Your Link to Opportunities and Information - Volume 14
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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal
The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the Commonwealth of supplies available and will allow them to more efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania. Read more.

Current Bids
Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Disinfectant Wipes, etc.
The City of Pittsburgh - The Urban League is buying to distribute locally. Suppliers in Southwest PA call Michael Buzzelli or Mary Kay Dietrich at 412-227-4229. 

The City of Harrisburg/Capital Area Greenbelt Association 
June 19, 2020

Philadelphia Housing Authority
June 22, 2020

Philadelphia Gas Works
June 23, 2020

Community College of Allegheny County
June 24, 2020

Delaware River Port Authority 
June 26, 2020

July 2, 2020
The SBA is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications  
EIDL Overview:
  1. Low-interest loan at 3.75% for for-profit entities; non-profit organizations are eligible at 2.75%;
  2. Term for EIDL is up to 30 years and there is a one-year deferral from date of loan approval;
  3. Loan eligibility is up to $2 million;
  4. EIDL Advance is $1,000/employee up to $10,000. EIDL Advance does not have to be repaid and will be deposited directly by the Treasury Department; and
  5. All EIDL funding is direct from SBA, does not require third party approval.
  6. If an applicant has previously applied and their loan number starts with a “2”, they are encouraged to re-apply.
EIDL Advance: Small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Recipients do not have to be approved for an EIDL loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total loan eligibility.   

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses are encouraged to apply immediately to ensure timely processing of applications and access to funding. Read more.

NMSDC Secures Partnership to Connect MBEs with PPP Funding
The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC) has partnered with the Business Consortium Fund (BCF) and Midwest BankCentre to assist certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs)  in accessing funding through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). If you are a minority business still in need of PPP funding, visit   for details and to begin your application process.  
SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – THERE’S STILL TIME DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2020 Applications continue to be accepted by SBA Lenders including commercial and community banks, FinTech companies and CDFIs.  Go here for a list of approved lenders , to apply for PPP, and to  read more .  Questions regarding the status of your PPP application can be submitted to your lender directly. If you have applied call SBA's 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 to check the status of your loan number.  Click here   to sign up to receive email updates from the SBA.
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
There are changes to the PPP to make it easier for you to receive the loan forgiveness that is so important. These changes have been made under the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA). A few of the major changes:
  • The covered period is now 24 weeks, up from the previous 8 weeks. You may opt to keep the 8 weeks as your covered period.
  • You may now use up to 40% of the PPP funds on non-payroll expenses, although those expenses are still limited to utilities and mortgage interest.
  • The amount of the funds that must be used on payroll has been reduced to 60%, and not the 75%.
  • For any portion of the loan fund that is not forgiven, you now have up to five (5) years to repay, and not the original two (2) years.
  • Read more
  • Click here for the loan forgiveness application

Led by Hello Alice, with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay, and small business owners and advocates across America, Business for All provides $10,000 to $50,000 grants, expert mentorship, a strong community, and a comprehensive suite of small business resources.  Read more.
New Jersey EDA - Small Business Grants
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is supplying $45 million in new grants to underserved small businesses—including black-owned firms— impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. On the eligibility front, Phase 2 increases the employee cap for businesses from 10 full-time employees to 25 full-time workers. Businesses that got PPP loans are eligible for the NJEDA grants. Applicants must provide information on other COVID-19 assistance received, and will be asked to complete a Duplication of Benefits affidavit. Read more.
Gov. Wolf Announces $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
“Eligible businesses will be able to use the grants to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to re-opening, and for technical assistance including training and guidance for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses.” Read more.

The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) and Bridgeway Capital have teamed up to provide patient loan capital to small businesses and nonprofits
The Erie County COVID-19 Response Fund, financed by ECGRA, makes flexible financing available through Bridgeway to help small businesses and nonprofits manage business disruptions, sustain vital services, and stay resilient during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read more.

Bridgeway Capital New State Grant Program for Small Businesses
This will provide grants of up to $50,000 to for profit businesses to help them recover from the effects of the COVID-19 shutdown. The program is being administered by several CDFIs across the state, Bridgeway being one of them. The application requirements are still being worked out by the state, but are expected to start accepting applications in early-July. Users can provide their email addresses and get updates from Bridgeway on the program, including when the applications will be available. Read more.

The PA 30 - Day Fund
The PA 30-Day Fund has already supported more than 70 companies across the Commonwealth impacted by COVID-19; intends to raise an additional $1,000,000. Read more.  
EMSDC Needs Your Input
  • EMSDC is planning a Wealth Management Series and we would like your input on which topic we should present first. Read more.
  • EMSDC is implementing Rapid Response® program to ensure the sustainability of businesses in the Council. The Rapid Response® program is designed to provide a suite of business support services, based on the assessed needs of an applicant seeking assistance. Read more.
Jet It is the private, fast, and smart travel solution. At $1,600 per hour, we are the most cost-effective private travel service on the market. Protect employees and yourself by traveling privately and reducing unnecessary exposure. Our jets are deeply sanitized after each flight to keep you safe.  Read more.

State Reopen Plans. Read more.
Summary o f State Actions Addressing Business Reopenings.

Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractors. Read more.

Governor Carney Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social Services. Read more.

New Jersey
N.J. Department of Health Issues Guidance for Outdoor Organized Sports. Read more.
Accept the Challenge! Shop & Order from Local Businesses
Help support your favorite local food and drink businesses and retailers, specifically ethnic or minority-owned, by ordering takeout, buying gift cards, and/or shopping online.   Here's the challenge:  click here , shop and share your shift with a shout out to that business on social media using the #ShiftwithEMSDC. If you spend with businesses, specifically ethnic and minority businesses not on our list, let us know on social and we’ll add them to the list. Together we’ll reinforce our local economies!

MBE2MBE Marketplace is LIVE
The MBE2MBE Marketplace connects you with sourcing solutions. Now more than ever is the time to look beyond your usual sourcing outlets and reach out to support each other. Check out the minority businesses listed here for your business supply chain and help drive success for yourself and fellow entrepreneurs. Read more.

Over the past several months, we have all experienced unprecedented social, environmental, and economic challenges. Gone are the days where we talk about change. Change is now and the only way it happens is that we all #STANDTOGETHER SAFELY. EMSDC and SRMSDC #STANDTOGETHER SAFELY. We are reaching out to businesses who may be able to provide services to adversely affected business owners for their health and well-being, as well as for the health of their businesses and communities. Where we go from here depends on you. If you can help, need help, or want more information, contact Christine Robertson at .

Highmark Donating Face Coverings Purchased from Local, Diverse Vendors
Highmark Inc. is joining forces with four small and diverse Pittsburgh-based businesses to design, manufacture and donate over 1 million cloth face coverings throughout the summer months. The face coverings will be distributed to at-risk and vulnerable Highmark members, community organizations in need, health care professionals, and employer groups across Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Click here for their PTL Live feature video and here for the press release.
How to Have Conversations with Children About COVID-19
Children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. Read more.
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