Community Bank was founded on the principle of “Neighbor Helping Neighbor”. We realize that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, you may be experiencing difficulty. However, Community Bank has instituted loan deferral programs that may help you. There are also a number of special government loan programs for businesses that I encourage you to understand and utilize.
Please email your Commercial Banker for access to our on line application portal. If you do not have a Commercial Banker, please email PPPapplications@communitybank.tv with your name, email address and Community Bank Branch location and a Community Bank Team Member will contact you.
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PPP2 What You Need to Know!
Summary of PPP 2 Changes:
Use of Proceeds
The SBA has expanded the types of expenses in which businesses can use their PPP funds. As we understand the law, funds can be used for the following costs as long as they are within the designated Covered Period.
Your business is eligible if you were operating prior to February 15, 2020, you had employees for whom there was paid salaries/payroll tax/contractors, you experienced a 25% decrease in revenue for one quarter in 2020 compared to 2019, and you meet any one of the following criteria:
Eligible businesses will need to meet the following criteria:
Permitted Payroll Costs
For employers, Permitted Payroll costs will include any compensation with respect to an employee that is:
If you are a sole proprietor, independent contractors or self-employed individual, then take the wage, commission, income, net earnings from self-employment, or similar compensation that is not more than $100,000 in one year as pro-rated for your designated covered period.
Excluded Payroll Costs
Subtracted from the Permitted Payroll Costs are the Excluded Payroll Costs which are defined as:
What SBA Resources are Available?
Updated First Draw Forms
Second Draw Forms
Additional Guidance & Resources
The Community Bank SBA Forgiveness Portal is now active. When you are ready to submit your loan for forgiveness, please email the team email@example.com with your name and your SBA Loan Number which is located on your PPP Loan Documents.
The PPP Forgiveness Team will email you:
You will need all of this information to apply for forgiveness.
We want to express our sincere thanks to you for your patience and dedication to learning the PPP Loan Forgiveness process. We appreciate the complexity of this process and remain committed to helping you obtain the maximum forgiveness possible for you and your business.
August 19, 2020
Dear PPP Customer:
Beginning the week of August 31st, please look for an email from Community Bank which will be an invitation to submit your forgiveness application. We will be emailing our customers with PPP Loans at various times throughout a two week time frame to help facilitate a manageable and smooth process.
In the email, you will be provided the following:
In the meantime, attached are two presentations to help you manage forgiveness.
August, 10, 2020
Dear Community Bank PPP Customer
“Unfortunately, the HEALS or HERO Act did not get passed before Congress went into recess last week. We are not sure what an Executive Order from the President will bring this week but it will likely not impact PPP Forgiveness. As such, we are getting ready to open our PPP Forgiveness portal and look forward to receiving your application.
In the next few days, please be on the lookout for an email from us which will be an invitation to submit your forgiveness application. Our plan is to email our borrowers at various times throughout the week to help facilitate a manageable and smooth process.
In addition, we will provide a step-by-step video tutorial which will help you navigate our online forgiveness platform, SmartBiz. We will also provide additional resources, such as a checklist, helpful tips, and all of the various ways that you can contact us to submit your questions.
As a reminder, please review our website which contains all of our previous PPP Forgiveness email blasts.
We want to express our sincere thanks to you for your patience and dedication to learning the PPP Loan Forgiveness process. We appreciate the complexity of this process and remain committed to helping you obtain the maximum forgiveness possible for you and your business.”
For borrowers that do not meet at least ONE of the criteria above, they will be asked additional questions, which will result in filing the standard form.
• For a list of documents required to be submitted with the loan forgiveness application, see the section titled ‘Documents that Each Borrower Must Submit’ within the loan forgiveness instructions or check our website.
• The date by which borrowers may eliminate reductions in full-time equivalent employees, their salary and wages, employee availability, and business activity has been extended to December 31, 2020.
• The maturity for PPP loans approved by SBA on or after June 5, 2020, is five years. Any PPP loan approved before June 5, 2020, has a two-year maturity unless the borrower and lender mutually agree to extend the term of the loan to five years. Should you not achieve 100% forgiveness, and you are still undergoing hardship as a result of the pandemic, you can ask for your loan to be extended from two years to a five-year maturity.
