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    SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

    “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world."  Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

    Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending:

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

    • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.

    • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.

    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

    • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

    • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

    For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

  • Sun, 05 Apr 2020 00:45:00 -0400

    Local agencies to hold public meetings

    Meetings of municipal governments, school boards and county governmental bodies scheduled this week are at the following times and locations:
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:45:00 -0400

    A map of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania

    A look at the location of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania by county.
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:59:00 -0400

    Students, instructors rise to meet demand by making medical masks

    CENTER TOWNSHIP — Homer-Center High School science teacher Brad Adams chuckled Friday at a suggestion that his story of a volunteer personal-protective equipment fabricating project by his students would quickly be outdated.
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:54:00 -0400

    The Indiana Gazette: Working for you

    People who work in the business of producing a daily newspaper sometimes refer to the finished product that rolls off the printing press as a daily miracle.
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:54:00 -0400

    A splash of color

    Scarlett Baker, a kindergartener at Ben Franklin Elementary School, colored this picture of her school, which was printed recently in the Gazette. Scarlett is the daughter of Ryan and Rene Baker, of Indiana.
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:50:00 -0400

    'Texting Thru Recovery': Wells of strength in the middle of chaos

    I may have no idea where I’m going at the start of a new week, but know this column will be in the hands of the Gazette editor on Friday morning.
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:49:00 -0400

    'God, Me and a Cup of Tea': From amazed to afraid

    Jesus was walking into a lion’s den. The disciples knew the Pharisees were just waiting for a chance to get rid of Him. They’d witnessed the many times the Pharisees had tried to trap Jesus. And they’d heard the words…
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:44:00 -0400

    Community church event announcements

    Check this weekly roundup of dinners, luncheons, barbecues, garage sales, hymn sings, special services, clothing sales, lectures, meetings and other events happening at the churches in the Indiana County area.
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:45:00 -0400

    Pennsylvania residents told to wear masks in public

    Pennsylvania residents should wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said Friday as the state recorded another single-day high in new cases and surpassed 100 deaths
  • Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:59:00 -0400

    Indiana eligible for share of funding

    Indiana County and Indiana Borough are among governmental agencies eligible for a share of $1.4 million in federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding.
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    The Virtual World of Post-Pandemic America

    “9/11 changed everything,” was a phrase attributed to President George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001. Commercial air traffic was grounded, no-fly zones around NYC and other major cities were instituted, secu­rity checks began at airports, and federal air marshals became ubiquitous on com­mercial flights. Without the airlines, companies began holding teleconferences. After the travel […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Penn State SBDC Will Now Serve Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Mifflin Counties

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In January, a plan culminated to combine the Lock Ha­ven University Small Business Develop­ment Center with the Penn State Univer­sity Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The new larger organization, Penn State SBDC, will serve Centre, Clin­ton, Lycoming and Mifflin counties. Penn State SBDC will provide sup­port for small businesses at four office locations: a central office, […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    COVID-19: Testing the Limits of Hospitals

    The chief strategy in preventing pan­demics is to test everyone within a country or region who is symptomatic, and if found positive, quarantine them to prevent community spread, which could overwhelm the capacity of local hospitals and health care providers. As of March 18, only 6,563 Americans had been tested for the novel coronavirus. After COVID-19 hit South Korea, the […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    4 Tips on Working From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    (AP) The option to work from home is usually thought of as a perk, some­thing that companies dangle to attract talented workers who dislike the daily commute. But with rising concerns about COVID-19, the respiratory dis­ease caused by the novel coronavirus, more companies are telling employees to telework to prevent possible infec­tions from spreading in the workplace. “Over the last […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Coronavirus and the Impact on Gas and LNG

    (AP) As with all commodities, the impact of the novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV) on Chinese gas demand will de­pend on both the severity and length of time required to contain the outbreak. Estimated gas demand loss in China had reached 2 billion cubic metres (bcm) by the end of the first week in February, with more than half of this […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Monaca Cracker Plant Another Link in Proposed “Petrochemical Corridor”

    The enormous Royal Dutch Shell pet­rochemical complex taking shape along the Ohio River in Monaca, Pa., is a mam­moth undertaking. Sprawled across the 386-acre site in Beaver County are multiple buildings from one-level units to structures several stories high – and construction cranes that reach into the sky. On the ground are 7,500 workers daily – 1,000 on the night […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    There’s a New “Coal” Coming to Appalachia – PLASTICS

    On March 4-6, the Ohio Oil and Gas As­sociation held its 73rd annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The event brought togeth­er top state and national industry leaders who discussed important issues facing the Ohio oil and gas industry, including the oversupply of natural gas that caused gas prices to plummet. “We had a great attendance, over 700 people, and in […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Pennsylvania Well Report February 1 – March 27, 2020

  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Pennsylvania Natural Gas Industry Ready For Electoral Challenges

