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Gov. Wolf: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “We are incredibly grateful that the SBA recognized the urgency of this situation and granted our request so quickly,” said Gov. Wolf. “I […]

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Disaster Loan Information & Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets. To learn […]

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COVID-19 AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (UC)

An update from Acuity Human Resources In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of PA has suspended the UC waiting period, often referred to as the waiting week. Eligible claimants are now able to apply to receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed. We recommend that employers do not promise or […]

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Scarnati Announces Funding Approval to Help Small Businesses

(HARRISBURG) – Today the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) took the first step in providing relief to Pennsylvania small businesses impacted by COVID-19 by authorizing the transfer of $40 million to the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25). The funding transfer approved today, will ultimately be combined with existing funds in PIDA’s […]

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What are you doing to protect your employees while keeping your supply chain effective?

What are you doing to protect your employees while keeping your supply chain effective? With panic shopping resulting in empty shelves at the local stores due to COVID-19 virus, it has become apparent that manufacturing supply chains are essential in these times. In order to restock the shelves and allow people to get the products […]

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Our Response to COVID-19

Catalyst Connection is committed to exercising extreme caution in response  to the latest updates of the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with CDC guidelines.  To ensure the safety of our staff we will be working remotely to the greatest extent possible, with a plan to continue operations as best as we can so that we can […]

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Uniquely Abled Workers Bring Their Strengths to the L&S Shop Floor

As anyone who runs a machine shop can tell you, it can be difficult to find skilled workers with an interest in manufacturing. But the good news is they’re out there. You just have to look in new or unlikely places. For example, L&S Machine Company has found success employing individuals on the autism spectrum. […]

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Hazelwood Green gets innovation hub with newest Silicon Valley tenant GSVlabs

By Sandra Tolliver, NEXT Pittsburgh A Silicon Valley firm that connects startups, investors and corporations through a global online platform will establish its next innovation hub at Hazelwood Green, pinpointing Pittsburgh as a strategic growth market. GSVlabs, or Global Silicon Valley Labs, which has hubs in 40 markets around the world, has signed a long-term lease in […]

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NIST Robotics Lab Visits SWPA

Over the past three years, PA MEP and Catalyst Connection have lead two NIST funded embedded projects to connect the MEP network (Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, like Catalyst) to Manufacturing USA institutes, namely America Makes in Youngstown, Ohio and ARM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In addition to forging strong working relationships with the institutes, it has also […]

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Encouraging Women to Pursue Industrial Careers

with Allison Grealis & Aleah Titus While women make up 50% of the U.S. population, they comprise only 30% of the manufacturing workforce. Join Tony Uphoff in conversation with Allison Grealis, President of Women in Manufacturing and Vice President of Association Services for the Precision Metalforming Association, and Aleah Titus, LPG Operations Manager at ABB […]

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