Small Business Resources

Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation provides up-to-date recovery and re-opening information for all businesses, COVID-19 mitigation updates, and small business financing options such as loans and grants.

Cumberland County COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) Available 3/15/21

Administered by Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC)

GRANT SUBMISSION START DATE: March 15, 2021, at 9:00 am.

GRANT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: On April 15, CAEDC suspended the CHIRP online application portal.  To date, we have received well over $3 million in requests from 113 applicants. Once all applications have been reviewed and validated, we will be able to determine awards, hopefully by late May.  

The Cumberland County COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) was established by the Commonwealth on February 5, 2021 (through enabling legislation known as Act 1) to aid hospitality industry businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has contracted with Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) as the authorized Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) to administer this program. The County has been allocated approximately $2.9M which is based on the County’s pro-rata share (based on the 2019 census). Hospitality industry is defined as those businesses that are classified with NAICS codes of 721(Accommodations) or 722 (Food Services and Drinking Places).

This is a rolling application process until funds are exhausted. Applications will be processed sequentially based on timestamp of Application, subject to availability of funds and completeness and accuracy of information provided at time of application. The applicant will be notified of any deficiencies in the information supplied and a request by email will be made to the Applicant. When all deficiencies have been satisfied; the application will be reviewed based on the timestamp of receipt of a complete application and associated materials, subject to availability of funds.

Click here to learn more and for an application.

Resources For Restaurant Operators

The following state and national associations provide industry-specific guidance, research, trends, resources, and support for the restaurant industry owners and operators.

Resources for the Retail Industry

The following state and national associations provide industry-specific guidance, research, trends, resources, and support for retail owners and operators.