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PVCC Events
Sneak-Peak Mixer
UPDATE
Salter's Fireplace, Patio and Grill
Annual Sales Event

Traditionally, the evening before Salter's Annual Fall Sales Event, Chamber members will gather for a sneak-peak mixer to network and shop the public sales event. For the safety of our members, business, and community, the sneak peak mixer will not be held this year. However, PV Chamber members are invited to visit Salter's during the Annual Kickoff Sales Event on Friday, September 11th 10am - 8pm and Saturday, September 12th 10am- 6pm. Plus be entered to win a $2,000 Gift Certificate to Salter's! Visitors on Friday receive 2 entries/household into the raffle drawing!
We hope to share a sneak peak of the sales event with our members on FaceBook...look for details in next week's enews.
Salters' Fireplace, Patio and Grill, 3076 Ridge Pike, Eagleville
www.salters.com
September 17, 2020
4:30PM - 5:30PM
PV Men Virtual Happy Hour
Join the fellas for our FIRST Virtual PV Men Happy Hour Event! Enjoy great conversation and networking from the comforts of your home or office. This is a free event, however donations are gladly accepted
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
September 24, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Roundtable
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. 
 
3-Tier Event Registration (FREE event, donations welcome)
After registering, you will receive a link with instructions to join the meeting.
Discussion Topic: TECHNOLOGY
Digital accounts, online and local marketing, virtual meetings, security, apps and more
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Recorded Webinars
Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Brian Broker
The Science Behind COVID-19

View the slide presentation presented by Dr. Brian Broker, President, ENT and Allergy Specialists and listen to Q&A session. Topics discussed include COVID-19 treatment, risk mitigation, COVID-19 outcome relative to blood type, effectiveness of nasal irrigation, risk for pets, and more.

Based on attendee feedback, we will plan another town hall discussion with Dr. Broker this Fall...look for details in the

To view Dr. Broker's PowerPoint slideshow, copy and paste the link below into a browser:
https://perkiomenvalleychamber.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Science-behind-COVID-19.pptx
Listen to our virtual town hall discussion with Gene Barr, President and CEO of PA Chamber of Business and Industry. Gene is regarded as the Voice of Business in the Commonwealth. During the Virtual Town Hall event, Gene discussed advocacy initiatives to support small businesses, State guidelines, resources for employers and employees, legislative updates, policy recommendations and answered audience questions.
To listen to Town Hall with Gene Barr, copy and paste the URL below into a browser:
https://perkiomenvalleychamber.org/covid-19-updates-and-resources/#1590607836190-37b47b5a-bd28
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

And in a blink, it's September! Our traditional end-of-Summer plans may look much different this year. No matter how you chose to celebrate the Labor Day weekend, I hope that it fills you with much joy and laughter.

This week we welcomed another new member to the PV Chamber - Handel's of Royersford! Handel's delicious homemade ice cream is made fresh daily, on-site.With over 50 delicious flavors of homemade ice cream, yogurt, sherberts, ices and fat-free no sugar added ice cream, there's a fan favorite flavor for everyone. Treat yourself to a Handel Pop (ice cream on a stick), cone, smoothies, milkshake or sundae. Yum!

Handel's Royersford joins the list of members that also joined the PV Chamber since Spring, including StretchLab Collegeville, Royersford Track Club, Kona Ice, Keller Williams Realty Group, Loci House, F45 Training, The Lash Lounge, Mathnasium of Collegeville and Trouble's End Brewing. Learn more about all of our members by visiting the Chamber directory online.

I'm excited to announce the development of a Shop Local Campaign to showcase our member businesses. The program will roll out this Fall. In the coming weeks, we will share details about how your business can participate in the new program.

Stay safe and healthy and have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

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!
Fresh made ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, Handel Pops and more! Stop in for a delicious treat!

Now Open! 1-on-1 assisted stretching by certified professionals to improve flexibility, enhance movement, reduce pain and improve quality of life

Inspirational youth development track and field program
Free USATF Membership for each joining member

Member-2-Member Offer: Free Market Analysis of Your Home!

