Economic Help For Businesses Overview
Dear Middle Smithfield Business Owners,

What a trying time this is for businesses. “Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses” are trying to hold on without laying off staff, and wondering how they are going to survive if they are not allowed to operate, and wondering when this will end and they can safely open – or if the loss of income will force them to close their doors for good. “Life-Sustaining Businesses” have had to deal with a terrified, often irrational public, hoarding goods and supplies as fast as shelves could be stocked, at the same time trying to re-assure the staff, because while everyone else is “sheltering at home”, staffers of life sustaining businesses must continue to serve customers and put themselves in harm’s way. 

How can we help? We are diligently working to provide you with as much information possible during these tough times. And the question on every businesses’ mind is what resources are available to help them with their economic losses. 

Below is an overview of the resources that are available, more detailed emails on each will come :

·     SBA Loans : U.S. Small Business Administration offers Disaster Assistance Loans. You can visit the website for more information and/or to apply.

·   SB A Webinars : The U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office and the Chester Delaware Counties SCORE Chapter will hold webinar training on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program for small businesses and private non-profits due to COVID-19.They will occur daily from 12 noon and conclude at 1:30pm until Friday April 3rd . See zoom link below:

·   PIDA Loans : The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has approved funding to provide $61 million in low-interest loans to Pennsylvania’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. To learn more about PIDA visit :

·    More webinars : The American Hotel and Lodging Association , SBA, and PA Chamber have upcoming webinars. More information will come in upcoming emails.

We will continue to provide you with information and as many resources as possible. In an effort to sustain and support our township’s businesses, we are promoting things like take out and home delivery from restaurants that offer it, and posting information about store offerings on our Facebook Pages. 

We’ve also created a COVID-19 resource page listing businesses and their offerings on our website ( ). If there is something we can share about your business, please do not hesitate to email or call me! 

We are all in this together, and are learning everyday as the information rapidly changes. We appreciate your time, and hope this information is helpful. 

Patrice Dume
Economic Development Manager

Middle Smithfield