Your Link to Opportunities and Information - Volume 22
Upcoming Events, Programs, and Webinars

August 3 - September 18

September 2 - 4

September 22

September 24

September 24
SRMSDC/MMSDC/EMSDC Re-Shoring Summit
INVITATION ONLY

October 2
Philadelphia International Airport 2020 Business Opportunity Forum
Participate in Virtual Matchmaking
Supplier (MBE) Registration:

Buyer (Corporations and other buying entities) Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID-19MMBuyers

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. 

CCAC
August 25, 2020

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
August 25, 2020

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
August 25, 2020

HACE/Aireko Abroad, LLC 
August 28, 2020

PHA
August 28, 2020

PHA
September 14, 2020

Allegheny County Department of Human Services 
September 18, 2020
Facebook Small Business Grants Program for Black-Owned Businesses - Deadline August 31
Facebook has pledged to give $100 million to the Black community in the US. This includes cash and ad credits to support Black-Owned small businesses. To qualify, your business must be a majority Black-owned for-profit business, have between 1 and 50 employees, and have been in business for over a year.

URA COVID-19 Small Business Funds
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected small businesses across Pittsburgh. In response to this, the URA created the COVID-19 Small Business Funds. These funds will assist in mitigating the COVID-19 economic impact, and help small businesses stabilize in the face of these uncertain economic times. Read more.

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.
 
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.

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.

The PA 30-Day Fund
The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund will deploy at least $100,000 for diverse small businesses who have suffered loss due to property damage and looting. The nonprofit organization provides $3,000 forgivable loans to small business owners who complete a simple application and submit a video. Read more. 

Rental Assistance for Philadelphia Residents
Renters whose income has been affected by COVID-19 will be able to apply for PHL Rent Assist Phase 2 starting on July 6th on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligible households could get grants up to $750 a month for six months paid directly to their landlord. Applications go directly through the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation.

The CARES Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP)
Homeowners whose income has been affected by COVID-19 may be able to apply for the CARES Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP) also starting July 6. Eligible applicants could get grants of as much as $1,000 a month for six months. Applications go directly through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. And check out PACDC's recently released policy agenda, Responding to COVID-19: An Agenda for Renters, Home Owners, Small Businesses, and the Non-Profits that support them.

Pennsylvania Small Business Grant Program - The Second Round for Applications Open August 10 - 28
This program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. Same as Round 1, eligible businesses must apply through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). If a business owner applied during the first application round, they do NOT need to reapply. Businesses who applied during Round 1 will receive status updates in the coming weeks. For qualifying businesses that applied and did not receive funds in Round 1, they will automatically be enrolled in Round 2. Please note, there has been a change in the criminal history eligibility.



  • Summary of State Actions Addressing Business Re-openings. 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
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.

#STANDTOGETHER SAFELY
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 crobertson@emsdc.org.
Helping Kids Get Used to Masks
How kids react to seeing masks partly depends on their age. Older kids might not react much at all. To them, masks might seem like no big deal. Most are able to adjust pretty quickly. Most kids can feel comfortable seeing people in masks, as long as adults:
  • Use simple words to explain why people are wearing masks.
  • Give kids time to look, watch, and get used to what's new.
  • Answer kids' questions.
  • Give support.
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