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Business Resources

 

FREE Small Business Support-
Wilkes University Small Business Development Center

 

(This is a valuable benefit of your CCEDC Membership)

The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a long-time supporter of
the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation. A SBDC business consult will
travel to Lehighton to meet with individuals (by appointment) who are either interested in starting
a new small business or who currently own a small business and need assistance with some facet
of their business.

The SBDC assists individuals who are contemplating starting a new business by assistance in
researching your idea, writing a business plan, preparing financial projections, inter-facing
with government loan programs, environmental issues, licensing, registration and much
more.   

Existing businesses can turn to the SBDC for guidance in marketing and sales strategies,
additional research, environmental concerns, disaster preparedness and human resource
issues.    

Most importantly, the SBDC services are FREE of charge!
For more information about the Wilkes Small Business Development Center please visit our
website at www.wilkes.edu/sbdc. To make an appointment in Lehighton, please contact the
CCEDC at 610-379-5000.  

 

548Manufacturing Support

While the manufacturing sector has seen immense changes over the past 25 years, it is still considered an important part of our nation's and our county's economy. 

There are many programs that provide support to manufacturers at the State level. In order to see a list of these, please visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's web site, www.newpa.com. (All links open in a new browser window.) 

The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation distributes a quarterly Manufacturer’s Newsletter and also partners with the Northeast PA Alliance (NEPA) to offer connections to international company sales respresentatives and NEPA’s PTAC department, which helps companies qualify and apply for government contracts.

For more information about the next upcoming forum, please contact the CCEDC office at 610-379-5000.

 

Workforce Development

 

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Workforce development training is a crucial component of many business decisions. Here is a list of available workforce development programs that are available for Carbon County, Pennsylvania sites.

 

Customized Job Training Program (CJT)
Grants for specialized job training to existing or newly hired employees.

 

Enterprise Zone Program
Grants to financially disadvantaged communities for preparing and implementing business development strategies within municipal Enterprise Zones.

 

Guaranteed Free Training Program (GFT-WEDnetPA)
Basic skills and information technology training for new employees and new and expanding businesses.

 

Opportunity Grant Program
Grant funds to create or preserve jobs within the Commonwealth.

 

Work Force Investment Act of 1998 (Title 1)
A federal program providing employment assistance and job training to eligible individuals

 

Workforce Leadership Grants
Improve the supply of, and create a pipeline for, technology based industries in Pennsylvania that will require highly skilled technical workers to compete in a globally competitive technology based economy.

 


Business Financing

A wide variety of financing assistance is available to help you start a new business, or expand an existing one in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Here is a list of programs, with links to more information from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's web site, www.newpa.com. (All links open in a new browser window.)

 

The Agile Program uses the resources of Lehigh University to include professors, students, and equipment to help industry solve manufacturing issue and complex manufacturing processes.

 

The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the Commonwealth. The Program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

 

Investment in venture capital partnerships investing in early-stage PA technology companies.

 

Grants to help groups or consortia of Pennsylvania companies position themselves at the cutting edge of emerging technologies and establish a competitive advantage through the use of advanced e-business systems.

 

Grants designed to promote stronger synergy between university-based research and development and the transfer of technology as it relates to economic and work force development

 

Provides funds to businesses through the four Ben Franklin Technology Partners for access to capital, business expertise, technology commercilization services to advance the development of new technologies and for the generation, conservation, and transportation of alternative and clean energy.

 

This Fund is a grant program administered by DCED. Funds are provided from the PUC, by an assessment of the basic rate changes of CenturyLink, Verizon and Windstream. BOAF is designed to assist rural community’s aggregate demand for broadband services. The goal is for rural communities to overcome challenges associated with low density populations and physically remote areas in procuring broadband services. Grant assistance is provided to qualified applications to implement outreach programs concerning the benefits, uses and procurement of broadband services as well as providing the ability to aggregate the demand in communities with little or no broadband availability.  Click here for a listing and description of prior BOAF projects.

 

Provides mezzanine capital for developers for real estate assets in small to mid-sized Pennsylvania communities.

 

Empowers communities to attract growing and expanding businesses by helping them build an inventory of ready sites

 

Installment loans, lines of credit and technical assistance for minority business enterprises, women-owned business enterprises and small businesses.

 

Low-interest loans for projects in distressed communities.

 

Grants for specialized job training to existing or newly hired employees.

 

The Technology Collaborative (TTC) was formed in January 2005 through the merger of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse and the Robotics Foundry. TCC is a statewide economic development organization whose mission is to help increase Pennsylvania's technology-based economy through the development of collaborative industry clusters that leverage the region's world-class assets in advanced electronics, cyber security, and robotics. TTC helps to create an ideal environment for business expansion through leverage of the region's high-tech base, along with resources and support from local universities, private foundations, regional development organizations, federal, state, and local government, and industry. TCC enables regional economic growth through utilization of this "business friendly" environment to attract new companies to the region, help local companies grow, and foster start-ups. As a member-driven initiative, TTC delivers high-value-add programs and services that start-up and expansion businesses need. The services include: collaborative research, education and training, extensive business support, networking opportunities, and employee recruitment services.

