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
When is the Convention? When do we expect Convention attendees to arrive and leave? The Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins Monday, July 25th, and ends Thursday evening, July 28th. Attendees will likely arrive as soon as Friday, July 22nd, and largely leave by Friday, July 29th. How many people are... Learn More
Philadelphia businesses: start promoting your business and be a part of the DNC by using the hashtag #DNCDeals on social media accounts to spread the word about deals and activities you’re offering during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The official dates of the convention are June 25-28, but... Learn More
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... Learn More
All businesses must register for a Business Tax Account number from the Department of Revenue and obtain a Commercial Activity License from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. The same application is used for both items and can be found here. Before registering for a tax account number, you should... Learn More
The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department Business Crime Prevention Guide has useful advice for keeping your employees and business safe.
When merchants take pride in their community, it shows and creates a more enjoyable shopping experience for visitors coming to the area.
This bulletin answers most questions raised by International Code Council’s Contractor/Trade examination candidates.
The City of Philadelphia has enacted the "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces" law, which requires certain employers located in the City of Philadelphia to provide their employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year.