COVID-19 Update

Although the PV Chamber events are postponed until further notice, we are HERE TO SERVE our member businesses and community during this difficult time. As we navigate uncharted territory, it is imperative that all of us maintain precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus, which will help diminish the recovery period. 

It seems the situation is fluid and information is changing daily. This is, and will continue to be, difficult times. We will continue to share/update information from County, State and Federal resources.

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

Montco Guidance for Employers Dealing with COVID-19: 

PA Department of Health Coronavirus Page: 

  PA Department of Health letter: 

CDC Coronavirus Disease Page: 

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans: 


We will continue to share updates on Chamber website, FaceBook page and email/text alerts. 
 
We need your feedback!
MONTCO ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE RESPONSE TEAM
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM 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: 
Many of our member restaurants & catering companies are providing alternatives, such as online ordering and delivery services.  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 medication. Contact the Community Food Pantry for updated hours of operation and needed supplies.  

Be Safe and Healthy! 
Remainder of March Events Postponed! 
We are taking the necessary steps to practice social distancing in an effort to keep our members and community safe.  Please visit the Chamber website for event updates.  

Member Sponsored Ad                                                              Visit www.patriotpestsolutions.net
Upcoming events schedule
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Please visit the chamber website for updates on events schedules. www.PVChamber.net 

  
June 8th - PVCC Golf Outing     
Schedule YOUR Mixer Today!
Hosting a Mixer is a prime opportunity to promote your business in an informational open-house format. Let the PV Chamber SHINE the spotlight on your business! Host a 2-Hour Networking event and receive Network-to-Go contact list, full page in next edition of Chamber Printed Newsletter, Social Media shares and more! Mixer dates fill up fast...call the office to schedule your 2020 mixer today!
Member Sponsored Ad                                                                                                                                          www.dirkspestmanagement.com
  Welcome Our Newest Members!




 
The following organizations joined the PV Chamber this year! 
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All current PV Chamber Members found in the  Directory on  www.PVchamber.net
Newsletter
Have something exciting to share with our members?  Send us a few lines to include in our "About our Members" section for the Spring edition.
To reserve premium ad space contact the Chamber office for details. 610-489-6660. 
Save Trees and Go Green...
If you wish to cancel print subscription and read online, 
simply email info@pvchamber.net and include  "Go Green" in the subject field.  Once you unsubscribe to printed mailings, you will receive an email with link to view online copy.

Member Sponsored Ad                                                                                                                              Visit www.scilliaphotography.com
Message from Senator Mensch
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.
Transportation Update 
GVF Introduces 422 My Way Campaign 

422 My Way is an educational/marketing campaign that will target the U.S. 422 Corridor and provide incentives to encourage people to not drive alone. Everyone is frustrated with sitting in congestion, especially on 422. GVF wants to give people back their time, show them ways to save money through our engaging public information campaign and have some fun along the way through fun giveaway prizes. The goal of 422 My Way is to reduce congestion along the 422 corridor and improve commuter quality of life through alternatives like vanpooling, carpooling, public transit, or biking.
To learn more, visit 422myway.com. Please share this information with your employees!
Employment Opportunities
 Assistant Branch Manager

Harleysville Bank is Hiring!

Assistant Branch Manager-Hatfield, PA
Assists the Branch Manager with operations, team development and ensuring an exceptional customer experience. Requires retail operations knowledge, advanced teller skills, prior supervisory experience, and excellent communication, interpersonal and coaching skills

Indicate your interest and send resumes to:
hrdept@harleysvillebank.com or fax: 215-513-9393
 Senior Commercial Banking Credit Analyst

