Coronavirus-Related Information

The Clinton County Economic Partnership offers the following resources and information for businesses and organizations: 

SURVEY on Coronavirus Economic Impact to local businesses and organizations.  In collaboration with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership is collecting data on the impact of the Coronavirus on our area businesses and organizations. We plan to communicate this information to county, state and federal legislators so they have a better perspective on how local business is being affected. Your input is valuable. Please click on the following link to complete this brief survey by April 3, 2020https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KLKTC9B

As per the Governor’s order, the Partnership office is temporarily closed. However, we are working remotely and are able to take calls and check emails. Please contact us if you feel we can be of help:  Mike Flanagan, President – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 570-660-1604Julie Brennan, Chamber/Tourism Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 570-295-4833; April Bittner, Leadership Clinton County and Enterprise Zone Coordinator – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 570-295-1294; Lisa Engel, Administrative Assistant – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 570-560-7509

Due to this ongoing situation, we have cancelled the April 16 Partnershp 'Time Out' at Grand Central Beer in Avis and the May 21 ‘Time Out’ that was to have been hosted by the City of Lock Haven. We thank both for their interest in hosting an event and hope we will be able to reschedule them sometime in the future.


Posted 4/2/20

- The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the federal CARES Act, begins tomorrow. The program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Starting April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans through existing SBA-certified local lenders. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply through local lenders. These funds will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you are interested, we encourage you to make an appointment with your local lender as soon as possible.

The U.S. Treasury has issued additional guidance for Paycheck Protection Program. Click Here for the UPDATED – Small Business PPP Loan Guide. Click Here for a brief, updated program overview: Paycheck Protection Program Overview.

- The U.S. Chamber offers an updated guide for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) being administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click Here for the SBA EIDL Guide

- There’s also updated information on the Employee Retention Tax Credit for COVID-19 impacted employers. Click Here for the Emp. Retention Credit Guide.

- The state has closed the window to apply for a state-level grant, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA), designed to provide critical working capital financing to small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to SEDA-COG, the application window was closed because loan requests exceeded the $61 million available loan pool. Successfully submitted applications will be evaluated by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PDIA) for approval, and successful applicants will then be notified by PIDA. Businesses who contacted SEDA-COG about the CWCA program will receive an email regarding the status of their inquiry and application. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 - A reminder: tomorrow, April 3, is the deadline for businesses to apply for an exemption to show they provide a life-sustaining service, according to Governor Wolf. To request a waiver, go to: https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open.

Additional Resources:

- Click Here for a Coronavirus-related poster from the PA Department of Labor & Industry on how employees can keep themselves safe at work.

- Penn State Extension offers a no-cost webinar Friday, April 3, at 7pm on COVID-19 Stimulus Benefits and Your Farm and Food Business. Click here: Visit the Event Website for More Details.

- Penn State Extension is offering more than 50 free courses from their online library during the month of April. For more information, go to: https://extension.psu.edu/shopby/online-courses.


Posted 4/1/20

- Today, the state announced it will stop accepting waiver applications from businesses wanting to be considered as a Life-Sustaining Business, as of this Friday, April 3, 2020.  Click Here for news release.


Posted 4/1/20

-  Governor Wolf announced that a “Stay-at-Home” order has been extended to every county in the state, through at least April 30, 2020, in an effort to stem the spread of the Coronavirus. In light of this order, the Partnership team is limited in our ability to communicate with members via mass email. We will continue to do our best to keep you up to date. We strongly encourage you to regularly visit this webpage for updates. You can reach us through our cell phones and emails (available the top of this page).

 - Click Here for the Stay-at-Home order guidelines.

- Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program, established through the federal CARES Act, will start to be accepted this Friday, April 3, 2020. The program will be administered through local lenders, Click Here for a list of area financial institutions for your information. We ask your patience if you are attempting to secure a loan through this (and any other) program. Local financial lenders are still receiving direction from the U.S. Department of Treasury on specific guidelines. Our website post from earlier today provides links to program information and the application.

- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosts a free webinar on U.S. Small Business Administration loans and resources this Friday, April 3, at 1:00 p.m.. Click Here for registration information.

- The PA Liquor Control Board is offering limited online sales, and deliveries, of alcohol, starting today. Click Here for news release.


Posted 4/1/20

- NEW:  The U.S. Department of Treasury has issued new information for the Paycheck Protection Program, established through the federal CARES Act. The Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Click on the following link for initial guidance. You can also go to the U.S. Treasury webpage for additional information: https://home.treasury.gov/cares.

  • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.

The Paycheck Protection Program will be administered through local lenders. The federal government is working with financial institutions to finalize the application process, and applications could start being accepted in the next few days. Click on this link to Download the application. The Partnership is developing a list of local lenders who will be participating in this program and will pass that information along.

- As previously noted, applications are being accepted for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program being administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click here for the SBA EIDL portal.

- As employers begin to navigate the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a helpful FAQ document pertaining to the Employee Retention Tax Credit section of the law is now available.  Developed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the document answers a wide range of potential questions – including what types of businesses qualify for the credit, how it is calculated and the availability of the credit.  To view the FAQ document, click here.

- PennDOT has announced more than 60 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects will be active across the state this week. Click Here for news release for details.

- Utilities serving Clinton County are supporting relief efforts. The FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $500,000 to food banks and an additional $1.5 million in matching contributions to United Way agencies to assist with COVID-19 response efforts, including a $5,000 donation to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Mill Hall (Click Here for news release). The PPL Foundation has donated $500,000 to their Operation HELP program to help low-income customers pay heating bills (Click Here for news release).

Additional Resources: 

- SEDA-COG (the Lewisburg-based regional planning and development organization that serves Clinton and surrounding counties) has established a webpage highlighting available Coronavirus-related resources. Click here: https://seda-cog.org/covid-19/

- Pennsylvania has published a guide, “Responding to COVID-19,” which contains information about the orders, mitigation efforts, resources for individuals, schools and businesses. Click here: RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

- The U.S. Department of Labor offers information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Click on the following link for Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

- The Main Street America program has information on federal/national resources, Main Street resources and tools, available webinars and tip sheets. Click here: https://www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/covid19resources#FederalandNationalResources


Posted 3/31/20

-Governor Wolf yesterday extended, until further notice, the closure period for non-life-sustaining businesses, as well as schools across the state. READ RELEASE.  We realize the hardships everyone is experiencing and have received questions from many businesses and organizations for information on the federal and state loan programs that are being established as a response to the Coronavirus. Please know that websites such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) are being overwhelmed with people trying to apply for loans. In addition, guidelines and requirements for at least one of the loan programs – the Paycheck Protection Program authorized under the CARES federal stimulus package signed into law this past Friday – have not yet been finalized. The U.S. Treasury is working with lending institutions to carry out this program. We will communicate the guidelines as soon as they become available.

- The PA Chamber of Business & Industry provides a good summary for businesses in response to the most asked questions:

What are the loans and financial resources being made available to small businesses?

- CLICK HERE for information and to apply for a federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan of up to $2 million, including a grant of up to $10,000 available within three days of a successful application. (Note from the Partnership: The ‘grant’ referred to here is called an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Apply for the Loan Advance here.)

- CLICK HERE for guidance on key business programs in the recently-passed federal financial recovery bill.

- CLICK HERE for an explanation of the Paycheck Protection Program to provide loans for small businesses.

- CLICK HERE for information on Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program to provide working capital financing to impacted small businesses.

Does Governor Wolf's business shutdown order affect my business?

- CLICK HERE for the most current list of exempt industries and HERE for a FAQ document developed by the Wolf administration.

- CLICK HERE to apply for a waiver if your business is subject to the shutdown.

What are the new paid leave mandates and unemployment compensation changes?