    (AP) After years of ideologues and elites using the natural gas industry as a punch­ing bag for politics and climate change activ­ism, Nick DeIuliis, the CEO of CNX Resources, one of the largest nat­ural gas producers in Western Pennsylvania, has had enough. He had decided to speak out because he was tired of the natural gas and manufacturing industries being […]
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Appalachian Pipelines: Reversing the Flow of Natural Gas

    Like bemouth snakes, 30-inch diameter natural gas pipelines are now winding their way underground throughout the Appalachian Basin, resulting in in­creased supplies of natural gas being transported to the Eastern Midwest and eventually into New England and into the South Central region, which includes the Gulf Coast states and Texas. Before the Appalachian shale boom, natural gas supplies to the […]
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 17:01:46 +0000

    State health official: 'There is no evidence that the virus is slowing down'

    Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Pennsylvania's health system continues to be able to manage the ever-increasing number of COVID-19 patients, but said Saturday that whether that will continue to be the case in the next weeks and months will depend on residents' individual physical distancing as well as the preparations state and local health officials make. There are now 10,017 known cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, a rise of 1,597 since Friday's tally. Thirty-four more deaths have been…
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:19:17 +0000

    Port Authority eligible for up to $141 million in reimbursements

    According to U.S. Department of Transportation figures released Friday, the Port Authority of Allegheny County will be eligible for up to $141.75 million in federal reimbursements for expenses related to COVID-19, according to a release from the Port Authority. “For many of our neighbors in Allegheny County, public transit is their only way to get groceries, medicine and other essential goods," said Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman. “Although we encourage people to stay at home, it’s…
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:53:23 +0000

    GNC to furlough staff across all levels

    GNC Holdings Inc. announced late Friday that it would be temporarily furloughing "a significant portion" of its staff throughout all levels of management within the organization. The company cited the continued financial strains it is facing from the COVID-19 pandemic. GNC said it was implementing a hiring freeze and eliminating corporate merit increases, among other cost saving plans, according to a press release. All furloughed employees, the release said, would continue to maintain their health…
  • Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:18:08 +0000

    Allegheny Health Network guarantees pay for employees

    Allegheny Health Network is committing to continuing to pay its employees even as the system and its employees go through the drastic changes that have occurred due to COVID-19. AHN said it would continue to pay employees whose hours are reduced, if they have different assignments due to the crisis or work from home. It will also pay employees who are quarantined, in self-isolation, have symptoms of COVID-19 or are caring for a family member with the disease. "Without exception, our dedicated employees…
  • Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:43:29 +0000

    Cumberland Mine to return to operations as owner Contura Energy idles other facilities

    Contura Energy Inc., a major coal producer and the owner of the Cumberland Mine in Greene County, announced late Friday it was temporarily idling a majority of its operations due to declines in the industry as well as the economic impact of COVID-19. But the Cumberland Mine will not be impacted by that decision. Contura (NYSE: CTRA) did not immediately announce the locations of the mines being idled but said most of its operations would be idled for 30 days. The Cumberland Mine, which has been in…
  • Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:51:10 +0000

    Morgantown company publishes designs for ventilator splitters, face shields

    Morgantown, West Virginia-based Intermed, in collaboration with M&S Consulting, has created and published open-source designs for face shields and ventilator splitters.   Ashok Aggarwal, founder of M&S Consulting, said the designs address concerns in the medical industry that some ventilator splitters — or devices that allow one ventilator to service two patients — don’t work well for patients with different lung capacities or that the coronavirus can travel between the two patients.   “A…
  • Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:46:16 +0000

    Heinz History Center to furlough workers

    The Heinz History Center announced Friday that it would be partially or fully furloughing half of its 130-person workforce in an effort to cut costs during the mandated state closure of all non-essential businesses. Those that remain employed by the center will see pay adjustments and possible position reassignment to security and preservation roles. “This has been a trying time for our city, our region, our nation, and indeed, our entire world," Andy Masich, the center's president and CEO, said…
  • Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:16:17 +0000

    Emclaire's annual meeting to be held remotely

    Emclaire Financial Corp (NASDAQ:EMCF), the parent holding company of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, on Friday said its 2020 annual meeting for shareholders will be virtual due to COVID-19 concerns. Emclaire (NASDAQ:EMCF) said the meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 22. Shareholders will be able to access the meeting via the bank’s website or via telephone conference call. Several public companies in western Pennsylvania have also opted against in-person annual meetings, including…
  • Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:34:54 +0000

    Wolf advises all Pennsylvanians to wear masks if they absolutely have to leave home

    Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday afternoon advised Pennsylvanians to wear a cloth or homemade masks if they are going outside to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. "Today, I'm asking all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask when they go out," Wolf during a news conference Friday afternoon. Wolf's request comes as federal and health officials discuss at the highest levels whether ordinary people should begin wearing some type of mask or bandana to help keep the spread of the virus down. There have…
  • Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:14:21 +0000

    Pittsburgh-based tech firm helping hospitals prepare for and manage the surge

    It's all the types of data that hospitals need now more than ever as they manage what will likely be a surge of critically ill coronavirus patients needing intensive care and ventilators.
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