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... Learn More
It’s no secret that Philadelphia is home to some of the best food in the country. From tiny street carts to James Beard award-winning restaurants, and everything in between, the City of Brotherly Love has it all. The latest local businesses to receive recognition on the national stage are... Learn More
Commerce Director Harold T. Epps will continue his ongoing tour of the City’s many commercial corridors tomorrow when he visits Tacony and checks out businesses along Torresdale Avenue. To find out more about what it’s like to do businesses in Tacony, we talked to Alex Balloon of the Tacony CDC. What... Learn More
On Friday, Mayor Kenney and Commerce Director Harold T. Epps announced that Philadelphia’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.9%–the lowest unemployment rate for the month of June since 2007. “During the first six months of my Administration, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that Philadelphians in all neighborhoods can be part... Learn More
Message Agency is a communications firm that focuses on serving charitable organizations. Unlike other businesses that have grown recently, Message Agency has a long, rich history as a startup in Philadelphia. To investigate Message Agency’s success over the years, we chatted with founder Marcus Iannozzi.
On Monday, Mayor Kenney penned a guest-post titled “Philadelphia’s Winning Formula for Small-Business Growth,” for the Huffington Post's "Whats Working: Small Business" blog.
Philadelphia small businesses have the opportunity to connect with a strong online community through social media--a low-cost, extremely effective marketing tool when used efficiently.
Indie ice cream maker Little Baby’s Ice Cream is a prime example of a successful Philly startup, and the perfect way to kickoff our new Startup Spotlight series. The Startup Spotlight series profiles successful small businesses to highlight Philly’s thriving startup community. For founders Martin Brown and Pete Angevine, Little... Learn More
The Capital Consortium is a group of nonprofit and for profit commercial lenders who work together with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce to improve access to capital for small businesses.
The Department of Revenue imposes various taxes that must be filed and paid by businesses that are operated and/or located in Philadelphia. The most common business taxes are the Business Income & Receipts Tax, or BIRT (formerly the Business Privilege Tax), and the Net Profits Tax. However, the Department of Revenue... Learn More
An operational permit is required to operate an air-supported temporary membrane structure or a tent having an area in excess of 200 sq. ft. or a canopy in excess of 400 sq. ft. (See Section 105.6.13 of the Philadelphia Fire Code for exceptions). Prerequisite Approvals: Before obtaining an operations permit, your... Learn More
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Mobile food vending units include trucks, trailer hitch units, pushcarts, stands and foot peddlers must complete the required plan review application for a mobile food business.
Locations throughout the city are designated as prohibited for vending and sidewalk sales
The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department Business Crime Prevention Guide has useful advice for keeping your employees and business safe.