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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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Two Philly Fooderies Earn National Recognition

  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...
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Revitalizing Tacony One Storefront at a Time

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...
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City announces lowest unemployment for month of June since 2007

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...
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Small Business Spotlight: Message Agency with Marcus Iannozzi

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.

Startup Spotlight: Little Baby’s Ice Cream

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...
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Business Tax Basics

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...
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Sale of Fireworks Permit

Operation Permits are issued for the regulation of the use and transport of certain hazardous materials, equipment and activities.  The Department of License and Inspections works in conjunction with other City Agencies in the issuance of Operation Permits. NOTE A Sale of Fireworks Permit is not required to sell sparkling devices, party poppers,...
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Safety Guide for Businesses

The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department Business Crime Prevention Guide has useful advice for keeping your employees and business safe.

How to Be a Good Business Neighbor

When merchants take pride in their community, it shows and creates a more enjoyable shopping experience for visitors coming to the area.