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PVCC Events
Friday, October 9, 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PV Chamber [Virtual] Business Book Club
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ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND!

We are excited to re-start the PV Chamber Business Book Club! What have you been reading this year? Please join us in October for an open discussion about what you've been reading since the pandemic started, what's on your list to read next and all other things (podcasts, movies/documentaries, publications, etc.) that you think other business professionals might enjoy.

At the October meeting, we'll also select a short, uplifting book to review at our next meeting on December 11th.
Thursday, October 22, 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 to receive the meeting link



October 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
[Virtual] Business Roundtable
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. 

Discussion Topic: Holiday Planning
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, holidays, special events, and celebrations have changed dramatically. How will this impact holiday plans with employees, co-workers, clients, family and friends this year? Share ideas of holiday gift giving for clients/employees; holiday schedules; travel restrictions, etc.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Recorded Webinars
Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Brian Broker
The Science Behind COVID-19
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.
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,

I have exciting news to share with you today! New Chamber member, StretchLab Collegeville, kicked off their Grand Opening Weekend Celebration with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today. Stop by the studio, located in the Collegeville Shopping Center (next to Pizza Stop), to officially celebrate the opening with great giveaways, raffles (prizes from F45 Training, Clean Juice and more), and sales! Call 484.209.2400 to book your free demo stretch-- this weekend only!

On Wednesday I joined fellow PA Chamber of Commerce leader for a discussion with Congresswomen Dean to discuss business challenges due to COVID-19. This was a great opportunity to hear her views on employer liability protections tied to federal stimulus legislation and to share why 80 Chambers in PA are asking for temporary, targeted legal safe harbor for those employers and healthcare providers operating in good faith and complying with relevant requirements.Congresswoman Dean was Read more here.

In other legislative news...this week, the Senate Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 1279, sponsored by Senator Mensch, which would allow long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, to designate at least one essential family caregiver per resident. Watch Senator Mensch remarks from the floor here.

Beginning September 29th, applications will be accepted for the MontcoStrong Non-Profit Resiliency & Restoration Grant Program. Up to $5M in Federal CARES Act monies has been allocated to Montgomery County for this program. Grants up to $40,000 will be awarded. To learn more, view the program guidelines here, or visit the FAQ page.

The Chamber will announce a PPE program for small businesses next week. Be sure to watch follow the Chamber's FaceBook page and COVID-19 Resource Hub for timely updates.

We want to hear from you...the PV Chamber is working on several new programs including a Shop Local Campaign. Look for details in upcoming editions of Enews. Have an idea for a topic of PV Chamber program? Send suggestions to renee@pvchamber.net.

Stay safe and healthy,

Renee Blomstrom
Executive Director
renee@pvchamber.net 
610-489-6660
StretchLab Collegeville Grand Opening
September 25th - September 27th

PA State Rep Joe Webster, PVCC Chair Kip Bilo, PVCC Renee Blomstrom and Cathy Kernan (Collegeville Borough Council) joined StretchLab Collegeville co-owners Jason Guy and Elizabeth Shen and their amazing team for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 25th.
Stop by this weekend for the Grand Opening Celebration!
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!
Complete web solutions to make sure your company’s first impression is clear and memorable

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.
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). File Here

Beginning on Monday, September 21, restaurants that self-certify cononavirus safety efforts operate at 50 percent capacity, per updated guidance. This news is welcomed by the restaurant industry with mixed reaction over confusion about the certification procedure and new restriction to cease alcohol sales at 10pm.
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
422 Business Advisors Celebrates 25 Years with a Special Offer!

October of this year marks our 25th anniversary issue of The 422 Business Advisor! We hope you have enjoyed our publication and the value it has brought to your business and the local community.

To celebrate the anniversary, we are offering 1995 pricing on all ads placed in our October issue! This is our way of saying thank you to all of you who have helped promote our business over the past 25 years.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this great deal, please contact Patti Seigel at patti@422business.com. Advertisement space is limited so reach out to Patti while space is available!
Patti Seigel, Advertising Director
Route 422 Business Advisor
610.323.6253
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
Montco Strong Non-Profit Resiliency and Restoration Grant Program

To provide 501(c)(3) entities with financial support so they remain resilient as employers and stakeholders in our communities due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic and to ensure 501(c)(3)s are able to be active participants in the restoration of the wellbeing and the livelihood of our residents, communities, and County.

·    Up to $5,000,000 in Federal CARES Act monies allocated to Montgomery County are being made available for this program
  
·    The MontcoStrong Non-Profit Resiliency & Restoration Grant Program will provide grant awards up to $40,000

·    The application window will open September 29, 2020 and close October 1, 2020


Montco Invites Your Feedback for New Study Focused on
Six Important County Corridors
If you drive, walk, bike, work, or live near Easton Road, Butler Pike, Germantown Pike, Sumneytown Pike, Geryville Pike, or Swamp Pike, we would like to hear your vision for the overall character and functionality of these important county-owned roadways for a new study, Montco Pikes: A Vision Plan for Six County Corridors. Share your thoughts on key issues, concerns, and opportunities for each corridor. Where do you encounter congestion? Where do you feel unsafe walking, biking, accessing transit, or driving? What areas need improvements? 
The plan, anticipated to be completed in two years, will present a long-term vision for each corridor in terms of overall character and function. It will provide guidance for where additional travel lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, and other types of improvements might be appropriate, as well as where there are significant safety issues or environmental constraints that need to be considered.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission is overseeing this effort with technical support from the consultant team led by McMahon Associates, Inc. and Gannett Fleming, Inc. The $300,000 study is being funded by federal transportation funds through a partnership between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
Additional design and engineering will be required before any improvements can be constructed, and improvements will likely be implemented in a phased approach over time, based on needs and available resources. The Montco Pikes study is an important first step in planning for the future transportation needs along these county corridors.
Visit https://www.montcopa.org/montcopikes to learn more about the study, view a video, and provide input throughout the planning process.
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
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.
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. 
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.

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.
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.
Take the US Census
As of 9/10/20, the countywide response rate is more than 20% shy of 100% participation. This equates to about $288 million plus in federal funding per year for the next ten years that the county misses out on (every %5 of an undercount is about $72 million in annual funding). Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities to support infrastructure, schools, Medicaid, SNAP, housing choice vouchers, head start, senior programs, and more! You can view the latest response rate at the county and community level 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.
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 
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.
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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.