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Gateway Philly Program

Gateway Philly is a rent reimbursement incentive offering up to $30,000 to any qualifying company setting up shop with 20 or more employees.

Tax Subsidy Self-Reporting

If your business has received a tax subsidy from the City of Philadelphia, you must self-report by May 1, 2017.

Philly is Heading to SXSW

Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce will join Amplify Philly — a coalition of Philadelphia startups, corporations, musicians, and other partners — in Austin, Texas  at the SXSW Interactive & Music Festival this March. The Amplify Philly initiative will promote Philadelphia as a hub for innovation, highlighting the...
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7 Ways You Can Help Philadelphia While Helping Your Business

In his 2017 address to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Mayor Kenney outlined his vision for the year ahead, noting the need for urgency if our city wants to continue growing its economy and remain competitive on the world stage. This year, it is no longer enough to row...
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How We Celebrated MLK Day 2017

This year, STEMcityPHL led the Department of Commerce in a Martin Luther King Day service project that explored the future of urban farming in Philadelphia. Volunteers from City government, Americorps and the Strawberry Mansion community came together at Dr. Ethel Allen School to help prepare for a new after school STEM...
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CDC Tax Credit Lottery Application is due January 12, 2017

In January, Philadelphia Department of Revenue will hold application lottery for business taxpayers interested in applying for the Community Development Corporation (CDC) Tax Credit. This program offers a tax credit to businesses that contribute to economic development efforts. Businesses receive a tax credit against their Business Income and Receipts Tax...
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Commerce’s 2016 Highlights

It has been a busy year for the Department of Commerce. Here are some highlights from 2016: Major Business Attraction and Retention Success Aramark, Five Below and Yards Brewing Company all announced plans to keep their headquarters in Philadelphia and move to larger locations within the city. Vanguard announced plans...
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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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