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"Now because you have so many different places, you have so many choices, people are trying things that are totally different, that they've never even thought they would try, and they're loving it."

KeVen Parker
Owner, Ms. Tootsie's

If You Want Additional Assistance
The following organizations stand ready to assist you with your retail or restaurant project.

Department of Commerce
One Parkway / 1515 Arch Street – 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The department supports the city's commercial activities. Using local, state and federal funding, the Department of Commerce fosters commercial and industrial rehabilitation, and infrastructure and business development. Contact them for questions related to opening a business in Philadelphia or for neighborhood-specific questions.


Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)
2600 Centre Square West, 1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

PIDC offers a variety of loan programs largely funded by federal, state and local government sources. Contact them for questions related to financing, or tactical questions about opening a retail business in Philadelphia.


Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
These centers, administered through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are available to assist you. Some are located at a number of colleges and universities in Philadelphia. For information, call:

University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School: 215.898.1219
Temple University: 215.204.7282
LaSalle University: 215.951.1416
Drexel University: 215.895.0302


Women's Business Development Center
1315 Walnut Street – 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a non-profit organization committed to helping women in the Greater Philadelphia Region achieve economic self-sufficiency. WBDC provides products and services that promote the economic empowerment of women, accelerate women's business ownership, and strengthen the impact of women on the region's economy. Contact them for help with opening your business, to build your network, and for guidance and assistance with financing.


The Enterprise Center
4548 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

Founded in 1989 by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Enterprise Center provides access to capital, building capacity, business education and economic development opportunities to high-potential, minority entrepreneurs. Through a portfolio of business-acceleration initiatives, TEC seeks to better position minority enterprises to compete in the local, regional, and global economies.


Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street – Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the continued growth of each of its nearly 6,000 member companies and the business community at large. It presents professional enrichment programs and provides members with cost-efficient ways to run their businesses. Contact them for help with marketing and connecting with other businesses.


Center City Proprietors Association (CCPA)
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 910
Philadelphia, PA 19102

CCPA is a non-profit, Philadelphia-based member supported organization dedicated to serving the needs of Philadelphia's small businesses by providing insight, resources and support through a variety of programs and events.