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MontcoStrong Small Business Grants Program - TODAY ONLY!
Applications will be accepted beginning April 8, 2020 @ 11:00AM
*** As of 12:30pm today, over 650 applications were received. Therefore, in accordance with the program guidelines, no application will be accepted after 5:30pm today! ***
Recognizing the need to provide support to strengthen our local businesses and communities, Montgomery County is providing $1 million in economic development funds to provide grants to eligible small businesses. Administered in partnership with the Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County with the Montgomery County Commerce Department, eligible applicants may apply for  up to $25,000  and grant proceeds may be used for the following costs:
  • Rent/Mortgage Payments due from March 23, 2020 through July 31, 2020.
  • Payroll expenses from March 23, 2020 through July 31, 2020 – no more than 15% of eligible payroll costs can be used to pay any owner with more than 5% of the applicant entity.
  • Utility costs due from March 23, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Utilities must be directly tied to the business operations and/or physical location.
  • Debt service payments such as credit cards and loans in the businesses name (no more than $5,000 of total allowable costs) from March 23, 2020 through July 31, 2020. 

Applications will be accepted beginning on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. Applications will be accepted until all grant funds are awarded and/or the number of applications received significantly surpasses all available grant funds to be awarded. If there are additional funds available, further application rounds may be opened. Non profits are not eligible for the program.
To prepare for full application, please review the Program Guidelines
To apply – please complete and submit the application form. Note: the form will not be available until 11am on April 8th.
PPP - Paycheck Protection Program
The  Paycheck Protection Program  is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan for payroll and certain other expenses. Borrowers are eligible to have the loan forgiven if certain guidelines are followed. This program is available through SBA approved lenders. Lenders may require additional documentation.
Employee Retention Tax Credit
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
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.
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

I hope this email finds you, your family and colleagues healthy and safe!

As you are aware, the Annual Meeting scheduled for today was postponed. We had planned to gather with our membership and community leaders today to recognize the work of the 2019-2020 Board Directors , congratulate the 2020 Marvin J. Lewis Award Recipient, Mayor Joe Giunta , express gratitude to the outgoing board directors including Jessica Lester (Secretary) PVSD; Cathy McKeever , Bond Pezzano & Etze, PC and Cheryl Kreider (Past Chair), Kreider Health Solutions), recognize new members , elect new board directors Lou Rinaldi , Eagle Eye Inspection Pro, LLC; Dr. Barbara Russell , PVSD; and Tim Uehling , UBS and welcome Bob Clark , Interface Financial Group to the Chair position as Kip Bilo , UAS was to ceremoniously passed the gavel. The 2019-2020 Board Directors will continue to serve our membership until the election is rescheduled. I am saddened that we cannot gather today in person, but look forward to celebrating our leadership, membership and local businesses with you all soon!

The Chamber continues to serve our membership and community during this difficult time. The situation is fluid and information is changing rapidly . Many of the State and Federal relief programs have been modified/updated numerous times and will continue to change . We will continue to provide our small business owners and employees with resources to carry them through this period.

As you've probably noticed, PV Chamber communication efforts have been modified significantly. In addition to weekly enews, check your inbox for frequent announcements. Visit the COVID-19 Resource Hub for links to find answers to FAQ, browse local deals and learn about positive things happening in our community! When we set out to build the COVID-19 Resource Hub, we could not have anticipated the magnitude of information that would be shared in just a short amount of time. I feel like we are tracking time in "dog years"...the last few weeks feel more like months! That being said, I know this too shall pass. The sooner we flatten the curve, the sooner we can begin to rebuild .

Membership Renewals  - April 1, 2020 marks the start of our 2020-2021 Fiscal Year.  Your  membership is valued  and appreciated. As such, we have suspended sending the April 1st membership renewal invoices until further notice. Special thanks to the members that requested their invoice to be sent for payment processing.

Events Postponed - If you registered for an event that has been postponed, the registration will be carried over to the new date. This includes registrations received for Annual Meeting, Dow Expo, PV MEN, PV WIN, Business Roundtable and Book Club.

