Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe.
If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20 to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22

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
Email business@phila.gov

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
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