January news & updates
Dear Members:

Happy New Year as we welcome 2021 with open arms! Keep up the GREAT work as you have shown in 2020, through thick and thin, ups and downs, highs and lows … you are all amazing, resilient and care so much about our Monroe County communities!
Self-Care Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Self-care tips during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming due to new information, long work hours, and caring for your family and yourself. It's important to pause for a moment and collect your thoughts, as worldwide pandemics can be taxing. Remaining calm can help.
It is normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed during uncertain times. Emotions in response to uncertainty may include anxiety, fear, anger and sadness. You also could feel helpless, discouraged and, occasionally, out of control. Physical responses may include headache, muscle tension, fatigue and sleeplessness.

Taking care of yourself is important so you are equipped to help your family through this time.

Here are a few tips you can use to take care of yourself:

Physical health:
  • Fuel your body by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.
  • Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Exercise every day.
  • Take deep breaths and stretch often.
  • Avoid risky or destructive behaviors, such as abusing alcohol or drugs, excessive gambling or ignoring public health recommendations.
  • Spend time outside, such as going for a walk in the park, but follow social distancing guidelines.

Mental health:
  • Set and maintain a routine at home.
  • Focus on things you can control.
  • Use technology to maintain social connections with your loved ones. Consider a regular check-in schedule to give you something to look forward to.
  • Focus your thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for today.
  • Listen to music or read books.
  • Consume reliable news sources that report facts, and avoid media that sensationalizes emotions. Limit your exposure or take a break from news and social media if you find that it makes you anxious.
  • Lean on your personal beliefs and faith for support.
  • Look for ways to help your community, such as blood donations, checking on older people in your neighborhood, or donating supplies or money to local organizations.
  • Acknowledge and appreciate what others are doing to help you and your community.

Symptoms to watch for
If any of the these things become persistent or interfere with daily functioning and are outside the norm for the COVID-19 pandemic, contact your provider for help and guidance:
  • Trouble focusing on daily activities
  • Anxiety that turns into feelings of being out of control
  • Strong feelings that interfere with daily activities
  • Having emotions that become difficult to manage
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

Learn more about self-care:

Sarah Reichert is a clinical social worker in Behavioral Health in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Marlyn
Marlyn Kissner, Executive Vice President, Northern Region
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Carbon Chamber and Economic Development
Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Mobile: 610.751.4932

Wednesday, January 20th - Master Your Membership

Friday, January 22nd 3rd - Report to Business

Stay tuned for more events which will be posted throughout the month, Click Here to stay in the know!
POCONO CHAMBER COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULE
**emails will be sent to all committee members if meetings dates change**

Second Tuesday @ 9:00 am - West End Committee

First Fridays @ 8:00 am - Pocono Public Policy Council

Second Wednesdays @ 11:00 am - Education Committee

Third Wednesdays @ 8:30 am - LGBTQ+ Business Council

Second Thursdays @ 11:00am - Golf Committee

Fourth Wednesdays @ 8:30 am - PLOT Committee

Fourth Thursdays @ 8:45 am - Women in Business Council

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
CONTACT THE CHAMBER TODAY @ 570-421-4433!
SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline through Dec. 31, 2021 

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING
1% for Nature 2021 Grant Announcement

The Board of 1% for Nature, Inc. is excited to announce their 2nd grant round for nature-oriented projects in Monroe County!!  

1% for Nature raises funds to support and fund conservation and public enjoyment of wildlife habitat, trails, streams and parks in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. They make grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities to support the conservation and public enjoyment of wildlife habitat, trails, streams and parks in Monroe County. 
Attract and retain employees with benefit solutions!

To request a quote, ask your broker about Chamber Health Insurance for Monroe County with Aetna Funding Advantage or contact Jessica Gary with Chamber Health Marketplace at 610-349-8226.

Pocono Mountains United Way Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund
APPLY NOW OR DONATE
Application can be found via the website. 
Donations can be made via the website or mailed to:
Pocono Mountains United Way
301 McConnell Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 
Memo line: Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund

FREE 20-MINUTES LEGAL CONSULTATION FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS

To support our members, The Chamber is offering member businesses a FREE 20-minute legal consultation with one of our four Chamber Law Firm Partners.
 
  • Gross McGinley FOR Business, Corporate, Employment and Real Estate;
  • King Spry Herman Freund & Faul FOR Employment and Labor, Employee Benefits;
  • Lesavoy Butz & Seitz FOR Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Estate Planning & Litigation Needs; and
  • Zator Law FOR Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business/Commercial Law, Real Estate, Criminal Defense, and Workers’ Compensation.

This new benefit is designed to provide our members with access to general legal guidance concerning the required safety regulations and procedures on the reopening of their business.
FREE 20-MINUTES ACCOUNTING CONSULTATION FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS

To support our members, The Chamber is offering member businesses a FREE 20-minute accounting consultation with one of our three Chamber Accounting/ CPA Partners.

  • Buckno Lisicky & Company, CPA's - From basic accounting expertise to the most complex accounting information, the CPA's of Buckno Lisicky & Company have developed knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional service areas.
  • Foresight Business Solutions - Foresight offers an integrated tax, accounting and business management solution for small businesses.
  • RLB Accountants – RLB provides full-service accounting, tax, and financial management support to all clients, including: established closely held businesses, corporations, institutions, and individuals. RLB also provides remote accounting/bookkeeping services and is certified with Quickbooks and XERO.

This new benefit is designed to provide our members with access to general accounting guidance concerning the impacts COVID-19 on their business financials.
ADD YOUR ORGANIZATIONS EVENT TO OUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Hosting a event or webinar?
Don't forget to add it to our Community Event Calendar on the PCC website. Add your even through the Member Information Center or click on the button below. It's FREE!
POCONO CHAMBER CURRENTLY SEEKING INTERNS!

Students pursuing a college degree can sharpen their skills and build their resumes though an internship with the Pocono Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is currently looking for three to four students majoring or minoring in marketing, communications, public relations or business administration. The interns will work out of the Lehighton chamber office doing a variety of tasks.The Chamber is following the PA Governor’s Phases while navigating COVID 19 – Red, Yellow and Green, in addition to following federal, state and local government authorities. Interns have the opportunity to work from home/remotely while completing projects and required hours.

Any students interested in this semester's internship opportunities can contact the chamber office for more information at 570-421-4433.
Questions?
Call us, 570-421-4433