 

Tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. 

 

Grants to financially disadvantaged communities for preparing and implementing business development strategies within municipal Enterprise Zones. The Department is not accepting planning and new designation applications during fiscal year 2009-10 (through June 30, 2010).

 

Funding for small business for export activities.

 

Act 55 of 2007, the Film Tax Credit Law (Act 55) was enacted and authorized the issuance of $75 million in tax credits in an effort to expand the activity of film, television and other production companies in Pennsylvania.

 

The First Industries Fund is a loan, loan guarantee, and grant program aimed at strengthening Pennsylvania’s agriculture and tourism industries. The program is administered by both the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) and the Department of Community and Economic Development.

 

Basic skills and information technology training for eligible employees of new and expanding businesses.

 

The High Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the Commonwealth. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of CFA.

 

Seven regional centers provide technical assistance and consulting services to the commonwealth’s small and medium sized manufacturers.

 

Grant and low-interest loan financing to perform environmental site assessment and remediation work at former industrial sites.

 

A multi-year grant program that will provide grants to certain issuers of debt in order to assist with the payment of debt service.

 

Grant and low-interest loan financing for public and private infrastructure improvements

 

Innovation Grants provide funding to encourage the technology transfer and commercialization of intellectual property between Pennsylvania’s technology-oriented businesses and entrepreneurs and academic medical institutions, non-profit research institutions, and Pennsylvania Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with preference given to Keystone Innovation Zone-participating IHEs. The Innovation Grant program is a companion program to the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) program.

 

Assistance for early-stage PA technology companies applying to Federal Funding opportunities such as SBIR/STTR

 

The Job Creation Tax Credit program awards a $1,000-per-job tax credit to businesses that exhibit leadership in technology and create new jobs in the Commonwealth within three years of the project start date.

 

Provides state and local tax abatement to businesses and residents locating in one of the 12 designated zones.

 

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office is now seeking nominations for the Keystone Society for Tourism. The Keystone Society for Tourism was established to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to tourism in Pennsylvania.

 

Low-interest loans to acquire and install new or used machinery and equipment or to upgrade existing machinery and equipment

 

Designed to enhance the capability of small and mid-sized Pennsylvania companies to increase export sales, the Pennsylvania Market Access Grant (MAG) is a valuable tool available to qualifying companies seeking financial assistance and foreign market entry support.

 

Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas.

 

Corporate tax liability credit for businesses that sponsor a neighborhood organization to develop and implement a neighborhood revitalization plan by contributing a substantial amount of cash per year over an extended period of time

 

An incentive program that provides tax credits to private companies investing in rehabilitating, expanding, or improving buildings or land located within designated enterprise zones.

 

Loans to venture capital partnerships to invest in growth-stage PA companies.

 

Guarantees to top-tier venture capital partnerships for investments in growth stage pa companies.

 

The Next Generation Farmer Loan Program uses federal tax-exempt mortgage financing to reduce a farmer’s interest rate for capital purchases, such as the purchase of farm land or agricultural machinery and equipment.

 

Grant funds to create or preserve jobs within the Commonwealth.

 

The Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) is designed to encourage regional coordination in economic development efforts, yielding superior customer service to the business community and a comprehensive, efficient statewide economic delivery strategy. 

 

Loan guarantee through participating banks to be used to support a wide variety of business purposes.

 

Debt financing for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

 

Tax-exempt and taxable bonds, both in pooled transactions and stand-alone transactions, to be used to finance land, building, equipment, working capital and refinancings.

 

Tax-exempt and taxable bonds, both in pooled transactions and stand-alone transactions, to be used to finance land, building, equipment, working capital and refinancings.

 

Low-interest loan financing through Industrial Development Corporations for land and building acquisition, construction and renovation, resulting in the creation or retention of jobs.

 

Low-interest loans for the design, engineering, right-of-way and repair, reconstruction and construction of public highways, bridges, public and private airports and railroads and public transportation systems.

 

Low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.

 

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) is a collaboration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) at Lehigh University, and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. The mission of the PITA program is to assist the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and companies within the Commonwealth to increase operating efficiency and to enhance economic development.

 

Low-interest loan financing to businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities.

 

Assistance for small businesses to implement pollution prevention and energy-efficiency projects, enabling these businesses to adopt or install equipment or processes that reduce pollution, energy use or raw materials.

 

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) helps Pennsylvania companies improve their competitiveness, by providing a limited amount of free technical assistance to resolve specific technical questions or needs, while it facilitates connections to other relevant information, resources and/or programs. PennTAP is a statewide network of geographically-dispersed technical specialists with expertise in a variety of focus areas, including advanced information technology, environmental compliance, energy efficiency and conservation, operations improvement, occupational safety and health, product development, federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer proposal development, technology transfer and commercialization. The program focuses on smaller businesses that typically lack the expertise and/or resources to address these types of issues in-house.

