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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.

Monroe County COVID-19 Grant Program has Re-Opened

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
• Municipalities
• 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:
MCcares@monroecountypa.gov
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

Free Webinar Series offered for Home-Based Child Care Businesses

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:

  • Session 1 – A discussion of the basics of starting a business, tailored toward childcare. An experienced SBDC consultant will provide an overview of start-up basics, legal and insurance considerations, goal setting and business plan development, accounting and budget skills, effective marketing and social media, as well as financing options and requirements.
  • Session 2- A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will provide a walk through of the regulatory aspects for a licensed home-based daycare, including building code compliance, background checks, training needed, and a description of the childcare subsidy program.
  • Session 3 – State Extension will map out the day-to-day operations of a daycare business, as well as provide timely information about social distancing and health/safety plans for children and their families.

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.

Free Live Q&A Session for Monroe County Small Businesses

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.

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27188

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:

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.

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