• Borrowers that received their PPP loans prior to June 5, 2020, can select either an eight-week or 24-week covered period. For PPP loans made after June 5, 2020, it is a 24-week covered period.
• The advantage of the 8-week period is that it allows borrowers to receive their forgiveness faster while the 24-week period allows for a longer time to achieve forgiveness. If the 24-week period is chosen, borrowers must maintain staffing levels for the entire period and only expenses up to December 31, 2020, can be included.
• The forgiveness timeline starts when you file a completed application. Once the application is deemed complete, the Bank has up to 60 days to respond and file with the SBA. The SBA then has 90 days to respond.
• Expenses: While the date to include qualifying expenses such as salary and wages, employee availability, and business activity has been extended to December 31, 2020, borrowers can file earlier and are encouraged to do so if they achieve their maximum forgiveness.
If you have just obtained a loan from Community Bank under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as amended by the PPPFA, below are some things you need to know.
First, you should know the structure of the loan and what your obligations are. Second, you need to decide if you want the loan forgiven. Finally, if you decide all or a part of the loan cannot be forgiven, you will need to plan to make principal and interest payments to pay off the loan per your loan agreement.
We have created a program that will make it easier for you to file for forgiveness and will walk you carefully through each step. If you have received a PPP loan from Community Bank, a link to electronically file your Forgiveness application will be emailed to you during mid-July. This will be your first opportunity to file for Forgiveness as you will need your Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return (Form 941) filing to complete the application.
All PPP loans have the same structure. They are as follows:
Term: The term of the original PPP loan is for two years with the ability to have all or some of the loan forgiven sooner. If you are not eligible for forgiveness, should you have continued hardship, it may be possible to extend the maturity date to allow for more payment flexibility. For all PPP loans originated after June 5,2020, the maturity will be five years.
Payments and Rate: After the Deferral Period, if the loan is not forgiven, you will pay monthly principal and interest according to your note. The interest rate for all loans is set by the SBA at 1.00% per annum.
Deferral Period: All payments on the loan are deferred until the date on which the amount of forgiveness is approved by the SBA, provided that the borrower applies for forgiveness within ten months of the last day of the Covered Period. For borrowers that do not apply within ten months of the end of the Covered period, principal and interest will start to be due immediately.
Use of Proceeds: Proceeds under PPP loans can be used for payroll costs and benefit expenses plus interest on mortgage loans, rent and utilities as long as these obligations were in force prior to February 15th, 2020.
Early payoffs: You can pay off your loan at any time, without notice and without penalty.
While you can use the proceeds of the PPP loan for a wide range of expenses, if you want to obtain forgiveness, you are restricted in what you can use your PPP Loan for.
Remember that the loan amount was based on 2.5 times your average monthly payroll from 2019. However, you can USE these funds for the following purposes and still get all or a portion of your loan forgiven:
The single largest advantage of the PPP program is the ability to have your loan forgiven so you are not obligated to make interest or principal payments. This will require following the rules of the Program and providing good records proving that you have followed those rules.
To have your loan forgiven either in total or in part, you must meet the following rules:
Take the Base Amount and divide by Option 1 then do the same by dividing by Option 2. Take the largest number between your Option 1 and Option 2 calculation. Also note that if you are a seasonal employer, you must use Option 1. Note that borrowers can adjust option for FTE safe harbor exemptions (see below).
On June 16, 2020, the SBA issued a simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness Application called the 3508EZ Form. This “EZ Form” is designed to reduce the required calculations for those that qualify. To qualify, borrowers must:
If you, a borrower, do not qualify under one of the three criteria, you must use the standard Forgiveness form called the “3508 Form”.
The EZ Form will be electronically available to you shortly in our electronic portal. However, if you want to see the current form and instructions, please go here:
We will have this form online in our digital forgiveness process, but you can download the application below to get a sense of what will be required. To be clear, Community Bank PPP borrowers WILL NOT be submitting this form by email or sending it to their bankers but will be completing a digital application when the regulation and guidance is finalized.
