Message from the Chamber Office
In accordance with Governor Wolf's COVID-19 Order, the PV Chamber has shifted operations to work remotely from home. I have full accessibility to work computers and will continue serving our members and making sure that we are providing you with the most upt-o-date COVID-19 resources and community news and events.  

New Communication Efforts: 
PV Chamber COVID-19 Resource Hub
 Bookmark this page and visit often for updates from Local, State and Federal sources.  The page is updated several times a day!  In addition, you will find a list of restaurants, food stores and caterers offering curb-side and delivery options.   

Gift Vouchers
- Buy today for a better future! Our small businesses are what make our community special. Purchasing a gift voucher today, to use when mandates are lifted, will help many small businesses survive. 

Please reach out to the Chamber office at 610-489-6660 or email renee@pvchamber.net for assistance. 

Thank you for your patience and stay safe.

Sincerely, 

Renee Blomstrom
renee@pvchamber.net 
Message from Governor Wolf - March 23, 2020
 March 23, 2020 


Supplies Needed at Phoenixville Hospital!
Phoenixville, PA (March 2020) - In the past week,  Phoenixville Hospital  has received an outpouring of calls, emails and social pings from the community asking how they can help the hospital during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health outbreak. 

"We have received medical supplies and food treats for our staff and are so grateful to each and every person or business that makes a contribution to Phoenixville Hospital," said Steven Tullman, President and CEO. "Phoenixville is an amazing hamlet, and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of the fabric of this community."

Phoenixville Hospital is in immediate need of the below Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items for their staff:
* Masks: looped procedure masks, surgical masks, and N95 masks
* Gowns: surgical and Isolation gowns
* Eye ware: protective googles and face shields
* Disinfectant wipes and sanitizers
* Surgical gloves

Anyone wishing to contribute is asked to email PhoenixvilleHospitalPrograms@towerhealth.org to arrange delivery. 

About Phoenixville Hospital:
Located in Phoenixville, Pa., and a member of Tower Health, Phoenixville Hospital is a 144-bed facility that provides comprehensive medical services through emergency room visits, inpatient admissions, outpatient procedures and community outreach programs. Phoenixville Hospital's services include an award-winning cardiovascular program, a fully accredited cancer center, NAPBC-accredited breast health center, an acute inpatient rehabilitation center, and a large robotic surgery center. Phoenixville Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across services lines that include joint replacement surgery, advanced heart failure care, and the designation as a Primary Stroke Center. For more information, visit www.phoenixville.towerhealth.org.

Media contact: Susan Graham, susan.graham@towerhealth.org, 610-983-1551
COVID-19 Update

The PV Chamber is HERE TO SERVE our member businesses and community during this difficult time.  It seems the situation is fluid and information is changing rapidly.   We will continue to share/update information from County, State and Federal resources and member news through PVCC Data Hub, Enews and FaceBook

Follow the protocols posted on Montgomery County's COVID-19 data hub:

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans: 
We need your feedback!
MONTCO ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE RESPONSE TEAM
PV Chamber urges  businesses to participate in Southeast PA Regional Business Impacts of COVID-19 Survey. The survey was compiled by stakeholders in the 5 Counties to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the regional business community, as well as develop policy and program. 

Survey Link:  https://arcg.is/1ryu5 

Support Small Business, Friends & Neighbors!
Some thoughts to help us through this difficult time... 

Small business is the backbone of our regional economy.  Please look for ways to support these businesses during the pandemic. 

Restaurants, Catering, Groceries and Wholesale Clubs: 
Please visit the Chamber Directory for a  list of restaurants., grocery stores, and wholesale clubsRemember to call ahead to ensure services and hours of operation. 

Purchase gift cards to be used at a later date to hair salons, spas, specialty stores or service-related businesses in a way to provide immediate support our local small businesses that have modified their operations. 

Please call your senior neighbors and friends to lift their spirits and ensure they have food and proper medication. Contact the Community Food Pantry for updated hours of operation and needed supplies.  

Be Safe and Healthy! 
March and April Events Postponed! 
If you registered for an event that has been postponed, you registration will be carried over to the new date.  This includes registrations received for Annual Meeting, Dow Expo, PV MEN, PV WIN, Business Roundtable and Book Club. 

Member Sponsored Ad                                                              Visit www.patriotpestsolutions.net
  Welcome Our Newest Members!




 
The following organizations joined the PV Chamber this year! 
 Click on a business name for more information. 
































All current PV Chamber Members found in the  Directory on  www.PVchamber.net
Member Sponsored Ad                                                                                                                                          www.dirkspestmanagement.com
Message from Senator Mensch
Member Sponsored Ad                                                                                                                              Visit www.scilliaphotography.com
Silver Linings - Stories of Hope:)
Now more than ever, we love sharing stories of great things happening in our community, reflective thoughts and positive vibes. 

Today's silver lining story can be read on  blog post by Denise MacMurtie, Peace Restored Organizing.

In the midst of a lot of unknowns with COVID-19, let's pay attention to those special, unexpected moments.  Read the full story here.

Visit "The Bright Side" section of  the PVCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for positive news stories in our region:)
Member News - 
PLEASE CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES
March 24th - April 3rd @ Noon - 1:30pm 

SBA Disaster Relief Loan Training Webinars 

The U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office and the Chester Delaware Counties SCORE Chapter will hold webinar training on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program for small businesses and private non-profits due to COVID-19.
The webinar will provide you with answers and help you understand: 1) who is eligible for an SBA Disaster (EIDL) loan, 2) what you need to have in hand before filing your application, and 3) Q&A time devoted to answer your specific questions.
Due to the high volume of questions we are receiving, the webinar will be held daily. If the session is full, please join a session at another day. 

* Schedule begins Tuesday, March 24 and continues daily through Friday April 3. Webinars are offered Monday through Friday.
* Each Webinar starts at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:30 p.m.
* Log in Information: https://score.zoom.us/j/723846010
* Call our SBA District Office at 610-382-3062 with any questions about the training.

March 23rd - March 27th
Perkiomen Valley School District Virtual Spirit Week

Here in the second week of our shutdown, we are really missing seeing our students' smiling faces, so we wanted to start a Virtual Spirit Week - visit Perkiomen Valley School District's FaceBook Page for daily themes.  Post your pictures in the comments section each day, so we can see what our students/faculty/staff are up to! Put on your PV colors and strike your strongest pose as we prepare for another week away from school. Use the hashtag when posting your pic.
Socks for the Homeless

Socks are a challenge for the homeless as they wear out and shelters do not accept used socks.  Michelle Mitchell, Long & Foster Real Estate, will be collecting socks (or monetary donation to purchase socks) for the homeless.  The goal is 900 socks. The donation, along with Easter package, will be delivered to St. Francis Inn on Kensington Ave in Philadelphia.  To make a donation, contact Michelle Mitch, 610-731-7551 (cell), 
Elmwood Park Zoo Business Partners Program Opportunity!

For 95 years, EPZ has been thriving, conservation and educational minded non-profit located right here in the heart of Montgomery County.  It is with the support of our partners the zoo has achieved some amazing milestones - like adding a herd of massive bull giraffe to our collection and becoming the first zoo in the nation to be named a certified autism center - and with your support as a Business Partner, we can, together, accomplish so much more!
Business Partners support the zoo's day to day operations, education initiatives, and enhance the quality of life for our growing animal family. In return, we are happy to provide great marketing and employee benefits. Click here for information about EPS's Business Partners Program, or contact Asia Crawford acrawford@elmwoodparkzoo.org.  610-277-3825 x254

Support Local Business - Toys For All Ages + Free Delivery!

Learning Express - Collegeville has some great news for you! One of our favorite vendors will ship directly to you (and don't worry, they'll reward us too!). Until we are allowed to legally/safely work in our store and deliver toys, this is a great option! Receive 5% off your order and FREE SHIPPING! 

Remote control cars, outdoor fun, science and more! Click here to order

And, here is a link where customers can purchase gift cards:  learningexpresscollegeville.square.site/
Escape Trappe Gift Voucher - no expiration!

