e-NEWS
Thank you to our E-NEWS Sponsors!
The US Senate Approved Additional Funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The House will be voting on this bill on Thursday, April 23.  
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.
Small businesses can sign up using the link below
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

I hope this email finds you, your family and colleagues well, both physically and emotionally. There are so many people I know that are working the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are too many to single out, I want to thank everyone willing to sacrifice their own safety and well-being to care and provide for others. And to our friends that have lost loved ones, we are keeping you close in our thoughts.

A s we continue to navigate life and business in a COVID-19 world, the Chamber is here to support our members, local businesses and residents during these challenging times. 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.

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!

The sooner we flatten the curve, the sooner we can begin to rebuild . Thank you for your patience and stay safe. 

Sincerely, 

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. 
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
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. 

  • Collegeville Rotarians are giving back during this difficult Year of the Pandemic 2020. All this week S&B Event Concepts & Catering is bringing Collegeville Police, Collegeville Fire Company, and Trappe Fire & Ambulance workers 150 home-cooked dinners that owner and head chef Sodiah Thomas made, two for each first responder.
  • Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates is offering a FREE Healthcare Power of Attorney / Advance Directive to all members of the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Lily Laser and Beauty tutorial to make your own hand mask.
  • Learning Express order online for next day pickup.
  • Bella Persone Salon is offering curbside pickup every Saturday. If you have any questions please call at 610-489-4444 or email us at angela@bellapersonesalon.com
  • "Thank you to all Essential Employees" lawn signs are available for purchase at Signarama Limerick; proceeds will be donated to Open Door Ministry and Daily Bread Community Food Pantry
  • While Elmwood Park Zoo presents Facebook live broadcast, weekdays at 11am. If you can’t watch the videos live, they will still appear on Facebook, our YouTube channel, and on our website.
  • 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.
  • Need a little pampering? Giselle Knoblauch , Rodan + Fields, is offering to mail FREE Self- Care Packets to any member interested. In addition to FREE enrollment fee ($19.95) for all PVCC members receive additional 10% cash rebate for any order $80 or greater. I can be reached at gk585284@gmail.com or 610-716-7823. I'm also available to chat about R+F employment opportunities.
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!
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! 
Legislative Updates
Updates from Gov. Wolf
  • Governor Wolf held a press conference on April 22nd at 7pm to present his unveil additional details on reopening plan for the Commonwealth. Read more.

  • Gov. Wolf Signs Senate Bill 841 to Provide Flexibility to Local Governments and Businesses. Read more.

  • Gov. Wolf Announces Online Vehicle Sale Process, Construction Restart Date, PLCB Curbside Pick Up. Read more

  • Governor Wolf signs order for new regulations for essential businesses including requiring masks for employees and customers. Read more
Watch Out for COVID19, Federal Stimulus Check Scams

The PA Attorney General is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams that involve the new coronavirus. Do not take unsolicited calls related to unemployment compensation and financial support for business. There are not 3rd party apps to assist in unemployment compensation claims. In addition, there have been reports of scams involving SBA loans (PPP and EIDL). Please work with your lender - do not give personal information to unsolicited callers.
Message from Senator Mensch
April 13, 2020
The spike in the number of applicants in the Unemployment Compensation system has created longer response times and a large backlog of cases that sometimes take weeks to resolve. A number of services are available online at www.uc.pa.gov.
Claimants who have filed an initial claim in mid-March who have not received a PIN should contact the Department of Labor and Industry as soon as possible. The same guidance applies to individuals who tried to re-open an existing claim in mid-March and are still listed as “inactive” when they try to file a bi-weekly claim.
If you reside in Senator Mensch District, please contact the Red Hill office at 215-541-2388. If you reside outside of the district, please contact your home Senator.

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr's testimony can be found here .

Additonal Funding for PPP and EIDL

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs under the CARES Act today, April 23, 2020
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 COVID-19 Press Conference Today at 3:00pm
Watch Montco Live Press Conference on Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 3pm on Facebook Live
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
The Perkiomen Creek Sojourn
Schwenksville to Oaks
Traditional: June 6th @ 9:00 am
Virtual: Choose Your Date

Traditional or Virtual, the Sojourn is ON! Go with the group on June 6, or choose a virtual adventure and pick your own date. This is our version of a choose-your-own-adventure and one that you can do any day or time. When you register for the virtual option, we'll mail you one of our bright and shiny waterproof Paddler's Guides, AND we'll send you a link to our Perkiomen Creek Video Series. These videos will give you all the info you need to paddle safely down the creek. Wait... there's more... send us a photo of you and your socially-distanced paddling crew and we'll send you the official Perkiomen Sojourn T-Shirt... so avoid the crowded trails and hit the open water!!
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.