COVID-19 Disaster Relief Resources

This is a list of resources to assist you in coping with the effects of COVID-19 on your small business. We will be updating this list as the situation develops. 

SBA Disaster Relief Loan 

General information about the Disaster Loan Program by the SBA

Economic Injury Disaster Loan fact sheet. Check if you qualify.

The online application for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan is located at

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Paycheck Protection Program

A key feature of the relief package is the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will be administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the umbrella of its 7(a) business loan regime. PPP loans will be made by participating commercial lenders between February 15, 2020, and June 30, 2020, subject to certain eligibility requirements, and will be 100% guaranteed by the SBA. Further information on the PPP below:


Use this link to find a lender offering the PPP:

Other Federal Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Information for how the SBA Disaster Assistance program will impact Pennsylvania Businesses can be found here. 

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

(Reuters) – The United States will give individuals, and small and mid-sized businesses a three-month tax holiday to try to fight the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania Resources

This fact sheet has key information to help your business prepare for the spread of COVID-19. Due to this evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 webpage for frequently updated information, guidance, and materials.

  • Department of Commerce and Economic Development Resources:

  • Guidelines for Farmers

    • For information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania, visit

Erie Resources

  • Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority COVID-19 Response Fund

​The COVID-19 Response Fund will include one new grant program and two new loan programs created to help meet rapidly rising needs generated as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.  The three emergency programs include: Immediate Human Relief Fund, Civic Institution Deferred Income Loans, and Small Business Loan Program. More information:

  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The ERCGP updates this page frequently with the most up to date information available for local business owners within the Erie County area.

Other Resources

Facebook has developed a resource center to provided small businesses with resources to help them navigate any unexpected challenges they may face during the COVID-19 outbreak.

900 State Street, Suite 100 
Erie, PA 16501
F: 814-871-7383
  • Gannon SBDC on Facebook
  • Gannon SBDC on Twitter
  • Gannon SBDC on LinkedIn
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