- CLICK HERE for brief summary from the U.S. Department of Labor.

- CLICK HERE for a FAQs document from the U.S. Department of Labor.

- CLICK HERE for a PA Chamber summary of both Pennsylvania and Federal changes to the unemployment compensation system.

NOTE from the Partnership:  There are benefits, requirements and restrictions associated with each of these government loan programs. We encourage you to assess your individual situation as you determine what programs could be most helpful to your business. You are welcome to reach out to the Partnership for support.

 

Additional Resources:

- The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center offers assistance to business owners who may be struggling with SBA loan applications. Use the following link to connect with an SBDC business consultant: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup

- To contact the U.S. SBA Customer Service Center, call 1-800-659-2955; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

- Coronavirus resources/posters/fact sheets for employers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html


Posted 3/30/20

The PA Department of Health has updated guidance (Click Here for Dept of Health UPDATED Business Guidanceand Frequently Asked Questions (Click Here for COVID-19 FAQ for Businessesdesigned for businesses to help your decision-making during this time. They have also developed a risk assessment tool you can use as a framework when making decisions about operations (Click Here for Risk Assessment Tool).

- Governor Wolf Friday signed several pieces of support legislation in response to the ongoing crisis:

-  House Bill 68 makes applying for unemployment compensation easier for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill requires the PA Department of Labor & Industry to waive the one-week waiting period and job search and work registration requirements for claimants under the disaster emergency; provides automatic relief from benefit charges for employers whose accounts would otherwise be charged during the disaster emergency; and increases timeframes and allows for interest-free payment plans.

- Senate Bill 751 waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, and ensures school employees are paid during the closure.

- Senate Bill 422 reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2.

- House Bill 1232 provides $50 million for the Wolf Administration to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services.

Meanwhile, the PA Department of State announced a series of temporary licensing waivers for health care workers. The state has streamlined the process for retired doctors, nurses, medical students, pharmacists, and other health care workers, allowed out-of-state practitioners to practice in Pennsylvania, expanded telemedicine, and launched a portal to purchase supplies.

- The Keystone Central School District Tax Office has implemented a new due date of July 15, 2020 for 2019 Final Earned Income Tax (EIT) Returns. Any payments owed for 2019 Final EIT Returns can be paid, interest and penalty free, on or before July 15, 2020. Read more: www.go.kcsd.us/taxoffice. You can also click on the following link for additional Coronavirus-related information from KCSDFrequently Asked Questions Document

- Lock Haven University has established an Emergency Student Fund in response to the increased hardships their students are now facing. To support that effort, click on the following link: LHU Emergency Student Fund to help students stay enrolled and complete their degree. The fund addresses students’ immediate and greatest needs related to housing, transportation issues, food insecurity, insufficient technology and internet access, and online learning assistance.

- The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers continue to offer webinars covering how businesses and nonprofits can apply for federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans. Click on the following link to register for the March 31 seminar https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26685.

- The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=719.

Additional Resources:

- Horizon Federal Credit Union offers small business support in response to Coronavirus: https://www.horizonfcu.org/horizon-cares/

- PennDOT operational changes due to COVID-19, and Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/coronavirus.aspx

- UPMC Coronavirus updates: https://www.upmc.com/coronavirus

- Geisinger Coronavirus updates: https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus

- Bucktail Medical Center Coronavirus updates: https://bucktailmedicalcenter.org


Posted 3/28/20

Governor Wolf this afternoon added neighboring Centre County to the list of Pennsylvania counties under a “stay-at-home” order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight and continues until at least April 6.

As of noon today, Centre County had 15 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the PA Department of Health. The county’s first case was confirmed on March 20.

Under the ‘stay-at-home’ order, residents are allowed to leave home only for allowable activities and essential travel. Click on the following link for “stay-at-home” order guidelines.

There are now reported cases of the Coronavirus in 56 Pennsylvania counties. As of noon today, the Department of Health had listed no cases of the virus in Clinton County.


