City of Allentown Small Business SPARK Program


Thank you for your interest in the City of Allentown Small Business SPARK Program!

If you have any questions about the program, please email or call 610-758-3980.

SPARK Applicant

For small businesses located within the City of Allentown looking to receive assistance

SPARK Service Provider

For companies looking to provide services to small businesses located in the City of Allentown

About the Grant

The City of Allentown and the SBDC recognize the losses small business owners suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to help minimize losses and assist in the recovery, the grant will provide specialized consulting services from area experts to help small business owners analyze the total impact of COVID-19 on their business and plan for a successful and resilient recovery.

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be eligible to receive up to 14 hours of assistance from local experts in a number of areas, including marketing, photography, e-commerce, website, cybersecurity, social media, financial management, legal assistance, and more.

Note: This grant consists of technical assistance provided at no cost to awardees. There is no monetary award associated with this grant.

The Process

The Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will administer the program and approve grant applications. Grant applications that meet the guidelines will be approved in the order they are received. The SBDC will continue to accept applications until funding is exhausted. All applicants will be informed of their final application status.

Program Requirements

Successful applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

The principal place of business is within the city limits of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The business has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The business has 50 or fewer full-time employees.

Applicants will self-certify that they meet the criteria. The SBDC will contact individual applicants if there are any questions about the application. No documents need to be submitted for this program unless requested by the SBDC to confirm any of the above criteria.