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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.

Get more information about OSHA 10/30 training

The following programs have been approved by the Department of Licenses and Inspections as equivalent to OSHA 10. The courses have been determined to provide the minimum number of course hours equivalent to OSHA training, address mandatory OSHA topics directly related to job-site hazards, and/or provide a benefit that exceeds...
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Trade License renewal deadline is extended!

All trade licenses set to expire on December 31st, 2015, are extended to January 31st, 2016. The following types are extended: Expediter Curb Setter Plumber (Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master) Sheet Metal (Technician and Apprentice) If you have not yet received your renewal invoice for a license set to expire on...
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Business Tax Basics

We’re building something new! We’ve recently updated the phila.gov website to include new, easy-to-use content. As part of this modernization, this page has been rewritten and redesigned. To access this information, please visit https://www.phila.gov/services/payments-assistance-taxes/business-taxes/

Hot Works 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. The maximum time period a Hot Works Permit is valid is one year....
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Tent Permit

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...
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Demolition Contractor License

A Demolition Contractor license is required of anyone removing structural elements for the purpose of removing the entire structure. This license must be renewed annually and successful applications must specify up-to-date insurance and tax compliance.

Safety Guide for Businesses

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