Posted 3/28/20

- The federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was passed yesterday, paving the way for government assistance to businesses and nonprofits. As specifics are established over the next few days with financial lenders, we encourage you to take time now to Click Here and review the CARES Act Guide and Checklist prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It will help you determine if you are eligible, what information lenders will be looking for, how much you can borrow, and if the loan will be forgiven. 

Also, Click Here to view a Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, which provides information about the programs and initiatives that will be available.  

- The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is a state program administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that provides critical working capital financing to small businesses adversely impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. Click Here to view the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program Guidelines,


Posted 3/27/20

The federal stimulus package – commonly referred to as the CARES Act – was passed today. The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 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 nonprofits and other employers.

We are working to secure accurate information to help you determine if you are eligible, and what you need to be doing now to prepare for applying for assistance. It is our understanding this program will not be run through the U.S. Small Business Administration, but rather through financial lenders.

We will be back in touch as we have additional information.


Posted 3/27/20

Use the following link for COVID-19 Guidance & Resources from the PA Office of Unemployment Compensation:  https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx.  Also Click Here to see Labor & Industry UC letter regarding delays to the UC filing process and how you can best help that process.

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a series of questions and answers on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act. FFCRA is designed to provide businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members: FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

In addition, the DOL Wage and Hour Division has released a NEW POSTER on the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This must be posted by April 1, 2020. Visit https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf to download the poster and post it at your workplace. Also, see https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions for frequently asked questions regarding the poster.

View the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website for Coronavirus Tax Relief information:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the creation of a new web portal that will expedite the procurement of critical medical supplies for Pennsylvania’s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal was developed to source the most needed supplies for medical providers, emergency responders, and health care professionals. The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the state of supplies available for purchase and will allow the Commonwealth more quickly and efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania.

Partnership member R.S. Associates Insurance in Beech Creek offers health insurance and other benefit options for employees facing layoffsClick Here for additional information.

Many local restaurants are open for business, offering options such as drive-thru, delivery and pick-up. Some others who have been closed are establishing to-go options and are working to reopen soon. Please support our Partnership recommended eating establishments: http://www.clintoncountyinfo.com/clinton-county-economic-partnership-visitors-bureau/dining. All area businesses need our support….now and as we move forward in our recovery from COVID-19.


Posted 3/26/20

The state has announced a new, low-interest loan program to help small businesses recover from COVID-19 mitigation efforts and restrictions. The COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA) offered through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will provide loans of up to $100,000 to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Click Here to view a Fact Sheet on the loan program. Locally, SEDA-COG is now accepting applications for small businesses for the Program. Download all of the documents at this link: https://seda-cog.org/covid-19/. For questions on completing the application documents emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The PA Chamber of Business & Industry hosts a free employer educational webinar Coronavirus and Small Business – Next Steps and Best Practices tomorrow, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. REGISTER HERE.

Business attorneys will discuss the legal ramifications facing small business with suggestions on best practices to help them stay viable. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also been invited to discuss the resources available to help small businesses from suffering undue hardship. And Dennis Davin, Secretary – PA Department of Community and Economic Development, will explain state-level aid that is available to businesses. Topics to be covered include:

·     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 speakers will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

The U.S. Department of Labor is inviting stakeholders to a National Online Dialogue on Paid Family and Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with paid family and medical leave or paid sick leave for specified reasons in response to COVID-19.  The U.S. Dept. of Labor is hosting a national online dialogue, Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19, to help employers and workers understand their responsibilities and rights, respectively, under the FFCRA.  This dialogue provides an opportunity for employers and workers to play a key role in shaping the development of the Department of Labor's compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of FFCRA. The public, including employers, workers and their advocacy groups can participate in this national online dialogue through this Sunday, March 29, 2020. More information on this dialogue can be found here.  Those interested in participating can register here.

As an additional resource, loan and grant programs for rural communities in Pennsylvania are offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.