I miss "seeing you" but have enjoyed connecting via phone and Zoom with so many of you over the past few weeks. I'm spending a lot of time working with local and state Chambers, county and state officials and business stakeholders to advocate on your behalf and work together to bring solutions to our members. Please reach out to let me know how I can be of service. Whether you have questions about relief programs, mandates/guidelines, employment opportunities, UC questions, etc, or just want to say "hello" or simply to share your concerns .. .I am here for you!

Thank you for your patience and stay safe. 

Sincerely, 

Renee Blomstrom
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. 

Restaurants, Catering, Groceries and Wholesale Clubs: 
Please visit the  Chamber Directory  for a  list of restaurants grocery stores,  and  wholesale clubs . Remember to call ahead to ensure services and hours of operation. 

Shop Local  and purchase  gift cards  to support our local small businesses that have modified their operations. 

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.  

Be Safe and Healthy! 
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. 
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
In these times of social distancing, Giuseppe Scillia is going back and posting work that he has done in the past. It's fun. You can see his "Time Capsule" on  Scillia Photography Facebook Page. Visit daily to see beautiful photos to brighten your day! 
Keeping you photos on your cell phone or your computer is a good thing. It's better when you can print them in an album or frame them. The most exclusive is to turn your portraits into an oil painting. Our painter portraits are hand painted to take the most prominent place in your home. Are they expensive? Yes. For the most exclusive clients only.

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. 

Main Street Nutrition is hosting a "Pay it Forward Campaign" to treat essential workers all month. For every dollar that comes in, Main Street Nutrition will match it. A special thank you to everyone who had paid it forward so far. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Thanks to the generosity of their clients, Main Street Nutrition delivered drinks to essential personnel that at Phoenixville Tower health, Trappe Fire Co. No. 1, Key Bank, Einstein Hospital, and more. Venmo @MSNtogo

"Thank you to all Essential Employees" lawn signs are available for purchase at Signarama Limerick . Signs are $20 each and proceeds will be donated to Open Door Ministry and Daily Bread Community Food Pantry . Sign exchange will be contact-less. Instructions are in the parking lot. Signarama 112 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick

Need a little pampering? Giselle Knoblauch , Rodan + Fields , is offering FREE Self- Care Packets to anyone that may be interested. I’ll be happy to mail them out to any member. In addition to FREE enrollment fee ($19.95) for all PVCC members I’ll also offer an additional 10% cash rebate for any order $80 or greater. I can be reached at gk585284@gmail.com or 610-716-7823.

Whitemarsh Parks & Rec presents recreation and leisure activities to do that will respect social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines, and will include resources for on-line programs (facebook live, webinars, etc.), and health and wellness initiatives (nutrition, mental health, nature, education, exercise, etc.).These elements, shared by our creative programming team, will hopefully bring some positive cheer and stress reduction to the community during this challenging time. All welcome to participate.
Employment Opportunities
Membership Surveys
Small Business Survey
Ursinus Career and Post-Graduate Development would very much like to hear from smaller businesses in regard to their plans for summer internships and hiring for permanent positions for graduating seniors. The information will also be shared with PVCC to better help us "get a pulse" future small business planning. 

Survey Questions: 
1. What should students expect in terms of interviews in light of this pandemic?
2. What can students do now who are looking for summer 2020 internships and jobs after graduation?
3. How can students be proactive in offering "alternative" arrangements for interviews with employers? Do employers prefer visual calls (like skype, zoom, etc) or is phone good?

Email responses to Olivia Correll at ocorrell@ursinus.edu  
Thank you!
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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
Your response matters! If you have not done so, please complete the  2020 Census.  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! 

If you did not receive a postcard with instructions in the mail, no worries...you can still complete the 2020 census online.
Member News
All members of business community welcome to participate in in Coronanomics II
PWC Plant Sale May 9th & 10th
Beautify your yard and protect your local environment with native plants.  The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy  annually hosts a Native Plant Sale to promote the use of Pennsylvania native plants within the watershed. To purchase beautiful and environmentally beneficial plants for your property please join us! From more information about plants you are likely to find during the sale visit our  Native Plant Sale Guide Booklet.

Saturday, May 9th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rain Barrel Workshop:  Saturday, May 9th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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.