How to Start a Business in Philadelphia:
- Decide what type of business — sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC or
- Register for an EIN with the IRS.
- File the state’s Fictitious Name form with the Pa. Dept. of State
Corporation Bureau, and wait for your number.
- Complete online the PA 100 form from the Pa. Dept. of Revenue.
- File the Philadelphia Business Privilege tax form.
Services for Minority, Woman and Disables-owned Businesses
The Office of Economic Opportunity:
Strives to ensure the inclusion of minority, woman and disabled-owned businesses
in City contracts and throughout the region
Registry of Certified Firms
As of March 2010, the City of Philadelphia no longer offers an M/W/DSBE
Certification Program. Minority, women, and disabled owned businesses that wish
to participate in the City’s program must be certified by another
The City's registration program promotes and fosters the growth of the City's
minority, women, and disabled owned businesses (M/W/DSBEs). Companies that
register with OEO can benefit from the City's economic inclusion efforts.
Simple Registration Process
Download and complete the
registration application and
Photocopy your certification from one of the recognized
Mail — it's that easy!
To better promote the City's certified vendors and to make it easy for
bidders/contractors to find them, OEO maintains an
Online Directory of
Registered Businesses. Through the directory, certified vendors can market their
business to potential partners who may not be familiar with their company.
Searching for a certified vendor is simple. The directory is organized to search
vendors by Company Name, Commodity Category, Vendor Type, Commodity and NAICS
Codes, and by Supplier Diversity.
Business Resources and Contracting Opportunities
The City of Philadelphia offers businesses a
network of resources and the
opportunity to bid and respond to upcoming contracts. These opportunities offer
a great way for businesses to continue to grow. Many of the city contracts have
participation goals aimed at increasing opportunity for minority, women, and
disabled owned businesses. The participation goals set in most contracts offer
many benefits for large companies to partner with small firms to create a long
term business relationship.