Escape Trappe - all  gift vouchers 20% off and never expire.  Use  discount code "lockdown20"
(Coming soon..."Among Thieves", Escape Trappe's 4th room!)
To learn more visit www.escapetrappe.com and remember to enter code LOCKDOWN20 at checkout.
Escape Trappe,130 W. Main Street, Trappe. 610-489-3877. 
Korean Medal Program

I am pleased to announce that I am working with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to invite eligible U.S. veterans to apply for the Korean War "Ambassador for Peace Medal."

The "Ambassador for Peace Medal" was created by the government of South Korea and will be awarded to U.S. veterans in a future presentation ceremony honoring recipients. Eligible U.S. veterans must complete an application and provide a copy of their DD214 for verification purposes by the Korean Consulate.

To be eligible, U.S. veterans must have served in Korea at any time during the period of June 25, 1950 through July 27, 1953. U.S. Navy veterans are eligible if their vessel was assigned to Korean waters during this specific time. UN peacekeeping forces assigned to Korea through December 31 of 1955 are also eligible. Medals can also be provided posthumously to family members with proper documentation.

Applications are available at my office or by visiting www.senatormensch.com/Korean-peace-medal. If you need an application to be mailed to you, or if you have questions, please call 215-541-2388. Completed applications and a copy of your DD214 can be returned to my office or mailed to the Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey at 200 Chestnut Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19106. The deadline for the application is Friday, April 3, 2020.

Again, if you have any questions, please call 215-541-2388 or email srasmussen@pasen.gov. Please accept my most sincere appreciation to all veterans for their service and contributions.
2020 Census 
How to Make PA Count

By April 1, 2020, every home in the U.S. will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It is a very important undertaking. The count determines the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives for each state, and is used to distribute billions in federal dollars to local communities. 

Each year, Pennsylvania receives approximately $26 billion in federal funding toward programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, CHIP, and WIC, as well as grants for education and highway construction. That's equal to over $2,000 per citizen in Pennsylvania.
March  26, 2020 @ 6PM
 
PA State Senator Andy Dinniman - Town Hall Meeting

PA State Senator Andy Dinniman, 19th District Office: I will hold a special telephone town hall meeting on COVID-19 this Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m.  The meeting will focus on the impacts of and response to the outbreak of the deadly virus in Chester County and Pennsylvania. I expect to discuss school and business closures, economic impacts, and public health concerns during this unprecedented emergency situation.

However, questions and comments on any number of other topics related to COVID-19 will be accepted. 

Participants can sign up to participate and submit questions ahead of time here.
Thank you and as always, don't hesitate to give me a ring at my West Chester office 610.692.2112 or e-mail me directly at andy@pasenate.com
March  27, 2020 @ 11:00AM - 12:45PM

  Coronavirus and Small Business - Next Steps and Best Practices
*** Webinar ***
Small businesses especially are facing huge challenges during the response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Federal and state mandates indicating that many businesses should offer limited service or completely close make it difficult for smaller businesses to remain viable and financially solvent.  What are the legal ramifications for small businesses, and what resources are available to help them through these challenges? 

PA Chamber - Free Webinar for Small Businesses
PRICE: FREE
April 15, 2020 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Delos Inc and SCORE Montgomery County present Webinar "Time Saving Tips for Social Media and Digital Marketing". Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it's important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time while still getting results from your digital marketing efforts. Click here for details and registration
May 30, 2020 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm
 
The 2020 PV Art and Food Truck Festival will host a wide range of artists and vendors from within and outside of the Perkiomen Valley community. Our event is open to professional and student painters, woodworkers, ceramists, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists, etc.
We believe the arts in our community fosters social connection that bonds people.  
The Berman booth will be in the main venue area "where the artistic process comes alive" with our demonstrating students, professional artists, and our K-12 Art gallery. They will also select the Best of Show Awards for the student art featured in our K-12 gallery.
PV High School Campus, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville
September 6, 2020 @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm
 
MUSIC ON MAIN, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 4TH HAS BEEN PONTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020. 

Is it a block party or is it a music festival? It's both!

Plans are underway to celebrate our 150th Anniversary and the opening of Ursinus College's new Commons building by turning Main Street into a festival venue, featuring more than 25 performances and something for everyone - rock & roll, pop, classical, jazz, country, R&B, rap, theater, dance, puppets and more than a few surprises.