 

The Powdered Metals Program provides training programs for the existing workforce supported through Penn State and the regional community education councils. The program makes use of the facilities in the schools within the north central Pennsylvania region, such as the metalworking facility at St. Marys High School and the laboratory at the Penn State DuBois campus.

 

Grants to build or repair rail lines or spurs.

 

Funding is provided to Regional Film Offices that promote and facilitate film and television production in Pennsylvania as a means to increase economic activity and create jobs in the Commonwealth.

 

The Regional Investment Marketing (RIM) Grant Program is intended to reinforce the linkages between state and regional efforts to promote business expansion and to attract new investment to Pennsylvania, and focus regional economic development efforts on industries and industry sub-sectors where the likelihood of success is greatest. More specifically, RIM is designed to foster a shared vision of the importance of marketing the Commonwealth as a whole as a destination of choice for investment and promoting the attributes and assets of individual regions within that context. In addition, the program is designed to advance an investor-oriented and data-driven approach to marketing to attract investment, including the use of regional marketing areas as an organizing principle in structuring marketing initiatives.

 

The purpose of the Regional Marketing Partnership Grant Program provides funding for sound marketing efforts and partnership development to promote Pennsylvania. Two types of grants are available: place-based and experience-based.

 

The Renewable Energy Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grant and loan funds to promote the use of alternative energy in the Commonwealth. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of CFA.

 

Allows companies holding qualifying Research and Development Tax Credits to apply for approval to sell those tax credits and assign them to the buyer(s).

 

Loan Guarantees for working capital for 2-7 yr old manufacturing, biotech, and technology-oriented companies

 

Technical assistance and consulting services to current and prospective entrepreneurs.

 

Funding for small businesses, including: low-interest loan financing for land and building acquisition and construction; machinery and equipment purchases and working capital.

 

The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to promote the use of alternative energy in the Commonwealth. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of CFA.

 

Promotes and stimulates the general economic welfare of various regions and communities in the Commonwealth and assists in the development, redevelopment and revitalization of Brownfield and Greenfield sites in accordance with the TIF Act. The program provides credit enhancement for TIF projects to improve market access and lower capital costs through the use of guarantees to issuers of bonds or other indebtedness.

 

Low-cost loans to enterprises with job-creating projects located within the Commonwealth’s federally-designated EB5 regional center. The federal EB5 investor program grants eligible foreign investors the opportunity to obtain an EB5 visa if they commit to invest funds in job-producing development projects in the United States. Funds may be used to finance new construction, the acquisition of plant, property and equipment, building rehabilitation, tenant improvements, and working capital.

 

A program to ensure safe water supply and proper wastewater infrastructure.

 

A federal program providing employment assistance and job training to eligible individuals

 

Improve the supply of, and create a pipeline for, technology based industries in Pennsylvania that will require highly skilled technical workers to compete in a globally competitive technology based economy.

 

Carbon County Hotel Tax Grant

 -DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS DECEMBER 30, 2017- CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Next Deadlines for Submission are February 28th & September 30th.

 

Room Tax Allocation Committee (RTAC) 
As Authorized by: The Office of the Carbon County Commissioners

 

The Carbon County Commissioners have delegated to the RTAC certain responsibilities concerning the solicitation, evaluation and recommendation of tourism-related projects to be funded in part by proceeds from the Hotel Room Tax imposed throughout the County.


This Committee has developed and submitted to the Office of the County of Commissioners a protocol that include: general guidelines, guidelines, application criteria and an evaluation procedure.

General Guidelines

 

1. Twice annually, the RTAC will provide releases to the media and place advertisements informing eligible non-profit organizations in Carbon County of the availability of grants for tourism-related projects (that primarily bring tourists into Carbon County and encourage overnight stays) and soliciting their inquiries.

2. The RTAC will provide an application to interested organizations together with a timetable of deadlines for submission.

3. Following each deadline, the RTAC will convene to evaluate all applications that have been received and will record its recommendations for funding. 

4.The RTAC will send the report to the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Inc. (PMVB) for final approval per ACT 18.

5. Invoices from vendors for marketing expenditures will be sent directly to PMVB for payment up to the amount approved by the RTAC.

6. Funding recipients will be required to submit a summary of all expenditures and pertinent project information to the RTAC within 12 months of the conclusion of the funded project.

7. PMVB Branding guidelines will be provided. Branding materials should be added to print/digital advertising including, but not limited to, websites, billboards and brochures. Any questions should be directed to Brian Bossuyt, Director of Marketing (PMVB) bbossuyt@poconos.org 570-421-5791 x 3120.

8. Upon approval of funding, marketing invoices should be sent to Staci Barkalow, CFO (PMVB) staci@poconos.org for payment.

Please be sure to indicate the organizations name along with your contact information on each marketing invoice.


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS DECEMBER 30, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION