DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ACTIVATES BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER FOR PAPAL VISIT Service to provide information to businesses open at noon today

Philadelphia, August 17, 2015 – The Department of Commerce will activate a Business Resource Center to provide information to Philadelphia businesses on how the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit will impact their employees and operations.  The Center will be operational at 1:00 p.m. today and from that point will receive calls to the hotline (215-683-2100) Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Businesses can also submit questions to  Businesses should use this service if their questions are not answered by first visiting the City’s Papal Visit Information Center ( where information will be updated on a regular basis.

“The World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit will have hugely positive impact on Philadelphia’s economy and has the unique potential to elevate our city’s global profile for years to come,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.  “We know that due to the volume of people expected and security arrangements that will be in place, business owners will need to make adjustments and the Department of Commerce is standing by to provide any assistance necessary.”

A dedicated team from the Office of Business Services (OBS) will be on hand at the Business Resource Center to provide information, answer questions, and respond to emails and voicemails as quickly as possible.  In specific case-by-case instances OBS staff may need to track down information from other City departments or partners and respond to inquiries at a later time.  Business owners seeking general information about doing business in the City of Philadelphia should visit the City’s online business services website ( which provides comprehensive information on how to plan, start and grow a business in Philadelphia.

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