How to register as a minority-, woman-, or disabled-owned business in Philadelphia

Obtaining your certifications as a woman, minority, or disabled business enterprise (M/W/DSBE) can help grow your business and open new opportunities including government contracts, procurement programs, and networking opportunities. PIDC supports entrepreneurs and fosters a community that benefits Philadelphians from all backgrounds. That’s why we put together this guide to help you understand and navigate

11 Low-Cost Marketing Ideas for Small Business Owners

Marketing is critical to the success of your small business. It is often a prospective customer’s first impression and helps your business build awareness, attract customers, and drive sales. Effective marketing allows you to contend with competitors by establishing a strong brand and displaying what makes you unique. Small business owners often neglect marketing because

Remembering Walt D’Alessio: A Legacy of Vision, Dedication and Partnership

Dear PIDC Stakeholders, It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the passing of Walter D’Alessio, a towering figure in our community and the long-time board chair and former chief executive of PIDC, the city’s public-private economic development corporation. Walt’s life was a testament to dedication, vision, public-private partnership, and

Get to Know IBA, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

The population of LGBTQ+-owned businesses and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area continues to grow, and resources for businesses and organizations are needed more than ever. PIDC partner Independence Business Alliance (IBA) serves as Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ business resource hub, helping bring to life the dreams and aspirations of entrepreneurs in the LGBTQ+ community.  We asked

Elevating PIDC’s Queer Employees & Allies During Pride Month

June is Pride Month, a celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer pride. PIDC is committed to fostering a workplace culture where diverse talent can flourish and employees, regardless of background, identity, or circumstance, feel valued, accepted, and supported to succeed at work. With a team that mirrors the city we support,

Shop PHL: LGBTQ-owned

Looking for ways to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community in Philadelphia? One of the best ways to do that is by shopping at LGBTQ-owned businesses. By choosing to support LGBTQ+-owned businesses, you are contributing to a more equitable and vibrant city.  PIDC is proud to highlight some of our clients offering products and services

Driving Growth Throughout Philadelphia: PIDC’s 2023 Annual Review

We’re pleased to present PIDC’s 2023 Annual Review, highlighting our commitment to driving economic growth and fostering equitable development across Philadelphia last year. Despite the challenges posed by the global landscape, we have remained resilient, adaptive, and proactive in our efforts to support small businesses, spur real estate developments, facilitate lending, and administer grants for

Meet PIDC’s New Team Members – Summer 2024

PIDC keeps growing! We’re excited to announce the addition of several talented individuals to our team. They bring with them decades of experience across a wide range of industries and organizations, including economic development, energy management, and finance. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise will help us continue to drive economic growth and foster development all

Mental Health Matters — Self-Care Tips for Small Business Owners


Running a small business can be demanding. You’re often working long hours and handling a multitude of responsibilities. With so much going on, it can be difficult to prioritize your mental wellbeing. But if you place your mental health on the back burner, it can have damaging effects. A study from Small Biz Silver Lining

Resources for AAPI Business Owners

PIDC is committed to helping businesses and nonprofits in every corner of Philadelphia grow, including those that are Asian American- and Pacific Islander-owned or operated. In recognition of AAPI Heritage Month, we compiled a list of resources designed to empower AAPI business owners and nonprofit leaders. These resources are tailored to help you navigate challenges