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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

The current situation is changing daily, and there is no shortage of information at our fingertips, but we will make every attempt to share with all of you a variety of pertinent resources as we learn of them. Please check back for updates. PDC would like to be a clearinghouse of ideas and solutions for community leaders to share information with one another, please consider using the PDC Forum to post questions and to share best practices during this time of crisis.

Pennsylvania Resources

Governor's Office

Updates from the Wolf Administration, please check back for the most recent information.

Governor's Office Updates

PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)

DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information are being posted on on DCED's website as they become available.

DCED Resources COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA) Request for Waiver/Exemption to Business Closure FAQ for Businesses

PA Department of Health

Information and recommendations from the PA Department of Health are being updated, please check back for the most updated information.

PA Dept of Health Resources

PANO

Our collective COVID-19 response is ever-evolving, and many questions do not yet have answers. However, we can all move forward together to care for ourselves, our families, our organizations, and our communities as the disease spreads.

PANO Resources
CARES Act Resources
CARES Act Summary Sheet

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds

What does the CARES Act mean for you and your organization? And how can you access relief resources?

Independent Sector has teamed with Washington Council Ernst & Young to create a new resource that will show you how the act will apply to your organizations and how to proceed with filing for assistance.

Independent Sector Resources Loan Options for Nonprofits

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Public Private Strategies • Mar 27, 2020

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

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Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis

Paycheck Protection Program Updates PPP Application PPP Template PPP Fact Sheet
Main Street/Elm Street Resources

Boardable

What You Need To Know About Hosting Effective Virtual Meetings

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Force Majeure and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread across the country, more and more offices, schools, and businesses are being shut down by federal, state, and local quarantine regulations. Business activity has dropped precipitously due to required closures and home confinement. It will be months—or even years—before we understand the full legal, economic, and societal costs of this pandemic. But one persistent question our clients are asking us right now is: Does the pandemic and the ensuing disruption trigger the force majeure clause in my contract? If not, are there any other defenses to non-performance that may be applicable?

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International Downtown Association

This resources page has been developed to summarize and equip members with current information and best practices in preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 in urban place management districts.

IDA Resources

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

Per IEDC, Leadership in Times of Crisis - A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency “provides strategies and tactics for community leaders to focus on for economic recovery and preserving jobs, incorporating useful information for convening private and public stakeholders to identify key economic recovery strategies, tips on how to navigate federal resources for response and recovery, and implementation of recovery initiatives.”

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National Main Street Center

The National Main Street Center has compiled a list of resources for Main Street districts during this crisis. They continue to update this page frequently so please check back for the most recent information.

NMSC Resources

PASA Sustainable Agriculture

COVID-19 Guidance for Farms & Markets

PASA Resources

Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the communities where we live and serve, many organizations are encouraging their staff to work remotely if possible. TechSoup has shared some resources (most of which are free) to better facilitate remote work at your nonprofit.

TechSoup Resources
Small Business Resources

America's SBDC

America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

SBDC Resources Training Events Disaster Loan Webinar - March 25, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Act

There continues to be numerous unanswered questions on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Although there has not yet been a resolution to all questions, we wanted to share the following links with recently released guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL). It is important to note that the definitive effective date of the Act is now April 1, 2020.

SEK: CPA's & Advisors

Founder Institute

Thursday Mar 19, 2020

Sample Coronavirus Plan for Businesses: If you don't have one, copy and paste ours

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Honeycomb Credit

Honeycomb Small Business Relief Loan - community-sourced loans for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Honeycomb Credit Resources

Locable

Marketing Your Small Business or Community in This Time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Locable Resources Business Status Directory During COVID-19

Here are a few examples of the free directories installed:

https://www.downtowncrestview.org/

https://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com/

SnapRetail

SnapRetail – offering unlimited free trials at this time to all small businesses, for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.

SnapRetail Resources

Tips to Avoid Coronavirus Financial Scams

Pennsylvania Pressroom

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may be a source of assistance for affected businesses.

SBA Resources SBA Program Comparisons SBA Loan Application Top Approved SBA Lendors in PA & NJ
Housing/Rental Assitance

Federal Housing Finance Authority

3/18/2020

Washington, D.C. – Today, to help borrowers who are at risk of losing their home, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the coronavirus national emergency. The foreclosure and eviction suspension applies to homeowners with an Enterprise-backed single-family mortgage.

FHFA News

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Praises Decision by PA Supreme Court to Halt All Non-essential Functions Including Eviction

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Wolf Administration Directs Families to Emergency Food Assistance During COVID-19 Mitigation Harrisburg, PA

03.17.2020

Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding issued guidance for accessing emergency food assistance for Pennsylvanians at risk of hunger due to measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Wolf Administration: Agriculture is Essential for a Safe and Reliable Food Supply

03.17.2020

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today issued guidance for the agriculture industry on essential businesses and how those businesses can mitigate against COVID-19 while maintaining essential operations to ensure access to food. Governor Tom Wolf yesterday provided an update to businesses related to Pennsylvania's statewide mitigation efforts and noted that food processing, agriculture, feed mills, and grocery stores are essential services.

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General Updates

CDC Resources

Tips from the CDC on how to manage anxiety and cope with stress.

CDC Resources

US Environmental Protection Agency

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. This website provides key EPA resources on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Information on Disinfectants

World Health Organization (WHO)

Latest Updates