Launch Your Startup in the City that Launched a Nation

Are you ready to open a business in Philadelphia, but not sure where to begin? Whether you’re starting a company meant for rapid growth or a one-person consulting company, follow these four simple steps below to do business in Philadelphia. Don’t forget to also check out our map of entrepreneurial spaces.

All businesses operating in the City of Philadelphia must have a Tax ID number and a Commercial Activity License. This includes businesses that are located outside the city limits but do some or all of their business activity in the City. There is no fee to file, and the process is wrapped together. Learn More

Download information about how to start a business in Pennsylvania

Register your business with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Review information about Federal regulations from the IRS at

Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

The City of Philadelphia is implementing smart changes to its business tax structure.

  • Software companies in Philadelphia have the benefit of a tax treatment called Market-Based Sourcing, in which the company only pays the City’s Business Income & Receipts Tax based on the sales that occur in Philadelphia.
  • Starting in tax year 2016, there is an exemption of the first $100,000 in gross receipts and a proportionate share of net income from the business income and receipts tax.
  • The Job Creation Tax Credit and Jump Start Philadelphia are programs that provide credits and exemptions to growing companies.

Click here to get an explanation of the four most common business taxes.

Here are several local organizations who support Philadelphia’s startup scene

  • Technical.ly, grows local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services.
  • Philly Startup Leaders, connects Philly startups and entrepreneurs to what they need most: each other.
  • Philly New Tech Meetup, supports the vibrant and growing Philadelphia tech community through monthly meetings features speakers, technology demos, new company presentations, and networking.
  • Philadelphia Department of Commerce, strives to create an economic environment throughout the city that is conducive to business success.
  • PIDC, leverages public and private funding to attract development and create jobs throughout Philadelphia.