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.
Harold T. Epps is a business leader with more than 30 years of corporate experience, providing high-performance products and solutions for complex and compliance-driven industries. As director of Commerce, he oversees and implements policies to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia succeed. Formerly, Epps was the vice-chairman of the board of PRWT Services, a business services firm, and he served as PRWT’s president and CEO from 2007 – 2014. Prior executive roles include Quadrant, Menasha Corporation, and Polaroid. Throughout his career, Epps has built a reputation for positioning organizations for sustained growth, successfully managing change and restructuring, improving efficiency, spurring innovation, and maintaining a focus on continuous process and performance improvement.
|Name||Job Title||Phone #||Social|
|Yvonne Boye||Senior Director of Neighborhood Economic Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-2026|
|Duane Bumb||Senior Deputy Commerce Director of Business Developmentemail@example.com||(215) 683-2005|
|Rochelle Cameron||CEO of Philadelphia International Airportfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 937-5499|
|Yvonne Farrell||Senior Director of Economic Opportunityemail@example.com||(215) 683-2161|
|Karen Fegely||Deputy Commerce Director of Neighborhood Business Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-2109|
|Sylvie Gallier Howard||Chief of Staffemail@example.com||(215) 683-2009|
|Edward Garcia||Deputy Commerce Director of Finance & Administrationfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-2020|
|Curtis Gregory||Senior Director of Business Servicesemail@example.com||(215) 683-2029|
|Iola Harper||Deputy Commerce Director of Economic Opportunityfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-2055|
|Sheila Ireland||Executive Director, Office of Workforce Developmentemail@example.com||(215) 683-0286|
|Heloise Jettison||Senior Director of Talent Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-2028|
|Dawn Summerville||Senior Director of Business Developmentemail@example.com||(215) 683-2036|
|Lauren Swartz||Senior Director of International Business Investmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-2073|