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The EF Precision Group

In most cases, inspirational leaders are driven by the need to make a difference without any thought of being rewarded for what gets accomplished. Whenever they are asked to respond to a request for guidance as to how to overcome a major challenge, they willingly share details of the journey and what it took to be successful. However, when presented with the opportunity for personal recognition, a stone cold “no thank you” is offered in return. What was a major achievement is now rendered to be “no big deal”. One of these companies and its talented employees is The E F Precision Group in Willow Grove, PA. The EFPG story revolves around production of disinfection fogging units and the skyrock

As PPP gears up for Monday restart, here's what you need to know

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program returns Monday with a $310 billion infusion, and there's an anticipated surge of small businesses expected to all go after the limited pool of funding. Passed by the House of Representatives late Thursday, the $484 billion package, of which PPP is the biggest component, needs President Donald Trump’s signature, expected on Friday, but that doesn’t mean open sesame for the SBA’s application portal as SBA works on guidance and details. But there are differences this time from PPP’s initial launch on April 3. The original $349 billion allotment ran out in two weeks; funding for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and a

Wolf Administration Announces Business-to-Business Directory for COVID-19-Related Supplies

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced the creation of the Business-to-Business Interchange Directory to connect organizations and businesses directly to manufacturers producing COVID-19-related products and supplies. “Over the past month, the Wolf Administration has been working directly with businesses across the commonwealth to identify their capabilities and needs and move products quickly from the manufacturing floor to the marketplace,” said Sec. Davin. “Through this process, we recognized that we can help foster direct business connections to provide Pennsylvanians access to critical supplies expeditiously witho

Manufacturing Concerns Slideshow

In our field work, manufacturers have cited several concerns arising out of the current situation. We've created the below slideshow to provide some direction and resolution. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance. 1-866-SVA-8832 sewn@steelvalley.org

Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal the Department of Labor & Industry is launching today. “Many life-sustaining businesses across Pennsylvania are hiring and this new portal will help connect them with people looking for a job,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “A top priority of L&I is to provide businesses with access to the workforce they need to maintain their life-sustaining operations and help our workers find jobs, especially during this unprecedented and challenging time.” People seeking employment can visit www.PAcareerlink.pa.gov and select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediatel

A No-Cost Effort to Push Manufacturing Through Coronavirus

Employees are afraid or unwilling to come to work for fear of infection, what do I do? My business is deemed essential but some of my supply chains are not, what do I do? Business cash flow is depleting quickly, what do I do? Questions like these are plaguing manufacturers who are experiencing a new level of fear and frustration in this COVID-19 era. They are inundated daily with emails and calls from organizations promising assistance but have no idea who to trust. Government programs are launched but by the time they understand how or where to apply, funding has run out or deadlines have passed. The Steel Valley Authority’s Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) is the long-standing first

Payroll Protection Program - Advisory

Below is the SEWN Advisory on benefits and limitations of the Small Business Administration's Payroll Protection Program based on the Interim Final Rule dated April 3, 2020. The Payroll Protection Program (PPP), provides forgivable loans to small businesses hurt by the financial crisis related to the COVID-19. The goal is to provide emergency funds to owners so that they can remain open and retain/pay employees. Most businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply. You apply directly to your own bank. Applications are being accepted as of April 3, 2020. The application is simple. Apply immediately. Loan Terms - PPP provides forgivable loans to small business. The assumption

Sen. Casey outlines benefits of $2T COVID-19 stimulus for Pennsylvania residents, small businesses

“[This] response legislation will make substantial investments in our Commonwealth as we confront this pandemic, but we must do more,” Casey said. “I will continue to fight to ensure that our families and our communities have the resources they need during this time.” The numbers provided in the outline are based on formulas and projections based on Casey’s staff’s best estimates. For Pennsylvania small businesses, Casey said the federal stimulus will provide up to $10 million per business with fewer than 500 employees under the new Paycheck Protection Program. Up to $10,000 in Small Business Administration Emergency Grants will also be made available through the Economic Injury Disaster Loa

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