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 Annual Dinner invite for 1 person ($85 value)
  • FREE Use of Meeting Space
  • FREE Member Spotlight
  • FREE Business to Business Membership Page
  • 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.
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
Lamar Advertising
This month’s Membership Spotlight is Lamar Advertising. NEPA spoke with Tom Donohue, General Manager, to learn more about the company.

For nearly 120 years, Lamar Advertising has been a leading outdoor advertising agency helping local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. Lamar hosts over 351,000 displays across the United States and Canada. They have over 190 local offices, including one in Scranton.

Lamar Advertising offers different billboard, transportation logo, transit and airport advertising formats to help their partners increase sales. They also offer the largest network of digital billboards in the United States, with over 3,700 displays.

The company is committed to quality customer service and their efforts in the community. Lamar delivers value to their customers and provides innovative ways to support them by promising to go above and beyond when it comes to serving their customers. With donations to over 100 businesses, agencies, and private sector for public service, Lamar executes their goal to leave every place they operate better than how they found it. They support nonprofit organizations by donating available advertising space for public service announcements. Lamar also uses the digital displays to broadcast emergency alerts on local, state or national levels.

Mr. Donohue stated, "Lamar’s membership with NEPA has provided us with a great network, but more importantly, a great understanding of the needs, successes and future aspirations of our region.”

To learn more about Lamar Advertising, visit their website at www.lamar.com
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 or Donovan Klem at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Recently Funded Loans

Laundromat – Scranton
  • This NEPA ARC loan project was completed in partnership with Fidelity Bank for the purchase of 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 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 Nat or Donovan Klem at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
NEPA PTAC
PTAC News
The Dreaded Third-Party Pay-For SAM Solicitors

For any business to compete in government contracting, in the federal space, they must register their business in the System Awards Management (SAM). This registration process is of no cost to businesses to complete and submit. However, many get swept up in a bombardment of emails, phone calls, and mailings from third-party solicitors and spammers telling them their registration is incomplete and requesting them to call the number provided and pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to update their registration. Sadly, many fall for these spammer requests and false information because they are afraid that their registration is in jeopardy. This is not the case!

In 2018, the General Services Administration (GSA) had implemented new security measures due to a security breach earlier that year. These measures had thus changed the way businesses completed their registrations. These registration processes also changed in large part due to the fraudulent activities of these third-party companies.

For anyone registering their business in SAM, make sure that any subsequent email sent to you includes .gov or .mil at the end of the sender's email address. If it does not, then it is probably a third-party fraudulent company. If you do utilize one of these third-party companies for assistance, make sure you do your research and ensure the company has been around a while, has a good reputation, and does not have many complaints against them. You can go to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and search the company to find out more.

If you are working with your local PTAC and are unsure about the legitimacy of an email you receive regarding your SAM registration, please contact them for assistance before reaching out to a third-party solicitor.

Global Access Program Webinar with the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development
Friday, June 11, 2021
10:00 – 11:00 am

Attention Carbon County businesses! Join us as we discuss the Global Access Program (GAP). GAP is designed to enhance the capability of small to mid-sized Pennsylvania companies to increase export sales. GAP is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and provides up to $10,000 per award period to qualifying Pennsylvania companies to reimburse up to 75% of eligible expenses associated with specific export promotion activities. The program is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

For more information and to register, click here.
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.

Are you ready to make your mark in the region's largest regional Giving Day?!?

For 24 hours - from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. -on Friday, June 4, 2021, donors can make secure donations to their favorite local nonprofit organizations through the NEPA Gives online platform. Donations to participating nonprofits will be enhanced with the chance at over $400,000 in bonus funds provided by NEPA Gives sponsors—making donor dollars stretch further! Nonprofits will also be eligible for cash prizes.

Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving residents in Northeastern Pennsylvania can participate in NEPA Gives. And, anyone can donate!

For more information and to see which organizations are registered, click here.  
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 foundation fits 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 nonprofit 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 U.S. Census Bureau recently released a Historical Apportionment Data Map that illustrates by state the number of members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the population from 1910 to 2020? The map is available here.

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