Philadelphia Business and Technology Center


PBTC with train tracks visible in foreground circa 1988.

The Philadelphia Business & Technology Center (PBTC) meets the needs of a wide array of entrepreneurs, businesses and service providers. The goal of this facility is to foster a sense of community vitality that will advance the growth of emerging businesses.

The PBTC has been providing job creation through the development of business since 1983. In addition to providing technical assistance, the PBTC creates an atmosphere conductive to business development by maintaining a close relationship with local, community and state organizations to ensure your business future.

The PBTC is situated in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia. The Parkside area is also known for being the home of Philadelphia's historic Memorial Hall, the location of the World's Fair in 1876. Currently, Parkside is the home of the Mann Music Center, the renowned open-air amphitheater.

PBTC is in the Federal Empowerment Zone and the City of Philadelphia designated Redevelopment Area. It is adjacent to the PIDC's Industrial Park.

In the Philadelphia Business & Technology Center, you'll have quick access to the services you need when you need them. You'll be working near other entrepreneurs and business people with similar goals and mutual interests.


The main structure of the PBTC was built as a manufacturing plant of the fabric for airplanes and cars in 1927 by the Collins & Aikman Corp.; a large train yard behind the building brought railcars to the loading docks (see photo below). The building is one of the few structures of its era that has been continually occupied. The building was bought by Raymond Rosen & Company in 1953, and then by Control Data in 1983, when it began the conversion to its current use; The PBTC opened in 1988 under its present ownership/management. We are proud to be part of the development of West Parkside over the last 25 years.