NEPA Alliance is committed to working with regional small businesses and nonprofits during the continued uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). In cooperation with state and federal agencies, NEPA is offering loan assistance programs to businesses and nonprofits.

Information on the assistance programs and the Coronavirus can be found on NEPA's COVID-19 Response site and our Spanish translated site NEPA COVID-19 Recursos en Español.

NEPA is currently partnering with federal and state agencies to ensure small businesses and nonprofits in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have available resources accessible to them through the coronavirus crisis. This includes help with the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest federal disaster loan program for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. In addition, NEPA also has numerous business loan programs that offer low fixed interest rates to businesses in the seven-county region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For the latest information, please contact NEPA at 866-758-1929 or visit NEPA's COVID-19 Response site. Information is continually changing, and the assistance programs that are being offered may change. NEPA will continue to evaluate all available options to best serve the Northeastern Pennsylvania business community.
Member Spotlight
Leonard Crawford Electric
This month's Membership Spotlight is Leonard Crawford Electric. NEPA spoke with Barry Wagner, Chief Financial Officer, to learn more about the company.

Leonard Crawford Electric has been in business for over 43 years providing commercial and industrial electrical contracting services.

Leonard Crawford Electric employs technical personnel from Master Electricians to Degreed Engineers. With this wide array of personnel, they offers services from electrical contracting to systems integration with single point accountability. Leonard Crawford Electric has continued to hold its position as an industry leader by staying on the cutting edge of new technologies and offering customers unique services and support not available from other area firms.

Leonard Crawford Electric bases its business principles and ethics on the Golden Rule. They hold true to their word, always speak the truth, and believe in the safety and dignity of their customers and employees.

Barry Wagner stated, “NEPA Alliance is a valued business partner that has fulfilled our low cost financing needs.”

To learn more about Leonard Crawford Electric, visit their website at lcrawfordelectric.com
ARC Oak Ridge 2021 STEM and Entrepreneurship Program Recruitment
The ARC Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program is a hands-on learning experience for Appalachia's high school and middle school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields, while the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) supports high school seniors interested in entrepreneurship and innovation across Appalachia. Applications for both programs are due on March 1, 2021.

For more information or to apply, click here or contact Kurt Bauman (kbauman@nepa-alliance.org) or Athena Aardweg (aaardweg@nepa-alliance.org).
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 NatKen Doolittle or Donovan Klem at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Recently Funded Loans

Family Diner – Kingsley

  • This NEPA BFC SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with People’s Security Bank & Trust Co. for the refinance of an existing commercial mortgage with a cash out option for operational expenses.

Hotel – Wilkes Barre

  • This NEPA BFC SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with First Keystone Community Bank for the refinance of an existing commercial mortgage with a cash out option for operational expenses.
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 the state of 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 NatKen Doolittle or Donovan Klem at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
CMMC - NIST
The PTAC Team has been supporting our clients to better understand the Department of Defense new cybersecurity requirements. This is a critical contracting element, receiving a higher level of importance, in part due to the recent cybersecurity events. To this end, we have an article to share and a Webinar you should consider attending.
 
The following is the lead article in the January 2021, Issue 19 of “THELINK: Connecting Suppliers with DLA”.
 
HOT: Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and Contract Self Assessments:
The DoD is working to enhance the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) within the supply chain with CMMC. The CMMC effort builds upon existing regulation (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012) that is based on trust by adding a verification component with respect to cybersecurity requirements.
 
As of November 30, 2020, if an offeror is required to have implemented the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication (NIST SP) 800–171 security requirements on their information systems pursuant to DFARS clause 252.204–7012 “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting,” then they must complete an assessment and post their results in the Supplier Performance Risk Systems (SPRS) in order to be eligible for contract award In Accordance With DFARS 252.204-7019 & 252.204-7020. This includes new delivery or task orders issued against existing Indefinite Delivery Contracts.
 
To support our clients, we are sponsoring the following webinar on February 18, 2021.
 
Topic: Completing the DoD Assessment Methodology requirement in Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS).
Description: Struggling to fill out the required DoD Assessment Methodology and required SPRS submission? The DoD self-assessment score plays a critical role in showing your clients that your information is properly protected and, if not completed, can make you ineligible for certain DoD contracts. In this webinar, we will cover why you need to fill out this assessment, how to fill it out and submit it to the DoD’s SPRS system, and what your score really means for your business.
Presenter: Scott Dawson, President & Co-founder of Core Business Solutions
Partners: Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance PTAC,
Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission PTAC, SEDA-COG PTAC, Southeast Pennsylvania PTAC
Time: February 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Cost: Free Event
Registration Link: Register Here
 
The NEPA Alliance PTAC Team hopes you are able to participate in the February 18th webinar.
 
If you have any questions on the webinar, CMMC, or the DoD self-assessment, do not hesitate to contact us at 570-655-5581 and select option 2 to speak to a PTAC Counselor.
Proper Filing of the EEI through ACE/AES & Recent Regulatory Changes Webinar
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Most exports from the U.S. require the filing of the Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and Automated Export System (AES). Not filing, late or inaccurate filings can mean significant fines and penalties. Exporters need to know how to file their information correctly. This webinar will cover filing requirements, obligations, and recent regulatory changes.
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
Drop-In Sessions
The NEPA Alliance has partnered with PennDOT to offer the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) training series in all seven NEPA counties. Due to COVID-19 meeting concerns, LTAP has suspended in-person LTAP classes until further notice.

Instead, LTAP is offering classes virtually through the end of the year. To view the current virtual class listings and register for a class, visit the LTAP website.

LTAP is also offering a series of monthly LTAP Virtual Drop-ins centered on various safety and maintenance topics. These sessions are not virtual classes; they are informal hour-long live sessions focused on networking and sharing information with other municipal roadway personnel.

Information about the virtual drop-in sessions can be found on the LTAP website under the Bulletin Board section here.

For more information, contact Kate McMahon, kmcmahon@nepa-alliance.org.
Looking for New Nonprofit Grant Opportunities?
Don’t forget that NCAC Members receive remote 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 Foundations fit your programmatic needs, how much to ask for and where to go for more information. Don’t forget that we’re here to help with all your nonprofits needs! For more information on this service, as well as membership benefits, contact Athena Aardweg, Community Services Manager for NCAC, at Aaardweg@nepa-alliance.org or 570-891-4662.
Did You Know...
Did You Know
Did you know that the Pennsylvania State Data Center has Maps of the Month? This month’s map is “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Parents Absent.” To access this map and others, click here.
 
For additional information, contact Steve Zaricki at 570-891-4671 or 866-758-1929.
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