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PVCC Events
June 24, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual Town Hall with Gene Barr
All welcome to attend!
FREE Event
We are thrilled to present a 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 . With over 1,000 members ranging from mom-and-pop shops to industry leaders, Gene overseas all operations of the PA Chamber, the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy association. Gene will discuss the newly launched Bring PA Back Initiative, advocacy efforts pertaining to COVID-19 pandemic, business resources, educational opportunities and more.

Since May 1st, Gene has been hosting weekly calls with Chamber’s throughout the State, providing a forum for Chamber Executives to work together to provide guidance, advocacy and programs to assist businesses during these challenges times.

This program will include time for audience Q&A. Submit your questions when registering for the event.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

I hope you are doing well. As you will see, this week's letter is filled with links to provide information about new State mandates, legislative updates, business grants and funding programs, and pertinent information to keep you informed during these challenging times.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania employers were thrown into another confusing, difficult situation. PA legislatures passed House Resolution (HR836) to end shutdown. Social media was quickly flooded with messages that businesses could reopen. However, the Wolf Administration confirmed no action will be taken, and businesses must continue to follow the existing orders, color code phases, etc. The courts will ultimately decide this Constitutional question. In the meantime, employers should be cautious about expanding business operations beyond what is currently allowed under the Governor's order.

IMPORTANT: 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

Some good news for small businesses...the 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).

A $225 Million grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 was announced this week. The funds will be available through 3 programs; $100M for Main Street Business Revitalization; $100M for historically disadvantaged business revitalization program and $25M for loan payment deferment and loss reserve program. The program expects to begin accepting applications by the month's end . Download program details here .

A well-deserved congratulations goes to Sodiah Thomas , S&B Event Concepts and Catering for recognition by Wish Upon a Wedding for efforts to support our community during these unprecedented times. Sodiah set up a food donation site at S&B Events and this week, they reached over 1,200 pounds of donated goods to Daily Bread Community Food Pantry!

The Chamber hosted a panel discussion to address SBA loans and business funding this past Tuesday. There's over $120 billion still left unallocated for small business. Our expert panelists discussed recent legislation that impacts loan forgiveness, tax considerations, and more. Click hear view the recorded presentation.
Montco Works has recruited the help of chambers of Commerce to conduct in-depth interviews with members to determine current and future workforce planning needs. We are seeking members to participate in one-on-one interviews (approx 20-30 minutes) this month. Contact Renee to request an appointment.

If your business hours and operations have changed, please send details to info@pvchamber.net and we will share on our website and social media platforms.

In closing, thank you for your continued efforts to shop small and support our local businesses. Every curbside pickup order and gift card purchased for future use helps our business owners survive during these challenging times.

Stay safe and healthy,

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!
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!
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
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.
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. 

  • 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.
  • S&B Events Concepts and Catering has been recognized by Wish Upon a Wedding for efforts to support our community during these unprecedented times. Sodiah set up a food donation site at S&B Events and this week, they reached over 1,200 pounds of donated goods to Daily Bread Community Food Pantry! 
  • Davinci's reopened this week, offering outdoor dining on their covered front porch and newly renovated patio. Takeout/no touch curbside pickup for food and drinks is also available along with family meal deals and date night dinners for two!
  • Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates is offering a FREE Healthcare Power of Attorney / Advance Directive to all members of the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce
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
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.
Montgomery County Updates
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 .
** 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.
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.