The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA), in partnership with BlackOut DesignCoal Creative and Design Done Right,  has established the Get Connected program to assist businesses within Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, or Wayne counties with their development of e-commerce platforms. Eligible firms will receive e-commerce technical assistance. In its role as the administrator of the program, the NEPA team will vet businesses for eligibility and connect the business with one of the above local consultants to develop e-commerce platforms that support online sales. The program is designed to assist businesses in their adapting to current market trends and generating sales and clients during the pandemic. Furthermore, the program will assist in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by lowering the amount of face-to-face contact and encouraging social distancing while allowing business owners to operate during the pandemic.

Interested businesses please see below to apply. For additional information, contact Kurt BaumanSteve Zaricki or click here.

Lackawanna County

Get Connected is seeded with Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Engage! Program funds and continued with funds from the Lackawanna County American Rescue Plan Act Program.


Preferred Vendor(Required)
Is there an existing website(Required)
Does product/pricing exist online?
Has the business been in existence for more than 2 years?(Required)
Has the business remained open during the pandemic?(Required)
Does the client have all applicable licenses/registrations to sell in interstate commerce?(Required)
Has the business applied for an SBA CARES Act loan?(Required)
Has the business applied for a PPP loan under the CARES Act?(Required)
Is your small business considered a disadvantaged business enterprise? (Women Owned, Minority Owned, Veteran Owned, Disabled Veteran Owned)(Required)
During the past two years, what have your online sales been?(Required)
Is you business considered a family business or passed down from prior generations?(Required)
Are you using a third-party e-commerce platform? Example firms include Shopify, Etsy, Grubhub?(Required)
Do you currently use social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter) to market your business?(Required)
Is your domain registered?(Required)
Are you using web analytics on your website?(Required)