Click below to download the application and instructions. [Rework to include the below]
All Community Bank PPP Borrowers will have to verify and/or input some critical pieces of information such as the Loan Number, your final loan amount, and exact form of your business name in order to complete the Forgiveness application.
Once our Forgiveness portal is open, you will need to upload documents verifying the number of full-time equivalent employees on payroll and their pay rates, for the periods used to verify you met the staffing and pay requirements. These documents can be one or more of the following:
If these documents are not in digital form, please take the time soon to scan these and get them ready for upload using an Adobe PDF, JPEG or PNG file format. Please note that you can take a high-quality picture of the document and then upload the photo.
The following documents should be kept for six years after the loan is forgiven or repaid in the event the Office of the Inspector General, Bank, SBA, IRS or other entity needs to review:
Compensation: Documentation (payroll records, staffing schedules, etc.) supporting the certification that annual salaries or hourly wages were not reduced by more than 25 percent during the Covered Period or the Alternative Payroll Covered Period relative to the period between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
FTE and Hours: If applicable, documentation supporting that the Borrower did not reduce the number of employees or the average paid hours of employees between January 1, 2020 and the end of the Covered Period (other than any reductions that arose from an inability to rehire individuals who were employees on February 15, 2020, if the Borrower was unable to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions on or before December 31, 2020). This documentation must include payroll records that separately list each employee and show the amounts paid to each employee between January 1, 2020 and the end of the Covered Period.
Safe Harbor Employees: Documentation regarding any job offers and refusals, refusals to accept restoration of reductions in hours, firings for cause, voluntary resignations, written requests by any employee for reductions in work schedule, and any inability to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions on or before December 31, 2020.
Operations: If applicable, documentation supporting that the Borrower was unable to operate between February 15, 2020 and the end of the Covered Period at the same level of business activity as before February 15, 2020 due to compliance with requirements established or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, related to the maintenance of standards of sanitation, social distancing, or any other work or customer safety requirement related to COVID-19. This documentation must include copies of the applicable requirements for each borrower location and relevant borrower financial records.
Other Supporting Materials: Borrowers should retain all worksheets, calculations, schedule or other records relating to the Borrower’s PPP loan, including documentation submitted with its PPP loan application, documentation supporting the Borrower’s certifications as to the necessity of the loan request and its eligibility for a PPP loan, documentation necessary to support the Borrower’s loan forgiveness application, and documentation demonstrating the Borrower’s material compliance with PPP requirements.
Self-Employed: Borrowers that are self-employed are entitled to use PPP funds to replace lost compensation due to the impacts of COVID-19. It is important to note, however, that borrowers are not entitled to use the full amount of the loan to replace pay. Only eight-weeks’ worth of a borrower’s 2019 net profit is eligible for forgiveness. Borrowers with mortgage interest, rent, or utilities expenses must have claimed (or be entitled to claim) these expenses as a deduction on their 2019 Form 1040 Schedule C in order for these expenses to be eligible for forgiveness.
Partnerships: Borrowers that are general partners in a partnership are eligible to claim the same level of compensation as they were making as partner compensation when they applied for the PPP. Partner compensation is capped at the 2019 Schedule K-1 net earnings from self-employment (reduced by claimed section 179 expense deduction, unreimbursed partnership expenses, and depletion from oil and gas properties), all multiplied by 0.9235.
Non-Payroll Expenses: All eligible non-payroll expenses must be paid during the Covered Period (not the Alternative Payroll Covered Period) OR incurred and paid on or before the next regular billing date, even if the billing date is after the Covered Period.
$100,000 Limit: Be aware that if you pay any single employee (including yourself) more than $3,846.15 per 2-week pay period (an annualized $100,000 per year) that amount will not count towards the loan forgiveness. At time of this posting, the SBA has been vague about the exact way ineligible pay is deducted from the forgiveness amount, so, for best results, be conservative.
EIDL Grant Recipients
If you received a grant up to $10,000 from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, these proceeds will be deducted from your PPP forgiveness amount. For example, if you have a $10,000 EIDL grant and a $100,000 PPP loan in which you qualify for 100% forgiveness, then your forgiveness amount will be $90,000 and you will then be required to pay off the $10,000 remaining over the term of the loan.
