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

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. I have been so touched by stories of residents and businesses that are helping one another during this crisis. Sewing masks, ordering from retailers offering curbside and delivery options, paying it forward with the purchase of gift cards, donating to our local food banks, checking on the elderly and generously donating meals and snacks to our first responders and healthcare workers - all of this helps to lift spirits and keep businesses afloat. Thank you!

Thank you to our community banks that are working with local business owners to provide guidance and support to help secure grants and loans through the CARE's Act. We are hearing from small businesses that received funds through the first round of PPP and EIDL loans and grants. SBA opened a second round of funding this week. Please be aware of scams targeting small business owners during these already challenging times. The SBA offers some guidance regarding how they work and what activities should throw up a red flag warning you that you should suspect fraud.

Although Montgomery County will be one of the last in the region to move from RED to YELLOW, we will begin seeing guidelines for reopening businesses in the next few weeks. As you know, golf courses, marinas, and private campgrounds may reopen tomorrow, May 1st, and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance. mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, all businesses in the construction industry in the Commonwealth are permitted to resume in-person operations starting Friday, May 1st and must follow Construction Industry COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Guidelines .

If you have questions about relief programs, mandates/guidelines, employment opportunities, UC questions, etc, please do not hesitate to contact the chamber office for assistance. 610-489-6660.

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 will offer new payment plans and COVID-19 discounts. Details to follow in the next few weeks. Please reach out to the Chamber for assistance.

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 . Visit the COVID-19 Resource Hub for links to find answers to FAQ, local deals and positive things happening in our community!

Next week, we will announce details for a new program to support our local restaurants, shops and small businesses during COVID-19 shutdown.

They say April showers bring May flowers...the weekend forecast looks great! Enjoy the sunshine!

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. 
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. 
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. 

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! 
Transportation Updates
An 18-day detour is planned for Swamp Pike beginning Monday, April 20, 2020
Ridge Swamp Associates, LP is planning to close Swamp Pike between Kugler Road and Ridge Pike in Limerick on April 20, through Friday, May 8, for excavation and paving operations, according to PennDOT.
During the closure, Swamp Pike motorists will be detoured over Kugler Road and Ridge Pike. Local access will be maintained up to the work zone. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
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 
MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program 
Round 1 Update

Awards have been announced for the MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program. Several PV Chamber members were awarded grants! Information on the grant awards can found here . Applicants that did not receive an award will be sent notification from the County via Constant Contact email. The County is evaluating resources available for a new round of funding and/or additional business assistance initiatives. Please check this site regularly for updates and watch the daily briefings from the Board of Commissioners for all the latest information on how Montgomery County is addressing the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.
Member News
Members of Trinity Reformed Church United Church of Christ in Collegevillle are making cloth face masks from donated materials. Email Trinity at trinityucc1854@gmail.com for contactless pickup of a FREE mask in Collegeville. Please indicate number of persons for whom a mask is needed, gender if important, and, if children, their age so we can choose a mask that fits.
If requesting on behalf of an organization or company, please email us with organization/company name, address, telephone number, and name of a contact person.
NO payment is required to obtain masks. We are simply neighbors helping neighbors. 
Rev. Suzanne Schwarz-Green, Trinity Reformed Church UCC, 532 East Main Stree, Collegeville, PA 19426
Tel. 610.489.4223
May 3, 2020 Proclaimed Bells Across America Day in Collegeville!

Collegeville Borough Mayor Aidsand Wright-Riggins has Proclaimed May 3rd, 2020 as Bells Across America Day in Collegeville Borough. The Mayoral Proclamation is to express gratitude to the front-line workers for maintaining essential services to the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The official Proclamation can be viewed here:   Proclamation Bells Across Pennsylvania Day
Lily Laser Gift Card Sale & Mini Facials!

A gift anyone would Love!!! Gift certificates 15% off for Gift Certificates up to $150, 20% off for 
Gift Certificates over $150. BUY NOW Apply the code: OFF15/20 to get discount on checkout.
Gift Certificates can not be applied to any Doctor services 
We also have custom facial kits available for curbside pickup or delivery. Click on the link below for details:
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.