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COVID-19 Business Resources

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.

Guidelines Issued for COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance

Small businesses can register to receive information when the application portal opens here: https://pabusinessgrants.com/

A FACT SHEET is available here:  APPROVED 06.24.2020 Fact Sheet PA COVID-19 Relief Business Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has made program guidelines for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grants available on their website. The program, which was announced by Governor Wolf on Monday, makes $225 million available for COVID-19 relief to small businesses through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The funds will be available through three programs.

  • $100 million: Main Street Business Revitalization Program
  • $100 million: Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program
  • $25 million: Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program

Additional details are available on DCED’s website.

Monroe County Small Business Grant/Loan Program

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. 

Click here for the MCSBGL Program Guidelines 

Click here for the MCSBGL Program Application

Information on Re-Opening PA Businesses

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s website has helpful resources and guidance for businesses in the yellow phase, including:

Monroe County COVID-19 Small Business Loan Program

The Monroe County Commissioners approved funding for a new program to assist Monroe County small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.  Click here for a Fact Sheet

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS CLOSED.  WE DO NOT EXPECT IT TO REOPEN AT THIS TIME.  CHECK BACK TO THIS SITE FOR UPDATES.

Contact Dennis Noonan at PMEDC with questions at (570) 839-1992 ext. 3 or email him at dnoonan@pmedc.com

Unemployment Compensation

Unemployment compensation benefits related to COVID-19

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

Pennsylvania Announcements

State Business Resources

Resources for Life-Sustaining Businesses

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.

Tax Credits for Corona Virus Paid Leave

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

NEPA Alliance Business Loan Assistance

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.

PA Department of Labor and Industry Information for PA Employees Impacted by COVID-19

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.

Pennsylvania Extends Personal Income Tax Return Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020

Federal Business Resources

CARES Act Information

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.

Paycheck Protection Program

Important Update – Paycheck Protection ProgramApril 27, 2020 Program Has Re-Opened

The Paycheck Protection Progam is an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan

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 Small Business Grants Program

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