If Your Loan is NOT Forgiven
Your loan may not be approved for forgiveness or you may decide not to ask for forgiveness because you do not meet the forgiveness requirements. In this case, you will begin to make your principal and interest payments after the Deferral Period until the loan is extinguished.
The SBA has stated they will be reviewing ALL loans above $2 million and will sample the rest. Thus, it is highly recommended if you do NOT meet the PPP requirements that you contact Bank to pay off your loan immediately. While not an exhaustive list, borrowers that meet any of the following criteria are those that may not qualify for PPP loans and should consult with their legal and financial professionals to consider repaying their PPP loan. For further information, consult 13 CFR 120.110.
Q: Will SBA review individual PPP loan files?
A: Yes. The SBA has stated that it will review all loans in excess of $2 million, in addition to other loans as appropriate, following the lender’s submission of the borrower’s loan forgiveness application.
Q: What are the main changes to the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) enacted on June 5, 2020?
A: The PPPFA provides the borrower with greater flexibility to obtain maximum forgiveness. Before and after changes can be seen in this table:
Salary calculation for loan forgiveness
Payroll calculator in the loan application
Q: If bills are due outside the 24-week covered period, can these be claimed for forgiveness?
Yes. As long as a borrower pays eligible expenses on the next regular billing date, these non-payroll expenses (utilities, rent, mortgage interest) can be claimed for forgiveness, prorated to the end of the Covered Period.
Q: I do I get my loan forgiven if I am self-employed?
A: You are entitled to use the PPP loan to replace lost compensation due to the impacts of COVID-19. However, you are not entitled to use the full amount to replace pay. Eight weeks’ worth of your 2019 net profit will be eligible for forgiveness.
If you have mortgage interest, rent, or utilities expenses, you must have claimed or be entitled to claim a deduction for those expenses on your 2019 Form 1040 Schedule C in order to claim them for forgiveness.
For example, if you worked in an office space in 2019 and did not have a home office, you could not have claimed a deduction on your home mortgage interest. Even if you are currently working at home now, you are not eligible to claim home mortgage interest payments for forgiveness.
Q: Do you count all employees or only full-time equivalent employees?
A: For purposes of loan eligibility, the CARES Act defines the term employee to include “individuals employed on a full-time, part-time, or other basis.” Borrowers must therefore calculate the total number of employees, including part-time employees, when determining their employee headcount for purposes of the eligibility threshold. For example, if a borrower has 200 full-time employees and 50 part-time employees each working 10 hours per week, the borrower has a total of 250 employees.
By contrast, for purposes of loan forgiveness, PPP uses the standard of “full-time equivalent employees” to determine the extent to which the loan forgiveness amount will be reduced in the event of workforce reductions.
Q: How is eight weeks of net profit from 2019 calculated?
A: Your net profit that was reported on your Form 1040 Schedule C is multiplied by 8/52.
Q: Can I prepay my rent or mortgage using PPP proceeds?
A: No, prepayment of principal is not an allowed use of the PPP and is not eligible for forgiveness.
Q: What counts as mortgage interest?
A: Any interest paid on mortgage on property used for business purposes is an eligible expense that the PPP can be used for and qualifies for forgiveness.
Acceptable examples include: Interest on a loan to finance the real estate for your primary place of business; auto loan interest on a car you own to make business deliveries; or, mortgage interest on a warehouse you own to store inventory.
Q: How and when should income be recognized if the loan is forgiven?
A: Check with your accounting professionals, but accounting standards clearly say that you only derecognize debt when you are legally released from the obligation. Based on this guidance, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) does not allow recording this income until you have received documentation from CenterState that the loan is forgiven. At that point, you would debit the loan account for the amount forgiven and credit an income account for that same amount.
Q: If my loan is not forgiven, how much is my monthly payment?
A: Any loan principal not forgiven will carry an interest rate at 1% for the two-year standard maturity (which could be eligible for extension to five years) for loans made prior to June 5, 2020, and for the five-year period for any loans made after June 5, 2020. Please keep in mind that no payments are due until after the Deferral Period which starts after a forgiven decision is rendered by the SBA.
Q: What happens if my business has already laid-off employees?