 

Posted 3/25/20

Due to the high demand for information, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering a Disaster Loan Training Webinar for Small Business. Use this link:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/282c5f7 to register. If you were unable to participate today or a webinar is full, see the attached list of links for repeat webinars scheduled through next week.

The Governor’s Office has updated the list of Life-Sustaining Businesses to include additional businesses that may operate. See attached listing.

We recommend communicating with groups that are key to your business (financial institutions, landlords, utilities, permitting and other state and federal regulatory agencies, etc.) to see if they can be of help during this time.

Looking ahead, the Partnership is supporting efforts by several state-level entities to gather suggestions on how to re-boot Pennsylvania when this crisis eases. Please email your thoughts/ideas to the Partnership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For our hospitality-related member businesses, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association offers information and resources at www.prla.org/coronavirus.


Posted 3/24/20  The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center hosts a free webinar SBA Emergency Loans: Process for applying and FAQ’s tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the process of applying for a disaster assistance loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Topics to be covered include who is eligible, timelines, and how to estimate economic loss. You must register by 8:00 a.m. Wednesday to participate. Register Here

The PA Chamber of Commerce hosts a free webinar this Friday, March 27, at 11:00 a.m. titled 2020 Coronavirus and Business Next Steps and Best Practices. REGISTER


Posted 3/23/20  As the nation works to flatten the spread of the Coronavirus, enforcement of the business closures ordered by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s office went into effect today (Monday, March 23). The Governor has tasked the State Police with enforcement. Click Here for details.

Resources:

- A regularly updated guide from the state that includes information for businesses: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/

 - COVID-19 Guidance & Resources for businesses and workers, from the PA Dept. of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Compensation: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

- The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association offers employer information regarding furloughs and layoffs. Click Here for details.

- The PA Chamber hosts a free webinar at 11:00 a.m. this Friday, March 27, titled 2020 Coronavirus and Business Next Steps and Best Practices REGISTER

Additional information:

• The Governor today announced that public schools across Pennsylvania will remain closed for two additional weeks, until at least April 6 (it had previously been through March 30).

• Lock Haven University is waiving SAT/ACT score requirements for prospective students seeking consideration for the Fall 2020 semester. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 570-484-2027. Meanwhile, current LHU students are continuing coursework via remote/online learning. Unfortunately, May graduation has been postponed.

• PA legislators and the Governor have reached an agreement to postpone the April 28 primary election to June 2, 2020.

• PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources today announced all facilities at state parks and forests will remain closed through April 30, including park and forest offices and visitor centers; restrooms; campgrounds, cabins and all forms of overnight accommodations; all reservable facilities; and all public programs, events and trainings. The public is still able to access trails, lakes, forests, roads and parking areas.

• The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development is suspending evictions and foreclosures for 60 days. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority (PHFA) has halted any foreclosure actions or evictions against any of its home loan customers who may be in default. This policy will remain in effect until impacts from the virus subside. During the health crisis, the agency will stop all negative credit reporting for its mortgage customers. PHFA has more than 60,000 home loan customers.

   PHFA also monitors more than 1,130 affordable housing communities that receive Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC); owners of those buildings agree to keep rents lower for a period of 30 years or longer. A message was sent from PHFA to those building owners and managers, asking them to be understanding with renters who miss April rent payments or who are already facing eviction. LIHTC building managers were encouraged to waive late payment fees for those tenants who may have reduced hours or loss of employment caused by a business slowdown.


Posted 3/21/20  Late Friday, the Governor’s office announced it is delaying, until Monday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m., enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s directive that  non-life-sustaining businesses must close their physical locations to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

   • Click Here for an UPDATED listing (the State has made some revisions to what had originally been published) of what is and is not considered a Life Sustaining Business.

   • Businesses wanting to request a waiver to remain open must now make that request online through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) website, https://dced.pa.gov/, then click on the link titled: Waiver/Exemption Form for Non-Life Sustaining Businesses to get to the application form.

