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  • Coronavirus Preparation Resource GUIDE

  • Small Business Emergency Financing Small Business Emergency Financing

    Loan Programs for Wyoming Valley Small Businesses

    Covid-19 Recovery:  Financial Assistance

    In order to help the small business community in the Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre Connect, the Entrepreneurial and Economic Development arm of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, is working with our partners MetroAction (Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce affiliate) and the Wilkes University SBDC, to help businesses access the capital they need to endure this difficult time.

    To ensure a smooth process, we are asking interested businesses to complete this brief survey, allowing us to enter you into our system and make the initial outreach.  From there our teams will work directly with you and your business to identify your needs, uses, and timing of funds, to appropriately match you with the correct local, state, and/or federal program.
     
    To begin, please complete this brief survey below.  On behalf of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber and our partners, thank you for utilizing our site and we look forward to helping you and your business get through this difficult time.
     
    If you are interested in the program, please CLICK HERE to access the a brief intake form. 
  • Upcoming Educational Opportunities Upcoming Educational Opportunities

    The U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office and the Chester Delaware Counties SCORE Chapter will hold webinar training on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program for small businesses and private non-profits due to COVID-19.

    The webinar will provide you with answers and help you understand: 1) who is eligible for an SBA Disaster (EIDL) loan, 2) what you need to have in hand before filing your application, and 3) Q&A time devoted to answer your specific questions.

    Due to the high volume of questions we are receiving, the webinar will be held daily. If the session is full, please join a session at another day. 

    • Schedule begins Tuesday, March 24 and continues daily through Friday April 3. Webinars are offered Monday through Friday.
    • Each Webinar starts at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:30 p.m. 
    • Log in Information:  https://score.zoom.us/j/723846010
    • Call our SBA District Office at 610-382-3062 with any questions about the training.

    The U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees with an innovative opportunity to offer their perspective as the Department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ideas and comments gathered from this dialogue will inform compliance assistance guidance, resources, and tools, as well as outreach approaches, that assist employers and employees in understanding their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.  Input is needed by March 29, 2020. Anybody who is interested can participate online at >>https://ffcra.ideascale.com<< from March 23 through March 29, 2020 or can join a Twitter chat hosted by @ePolicyWorks on March 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. using the hashtag #EPWChat.


    The Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is presenting a free 1 hour 45 minute webinar as a public service to cover important areas of information specifically to help small businesses on Friday, March 27th at 11 AM. CLICK HERE to register.

    First, top business attorneys Andrew Levy and Ursula Siverling of McNees Wallace & Nurick will discuss the legal ramifications facing small business with suggestions on best practices to help them stay viable. Then, they have invited a top official from the U.S. Small Business Administration to discuss the resources available to help small businesses from suffering undue hardship. And Dennis Davin, Secretary – Department of Community and Economic Development will explain state-level aid that is available to businesses. To be discussed:

    • How the coronavirus has impacted smaller businesses
    • What employers should be doing now to continue to protect their employees and customers – how do you protect your customers when the "doors" open again, what should you do if a noticeably ill customer shows up, how long do you limit your hours, and more
    • Best practices small business should continue to follow even when the pandemic finally levels off
    • Legal ramifications businesses must consider as they begin to get back up to speed
    • How long some of the modified laws will stay in place that you must comply with – FMLA, ADA, Wage & Hour, more
    • Business losses covered under insurance
    • Resources and financial options out there to help small businesses

    The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Health & Safety Division will present the following special webinars in the effort to help keep Pennsylvania workers healthy and safe in these times:

    PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

    March 20, 2020 at 9:30am

    March 27, 2020 at 9:30am

    INFECTIOUS DISEASES

    March 20, 2020 at 1:30pm

    March 27, 2020 at 1:30pm

    To register for any of these events just click on the date above and you will be automatically re-directed to the event homepage and a registration form.

  • Upcoming Events Upcoming Events

     

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