In response to COVID-19 and the overwhelming number of business closures across Pennsylvania and the United States, the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation is dedicated to maintaining an updated list of information to help our local businesses find what they need quickly and easily.
|There is still money available for those businesses, municipal and non-profit organizations in Monroe County that were negatively impacted by the pandemic. Your organization may qualify for a grant (not a loan) if it suffered a loss of revenue or if|
it incurred additional expense in making changes to protect staff, customers, or clients from COVID-19.
Grants are available to
• Tourism businesses
• Small businesses
• Nonprofit organizations
Grant applications are available on the Monroe County web site: www.MonroeCountyPa.gov Select the application form that most closely describes your organization, complete the form, supply the requested information, and submit via email to:
Submissions will also be accepted via mail or drop off to the Monroe County Commissioners’ Office, 1 Quaker Plaza, Room 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.
Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the close of business Friday, October 9, 2020
Join the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in a 3-session webinar training to learn the necessary steps to start a home-based day care business. “Starting small” provides the opportunity to test the waters to make sure that caring for others’ children is the “right fit” – while capitalizing on existing resources. Each session builds upon the previous one for a smooth transition to this exciting profession.
Planned topics include:
The series will be delivered by Zoom webinars: Session 1 on Wednesday, August 19 at 10 AM; Session 2 on Wednesday, August 26 at 10 AM; Session 3 on Wednesday, September 9 at 2 PM. This series is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To provide the best experience, space is limited and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your seat, visit scrantonsbdc.edu or email Leigh.Fennie@scranton.edu for registration details.
Monroe County Virtual Live Q&A will be held on Thursday, September 10 from 10am to 12pm.
Join the SBDC for a LIVE Q&A on Thursday, 9/10/2020 between 10 a.m. to noon to talk about your small business questions during COVID-19. Startup and existing business owners are welcome to join. Meet with a consultant to get information and advice as you navigate your small business through COVID19. After you register, a representative will contact you to set up a time between 10am and noon on Thursday, September 10, 2020. We’re here to assist with questions about navigating COVID-19 concerns as you think about managing your small businesses.
Below is the link to register on our website.
MCSBGL is funded by a $250,000 Local Share Account (LSA) Grant that makes up to $50,000 available to small businesses in Monroe County who are looking to expand and create/retain jobs. The funds can be used for acquisition, construction, infrastructure/site preparation, machinery/equipment, working capital and related costs including but not limited to professional services, engineering, inspections, fees, insurance, environmental assessment, legal costs and closing costs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s website has helpful resources and guidance for businesses in the yellow phase, including:
File a claim for Pandemic Unemployment Compensation here: https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Filing-for-PUA.aspx
PUA Claimants can call this dedicated line with questions or problems with their claims: 1-855-284-8545
On March 19, Gov. Wolf issued an order to close all non-life sustaining businesses in order to slow the spread of the virus and protect the public and businesses.
Small and midsize employers may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing corona virus related leave to their employees
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance is committed to working with regional small businesses and non-profits during the COVID-19 crisis. NEPA Alliance will continue to evaluate all available options to best serve the Northeastern Pennsylvania business community.
If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.
If you are a small business affected by the COVID-19 crisis, here is a Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) just passed by Congress.
The Paycheck Protection Progam is an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
SBA is collecting the requested information in order to make a loan under SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to the qualified entities listed in this application that are impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information will be used in determining whether the applicant is eligible for an economic injury loan. If you do not submit all the information requested, your loan cannot be fully processed.
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
Treasury, IRS and US Dept. of Labor plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses