Self-employed and Others Can Now File for Backdated Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits
Approved claimants should get lump sum payments within 1 week of filing
Weekly certifications MUST be filed every week to continue receiving payments
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced eligible self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others not normally eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) can begin filing backdated claims in the new  Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website .

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Conversation With a Tax and Payroll Professional

Courtney Lang, EA, MBA

Members are invited to join us on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

to discuss the employee retention tax credit
and the deferred payroll tax payment opportunity

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Free Webinar on Local Business Recovery
 for the Grand Reopening
Most states have stay-at-home restrictions that are expiring soon, and some have already begun lifting business restrictions. How will reopening our local economies affect your business? We want to help guide you to better ensure that your business will be in the best possible position to resume serving your customers.  
We’ve invested in resources which conduct research in our local market to help business owners make informed decisions with their reopening strategy. That is why Seven Mountains Media and CapCity Communications are teaming up with Gordon Borrell to examine what businesses have been thinking about the reopening. What strategies appeal to them most and how are they planning to get back in the game?
Gordon Borrell is a much sought-after-speaker for conferences and company meetings and is the local media industry’s leading analyst. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Groups’s 150,000 consultants worldwide and is quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other publications. He has appeared on TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media.
Our FREE webinar, “Local Business Recovery for the Grand Reopening” will take place on Thursday, May 14th, 2020, at 10 am. If you are a business owner, we encourage you to attend, virtually, to hear some factual data on what you can do to keep your business top of mind, relevant, and vital to customers today.
This is a free webinar but space is limited so please click on the link below to register today to reserve your spot.

PA Chamber Launches 'Bringing PA Back' Initiative Website

As part of its bold new initiative to help businesses safely re-open their facilities and jumpstart the economy, the PA Chamber today announced the launch of the 'Bringing PA Back'  website .  The comprehensive website features critical information for employers, including: guidance from trusted sources on workplace readiness – such as cleaning and safety standards; employment opportunities; industry-specific guidance; and policy recommendations that will help to revive Pennsylvania's economy. The website also includes a map of the Commonwealth – identifying which phase of the re-opening process each county is currently in – along with an overview of the Wolf administration's guidance for each phase. The PA Chamber has also developed policy recommendations that are focused on the state's economic recovery and which we will be working with elected officials to enact – all of which are highlighted on the website. As the 'Statewide Voice of Business TM ,' the PA Chamber will be advising elected officials on how best to proceed. The PA Chamber will be regularly updating the website to keep employers apprised of new government guidance and industry best practices.
Friday, May 8, 2020: U.S. Chamber Virtual Town Hall with Inc.

Please join the U.S. Chamber and Inc. for the next virtual National Small Business Town Hall  this Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET . U.S. Chamber chief policy officer Neil Bradley and Inc. editor-at-large Kimberly Weisul will be joined by a panel of experts who can answer questions and offer insight to any small business trying to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here  to register now

Please note that space is limited, and advance registration is required. 
State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance

The U.S. Chamber remains a strong advocate for bringing Americans back to work and life in a gradual process done safely, successfully, and sustainably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This process, however, will be non-uniform and differ from region to region depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 and guidelines from local and state governments.

From personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements to employee screening, the U.S. Chamber created the new interactive  State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance  map—equipped with current stay-at-home orders, timelines, state profiles, and more critical information—to help you and your members track the differences and provide the latest guidance for America's employers. 

Click here  to view the U.S. Chamber's new State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance map.
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Strategy to Resume Operations Assistance

The Central PA Chapter of  SCORE  is offering to assist any company or non-profit organization in its service area to develop a strategy for resuming operations after being curtailed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The chapter’s service area consists of Centre, Mifflin, Clearfield, Clinton and Huntingdon Counties.

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Getting Back to Business --
COVID-19 Financial & Workplace Safety Updates
Webinar Recording Available

Creating Organizational Focus In
Unknown Environments Webinar
Thursday, May 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Price: FREE

While your employees are looking to return to a sense of normalcy, you are still making tough decisions in an environment that is far from ordinary. Deploying tools used by experienced military leaders to focus their teams on mission-critical objectives, you can position yourself to reduce variables and make better choices while overcoming distractions and unknowns. In partnership with Solutions 21 and designed for business owners and C-level executives, the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is presenting a free 90-minute webinar as a public service to help leaders consider their approach to directing and motivating their companies in the Coronavirus era.

Webinar Highlights
Join us for a conversation led by Colonel Rob Salome (USA, Ret.), Vice President of Consulting Services, Solutions 21, who will introduce tools sharpened on the front lines to help business leaders maneuver through unpredictability. With him will be Albert Ciuksza Jr., Solutions 21's Vice President of Growth and Development, who will provide perspective as a serial entrepreneur, coach, and Gen Y leader. Together, they will help you to understand what works in both battlefields and boardrooms to position your company for progress. The webinar will cover:
  • A framework for recasting your organization's strengths
  • Decision-making processes that minimize variables, confusion, and ambiguity
  • Tools that help you to prepare and engage your employees at this moment of challenge

The speakers will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

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No more applications are being accepted.

The U.S. Small Business Administration  is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

Currently not accepting applications.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible small businesses during this time.

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MacKenzie Huntsman
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