Business Assistance

Own a small business? SPC provides assistance to small and mid-sized businesses in the region through loans, procurement, and export assistance.

Small Business Loans

SPC’s Business Finance Assistance 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.

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.

Members

Appointment Pending
Allegheny County

Appointment Pending
Armstrong County

Appointment Pending
Beaver County

Joe Saeler
Butler County

Appointment Pending
City of Pittsburgh

Michael Uhouse
Fayette County

Jeanine Henry
Greene County

Angela Campisano
Indiana County

(Pending)
Washington County

John Malone
Westmoreland County

August Yarkosky
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 https://dced.pa.gov/business-assistance/international/trade/

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

Partners

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

Resources

Government Procurement

SPC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) 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.

Steve Meredith provides an overview of SPC’s PTAC services.

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 Procurement 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 Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Resources

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: https://dced.pa.gov/business-assistance/keystone-opportunity-zones/

Business Assistance Contacts

Jennifer Lasser
Director, Planning & Development
(412) 391-5590 x302
Rena Liu-Belshe
Manager, Export Development Assistance
(412) 391-5590 x320
Steve Meredith
Manager, Government Contract Procurement
(412) 391-5590 x325
Todd Stranko
Assistant Manager, Business Finance Assistance
(412) 391-5590 x350
Sarah Francis
Business Loan Servicer
(412) 391-5590 x318
Jackie Pacheco
International Trade Specialist
(412) 391-5590 x332