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Pennsylvania just introduced a new Covid-19 Grant Program for Small Business – learn more in this webinar recorded July 1. Hosted by TBC Executive Director Pamela Rich-Wheeler with presenters Jim Burnett of WPFSI and Ken Scott and Larry Griffin from Beech Companies. Also, scroll down for new information from Beech Companies.

There is limited time to apply! You missed the live webinar – watch the recording and learn more:

Covid-19 PA Relief

PA COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant

Beech CompaniesTo Friends of Beech,

The PA COVID-19 Relief Assistance Program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 – $50,000to small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.


The 1st round of funding is open from June 30th and will remain open until July 14th.

You may only apply once and you can apply anytime until the end of the program.

Where to Apply: PA COVID Grant

For Information call: (215) 763-8868 or (866) 913-7510, or email your question to:

Beech Companies | 1510 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Suite 300 | Philadelphia, PA  19121-3407


PA Covid Grant webinar


You missed the live webinar – watch the recording:


Join us Tuesday, June 23, at 1:00 pm | Live Online
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Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020  at 1:00 PM as our speakers, Bernard Williams ( and Ron Williford (, address your questions about contracts, managing your PPP and EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) funds, bookkeeping, and much much more.

Live online via Google Meet – register now and the link will be emailed to you!

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The Business Center’s Pamela Rich-Wheeler and SBA’s Solomon Wheeler shared information on the Covid Stimulus on the April 3, 2020 Wake Up with WURD on Philadelphia’s WURD Radio. Listen:



COVID-19 Updates 


Hello Friends,

We have compiled more information for you during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The Business Center (TBC) Updates:

All Youth & Money open house events planned for March and April will take place via Facebook Live. Participants will have the opportunity to virtually meet peer trainers, ask questions about the summer programs and participate in an entrepreneurial exercise.  More details will be sent out on Friday. Also, check the website here or contact the office at 215-247-2473 ext. 3.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Updates:

Each state’s governor, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has the option to apply to the federal government to declare Pennsylvania counties eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Once a declaration is made, businesses can apply online at Information on the EIDL program is explained in the News Release below my signature block. To prepare for the online application, businesses are also encouraged to review the SBA Disaster Business Loan Application forms at

If you have been, or expect to be financially impacted you may want to be proactive in contacting your bank(s), lender(s) and supplier(s) to determine what steps can be taken to mitigate the impact. If your business has an existing SBA 7(a) loan, 504 loan or Microloan, please contact your lender to discuss your options. You may also contact your insurance company to determine if your business insurance covers will cover losses due to the current emergency and steps you would need to take to file a claim.  You can also contact Solomon Wheeler at 717-503-7094 or

You may also wish to reach out to your local county resources, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop: Email 
Telephone 1-833-722-6778, Option 0

Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) Updates:

This is also a reminder that the City and PIDC will launch a program to support Philadelphia businesses, help maintain payroll obligations, and preserve jobs impacted by the spread of COVID-19. The program will be a tiered program that aims to provide targeted support for small businesses. More details about the program, including how businesses can apply, will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, please complete this brief survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 here

Stay tuned for the small business workshop The Business Center will present next Wednesday, March 25 on emergency funding and other resources to manage through COVID-19.  

Lastly, please know that the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and PIDC are working on a COVID-19 business relief package, and we will share details in the near future. We are asking the business community to please fill out this brief survey, which will help inform us of your most pressing needs.      

We will continue to keep you updated.  

Stay Well,

Pamela Rich-Wheeler, MBA

TBC Executive Director