Hospitality Industry Recovery Program Grant

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, under Act 1 of 2021 (SB 109), created an initiative known as the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP). Act 1 allocated $145 million in funding assistance to hospitality industry businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Huntingdon County Business & Industry (HCBI) has been designated as the CEDO to administer, review and communicate information regarding the county block grant appropriated for COVID-19 Relief in Huntingdon County. Grant applications will be accepted from March 15, 2021 through June 15, 2021, or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first. 

Click here for eligibility information and the application.
Attention Restaurants

During a call this morning with the US Chamber of Commerce, Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association shared some valuable information. While the application process is not yet open for the restaurant stimulus funds, there are two things he suggests restaurants do now to prepare to apply for funding. The first thing is to apply for a DUNS number if you don't already have one. There is no cost to receive this number. Click here for details. It should only take a couple days to receive this number. Restaurants should also visit to get a free SAM number. This may take a couple weeks to receive. We will share additional information as we receive it.
What sole proprietors and freelancers need to know about
scoring PPP loans
Gene Marks, Philadelphia Inquirer
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Even if your “workforce” consists of you and your dog, you can still get a Paycheck Protection Program loan. In fact, the rules have recently changed to make these funds even more accessible for you. So listen up, solo entrepreneurs, freelancers, self-employed people, “1099 contractors” and sole proprietors, here’s what you need to know. The White House issued new rules last month that prioritized PPP funds for very small (fewer than 20 employee) businesses from Small Business Administration lenders. That period ends this Wednesday. But don’t be too concerned. As of this writing, almost half of the available PPP funds from December’s stimulus have yet to be spent. And $7 billion more is on the way, thanks to the new stimulus likely to receive final passage this week. So there’s money available. But you need to hurry. Despite pleas to extend the deadline, new applications are due through March 31. Maybe you don’t have an official “payroll.” That’s OK. To figure out how much forgivable funds are available, you’ll need to look at your federal Schedule C form from either 2020 or 2019. Up until the White House acted, you had to calculate the size of your requested loan based on the net income (line 31) on that form. But that amount was net of expenses, so it was pretty low for many. But now you can calculate the loan based on your reported gross income (line 7), which is probably much higher.

Additional links can be found in the SBA PPP article in the reminder section below.
Get Help from the Experts at My Benefit Advisor
It’s not too late to get health insurance or change plans!
On February 15, the Federal and State Marketplaces began accepting applications for Individual and Family health insurance coverage under the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
This enrollment period is scheduled to last until May 15, 2021.
Most Health Insurance Companies will accept off-exchange applications as well for those not needing or wanting to go through the marketplace. Because everyone is impacted by COVID-19 in some way, anyone who is not covered by an employer sponsored plan is eligible to purchase a new plan.
My Benefit Advisor offers expert help & guidance in choosing health insurance coverage whether purchasing on or off the marketplace.
The Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce offers its members access to My Benefit Advisor as a solution for employee benefits, including voluntary offerings. For more information about My Benefit Advisor, visit our website at or contact Mycal Jones at (800) 377-3539.

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Mental Health Survey

Juniata College, in partnership with Penn Highlands Huntingdon and other community agencies, is gathering information about mental health services, including needs and barriers to treatment in Huntingdon County. To gather this information, we are asking residents of Huntingdon County over the age of 18 to complete a survey. Those who participate in the survey can enter a drawing for a chance to win one of four $100 gift certificates to a local business of their choosing. The responses to the survey are anonymous.
Complete and share the survey at the following link to help make a difference in your community!

Partners In Excellence
Fulton County Medical Center

Stern Insurance Agency
Community State Bank
Mutual Benefit Group
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 
BottomLine Pros LLC
FirstEnergy Corporation
Helpmates, Inc.
Jeff Tate Paving, Inc.
Juniata College
Keller Engineers
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
MDB Drafting & Design
Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc. 

Interested in learning about becoming a Partner in Excellence?

Contact Yvonne at  or 814.643.1110

Packages range from $125 to $1,000.
Chamber Events
Make Better Decisions Using
Google Analytics
March 16, 2021
10:30 a.m.

Chamber Legislative Update with
Senator Corman
March 30, 2021
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Business After Hours
Huntingdon County Career
& Technology Center
April 14, 2021
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Business After Hours
Huntingdon Rotary &
Huntingdon County Foundation
Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast
May 27, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The 2021 Spring Jam, "Highway to Rock" Concert and Administrative Professionals Luncheon have been canceled.

Hold the Date:
2022 Administrative Professionals Luncheon is Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
Annual Golf Tournament
Huntingdon Country Club
Date to be announced soon
11:30 a.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

Business After Hours
Lincoln Caverns
June 24, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Family Fest & Car Cruise
Huntingdon Presbyterian Church
July 3, 2021
6:00 p.m. Car Cruise
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Family Fest

Sporting Clay Tournament
Shenecoy Sportsmen Club
September 15, 2021
September 22, 2021 Rain Date
2:15 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Shoot

Annual Awards Gala
Huntingdon Country Club
October 7, 2021
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner


Use the above link to find vaccination locations and their contact information.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program Resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
1. Find a lender:
2. Identify a loan:
  • First Draw PPP Loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP Loans are available to you.
  • Second Draw PPP Loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC):
Step by Step instructions with a CPA
Member Restaurant Information

We are are providing the following to make it easier to support local restaurants. Click the restaurant name to view their menu. Those in bold are offering curbside pickup.

Support Local
Click the graphic for the latest restaurant information.
Looking for more ways to promote your business?

Tag the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce in your Facebook posts and we will share them on the
Huntingdon, PA - Promotions & Activities page. This page is followed by more than 4,000 people and it is free advertising for you.
U.S. Chamber Pandemic Relief Resources:  

  • Pandemic Webinar Recordings - You can view the Chamber’s webinars explaining the new pandemic relief bills from late December and early January. They've uploaded the recording from this week here, plus the accompanying slides here, and you can find the recording from our December discussion here

Free Re-opening Signage

As Pennsylvania businesses begin to reopen, each business owner will need to examine their operations and make changes to meet public safety guidelines. PASBDC has created signage to address common health concerns. All images are completely free to use, so please share, download, print and distribute as you wish!

Click here for access to timely resources.
Office Hours

Following the Governor's guidance, staff is once again working remotely and only going to the office as necessary. If you need to reach us, please call 814-643-1110 and leave a message for us or email or
Huntingdon County Strong:
Business and Community Resources

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Quick Connect Coaching Sessions
Weekly, Tuesdays at 8:30 am

Looking for a quick answer to a question related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, or projecting for growth? Then attend a "Quick Connect" session to get your questions answered. Each week a consultant will address answers related to a specific topic.

Contact Us

Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO

MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director

Phone: 814-643-1110
Fax: 814-643-1115
Stay Connected

Looking to start an endowment or to support community efforts? Click the logo above to learn more about the Huntingdon County Foundation.