Partners Supporting Business Owners
These partners are able to answer questions about how to start and operate a business. Some partners even provide funding. Check their websites to see the full extent of services offered.
Business Mentors and Education
Get Online and Grow Online (GOGO) Small Business Program
Receive up to 10 hours of free technical assistance that will help your business enter the digital marketplace and receive personalized ecommerce solutions. While there is no formal application deadline, funding is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Entrepreneurs Forever serves under-resourced entrepreneurs by facilitating peer-to-peer learning cohorts for small business owners in the Pittsburgh region. It provides support for individuals who have made the leap to work full time in their business and have achieved the revenue threshold of $30,000 in sales.
Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP)
Long-term collaborations (5 years or more) of business, government, and community leaders to produce comprehensive, asset-based, relationship-driven approaches to community development. A tax credit of up to 75% or 80% can be awarded based on the length of the program.
Allegheny County Small Business Loan Description
The Allegheny Small Business Loan
(ASBL) program that provides funds for establishment and expansion of new and existing small businesses, by providing low interest financing for land development, building improvements, machinery and equipment acquisition, and infrastructure development. Covers up to 40% of project costs.
Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies
Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE) is a new initiative designed to fund multi-state projects within the 13 states of the Appalachian region. Applicants must highlight partnerships across multiple states and provide a plan that showcases the economic impact of the proposed project.
Minority Business Development Agency Business Center of Pennsylvania (MBC-PA)
An agency of the United States Department of Commerce, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) promotes the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned-and-operated businesses by focusing on job creation through capital and financial management access, business consulting, contract and market access, and global business development services.
PIDA Lines of Credit-PA Industrial Development Authority
The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) offers low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.
Small Diverse Business Capital Access Program
The Small Diverse Business Capital Access Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to small diverse businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth.
Braddock Business Community Initiative (BBCI)
After acquiring several vacant, blighted properties along the Braddock Avenue corridor, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC) will assess the condition of the properties issue Requests for Development Proposals (RFDPs) for some or all the properties. All RFDPs will be posted on their bids page.
Partners Supporting Community Leaders
These partners all offer assistance to community groups and municipal leadership in the form of education, technical assistance, or funding. Visit their websites to see the full extent of services.
Workshops and Education
Tick Information from Allegheny County Health Department
For various reasons including natural migration and climate change, ticks continue to plague our area. It’s important to remember tick prevention safety. Learn more about tick prevention by watching the webinar and reviewing the fact sheet from the Allegheny County Health Department linked below.
Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh
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 and surrounding counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.