Educational Opportunities

PA SBDC SBA Emergency Loan Webinar Series
Thursdays 9-10 a.m.
Process for applying and FAQ’s for PPP/EIDL
January 12 Webinar Recording
View upcoming webinar dates and additional information here.

Shuttered Venues Operations Grant 
January 14 Webinar Recording
Read more about the grant here.

Financial Assistance Available for Small Businesses/Employees

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (View)
  • SBA Coronavirus Relief Options (View)
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):
    Application Deadline extended through December 31, 2021 (View)
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens (View)
  • Pennsylvania Governor’s Announcement 12/23 (View)
    (Details pending legislative authorization)
  • City of Scranton Small Business CARES Act CDBG-CV Grant Program (View)
  • Restaurant Worker Relief Fund: United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties (View)
  • Hospitality and Restaurant Worker Relief Fund: Pocono Mountains United Way (View)

Important COVID-19 Information for Small Businesses

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – EEO Laws and COVID-19 (View)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Businesses and Employers (View)
  • Federal Resources for U.S. Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 (View)
  • COVID-19 Resources for Pennsylvania Businesses, Communities, and Local Governments (View)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Employer UC & COVID-19 FAQs (View)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Businesses (View)

Helpful Tools

Our Network & Partners

  • Pennsylvania SBDC Centers of Excellence (View)
  • SBA and SBDC – Who Does What? (View)
  • Northeast Region Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) (View)
  • Northern Tier Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) (View)
  • Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission (View)

Checking on your Disaster Loan Status

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loan
    Contact your lender.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan
    If you have already submitted an application for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, your request will be processed in the order it was received and you will be contacted once a decision has been reached.The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center is available to answer questions. Please have your loan application number available to expedite your inquiry.📞Call: 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or
    📧 Email:

Items to gather as you prepare for obtaining financial assistance

  • Business financial records, tax returns, equipment/contents, employee information, etc.
  • Insurance policies, inventory and asset lists, client/customer information, profit and loss statements, etc.
  • Important Numbers: Your accountant, insurance agent, banker, SBDC Consultant, etc.

Some additional ideas for short-term planning cash flow

  • Contact your insurance company now (leave a message or email) to ask whether you have business disruption insurance which may help;
  • Contact your banker now to discuss any resources they might have, such as temporary lines of credit, loan deferment options, etc.
  • Take a look at your operating costs now, to see what you might be able to cut back, stop, or pay less, but needed payments on;
  • Check with your local municipality now to confirm extension of their tax date (federal and state now July 15);
  • Continue implementing compliance and protocols now for employee and customer safety;
  • Start considering what you can do now to move on your post-disaster marketing plan; keep your customers engaged as much as possible;
  • Talk with your suppliers and vendors now to see what you can do to manage payables.

We’re here to help. Contact us today to set up a time to discuss your small business needs.

SBDC Business Consultants are available to assist existing clients as well as take on new clients and referrals.

Current SBDC Clients should reach out directly to their SBDC Business Consultant.

New requests for for-profit small business assistance can reach out to us as follows:

We also have interns available to help your business, supported by CARES Act Funding. Learn more here!

Please continue to reach out to The University of Scranton SBDC for small business assistance or to refer your clients or customers.