Photo: The Ridge Avenue commercial corridor pictured from Ridge Avenue and Dupont Street.

The Ridge Avenue commercial corridor pictured from Ridge Avenue and Dupont Street.

Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 

Reopening with Care: Philadelphia's Strategy for Moving to Green

Under the Safer at Home strategy, Philadelphia has continued to make progress in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. If progress continues through June, Philadelphia should be ready to carefully reopen additional activities in early July. This report clarifies what activities will and will not be allowed to restart when public health targets are met.

LEarn what activities will and will not be allowed in the next phase of philadelphia's reopening.  

Use & Occupancy Tax Refund 

Taxpayers who pay Use & Occupancy (U&O) are eligible for a refund for periods that they were not liable for the tax. If you pre-pay the U&O Tax on an annual basis or otherwise filed and paid early, you may have a reduced liability as a result of the Commonwealth and City’s orders to close non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency.

Learn how to file for a refund of the Use & Occupancy Tax 


Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives of the Coronavirus Assistance Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide small businesses with broad-ranging assistance such as paycheck protection, debt relief, disaster loans, emergency economic injury grants, and financial counseling.

Learn more about the CARES Act for Small Business Owners. 

COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. TThe first application window is now open until 11:59 PM on July 14th. Applications will continue to be accepted after July 14 and will be considered for future rounds of funding. Additional rounds will be announced soon.

Learn More and File an application. 

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead. 

ACCESS application forms, instructions for calculating your loan amount, and a tool to find a lender. 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Small business owners are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. 

Learn more and APPLY.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Are you or someone you know an independent contractor or gig economy worker? You may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance through the CARES Act.

Learn more and file for benefits. 

Verizon - LISC Small Business Relief Fund

Thanks to a $7.5 million investment from Verizon, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is offering grants to help small businesses. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. The Round 4 application period is now closed

Learn more and Register for updates on future rounds.