SUPPORTING BUSINESSES
  • U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

  • UNC Community Revitalization office is operating remotely right now, but is available to help offer guidance as needed.

  • Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to businesses to help during this challenging time. https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

  • First 30 minutes of street parking will be free for the duration of this crisis period.

  • Available loans for businesses include:
    o Federal SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
    o State COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)
    o State PIDA Low-Interest Loans
    o Information on these programs can be found at https://dced.pa.gov/funding-programs.

    Assistance navigating these loans is available:

  • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
    www.scrantonchamber.com
    570-342-7711

  • NEPA Alliance
    www.nepa-allience.org
    570-655-5581

  • The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center
    www.scrantonsbdc.com
    [email protected]
    570-941-7588

  • City of Scranton
    o Current loans through Scranton’s Office of Economic and Community Development have been deferred for the month of April without penalty or interest. This consideration will continue monthly at the discretion of City Administration. Letters have gone out to all loan program participants.

  • Important Update - SBA Programs - Scams and Fraud Alerts
    The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times.  Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.