Ben Franklin Technology Partners

NEPA Alliance was pleased to host the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Northeast Advisory Board on Friday, October 21, 2022. Thanks to our friend and partner, Ken Okrepkie for bringing the group to NEPA Alliance. To learn more about Ben Franklin Technology Partners, click here.
Lower PA Corporate Net Income Tax

Governor Tom Wolf recently signed into law a budget that puts Pennsylvania on a path to lowering our
corporate net income tax (CNIT) to 4.99 percent. This will effectively cut the CNIT in half from its
current rate – a move that will improve Pennsylvania’s business climate, make us more competitive for
business projects, and give businesses even more reason to expand or relocate to Pennsylvania.

For more information, click here.
Member Spotlight
Maternal & Family Health Services
This month’s Membership Spotlight is Maternal & Family Health Services (MFHS). NEPA spoke with Communications & Digital Marketing Specialist Jean Holmgren.

MFHS is a private non-profit health and human services organization that works to meet the health and nutrition needs of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s women, children and families with information, education, and quality care. Founded in 1971, MFHS oversees and supports a network of health and nutrition centers in 16 Pennsylvania counties, serving over 90,000 women, men and children annually.

MFHS provides accessible healthcare services through six core programs: the Reproductive Health Family Planning Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal and Maternity Care Program; the Nurse-Family Partnership Home Visitation Program; Behavioral Health Integration and Substance Abuse Screenings; and the SafeTeens Reproductive Health Initiative.

Their main goal is giving the community an opportunity to thrive. They do this by providing the necessary resources for those in need in Northeast PA. MFHS collaborates with other non-profits and health organizations to help break down health barriers in the community. The recent efforts are focused on combating opioid abuse, specifically in pregnant women in the service area.

The two words most associated with MFHS by customers is “helping” and “caring.” MFHS champions these values by committing to quality work and service, being accountable for their actions and interactions, respecting all individuals and showing excellent performance.

Ms. Holmgren says, "The NEPA Alliance provides MFHS the resources to help grow and strengthen our capacity.”

To learn more about Maternal & Family Health Services, visit their website at
New Markets Tax Credits Program

NEPA is soliciting capital projects that are need of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). Specifically, we are seeking projects from eligible distressed census tracks within the Commonwealth of PA that have capital estimates that range from $6-$60M. NEPA will be applying to the U.S. Treasury seeking a NMTC allocation for 2023. Contact Kurt Bauman or Steve Ursich. For more on New Market Tax Credits, click here.
Get Connected Program Has Openings for Businesses in Lackawanna County

The Get Connected Program, an eCommerce program for small businesses to improve their website presence and increase online sales, is actively seeking applications for businesses in Lackawanna County. 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 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

Gymnastics Center - Hawley
  • This NEPA SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with Wayne Bank for the purchase and improvement of commercial real estate and associated soft costs.

Dental Office – Stroudsburg
  • This NEPA EDA/ARC loan project was completed in partnership with Peoples Security Bank and Trust for the purchase of commercial real estate.

Event Center – Pottsville
  • This NEPA USDA RMAP loan project was completed in partnership with PADCO and the Pottsville Redevelopment Authority 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 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.
What is CPARS?

The easy answer: CPARS is the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System. It is an online web application that is used to collect and manage Contractor Performance Assessment Reports, which are also known as contractor evaluations or report cards.

What does it mean to government contractors? Past performance is relevant information, for future source selection purposes, regarding a contractor’s actions under previously awarded contracts or orders. It includes the contractor’s record of conforming to requirements and to standards of good workmanship; forecasting and controlling costs; adherence to schedules, including the administrative aspects of performance; reasonable and cooperative behavior and commitment to customer satisfaction; reporting into databases; integrity and business ethics; and business-like concern for the interest of the customer. [Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 42.1501]

There are three components within CPARS. The first component is CPARS, used to report on contracts for Systems, Operations Support, Services, Information Technology, Architect-Engineer Services, and Construction. The second component is the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, or FAPIIS. FAPIIS is used to record adverse actions on contracts and grants, such as Terminations for Default and Defective Pricing. The third component is View Performance Records. View Performance is used to provide source selection officials with the contractor past performance information they use to make best value contract award decisions.

For the three components, we can see government officials use multiple sources of information when making award decisions. Agencies are instructed to use CPARS to create and measure the quality and timely reporting of awarded contractor performance information.

What can Government Contract Officers and Buyers document in CPARS?
  • Objectively evaluate performance
  • Review relevant performance and integrity information before making an award decision

What can Contractor Government Award Recipients do here?
  • Comment on the government’s evaluation and concur with or refute the overall performance evaluation
  • Review their active performance and integrity information which the government may use in making an award decision

Note – Contractor Government Award Recipients may view only their own data. To do so, you must be registered in the “System for Award Management” (SAM) and must have created a Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) in the SAM profile to access this information.

Global Access Program is Back!

The Pennsylvania Global Access Program (GAP) 10 is officially open! GAP is designed to help small to mid-sized PA businesses increase export sales. Eligible businesses can receive a maximum award of $10,000 per grant, and up to two awards per award period. The funding reimburses business up to 75% of qualifying expenses for specific export promotion activities.
Eligible activities Include:

  • Compliance Testing
  • Website Internationalization
  • E-Commerce
  • Digital & Marketing Media
  • Federal Service Fees
  • Trade Shows
  • Trade Missions
  • International Business Travel
  • Export Credit Insurance
  • Intellectual Property Protection
Click here or contact Debbie Langan to learn more.
PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Program Now Open! 
Application Deadline is November 14

PennDOT is currently accepting applications for funding through its Multimodal Transportation Fund. Applications are due by November 14, 2022. Funding can be used to coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities; for projects related to streetscapes, lighting, sidewalk enhancement and pedestrian safety; for projects improving connectivity or utilization of existing transportation assets; and for projects related to transit-oriented development. Municipalities, counties, school districts, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, ports, rail freight and passenger rail entities are eligible to apply. A local match of 30% is required.

More information can be found on the PennDOT website here.
LTAP 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. 

Curves on Local Roads: Issues and Safety Tools
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pike County Training Center
135 Pike County Blvd.
Lords Valley, PA 18428
(570) 296-1960

Local Road Safety Plans
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pike County Training Center
135 Pike County Blvd.
Lords Valley, PA 18428
(570) 296-1960

Erosion and Sediment Control
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
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 at or (570) 891-4652.

LTAP will also continue offering online classes, webinars and virtual drop-in sessions. To learn more about upcoming virtual offerings, visit  
Welcome to Our NCAC Intern
Gina Svoboda is interning with NCAC as a non-traditional student from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. Ms. Svoboda has a unique and diverse background to include military and government, business, the arts, and a return to school.

Click here to learn more.
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 or 570-891-4662.
Did You Know...
Did You Know
Did you know that the Pennsylvania State Data Center has available 2010 and 2020 Census Actual Count Population Data for all Pennsylvania counties and municipalities? To access the information, click here and then click the Excel file, which has two Tabs: County and Municipal.

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