April 28, 2021

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County Updates
MontcoStrong 2021 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program
Applications are still being accepted for the MontcoStrong 2021 Pennsylvania Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (sometimes referred to as “CHIRP” statewide).  Please note that earlier today DCED put out a social media post that made it seem like the program was closing statewide soon – that is not the case in Montgomery County and other counties in the region.
  • 130 grants for approximately $5 million have been awarded from the MontcoStrong 2021 Pennsylvania Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. We are still accepting applications and anticipate awarding the remaining program funds (approximately $4 million) by mid-May. As of this morning, we have 346 applications. The full program information can be found at www.montcopa.org/PAHIRP. The updated list of awardees to date will be posted next week; this allows the RDA a few days to reach out to awardees before the list is posted.

**One item to note on eligibility, many businesses are unsure of their NAICS code. Often times, without connecting the two concepts, this code is already in their possession as the “Business Activity” code they are putting on their business tax returns.
Chill-Out Networking Event!
Thursday, May 13
4pm - 5pm

Enjoy free shaved ice and network with local business leaders!


Father's Day T-Shirt Sale

The PV Chamber is hosting a Father's Day T-shirt Sale!

Sale begins in May!
Join a Committee
Thursday, May 6 @ 10am
PVCC Golf Committee
The largest committee of year! Golfers and non-golfers welcome to help plan the much anticipated 2021 Golf Outing!
 *golfers and non-golfers welcome

Monday, May 17 @ 3pm
PVCC Fundraising/Events Committee
All welcome to attend Zoom Meeting to help plan 2021-22 events!
Joining a PV Chamber Committee is also a great place to network with fellow Chamber members and Board Directors while working towards a common goal.
Cyber Security Workshop
May 20, 2021

Join us for a Cyber Security presentation. presented by Plus One Technology. Learn how to properly use steps to identify, mitigate, protect, and respond to today’s threats. During this conversation we will cover threats companies face to their devices, identity, and processes. We will also discuss easy steps companies can take to instantly increase their security, without having to spend a dime.
Each attendee will be entitled to a dark web scan for their firm. 
Ribbon Cutting and Mixer
Boston Scott Golf
May 26 @ 5pm - 7pm

Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of Boston Scott Golf!
Networking, games and prizes, shopping discounts tour the outdoor mobile showroom or come inside to the stunning showroom.
Thursday, May 27 @ Noon
Business Roundtable
Join business leaders to discuss "Business Skillsets & Training"
Thursday, May 27
4:30PM - 6:30pm
PV Men Happy Hour Networking
Gentlemen! Let's get a jumpstart on the Memorial Day weekend... oin us for PV Men's In-Person Happy Hour Networking Event at DaVinci's Pub! Cash bar. It's time to network, and share in good company with our host and Chairman of the Board, Kip Bilo! ALL welcome to join in on the fun!  
Business Book Club (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 11, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People (Part II)

Joe Bergquist, Harleysville Bank, will lead the book discussion. Time will be allotted to discuss other business related news including podcasts, movies/documentaries, publications, etc). With so much information packed into this book, the discussion will continue with Part 2 at the June 11th Book Club
PVCC Annual Golf Outing
August 9th
The PV Chamber Annual Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 9th at Spring Ford County Club.

Online registration opens May 4th
Save the Date!

June 16th
PVCC Mixer
"Welcome Back to Networking Mixer"

To become a SPONSOR, contact Event Chairman, Phil White,
Welcome New Members! 
Trusted advisors for your home inside and out. Lawn care, pool, heating & air conditioning, plumbing, pest control, water quality.

 Cleaning and organizing business serving Chester, Montgomery and Berks Counties

Men's and junior's golf apparel. 20% Off! Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Use discount code "chamber20"

Employment Opportunities
The Village Cafe is hiring!
Part time staff. If interested, contact Bill Baird at 610-781-3534 or email Bill.Baird@FVCN.org

Harleysville Bank is hiring!
Harleysville Bank has year-round part-time teller positions available in a number of our branch locations. Previous Teller or CSR experience desired; prior cash handling experience required. Seeking candidates with excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills. 
Paid Training, 401(k) Retirement Program, Career Growth Opportunities!
Please email your resume and indicate your interest to:
hrdept@harleysvillebank.com OR Fax to: 215-513-9393
Member News & Events
UC Digital Spark
Apply by
May 1, 2021

A special opportunity for students to use their skills in an effort to support local businesses develop an online presence in the Collegeville area.

The U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial studies is pleased to announce that Ursinus College has been granted another round of funding to provide support to 10 local small businesses this summer through its Digital Spark program, free of charge.
Digital Spark partners college students with small businesses or startups for 8 weeks in the summer to provide digital media services. This year we are hoping to provide hybrid services, with students working 2 days remotely and 2 days on-site, should circumstances permit. This program has provided support to 72 businesses in our community over the last 5 years.  Students are paid a stipend from the college and work with their business client on a project that can reasonably be completed in 8 weeks. Areas of need that could be supported include, but are not limited to:
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Digital Marketing promotions for a launch of a new product initiative or start-up
  • Development or enhancement of Social Media/Digital Marketing presence
  • Competitive Analysis/Market Research
  • Data Collection and Organization

Details are included in the application and can be found here.
Perkiomen Watershed Annual Native Plant Sale

The Native Plant Sale is LIVE!! Our staff and volunteers have been busy in the greenhouse... and we have thousands of PA Native Plants just waiting to beautify your yard! Ordering is open NOW through May 23rd with pickup times starting next week... order today... these plants won't last long!!
Berman Museum of Art Spring Exhibition

Visit the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art online this spring!

