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Below is helpful information and resources for businesses, employees and the general public in regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Check back for updates!

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Columbia County COVID-19 Relief Block Grant (Small Business/Tourism Grant Program)

Grant applications must be completed and submitted through the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation’s grant websiteThe deadline to apply is MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2020 at 11:59pm, online. For questions about the online grant application, contact Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer at corlando@csgiving.org or 570-752-3930 ext. 2.

Preview the application here. Please note: This PDF is a sample of the application only. No paper applications will be accepted. All submissions must be made online.

It is the intent of the Columbia County Commissioner’s Small Business/Tourism Grant to provide qualifying businesses a grant equal to five months of the business’ fixed cost budget, with a maximum grant amount of $20,000. A statutory clause states that “priority” is to be given to businesses that did not receive a loan or grant through the Federal Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Disaster Loan Program. Therefore, those business’ fixed cost calculation will be adjusted upward by 5%.

The County Commissioners have set aside a fund of $225,000 for this grant program. If sufficient funds are not available to fully fund the intended target, all qualifying businesses will receive a pro-rata share of the $225,000 set aside amount. For purposes of this grant, “fixed cost” is defined as base costs involved in operating the business and will consist of:

  • Rental lease/mortgage payments
  • Property and liability insurance costs
  • Property taxes (if paid by the business)
  • Utilities to operate the business facility
  • Lost inventory due to the COVID-19 emergency

Qualifications

Who is eligible?

  • Any for-profit businesses or individuals doing business as businesses with base location in Columbia County, PA
  • One Owner per business may apply
  • Businesses who applied and were approved or denied for funding through Grantround #1 in August 2020 are not eligible to reapply again in Grantround #2

Approval Requirements:

  • Must be in business by March 1, 2019 and still in business on July 1, 2020
  • Must intend to stay in business through at least July 1, 2021
  • Total employees less than 100 OR entity primarily engaged in the Tourism industry
  • Business must be based in Columbia County, PA
  • Net Profit in March 1 – June 30, 2020 window must be less than Net Profit in March 1 – June 30, 2019 window
  • Must not owe federal, state or local taxes
  • Must not be subject to criminal justice process as per the question in the application

Required Documentation:

  • Most recently filed federal tax return
  • Entity documents including DBA or FBN certificate and proof of ownership
  • Business License (if sole proprietor)
  • Government Issued ID
  • Evidence of fixed costs including: mortgage/rent/lease payments, utility costs, license fees, property tax bills, property and liability insurance bills, attest to any inventory lost

*GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Application window open for Snyder County entities to apply for COVID relief funds (extended to Oct. 30)

Snyder County Eligibility Requirements and Grant Application Forms

Union County Commissioners announces Phase 2 of Union County CARES Small Business/Non-profit Recovery Sustainability Fund (Sept. 14)

Union County CARES Small Business Non-profit Recovery & Sustainability Fund (Grant applications accepted between 12 p.m. Sept. 14 and 12 p.m. Sept. 30)

Union County CARES printable packet of information (paper application is an example only; call Tea Jay Aikey at 570-742-7341 if you need assistance with the application)

Gov. Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting Sept. 21

Union County Commissioners approve over $1.67 million to 136 small businesses and non-profits via Union County CARES

SEDA-COG announced that certain Lycoming County-based small business/organizations will be able to apply for COVID relief funds from the CARES Act. Grants from $5,000-$50,000 will be awarded. The application window is from Aug. 31 through Sept. 18. Three informational Zoom sessions have been scheduled on Sept. 2.

To learn more, click here: http://www.lyco.org/covidrelief

State Rep. Lynda Culver released a statement on Facebook regarding the “COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant” – “Recently, businesses throughout the Commonwealth were awarded COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grants. In the time since, we have noticed some confusion regarding how these grants are distributed. These grants act as a reimbursement for businesses who provide hazard pay to their workers, and would be distributed to those companies only after their employees are paid. Documentation of such pay would be required to receive the reimbursement grants. These funds are not meant to be directly used as hazard pay, per se, but rather to reimburse companies who choose to provide hazard pay of their own volition.” The grant application period closed in July.

