Financial Assistance to Small Businesses Now Available

(HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has opened up a loan program for small businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

Through the COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, loans of up to $100,000 will be available to small businesses with 100 or fewer employees.  The program provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth.  Interest rates on these loans will be 0% and there will be no application fees or payments necessary for the first year of the loan.  More information about the program can be found at:

“Small businesses are the backbone to our economy and many of them across the state have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Senator Gordner.  “I would encourage them to take advantage of this crucial program and to apply through their local economic development office.”

All loans must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO).  The CEDO for Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Snyder Counties is SEDA-COG.  The contact there is Doug Wilburn at  The CEDO for Luzerne County is Northeastern PA Alliance.  The contact person is David Nat at  For the list of all CEDO’s operating in Pennsylvania, please access:

PIDA normally provides low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs and for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.  Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of CEDOs that partner with PIDA to administer the program.

CONTACT: Mike Stephens 717-787-8928