March 29, 2021
The Benefits of Becoming A Second Chance Employer
Many local businesses are still facing the challenges from the past year with hopeful ambition towards the future. One of the biggest challenges that businesses are facing is hiring the amount of staff that is needed to ensure that all the aspects of their operations are being effective.

While following the standard recruiting practices of the past, businesses are finding that staffing has become a very daunting task with no relief in the near future. If 2020 has taught business owners anything it is to not despair even when the obstacle seems too difficult to overcome.

The Workforce & Business Development Program at Community Action Committee of Pike County offers local businesses the resource of Work Experience Staffing through the Transitions Program.

Through this program, we offer local businesses the ability to make an impact on the lives of those in our community who are building a new future for themselves. The dedicated Transitions Employment Specialists work closely with Work Site Managers to assist in providing the on-the-job training and development that benefits both the client and the business.

The Transitions Program provides the wages and liability coverage necessary for the clients to gain skills and work experience through your mentorship and business environment.

In addition to paying wages and liability coverage participating businesses may be eligible for a Tax Incentive through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) which is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

The Fidelity Bonding Insurance is a Federal bond give to employers--free of charge--serving as an incentive to the business to hire the job applicant who has a "risk" factor in his or her personal background, such as an ex-offender with a felony record.

By becoming a Work Site employer, you are opening doors for members of your community who are looking to regain their independence financially as they continue to build on their personal recovery growth.
For More Information About the TRANSITIONS Program, Please Contact:
Case Management Coordinator
(740) 289 - 2371 ext. 7087
SBA Defers EIDL Loan Payments
The SBA has pushed back first-payment due dates for COVID-19 EIDL loans issued in 2020 and 2021.

Did you receive an Economic Impact Disaster Loan in 2020?

If so, your original first-payment due date is 12 months from the date of the loan.

The SBA has extended that to 24 months from the loan origination date.

If you got an EIDL in 2021, your first-payment due date is extended to 18 months now, from the loan origination date. 

The good news: You don’t have to do anything. The additional deferment periods will be automatically granted to EIDL borrowers.

The bad news: During the deferment period, interest will continue to add up on the outstanding balance of the loan. Borrowers should continue to make loan payments during the deferment period.

“Small Businesses, private nonprofits, and agricultural enterprises including those self-employed individuals, contractors, and gig workers continue to navigate a very difficult economic environment due to the continued impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, as well as historic Severe Winter Storms in 2020,” then-Acting SBA Administrator Tami Perrillo said.

“The COVID-19 EIDL program has assisted over 3.7 million of small businesses, including non-profit organizations, sole proprietors, and independent contractors from a wide array of industries and business sectors through this challenging time.”

SBA continues to strive to make available all previously approved Coronavirus Pandemic stimulus funding and administer the new targeted programs related to provisions in the 2020 Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act) as quickly as possible.

“The American people and the Nation’s small business owners need our tireless effort and dedication to get this essential funding to those in great need,” said SBA Senior Advisor Michael Roth. “The SBA will not rest until we implement President Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” and its’ additional targeted programs and funds allocated for America’s small business and nonprofit communities.”

Questions on SBA COVID-19 EIDL and disaster loan payments can be answered by email at or by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.


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