SBA (U.S.) Small Business Administration Resources/Recommendations:
Pennsylvania has been declared eligible for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).
This loan program offered to for profit and nonprofit businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Interested applicants MUST apply online through this link. The application window expires on September 30, 2020. Here is an overview we shared from an earlier webinar on the EIDL loan program.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
This loan has the ability to have the majority of the loan, if not all, forgiven. We anticipate this application round will open Friday, April 3, but that is subject to change by the SBA. This program is geared to assist small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Although the program is open until June 30, 2020 the U.S. Treasury encourages businesses to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap and lenders need as much time as possible to process the loan. Local lending institutions, banks and credit unions will process these applications on behalf of the SBA. For more information on these program, contact SBDC.
- Read a quick overview here
- Read a Guide on the PPP here
- Click here for the Paycheck Protection Program Info Sheet – helpful Information for borrowers
- Click here for the Paycheck Protection Program Application – prepare for the opening of applications
- Click here for the Small Business Owner’s Guide to CARES Act – overview of programs and resources
Small Business Guide & Checklist (from U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.
Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loan
Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Insurance Coverage Issues
Many businesses have business interruption insurance; now is the time to contact your insurance agent to review your policy to understand precisely what you are and are not covered for in the event of an extended incident.
Changing Market Demand
Depending on the incident, there may be access controls or movement restrictions established which can impede your customers from reaching your business. Additionally, there may be public concerns about public exposure to an incident and they may decide not to go to your business out of concern of exposing themselves to greater risk. SBA’s Resources Partners and District Offices have trained experts who can help you craft a plan specific to your situation to help navigate any rapid changes in demand.
Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA):
COVID-19 Working Capital Assistance Fund (CWCA)
3.31, 8 p.m.: Due to overwhelming demand and limited resources, the Commonwealth of PA has closed the application round for the CWCA loan fund. We encourage you to review the SBA checklist and continue to check back when that application opens. We will also send an e-newsletter alert when more details become available. If you do not receive our e-newsletters, please drop us an email.
COVID-19 Related Tax Credits
- Paid Leave Tax Credits: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits to reimbursees them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.
- Employee Retention Credit: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Please note employers who receive the Paycheck Protection Program loan are not eligible for this tax credit.
Small businesses are already being negatively impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the United States, including many members of the Kiva community. Many of those businesses and entrepreneurs are currently looking for financial relief to survive the next trying months — and we believe the Kiva community can help. Kiva lenders have shown their commitment to providing financial assistance to all by making 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S. on Kiva.org for the last ten years. Access to affordable capital on the Kiva platform may be the difference between shutting down and keeping the doors to a small business open.
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has global impact, and we’ll continue to explore ways to help as many people affected by this crisis as possible. Currently, the U.S. market is the place we have the most agility to deploy financial assistance.
Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following:
- Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the US will be eligible for a Kiva loan than ever.
- Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
- Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.
If you’re a small business owner who believes you can benefit from a Kiva loan, or you know one in your community, reach out to our Capital Access Managers at email@example.com
The Kiva community is behind you.
How to aid small businesses:
2. Shop locally, via online sites
3. Purchase large quantity gift certificates now, to be utilized later
4. Post positive reviews of your favorite local businesses on Facebook, Yelp and Google.
Non-Profit Resources & Guidelines
Created to know the needs of nonprofits so that they can advocate on state and federal level on behalf of nonprofits. You don’t have to be a member to complete the survey.Read More
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A Shared-Work plan allows an employer to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees and divide the available hours equally rather than laying off any employees. Employees covered by a Shared-Work plan receive a percentage of their Unemployment Compensation (UC) Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), while they work the reduced schedule, if they are otherwise eligible for UC.Read More
The National Council of Nonprofits has shared insights about how nonprofits can utilize the new federal legislation concerning coronavirus to advance their missions.Read More
Email Security/Risk & Technology Assistance
Businesses should take heightened care for phishing emails, as scammers are beginning to target both individuals and businesses with fake emails from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization. The best defense is to keep your tech up to date, don’t download software or click links from unknown people, and stick with authoritative sources for news on important topics.
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to evolve and as a local business invested in the community we wanted to reach out, and let you know that LogMeIn is offering free emergency remote work kits to eligible organizations in the following categories: municipalities, health care providers, education institutes and non-profit organizations. The emergency response kit includes resources to host web meeting, virtual events, provide system access and support remotely.