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PVCC Events
June 2, 2020
Noon - 1:00pm
Virtual 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. 
Pre-registration is required. 
FREE Event for our members.
After registering, you will receive a link with instructions to join the meeting.
Event Sponsor
June 9, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am
Panel Discussion: Navigation Small Business Loans During COVID-19
All welcome to attend!
FREE Event
Join us for a panel discussion about SBA funding available to small business owners. Our panelists will review the application process, approval, and documentation requirements for forgiveness. Program will include time for audience Q&A (submit your questions on registration form).

Event Panelists:
Maura Shenker - Temple Univ. SBDC
Joe Bergquist - Harleysville Bank
Matt Baker - Maillie, LLP
Coming soon...Virtual Town Hall Meeting featuring Gene Barr , President & CEO Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

Next Friday, Montgomery County, along with nine other counties, will be the last counties in the State to graduate from the Red to Yellow phase. Indoor dining, recreation, health and wellness and personal care (gyms, salons, etc) still remain closed. It's a step in the right direction, but clearly, the road ahead remains challenging and long.

Since March, the PV Chamber, along with Chambers throughout the State, have focused efforts to provide the business community with resources, education and support throughout this crisis. Our hope is that collectively, we can build a stronger voice of advocacy. We have sent many letters to our legislatures to express concern, request guidance and urge for allowances to reopen businesses. Read our most recent letter here.

Virtual events provide the opportunity to grow your network, gain knowledge, share idea and best practices and help plan for the new normal, while following social distancing mandates. Our June events will provide valuable employer/employee information as we look to move from Red to Yellow phase. If you are interested in presenting, or to suggest an event topic , please email renee@pvchamber.net

Our COVID-19 Resource Hub received a makeover this week! Information is organized into 8 categories; Bookmark the page for time-sensitve announcements, resource links, local deals and positive things happening in our community! Montgomery County unveiled a new website today to provide Reopening Guidance for businesses and residents as we move to the Yellow Phase; it offers simplified industry specific guidelines , and the ability to drill down to find comprehensive details from CDC and State .

Membership Renewals: To provide relief to our members, we deferred billing the April 1st membership renewals and extended renewal due date to July 1st. In addition, we have developed new payment plans and COVID-19 discounts to meet the needs of all members during these challenging times. Invoices will be mailed next week. Our mission remains steadfast; we continue to support and advocate on behalf of the small business community. A heartfelt THANK YOU to members that requested their membership invoices and have paid in-full.

In closing, a reminder to vote on June 2, 2020 in the Primary Election. You can find your polling place here. Please visit VOTES PA page for more information.

Stay safe and healthy,

Renee Blomstrom
Executive Director
renee@pvchamber.net 
610-489-6660
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
Protective Equipment from Motivational Marketing/PA Promo powered by Geiger.
As businesses start to reopen and even now, face masks and personal protective equipment are becoming a large part of the “new normal”. We can provide you both blank disposable and imprinted reusable masks including KN95, gowns, booties, wipes and other protective equipment as well as “social distancing” signage, sneeze screens and more.

To view our partial protective equipment offering, visit  geiger.com/b/ppe  and then call Bruce Zanar, 610.792.2105 for additional products, information and to place any orders.
We’re not just here to promote your business, we’re here to help keep you, your family and your clients safe.
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.  
Supplies Needed for Phoenixville Hospital
Phoenixville Hospital is in immediate need of the below Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items for their staff:
* Masks: looped procedure masks, surgical masks, and N95 masks
Note to seamstress in our community: WE ARE ACCEPTING CLOTH MASKS!
* Gowns: surgical and Isolation gowns
* Eye ware: protective googles and face shields
* Disinfectant wipes and sanitizers
* Surgical gloves

Anyone wishing to contribute is asked to email PhoenixvilleHospitalPrograms@towerhealth.org to arrange delivery. 
Welcome New Members!
The following organizations joined the PV Chamber this 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
May 29, 2020 - Montgomery County unveils new website to provide reopening guidance as we move from Red to Yellow phase.
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.
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. 

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
Montgomery County Updates
MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program Awards
The current list of awards for Round 2 of the MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program can be found here . We anticipate the Commissioners announcing the rest of the awards for Round 2 this afternoon at their daily briefing.
** NEW ** Montco Regional Business Survey
The purpose of this survey is to assess the needs of businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region in order to help us to develop guidance and resources to help you safely and speedily reopen after the COVID-19 business closures. Please note that these questions are NOT intended to reflect the specific timing of reopening, which will depend on decisions made by the Governor’s office. Survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. In addition, there are three optional sections relating to workforce, transportation, and finances that you may wish to complete.
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! 
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 .
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.
Member News
We want to hear from you!
Please let us know about changes to your services, business hours and more and we will share with our follower on enews, social media and COVID-19 Resource page. Send business updates to info@vpchamber.net. Also, our partners at Dow have offered to share member promotions with employees at the Collegeville site. Send your updates
Ursius 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.
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. 
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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.