Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania
Friday, September 23, 2022

Mark your calendars to meet Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representatives!

Bringing the World is your opportunity to meet one-on-one with Pennsylvania’s global network of Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs). Discuss current and future business opportunities, learn about business development resources available to your company, and network at this unique event.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Space is limited! Participants may register to meet up to 5 ATRs. Individual meeting schedules will be prioritized on a first-registered, first-served basis. Please register by Friday, September 16, 2022.

Register below or contact Debbie Langan at
dlangan@nepa-alliance.org or 570-891-4645.
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Radisson Lackawanna Station & Hotel
Towns, Villages, Municipalities – Oh My!
August 30, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Non-entitlement units (NEUs) face unique challenges in utilizing the Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for economic transformation. Are you a town, village or municipality financing projects with the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund? Join us for an open forum discussion to share ideas, challenges, and your own “tricks of the trade” for how to manage these funds and support catalytic projects. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to network and develop relationships with other Appalachian communities engaging in similar work.
Get Connected Program Has Openings

The Get Connected Program, an eCommerce program for small businesses to improve their website presence and increase online sales, is actively seeking applications. Information about the program and an application intake form are available here.

As part of the eligibility requirements, candidate firms must complete two online trainings that were developed by the Small Business Development Centers at The University of Scranton and Wilkes University. Registration for the first training is here. To be considered for the first-come first-serve program, please complete the application intake form and the first training. NEPA is grateful to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development and the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners for their continued financial support of this Program. 
 
For additional information, contact Kurt Bauman at 570-891-4665 or Steve Zaricki at 570-891-4671 or 866-758-1929.
NEPA Alliance Membership Campaign
NEPA Alliance is conducting its annual membership campaign.

The NEPA Alliance values the opportunity to work with all stakeholders in our seven-county region. Our goal is to provide the best possible community and economic development services to create and retain jobs in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Membership Benefits
  • FREE Networking Reception Invite for 1 Person
  • FREE Use of Meeting Space
  • FREE Member Spotlight
  • Discount on NEPA event costs
  • Discount on Business Loan (.5%)
  • Discounted Economic Impact Analysis/Research
  • Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities

NEPA Alliance serves businesses, communities and governments throughout seven counties and we need your assistance!

Our general annual membership starts at $275.

You can complete your membership online, including payment by clicking the button below.
Need more information visit our membership hub or contact Donna Hritz at dhritz@nepa-alliance.org or call 570-891-4666.
Business Finance News
NEPA Alliance has several loan programs available for small businesses located in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.
These low cost, low interest loans offer reduced down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation. Loan rates are fixed and generally below the prime lending rate.
 
Eligible businesses include Manufacturers, Industrial, Agriculture/Agribusiness, Hospitality & Tourism Related Enterprises, Recyclers, Day Cares, Computer Related Services, Advanced Technology, and Retail and Service Related Businesses. Other business sectors may also qualify.

To learn more about these loan programs, contact Stephen UrsichDave Nat, Donovan Klem, Ken Doolittle or James Urso at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Recently Funded Loans

Daycare Center – Eynon
  • This NEPA SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with The Honesdale National Bank for the purchase of commercial real estate, renovations and equipment.
NEPA Alliance Business Finance Corporation is a state-wide CDC allowing for NEPA BFC to lend SBA 504 Loans to eligible small businesses located in Pennsylvania.

Financing Structure

A bank or other lender finances 50% of the project cost and takes a first lien position on the assets financed. The SBA 504 loan finances 40% of the project cost, up to $5.5 million, and takes a second lien position. The borrower then contributes a down payment of as little as 10%.

Small Businesses can Receive:

  • Subordinate Financing
  • Up to 90% Loan to Value
  • Up to $5.5 Million in SBA Financing
     - Unlimited Total Project Cost

SBA 504 Loans Offer:
 
  • As Little as 10% Equity Injection
  • Terms up to 25 Years
  • Guaranteed Fixed Interest Rate

*Eligibility Criteria Apply*
 
To learn more about these loan programs, contact Stephen UrsichDave Nat, Donovan Klem, Ken Doolittle or James Urso at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
NEPA PTAC
PTAC News
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Certified Subcontractors

The Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) is accepting participation from Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified subcontractors to perform work on its transit facility construction project currently under way. There is a specific need for DBE-certified mechanical contractors.