$96 million awarded to businesses, second and final round open through Aug. 28

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant announcement

Northumberland County – Coronavirus Relief Fund, Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant Coronavirus Response CARES Act Needs Assessment (downloadable Word file)

SEDA-COG awarded $6.3 million for small business relief (loans starting at $10,000)

Gov. Wolf Announces Targeted Mitigation Efforts in Response to Recent COVID Case Increases *7/15/20

 

Members providing services to help you reopen

MaxWorx (Hope Enterprises) – Have your facility disinfected within 24-48 hour notice

Keystone Advertising Specialties – Reopening supplies

Safeguard Business Systems – Reopening supplies

Decal Dynasty – Signage

T-Ross Brothers Construction, Inc. – Sneeze Guard & Protection Panel Installation

United Plate Glass – Plexiglass in stock and custom glass sneeze guards

The UPS Store – A variety of printing services

North Central Sign Services – Hand sanitizer and disposable masks

Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Process to Reopen PA *updated 8/4/20

Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public *updated 7/20/20

CDC – Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces (Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, Homes)

PA Chamber of Business & Industry – Bringing PA Back web site

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business

Plan for PA *based on Gov. Wolf’s announcement 4/17

A Plan for Pennsylvanians

A Plan for Pennsylvania’s Businesses

A Plan for Pennsylvania’s Health Care Systems and Providers

Phased approach planned for reopening *update 4/22

PA Starts Up Safely Framework (an overview by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey) *As of 4/22

Cares Act

Loans

The following financial institutions are currently accepting new members to help with financial assistance programs related to COVID-19.

Pinpoint Federal Credit Union, 603 Center St., Milton, PA 17847 / 570-742-3903 (Brenda Raker or Lynn Swank)

Service 1st Federal Credit Union, 1985 Montour Blvd., Danville, PA 17821 / 570-271-7579 (Scot Temple)

State-Level Loans

COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (for businesses with a 100 or fewer FT employees)

CWCA Loan Disbursements April 2020 *As of 4/27

Federal-Level Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

Businesses may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 21, 2020.

Click here for details from the SBA

Assistance with securing loans

Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Loan Training Webinars for Small Business

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) can help direct and offer guidance to central Pennsylvania businesses. Contact Doug Wilburn, director of Business Finance, at 570-524-4491 or dwilburn@seda-cog.org.

Businesses may also contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop at business.dced@pa.gov or call 1-833-722-6778, option 0.

Central PA Chamber’s Pledged Asset Loan (PAL) program

Eligible members can receive “gap loans” when attempting to secure a loan with an eligible financial institution.

SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan Program (for businesses in Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties)

Grants

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant announcement

Northumberland County – Coronavirus Relief Fund, Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant Coronavirus Response CARES Act Needs Assessment (downloadable Word file)

Union County CARES Small Business Non-profit Recovery & Sustainability Fund (Grant applications accepted between 7 a.m. Aug. 6 and 7 p.m. Aug. 17)

COVID-19 Common Application Phase II Grant Opportunity ($5,000-$50,000+ for local non-profits)

COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant

Gov. Wolf Announces $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses

COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant ($10,000)

Small Business Recovery Fund (Grants up to $10,000)

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

PA 30 Fund (Up to $3,000 to small businesses)

The Red Backpack Fund ($5,000 for Female Entrepreneurs)

Hairdressers at Heart COVID-19 Crisis Relief Program ($1,000)

Other forms of assistance

Need help setting up a video meeting? (e.g. Zoom, Google Hangout) Contact Scott Kramer at SEDA-COG. E-mail SKramer@seda-cog.org or call 570-522-7332 or 570-898-6270.

