e-NEWS
Thank you to our E-NEWS Sponsors!
PVCC Events
March 4, 2021
1:00 PM
PVCC Events Committee
Make New Connections!

Joining the PV Chamber Events Committee is also a great place to network with fellow Chamber members while working towards a common goal. You will meet other Chamber members with common interests and have the opportunity to work with community leaders and PV Chamber Board Directors.

In these challenging times, the events committee is looking for ways to help foster growth, education and connections for our members and the community. Please consider joining this important group as we develop new programs and adapt existing programs to meet challenges now and through the recovery phase of the pandemic.
March 4, 2021
4:30PM - 5:30PM
PV Men [Virtual] Happy Hour


Join the fellas for Virtual PV Men Happy Hour Event! Enjoy great conversation and networking from the comforts of your home or office.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to receive meeting link
March 17, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Ask The Experts!
The Importance & Safety of COVID Vaccine
Submit your questions for the doctors at time of registration!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to receive meeting link
March 18, 2021
5:00PM - 7:00PM
2nd Chance St. Patties Virtual Scavenger Hunt
PBN, Professional Business Network and the Perkiomen Valley and Spring Ford Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to bring you an evening of virtual networking and fun!
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • 30 Second Commercials
  • Open Networking

FREE Event!
The zoom links will be issued to all registrants the day before the event, 3/17
March 25, 2021
12PM - 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.

TOPIC: Tracking Our Competitors – Competitive Analysis, Strategies & Approaches
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to receive meeting link
SHREDDING EVENT
SATURDAY, March 27, 2021
9AM - Noon
Businesses and Residents are welcome to participate
Secure Document Shredding

EVENT SPONSORS - this is a opportunity to connect with businesses and residents in the Perkiomen Valley region!

GOODY BAGS - Add your promotional items to 200 goody bags (donated by The Victory Bank) distributed to the first 200 cars at the drive through event!

VOLUNTEER - Many volunteers are needed for this event. Call the Chamber for details or use the link below to sign up!

Add your logo to the list of sponsors...
Annual Meeting
March 31, 2021
12:00PM -1:00PM
Please Join Us...
Chairman Kip Bilo, Universal Atlantic Systems, will highlight accomplishments of FY2020 and share what's ahead in the Chairman's Presentation, including appointment of Bob Clark, Interface Financial Group, as Chairman of Board 2021-2022.

  • Board Elections
  • Marvin J Lewis Award 2020/2021 Presentation
  • Sponsor Recognition
  • Keynote Address
  • Chairman's Awards
  • New Member (2020-2021) Recognition
Chairman
Kip Bilo
Universal Atlantic Systems
Chairman Elect
Bob Clark
Interface Financial Group
Keynote Address
Dave Zellers, Director of Commerce Montgomery County
Title Sponsor
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
2021-2022 Board Elections will be held online this year. PV Chamber members in good standing may participate in the general election. Voting page will be open from March 5 - March 19th.
Link will be shared in the next edition of enews and accessible from PV Chamber home page.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Noon - 1:00PM
PV Chamber [Virtual] Business Book Club
ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND!

April Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People
“Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular individual… Thought is supreme.” – Dale Carnegie

Please join us for a book discussion, and share what's on your reading wish-list. Joe Bergquist, Harleysville Bank, will lead the discussion. Time will be allotted to discuss other business related news including podcasts, movies/documentaries, publications, etc).
SAVE THE DATE...August 9, 2021
PV Chamber Annual Golf Outing
SAVE THE DATE!

August 9, 2021

Plans for the Chamber's Annual Golf Outing are underway!

This year's outing will be played on Monday, August 9th at Spring Ford County Club. Look for more details in future enews.
A Message From The Chamber Office
Dear Chamber Members and Friends,

Happy March! We have a lot of great programs scheduled this month to help educate, network and make new connections!

Back by popular demand...Ask the Experts Series! Attendees will learn more about the importance of the COVID vaccine and have YOUR questions answered by our expert panelists.

We are excited to team up with PBN, Professional Business Network and Spring Ford Chamber of Commerce for 2nd Chance St. Patties Virtual Scavenger Hunt on March 18th. Prepare your 30 second commercials, grab a pint of green beer and get ready to make new connections and have some fun!

Our First Annual Shredding Event will take place on Saturday, March 27th in the parking lot at PV Middle School East, Collegeville. If your business will be bringing large amounts of documents for secure shredding, please notify the Chamber office to reserve a time slot by March 8th. This event is a great opportunity to showcase your business to the community - become a sponsor and get recognized on weekly enews, event publications, signage and more! Businesses are encouraged to register for goody bag participation - add your promotional items (coupons, pens, logo items, etc) to 200 goody bags to be distributed to event attendees!

Be sure to mark your calendar for the PV Chamber's Annual Meeting on March 31st. Since the meeting we be held on Zoom, members are invited to cast their online vote in the General Election of PVCC Board Directors, beginning next week!

Time is running out to receive your FREE COVID-Prevention Kits! Montco has updated the program to allow small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) to receive up to 7 kits. Pickup at the Chamber office on Thursday, March 4th from 9:00am - 1PM, 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.

