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    Pennsylvania SBDC's Providing Technical Assistance To Businesses Amid COVID-19

    The PASBDC has enhanced their website to give businesses a go to place for information to answer their pressing questions pertaining to  This webpage will continue to be updated as more information is shared and announcements are made.   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. 

    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. 

    As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBDCs across Pennsylvania will be working to help small business owners with questions, technical assistance and understanding the application process for the Economic injury Disaster Loans. SBDC consulting is confidential and provided at no charge by a staff of skilled professionals. Areas of consulting include but are not limited to: management and marketing assistance, business planning, loan packaging, environmental management and energy efficiency, and long and short-term growth strategies. Funding for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and host institutions. 

    Tony Palamone, Director of the IUP SBDC, notes, “It is important that businesses know that technical assistance is close by. Our consultants work one on one with businesses to help them make better business decisions and find answers to the critical questions they have.”  “Although our Center has moved to remote operations, consulting services are available by telephone and virtual conferences.” Businesses may request assistance by filing a Request for Counseling online at  In addition, businesses may contact the SBDC via email at or or by calling 724-357- 5729 Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.” The IUP SBDC provides services primarily to businesses in Indiana County, but can serve PA businesses outside the county.  

    Contact your local SBDC today to obtain information on financial loans and resources and receive the technical assistance to help apply for the funding needed to survive this crisis. Also, please check the list of events, for upcoming webinars on COVID-19 Disaster Preparedness.  
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:59:00 -0400

    Pandemic could cost PASSHE $100 million

    The closing of residence halls and the shift from face-to-face to online instruction in the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has added to the financial burden of its 14 institutions, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:55:00 -0400

    Roadwork would restart under Turzai's proposal

    Private and public construction projects — including the widening of Oakland Avenue in White Township — could resume under legislation the speaker of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives plans to introduce.
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:50:00 -0400

    'God, Me and a Cup of Tea': I still believe

    One of our favorite movies is “Beautiful Dreamer,” the story of a World War II pilot who was shot down and captured by the enemy. He’d just married his childhood sweetheart when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and catapulted the…
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:50:00 -0400

    'Texting Thru Recovery': Take fresh heart during quarantine

    Noon, Monday: The dog rubbed his nose against my blanket as the phone buzzed. My eyes heavy, I had curled onto the sofa after breakfast and was soon in deep sleep, but did I really conk out until noon?
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:50:00 -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.
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    Former Steeler speaks at wild game dinner

    Jon Kolb, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman for 13 seasons (1969-81) who earned four Super Bowl rings with the team, was the guest speaker March 20 for the Clymer Christian and Missionary Alliance’s Wild Game Dinner at the Penn Run…
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:40:00 -0400

    To our readers: NIE contest winners announced

    As we navigate in this time of uncertainty, I would like to update you on how we have decided to move forward with this year’s Indiana Gazette NIE Student Supplement. The last two weeks of putting the publication together normally…
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:30:00 -0400

    Pa. adjusts dental restrictions amid coronavirus

    Some restrictions placed on dentists earlier this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Health have been revised, allowing emergency care without requiring the use of specialized ventilation equipment.
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    2 county residents among police cadet graduates

    Two Indiana County residents are among 99 cadets who graduated Friday from the State Police Academy in Hershey.
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:59:00 -0400

    Local tax deadlines moved; help offered to small businesses

    Local government agencies, after hitting the stumbling blocks of social distancing demands and general uncertainty about the coronavirus, have moved on to resuming public business but in differing forms.
  • 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

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Monaca Cracker Plant Another Link in Proposed “Petrochemical Corridor”

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

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

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Pennsylvania Well Report February 1 – March 27, 2020

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    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, 28 Mar 2020 18:30:35 +0000

    UPMC sees 'phenomenal increase' in telemedicine use in COVID-19 crisis

    The Pittsburgh-based health system has been one of the leaders in telemedicine for many years, and has invested as much or more than most health systems in the country to develop the capability.
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:09:54 +0000

    State reaches out to Pitt health modeling to help COVID-19 response

    Pennsylvania officials are asking the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania for help with complex population-health modeling to determine how much the state's health care system could be inundated if the efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 don't work as well as hoped. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine in a news conference Saturday afternoon specifically singled out Pitt's Framework for Epidemiological Dynamics, otherwise known as FRED, that…
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:59:30 +0000

    Stay-at-home order expands to more counties in southwestern Pennsylvania

    Gov. Tom Wolf on Saturday afternoon expanded the stay-at-home order further in Pennsylvania, adding Beaver and Washington counties, effective at 8 p.m. Saturday. Stay-at-home orders now cover the majority of southwestern Pennsylvania in terms of population, including Allegheny, Butler and Westmoreland counties. The Beaver and Washington county orders are in place until at least April 6. "If you live in a county (under a stay-at-home order), ... you should not leave your home unless you absolutely…
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:14:16 +0000

    Viewpoint: Clear communication is critical

    We are now more than two weeks into the pandemic that has all but shut down our economy, closed schools and forced most to largely stay inside their homes, and we’re all about as confused as we were when we started, if not more so. This situation is scary and frustrating, and the mixed messages coming from our public officials do not help. Starting with Washington, there has been confusion and a lack of real leadership. The mixed messages from the White House and the daily differing of opinions…
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:20:02 +0000

    Giant Eagle sees first employees with COVID-19

    Giant Eagle late Friday confirmed that employees at a handful of stores have tested positive for COVID-19. The O'Hara Township-based retailer identified four Giant Eagles in Pennsylvania and a GetGo in Ohio where the employees worked. The stores in Pennsylvania were New Kensington, North Huntingdon, Pine Creek and Altoona. Giant Eagle said the stores were sanitized before opening again. "It is likely in the coming weeks we'll learn of additional confirmed cases related to team members and guests,"…
  • Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:13:20 +0000

    How UPMC is gearing up to meet the COVID-19 surge

    UPMC has about 750 ICU beds across its system and it has got another 450 beds that could be converted from intermediate-care beds to ICU beds if needed.
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:36:55 +0000

    Butler County congressman tests positive for COVID-19

    U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Kelly, a 71-year-old car dealership owner and Butler resident who has been in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, confirmed the diagnosis Friday afternoon on his Facebook page. "When I started experiencing mild flu-like symptoms earlier this week, I consulted my primary care physician," Kelly said on Facebook. "My doctor ordered a test for COVID-19, which I obtained at the drive-through testing site at Butler…
  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:14:34 +0000

    Luther's Viewpoint: What have businesses learned about emergency preparedness?

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:09:53 +0000

    Area colleges face huge financial hit from room-board refunds

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:48:14 +0000

    Lawmakers ask Wolf to use assets of failed Ellwood City Medical Center in COVID-19 fight

    Two state legislators are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to take action to use the assets of the failed Ellwood City Medical Center, which closed at the end of December after its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection, to treat potential COVID-19 patients. State. Rep. Joshua Kail, R-Beaver/Washington, and Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, sent a letter to Wolf that asks him to use an executive order to use the assets of the 46-bed medical center. That includes whatever ventilators, personal…
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