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PVCC Events
December 15, 2020
4:30pm
[virtual] Holiday Mixer
Join us for a fun-filled hour of holiday cheer!

50/50 Raffle
Silent Auction
Virtual Holiday Office Tours
Trivia

Grab a snack and a beverage and log onto the Zoom call to connect with members and neighbors and to celebrate the holiday season! Ugly sweaters and festive attire encouraged (though not required).

Silent Auction begins December 1st and will close Dec 15th at 5pm. Winning bids will be announced at the [Virtual] Holiday Mixer. Check back often to view new auction items.

Holiday Office Showcase: Submit a photo of your office, home office or staff showing off your holiday spirit. Photos will be compiled into a slide show presented at the Holiday Mixer and shared on Facebook and Chamber website. Is your staff working remotely? No problem...submit photos of home offices or even a holiday photo taken last year!

Call the Chamber office for details 610-489-6660
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
December 4, 2020
2:30PM - 3:30PM
COVID-19 Resurgence Planning Webinar:
Exclusive Q&A Session
with Governor Tom Wolf and PA Dept. of Health Secretary Rachel Levine
Attention Business Owners...
As COVID-19 case counts reach critical levels in Pennsylvania, the PA Chamber invites businesses statewide to hear directly from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine as they share insight into the Administration’s latest targeted mitigation orders.

This one-hour webinar is FREE and open to Pennsylvania’s business community at large – including PA Chamber members and non-members – as part of the PA Chamber’s Bringing PA Back initiative.
Friday, December 11, 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PV Chamber [Virtual] Business Book Club
ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND!

December Book Review: The Happiness Advantage
The 7 Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Succsee and Performance at Work

Everyone welcome to attend the PV Chamber Business Book Club! Please join us for a book discussion, and share what's on your reading wish-list and other relative works (podcasts, movies/documentaries, publications, etc.) that you think fellow business professionals might enjoy.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Noon - 1PM
Business Roundtable
Our monthly Business Roundtable luncheons are now 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. After registering, you will receive a link with instructions to join the meeting.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to receive meeting link
Shop Local Deals
Now - February 28, 2021

Grow your business by listing a special offer on the PV Chamber Shop Local and Win website. Pfizer will share link in weekly e-news. Let's fill this site with offers!

To learn more, select the “Shop Local & Win” tab from the dropdown menu under “Chamber Events” at the top of our homepage. From there you can submit an offer, enter to win, view promotions, donate a prize and participate in our Annual Silent Auction (starts Dec 1st)! 

All welcome to participate (membership not required).
Sponsorships and Grants available. Call Chamber office for details 610-489-6660

Promotions good through February 28, 2021
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday! I want to bring your attention to a few important items this week.

First, Pennsylvania’s business community is invited to hear directly from PA Governor Tom Wolf and PA Dept. of Health Secretary Rachel Levine as they share exclusive insight into the administration’s latest COVID-19-related mitigation orders during a free webinar on Friday, Dec. 4th at 2:30pm. They will address the status of the pandemic in Pennsylvania and engage in a Q&A segment with participants. See registration details above.

PV Chamber's annual Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction will be on Zoom this year. There are many ways to participate including sponsorship, donating a silent auction item, attending the event, participating in Business Showcase and bid on fabulous silent auction items. Event details can be found in the event block at the top of this email.

Our Shop Local & Win Campaign is underway. Look for details in this email to shop savings offers and promote your business. Program is open to members and non-member businesses. Participation is affordable. Call the chamber office with questions or to request COVID-19 program discount.

A warm welcome to new member, Vinodha Rajaskekaran, owner of True Vine Organics LLC, a family-operated business dedicated to sharing the ancient natural remedy using cinnamon and honey dating as far back as the Old Testament in the Bible. For ages, this remedy has supported and strengthened people with a healthy immune system, prevented and treated several illnesses, diseases, and infections. Now, we want to make it available to everyone who would boldly choose nature and realize the power that nature can offer at its best. True Vine CNMNHNY™ is a natural blend of Organic Ceylon Liquid Cinnamon and Organic US Grade A Brazilian Honey that boosts immunity and stops infections in its tracks. Your family’s health and Wellness is our No.1 Priority. To learn more, contact Vinodha at
(201) 310-1153; email vinodha@truevineorganics.net or visit www.truevinecnmnhny.com

Have you picked up your FREE COVID-Prevention Kit? Each kit contains face shields, masks, sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, window cling and floor sign, thermal thermometer and important COVID-19 safety literature.. Kits are available to businesses with 100 or fewer employees. Pickup at the Chamber office on Tuesday, December 8th from 9:00am - 11:00am and 1:00am - 5:00pm, or call for an appointment. Please help spread the word....membership not required. Kits are free - funded through the CARES Act. Contact the Chamber office at 610-489-6660 for reservations and questions. Read more.

Chamber Affinity Program: Sunrise Power & Gas is the company to turn to for affordable, clean energy. Sunrise provides electricity to homes and small businesses that is 100 percent powered by renewable resources. Sunrise customers get to help preserve the planet by using clean energy while being good to their wallet or bottom line. Switching to Sunrise is easy. And for every residential and business customer that subscribes to Sunrise using the promo code “PVChamber2020,” the company will donate $25 to the Chamber. Learn more at www.sunrisepowerandgas.com.

Follow the Chamber's FaceBook page and COVID-19 Resource Hub for timely updates.

There's still time to renew your membership before the year's end. Contact the Chamber office for questions and assistance.

Stay safe and healthy,

Renee Blomstrom
Executive Director
renee@pvchamber.net 
610-489-6660
Welcome New Members!
Natural blend of Organic Ceylon Liquid Cinnamon and Organic US Grade A Brazilian Honey that boosts immunity and stops infections
PV Chamber members a free new patient comprehensive exam (D0140), xrays (D0210 or D0251), and routine cleaning (D1110)

We will be erecting a memorial to honor our local deceased Veterans

Sunrise Power & Gas provides clean energy to homes and small businesses in Pennsylvania.

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 Hub
No-Cost PPE Kits
Free to small businesses (100 or fewer employees)

Kit PICKUP @ Chamber office on Thursday, OCTOBER 29th from 9AM - 2PM. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Additional pickup times will be available next week.
CALL 610-489-6660 or email info@pvchamber.net

Each kit includes: (1) thermal thermometer. (5) reusable face masks, (5) face shields, (5) bottles hand sanitizer, (5) containers of disinfectant wipes, (1) #MaskUpMontco Window Cling , (1) #MaskUpMontco Floor Sticker and important literature including CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet, Safety Procedure Guidelines for Businesses, and more.
Thanks to a partnership with the newly formed Alliance of Montgomery County Chambers, Montco Department of Commerce and Office of Public Health, 12,000 kits will be distributed throughout the County over a 10 week period. Program funded through CARES Act. Read more
Montco Cares Program
The Montco Cares Program, a $12 million initiative to support families and Child Care Centers, has been finalized. Program details are available www.montcopa.org/3609/Montco-Cares-Program. The Montco Cares Program provides support to Montgomery County families and child care providers during COVID-19 pandemic.
Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Program
The Second Round of The National Main Street Center and The Hartford grant program, “The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program”, will be open for applications on 10/22/2020. The program supports brick and mortar busiensses in commercial districts. A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses as defined by the SBA. Program details are available at www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/hartbeat.
The County received 183 applications for the MontcoStrong Non-Profit Resiliency and Restoration Grant Program. The review process is underway with assistance from a mix of expertise including the County’s Office of Public Health and Health and Human Services Department. Awards will be announced soon.
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.
PPP Loan Foregiveness

Update: The Department of Treasury announced a simplified forgiveness process for smaller pandemic aid loans. Businesses that borrowed $50,000 or less from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) can sign a one-page document attesting that the money was spent as required by the program and the loans will be forgiven. The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 60% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). For more Loan Details and Forgiveness details including FAQ's, visit SBA page 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).
Member Advertisement
Book a Holiday Mini Photo Session!

Scillia Photography is now booking Family mini sessions just in time for your Holiday Pictures!
Sessions will be held at Waterworks Park; 20 minutes photoshoot; Online Gallery; 6 digital downloads (social media size)
For more information call (610) 608-6095 or email Giuseppe@ScilliaPhotography.com
* prior registration required
Employment Opportunities
Member News
Cafe' 2020 and UC Bookstore Open
Join us as we celebrate the winter season with Merry on Main, featuring a limited opening of our new welcome center, the Schellhase Commons, home to both Café 2020 and the Ursinus Bookstore.
For hours and more information visit ursinus.edu/MerryOnMain. Read more
UC 2021 Job, Internship & Networking Fair
February 24, 2021 @ 1PM -2PM
We are excited to announce that the Ursinus College Virtual Job, Internship, and Networking Fair will be supported by the Maryland & Pennsylvania Liberal Arts Career Fair this year. This event is free of charge. 

What does this mean for our employer partners?

You will have the chance to network and share your opportunities with Ursinus College students as usual. Additionally, this fair will include nine other institutions: Gettysburg College, Goucher College, Hood College, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Muhlenberg College, Notre Dame of Maryland University, St. John’s College, and Washington College. This means that you will also be able to recruit students from these colleges, expanding your talent pool even further.

Member News
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
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.

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.
Chamber Advocacy
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
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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.