Business Resources

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA

-Serves a 21-county region, including Schuylkill County

-Strategy:

  • Develop early-stage technology companies
  • BFTP investment is initial endorsement
  • Prepare companies for follow-on funding
  • Provide comprehensive business and technical assistance
  • Provide enterprise-wide solutions for manufacturers
  • Focus is on enterprise-wide solutions, including product redesign, production line efficiency, and information systems optimization
  • Promote technology-based infrastructure initiatives

Contact: Connie R. Faylor, Regional Manager, Greater Reading/Berks and Schuylkill 610-390-7116 cfaylor(at)nep.benfranklin.org

www.benfranklin.org

Manufacturers Resource Center

MRC provides far more than certifications and funding assistance. We offer job creators access to specialized coaching, mentorship and a variety of business and marketing assistance normally outside the reach of most manufacturers.

Our true value comes from our vast network of economic and strategic partners, our years of experience and our flexibility in scope and type of service.

MRC provides access - MRC partners with leading consultants and strategists to offer local manufacturers world-class assistance - bypassing the typical barriers to entry. Our goal is to connect companies in MRC's service area with the best help that their budget permits.

Through our partnerships, we are able to bring the horsepower of the best-in-breed experts to you. Imagine having access to the second-largest technology institute in the world, a corps of ex-Toyota executives trained under the best Lean practitioners in the world or world-renowned business strategy groups. MRC makes it possible.

MRC provides expertise - No matter what's happening with your business, MRC has probably seen it. We know the problems that keep CEOs up at night, and we know how to help solve them. Our staff has more than 100 years of combined experience working side-by-side with business owners to evaluate, strategize, discover and implement solutions that address both strategic growth needs and organizational transformation.

MRC provides breadth of services - MRC breaks down the barriers that prohibit manufacturers from realizing their full potential. Our proven tactics and methods can help nearly any company at nearly any stage of its evolution. Whatever the hurdle - going green, becoming lean, entering new markets, rebranding the company - MRC can help you clear it.

www.mrcpa.org

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance

NEPA's Enterprise Development Programs provide value-added assistance to entrepreneurs and small and mid-sized businesses to help access attractively priced capital and diversify their existing markets.

Business Loans & Financing

Through its pool of federal, state and local funds, NEPA provides low-interest loans to qualified small businesses. Interest rates range from 4% to 5% and are fixed throughout the term of the loan. Loans through this Program offer standard repayment terms. Loans are used to supplement other financing by providing up to 40%-50% of the loan amount with maximum of $200,000. One permanent job must be created or retained per $25,000 NEPA dollars loaned within 3 years from the loan closing date.

International Business Development

The International Business Development program provides assistance and services including: export readiness assessment, market development research, assessment and identification, trade leads, free technical assistance and referrals (shipping, documentation, terms of sale, packaging, payment methods, government requirements, etc.), access to trade events (trade shows and trade missions), referrals to local, state and federal providers of export assistance, export financing, market access grant assistance for businesses to attend a qualified international trade event.

Government Contract Assistance

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides assistance to Northeastern Pennsylvania businesses in many aspects of government contracting. NEPA's PTAC provides assistance to help win contracts with federal, state and local governments through market research to target those agencies that purchase specific product or service, guidance through the government purchasing process, updated information on changes in government acquisition, completion of the necessary forms (paper or digital) to become certified, explanation of contracting requirements, subcontract opportunities, contract histories, specifications, standards and regulations, government contract and e-commerce internet resources, free technical assistance and referrals.

For more information, contact NEPA Alliance at 570-655-5581 or visit their Web site at www.nepa-alliance.org.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
1151 Oak Street
Pittston, PA 18643

SCORE

SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Our dedicated volunteers represent over 270,000 years of experience across 62 industries.

SCORE also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has 364 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 13,000 volunteers nationwide.

To contact SCORE in Schuylkill County, call 570-205-3985.

www.score.org

Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29-Office of Grant Research and Development

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit's newly created Office of Grant Research and Development provides grant application and proposal research, development, and writing services for educational and other community-based non-profit organizations.

Our goals are:

  • To provide strategic services that assist local schools and community-based non-profit organizations in seeking, developing, and acquiring competitive grant funding that supports the educational achievement and wellbeing of all learners.
  • To foster or enhance collaborative partnerships with community organizations and local schools through the development of co-application, consortium or other forms of partnership grant applications or proposals.
  • To provide grant development resources designed to increase the capacity of local schools and community organizations to apply for competitive funds.

Interested in services? Contact us! Please visit the Grant Research and Development Services web page located on the SIU website at: www.iu29.org to complete and submit a Grant Services Inquiry Form. Email inquiries to butem(at)iu29.org or call 570-544-9131

We can develop a customized strategy in order to guide your grant application from research and development to submission.

Schuylkill Small Business Development Revolving Loan Program

The Schuylkill Small Business Development Revolving Loan Program was developed in 2003 by the Commissioners of Schuylkill County in a continuing effort to attract and retain businesses that provide decent wages and stabilize our communities. This program is available County-wide and can be used by both new businesses and existing businesses that need assistance for expansion. Businesses that apply for the loan must be able to create or retain jobs that will employ county residents.

The loans can be used for acquisition of property; building rehabilitation with qualifying criteria; new construction; infrastructure; and the purchase of equipment and machinery. The loans cannot be used to refinance existing debt; working capital; or soft costs, i.e. title recording, legal, architect, insurance.

Financial assistance is based on need. In no circumstances will the funds be used to finance more than 25% of the total project cost. The committee determines the actual amount of the loan based on the application.

Loan terms are flexible and are arranged to meet the needs of the business. Loans may be deferred or amortized or used to write-down the interest on conventional financing. The term of the loan shall not exceed 10 years.

All loans will be secured by a mortgage on the property assisted with Economic Development funds. The loan may be subordinated to all private debt, however, the total debt secured by the property cannot exceed 100% of the fair market value of the property as determined by an appraisal.

Other criteria and restrictions apply. For additional information on the program, or for a loan application package, please contact:

Robert S. Carl, Jr.

Schuylkill Small Business Revolving Loan Program
Union Station
1 Progress Circle, Suite 201
Pottsville, PA 17901

Phone: 570-622-1942/800-755-1942

rcarl(at)schuylkillchamber.com

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Small Business Development Center-Wilkes University

Our Mission

The mission of the SBDC is to provide professional, confidential consulting, training and education supported by strategic relationships and specialized programs. Our team of experienced consultants are dedicated and motivated to strengthening, enhancing and empowering the small business community.

New Business

The SBDC is your consulting resource through the planning, financing and start-up stage of your new business venture. They offer assistance in writing your business plan, preparing financial projections, initial research, interfacing with government-funded loan programs, environmental issues, licensing and much more. And, of course, as your business grows, they'll be there with continuing support.

Existing Business

The SBDC offers assistance for established businesses. They are more than a resource for starting a business; they can help you along the road to success and offer valuable assistance as your business grows. They provide guidance with sales and marketing strategies, additional research, environmental concerns, law and legal assistance, human resource issues and a full slate of business-related seminars you can attend during the year.

Wilkes University Small Business Development Center-Pottsville Outreach Center

Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce
Union Station
1 Progress Circle, Suite 201
Pottsville, PA 17901

570-408-7889

http://www.wilkes.edu/sbdc

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Philadelphia District Office
Parkview Tower
1150 First Avenue
Suite 1001
King of Prussia, PA 1946

Phone:  610-382-3082

Shannon R. Degiglio
Lender Relations & Economic Development Specialist
shannon.degiglio(at)sba.gov

www.sba.gov