When dealing with the day-to-day hustle of operating your business and ensuring that your clients’ needs are met, it can be a challenge to understand how your business can work with local governments.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber is your resource for connecting with local leaders and getting insider information on how to navigate working with government agencies, like local cities.

On February 14, the Chamber hosted Council Connections, which provided Chamber members with an opportunity to directly connect with city councilmembers about key issues impacting businesses across the state.

The Chamber and the City of Phoenix understand that when businesses thrive, Phoenix’s economy thrives. For this reason, the city offers multiple programs and activities to assist businesses, both large and small. There are numerous online resources to make it easy for businesses to succeed in the Valley. The following are a few quick resources to support your business as it expands.

  1. Understand city taxes

The City of Phoenix, similar to other cities in Arizona, has a transaction privilege (sales) tax on certain business activities in addition to the tax imposed by the state. Any business engaged in a taxable activity will have to get a transaction privilege (sales) tax license.  The Arizona Department of Revenue has resources and tutorials online pertaining to the transaction privilege tax and use tax for businesses.

  1. Permits matter

A number of permits can be searched, printed, submitted, and paid for online. For those that can’t, businesses can visit the City of Phoenix Planning & Development Department to request information, submit drawings and purchase building permits.

  1. Do business with the City

To do business with the City of Phoenix, a vendor must first apply through the city’s vendor self-registration process. Through this process, vendors/suppliers can apply online and submit a signed W-9 tax form to be placed on the city’s bidder list. Once the city approves a vendor’s application, the vendor can use the city’s ProcurePHX vendor portal to see open bids based on the services their business offers.

  1. Get certified

Through the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program, the City of Phoenix provides SBE certification, procurement opportunities, construction subcontracting utilization, small business management and technical assistance, and educational services and networking opportunities.

To learn more about doing business with and in the City of Phoenix, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/business.

-Written by Annelise Patterson, Marketing Communications Coordinator

Posted by Danny Imes