A: Borrowers that can EITHER re-hire their workforce or hire and replace those workers AND maintain at least 75% of the same level of compensation as payroll calculation Option 1 or Option 2 as outlined above, can be eligible for forgiveness.
Q: If I took a PPP loan, can I still file for employee retention tax credits?
A: No. Unfortunately, if you took a PPP loan you are no longer eligible for employee retention tax credit which is up to $5,000 per employee to be received on your quarterly 941 tax form. If you still want to maintain those credits, consult with your financial professionals and consider repaying the PPP loan immediately. For more information, go here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-employee-retention-credits-overview
Q: Can I deduct operating expenses from my taxes that are also claimed as a forgiven amount?
A: No. Check with your tax professionals but per the SBA, any expenses that a borrower claims for forgiveness under the PPP cannot then be deducted from the borrower’s business expenses. A forgivable PPP loan is already tax-free, so the IRS wants to prevent “double-dipping” (i.e., benefiting from both the IRS and SBA).
Q: Can an EIDL loan be refinanced with PPP loan proceeds?
A: This depends on the timing of the EIDL loan. The answer is no when the EIDL loan was received prior to January 31, 2020, or after April 3, 2020. You may use the proceed from a PPP loan to payoff your EIDL loan if you received the EIDL loan between January 31st and April 3rd of 2020 AND you used the EIDL loan for purposes other than payroll costs. You MUST payoff your EIDL loan from PPP proceeds where you received your EIDL loan between January 31st and April 3rd of 2020 AND you used the EIDL proceeds to pay payroll costs. Please note that the amount of the EIDL loan to be refinanced does not include the amount of any EIDL “Advance” (also referred to as an EIDL “grant”) received by the PPP Borrower, because the EIDL advance does not need to be repaid. To payoff your EIDL loan, you can go here: https://pay.gov/public/form/start/3723407 and for more specific information you can call the SBA’s EIDL hotline at 800-736-6048.
The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation Wednesday night, tripling the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans.
By Chelsea Diana – Reporter, Albany Business Review
Apr 23, 2020,
More than 69,000 Pennsylvania businesses received Paycheck Protection Program loans collectively worth $15.7 billion during the first round of funding.
And most of that money could be forgiven under the terms of the loans if the recipients follow certain rules over the next eight weeks.
Getting that forgiveness will be critical for many businesses as they try to stay afloat through the coronavirus pandemic.
The PPP offers companies and nonprofits with fewer than 500 workers a 1% interest loan to cover two months of payroll and other expenses. The program has a $10 million limit per customer. Borrowers must use the money for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities payments over the eight weeks after getting the loan. About 75% of that money must be used to cover payroll costs.
Businesses that do not maintain staff and payroll will owe money back. They have until June 30 to restore full-time employment and salary levels and will have to show the receipts to their lender.
James Lozano — a partner at BST & Co. and leader of the CFO for Hire division — said he's focused on helping companies get the most out of the PPP, including how they should track their expenses during this time.
"We've been talking with clients about preparing for forgiveness. It's going to come upon you very quickly here," Lozano said. "You got the money on Thursday and that clock currently starts ticking right away for that eight-week period."
Here is Lozano's best advice for businesses about how to get that loan forgiveness.
Lay out a plan: Businesses should figure out a plan for how to spend the money. Lozano suggested writing it out on an eight-week calendar to help make sure a business can spend all the money it can within that period.
Set up a new bank account: When companies go for forgiveness, Lozano thinks it would be a good idea to segregate this money into a separate bank account.
"Don’t co-mingle it with your operating funds," he said. "When you’re ready to use it, transfer it into operating account, document what the transfer was for and it will give you a nice audit trail to say this is what we spent it on."
Create a spreadsheet: Lozano recommends creating a log or spreadsheet to track each time a business spends money on the allowable expenses. Businesses should date what it was for, the amount and make a copy of whatever documentation proves the expense.
"Everybody's got an accounting system, but to go back and dig through your general ledger if you’re continuing to operate will make it more difficult and complex," Lozano said. "Log it on a spreadsheet, you won't have that many items on an eight-week period."
Make copies of all important documents: He suggests making a copy of checks and invoices and keeping it in a "forgiveness folder."
