The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released several documents for businesses to help assess risk and provide COVID-19 guidance:

Business Frequently Asked Questions

Business Guidance Information

Business Risk Assessment Tool

Business Quarantine Isolation Work Guidance

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The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has approved funding to provide $61 million in low-interest loans to Pennsylvania’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Loans of up to $100,000 will be available through the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees to use as working capital.  In addition to a low interest rate, there will be no application fees, and the terms will include no payments and no interest during the first year of the loan. 

Funding for the program was made possible by the CFA’s transfer of $40 million in funding to PIDA. That money will be combined with existing funds in PIDA’s Small Business First Program to provide low-interest loans to small businesses.

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The new loan program created by CFA and PIDA to support small businesses is not the only financial resource for businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also offering loans to businesses and non-profits during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history.

Additional information on the SBA loan program is available by contacting the disaster assistance customer service center by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Penn State Small Business Development Center will hold a free webinar on the process of applying for SBA emergency loans on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. It covers who is eligible, timelines, and how to estimate economic loss, and questions will be answered via live chat. Participants must register by 8 a.m.

Registration and more information is available here.

Each state’s governor, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has the option to apply to the federal government to declare Pennsylvania counties eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Once a declaration is made, businesses can apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. If your business has been affected, you may email the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to submit information regarding that at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using the attached form “ESTIMATED DISASTER ECOMOMIC INJURY WORKSHEET.” Information on the EIDL program is explained in the News Release below my signature block. To prepare for the online application, businesses are also encouraged to review the SBA Disaster Business Loan Application forms at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms.

Resources
SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses (PDF)
Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet (PDF)
Business One Stop Shop Brochure - DCED (PDF)

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The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance is currently partnering with federal and state agencies to ensure small businesses and non-profits in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have available resources accessible to them through the coronavirus crisis. This includes help with the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest federal disaster loan program for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, NEPA Alliance also has numerous business loan programs that offer low fixed interest rates to businesses in the 7-county region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Please contact NEPA Alliance at 866-758-1929 for up-to-date information or www.nepa-alliance.org. Information is continually changing relating to the virus and the assistance programs that are being offered may change. NEPA Alliance will continue to evaluate all available options to best serve the Northeastern Pennsylvania business community.

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The deadline to file 2019 state personal income tax returns with the Department of Revenue has been extended by 90 days to July 15. The Internal Revenue Service also extended the federal filing deadline to the same date.

All penalties and interest on 2019 personal income tax payments will also be waived through the new deadline. The deadline is also extended for taxpayers who make quarterly estimated payments. First and second quarter payments will be due July 15.

The extension does not apply to local taxes. Community residents are encouraged to check with their local tax collection agency to determine whether local taxes are still due on April 15.

Taxpayers are encouraged to file returns electronically to enable the Department of Revenue to process returns while state offices are closed. Tax returns can be filed for free online through the PAdirectfile system.

Free tax forms and instructions are also available at www.revenue.pa.gov.

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The SBDC has a new FAQ and Resources Document to help businesses.  View the PDF here.

The University of Scranton SBDC team remains available to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in the following ways:
 

  • SBDC Business Consultants are available for individual meetings by phone or real-time video conferencing on multiple platforms.
  • Virtual Online Group Sessions will be offered soon where individuals can drop in and talk or ask questions to SBDC staff in a group setting.

 
The team will continue to work with our existing clients as well as take on new clients and referrals.
 
Current SBDC Clients should reach out directly to their SBDC Business Consultant. See our directory of Business Consultants on page 2 of the attachment.
 
New requests for for-profit small business assistance can reach out to us as follows:

  • Visit our web site www.scrantonsbdc.comand choose either “Starting a Business” or “Already in Business.”
  • E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Call 570-941-7588 and leave a message. We are checking and returning messages regularly!

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