Alliance Blog & News

Talent Attraction Program: Creativity Unleashed

In 2009 nationally acclaimed consultant Roger Brooks visited York County and recognized that our strength lies not only in our manufacturing base but in the creativity and innovation of our workers.

The same ingenuity that redesigned industrial production in the 1940’s, adopted by the government as the “York Plan”, is alive and flourishing today as independent professionals collaborate in multiple co-work locations; as culinary creatives grow their product lines into multiple new businesses through a shared commercial kitchen incubator at YorKitchen; and as customized robotic automation systems are designed at Weldon Solutions.


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100% Financing Available with SBA 504 Loans

Growing companies often look to conserve cash to solidify their working capital position for the long run, but often growth also requires down-payments on capital purchases for real estate and equipment needs. Fortunately, SBA 504 financing is available through YCEA that offers companies expanding an existing facility or acquiring neighboring property for an expansion project an opportunity to finance 100% of their capital project costs.


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YorKitchen

Located in downtown York’s Central Market, YorKitchen provides a unique service to residents of the City of York, the surrounding Central Pennsylvania area and beyond.

YorKitchen is a modern, fully licensed, shared commercial kitchen incubator available for rent by the hour to food producers and for nutrition educational training. YorKitchen sits in the middle of a produce and food hub and houses a wide variety of commercial equipment, work tables and necessities needed to help small businesses succeed and grow.


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Legislation Alert: Senate Bill 4

Legislation known as the “Purely Public Charities” legislation, Senate Bill 4, would grant the General Assembly the ability to “establish uniform standards and qualifications which shall be the criteria to determine qualification as institutions of purely public charity”. Currently, in Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court has the sole authority to define a “purely public charity” and the General Assembly has the authority to set standards for tax-exempt status.


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York County 504 Partnership Hits Milestone!

With the recent funding of projects early in 2015, YCEA’s total SBA 504 closed loan balance with EDC Finance Corporation has eclipsed the $5 million mark. In 2014, several key projects received SBA 504 approval including Wyndridge Farms, Star Light Diner and Centurion Construction, as YCEA continues to ramp up promotion of this valuable financing option for small businesses. As a quick summary to the YCEA / EDC Finance partnership, YCEA and EDC Finance Corporation (EDC Finance)


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Did you know?

SBA 504 loans allow small businesses to finance up to 40% of their real estate and equipment projects through a fixed rate loan that is subordinated to the bank’s participation in the project. For-profit businesses that have a tangible net worth < $15 million as of their last fiscal year end and a 2 year average net income (after taxes) of < $5 million are considered “small” by SBA 504 standards. If the business happens to exceed one of those categories, not to worry. Certain industries (mainly related to manufacturing) have alternate size standard options that focus on the number of employees instead of the size of the company’s financial statements. The best way to find out more about SBA 504 financing is to call Kenetha Hansen at 717.718.7841.


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Medical Device Tax Repeal’s Support

The York County Economic Alliance supports the repeal of the Medical Device tax as was contained in and enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Furthermore, the Economic Alliance has been actively supporting its repeal since March 2013. The medical device tax is a 2.3 percent excise tax based on the price for which the medical device is sold, to be paid by either the U.S. importer (foreign manufactured) or the U.S. manufacturer (U.S. manufactured medical device) effective since January 1, 2013


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BIO 2015 Call for Information

As the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) prepares for BIO 2015, in Philadelphia June 15-19, they are beginning to gather the best stories, announcements and breakthroughs from Pennsylvania life sciences companies to share with media attending the show.


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