Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf renews call to legislators to provide $325 million more in COVID-19 relief funds for small businesses

By: Jan Murphy

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling on state lawmakers to do more to help Pennsylvanians get back to work and help the state’s economy recover from his COVID-19 business shutdown order by taking immediate action to provide an additional $325 million in aid for small businesses.

“This would be to direct an additional $225 million partially in forgivable loans and partially in grants to small businesses all across Pennsylvania,” Wolf said at a news conference held in the atrium of Buchart Horn Inc.’s headquarters in York. “In addition, I’m calling on the Legislature to direct another $100 million in forgivable loans and grants to the hospitality, leisure and service industry. Bars, restaurants, hotels, they’ve been really hammered by this pandemic.”

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‘Clear as mud’: How Pa.’s chaotic coronavirus waiver program hurt small businesses

By: Charlotte Keith and Angela Couloumbis

HARRISBURG — On a Saturday in March, after Gov. Tom Wolf urged nonessential businesses to close, Cameron Peters turned off the lights in her flower shop on Phoenixville’s main street, pulled the candy-pink door closed, and started sobbing.

She was unsure when, or if, she would be able to come back. The picturesque downtown, normally bustling with activity, was eerily quiet.

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Facebook Small Business Grants

Facebook is offering $100,000 in cash grants to small businesses. To be eligible to apply, your business must:

  • Have between 2 and 50 employees
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates

Applications are being accepted until May 8, 2020. Please click here for more information or to apply.