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COVID-19 Small Business Resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guidance

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications – Forms and instructions from the SBA for forgiveness on your PPP loan
  • A second round of funding for the CARES Act was approved. As of April 27, the SBA is accepting new Paycheck Protection Program applications.
  • U.S. Department of Treasury has a webpage dedicated to Assistance for Small Businesses – where you can find updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. The guidance addresses borrower and lender questions concerning implementation.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a “How to Get a Coronavirus Emergency Paycheck Protection Loan” webpage. Below is an overview provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in regards to guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury for the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • The U.S. Department of Treasury shared new information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Please review the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury below and visit their webpage for additional information.
    • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
    • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
    • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
    • The application for borrowers can be found here.
  • SBA Payment Protection Program Standard Operating Procedures

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for agricultural businesses

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 and Women Business Enterprise Resources
    • 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

Previous Programs (Not currently active, for reference only)


Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program guidance

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