The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections is set to launch a new system called eClipse in January.
The system will allow businesses to handle a host of routine business transactions online—from applying for and renewing business licenses, to making online payments, viewing outstanding inspections, and searching for pertinent business information.
This has the potential to dramatically streamline the process for obtaining business licenses and inspections, and to make doing business in Philadelphia easier.
Last November, SBN released an award-winning report called Taking Care of Business: Improving Philadelphia’s Small Business Climate, which found that Philadelphia’s 93,000 small businesses provide over half the jobs in the city. SBN took on this project, with support from the William Penn Foundation, because we heard from members that Philadelphia is a hard place to do business and if you cannot figure out how to stay in business here, you cannot produce any of the strong social or environmental impacts that help create a strong local economy. Since the report release, SBN has been working behind the scenes alongside the City of Philadelphia to make Philadelphia a more supportive place for business owners like you.
The Sustainable Business Guide is a new guide to connect Philadelphia small businesses to resources that will improve their environmental and social impacts. It is designed to introduce the average small business owner to ways they can save money, serve their community and go green through their business. It was produced through a collaborative effort by the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Philadelphia Department of Commerce, and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and funded by the City of Philadelphia. Hard copies are available through the SBN Office.
Taking Care of Business - SBN is proud to release “Taking Care of Business: Improving Philadelphia’s Small Business Climate,” a report detailing a yearlong study analyzing Philadelphia’s small business climate. The study, which concludes that Philadelphia has improved its support of small business in recent years but still lags behind the nation in creating and supporting small businesses, offers nine recommendations to streamline government regulation, foster an improved climate for business creation, and otherwise support small business, which represent 98 percent of all businesses in Philadelphia. Please contact us for more information.
Social Impact Campaign – Ever feel like you want to do more for your community, but can’t seem to get your company on-board? The Social Impact Campaign offers businesses and their employees easy and meaningful ways to contribute professional expertise to the lives of Philadelphians living in poverty. The Social Impact Campaign aims to not only make the most of your limited volunteer time, but also benefit your company with valuable networking and promotional opportunities. Led by the Sustainable Business Network and benefitting the Federation of Neighborhood Centers, the campaign will culminate in an awards ceremony in January 2012. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Green Training Index - Are you looking to give yourself or your company a competitive advantage? Explore the Green Training Index and learn about more than sixty green training and education programs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Green Training Index showcases the greener side of some traditional training institutions and makes it easier for citizens to find courses at regional colleges and academic institutions. Members of the Sustainable Business Network can access full profiles for any of the training programs. There is not cost to list or update a training program profile. Visit the Green Training Index to learn more.
Green Economy ToolKit - Are you building a green jobs movement in your community? SBN wants to share best practices and lessons-learned from the Green Economy Task Force with you and your allies. The Green Economy Tool Kit is packed with research, resources, and templates to get you started. For just $100 you will receive the 145-page Tool Kit by mail and a one-hour consultation with Kate Houstoun, SBN’s Director of Sustainable Business Services. Contact email@example.com for more information.
B- Lab Survey - The Sustainable Business Network has partnered with B Lab to offer our members an opportunity to measure and benchmark their social and environmental performance using the B Ratings System. The B Ratings System is a comprehensive, user-friendly, online survey which evaluates your company's impact on all stakeholders (Employees, Community, Environment, Consumers, and Governance).