses. To find out more about what it’s like to do businesses in Chinatown, we talked to Samuel Chueh from...
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National Apprenticeship Week

The 2nd Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is right around the corner, happening November 14-20! National Apprenticeship Week, designated by the U.S. Department of Labor, is an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell their story and an invitation to businesses, career seekers, students and others to learn about the...
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Growing Philadelphia’s Talent Pipeline: Lessons Learned in Germany

Learn more about Philadelphia’s Talent Development initiatives in this semi-regular blog series. Last month, Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce had the opportunity to visit Frankfurt and Berlin to learn more about Germany’s premier dual-vocational training models and world-renowned apprenticeship programs. Highlights of the trip included visits to the Provadis School of...
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Venturize: Get Help Navigating the Lending Landscape

The following post has been adapted from content provided by Opportunity Finance Network, a partner of the Department of Commerce. In the wake of the recession there has been a rise in the number of online lenders offering small business loans, many of which promise owners “quick and easy” cash...
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Fifth StartupPHL Call for Ideas Announced

The City’s platform to fund projects that grow Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, StartupPHL Call for Ideas, is looking for your good ideas.  PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney and Commerce Director Harold T. Epps announced that StartupPHL is now accepting applications for the fifth round of Call for Ideas, a grant program to...
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Growing Philadelphia’s Talent Pipeline: STEMcityPHL

Learn more about Philadelphia’s Talent Development Initiatives in this semi-regular blog series.  STEMcityPHL is a campaign to build public will for excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and opportunities, ensuring that all Philadelphians can participate in the economy of today and tomorrow. Launched by the Mayor’s Office of Education...
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Small Business Spotlight: Printfresh with Amy Voloshin

Started in 2006, Printfresh is a fashion prints studio housed in a renovated factory in Olde Kensington. The studio boasts many notable clients, including Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, Mango, American Eagle, Zara, H&M, and more. To learn more about the studio’s success, we chatted with cofounder and creative director Amy...
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Philly Free Streets is September 24th, 8am – 1pm

Temporary street closures from Front & South Streets to Martin Luther King Drive invites people to walk, play, and bike in the street. The inaugural Philly Free Streets event encompasses a 7+ mile route with free, family-friendly fitness activities and educational programming about the City’s waterways, public art, architecture, environment,...
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2016 Storefront Challenge Nominations due Sept. 15th

Storeowners throughout Philadelphia put their best face forward every day. They’re a big part of what makes your neighborhood feel like home. Nominate your favorite for the 2016 Storefront Challenge, a citywide contest recognizing Philly’s best storefront façade improvement projects! Any store that has taken the initiative to improve their...
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