Department of Commerce

Making Philadelphia a business-friendly city where companies choose to start, stay, and grow.

Department of Commerce

What we do

The Department of Commerce helps businesses – large and small – thrive in Philadelphia. Reasonable office rents and cost of living, along with a ready workforce, make Philadelphia an ideal location for both established companies and for those looking to start a business. Because we know that the City succeeds when business succeeds, Commerce has created a number of programs and special incentives to help companies prosper.

We work to:

  • Attract and keep a diverse set of businesses.
  • Revitalize neighborhoods by building vibrant commercial districts.
  • Create a strong talent pipeline for Philadelphians to attain good, living-wage jobs.
  • Increase contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.
  • Support small businesses and improve access to funding.


1515 Arch St.
12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

You can access the Department of Commerce's full content on our existing website.


Harold T. Epps
Director of Commerce
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Name Job Title Email Phone # Social
Yvonne Boye Senior Director of Neighborhood Economic Development(215) 683-2026
Duane Bumb Senior Deputy Commerce Director of Business Development(215) 683-2005
Rochelle Cameron CEO of Philadelphia International Airport(215) 937-5499
Yvonne Farrell Senior Director of Economic Opportunity(215) 683-2161
Karen Fegely Deputy Commerce Director of Neighborhood Business Services(215) 683-2109
Sylvie Gallier Howard Chief of Staff(215) 683-2009
Edward Garcia Deputy Commerce Director of Finance & Administration(215) 683-2020
Curtis Gregory Senior Director of Business Services(215) 683-2029
Iola Harper Deputy Commerce Director of Economic Opportunity(215) 683-2055
Sheila Ireland Executive Director, Office of Workforce Development(215) 683-0286
Heloise Jettison Senior Director of Talent Development(215) 683-2028
Dawn Summerville Senior Director of Business Development(215) 683-2036
Lauren Swartz Senior Director of International Business Investment(215) 683-2073