Old City Philadelphia is a place caught between the past and the future. On the same block that you can tour the tallest building George Washington would have seen in his lifetime, there are software developers working on new advancements in cloud computing. You can step off of a cobblestone street and into a state of the art co-working space. You can have dinner at a tavern that predates the Constitution and then have drinks at a meet up for developers of BigCommerce and Shopify stores. It’s this wacky duality that makes 1Digital Agency so proud to be an eCommerce digital agency in Philadelphia.
Business Growth In Philadelphia
In the past few years, Philadelphia has been pushing itself to become a hub for tech startups. In 2014, the corridor of North 3rd Street from Market to Girard was officially designated by the city council as N3rd Street (Nerd Street). On N3rd Street, where 1Digital Agency has it’s headquarters, creative, web and tech companies of all sizes and types have created a community of like-minded collaborators. We’re proud to be a part of Philadelphia’s bustling tech community and we think Philly is an awesome place to run any kind of business.
There are more than 1500 start-up businesses in the Philadelphia area, according to Angel List. There’s a good reason for that popularity. Philadelphia has a ton of fantastic resources for starting and running a business. Local universities, like Temple and Widener, run small business development centers. These centers offer business owners advice, classes, and a small business incubator. There are 60 programs of this type all across the Philadelphia region. The 100+ universities in the area also ensure that the hiring pool is full of great talent.
Resources like these small business development centers have made Philadelphia a very attractive place for tech businesses to start and grow, just like 1Digital did back in 2012. According to the Director of Business Development, the Philadelphia region has grown its technology sector by a wider margin of its total job growth than any other part of the country, except the Bay Area, during the last 2 decades. A full quarter of all jobs created in Philly have been tech jobs. Technical.ly, our local tech and web industry blog, currently has the count at 5,100 tech businesses all across the Philadelphia area.
Digital and Tech Companies in Philadelphia
The N3rd Street concept was originally championed by Alex Hillman, founder of the Old City co-working space Indy Hall. Hillman wrote the resolution to rename the area, and it was adopted by the Philadelphia city council in March of 2014. It joined other famous Philly location pseudonyms, like the Avenue of the Arts, Mummers Row and the Gayborhood.
N3rd Street is currently home to co-working spaces, mobile app developers, digital agencies, and almost every other type of web and tech business. We even have an eSports team. The N3rd Street gamers, based out of Northern Liberties, recently netted 1.5 million in funding for national expansion. N3rd Street also has a bar, National Mechanics, which caters to geek culture and hosts regular meetups for folks working in the Philly tech industry.
All this is to say that it’s a fantastically great time to be an eCommerce digital agency in Philadelphia. There is such a thriving community of tech and web businesses in the area. Here at 1Digital, we benefit from having open and frequent communication with people working in all corners of the tech industry. We’re always having new and challenging ideas brought to us by the Philly tech community. It keeps our methods and our processes on the bleeding edge. It also fosters the kind of partnerships that our clients can really benefit from. If you need a complex 3rd party system, we happen to know server architects just down the block that could help you with the hosting. If you need product imagery, we know great photographers and editors that work for creative agencies around the corner.
Beyond our permanent neighbors, we also benefit from all the web and tech conferences that Philadelphia hosts. Events like Philly Tech Week and Entrepreneur Expo not only connect us with contemporaries in our field, but with the kind of business owners we love to work with. The small business support that the Philadephia region offers means new local startups are appearing all the time, with the fun and unique challenges that a growing business offers.
To this end, we’ve started a local advertising campaign, just for Philly. We work with clients all over the globe, but we want the area to know that our doors are always open. If you commute in the Philadelphia region keep an eye out for our blue and white 1Digital Agency billboards. If you see one, post a picture and tag us!
If you run a business in the Philadelphia region, you probably already know how great the area is for growing a company. If you’re looking to start a new venture, the city is a great place to do it. If you need to expand your business online it’s a good idea to reach out to an eCommerce digital agency in Philadelphia, like 1Digital. We can help with everything eCommerce, from designing a store to developing a custom tool to making sure your store is visible to the most customers possible. For any help you need with the online face of your business, why not come visit the professionals? We’ll be here, living on N3rd Street.
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