The Chamber is seeking members to join the 2021 Events & Fundraising Committee. The Events Committee will help create, plan and execute exceptional events tailored toward producing member engagement and fundraising efforts. Join the 2021 Events and Fundraising Committee and help us plan for a successful 2021! For more information, email renee@pvchamber.net.

A big welcome to our newest members, Express Employment of Lansdale and Huntington Learning Center. Express Employment of Lansdale is staffing agency that provides temporary, temp to hire and direct hire staffing, specializing in light industrial and administrative positions. Huntington Learning Center has helped thousands of studetns do better in schoola nd on college entrance exams. HLC is pleased to extend PV Chamber member families $100 off of Academic Evaluation and/or 5% discount off of Learning center and Exam Prep programs!

Two hot topics this week include the 2nd round of PPP loans and COVID-19 vaccinations. to learn more about PPP, read the newest information from SBA about First and Second Draw PPP Loans. Also, to learn more about COVID-19 vaccination sites, category qualifications and other FAQ's, visit the Montgomery County's Official Vaccination Page

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


Stay safe and healthy,

Renee Blomstrom
Executive Director
renee@pvchamber.net 
610-489-6660
Welcome New Members!
Helping students do better in school and on college entrance exam!
$100 off Academic Evaluation and/or 5% discount off Learning Center & Exam Prep programs

Train where pro athletes train!
10% off any A2 memberships to any member or immediate family member of the Chamber

Serving local businesses with full-time and temporary staffing in addition to providing human
resources services
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
Second Draw PPP Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:
SBA also offers additional Coronavirus relief.
Special Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses with Fewer than 20 Employees

The 14-day exclusivity application period closes March 9, 2021

On Monday, February 22, 2021, President Biden announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) aimed at providing relief to particularly small businesses and promoting equitable access to the PPP. Specifically, beginning on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:00 A.M. EST, the Small Business Administration established a two-week exclusivity period where only businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply for a PPP loan. In addition, there are four other changes to the PPP that will go into effect the first week of March, opening the program to more underserved small businesses. These include
  • a revised PPP funding formula for sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed individuals to allow them to receive more financial support;
  • eliminating a restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions to allow them to receive funding;
  • eliminating student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to participating in the PPP; and
  • ensuring access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
Program funded through CARES Act. Read more
No-Cost PPE Kits UPDATE

Montco has expanded the program guidelines and businesses may receive up to 7 kits!

Businesses that received kits in 2020, are still eligible to receive additional kits (within the guidelines)

Kit PICKUP @ Chamber office

Thursday, March 4th from 9AM - 1PM

or CALL 610-489-6660 or email info@pvchamber.net to schedule and appointment.
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).
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 COVID-19 Daily Press Releases can be viewed here.
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.
Member Advertisement
Employment Opportunities
Member News
Complimentary Stretch
for PV Chamber members
March 14 - 21

Don't just stretch - get stretched. StretchLab's team of highly trained Flexologists will give you a deeper stretch than you could ever achieve on your own.

Free stretches will be offered March 14 - 21, by appointment only. Call the studio at 484-209-2400 and mention you are a Chamber member.
Stretchlab, 222 E. Main St., Collegeville, PA 19426
Reimagine Ridge Pike Design Challenge

Do you have special talents in design or an interest in community development? If so, we want to invite you to participate in the Reimagine Ridge Pike Design Challenge. The challenge is part of the Township’s Comprehensive Plan Update process. You do not have to be a CAD expert to participate; inspiration boards with ideas are another way to participate. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Member Savings
Helping students do better in school and on college entrance exam!

Special offer for PV Chamber members families:
Receive $100 off Academic Evaluation and/or
5% discount off Learning Center & Exam Prep programs

Don't just stretch - get stretched!

PV Chamber member offer - free 25 minute stretch session, by appointment only. Free stretches will be offered March 14 - 21. Call the studio at 484-209-2400 and mention you are a Chamber member.
Train where professional athletes train!

PV Chamber members and their immediate family can save 10% on Athletes Arbor memberships. Mention "PV Chamber" when speaking with a representative.
484-973-1555
100% Natural All Organic Cold, Cough, & Flu Remedy to stop infections in their tracks!

Save on your online orders using these coupon codes
Save 10% on online orders by using the coupon code “givemeone”

Save 20% on online order for two or more items using the coupon code “twoormore“
Montgomery County Updates
Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing & Vaccinations

Here is a map-based webpage that shows the locations of testing sites in Montgomery County that are open to the public and do not require a doctor’s referral. Here is a map-based webpage from the PA Department of Health that shows locations of testing sites in the region and across the state.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires local workforce development boards and workforce regions to develop and publish a strategic plan every four years that details workforce service delivery and compliance. The Montgomery County Workforce Development Board, MontcoWorks, is proud to post the Fiscal Years 2021-2024 WIOA Local Plan along with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Plan for 30-day public comment beginning on February 24, 2021. The plans are available through the following links:

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 Webinar
Webinar was held Dec. 4th. Due to time constraints, we were unable to answer all questions live during the program. Your voice matters - and we are committed to securing the information and guidance you need to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. All outstanding questions have been submitted to the Wolf Administration and responses will be shared as soon as they are made available.
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.