e-NEWS
Thank you to our E-NEWS Sponsors!
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.
PVCC Events
May 19, 2020
Noon - 1:00pm
Virtual Business Roundtable
Our monthly Business Roundtable luncheons are going 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. We look forward to “seeing” everyone.
Pre-registration is required. 
FREE Event for our members.
After registering, you will receive a link with instructions to join the meeting.

Discussion Topic: Surviving the Crisis 
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

I would like to start this week's letter in celebration of Ursinus College Class of 2020! Beginning at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 15, the college will offer a virtual program that illustrates the strong sense of community in this graduating class. This celebratory web experience is the first of three programs planned to recognize #Ursinus2020’s accomplishments as graduates. May’s celebration was coproduced by members of the class and includes inspirational remarks by special guests, shared memories from family and friends, and even a virtual gauntlet.⁣ The gauntlet will appear on Ursinus College homepage beginning at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 15, and can be watched anytime you choose.

It looks like it will be quite some time before in-person meetings/networking resumes. The chamber is developing new programs and promotional opportunities to support our members and address the challenges of doing business while remaining at least 6 feet apart! Upcoming webinars will feature industry experts that will answer questions and provide guidance and opportunities for our community members. Join us on Tuesday, May 19th at Noon for a Virtual Business Roundtable meeting. Pre-registration is required. If you would like to suggest webinar topics, or request to sponsor present, email renee@pvchamber.net .

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

On May 11, an updated list of business types that may continue physical operations can be found on the Governor's life-sustaining business guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Guidance for businesses permitted to open.

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. Our mission remains steadfast; we continue to support and advocate on behalf of the small business community.

As the stay-at-home mandate continues to drag out, the COVID-19 Resource Hub is a resource to find answers to FAQ, local deals and positive things happening in our community! Over the next few days, the page will undergo a makeover to enhance ease of use and appearance. We will continue to provide our small business owners and employees with resources to carry them through this period; time-sensitive announcements/resource links can be found in email messages sent from PV Chamber .

The weather looks great for the weekend. Enjoy the sunshine and stay safe!

Sincerely, 

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
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.
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
P hoenixville, PA (March 2020) - In the past week, Phoenixville Hospital has received an outpouring of calls, emails and social pings from the community asking how they can help the hospital during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health outbreak. 

"We have received medical supplies and food treats for our staff and are so grateful to each and every person or business that makes a contribution to Phoenixville Hospital," said Steven Tullman, President and CEO. "Phoenixville is an amazing hamlet, and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of the fabric of this community."

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. 
Montgomery County 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.
Small businesses can sign up using the link below
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
Do you want that special graduation picture but cannot get a professional portrait done because of the stay-at-home guidelines?

This is where Scillia Photography can help. We can safely give you the graduation picture you want. See our website for more information.


COVID-19 Resource Hubs
The Bright Side :)
Now more than ever, we love sharing stories of great things happening in our community, reflective thoughts and positive vibes. 

  • Chef Sodiah Thomas, S&B Events Concepts and Catering, supported first responders by providing Collegeville and Trappe EMS, Fire and Police with 150 meals!
  • Abramson Center for Jewish Life held a welcome back celebration for one of their residents yesterday, after she recoved from COVID-19!
  • Plus 1 Technology understands that these stressful times are magnified for those less fortunate in our community and organizations that rely on donations and fundraisers and will showcase their non-profit clients on social media posts throughout the month of May.
  • .Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates is offering a FREE Healthcare Power of Attorney / Advance Directive to all members of the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce
Employment Opportunities
MONTCO ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE RESPONSE TEAM
PV Chamber urges  businesses to participate in Southeast PA Regional Business Impacts of COVID-19 Survey.  The survey was compiled by stakeholders in the 5 Counties to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the regional business community, as well as develop policy and program. 

Survey Link https://arcg.is/1ryu5  
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
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 
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.
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. 
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.