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COVID-19 Business Resources

Resources for Pittsburgh's small business community

The URA will continue to meet the needs of City of Pittsburgh businesses during the pandemic. We realize the impact of this pandemic will deeply challenge the lives of our small business loan borrowers, neighborhood business districts, and economy, and will do everything we can to help.

Featured Resources

Tools for the Transition

This resource page is for businesses looking for information regarding funding, regulatory adjustments, innovations and other resources. Learn more about getting online, incentivizing gift card purchases, and utilizing outdoor spaces.

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Paid Sick Days Act

Effective March 15, the City of Pittsburgh is requiring all businesses to provide employees with Paid Sick Time notice.

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Green Phase Outdoor Operations

In order to support safe and robust economic activity with physical distancing, the City of Pittsburgh is developing a program to utilize the public rights of way for outdoor commercial operations. The Department is in the process of creating an application, permitting process, and guidelines to request modified sidewalk, parking lane, and street space.

If your business is interested in starting outdoor operations in the Green Phase, please submit as much information as you can provide in this "Street Modification for Outdoor Operations Interest Form."

 

Ready Pittsburgh: A Toolbox for Reopening

Ready Pittsburgh is a toolkit for organizations that contains best practice protocols and guides for various industries as the Pittsburgh region moves to the yellow phase of reopening.


 

URA Financial and Technical Assistance

Minority Business Recovery & Growth Loan Fund

Made possible by PNC and the City of Pittsburgh, The Minority Business Recovery & Growth Loan Fund provides access to capital for existing minority-owned businesses inside the City of Pittsburgh that are recovering from COVID-19 or growing. 

Program Details

  • Loan Amount: Up to $100,000.00
  • Interest Rate: 0% for first year, 2% for balance of loan term
  • Deferral Period: 1 year
  • Length of Loan: 7 years
  • Fees: None

Program Guidelines

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Get Online Grow Online (GOGO) Small Business Program 

*Round II applications are now open.

Learn how to market and sell your products and services online with up to 8 hours of free technical assistance while connecting with similar businesses!

The URA, in partnership with Neighborhood Allies, launched a program to aid businesses in implementing new, creative ways to reach their customers.

Learn more and apply

 

COVID-19 Working Capital Assistance Program 

*Not accepting applications at this time

The URA, through its affiliate Pittsburgh Economic Industrial Development Corporation (PEIDC), is administering the PA Industrial Development Authority's (PIDA) COVID-19 Working Capital Assistance Program to eligible City of Pittsburgh businesses.

This program supplies 0% loans for up to $100,000 for working capital expenditures to businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone interested in the program should view the application and guidelines here.

 

Loyalty Bonds

The URA and Honeycomb Credit partnered to create the Pittsburgh Loyalty Bonds program, a new way for local businesses to smooth out cash flow and engage your customers.

Loyalty Bonds allow you to sell gift cards at a discount right now and gives your customer more reasons to return to your business for years to come. The first 100 Pittsburgh businesses to be accepted into this program will get $0 setup fees and $300 from the URA when you reach your goal.

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URA Small Business Emergency Financing Resource

 

COVID-19: Strategies for Commercial Property Owners & Tenants to Avoid Rent Forbearance Disputes

NAIOP Pittsburgh and the URA developed a guide for property owners and tenants to help in avoiding commercial lease disputes during COVID-19.


 

Additional Resources and Programs

We will continue to update this list as resources become available.

Programs

Paycheck Protection Program

*This program will resume accepting applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

The Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan 

The Small Business Administration is providing low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans to qualified Pennsylvanian small businesses experiencing economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the COVID-19 impact.

 

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program

The SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program provides up to $25,000 for survival and/or reopening of business during or immediately following COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh has announced a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program to provide interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

Honeycomb Relief Loan program

Honeycomb Credit is offering the Honeycomb Relief Loan program to small businesses affected by the coronavirus. These loans up to $50,000 will offer a 45-day payment free period and a six-month interest-only period. Honeycomb is also streamlining its diligence process, accelerating the speed that it launches campaigns onto its platform, and reducing fees across the board.

Kiva Loans

The Kiva Pittsburgh program at Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI) helps business owners to apply for and crowdfund 0% interest loans with Kiva.org. During the COVID-19 outbreak, loans can be as much as $15,000 with a 6-month grace period. Find links to more information, local assistance with your application, and the online application on the RCI website.

Emergency Action Fund

The Pittsburgh Foundation is providing funding to nonprofit organizations facing immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19 through the Emergency Action Fund. You can find the grant criteria and application, opening April 1, 2020, here.

Save Small Business Fund

The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. Apply here.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook has a Small Business Grants Program that offers $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during the outbreak of COVID-19.

 

Guides and Resource Lists

 

Have questions or concerns? Businesses can contact us at 412.255.6669.

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