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 or call 570-891-4666.
Member Spotlight
Coal Creative
This month’s membership spotlight is Coal Creative. NEPA spoke with Holly Pilcavage, Chief Executive Officer from Coal Creative.

Since 2016, Coal Creative has grown to include robust video production, web development and content creation teams who lead their fields in innovation, collaboration and productivity.

Coal Creative is a full-service marketing agency. Its team is a group of Millennial and Gen Z artists, developers, writers and thinkers who want to make their company the best in Northeast Pennsylvania. They all have strong ties to this region and, at their core, want to see it flourish.

The Coal Creative team is on a crusade to highlight the best of the region. They also understand their duty to help improve the parts that need work. That’s why so many of them engage with groups like Rainbow Alliance, Dress for Success Luzerne County, and the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce. Through authentic collaboration, they’re helping lift the region even higher, and making the biggest splash they can about the good things already happening.

Coal Creative uses the power of storytelling to deliver results-driven marketing strategies through creative design, video, branding and digital solutions.

The team has built a reputation first for beautiful work, as well as (and perhaps less measurable) a collaborative spirit. This means emails get answered quickly, phone calls get returned and change requests are taken seriously. The team strives to understand the heart of what their collaborators want, then they take on the mission like it’s their own.

NEPA has assisted Coal Creative as a client of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Holly Pilcavage stated, “The PTAC services empower our firm to pursue contracts with government agencies. Government contracts offer terrific opportunities to diversify. Even though securing contracts can be complicated and weighed down by red tape, the PTAC helps chart a path to the finish line.”

For more information, visit
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.
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, James Urso or Joseph Ward at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Recently Funded Loans

Pizza and Ice Cream Shop – West Wyoming
  • This NEPA EDA/ARC loan project was completed for the purchase of commercial real estate

Self-Storage Facility – Peckville
  • This NEPA SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with Wayne Bank for the purchase of commercial real estate

Self-Storage Facility – Olyphant
  • This NEPA SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with Wayne Bank for the purchase of commercial real estate

Senior Living Center – Hazleton
  • This NEPA SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with The Honesdale National Bank for the purchase of commercial real estate 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 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, Donovan Klem, James Urso or Joseph Ward at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
PennDOT Green Light-Go Program Now Open
Application Period Closes January 14, 2021

PennDOT is currently accepting applications for funding through Green Light-Go Program. Applications are due by January 14, 2021. Applicants are required to complete a project scoping form by December 3, 2021 to ensure that the project scope is consistent with the program goals and requirements, and will allow PennDOT to assist applicants with refining the scope to ensure a successful project

Funding can be used for a range of operational improvements to existing traffic control signals located in Pennsylvania. These improvements include LED replacement; traffic signal retiming; study and removal of existing traffic-control signals; monitoring; and innovative technologies. Any county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality or any metropolitan planning organization or rural planning organization may apply. A 20% match is required. 

More information can be found here.

The PTAC Team is often asked - “What is a good place to start my research to determine the government agency buying my product/service, and who do I reach out to?”

One of our suggestions is to check in with the OSDBU at the agency you are looking to work with. OSDBU is alphabet soup for Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Federal and some states have an OSDBU set up to support small businesses.

Google OSDBU, and it will return you a solid list to choose from. Our search returned OSDBUs for U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of Transportation; and U.S. Department of Energy. This is just a sample.

What is the role of an OSDBU? They advocate and advance the business, regulatory, and environmental compliance concerns of small and socio-economically disadvantaged businesses. Generally, on their websites you will find people directories, marketing and networking opportunities (such as Industry Day and Matchmaking Events), along with acquisition and contracting support.

Once on an OSDBU website, the item or tab to hunt for is "Doing Business With". Here you will find the details on engaging the specific agency.

The NEPA Alliance PTAC Team is available to discuss this with you as well as any other government contracting initiative you are working on. You can reach a member of the PTAC Team at: 570-655-5581 and select option 2 when prompted.
International Development News

Upcoming Webinars

Attracting International Business with Your Website
November 8, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Click here for more information and to register.

Why Export? Getting Started with International Business
November 9, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Click here for more information and to register.
LTAP In-Person Classes
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) 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.

Drainage: The Key to Roads That Last
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Washington Township Building
225 Frantz Road
Pine Grove, PA 17963
(570) 915-6113

Safe Driver
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wayne Township Municipal Building
10 Municipal Road
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
To register, visit and log on using your username and password. First time users must set up an account by clicking on “Create Account.” For technical assistance when registering, call 1-800-FOR-LTAP (1-800-367-5827) or contact Daniel Yelito, Transportation Services Manager, NEPA Alliance at 570-891-4652 or email

LTAP will also continue offering some courses, webinars and drop-in sessions in an online format. To learn more about upcoming virtual offerings, 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 or 570-891-4662.
Did You Know...
Did You Know
Did you know that the number of housing units in Pennsylvania grew by 3.2% from 2010 to 2020? Occupied units increased by 3.8% and vacant units decreased by 3.0%. Click here for detailed information from the Pennsylvania State Data Center. 

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