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Resources and Partners

Partners in the Allegheny Together network are able to help community members with business development, community initiatives, project financing, strategic planning, and more.

Click on the links to get in touch with our partners. 

for businesses:

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

The Business of Child Care Start-Up

Free application-based entrepreneurial training program for start-up child care providers located within the Greater Pittsburgh region, facilitated by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and Invest PGH.

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease

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.

SBDC Duquesne

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost, confidential consulting services and training workshops in southwestern Pennsylvania to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge they need to start, grow, and prosper.

Entrepreneurs Forever

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.

Paramount Pursuits

Paramount Pursuits is a small business incubator and economic development consulting partner, concentrating on empowering entrepreneurs and providing guidance for Main Street revitalization projects within our local communities.

Vibrant Pittsburgh

With thousands of job and career opportunities available in the Pittsburgh region, many companies need help developing a diverse workforce.

Facebook COVID-19 Business Center

Information and suggestions for operating virtually with Facebook products

SCORE

SCORE provides free and confidential one-on-one business counseling by phone, email, and in-person in Southwestern Pittsburgh. Check out their workshops for small business entrepreneurs, too!

SBDC Pitt

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost, confidential consulting services and training workshops in southwestern Pennsylvania to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge they need to start, grow, and prosper.

African American Chamber of Commerce

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pa. provides technical assistance on a variety of business issues through its membership or in-office assessment for referral.

What Small Businesses Can Do

Resource page for small businesses.

Allegheny Together Webinar Recordings

As part of technical support for Allegheny Together Communities, informational webinars will be recorded and posted on this page.

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking for women.

Shift Collaborative

Women-owned marketing firm that offers a full range of digital and creative services, with free workshops for community and business leaders.

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The PMAHCC provides networking opportunities, technical assistance, education, and advising for Hispanic businesses.

Business Funding

Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA)

Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA) is a low-interest loan program designed to stimulate the creation, retention and expansion of minority-owned for-profit businesses and create jobs in Pennsylvania.

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.

Freelance Artist Resources

General preparedness, emergency funding, advocacy, and other miscellaneous resources for freelance artists.

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.

Lender Match Search SBA

Free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders.

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.

Bridgeway Capital

Pittsburgh-based Community Development Finance Institution, building capacity, investing capital, and developing underserved areas to grow businesses and revitalize places.

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.

198 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Information and links for tools that help your business go virtual: video conferencing, meetings, process management, dashboards, studying, training and more.

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Resources and strategies for small businesses

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.

Zero Interest Loan with Capital Launch-Mainvest

Brick-and-Mortar businesses that launch a capital raise on Mainvest, an investment fund, may be eligible for an additional $2,000 capital infusion of a zero-interest loan.

Honeycomb Credit

Local crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs and small business.

Innovation Works

Innovation Works is the Ben Franklin Technology Partner of Southwestern PA and is supported by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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.

PA Workshare Program

A Shared-Work plan allows an employer to temporarily reduce the work hours, rather than laying off any employees and still allows employees covered by a Shared-Work plan to receive a percentage of their Unemployment Compensation (UC) Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA).

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.

Low Interest Industrial Loans-PA DCED

The PIDA 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.

SBA Disaster Loan

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance, providing vital economic support to small businesses to overcome temporary loss of revenue by paying fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid due to the disaster’s impact.

Kiva PGH

National small business loan provider: 0% interest loans with no fees! Loans can be up to $10,000, paid back over up to three years.

PA Business One-Stop-Shop

Clearinghouse of information for doing business in Pennsylvania.

Business Mentors and Education
Business Funding

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.

Local Government Academy

Local Government Academy offers approximately 30 educational programs to government leadership in the Allegheny County region.

Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program

Allegheny Lead Safe Homes is a program through Allegheny County Economic Development and offers qualifying homeowners and renters in Allegheny County free home lead-paint testing and hires a certified lead abatement contractor to stabilize or eliminate lead-paint.

Tri-COG Land Bank

The Tri-COG Land Bank acquires and rehabilitates blighted property to enhance community safety, value, and vibrancy. The central goal of a land bank is to transfer properties that are vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent back to productive use that benefits communities.

Community Funding

Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP)

Tax credit program (up to 80%) to encourage businesses to invest in projects by eligible nonprofits to serve low-income individuals and improve distressed areas. A special-priority category this year is COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Justice Issues.

Neighborhood Allies

Neighborhood Allies offers financial resources, expertise and technical assistance for community development in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.

Duquesne Light Company Community Impact Grants

April 13 - June 1, 2021. Grants for 501c3s with operating budgets of $500k or less. Proposals must be in the target areas of Public Art, Green Spaces, Community Safety and Energy, or Connectivity and Technology.

Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (Commonwealth Financing Authority)

Projects which involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.

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.

Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments

The Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments (TCVCOG) brings together 20 municipalities. Services include grant administration, code enforcement, utility billing, land banking, and state mandate compliance.

DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)

Tax credit program (up to 80%) to encourage businesses to invest in projects by eligible nonprofits to serve low-income individuals and improve distressed areas. A special-priority category this year is COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Justice Issues.

Critical Community Needs Funds from the POISE Foundation

The purpose of the CCNF is to provide support to small, Black Led Organizations (BLOs) responding to critical needs in the Black community resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

COG-Steel Rivers

The Steel Rivers Council of Governments (SRCOG) is a non-profit organization supporting municipalities in the Mon Valley region of Allegheny County.

Flood Mitigation Program (Commonwealth Financing Authority)

For-Profit Businesses, Municipalities, Councils of Governments, Authorized Organizations, Institutions of Higher Education, Watershed Organizations. – Flood mitigation projects.

Community Funding
Workshops & Education
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