Key Documents and Information
- Commercial Activity License info. For application, click HERE.
- City of Philadelphia Business Resources Guide
- Guide to Starting A Food-Related Business in the City of Philadelphia
- Sign Permits: Information and applications
- Building Permit Application: Click here to download application
- Zoning/Use Registration Permit: Click here to download application
- Sidewalk Cafe License
- Temporary Special Event Food Service Guide and Vendor License Application – click here to download
- Permanent Special Event Guide and Vendor License Application - click here to download
- Dumpster License
- Commercial Recycling
- Historical Commission
- Licensing & Registration
- Business Privilege Tax Account & License Registration. For application click HERE.
- Online State Business Registration
- Business Structures & Entity Guide
- The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Doing Business in PA – click here to download
- Healthcare: The Affordable Care Act - Small Business Administration (SBA) website including resources, information and webinars.
- Business Resources for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities
Commercial storefront renovation & Fit-out GrantsStorefront Improvement Program: This grant program reimburses owners of commercial buildings and businesses within designated commercial corridors, including 6300-6800 Germantown Avenue, who make storefront improvements. The program can reimburse up to 50% of the cost of eligible improvements to a maximum of $8,000 for a single commercial property, or up to $12,000 for a multiple-address or corner business property, depending on the property's location. Click here for program details. Click here to download an application. Contact Jamie Shanker at email@example.com for further information.
- Targeted Storefront Improvement Program: For properties located between 6800 and 7600 Germantown Avenue (and surrounding side streets), the TSIP program can reimburse up to 50% of the cost eligible improvements to a maximum of $5,000 for a single commercial property, or $10,000 for a multi-address or corner property. Click here for program details. Click here to download an application.
- InStore: The InStore Program is a forgivable loan program that helps eligible retail, food, and creative for-profit and non-profit businesses purchase equipment and materials associated with establishing a new location or expanding at an existing one. The forgivable loan amount is $15,000 – $50,000 for a project. The forgivable loan does not require payments and is forgiven if the recipient meets program guidelines for five (5) years. Click here for further details and to download application materials.
Other Grants, Loans, & Financing
- The Merchant’s Fund
- Safety Camera Program. Receive up to 50% (up to $3,000) reimbursement for installing security cameras outside of your business. See Program Guidelines. Download an Application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for vendor referrals.
- Entrepreneur Works: A community development financial institution making a variety of loans and micro-loans
PGW EnergySense Equipment Rebates & Grants for Commercial & Industrial Buildings: PGW is now offering the following:
- Equipment Rebates of $2,000 and $500 for high-efficiency residential-sized boilers and furnaces, respectively;
- Equipment Rebates of up to $8,400 for high-efficiency commercial-scale boilers, and $1,200 for high-efficiency commercial cooking equipment;
- Building Grants of up to $75,000 for comprehensive energy upgrade projects to existing properties;
- Construction Grants of up to $60,000 for new or gut-rehabilitated energy efficient commercial, industrial, or multi-family buildings, and $2,750 for single-family homes.
- Small Business Association (SBA) 7A loans provide financial help for businesses with special requirements. Valley Green Bank is an approved Small Business Association (SBA) loan lender, located right here in Mt. Airy.
- The Advantage Grant Program is a grant program providing 50 percent matching grants, up to a maximum of $7,500, to enable a Pennsylvania small business to adopt or acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Click here to learn more about it (application begins on page 17).
- 10,000 Small Business Loan Fund- PIDC/ Goldman Sachs. Loans of $50,000-$750,000. Must be in operation for a minimum of 2 years and have a minimum of 4 employees including owner(s).
- Micro-lending - click here to learn more about it.
- The Small Business Association Pollution Prevention Assistance Account provides small businesses with low interest loans to undertake projects that reduce waste, pollution or energy use. Loans will be used to fund 75 percent of the total eligible project cost. The maximum loan amount is $100,000 within any 12-month period. Click here to learn more about it.
- The Office of Energy and Technology Deployment (OETD) website has information on other funding programs.
- PGW Energy Sense Program for New Construction Projects: Energy Efficiency equipment rebates
- Kiva Zip Loans: Kiva Zip is a website that enables financially excluded and socially impactful entrepreneurs to access 0% interest small business loans. These loans are crowdfunded by hundreds of lenders from around the world that read your story, lend you as little as $5 each, and rally around your business as potential customers, business advisers, and brand ambassadors.
Business Planning & Development Assistance
- Business Association of Mt. Airy
- Philadelphia Development Partnership
- Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
- The Business Center For Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
- The Empowerment Group
- The Enterprise Center
- The Merchant’s Fund
- The Temple University Small Business Development Center
- UPENN Pro Bono Legal Services
- The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
- The Wharton Small Business Development Center
- The Women’s Business Development Center
- The Women’s Opportunities Resource Center
- How to Write a Business Plan
Sign Permitting & Design Help
- Scenic Philadelphia (formerly SCRUB) Permitting Handbook for Philadelphia Businesses - Click here to download
- The Business Association of Mt. Airy has years of experience providing permitting and design assistance for local businesses.Contact us.