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COVID-19 Resources for Life-Sustaining Businesses

The spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to present new challenges for our communities, businesses, and Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Wolf has taken action to protect the public and businesses in order to slow the spread of the virus. On March 19, Gov. Wolf issued an order to close all non-life sustaining businesses. The complete list of non-life sustaining businesses is found on our website along with frequently asked questions for all life-sustaining businesses.

Businesses that were ordered to close under this order and believe that they could help mitigate the COVID-19 crisis or provide essential services, have until Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5PM to apply for a Business Exemption Waiver. After that time, the submission period will be closed.

The PA Department of Health (DOH) has received questions and requests for business guidance amid the COVID-19 breakout. They encourage all life-sustaining businesses to take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy environment. Below is a list of resources to assist Pennsylvania’s life-sustaining businesses:

As a small business, are you eligible for the COVID-19 loan under the “Paycheck Protection Package”?

The “Paycheck Protection Program” was created to help small businesses weather the economic uncertainty resulting from the pandemic.  This $349 billion lending program provides loans that are 100 percent guaranteed by the U.S. government for small businesses.  The loans must be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments or pay utilities. 

The borrower will have a portion of their loan forgiven in the amount equal to payroll costs (not including costs for compensation above $100,000 annually), interest payments on mortgages, rent payments and utility payments between Feb. 15 and June 30, 2020. 
The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has developed a FAQ document to help small businesses learn more about the program.  That document can be found here.

To apply for a loan:  Paycheck Protection Package

BE ADVISED: BUSINESS EXEMPTION SUBMISSION PERIOD ENDS TODAY at 5 p.m.

Your business can also apply for a waiver to remain open.

Do you have a business in the Lehigh Valley?

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation(LVEDC)The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) wants to hear from YOU! LVEDC is conducting a survey to assess the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on local business to determine how they can best assist – to participate, CLICK HERE.

Furthermore, if you have any questions and do not know who to reach out to regarding your business send an email to: sierra.serfass@pasenate.com


Small Business Loans

The Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) are working to provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

United States Small Business AdministrationSmall Business Disaster Loan Assistance (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses with funding opportunities up to $2 million. Learn more on how to apply here.

The Small Business Administration has just opened their applications for Disaster Loan Assistance. Small businesses can apply at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.  As a small business, small agricultural cooperative, small business engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organization you may borrow up to $2 million for Economic Injury. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

For questions, please call SBA Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov (link sends e-mail).

Childcare facilities
 were asked by the Governor to close statewide on March 16. For childcare centers that are serving essential personnel like healthcare and first responders that must go to work during the COVID-19 outbreak, the PA Department of Humans Services (DHS) has established a waiver process. Childcare facilities interested in applying for a waiver should email: RA-PWDRACERT@pa.gov

Essential Agriculture Businesses
 The PA Department of Agriculture has developed the following guidelines and recommendations for essential agricultural businesses to help ensure a safe and accessible food supply during the COVID-19 mitigation efforts:

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