Feast on food trucks, play at family activities, shop at craft and merchandise vendors, enjoy a beer and wine garden courtesy of Brothers Kershner Brewing Co. of Skippack and more. 


We are looking for local food and beverage vendors to participate in Music on Main. If your business is interested please fill out the the  Food and Beverage Vendor Registration Form

We are looking for local businesses, organizations and craft vendors to table at Music on Main. If your group or business is interested please fill out the  Vendor Table Registration Form.

Or email case@ursinus.edu with questions.


Email case@ursinus.edu with questions or to be a part of the fun as a vendor!

September 10, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 9:30pm

THE EVENT SCHEDULED ON APRIL 23RD HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020! 


Integrate for Good is excited to present our Community Heroes 2020 Gala! Join us at Talamore Country Club on Thursday evening, September 23rd from 6:00-9:30 pm for an unforgettable experience!
Our Night at the Races will have you on the edge of your seat, cheering for your horses as we recreate the excitement of the race track! Bet with "funny money" and win fabulous prizes and raffles baskets!

You won't want to miss our nationally-acclaimed keynote speaker, Rohan Murphy. Seen on ABC's 20/20, in Sports Illustrated and featured in his own Nike ad, Rohan's story is one you will be talking about long after our event!  

Proceeds from our Community Heroes 2020 Gala will benefit Integrate for Good and our Opening Doors on Campus initiatives at Ursinus College, Montgomery County Community College, Temple Ambler and Gwynedd Mercy University. Your support will empower us to bring innovative leadership opportunities to students and adults with diverse abilities on local college campuses. The finale of our evening will include the announcement and presentation of our Integrate for Good 2020 Community Hero of the Year!

Sign up for a Sponsorship! Donate a raffle prize! Place an ad in our program! Buy your tickets! Be part of our inclusive community. Integrate for Good can't wait to celebrate with you. 
Office Space Available
After 56 years of representing his company, State Farm Agent Larry Hoak, has decided to retire October 31st! 

Property for Sale or Lease: 

Office building with rented apartment on top at 363 E. Main Street, Collegeville.

Apartment building, 361 E. Main Street Collegeville (next door) has two residential apartments and a 3rd room commercial occupancy in the front 

For more information, contact Paul Roberto at Weichert Realty 610-804-3218. 
PVSD NEWS!

March 23, 2020 - Pennsylvania Department of Education extends school closures for another 2 weeks. School employees are anticipated to return on April 7th to prepare classrooms and students anticipate return April 9th for classes.

PVSD Launches PVSD Alumni Network
We're excited to announce the launch of the new PVSD Alumni Network: alumni.pvsd.org! This alumni portal offers PV graduates a way to stay connected to fellow classmates and the district through an online community that is tailored specifically for alumni interests. If you are a PV grad, or know someone who is, please share news about this platform and its many benefits. See below for more information. 

What does the Alumni Portal allow you to do?
* Connect and network with over 1,000 (and growing) PV alumni. Explore what your peers are up to and find alumni near you.
* Learn about events, career opportunities, and important news from the community.
* Reconnect with your old friends, and share what's new in your lives.
* Learn about ways in which you can contribute to the future of the district.

How is it different from a social network?
* This is an exclusive private community with access restricted to only our alumni.
* Provides a safe, secure way to support one another for career connections, mentorship, professional advice etc.
* The data is secure and no third party can access it.
PVSD Seeks Donations From The Community
Perkiomen Valley School District is seeking financial support to build a Viking statue on the Perkiomen Valley High School Campus that will stand as a permanent representation of our school district pride and also mark the district's 50th anniversary . The project costing $85,000 was recently approved by the school board. PV is now seeking funds to raise the money in time for a Spring 2019 dedication.

You can donate with a credit card by clicking HERE or mail a check payable to PVSD, Perkiomen Valley, SD Business Office, Attn: Viking Statue, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426



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By joining a committee, you can match your passion and interests in service to our community. Membership is open to all Chamber member firms and their employees. Add value to your Chamber membership and sign up for a committee today!
To learn more, contact Renee Blomstrom at 
610-489-6660. 

Golf Committee,  Ambassador Committee,  Expo Committee,  Gala Committee,  PV WIN  Committee

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