Governor Wolf and Rep. Dan Moul announce emergency loans are now available to small businesses with less than 100 employees. Information on the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA) can be found via the link below. This loan does not have an easy to access application, but must be requested through your local county CEDO. Please review the Fact Sheet for more information on applying for this loan.
The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, please refer to the CEDO webpage.
Uses - Working capital, which for purposes of this program is considered capital used by a small business for operations, excluding fixed assets and production machinery and equipment.
Eligibility - An eligible small business enterprise is a for-profit corporation, limited liability company, partnership, proprietorship or other legal business entity located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and having 100 or fewer full-time employees worldwide at the time of submission of the application. For purposes of this program a retail/service enterprise is defined as a for-profit business entity that is involved in the business-to-business service, business-to-public service, mercantile, commercial, or point of sale retail sectors. An agricultural producer is defined as a business involved in the management and use of a normal agricultural operation for the production of a farm commodity. A “farm commodity” is any Pennsylvania-grown agricultural, horticultural, aquacultural, vegetable, fruit, and floricultural product of the soil, livestock and meats, wools, hides, furs, poultry, eggs, dairy products, nuts, mushrooms, honey products, and forest products.
Funding and Terms - The maximum loan amount is $100,000.
Loan terms are three years with a 12-year amortization. In addition, 1) No payments will be due and payable during the first year, 2) Principal and if applicable, interest payments will be due monthly for years two and three, and 3) A balloon payment will be due and payable at the end of the third year.
The interest rate for the program is 0% except for agricultural producers in which case the interest rate is 2% fixed for the life of the loan.
How to Apply - Loan applications are packaged by a CEDO that services the county your business is located in. The CEDO will work with you to determine if the CWCA loan program can assist with financing the needs of your business and will discuss with you in detail how the application process works. Visit the Certified Economic Development Organization webpage for a complete listing by county.
Questions about the program can also be directed to 717.783.5046.
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