Business Resources

Small Business Finance Resources

Apply for the PA Small Business Grant Program Here

Program Guidelines for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grant Funds


Understanding the CARES Act Financing Programs

There are currently two federal loan options available through the CARES Act to provide funding to your small business: The EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loans) and the Payment Protection Program (PPP) These federal programs are offered through the US Small Business Administration and require the assistance of SBA certified lenders (typically your Financial Institution).  At this time, we recommend you contact your financial institution to find out more information on the programs, including eligibility and the application process. For more information on these program, please see the links below.

Wondering where to check the status of your EIDL application? Applicants can call or email customer service at SBA using their application number to check the status of their application.

After You Apply – Paycheck Protection Program Guidance from the PA SBDC

CARES Act Loan Comparison

Find a Nearby Lender Eligible to Issue a Loan Under the Paycheck Protection Program

PUA Benefits Portal for Initial Claim and Weekly Filings

Information on the New Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)

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

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit

SBA Programs – Scams and Fraud Alerts

SBA Express Bridge Loans Overview


Non-Profit, Community-Based Organization Funding: The NEPA Grantmakers Common Grant Application for COVID-19 Response

This new grant portal will be the vehicle used to receive and process requests related to the COVID-19 crisis, and these requests will be reviewed and considered by multiple funders in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.

Click Here to Apply


Financial Resources for the Food Industry

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund 

Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation Restaurant Strong Fund


Other Financing Resources

Hairdressers at Heart COVID-19 Relief Fund

Reopening Resources

Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines and Resources

Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

COVID-19 Safety Procedures Flyer
ALL open businesses must have this flyer signed and displayed clearly for both employees and customers to see (recommended placement in break room and by business entrance)

White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

CDC Guidelines for Communities, Schools, Workplaces, and Events​

Business Resources & FAQs from Geisinger

Tips as You Reopen Your Luzerne County Business from the Wilkes University SBDC

PA Chamber’s Bringing PA Back Initiative 

PA Chamber Tips for Preparing Your Business to Reopen

PA Chamber Tips for Welcoming Back Employees and Customers

U.S. Chamber Ready to Reopen Small Business Playbook

Pennsylvania COVID-19 PPE & Supplies Business-2-Business (B2B) Interchange Directory

COVID-19 Business Risk Assessment Tool

COVID-19 Business FAQ

Case, Contact, and Contact of a Contact Infographic

Commonwealth of PA Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal


Green Phase Guidance for Cosmetology Salons from the PA Department of State

Returning to a Healthy Workplace Checklist Provided by DXDempsey

Workplace Printable Signage



Stay Updated

For Luzerne, Lackawanna & Wyoming County Updates

To get more information and become notified when additional funding opportunities become available on the state and local levels, click here to enter your contact information:

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For Funding Updates in Schuylkill County:

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Business & Industry

Use These Resources to Prepare Your Workplace & Team


PA Manufacturers’ Association COVID-19 Updates & Toolkit

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

Wolf Administration Announces Business Loan Deferrals



COVID-19: Managing Your Workplace Through the Crisis Webinar, Hosted by Ufberg & Associates

COVID-19 Part 1: Disaster Loans Related Coronavirus Disruption, Hosted by the Small Business Administration

COVID-19 Part 2: CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program Q&A, Hosted by the Small Business Administration

Virtual Informational Town Hall: FAQs Pertaining to the COVID-19 Impact on Your Business