Gov. Wolf Announces Additional $96 Million for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that an additional $96 million in state grants have been approved for 5,373 Pennsylvania small businesses that were impacted by the business closure order due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Businesses in every county (eleven in Huntingdon County) were approved for grants in this round of funding, and 52 percent are historically disadvantaged businesses.

To date, more than 10,000 businesses were approved for $192 million in grants through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been caused a lot of hardship for our business community, and it has been particularly difficult for Pennsylvania’s small businesses to weather the economic effects of this crisis. Pennsylvania’s small business owners are community-focused employers, and they drive our economy, so they deserve our support as we continue to navigate this public health crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “As we seek to recover, and rebuild our economy following the downturn caused by this pandemic, it’s critical that we provide opportunities for these businesses to recover and rebound, and this funding will provide much-needed support for businesses in communities across the state.”

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Pa. Senator Pat Toomey Officially Announces He Will Not Run For Reelection In 2022

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey officially announced his intentions to not run for reelection to the United States Senate in 2022.

During a press conference with his family on Monday morning, Senator Toomey announced that not only would he not seek reelection to the Senate but he had no intentions of running for governor of Pennsylvania.

“I will not be running for reelection in 2022 and I will not be running for governor,” Senator Toomey said. “I will serve out the remainder of my term and after that, my plan is to go back into the private sector.”

Senator Toomey touted his accomplishments across 18 years in public service, including his willingness to work with his Democratic colleague Senator Bob Casey.
“Across Pennsylvania, Senator Casey and I have developed a great working relationship,” he said. “He and I together have outpaced every other divided delegation in the Senate in the category of filling vacancies on the federal bench. We’ve done so with some wonderfully talented people across Pennsylvania.”

Toomey also said that he believes the Senate should move forward with the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

“It has very, very long been the custom in the United States that when the two organs of government responsible for the Supreme Court, for populating the court, that is to say, the president who nominates and the Senate that confirms, when those two institutions are led by the same party, then nominees are confirmed whether it is a presidential year or not,” he said.

Conversation with Huntingdon County Emergency Management & PICCC, Inc. (Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor) 

Monday, October 26
2:00 PM


  • Data updates
  • How return to work/operation is going for businesses?
  • What are lessons learned?
  • Positive practices
  • Other

Question and Answer Session. Questions can be submitted to no later than Thursday,
October 22. Questions will also be taken during the call.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cheryl M Johnson
Executive Director
Chair, Business Continuity and Preparedness Coalition (BCPC)
South Central Mountains Regional Task Force (SCMRTF)
Joseph "Joe" Thompson
Huntingdon County Emergency Management Agency

Member Sponsored Webinar: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Presented in Partnership with Steptoe and Johnson PLLC
Thursday, October 22, 2020  | FREE |  11 a.m. – Noon
Continuing Education Credits Available

The 2016 legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania created an array of challenges for employers. Businesses across the Commonwealth continue to report significant confusion interpreting the Medical Marijuana Act and navigating its impact on the workplace.
With insight and expertise from one of Steptoe and Johnson PLLC’s top Labor and Employment Law attorneys, this FREE one-hour webinar will provide business leaders and HR professionals with clarity on the law, offer strategies for compliance, and discuss considerations if Pennsylvania legalizes recreational marijuana. 
The program has been approved for SHRM, HRCI, CLE and CPE credits.

On October 13-15, 2020, in partnership with Chase for Business, CO— by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will connect business owners like you with the tools you need to navigate a business world that's been forever changed. Register now to reserve your spot to this complimentary virtual event. Share you successes and challenges with your peers and gain the skills and perspective you need to come out on the other side stronger than ever.
Direct Care Workers Training Grants

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on patients and employees in long-term care settings. Grants are available through the Department of Labor and Industry to provide new career opportunities for direct care workers and improve the quality of care provided to patients.

The Direct Care Worker Training Grants program helps create and develop training programs that increase the quality of services, offer specialty certifications, and create viable career opportunities for personal care assistants, home health aides and certified nursing assistants. The deadline to apply is October 2.

Free Re-opening Signage

As Pennsylvania businesses begin to reopen, each business owner will need to examine their operations and make changes to meet public safety guidelines. PASBDC has created signage to address common health concerns. All images are completely free to use, so please share, download, print and distribute as you wish!
Flowchart Helps Employers Understand New Tax Credits

The IRS recently issued Publication 5419, New Employer Tax Credits (PDF) to help employers understand the tax credits available to them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The one-page document breaks down the details of the Employer Retention Credit and the credits for paid sick and family leave in easy-to-follow charts. Using the document, employers can quickly determine whether they are eligible for the credits, the amount of the credits and which wages apply to the credits.

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Quick Connect Coaching Sessions
Weekly, Tuesdays at 8:30 am

Looking for a quick answer to a question related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, or projecting for growth? Then attend a "Quick Connect" session to get your questions answered. Each week a consultant will address answers related to a specific topic.

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MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director

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