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If you are not sure if your organization is 'life sustaining', please send an email to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.

Small Business Guide to CARES Act

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
US Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania:
  • https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/pennsylvania-postpone-2020-primary-election-coronavirus-20200323.html
PA Department of Health
PA Chamber of Business and Industry
Small Business Administration
List of life-sustaining businesses for Pennsylvania –
Information from Congresswoman Houlahan's Office

Chester County Members
Montgomery County Members

**For Chester and Montgomery County Members: Governor Wolf's Stay at Home Order; Guidance

Berks County Members


Email Sent March 27 to the Membership
Good afternoon. Below is another update to information that we want to make sure is passed along to you. I know we have sent a lot of information and it is hard to keep it all straight. I have tried to not repeat information in each email but provide access to new. If you need access to any of the information that has been previously sent, please click here to access the Chamber’s COVID-19 resource page – we have direct links that were included in our emails and all of the previous emails are being archived on that site.

Again, please do not hesitate to contact me if the Chamber can assist you in some way – 610.326.2900 or eileen@tricountyareachamber.com. Have a good weekend, please stay safe and know the Chamber wishes good health and wellbeing for you, your family, your business, and your staff.


Help is still needed!
Pottstown Hospital – Tower Health
Need - Personal Protective Equipment like surgical masks, N95 masks, gowns and non-sterile gloves.
If you are able to donate, please contact Rich Newellrichard.newell@towerhealth.org or Kim Basilekim.basile@towerhealth.org.
If there is some other form of assistance you feel your company could provide, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to Rich or Kim. Example - restaurants have donated meals to staff as a sign of appreciation.

Additional Donations:
Berks County Emergency Management
Businesses interested in donating PPE items or adapting their business to create PPE items can email COVID@countyofberks.com. You can also call 610-320-6150.
Chester County Emergency Management
Visit their website for more information or call 610-344-6000.
Montgomery County Emergency Management
Businesses interested in donating PPE items can email covid19@montcopa.org. Businesses interested in adapting their business to create PPE items can email dzellers@montcopa.org. You can also call (610) 631-6530.
Businesses that have access to or a supply of N95 masks, eye gear, medical gowns and medical gloves and do not anticipate the need to utilize these items in the near future are asked to donate them to their local hospitals. If you are able to assist in this crucial request, please email opportunities@hapevolve.com. Any questions may be directed to Joe Tibbs, President of HAPEvolve, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of HAP.

Also, urging all businesses that believe they are able to turn their existing supply chain into the PPE output that the health care industry so desperately needs to please contact PA Chamber Government Affairs Director Kevin Sunday at 717 645-2071 or ksunday@pachamber.org.

Help for you!
Click here to access “The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act”.
Thank you to Congresswoman Houlahan’s office for providing the following:
5 Key Provisions in the CARES Act:
  • $1,200 in direct payments to taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 per year before starting to phase out and ending altogether for those earning more than $99,000. Families would receive an additional $500 per child, in an attempt to create a safety net for those whose jobs and businesses are affected by the pandemic.
  • Extension of unemployment benefits that would extend jobless insurance by 13 weeks and include a four-month enhancement of benefits. This extension of benefits would include freelancers, furloughed employees, and gig workers.
  • Federally guaranteed loans would be made available at community banks for small businesses that pledge not to lay off their workers. The loans would be available during an emergency period ending June 30, and would be forgiven if the employer continued to pay workers for the duration of the crisis.
  • Loans for distressed companies would come from a $425 billion fund controlled by the Federal Reserve, and an additional $75 billion would be available for industry-specific loans.
  • $100 billion for hospitals and health systems across the nation and billions more to furnish personal and protective equipment and increased for health care workers, testing supplies, and new construction to house patients. Also included are Medicare payment increases to all hospitals and providers.
Click here for additional information from Congresswoman Houlahan’s Office.

The Office of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
(202) 225-4315
PA06.SmallBusiness@mail.house.gov


PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) Loan Program:
The State of PA approved a $60 million COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA), administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). Working capital loans up to $100,000 are available to qualifying small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The interest rate is 0% (unless agricultural in nature, then 2%), 3-year term, 12-year amortization. No payments will be due and payable during the first year.

All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For a list of CEDOs operating in PA, please refer to the CEDO webpage, which can be found at https://dced.pa.gov/CEDO.
For more information, refer to the CWCA Fact Sheet and Guidelines attached as well as the official website: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-cwca/

SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19
https://visitkop.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Temple-SBDC-Webinars.pdf

MONTCO.Today and VISTA.Today want to help you spread the word:
A brief paragraph (3 sentences) on any member business’ promotion, gift certificate or card, or special takeout offer including:
  • Name of the business with including the business’ address and municipality
  • Description of the promotion
  • Instructions on how to access the promotion
  • The business’ contact information including phone number and website
  • Send your one-paragraph promotions to Rachel Riley at riley@valleyforge.org; they will be organized by geography and will publish them in groups of 5 to 10 over the next 48 to 72 hours
Montgomery County CareerLink Services – call (610) 270-3429 - for life-sustaining businesses that need additional workers -
  • Recruitment and online job posting assistance is available.
  • Funds are still available for on-the-job training and Incumbent Worker Training.
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We are Better Together! We are a community; please contact us and let us know how we can assist you and how we can help each other. Access the Business Directory.

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