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
  • Webinars & Recordings
  • Brighter Side
  • Event News
Montgomery County Resource Hubs
Montgomery County COVID-19 Daily Press Releases can be viewed here.
PA Hazard Pay Grant Program
The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
Zooming Around the 24th District
Senator Bob Mensch presents Zooming Around the 24th District, a series of virtual meetings with local businesses and organizations to discuss the experiences they have had during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of these meetings is for businesses to stay in touch with their communities, and for us to spread the word about some of the challenges facing our local businesses during this time. Watch the meetings here: https://www.senatormensch.com/zooming-around-the-24th-district/
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.
Small Business Funding
PA 30 Day Fund , provides forgivable loans 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.  The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum 3 days).
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).

PA Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Portal


Note: $300/week additional benefit approved this week; payments will be made to eligible claimants retroactively from August 1, 2020.
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
As you are recovering from the businesses shut downs, this is an opportunity to rebrand and polish your new image. Let us know if you have any photography needs. We have implemented contactless protocols to keep you, your staff and family safe. Contact us for more info: https://www.scilliaphotography.com/contact
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. We believe this will not only help local businesses, but also provide learning and practical opportunities for our students. Possible projects may include: social media and online marketing, website building, payment processing, writing a business plan, and researching assistance for loans.

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. Please note that Ursinus College reserves the right to determine the eligibility of a posting and to delete postings deemed unsuitable for our students. 

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
Voting in Pennsylvania
Learn how to exercise your right to vote. This guide will help connect you with Pennsylvania's voting and election services including voter registration, mail-in ballot, absentee ballot, polling places, and more. www.pa.gov/guides/voting-and-elections
Household Hazardous Waste Drop off

Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ Spring Ford 9th Grade Center, 400 South Lewis Road, Royersford
Sunday, October 25, 2020 @ Lower Merion Transfer Station, 1300 N. Woodbine Ave, Penn Valley

Please visit MontcoPARecycles.org, email recycling@montcopa.or, or call the recycling line at 610-278-3618. Please do not contact the host sites, as they are not affiliated with the events. In case of severe weather, call 610-278-3618, option 6 for event status. Free residential collection events are held outdoors from 9am - 3pm.

PLEASE NOTE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: A link will be available for pre-registration that is required prior to attending a household hazardous waste collection. Once you have registered print the ticket with the selected date and time of the event. The ticket must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle and visible for viewing by event staff. Please remain in your vehicle at all times in order to maintain social distancing and keep windows closed while in line and when dropping off. Materials should be in a box and must be in the trunk or bed of the vehicle for removal. EVENT WORKERS WILL ONLY UNLOAD MATERIALS FROM THE TRUNK OR BED OF A VEHICLE. 

PA Career Link of Montgomery County is relocating from 1855 New Hope Street, Norristown, PA to a newly renovated location within the Human Services Center (HSC) at 1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown PA. The new office is scheduled to open to the public by appointment only on August 17, 2020.
MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program Awards
Montco Strong Small Business Grant Round 3 awardee list has been posted and can be found HERE. 60 grants for a total of $631,500 awarded.
Take the US Census
As of 8/10/20, the countywide response rate was 74%. 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! 
Montgomery County Call for Help to Supply PPE
Montgomery County is asking for donations for commercial masks, surgical masks and impervious (waterproof) gowns. Any business that has an interest in or capacity to turn their existing supply chain into the PPE output that the health care industry so desperately needs to please contact Montgomery County Commerce Department by emailing: COVID19@montco.org.
Montgomery County released guidance for reopening Pre-K to 12 schools for Fall 2020. Montgomery County officials and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health in collaboration with Montgomery County school superintendents have developed general recommendations to support the prevention of the spread of coronavirus in the school environment as they plan to open for the 2020-21 school year. The complete recommended guidelines can be found here.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing

Montgomery County is now offering free COVID-19 testing, for all ages, at six sites across the county. This testing is made possible by CARES Act funding that has been allocated directly to the County.
MontcoStrong T-Shirts
MontcoStrong T-Shirts are for sale as a great initiative through our partners at VFTCB. The t-shirt fundraiser is to help support Montgomery County PA’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which was recently established to support local relief efforts in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The t-shirts can be purchased here 
Small Business Gift Card Program
Help save your favorite local business one gift card at a time.
Support your local restaurants and shops by buying gift cards during the COVID-19 shutdown.
You'll help them get the cash they need now, so you can enjoy their business later.
This is a County-wide program that was developed through input from local chambers and key stakeholders.
We want to share YOUR upcoming events in E-News and Community Calendar.
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.