Berks County Small Business Grants – The Berks County Interim Division’s Office of Business and Operations Services has developed a new Maintenance Checklist that outlines best practices for ensuring a healthy and safe workplace.
The manual provides detailed checklists for daily, weekly and periodic cleaning, as well as a deep clean checklist and safety best practices for detention center staff.
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“The health and safety of staff, students and the community remains a top priority at BCIU,” said Donna DeLoretta, BCIU’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. “This checklist is another key tool in our efforts to prevent exposed to COVID-19 within the organization.”
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Facility-specific checklists are maintained by BCIU and provide details on cleaning classrooms; office space; and common areas including bathrooms, stairs, lounges and entrances.
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“The city is very pleased to be taking steps to move our ImagINE Berks plan into action and not just become another plan gathering dust on a shelf,” said Commissioner Christian Y. Leinbach. “We have wonderful institutions and organizations in our community like the O’Pake Institute that have a strong foundation to leverage these dollars to enhance the overall economic development of the County.”
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The allocation to the FLIC program is part of the County’s implementation of the first year of the IMAGINE Berks economic development plan. One of the main activities in the first year of the plan was the creation of a high risk micro credit fund. Through this partnership with the O’Pake Institute, the County can help expand and accelerate the FLIC program to further support and promote entrepreneurship.
“County funds to support FLIC are critical to the program as they have doubled the funds we have raised with our business partners and private donors and are now available as early stage funding a will stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and regional economic growth. ,” Dr. Rodney S. Ridley Sr., vice president and COO for research, economic development and innovation at the O’Pake Institute.
FLIC assists the O’Pake Institute in assisting community entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing access to early stage business funding. These funds are provided by financial institutions, foundations, philanthropic donors and community organizations to help early stage entrepreneurs access funds. FLIC originally intended to award 3-5 project grants of $5,000 per quarter. With this additional funding from the district, the program will be able to significantly increase this number.
“This sends a clear signal to everyone that this sector is serious about creating an environment that supports early stage entrepreneurship and small businesses through micro grants and micro loans , which is usually very difficult to obtain. We thank the county administration for their positive support of these efforts,” said Ridley.
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Early stage and established businesses enter the O’Pake Spark Institute Business Incubation Client Services induction process as funding applicants to receive a feasibility analysis and needs assessment to determine eligibility financing.
Once a business is funded, services are made available through Spark’s incubation network. Services include, but are not limited to, business planning, technology transfer, social media marketing, branding and website development. Funded businesses must also match funding dollars or goods and services to the community.
Students in the Fellows Program gain hands-on learning through involvement with FLIC and the O’Pake Finance Committee. The committee works with FLIC to prepare financial statements, increase financial literacy and develop business plans for entrepreneurs, while preparing them to become clients of The Spark business incubator to access extensive entrepreneurial resources. Last week the three County Commissioners; Leinbach, Barnhardt and Rivera approved several policy changes to the Berks County Small Business Restart Grant (SBRG) Program. This policy has been revised to increase the number of business owners in Berks County who take advantage of this HUD-funded program opportunity. Most importantly, the County Commissioners approved the following changes to the program’s policy:
We accept applications on our website. Detailed eligibility requirements and additional information will be posted on our website.
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The city of Reading has its own version of the program. If your business is located within the city, visit readpa.gov for more information.
To learn more about the Berks County SBRG Program, please click on the following program webpage on the Greater Berks Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. website: https://nhsgb.org/small-business-restart-grant -program/
Berks County’s primary goal for the SBRG Program remains the same: to help and support as many small business owners as possible to recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic , restart the operation, and return strongly.
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Reading, PA – The Berks County Board of Commissioners will launch another new grant program this week to help distribute the county’s CARES Act funds to local organizations that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Berks County CARES Grant Program will provide up to $19 million in grants to four specific sectors: Public Health Services, Municipalities and Authorities, Nonprofit Organizations, and Educational Institutions and Services. The program will be administered by Berks County, and applications will be reviewed by panels of community leaders and volunteers who work in designated departments.
Applications for the grant program will be accepted from Wednesday, September 30, 2020 to October 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. More information about the program, the four categories and applications will be available on September 30 at www.countyofberks.com/CARES. The Berks County CARES Grant Program is funded by a portion of the $38 million CARES Act that the County received through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development under the County’s COVID-19 Relief Block Grant. The county conducted a detailed and comprehensive Community Needs Assessment in July to help gauge the community’s greatest needs.
As a result of these decisions, the County provided $19 million to meet the needs of public health, municipal, non-profit and educational organizations. Commissioners previously allocated $6 million in county CARES Act funds for the Berks County Small Business Startup Grant Program, which focuses on the needs of local businesses. The application portal for the New Start Grant Program closed on 23 September and applications are currently being reviewed.
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“While we are pleased to offer this grant program to help alleviate some of the financial impact from COVID-19, we believe the real need in our community is greater,” said Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt. “Commissioners continue to advocate for increased funding to address urgent and unmet needs that affect many of our local businesses and social service agencies.”
Specific guidelines for the four grant categories vary by department, but for all four applicants must demonstrate how they have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and demonstrate compliance with Governor Wolf’s guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety measures. Applicants must also provide services in Berks County and provide information on the demographics they serve and their impact on the community to alleviate special needs. Organizations may apply for this program if they have received CARES Act funding in the past, but must disclose receipt of those grants and funds in the application.
Donations can only be used to cover essential expenses between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include PPE, janitorial services, increased technology capabilities for remote work, severance costs, and paid employee leave due to illness or quarantine.
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