Our nation is facing an unprecedented pandemic. Join us for a free, PRN Member exclusive webinar on Friday, April 3 with Cohen & Company for a discussion about what the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act means for your business. Email info@robopgh.org for the registration link.

The CARES Act is an unprecedented financial assistance package for small and mid-size businesses that includes paycheck protection program loans, small business debt relief programs, economic injury disaster loans, small business tax provisions, and other items. It’s critical to understand what these new resources mean for your business and what you need to do to take advantage of them.

Additionally, we have listed a few resources below and will continue to update this page as we learn more.

National

Guide to the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act

Congress has recently passed the CARES Act, which, when implemented, will provide new resources for small businesses, non-profits, and other employers. The guide, linked here, provides details on the new programs, initiatives, and some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

U.S. Disaster Response Registry

Looking to help during the crisis? Registering with the U.S. Disaster Response Registry makes your organization more readily available to help with urgent COVID-19 requests from the government. Click here to learn more about registering.

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has published some COVID-19 related guidelines for businesses on cleaning, social distancing, and other items. The organization will continue to update these guidelines as we learn more about COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

FEMA

Click this link to learn how to donate or sell critical personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to FEMA.

Regional

PPE Connects PGH

PPE Connect PGH is helping to connect groups in need of supplies with organizations willing to donate or manufacture the needed PPE. To date, the group has distributed 414 N95 masks, 1,335 other masks, 600 nitrile gloves, and 60 DIY face shields. PRN Member RE2 Robotics  is currently using 3D printers to manufacture masks for the medical community through this PPE Connect PGH. Learn more about getting involved here.

Allegheny County Health Department

The Allegheny County Health Department is providing daily updates on testing, hospitalizations, and other COVID-19 information. Click here for more.

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development

The Allegheny Conference is continuously updating a COVID-19 information page with statistics and regional resources. Click here to access the page.

Catalyst Connection

Pennsylvania MEP, Catalyst Connection, is compiling regional and federal information for manufacturers and other small businesses on this page.

PA List of Essential Businesses

Pennsylvania has ordered non-essential businesses to operate remotely or to shut down. Here’s a link of businesses that can continue to operate physical operations.

University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence Checklist

The Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence has published a business preparedness checklist for small businesses. The list outlines key steps to take, including finalizing remote work policies, checking your insurance, creating a communications plan, and other actions.