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Here you will find contact information and links to emergency loans and grants for small businesses to assist with COVID-19 relief. Included are resources available through The Business Center and other partner organizations.

The Business Center

For Assistance with completing relief forms, financial projections, and tax forms contact us
Office: 215-247-2473 (Please leave messages in the general mailbox.  We are retrieving them remotely and daily.)
Email: education@thebizctr.com

Federal, State and City Resources

SBA (Small Business Administration) – Solomon Wheeler 
To check on the status of your application contact disatercustomerserviceassistance@sba.gov

SBA (Small Business Administration)
Office: 717-782-3840
Cell: 717-503-7094
Email: solomon.wheeler@sba.gov

Information on the SBA Covid related programs can be found through the SBA Covid Related Resources page. Some specific information:

Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

EIDL Deadline December 31, 2021

Deferment Period December 31, 2023

EIDL application portal
Applicants may be asked to provide IRS Form 4506-T

Borrowers may use COVID EIDL working capital loan proceeds to make regular payments for
operating expenses and to:
• Pay or pre-pay business non-federal debt incurred at any time (past or future),
including monthly payments, payments of deferred interest;
• Pay regularly scheduled payments on federal debt;
• Payroll;
• Rent/mortgage;
• Utilities; and
• Other ordinary business expenses

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness

We recommend that you apply with the Financial Institution that you submitted your PPP form through, or use the SBA Form: Click Here for the PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal
Information on the SBA PPP program can be found through the SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness page
First time applying click here: SBA form 2483
Second time applying click here: SBA form 2483-SD

Join PIDC and Lendistry as we walk you through the guidelines, documentation, and application for the new SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Click here for details and registration. For the full list of events, Click here. To see if you are eligible Click Here. For the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund application Click Here.

For an in depth explanation and guidelines to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Click Here.


March 2021 – Updates on PPP Webinars

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant  SVOGrant@sba.gov – not yet accepting applications

Find a lender: click here for SBA Lender Match


For more information, contact Rojer Kern via email at instore@phila.gov or number at 215 – 683 – 2156


Michael Shorr
Email: mshorr@pa.gov

DCED Information
New Capital Access Program
Program Guidelines
Program Fact Sheet
List of CEDOs

Additional questions about the CWCA program can also be directed to:

CWCA program: 717-783-5046
CWCA Email: ra-cwcainfo@pa.gov

City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and Philadelphia Industrial Development Cooperation

Phila gov
Phila PIDC

Your Emotional Well-Being in the COVID-19 Environment 
PA 30 Day Fund

For more information, contact Rojer Kern via email at instore@phila.gov or number at 215 – 683 – 2156

Banking Institution Resources

Veder M. Reddick
Customer’s Bank
Senior Vice President
Progress Plaza – Sullivan Building
1501 N Broad Street
Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Email: vreddick@customersbank.com
C 610-401-5242
F 215-232-2025
O 215-717-7953

Santander Bank

email PPPnewaccount@santander.us to make contact and get the process started


New Partnership Created with Goldman Sachs and Lendistry with Potential Forgivable Loan

Community Development Corporations and Community Agencies COVID Resources
(Some of these agencies have a priority to assist businesses owned by people of color)

The Merchants Fund
Jill Fink

Office: 215-399-1339
Email: info@merchantsfund.org

Merchants Fund

Other COVID-19 Relief Resources 
(This information applies to contractors, consultants, for-profits, nonprofit, etc.)

The Beech Companies offers lines of credit to non-profit organizations and small businesses under their fund through the Beech Business Bank.

WPFSI offers lines of credit to non-profit organizations and small businesses under their fund and relief fund application assistances. WPFSI Their number is 215 – 452 – 0100

The William Penn Foundation announced a $3 million grant to support the PHL COVID-19 Fund. Throughout the crisis, this fund will provide grants to organizations in the Greater Philadelphia whose focus has been on serving at-risk populations. You can read more about the grant qualifications here.

Mt. Airy CDC

COVID-19 Business Relief Fund
Request for Relief: Business Support Fund

Comcast RISE is accepting applications for two (2) separate programs and we encourage you to apply to both programs now. Eligible business owners may apply for either or both.  Comcast RISE is providing this support to help Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses grow as they navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Click here.

The Pennsylvania COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) is the new $145 million statewide fund created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses for certain businesses in the hospitality industry severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. PIDC is administering this program for businesses located in Philadelphia. Grants are available to eligible businesses in the range from $5,000 – $50,000. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 5. Click here to learn more and apply.

The 2021 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is now open—and 12 winners will be awarded a total of over $250,000. So be sure to enter before the March 9 deadline. Entering the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest might just help you write the next chapter of your business story. In addition to a cash award, you could win FedEx Office® print and business services and gain more exposure within the small business community. Click here for more information and to enter.

Be safe and stay well!

updated 3/7/2021