If you are EXPERIENCED and KNOWLEDGEABLE in being a SENIOR COMMERCIAL BANKING CREDIT ANALYST, looking for a great opportunity in a fast-growing, team atmosphere, and are committed to delivering an unmatched level of customer satisfaction, THE VICTORY BANK may be where you belong. Qualified candidates must possess a minimum of five years of experience in this position and be able to transfer financial information into spreadsheets to facilitate year to year historical comparison by lending staff and approval authorities; complete loan approval memorandums to include structuring the proposed loan request, cash flow measurement, collateral analysis and review of both business and personal financial statements; and confirm adherence to Bank lending policies and procedures as well as compliance with governmental rules and regulations. 
Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft applications and knowledgeable in commercial lending products.
The Victory Bank is a commercial bank that services all clients. We are open Monday through Friday. The Victory Bank is guided by a clearly defined set of values-exceptional service, respect, integrity, candor, teamwork, and innovation.
Interested, well-experienced candidates only may send their resumes and salary requirements.
Equal Opportunity Employer/ Member FDIC. 
Job Type: Full-time
Contact Shelly Stockmal, Victory Community Leader, SHRM-SCP, VP
VictoryBank.com
Office: 484-791-3437
Fax: 610-948-3675
548 N. Lewis Rd., Limerick, PA 19468
First Financial Group is hiring an Entry Level - Recruiting Director 

The Recruiting Director is responsible for financial consultant sourcing to hire the highest quality candidates. This is a great opportunity for someone who has a bachelor's degree who is:
* High energy
* Highly motivated
* Detail-focused
* Goal oriented
* Confident
* Actively involved in the community

The Recruiting Director will be very visible in the local community by attending university career fairs, professional association meetings, and identifying potential candidates through personal connections in order to build a solid talent pipeline. This position will identify and communicate with candidates to schedule, interview, follow-up with, and track all candidate activity. The successful candidate will be able to act proactively and be willing to go the distance to get something done. The package includes base salary, bonuses, and benefits.
To apply, email your resume to margaret.dziekonski@ffgadvisors.com
A Brighter Future Begins at the Y!⠀

When you choose to work for the Y, you choose:
* A job that offers meaningful work in a fun, supportive environment
* A position that suits your unique talents and interests
* A career path to develop strong professional skills
* A caring organization with opportunities for growth

The follow opportunities are currently available at the Spring Valley Y in Limerick. Visit our website for more information or to apply online.
* Summer Camp Counselor
* Custodian
* Lifeguards
* Swim instructors
* Before and After School Assistant Group Supervisors

Spring Valley YMCA, 19 W. Linfield-Trappe Road, Limerick. 
Pizza Stop is Hiring! 

The Pizza Stop is hiring sauteed cook /grill person, full time /part time position. Prep and cooking Italian dishes and make steaks and hoagies salads etc.  Contact Tony Mazzamuto at The Pizza Stop, (610) 489-6225.  The Pizza Stop, 222 E. Main Street, Collegeville.  More information on Pizza Stop's FaceBook Page
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. 
Member News - 
PLEASE CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES
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), 610-489-2100 x 1944 (office) or drop off at Long & Foster Real Estate, 160 Market St, Collegeville (Providence Town Shopping Center). 
Superhero Art Contest
The Landing of Collegeville presents Superhero Art Contest, open to all students in grades K-3 in the Greater Collegeville Area.   
WHAT: An original artwork of a superhero that inspires you. This can be a fictional character, or a family member or a family member who has served in the military or is currently serving, or a public servant (Police Officer, Fireman, Teachers etc.) Only one entry per student.
JUDGING: Artwork will be judged by The Landing of Collegeville Art Club.
WHEN: Submit/mail artwork by April 15, 2020 to The Landing of Collegeville |
1421 S Collegeville Rd | Collegeville, PA 19426. Attn: Carin Brastow
More details, click here or contact The Landing at 484-854-1600
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

20% off at Escape Trappe!

Did you know...Chamber members receive 20% off at Escape Trappe, the first Escape Room adventure in Trappe. Use code CHAMBER at checkout.  
Who Can Play?  EVERYONE. Great for team Building, Family Event, Spring Break, Night Out with Friends!   Escape Trappe is for people of all ages and skill sets. You do not need to have any special knowledge to solve the puzzles and riddles. Just be creative, curious, and have an open mind!  
To make a reservation: www.escapetrappe.com and remember to enter code CHAMBER at checkout.
Escape Trappe,130 W. Main Street, Trappe. 610-489-3877. 
Please Donate to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

We're a little wet and muddy...  and could use your help!
Last week the Perkiomen Region was slammed by a monster storm that dumped nearly a foot of rain in a very short time. The deluge caused many of our creeks and streams to overflow their banks. The Perkiomen itself rose from 1.5 feet to over 16 feet in just a few hours... and three of those feet flowed right through our education building!

