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PVCC Events
June 30, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Roundtable
FREE Event
Our monthly Business Roundtable luncheons have gone virtual on ZOOM!
Join us for an interactive discussion and sharing of best practices among other business owners and key decision makers, right from the comforts of your home or office. 
Pre-registration is required. 
FREE Event for our members.
After registering, you will receive a link with instructions to join the meeting.
Discussion Topic: Green Phase
How has the move to green impacted your business operations? Customer/employee safety measures, moral , telework, and more...
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

GOOD LUCK to all small business owners in Montgomery County as we move to GREEN phase today! Green is not a return to the way things were pre-COVID-19, but a relaxing of some retrictions and changing behavior for a new norma l. Let’s all be patient and supportive of local restaurants/bars, barber shops, salons, spas and gyms as they dip their toes in the new phase! — feeling happy. Telework is still "strongly encouraged", and businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements . As a reminder, the business re-opening guidance prepared by the County in collaboration with regional partners can be found online at https://www.montcopa.org/3524/Reopening-Guidance.  

The State requires businesses with in-person operations or serving the public to print, sign and post the "COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses" flyer on their premises. Download and print flyers onto legal size or 2-page letter size paper.

I hope you can join us for Business Roundtable discussion on Tuesday, June 30th at Noon. This is a FREE event and registration is required to receive Zoom meeting login and password. Click here to register.

Gene Barr, President and CEO of PA Chamber of Business and Industry, was the guest speaker at a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday. Gene shared insights on issues facing businesses throughout the State, politics, education and advocacy. A recording of the meeting will be posted to Chamber website (Webinar tab) next week.

Montco Works recruited the help of chambers of Commerce to conduct in-depth interviews with members to determine current and future workforce planning needs. Survey deadline has been extended through July 7th. We are seeking members to participate in one-on-one interviews (approx 20-30 minutes). Contact Renee to request an appointment. 610-489-6660 or email renee@pvchamber.net.

As mentioned last week, the PA PA 30 Day Fund , provides forgivable loans/grants ($3,000) for Pennsylvania-based small businesses and is eager to see an increase in applications from eligible small businesses in Montgomery County, particularly in applications from eligible minority and/or women owned businesses.  

COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grants is a $225 Million grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-1. Click here to read the latest information on the upcoming statewide grant program for small business being administered by the CDFI network . The window to apply for the first round of this program is expected to begin no later than June 30th and be open for 10 business days. Please note to anyone that is planning to apply to begin working now on the required documentation – particularly the demonstration of lost revenue between the March-May period in 2019 vs. the March-May period on 2020. The website for the grant program is www.pabusinessgrants.com.  

PPP SBA Loan program application deadline is June 30th. Recent changes in the act include expansion of the “covered period” for loan forgiveness to 24 weeks from eight weeks, a reduction of the proportion of proceeds that must be spent on payroll costs to 60% from 75%, and the establishment of a safe harbor for businesses that have been unable to return to the level of business activity they had before the COVID-19 pandemic due to compliance with health and safety guidelines for slowing the spread of the virus.

Stay safe and healthy! Have a wonderful weekend in GREEN!!!

Renee Blomstrom
Executive Director
renee@pvchamber.net 
610-489-6660
Support Small Business, Friends and Neighbors!
Shop Local!
Small business is the backbone of our regional economy. Please look for ways to support these businesses during the pandemic. Please visit the  Chamber Directory  for a complete list of members. Consider purchasing gift cards for businesses that are not currently open (salons, restaurants, spas, retailers, etc) to support them now and use at a later date. 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.  
Please share your positive experiences with others and on social media platforms to help promote and support our local businesses. Should you have a less than satisfactory experience, please be patient; relay your concerns privately with the store manager so he/she can evaluate the issue and consider ways to improve for future visits. TOGETHER we will reset, restore and rebound our community!
Welcome New Members!
Welcome our newest member!


Loci House LLC
The following organizations joined the PV Chamber this past year! 
 Click on a business name for more information. 
All Current PV Chamber Members can be found in the Directory on our Website
COVID-19 Resource Hubs
PV Chamber COVID-19 Resource Hub
Bookmark the PV Chamber's COVID-19 Resource Hub for up-to-date information for business owners, employers and residents.
  • County, State and Federal Resource Links
  • Member-to-Member Resources
  • Gift Card Program
  • Shop Local
  • Brighter Side
  • Event News
Montgomery County Resource Hubs
Montgomery County COVID-19 Daily Press Releases can be viewed here.
PA Chamber of Business & Industry
Bringing PA Back is an initiative of the PA Chamber to help businesses re-open prepared and stronger. The site contains resources to help prepare your workplace, welcome back employees and customers.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation can begin filing claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.
NOTE: Borrowers cannot use PPP and tax credit. However, small businesses can receive EIDL and PPP funds, but they cannot be used to cover the same costs. Speak with your financial advisor for best option
Chamber Advocacy
The Bright Side :)
Now more than ever, we love sharing stories of great things happening in our community, reflective thoughts and positive vibes. 

  • On June 26, 2020 Montgomery County moved into the GREEN phase. Reopening guidance can be found on the County website.
  • Bars and indoor dining at restaurants are permitted to open today, along with gyms, hair salons, spas and barber shops. Some businesses may need more time to open safely so please call ahead to check opening date, new policies and hours of operation.
  • Community Music School is delighted by the way our community has embraced virtual music lessons and live-stream concerts and events since the state-mandated closure in March. Please help them reach their 2020 fundraising goal by donating online here.
  • Senator Bob Mensch is helping businesses around the community stay in touch during this time through his virtual meeting series, Zooming Around the 24th  District,’ in which the Senator meets one-on-one over Zoom with businesses around the District.

Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who BOOK NOW ~ SHOOT LATER
Celebrate your Amazing Achievement and your Bright Future.
We are still booking Graduation and Senior portraits for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. Give us a call Now at (610) 608-6095
Employment Opportunities
Member News
Ursinus College Offering Business Assistance During COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, Ursinus College is committed to supporting the local community. We recognize that, while these are difficult times for many, small and medium sized businesses are uniquely affected by the quarantine. Ursinus students seeking remote/virtual work opportunities can assist you with promoting your business, advertising your services, redesigning a business plan, driving commerce, promoting or building online platforms, and more

Please fill out this form with as much details as possible to indicate your interest. We will review the submission within 2 business days. Appropriate opportunities will be shared with our students within 5 business days or less. While we hope you will receive interest from our students, we cannot guarantee applications. Ursinus College values our local business partners and hopes to play a role in navigating through these difficult times. Please email Olivia Correll, Assistant Director for Employer Engagement, at ocorrell@ursinus.edu, with questions or for additional information.
Montgomery County Updates
Take the US Census
As of 4/22/20, the countywide response rate was 61.2%. You can view the latest response rate at the county and community level here.   Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. With just a 5% undercount in 2020, we could lose $72,336,780 annually in funding for Montgomery County schools, infrastructure, Medicaid, SNAP, housing choice vouchers, head start, senior programs, and more! 
MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program Awards
THE COMPLETE LIST OF MONTCOSTRONG SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM ROUND 2 GRANT AWARDS HAVE BEEN POSTED. THE LIST AND GRANT AWARD INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND  HERE .
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Pass It On
The PV Chamber Board of Directors encourages you to forward this email to friends and associates. For membership information contact Renee Blomstrom, Executive Director.