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 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
Penn's Northeast
This month's Membership Spotlight is Penn’s Northeast. We spoke with Marketing Director, Rachel Hawk.

Penn’s Northeast serves as Northeastern Pennsylvania’s single point of contact for site selection consultants, real estate brokers, developers, and businesses looking to expand or relocate to our region.

Penn's Northeast was created through a joint effort of private business leaders, local utility companies, governments, economic development organizations, and chambers of commerce to market the collective assets of Northeastern Pennsylvania as a whole. They serve Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

They are a regional economic development agency, dedicated to attracting quality employers to Northeastern Pennsylvania. Penn’s Northeast provides site selection, regional marketing materials and data, workforce and incentive information to site selection consultants, real estate brokers, developers, and businesses looking to expand or relocate to Northeastern PA.

Penn’s Northeast’s mission is to enhance the region’s economy through new investments, job creation and increasing the amount of potential business opportunities for regional businesses via targeted business recruitment and unique lead generation activities. They do this in part by promoting Northeastern Pennsylvania's assets to regional, national and international businesses, brokers and site selectors.

Ms. Hawk stated, "Marketing all the region’s strengths and benefits in a consistent fashion result in more companies considering moving to or expanding in our area. That means more jobs and improved communities across Northeastern Pennsylvania."

To learn more about Penn's Northeast, visit their website at
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.
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.
Get Connected

NEPA Alliance is seeking small businesses that need specialized support for websites and e-commerce platforms to be able to compete during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic. NEPA’s Get Connected program targets small businesses that need an initial or updated online presence. The pandemic has created the need for business transactions to be non-touch and therefore safe. In order to be considered for a $3,500 voucher, interested small businesses must complete an intake form on our website and participate in a screening process that consists of a 20-minute interview before they become candidates for service from one of three locally-based web development consultants. Eligible businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and be located with the seven-county region that includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties. Interested small businesses can contact Kurt Bauman at or Steve Zaricki at for additional information.
Budget Request Seeks to Send More Federal Contracts to Small Disadvantaged Businesses
The FY-2022 budget request to Congress seeks to increase funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) in order to help meet the Biden Administration’s goal of awarding 15% of federal contracts to small disadvantaged businesses by 2025. Disadvantaged business types include Veteran Owned Small Business, Woman Owned Small Business, 8(a) business, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) business. The increase in funding will also be used to help spur innovation through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can help determine if your business qualifies as one of the disadvantaged business categories and walk you through the certification process. The PTAC can also help you learn more about the SBIR and STTR programs. You can speak directly with a PTAC Counselor at 570-655-5581 and select option 2.
Save the Date: May 24th

The Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Alliance Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Team needs to make sure you have saved the date on your calendar so you can take full advantage of the following event.

The Office of Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and the NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is hosting a virtual outreach event, “Artemis Supplier and Northeastern Pennsylvania Small Business Industry Day with Matchmaking Sessions” scheduled for May 24, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.

In addition to OSBP programmatic updates, this event will provide the opportunity to meet with a NASA Artemis Program Contractor (such as Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Space X) during the Matchmaking Sessions.

Event: Artemis Supplier & NEPA Small Business Industry Day with Matchmaking Sessions
Where: Virtual
When: May 24th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Registration: To Be Released

Once the registration opens, the NEPA Alliance PTAC Team will push the information out. Do not hesitate to contact the PTAC Team with any questions regarding the event at 570-655-6555 and select option 2.
Global Access Program (GAP) Funding Available

The Pennsylvania Global Access Program (GAP) enhances 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 eligible Pennsylvania companies to reimburse up to 75% of qualifying expenses associated with specific export promotion activities. This program is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

While international travel, trade shows, or trade missions may not be in your plans due to the current circumstances, there are additional eligible activities for GAP funding:

  • Virtual Tradeshows & Mission Registration Fees
  • Website Internationalization
  • Compliance Testing
  • E-Commerce
  • Digital & Marketing Media
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Fees

Funds are limited and subject to availability. Applications will be reviewed by committee and funding decisions rendered on a first come, first served basis. 

For more information on the GAP, please click here.

For more information and application materials, contact Debbie Langan at or 570-891-4645.
PennDOT Survey Seeks Pennsylvanians’ Feedback on Automated Vehicles 

PennDOT recently announced that Pennsylvania’s Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) Advisory Committee has launched a survey designed to gain an understanding of Pennsylvanians’ perceptions and knowledge of automated vehicles.

The HAV Advisory Committee is a partnership between public and private key stakeholders that has the power to advise and consult the PennDOT Secretary on each aspect of connected and highly automated vehicles. This includes developing technical guidance, evaluating best practices, and reviewing existing laws, regulations, and policies. The committee is making strides in preparing for this transformational technology and seeks to gauge Pennsylvanians’ understanding of the technology, level of comfort and expectations.

The survey is available at this link, and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. For more information on PennDOT’s efforts on automated vehicles visit the Automated Vehicles page on PennDOT’s website.
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,

Make sure you're not only registered to participate in NEPA Gives, but that you're starting to plan your marketing approach during the 24 hour giving campaign.

Aside from the Webinars and Training Videos, there's a slate of resources from the Nonprofit Toolkit to Nonprofit FAQs to Donor FAQs to help you maximize your involvement in this giving extravaganza!
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 or 570-891-4662.
Pennsylvania Data User Conference

The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) is having its Pennsylvania Data User Conference on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 9 AM to 4 PM. This free event, which will be held virtually, serves as a forum for participants to obtain information about data and programs from the U.S. Census Bureau. Information about the PaSDC is available here and conference information is available here.
Did You Know...
Did You Know
Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau recently released its official national and state population counts from the 2020 Census? The counts reflect that the Commonwealth’s population increased by 2.4 percent from 12,702,379 in 2010 to 13,002,700 in 2020. As a result, Pennsylvania is now the fifth most populous state in the nation.
The apportionment population, which is used in determining the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, includes those people who are stationed overseas and their families. This population increased by 2.2 percent from 12,734,905 in 2010 to 13,011,844 in 2020. However, this indicates that representation in the House will decrease from 18 seats to 17. Detailed 2020 Census Apportionment Results from the U.S. Census Bureau are available here.       

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