On view is Strata, a multi-sensory installation by Canadian artist Shannon Collis; and Testaments, a diverse vocabulary of portraiture to bear witness to the contemporary Black experience by artist Kris Graves. 
See other virtual exhibitions, curator and faculty tours, and more.
The Annual Student Exhibition opens online Thursday, April 29.
Wedding Open House & Showcase
May 16, 2021
1pm - 4pm

S&B Event Concepts and Catering is partnering with Westover Golf Club and is hosting an OPEN HOUSE 
Stop by and see how beautiful your wedding or special event can be at Westover Golf Club. Tour the venue, meet our other vendors, enjoy live music and sample our delicious cuisine.
Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways! 
Multiple ballrooms and plenty of space for social distancing 
May 21, 2021
5:30pm - 8:30pm

S&B Event Concepts and Catering is hosting a Beef & Bourbon pairing with special guest Brian Propp of the Philadelphia Flyers!

Enjoy 4-course tasting
Limited indoor/outdoor seating.
Try one of Brian's Cigars!

Purchase Tickets at www.snbevents.com/events

529 College Planning Day
May 27 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm
Virtual program

sponsored by
Kalejta Financial Management

Investment Strategies and Portfolio Construction: 10 Myths about College Savings Plans
Presenter: Stephen Jagard
529 Business Development Specialist- Northeast Division
Perkiomen Creek Sojourn
June 5, 2021

Explore the scenic beauty and hidden treasures of the Perkiomen. Do some boulder dodging. Battle the dams and rapids. Chat with old friends and make some new ones. Enjoy lunch at Cranberry Park, and learn a little about this gem winding through our own backyards. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one from us!
Business Partnership Program
Central Perk Youth Association
CPYA is a self-funded, non-profit organization that has been providing positive Baseball and Softball experiences for over 850 boys and girls annually in the Perkiomen Valley for the last 55 years. 
With the spring season upon us, we are thrilled to announce the release of our NEW Partnership Program gives area businesses like yours an opportunity to give back to the community, while promoting your company at the CPYA complex and our active CPYA Social Media Network. Packages start at only $100 and may be tax-deductible. All proceeds benefit the boys and girls who are part of CPYA, as well as maintaining and upgrading our complex. 
Please consider stepping up to the plate and consider a CPYA Partnership package. Remember, people want to patronize Local Businesses, but especially those that SUPPORT Local Civic and Community Organizations. 
…When you partner with CPYA, you are partnering with the PV Community!

CPYA PARTNESHIP INFO: www.cpyaonline.com/sponsors
CONTACT: Steve Troutman, CPYA Sponsorship
215.272.2527 | stroutman@yahoo.com
Congratulations to Dirks Pest Management Specialist, LLC, a division of Viking Pest Control! Viking Pest Control is honored to be voted "Top Workplace" in New Jersey! If you or someone you know is looking for a career opportunity, learn more and view open positions here.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Applications open Monday May 3rd
The US SBA has announced that they will begin to take applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund on Monday, May 3rd at Noon. All the program details can be found here - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund.
Rent and Utility Relief Program for Residential Renters
Your Way Home Montgomery County
YWH is a transformational partnership between government, philanthropic, nonprofit, and community partners to help working and low-income individuals and families end or prevent their homelessness.
Montco COVID-19 Vaccine
 Whether someone goes to a county run vaccination site or schedules an appointment with their local pharmacy, there are a number of ways to get vaccinated in Montco and help bring the pandemic to an end. For all the latest COVID-19 info in Montco, visit https://www.montcopa.org/9/COVID-19.

Please remember to remove yourself from a waiting list if you've already received your vaccination. Many healthcare providers are now offering signups through health portals.
Updates are provided in weekly briefings from the Commissioners (Live on FaceBook Wednesdays at 1:30pm). Video recording is available shortly thereafter on County's Facebook Page.
New CDC Mask Guidelines
The CDC announced new mask wearing guidelines this week. Check out the CDC website for details and see nice visuals that explain the new guidelines here.
Gov. Wolf Revises Mitigation Orders
The Governor's office has revised and lifted some of PA's COVID-19 mitigation restrictions, effective April 4th.
  • Effective April 4, restaurants may resume bar service; alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food; the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted; and indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process.
  • The governor also announced revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size.
  • Eliminate out-of-state travel restrictions. 
Federal and State Tax Deadline Extended
Pennsylvania will delay its tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17, after the Internal Revenue Service announced it is delaying the federal tax filing deadline until May.
Both PA and federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021.
This means taxpayers will have an additional month to file from the original deadline of April 15.
30 Day Fund 

The non-profit Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Pennsylvania-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding. The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund is designed to be quick, easy, and free of red tape, as small business owners work to keep employees on board in the near term. All we ask in return: if you can, pay it forward. Apply Today
No-Cost PPE Kits
Pickup available at Chamber office Reserve kit and schedule a pickup time - call 610-489-6660 or email info@pvchamber.net.

Montco expanded the program to offer up to 7 kits per small business
Chamber membership is not a program requirement - all welcome to participate
Here's a resource guide about cross program eligibility on economic aid. Page 1 features an infographic of PPP, SVO Grant and EIDL. Page 5 includes SBA links for grant and loan information
PVCC Annual Meeting
PV Chamber
2021 Annual Meeting
View the PV Chamber Annual Meeting

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar
This month, Dr. Robert McMurtrie presented the currently available vaccines and Dr. Broker spoke about changes in recommendations for those who are vaccinated. Audience Q&A followed their presentations.
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