For Philadelphia to reach its full potential, create more high-quality jobs, build an inclusive economy with opportunity for all, and reinvigorate neighborhood commercial districts in all corners of the city, it must create an equitable, inclusive and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem. Creating free access to information and resources is one step towards achieving ZERO BARRIERS to entrepreneurship for all.
Please use the resources below to support the growth of your entrepreneurial efforts.
Depending on the type of business you are in and where you plan to operate, your business will be required to have various state and/or municipal licenses. Check with the license office in the city or state where you plan to do business to know the correct licenses and permits your business need. In this section you have access to the following:
Free Legal assistance
Business planning and technical assistance
Improve Your Credit and Grow Your Business
Get educated and Learn
Inspirational Events in Philadelphia:
Educate – Best Practices
Educate – Training & Feedback
The three levels of government from city/county, state and federal provide a variety of services aimed at helping entrepreneurs plan, launch and grow their businesses. In this section you have access to the city of Philadelphia, state, federal, and university resources. Additional resources will be in the following:
1. Accelerators: Serving Life Sciences, Technology, Hardware businesses
3. Coworking Spaces
2. Pitch & Demo
Philadelphia is among the top cities with the highest concentration of small business financial institutions in the country. Therefore, any business that has built a sustainable foundation should not have difficulty accessing capital. Please check each institution individually to learn about their financial products and terms. A snapshot of the resources here include the following:
3. Community Loan Programs and other Small Business Financing
5. Small Business Grant and City Programs
8. Get Funding – Venture Capital
1. Community Newspapers
2. Citywide Newspapers and Magazines
3. Citywide Radio Stations
4. Major Media
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