Restaurants Permitted to Offer Outdoor Seating Starting Today

Beginning June 5, 2020, restaurants and retail food service businesses located in counties designated as being in the Yellow phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of this guidance including maximum occupancy limits.

 • Indoor areas, including bar areas, of restaurants and retail food service businesses must be closed to customers except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.

• Customers being served must be seated at a table.

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Forgiveable Loans For Pennsylvania Small Businesses

The COVID-19 crisis has put millions of small business jobs at risk impacting millions of families across our Commonwealth. 

The nonprofit Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund was launched by Jeff Bartos, Richard Phillips and Roger Braunfeld. Working with other business leaders throughout the Commonwealth, the Fund’s goal is to help save as many Pennsylvania jobs as possible while small businesses await recently approved federal funding.

Pennsylvania businesses that qualify for assistance from the Fund are:

Small businesses that employ three to 30 people;
Based in Pennsylvania and have been operating for at least one year;
Owned and operated by a Pennsylvania resident.

The funds dispersed to small businesses by the Pennsylvania 30 Day fund  do not  need to be repaid . If businesses who receive the Fund’s assistance do, at a later date, wish to “pay it forward” to another Pennsylvania small business in need of assistance, they may do so by directing those dollars back to the Fund, which will disburse the funding to another Pennsylvania business in need.

On a conference call this morning we were told that the qualifying businesses can receive $3,000, the application is quick and easy, funds are received within days and recipients need to be involved with their community.

Staff Available by Appointment

While we will continue to return calls and respond to emails as quickly as possible, we are now available at the office by appointment. Let us know if you need to meet with us.
Looking at Reopening??
Attend this FREE SCORE Seminar
"A New Way To Look At Marketing"  
Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Marketing is likely the "second science" proposed and studied in business schools. Most people will agree that accounting and numbers were the "first science", but few will dispute that you cannot generate numbers for a company if you don't market the product. Marketing has long been recognized as part science and part magic.

There are many facets to marketing...some would call it to sales, others would say that it's advertising. In fact, marketing is sales, advertising, and much more. This workshop A New Look At Marketing will cover the following topics:

1.    Brand & trademark development
2.    Using a website & controlling SEO
3.    Online company listings (other than your website)
4.    How to use email marketing
5.    Using social media
6.    How to use print marketing

The workshop covers the traditional aspects of marketing, but also offers a no nonsense look at the new media. The purpose of the workshop is to give you the opportunity to reassess your marketing strategy or to refresh your current strategy to address the post COVID world.
Co Sponsored by Schlow Centre Region Library

Bringing PA Back: Business Readiness Webinar Series 
Recordings and Material

This webinar series was very informative and is a great resource for you as you reopen your business.

Part I: Overview of State Guidelines and Review of Phased Opening – the definitions of green, yellow and red guidelines as well as the latest updates from the state and national levels, including CDC guidance.
Part II: Prepare Your Workplace: Cleaning, Sanitation, PPE Equipment – what sanitation protocols companies should follow before opening; what PPE equipment is required by employees and customers such as masks.


Part III: Human Resources and Healthcare Considerations – HR guidelines for employees and staff; setting up safety and travel policies, communicating to employees and customers; how to handle healthcare.


Part IV: Litigation and Liability Issues in Reopening – potential legal issues facing companies from all of the recent state and federal revised laws (UC, FMLA); best guidance to protect your business from issues arising from public concern/complaint/questions about compliancy.


Part V: Recovery Process for Key Areas of Your Business – a review of the many other areas companies must consider as they reopen, including financial guidance, IT and cybersecurity issues, supply chain and operations stability, customer demand planning and generation.

There is no recording available at this time.


Small Business Development Center Webinars

R3: Designing a Resiliency Roadmap for 30/60/90 Days
Beginning Monday, June 29

This 4-part series will address small business Re-evaluation, Recovery, and Regeneration strategies in the introductory workshop followed by check-ins at the 30-60-90 day marks. The R3 program will give business leaders a chance to learn from experts, network with other businesses, and create a new way of doing business.

Refining the Retail New Normal Recorded Webinar Series
Host: Penn State Extension

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No more applications are being accepted.

The U.S. Small Business Administration  is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

Currently not accepting applications.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible small businesses during this time.

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Yvonne Martin
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MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director

Phone: 814-643-1110
Fax: 814-643-1115
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