Small Business Support

Small Business Loans | Export Development | Government Contract Technical Assistance

Small Business Loans

SPC’s Commercial Lending program works with entrepreneurs to assist them in starting, developing and expanding their businesses. SPC can make loans and provide assistance to high tech, oil and gas, agricultural, tourism, recycling, manufactures, many additional types of for profit companies.

If you are interested in financing your business’s expansion project through SPC, we would encourage you to visit, register your business for a free account, and complete our pre-application questionnaire. Once complete, SPC staff will review your questionnaire, and reach out to you to discuss your project in further detail.

Loan Programs

Loan Review Committee

Our Loan Review Committee meets on a monthly basis to review applications and make recommendations to the SPC Board of Directors, which makes the final decision on a loan approval. Please note that most loans funded through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) require the Commonwealth’s approval as well.


Appointment Pending
Allegheny County

Kelli Wingard
Armstrong County

Appointment Pending
Beaver County

Joe Saeler
Butler County

Rebecca MacBlane
City of Pittsburgh

John Malone
Fayette County

Jeanine Henry
Greene County

Angela Campisano
Indiana County

Michael Chaido
Washington County

Kyle Martin
Westmoreland County

Ben Siebart
At Large

Export Development

SPC’s Export Development Program seeks to create and retain jobs by assisting local business growth through export sales. SPC’s Export Development staff offer consultative services to small and medium-sized companies.

In addition, SPC works with a global network of Authorized Trade Representatives covering over fifty countries. We provide a wide range of services including market research and market entry strategies.

For additional information, visit

SPC also works closely with various organizations in the region to promote exports and international trade.


  • Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Duquesne University SBDC
  • Saint Vincent College SBDC, Center for Global Competitiveness
  • University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service
  • U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission


Government Contract Technical Assistance

SPC’s APEX Accelerator program helps companies in the region with their efforts to market to and contract with federal, state and local government agencies. SPC provides one-on-one counseling and training with an emphasis on small businesses with minority, female or service-disabled veteran owners to help facilitate their participation in the government marketplace.

SPC shares a Department of Defense (DOD) Cooperative Agreement Grant with Indiana University of Pennsylvania that enables maximum effectiveness with limited resources. The following organizations assisted in our Government Contract Technical Assistance program:

  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Minority Purchasing Council
  • Minority Business Opportunity Committee
  • PA Department of General Services
  • PA Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Local Small Business Development Centers
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a PTAP cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

Sign up for counseling from SPC’s APEX Accelerator Program.


Keystone Opportunity Zones

KOZ, or Keystone Opportunity Zones, are commercial, industrial and residential sites where most state and local taxes have been eliminated. For more information visit:

Business Assistance Contacts

Rena Liu-Belshe
Manager, Export International Trade Assistance
(412) 391-5590 x0320
Faith Collins
Community Capacity Coordinator
(412) 391-5590 x0308
Courtney Cowell
Commercial Loan Servicer
(412) 391-5590 x0318
Jackie Pacheco
Sr. International Trade Specialist
(412) 391-5590 x0332
Aaron Sims
Manager, Government Contract Technical Assistance
(412) 391-5590 x0368
Todd Stranko
Manager, Commercial Lending
(412) 391-5590 x0350