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Duquesne SBDC gets funding via CARES Act

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Here's how the money will be put to work to help small businesses deal with Covid-19 related challenges.

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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DEP Offers Emergency Storm Grant Funding

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced yesterday that emergency funding is available for flood-affected small businesses in 33 counties to make energy efficiency and pollution prevention improvements:

“These grants can help small-business owners create something positive, moving forward, out of what had been a disaster,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said.

Projects eligible for 50-percent reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 could include high-efficiency lighting systems, building insulation, air sealing, recycling and reuse systems, and new water-conservation technologies.

Grants are available to for-profit small-business owners whose facilities are in counties that were declared eligible for disaster relief by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). All types of small businesses qualify for funding, including manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and agricultural outfits.

About $400,000 total is available and comes from the state’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.  Costs incurred between Aug. 26 and Dec. 31, 2011, are eligible for grant consideration. The program is first come – first served for eligible projects and the final application deadline is Dec. 31.
 
Through its Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP), the SBDC can help small businesses determine their eligibility and assist with the grant application process in accordance with DEP program guidelines.  Contact an EMAP Consultant or call the EMAP hotline at 877-ask-EMAP (275-3627) for more information.