Now, we're faced with the complete loss of our early education discovery room and all of the books, puzzles and learning centers it housed. We also have thousands of dollars in damage to our conservation equipment and event supplies.

If you have a few extra bucks, please consider sending them our way... We could certainly use the help!
Donate now

Sponsorship Opportunity - Feature Your Business in Shrek, The Musical  Playbill for PVHS

Support the arts by sponsoring PV High School's production of Shrek, The Musical!  This year's musical will be held April 2-5 at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East. This year's production is sure to be a hit! The kids have been working hard to put on their best musical yet. 

We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to feature your business in our playbill. Playbill sponsorship will provide exposure to thousands of residents from the local community looking for products and services from businesses just like yours. We offer several different options starting at just $50.

If supporting the arts in your local community, while increasing business exposure, is important to you, please contact me at your earliest convenience. We have a deadline of March 11, 2020. I have attached a business sponsorship form and am available at 484-802-3771 or ktaylor03@verizon.net.
Make a Difference with Volunteer & Team-Building Programs

Integrate for Good is committed to empowering students and adults of all abilities to discover and share their talent within local communities through volunteerism.  We are excited to be a new member of the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce!  Is your company looking for innovative and impactful ways to make a difference?  We would love to collaborate!  Integrate for Good offers exciting community-based and on-site volunteer engagement and team-building programs.  
Interested in volunteering during your lunch hour?  Integrate for Good in partnership with Ursinus College welcomes all to stop by UC Myrin Library between Noon - 2pm every Wednesday to volunteer time on a project.  Currently, the group is making Sleeping Mat's for homeless in our community.

Get connected at www.integrateforgood.org   Or contact Bev Weinberg  (484) 854-1375  
Seeking Donations for Memorial 

This past Summer, Melissa Carosi, a parent of four children in the Perkiomen Valley School District passed away suddenly. Melissa's children are Erin and Ashley, 8th graders at MS East, Nick a 10th grader at PVHS and Morgan who graduated from PVHS in 2018 and attends Penn State. Melissa was a friend to all and extremely active in the school and local youth sports communities. Her children have participated in Perkiomen Valley Youth Basketball, Lower Perkiomen Little League, JAGS AAU Basketball, West-Mont Soccer, Skippack Swim team and many other activities. Melissa was the first person to step up and volunteer in any way she was needed and was always the biggest fan on the sidelines. She will be fondly remembered for all she did for the community.

Melissa and her husband John spent many hours cheering on their children at Lower Perk. In honor of Melissa's memory, the Lower Perkiomen Little League and the Perkiomen Valley School District have given permission for trees and benches to be placed at field 6 on the Lower Perk Little League complex at Palmer Park in Skippack. The LPLL has secured an engineer and landscaper to do the work but there is some fundraising that needs to be done to insure the project can proceed. The goal is to raise $6,000 for the memorial with any funds raised over that amount going towards a scholarship fund for the Carosi children. Donations can be sent to Perkiomen Valley School District, Attn: Melisa Carosi Memorial Fund, 3 Iron Bridge Dr, Collegeville, PA 19426. Please note in the memo section, the Melissa Carosi Memorial Fund.
Any questions, contact Jack Hurd  at 610-805-5334 or jackhurd70@gmail.com.    
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. 
PVSD NEWS!
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

PVSD Winter/Early Spring Community Ed Brochure 2020
Click  HERE  to view  the Winter  PVSD Community Ed Brochure
Ring in 2020 by starting a new exercise regimen or learning something new through PVSD's Community Education program. Our winter/early spring session is open now.  PVSD's Community Education program is proud to offer a full roster of continuing education classes this winter for people of all ages! You can access our brochure online  and register through our  webstore 


We want to Share YOUR upcoming events in E-news and Community Calendar. 


Pass It On
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Join a Committee!
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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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