HEADLINES
Governor Wolf held a press conference today at 2PM with Dr. Levine, Secretary of Health
Construction Industry in PA opens May 1st Read Construction Industry's Disaster Emergency Guidelines
As of 4/22/20, the countywide response rate was 61.2%.  You can view the latest response rate at the county and community level here.   Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.  With just a 5% undercount in 2020, we could lose $72,336,780 annually in funding for Montgomery County  schools, infrastructure, Medicaid, SNAP, housing choice vouchers, head start, senior programs, and more! 
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Unemployment help for self-employed, gig workers and
independent contractors
IMPORTANT ALERT : PUA System has been corrected. 
For individuals who believe they inaccurately received the PUA ineligibility message below, please try filing for PUA again via this link.

SBA Announced Round 2 of PPP
The  Paycheck Protection Program  is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Round 2 of paychecks protection program opened Monday, April 27th and funds are expected to run out this week. Contact your lender for assistance.
Golf courses, marinas, and private campgrounds  may reopen today, May 1st, and are required to follow updated   life-sustaining business guidance.
Bringing PA Back is an initiative by the PA Chamber to provide businesses with information and resources to get PA businesses thriving again. Here you will find information to prepare your workplace for reopening, welcome back employees and customers, phased reopening maps and more. Read more
EVENTS
Friday, May 1

We are excited to announce that on May1st Nothing bundt Cakes at Providence Towne Center will reopen, offering contactless curbside pickup. Local delivery available with a minimum purchase of $22.
New Hours of Operation are Noon - 5pm Tuesday thru Saturday
610-989-CAKE
May 1st - 31st

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Native Plant Sale
Beautify your yard and protect your local environment with native plants. The native plant sale has gone virual!  More info
May 3rd

Collegeville Borough Mayor Aidsand Wright-Riggins  has Proclaimed May 3rd, 2020 as Bells Across America Day in Collegeville Borough. The Mayoral Proclamation is to express gratitude to the front-line workers for maintaining essential services to the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The official Proclamation can be viewed here:   Proclamation Bells Across Pennsylvania Day
May 5th @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Integrate for Good "Because We're Better Together" Zoom Party!

Networking! Games! Prizes! Join Integrate for Good for a fun Zoom-based networking event on in honor of  #GivingTuesdayNow , a global day of giving and unity that will take place as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Read more
MontcoStrong
Support your local restaurants and shops by buying gift cards during the COVID-19 shutdown. You'll help them get the cash they need now, so you can enjoy their business later. Use the link below to view gift card offers, or to sign up your small business!
Awards have been announced for Round 1 of MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program. Several PV Chamber members were awarded grants! Read more here.
Montgomery County Call for Help to Supply PPE

Montgomery County is asking for donations for commercial masks, surgical masks and impervious (waterproof) gowns. Any business that has an interest in or capacity to turn their existing supply chain into the PPE output that the health care industry so desperately needs to please contact Montgomery County Commerce Department by emailing: COVID19@montco.org.
The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) has launched a #MontCoStrong t-shirt fundraiser to help support Montgomery County, PA’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will exclusively assist community safety net organizations impacted by the current public health crisis such as those serving low-income and food-insecure residents, senior citizens, veterans, homeless and homebound individuals. T-shirts are $25/each and can be purchased online.
Food Bank
Daily Bread Community Food Pantry remains open following our normal Client schedule and ready to support our community through this time of need.
Families in need - please visit the pantry website for service details including food distribution schedule.
Donations Needed - please see the list of current needs on their website or facebook page
Please check the PVCC COVID19 Data Hub  regularly  for updates.
Our physical office is closed, but Renee is working remotely.
Contact 610-489-6660 or email
renee@pvchamber.net