Resources to Help Startups and Small Businesses

These are tough times, especially for startups and small businesses. Fulfilling our mission to support entrepreneurs in the Southern Alleghenies is more important than ever. We’re here to help you keep the dream alive.

That’s why Startup Alleghenies is curating information to identify what’s most valuable to our entrepreneurs, and dedicating a section of our website where we will aggregate that content for your information and convenience.

We also will share the latest information on opportunities for financial recovery (whether County, State or Federal) with regular updates to this site, so check in when you can.  Our Entrepreneur Coaches are also ready to help with any personal advice you need.

We’re in this together.  And together, we’ll get through it.

So please share your ideas via posts to our Startup Alleghenies Facebook page to help and inspire other entrepreneurs who are facing similar challenges.

BREAKING NEWS: According to the Small Business Administration, the Paycheck Protection Program funding is now fully committed. Should additional funds be made available, we will post it when that may happen. (April 16)

U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19 Programs and Resources

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Self-employed, Contractors or Gig Economy Workers

Updated: May 7th, 2020: The PUA System now has full functionality! You may begin filing your weekly certifications.

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ATTENTION UC FILERS: If you applied for unemployment due to COVID-19 and are waiting for a call from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry, please add this number to your phone: (888)313-7284. Some cellular providers block (888) numbers if they are not in your contacts, and others filter them as spam. (April 17)

Unemployment Compensation

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The COVID-19 Back-to-Work Playbook

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COVID-19 Employment Opportunities

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Pennsylvania COVID-19 PPE & Supplies Business-2-Business (B2B) Interchange Directory

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COVID-19 Guidance and Information for Business – PA Dept. of Health

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Families First Cornoavirus Response Act

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Intuit Aid Assist – Navigate your way towards small business COVID-19 relief

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US Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

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Commonwealth of PA – Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal

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FEMA: How To Help

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Drawings/Specs for Critical COVID-19-related Products

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eCommerce/Productivity Solutions

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Southern Alleghenies entrepreneurs pitch their ideas live. 

On June 18th, six entrepreneurs will go head to head competing for a prize pool of $50,000 in The Big Idea Contest. The event, hosted by Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Startup Alleghenies, is designed to support and fund technology business ideas that can result in new companies and employment in the Southern Alleghenies. This free event is open to the public using the online web-conferencing app called Zoom. Simply click this link to RSVP to the event. Upon registration a link will be shared to view the competition on June 18th at 2 pm. All attendees will also be invited to cast their vote for their favorite entrepreneur in the “People’s Choice Award,” sponsored by Somerset Trust Company.  To learn more about the finalists, visit the Ben Franklin Technology Partners event page. We’ll see you there!


Startup Alleghenies is on a mission to bring greater economic vitality to the region by creating an ecosystem for success that recruits and supports entrepreneurs. Launched in June 2017 by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC), Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurs are mentored by coaches who provide 360 support to help them navigate a vast network of partners at economic development groups, private organizations, investors and universities–all working together to bring talent, new businesses, and jobs to the region.


Whether you’re starting a business or just thinking about it, a member of the media, an investor, or someone who cares about our region, learn more about what’s going on to revitalize our region’s reputation as a startupzone. Sign up to receive the latest insider information.

“I think we’ve probably hit peak Silicon Valley, and we need to figure out ways to have a more diverse, inclusive economy. We want the rust belt to become the startup belt.”

–AOL Founder and Revolution CEO Steve Case, November 2017 on CNBC (see video)

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  • Fleegle helping fellow entrepreneurs find their way

    [Published by the Somerset Daily American on April 28th,  2020 as reported by Bruce Siwy. See original article: ] Blake Fleegle didn’t know what…

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  • Tyrone business thrives in first year

    [Published by the Altoona Mirror on April 12th,  2020 as reported by Walt Frank. See original article: TYRONE — The first year in business…

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  • AssureTech developing app for food allergies

    [Published by the Altoona Mirror on April 6th,  2020. See original article: HUNTINGDON — Assure­Tech LLC, a software startup from Huntingdon and Kdan Mobile…

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  • Entrepreneur finds niche in Lilly market

    [Published by the Johnstown Tribune Democrat on March 5th, 2020 by Randy Griffith. See original article: ] LILLY – Stuart Custer says he found…

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  • Woman excited to begin Startup Alleghenies leadership role

    [Published by Altoona Mirror on March 2th, 2020 as reported by Walt Frank. See original article:] HUNTINGDON — Debra Clark’s original plan was to…

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Our Entrepreneurs

Click on an entrepreneur to learn more:

Vinzeal | ETAL Transfer Authority
Jeremy & Jennifer | Press Bistro
Mark | Mark Albert Boots
Dave | Wrivo, LLC
Mike | InnoH20 Solutions
John | EMG Brands


Startup Alleghenies is celebrated its second year in April 2019. Here are the highlights about our 451 enrolled and active Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurs in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties.

What kind of business are they creating?

Where are the entrepreneurs coming from?