The Fair Chance Hiring Initiative is a pilot program that offers reimbursements to employers for hiring formerly incarcerated individuals.
Now in its second iteration, Passport PHL, is back to encourage more Philadelphia residents to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods and immigrant-owned businesses. Passport PHL 2017 will focus on the North 5th Street Corridor in Olney. To be part of the Passport PHL experience, people simply have to visit the participating businesses... Learn More
The Mayor’s economic vision for Philadelphia is simple. He wants to decrease poverty by improving education and job training, spreading economic growth to neighborhoods that have been left behind, and furthering the revitalization seen in Center City. Here are some of the ways the Department of Commerce is making that... Learn More
Commerce Director Harold T. Epps continued his ongoing tour of the City’s many commercial corridors on Friday, May 5 when he visited K & A (the intersection of Kensington & Allegheny Avenues) to check out some of their businesses. To find out more about what it’s like to do businesses... Learn More
It’s Small Business Week, and to celebrate we’re highlighting local businesses who have taken advantage of the many programs offered by the Department of Commerce to support entrepreneurs across the city. Natures Hair Food & A New Roman Era Salon – 6145 Vine Street Angela and Tracy Tyler have taken their home-grown... Learn More
Gateway Philly is a rent reimbursement incentive offering up to $30,000 to any qualifying company setting up shop with 20 or more employees.
If your business has received a tax subsidy from the City of Philadelphia, you must self-report by May 1, 2017.
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... Learn More
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... Learn More
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... Learn More
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... Learn More
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... Learn More
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?... Learn More
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... Learn More
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.... Learn More