   • Click Here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Life Sustaining Businesses.

   • The DCED website also offers a link: Resources for Businesses affected by COVID-19. Go to the homepage, https://dced.pa.gov/.


Posted 3/21/20  This week, the Commonwealth Financing Authority authorized $40 million to the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The funding is to be combined with existing funds in PIDA’s Small Business First Program and be used to provide zero-interest loans to small businesses. A combined $60 million or more in loans will be made available to businesses with 10 or fewer full-time employees. Loans of up to $100,000 will be available to use as working capital. More details on this program and instructions for how small businesses can apply will be available as soon as they are established by PIDA.

- For employees facing layoffs, Click Here for a checklist of information (PA UC Filing Materials Checklist) people will need when filing for Unemployment Compensation.

The IRS has moved Tax Day from April 15 to July 15, giving all taxpayers and businesses an additional three months to file and make payments without interest or penalties.


Posted 3/20/20  Clinton County Government offices will be temporarily closed to the public, starting Monday, March 23, 2020. The County is providing phone numbers and emails for the public to use for needed services. Read more


Posted 3/20/20 Questions on the Governor’s order/How to obtain a waiver:  We have been fielding questions from businesses this morning regarding whether or not they are considered to be a "life-sustaining" business.  The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has set up two e-mails regarding this issue.

- We encourage employers with questions about whether their organization needs to close to contact DCED at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- The Department has also dedicated the following e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for businesses seeking an exemption to the order. A request for an exemption should include reasons why your business should remain open and how you plan to protect employees and the public.

We also recommend businesses check the Business Resources for Coronavirus page on the PA Chamber of Commerce website for more information on COVID-19, including a regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, as well as links to government updates.


Posted 3/20/20 Governor Wolf orders non-life-sustaining businesses to close  Read More


Posted 3/20/20  Support local business! Click here for a link to the Partnership’s Dining and Lodging Guide. Please note that conditions are evolving. We recommend contacting business directly for current operating hours. 


Posted 3/20/20

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus Click Here

SBA Fact Sheet: Economic Injury Disaster Loans  Click Here


Posted 3/19/20  LOCAL resources (Clinton County Economic Partnership members) that may be helpful during this time.   Click Here


Posted  3/19/20  PA Governor Wolf this afternoon announced the availability of disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Read More


Posted  3/18/20  SBA updates criteria on states for requesting disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Small businesses across Pennsylvania can access disaster assistance loans once Gov. Tom Wolf approves an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.  SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

Businesses can start to fill out the forms now online in anticipation of Wolf’s request. Once a declaration is made, businesses can apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. To prepare for the online application, businesses are also encouraged to review the SBA Disaster Business Loan Application forms at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms.

For more information and updates, please sign up for emails at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/subscriber/new?topic_id=USSBA_134

Up to date information on Current Declared Disasters is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/Index

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Posted  3/16/20  Pennsylvania’s “Shared-Work” Program. Offered through the state’s Office of Unemployment Compensation, the Shared-Work Program allows employers to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees and divide the available hours equally rather than laying off any employees. This allows employers to retain their workforce during a temporary slowdown and then quickly ramp up operations without the expense of recruiting, hiring and training new employees. It also protects your employees from the financial hardship of a full layoff. Read More


Posted  3/16/20  PA Chamber of Commerce – Business Resources for the Coronavirus

https://www.pachamber.org/coronavirus/

Coronavirus Toolkit from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Posted  3/16/20  Resources/Informational Websites

Pennsylvania Department of Health(current information on the virus in PA)

U.S. Travel Association(virus emergency preparedness and response)

World Health Organization(workplace readiness regarding the virus)

U.S. Travel Association(virus emergency preparedness and response)


Posted   3/16/20   ServSafe – Steps for Food Service, Restaurant Readiness

Coronavirus What you Can Do

Cleaning-vs-Sanitizing

Handwashing 101 poster