Chambers of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Page
March 19, 2020
Chambers of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Page
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce and our chamber partners are committed to helping our joint memberships as well as other businesses across Washington County during and after this unprecedented public health crisis. Now that the coronavirus has made its way to Pennsylvania and our region, businesses are seeking information to help their companies, their employees and their families prepare and respond to the challenges ahead.
At our chambers, we remain dedicated to providing leadership during this time of uncertainty and will provide this page as an evolving access point for information, guidance, and recovery programs that become available over the next several weeks and months.
The following links will provide both business and public health resources and information you and your business may need to navigate the current situation. After you review the information please contact one of our chamber partners in your area for further assistance.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a law to help people hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. CARES assistance is now available in Pennsylvania for rent relief and mortgage relief.
This grant program is open to Pennsylvania based small businesses with revenues less than $1M and less than 25 FTE employees. The program will provide grantsranging from $5K to $50K, based on revenues.
For program guidelines, click here.
For program Fact Sheet, click here.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance
The SBA offers designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please check the SBA website for updated information:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)
Pennsylvania Information Clearinghouse:
DCED Business Resources for COVID-19 Outbreak:
Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA):
ON March 25, 2020, Governor Wolf officially announced the PIDA COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program.
The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Visit the CWCA Program landing page to review information about eligible businesses and uses, funding limits and terms, and more information on how to apply.
All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDOs in Pennsylvania, please refer to the CEDO webpage.
Small Business Development Center – University of Pittsburgh
SBDC COVID-19 Resource Page:
Helpful COVID-19 Resources & Relief for Small Businesses webinaravailable at SBDC Website: - Topics include Pitt SBDC availability and resources | SBA Disaster Loan program and process | Working with your bank to discuss aid and relief | Families First Coronavirus Response Act | Tax implications resulting from business impact
SBDC FINANCIAL SUPPORT RESOURCES:
- Disaster Loan Assistance Information (U.S. Small Business Administration)
- Disaster Loan Assistance Online Application (U.S. SBA)
- Disaster Loan Assistance Application (U.S. SBA)
- Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus (U.S. SBA)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (U.S. SBA)
- Coronavirus Bridge Loan program (Hebrew Free Loan Association Pittsburgh)
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loans (DVI Funding)
- Honeycomb Crowdfunded Small Business Loan Relief (Honeycomb Credit)
- General Assembly Agrees to Transfer $61 Million From CFA To Small Business Loan Program (Commonwealth of PA)
The Hebrew Free Loan Association Pittsburgh
The Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program provides interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. These loans are intended to address: Lost wages due to being unable to go to work, Childcare costs due to school closures, Small business losses, Canceled study abroad programs, and/or Related medical costs
Loan applicants must provide written substantiation of these costs - http://hflapgh.org/coronavirusloan/
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
COVID-19 Resource Page: https://www.alleghenyconference.org/covid-19/
ACCD Survey for Washington County Businesses: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACCD-Washington
U.S. Federal Government Resources:
The US Government’s most up to date information and news on COVID-19: https://www.coronavirus.gov/
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) Guidance
OSHA COVID-19 Resource Page:
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
United States Chamber of Commerce Resources
US Chamber Foundation Resource Page:
U.S. Chamber Disaster Help Desk:
US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide:
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry
PA Chamber COVID-19 Business Resources:
PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES:
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has a variety of resources that explain the outbreak of the coronavirus and how to best get your business prepared:
- Overview of the virus along with links for what you should know, situation updates and other information.
- Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020;
- Communication Resources
Contact information: CDC: 800-232-4636 | cdc.gov
The PA Department of Health (DOH)
DOH COVID-19 Resource Page - provides up-to-date information and resources for Pennsylvanians and a live daily briefing: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
PA DOH Fact Sheet COVID-19 Information for Business: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/Coronavirus%20Businesses%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
PA Department of Health Contact: 1.877.PA.Health | health.pa.gov
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Resources for Patients and Physicians from PA Medical Society:
The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal or medical advice; all information, content, and links to material on this website are for general informational purposes only.
Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date information. This website contains links to third-party websites as a convenience to the reader, and those websites may contain inaccurate information.