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COVID-19 Small Business Resources

PA Small Business Funding through CDFIs

  • On June 8, Governor Wolf allocated $225 million in CARES Act funding to be distributed to small businesses through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). This includes:
    • $100 million for Main Street Business Revitalization
    • $100 million for Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization
    • $25 million for loan payment deferment and loss revenue
  • Apply here and click on “guidelines” to learn more.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guidance

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.Applications have reopened for agricultural businesses and small businesses – check your eligibility and apply here

General loan opportunities – low or no interest loans and grants

Regional loan opportunities – local and county loan information

Additional Regional Resources

Advice for small businesses

Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Resources

  • Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative provides grant support to food retailing businesses impacted by COVID-19 to ensure that low-income and underserved communities are able to maintain healthy food access throughout the pandemic. Eligible businesses selling staple and perishable foods may apply through PA DCED by August 14, 2020 – priority given to historically disadvantaged BIPOC communities.
  • The Pittsburgh Black Business Relief Fund by Cocoapreneur was formed to alleviate the financial burden that black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh face after damages during George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests (not caused by protesters). Businesses seeking assistance may contact Cocoapreneur.
  • PA 30 Day Fund – A nonprofit founded during the COVID-19 crisis, Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund is offering $3,000 forgivable loans for small businesses recently affected by property damage or looting, which has disproportionately impacted minority-owned businesses.
  • Critical Community Needs Fund (CCNF) – Offered by the POISE Foundation, the CCNF provides support to small, Black Led Organizations (BLOs) responding to critical needs in the Black community resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Riverside Center for Innovation – Webinars and resources to help small business owners across southwestern Pennsylvania navigate the current economic climate and pandemic response, including information on technology, reopening and access to capital. Join the DBRE for access to additional free services.
  • Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship – Providing free telephone and online counseling to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic across southwestern Pennsylvania. Services focus on, but are not limited to, women-owned businesses.
  • Neighborhood Allies – Offering support and services to small businesses in Pittsburgh and outlying suburbs. Check back often for new programs.
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council – Ongoing virtual town halls to share information about COVID-19’s impact on minority businesses and how to mitigate challenges.
  • Kiva Pittsburgh – Helping regional entrepreneurs access affordable capital and small business resources with 0% interest crowdfunded loans. Riverside Center for Innovation is the local Hub organization.

Entrepreneurial community connections

Workforce issues – Connections for upsizing and downsizing

Medical supplies production and donations

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