Applications Now Being Accepted for New Small Business Low-Interest Loan Program

HARRISBURG – Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency can apply now for low-interest state loans, according to Senator Stefano.

The COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program will feature a low interest rate, no application fees, and payments and interest waived during the first year of the loan.  Loans of up to $100,000 will be available for small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees to use as working capital.

“This is a first step in the right direction to help our small businesses,” Stefano said, adding that “these businesses are the cornerstones of our community, and I will do all that I can to support them.”

The program will be administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, which said it intends for the turnaround time for loan approval to be a matter of days. Additional information on the program is available at

Business owners who are interested in applying should contact their local Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). A list of CEDOs is available at