Employment-related Issues

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Employees

If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits. Click here

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment benefits

Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Workers Impacted

Employee Paid Leave Rights

COVID-19 Employment Opportunities

Employers

Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Workplace Poster

If you have further questions, call 202-693-4600 or e-mail the U.S. Department of Labor at OCIACongressionalNotifications@dol.gov.

Additional Information

Unfamiliar with Unemployment Compensation (UC)?

Shared-Work Program (an alternative to layoffs)

COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Guidance for Employers

Coronavirus and the Workplace – Compliance Issues for Employers

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

Business Operations

List of businesses that may or may not continue physical operations *as of 5/28/20

“Private businesses, organizations, and other noncompliant entities face possible criminal penalties under the Administrative Code of 1929, 71 P.S. § 1409 and/or the Pennsylvania Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955, 35 P.S. § 521.20(a). Both violations are summary offenses punishable by fines and even jail time. Violators may also be subject to additional administrative penalties under certain circumstances.” – Col. Robert Evanchick, Commissioner for the Pennsylvania State Police (WKOK)

Questions about your business/organization? Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH, option 1 or e-mail ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.

COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers (OSHA)

State Department of Health – FAQs on safety measures

Tax-related information

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

In a position to help?

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development – in collaboration with its strategic partners – wants to mobilize manufacturers that can produce critical medical supplies and products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a current manufacturer of supplies and products or can pivot your existing manufacturing capabilities to meet the necessary demand, they want to hear from you!

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

Questions? E-mail: RA-DCEDPAMCTAP@pa.gov

Companies seeking to Import or Manufacture Medical Products to Aid the U.S. Response to COVID-19: 

If a company would like to import or produce medical products to help with the COVID-19 response, send these inquiries to FEMA at  covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov. Include as many details as possible about the request (e.g., manufacturer name, address, product and model number) and contact information for the company, either an agent in the U.S. or the company itself.

If companies have medical supplies or equipment to donatee-mail FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov. For additional information, see www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.

The White House has further inquired about component parts to aid the nation’s COVID-19 response:

The National Association of Manufacturers is aiming to quickly collect information about your potential to donate, produce and ship components. Click here to take the survey

Evangelical Community Hospital

Financial Support, Goods and Services

Anyone wishing to donate funds to support the Hospital should mail a check to Evangelical Community Hospital, Attention: Development, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837 or complete the online donation form at www.evanhospital.com/support.

Anyone wishing to donate new or unused supplies, food items, or services, should contact Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President of Development, at 570-522-2596 or e-mail donna.schuck@evanhospital.com.

Food Donations

Anyone who would like to donate food to Evangelical staff on duty is asked to call 570-522-4056 to arrange delivery.

Words of Encouragement

To send an e-mail and/or attach cards and pictures to offer encouragement to staff at Evangelical Community Hospital, e-mail: together@evanhospital.com. E-mails are fed into a library on Evan’s portal so staff can look at the messages and pictures.

Pennsylvania Animal Response Team

They are working with the government and non-profit partners to prepare to provide pet supplies to quarantined or home-bound Pennsylvanians, and to provide temporary sheltering for pets of first responders or those who are hospitalized or otherwise unable to care for them.

To that end, they have designed a survey to develop a list of pet food stores, veterinary clinics, kennels, pet food banks and other resources for animals that may be willing to assist in this crisis. If you would like to assist, please, fill out the survey.

Non-profit Support

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania COVID-19 United Community Funds

General Information (symptoms, prevention, confirmed cases, etc.)

Federal Level

State Level

Need to make a general inquiry? E-mail: RA-DHCOVIDQUESTIONS@pa.gov

Guidance on making a homemade mask

Evangelical Community Hospital COVID-19 Hotline *as of March 31
 
Community members with health and wellness questions related to COVID-19 or Hospital operation questions should call 570-522-4530. The phones will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rumors

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Additional Resources

Online Training Courses

Bucknell SBDC (Small Business Development Center)

SEDA-COG (Council of Governments)

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC)

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry

Centers for Disease Center (CDC) COVID-19 Guidance Documents

Lewisburg Downtown Partnership *As of 4/21