- Business Loans
PIDC has an array of financing products available for qualifying businesses and non-profits looking to expand in Philadelphia. To learn more, click here.
- Project Development Finance
For developers and others seeking funding to start or finish a project in Philadelphia, PIDC provides a range of adaptable financing solutions. To learn more, click here.
- Tax Advantaged Financing
PIDC can structure a variety of tax-advantaged financing to fund development projects. To learn more, click here.
- Grants Administration
PIDC administers several Federal, State, and City grant programs. To learn more about the application and administration process of these grants, click here.
- Startup PHL Funds
For early stage, technology-focused companies, PIDC has partnered with First Round Capital to create the Startup PHL Seed + Angel Funds to increase the availability of investment capital for Philadelphia-based entrepreneurs. To learn more, click here.
- Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers a variety of financing, grants and incentives for businesses starting-up or relocating to Pennsylvania. To search through the various programs available, click here.
- Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania
This organization provides access to capital, knowledge and networks that foster innovation, growth and success for both early-stage and established companies in Southeastern Pennsylvania. To learn more, click here.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
The federal government offers a number of loans for small businesses through the SBA or private-sector lenders. To learn more, click here.
Alternative Programs and Microlending
Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC)
The Reinvestment Fund
Kiva Zip [PDF]
The Merchants Fund
- Gateway Philly
A rent reimbursement incentive offering up to $30,000 to any qualifying company setting up shop with 20 or more employees. To learn more, click here.
- Jump Start Philly
This City of Philadelphia initiative exempts qualifying new businesses from paying the Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT) during the first two years of operation. To learn more, click here.
- Job Creation Tax Credits
These incentives are available at both the State and City level.
- Keystone Innovation Zones (KIZs)
This initiative from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers salable tax credits to qualifying companies in targeted life science and technology sectors within special geographic districts. A large area of Center City is included within the University City KIZ. To learn more and see a map of the geographic boundaries, click here.
- Workforce Development Grants
Philadelphia Works invests federal funds to provide on-the-job classroom training for the prospective employees of qualifying companies. To learn more, click here.
City of Philadelphia Business Services website
City of Philadelphia Business Tax Basics (PDF)
City of Philadelphia Health Department - Opening a Food Business
Philadelphia Department of Commerce
Select Greater Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers
Business USA Funding Tool
Philadelphia Startup Leaders – Philly Tech Guide
Technical.ly Philly - Philadelphia Startup Community
Wharton Small Business Development Center
Women’s Business Development Center
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce