PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
As of May 31, 2021, COVID-19 mitigation measures have been lifted in Pennsylvania.
Effective June 28, 2021, the masking order has been lifted. Even though the universal masking order has been lifted across PA, organizations, health care providers and other entities may maintain the option of requiring masks for employees, guests, and customers regardless of their vaccination status.
The CDC requires individuals to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations.
Businesses who are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 will be granted Relief From Charges, and your tax rate will not be increased because of COVID-19-related claims.
The PA Department of Labor & Industry has programs to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Shared-Work program can help keep employees attached to your workplace by allowing an employer to temporarily reduce work hours rather than resorting to layoffs. You can reach the Shared-Work team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, if you are a business that has had to close either temporarily, consider layoffs, or is financially at-risk for permanent closure the Rapid Response Assistance Program is available to assist you with a variety of services and resources to help you and your employees. You can reach the Rapid Response team via email at RA-LI-BWPO-Rapid@pa.gov.
Local Assistance Partners
Businesses have a vast network of services that they can contact to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus on their daily operations and the future of their business. DCED staff and local partner networks are available to help businesses through this challenging time. The following contacts and resources are available to assist affected businesses.
Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop
The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is a state government office equipped with knowledge, information, and resources for businesses both large and small. Serving as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns, the team helps connect and guide businesses through all stages of development — from planning and startup to operating and expanding.
Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP)
The Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance network of trained and experienced business experts offer one-on-one counseling, specialized workshops, online training, and financial incentives to support the growth and resiliency of Pennsylvania businesses.
The PA Small Business Development Centers are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. he SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. Offices are conveniently hosted at 18 universities and their 90 outreach centers across Pennsylvania.
The Industrial Resource Centers are a network of seven private, nonprofit IRCs located strategically throughout Pennsylvania. The IRCs were established to help manufacturers respond to changing markets, new technology and the competitive pressures of today’s global economy. Working collaboratively, company by company, their mission is to help manufacturers envision where they want to be and assist them to achieve it, in addition to giving a voice to an increasingly vital part of Pennsylvania’s economy.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is dedicated to helping business across the Pennsylvania. Now that the coronavirus has made its way to the United States, businesses are seeking information to help their company, their employees and their families. The PA Chamber has compiled many resources and guidance to help businesses prepare.
The Strategic Early Warning Network provides specialized turnaround consulting services to support manufacturing companies. These services can help restructure, stabilize, and rekindle business growth for small-to-medium sized manufacturers in Pennsylvania that are experiencing economic hardship.