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PVCC Events
August 27, 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.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Sneak-Peak Mixer
SAVE THE DATE...
September 10, 2020
4:00pm - 6:00pm
PV Chamber Mixer
Salter's Fireplace, Patio and Grill

PV Chamber members and guests will enjoy a sneak-peak at Salter's Annual Sales Event which opens to the public Friday, September 11th 10am - 8pm and Saturday, September 12th 10am- 6pm. If you are interested in attending, please email renee@pvchamber.net. A final decision on whether the mixer will be held in-person or virtual event to be made next week.
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
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

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.
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

I hope this email finds you healthy and well and finding ways to enjoy the last few weeks of Summer. Mid-Late August is always a busy time for school administrators, staff, parents and students as they prepare for the start of the new school year. Employers struggle to adapt to the needs of parents juggling jobs and the fluid situation of childcare/remote learning. There are no easy solutions; technology, flexibility and creative planning will be key factors to overall success. The Chamber directory is a great source to identify trusted providers of technology solutions, childcare, educational, youth programs, employment agencies and more to assist in these challenging times. Our partners at GVF invite members to take a brief survey to help gather information about when employees are returning to their workplaces in order to plan for community patterns in our region. Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GVFReturntowork

Did you apply for Round 2 of Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Relief Fund Program? The program will distribute $225 Million in grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to qualifying small businesses (fewer than 25 employees and under $1M revenue) that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. All applications must be made through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the county where their business is located. Application window closes on August 28th. Read more about this program and the 30 Day Fund on the Chamber's COVID-19 Resource Hub.

Stay connected with Chamber members by participating in PVCC Virtual programs, follow us on FaceBook, share your events on weekly enews/community calendar and shop the Chamber directory. We welcome suggestions for our upcoming virtual events; email renee@pvchamber.net to recommend a keynote speaker, topic, fundraising opportunity or program.

The PV Chamber continues to collaborate with chambers throughout the region, County/State officials and key stakeholders to develop programs, advocate for small business and plan initiatives to support the local economy during these challenging times.We will announce details soon about a new County-wide program to benefit our members and community. Remeber, renewing your Chamber membership enables us to continue to develop programs and initiatives to help you stay connected and build relationships, promote local business and lead members through the recovery phase of COVID-19. Thank for your continued support. TOGETHER we will prevail!

Stay safe and healthy and have a wonderful 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!
Inspirational youth development track and field program
Free USATF Membership for each joining member

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

Treat your employees to Kona Ice! Schedule a visit today!

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).

COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grants: $225 Million grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are 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 and businesses must apply through an eligible CDFI.
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: $600/week additional benefit expired the week of July 25, 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
Craft Marketplace
September 19, 2020


The FRIENDS of Pennypacker Mills, a Montgomery County owned historical site located at 5 Haldeman Road in Schwenksville, PA, is holding its Ninth Annual Craft Marketplace on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 9:30 AM to 3 PM on the grounds of the Mills. Start your holiday shopping NOW!!! We have over 60 carefully selected, skilled craftsmen to fulfill your every need and desire. Our only handcrafted items include unique sterling and gemstone jewelry, wire and bead jewelry, an abundance of beautiful fabric crafts and clothing, woolen wear made from alpaca, angora, and llama, bird houses and feeders, theorem painting, soaps and balms, leather work, broom corn and so much more, all in prices to please every pocketbook. (Go to www.friendsppm.org to see a complete list of crafters and their crafts) After shopping, visit our food vendor, the FRIENDS’ table, and take a tour of the unique turn-of-the-20th Century mansion. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, MASKS ARE A MUST! And all precautions are being taken to prevent spread of the virus to the public and our crafters.  All proceeds go to benefit Pennypacker Mills. For information call Carol at 610-489-9732, email grammyx5@verizon.net, or visit our websites: www.friendsppm.org or www.montcoPA.org/PennypackerMills or visit us on Facebook.
 
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

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.