Since LCTA is a recipient of federal financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation, they are required to implement a DBE Program in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Subtitle A - Part 26.

The purpose of LCTA's DBE Program is to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of federally funded contracts and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for federally funded contracts.

A DBE is a certified, for-profit small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, or, in the case of a corporation, where 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

For more information, please contact a PTAC representative at 570-655-5581 and select option 2 or LCTA’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer: Frank Knorek, Compliance Analyst, at fknorek@lctabus.com.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed a rule on how it will certify small businesses owned by veterans (VOSBs) and service-disabled veterans (SDVOSBs) for federal set-aside contracts. The deadline for comments on the proposed rule is August 5,2022.
 
Currently, the Veterans Affairs Departnent (VA) handles certifications of VOSBs and SDVOSBs seeking VA contracts.
 
Under the National Defense Authorization bill for fiscal 2021, Congress ordered SBA to set up a governmentwide certification program for SDVOSBs and VOSBs. The VA’s database of verified firms will transfer to SBA, which will own and maintain the database, according to an SBA Fact Sheet. The VA will continue to determine veteran status and maintain records. SBA will rely on the VA for this information.
 
SBA’s new authority for veteran certifications begins January 1, 2023.

SBA said it is aiming for a seamless transfer of veteran certifications by adopting most of VA’s existing regulations, including those on application guidelines, continuing eligibility, program examinations and program exit.
 
Other features of the proposed rule include:
 
  • VOSBs and SDVOSBs certified by VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation prior to January 01, 2023 will continue to be certified for the remainder of the 3-year eligibility term.
  • SBA will provide expedited application review to veterans who are small business owners in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program or Women-Owned Small Business Program.
 
Click HERE to review the proposed rule in its entirety

Source: Set-Alert Vol. 30, No. 15 7/29/2022
LTAP Classes
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance has partnered with PennDOT to offer the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) training series in all seven NEPA counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

NEPA is currently scheduling in-person classes for Summer and Fall 2022. If you are interested in requesting a class for your municipality, please contact Daniel Yelito, Transportation Services Manager, NEPA Alliance at 570-891-4652 or email dyelito@nepa-alliance.org.

LTAP is also continuing to offer some courses, webinars and drop-in sessions in an online format. To learn more about upcoming virtual offerings, click here.
PennDOT Traffic Signal Technologies Grant Program

PennDOT has recently announced that the Traffic Signal Technologies Grant (TSTG) program will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2022. The TSTG Program is a new grant program for municipalities to install and maintain traffic signal technologies. Eligible applicants include any county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality. Grant funding must be utilized to install and maintain traffic signal technologies at traffic control signals which will be connected to a central location (PennDOT) using the Commonwealth communications network. Eligible projects include traffic signal systems, adaptive signal control technology, automated traffic signal performance measures and unified command and control. A pre-scoping form is required for all applications. No matching funds are required for the TSTG Program. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2022. To learn more, click here.
Looking for New Nonprofit Grant Opportunities?
Don’t forget that NCAC Members receive access and assistance in accessing the Foundation Directory Online, the most comprehensive foundation database. With access to informative profiles of over 235,000 U.S. foundations, you’ll know exactly which foundation fits your programmatic needs, how much to ask for and where to go for more information. NCAC members can receive access to the Foundation Directory Online by visiting our in office workstation any time during normal business hours. Don’t forget that we’re here to help with all your nonprofit needs! For more information on this service, as well as membership benefits, contact Betsy Ardizoni, Community Services Manager for NCAC, at eardizoni@nepa-alliance.org or 570-891-4662.
Did You Know...
Did You Know
Did you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development has available Earned Income Tax (EIT) rates by county, municipality, and school district? To access the information, click here.

For additional information, contact Steve Zaricki at 570-891-4671 or 866-758-1929.
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