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Managing a Business

Once you’re up and running, we want you to stay that way.  Find information on State and Federal regulations, incentives and city departments.  Learn about resources to manage and grow your business.

Workforce

Building Your Workforce

To help build your workforce, there are a wide range of resources that will help you strengthen your professional network and find the right people for the job.

Workforce Incentives

As an employer you may be eligible for state and city programs that provide tax credits, grants and other incentives for businesses that create jobs and/or help people transition back into the workforce

Workforce Skills Training

Now that you have a business, you need reliable employees to support your growth and ease your workload. Take advantage of these resources that can help you recruit, train, and retain good workers.

Employer Withholding Requirements

All Philadelphia employers must apply for a business tax account number from the City so you can begin withholding taxes.

Paid Sick Leave

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.

Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance

The Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance is intended to encourage the hiring of qualified ex-offenders through the reduction of the potential for discrimination. It is also known as "Ban the Box".

Laying Off or Firing Employees

Information on laying off or terminating employees and Pennsylvania employment law.

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Employers with more than 50 employees that are closing are required to notify the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and federal government.

Doing Business with the City

Understanding Contracting Opportunities

The City of Philadelphia offers businesses a network of resources and the opportunity to bid and respond to upcoming contracts. These opportunities offer a great way for businesses to continue to grow.

What is Economic Inclusion?

"Economic Inclusion" involves the development and implementation of a robust effort to include Minority, Woman, and Disabled owned business enterprises in City Contracts, advancing economic opportunities for these businesses.

Minority, Women, Disabled Owned Business Support

The City purchases products and services from hundreds of businesses every year. The City is committed to ensuring that at least 25% of contracts for the City are fulfilled by Minority, Women, or Disabled Owned Enterprises.

Safety Tips

Safety Guide for Businesses

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

Business Security Camera Program (Commerce SafeCam Program)

The Business Security Camera Program reimburses commercial property owners and business owners for the installation of surveillance cameras, to make their location safer for shoppers and the community

Be a Good Business Neighbor

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.

Storefront Improvement Program

This program reimburses owners of commercial buildings and businesses within designated commercial corridors who make storefront improvements.

Tax Resources

Tax Payment Options and Information

How to file and pay taxes to the City of Philadelphia.

Tax Resources

General information about City taxes and tax services.

Employer Withholding Requirements

All Philadelphia employers must apply for a business tax account number from the City so you can begin withholding taxes.

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.

Financing

Improving Your Credit Report

To a business person, a good credit history is even more important. It might affect one’s ability to get the financing needed to start or run a business.

Closing a Business

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Employers with more than 50 employees that are closing are required to notify the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and federal government.