"So when you get done with that eight-week period, you have all the information you need to hand in for forgiveness and you're not trying to scramble back through a file cabinet after June 30 to figure out what to make copies of," Lozano said.
Work with your payroll company: If a company's payroll doesn’t cut off specifically at the end of the eight week period, Lozano suggests asking the payroll company to create a special payroll run that ends with the eight weeks. For example, instead of having a payroll period that keeps going when the eight weeks end, it can cut off the last day payroll is eligible.
"It will cost people a couple dollars for an extra payroll run, but it is worth it," Lozano said. "Or ask them for a specific report that shows what payroll through a specific date is."
April 2, 2020
To our valued customers,
Community Bank was founded on the principle of “Neighbor helping Neighbor,” this founding principle still holds true today, 119 years later. In these trying times Community Bank will be there to work with our employees, customers and the many communities we serve.
Throughout our history Community Bank has helped customers safeguard their financial health during periods of crisis and market volatility. We have endured as an institution by relying on the experience of our leadership team and the dedication of our employees.
As we continue to understand and respond to the Coronavirus our primary focus is on your safety and health. We are following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and other government health officials to limit personal interaction for our employees and our customers.
While your safety and health are our priority, we remain open for business and ready to serve your needs. You can visit one of our branches through the drive-up windows, utilize our ATMs or online and mobile banking. If you need additional assistance with your personal and business financial needs, our bankers are available and committed to providing you with services now and in the future. For the latest update on our customer assistance relief program, please go to our COVID-19 page on our website (www.communitybank.tv) or contact your local branch office or customer service at 1-888-223-8099.
We know these are troubling times, but we are confident that together we will persevere as we have done for the past 119 years.
Thank you for choosing Community Bank! We appreciate your business!
Barron P. “Pat” McCune, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
New Update Effective 3-30-2020
While Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate, Community Bank continues to take steps to protect both employees and customers.
Monday-Friday 8:30* a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. RESERVED time slot for the elderly and higher risk customers
Please remember that at this time, our branches are open for drive-up services only. Lobby access is by appointment only.
ATMs are open!! For a limited time, Community Bank is WAIVING its $1.50 foreign ATM usage fee!! This gives you the confidence to use any ATM that is convenient for you without having to worry about paying a fee. (Bank owned ATM surcharge may apply).
Your Community Bank ATM/Debit Mastercard is set with higher cash withdrawal and point of sale limits to sustain you through these times.
If you are interested in applying for a loan, you can do so by visiting our website at www.communitybank.tv. If you’ve already applied and need to drop off information to your lender, you can do so by way of the drive-up or making an appointment with your lender.
Be sure to call your local office ahead of time if you need a more specialized transaction (i.e. new account, change signers, cashier’s check or large deposit/withdrawal or if you have other special needs). In these cases, you can schedule an appointment with our branch staff to enter the branch so that you can still receive the same level of service you are accustomed to.
Online and Mobile Banking is great for viewing account history, paying bills, paying other people, depositing checks, and transferring money.
If you are a Community Bank loan customer and you are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic, it is very important that you contact your local branch or call the customer service number for assistance.
Always remember that Community Bank is here for you, just as we have always been for 119 years.
Customer service representatives are available to assist at your local branch or by calling 1-888-223-8099.
*Woodsdale and Warwood (both in the Ohio Valley) will open at 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., respectively.
Coronavirus Resources for Pennsylvania - US Senator Bob Casey - updated 4-8-2020
Consumer Loan Assistance
Credit Card Assistance
COVID-19 Loan Programs Quick Guide
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.
For the latest updates from the federal government on the Coronavirus (Covid 19) please visit www.coronavirus.gov
Other Resources of Information
Small Business Development Center – University of Pittsburgh
SBDC COVID-19 Resource Page:
Helpful COVID-19 Resources & Relief for Small Businesses webinar available 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:
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:
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/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
The West WV Department of Health (DOH)
DOH COVID-19 Resource Page – provides up-to-date information for resources for West Virginians: https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19
The Ohio Department of Health (DOH)
DOH COVID-19 Resource page – provides up-to-date information for resources for Ohioans: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus
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