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How to Utilize Government Services to Grow Your Philly Based Business

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When it comes to the government, they certainly don't have a reputation for being the most friendly to businesses. But this long formed dynamic doesn't have to stay that way. If you are smart about how you approach the government, you will find that there are services you can use to boost your Philly based business.

 

Here are some examples of ones to take advantage of before your competition does:

How to Utilize Government Services to Grow Your Philly Based Business

 

311 Services

If you have a lot problems in your community, it can have a negative effect on your business. For instance, if there are damaged roads and sidewalks around your business, you probably wish they were fixed. However, this is not always possible by calling the emergency numbers. This would at least cost the government a lot of money and tie up resources for emergency responders who need to help people in truly life and death scenarios. Not to mention that it might not put you in the best light with your government. Luckily, there are new government services in Philadelphia that can help your business when it comes to 311 services. These are non emergency services. A new 311 app allows you to report anything that you need to have addressed by authorities. You can access it online or from your smartphone which makes it really convenient and helpful.

Transportation

The transportation scene in a city can affect how easy or difficult it is to attract new talent to your company. If employees have to live downtown in a busy area, they may not be able to afford it. That would mean they will commuting from the suburbs or another area. This can be bad for businesses who are trying to convince people to move to Philly.

In addition, if the transportation is dirty, slow, complicated, and expensive, then it doesn't matter if you have 10 trains running all the time. People don't want to have a bad commute in this day and age. They want convenience. Luckily, Philly is investing in a lot of transportation lately. This a great thing for businesses to brag about. It also means that certain people in lower income areas that might not have been able to work for you before can now get to your office easier. And because they are lower income, you can hire them on for a more friendly salary to your business than city dwellers.

Grants and Funding

A business lives and dies off of its capital. With the right amount of money, you can invest in all kinds of things. You can hire more people. You can hire better people. You can invest in benefits and insurance to retain your top performers. You can spend money on the finest equipment and IT so that your company is efficient and your profit margins are higher.

However, on the flip side, without money you are destined to be doomed in your business. That is why when the government steps and creates programs and other services, it can really help businesses out. After all, if you run out of capital, you can't grow as quickly as you want to or even keep the lights on in many circumstances.

Philly is investing in small businesses with new grants and funding that lends out money to entrepreneurs who hire and stay in Philadelphia. This is great news. In addition, they are teaming up with other organizations to extend capital to local businesses. Don't ignore these powerful programs.

If you are running a business in Philadelphia, then you know how competitive it can be. Not just that, but the government can get in the way sometimes. However, if you know who to leverage the best services they have to offer you can boost your bottom line and get free help from your new friends over at the government. Use the services above, that way you don't miss out on the next growth opportunity for your company.

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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