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Business Resources for COVID-19

We will do our best to keep this list as up-to-date as possible as the current situation unfolds.
Our staff is working remotely, from 9am to 5pm. You can reach us by phone at 610-265-1776 and by email at info@montgomerycountychamber.org.

You may also email our staff directly.
Ryan Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Ryan@montgomerycountychamber.org
Janet Greenwood Gala, Director of Marketing, janet@montgomerycountychamber.org.

We encourage you to follow Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Dashboard for updated information. This includes public health and
https://data-montcopa.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19

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POSTED 9/29/2020

MontcoStrong Non-Profit Resiliency & Restoration Grant Program

OPENS TUESDAY MORNING, September 29!

The MontcoStrong Non-Profit Resiliency and Restoration Grant will use up to $5 million in Federal CARES Act monies to provide 501(c)(3) entities some financial support to stay in business and provide services that are essential to the wellbeing and livelihood of our communities.

** Applications will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 1.**

More info: https://www.montcopa.org/3580/MSNP-Grant-Program

This program is a collaborative effort between the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, the Montgomery County Commerce Department, and the Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County.

 

POSTED 7/16/2020

MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT SET TO ISSUE $10,000,000 MORE IN GRANTS
BEGINNING TOMORROW, JULY 17th

Recognizing the need to provide support to strengthen our local businesses and communities, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners is making available $10,000,000 in economic development funds to provide grants to eligible small businesses for Round 3 of the MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program. Round 3 grant awards will once again be administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County in partnership with the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the Montgomery County Commerce Department. Eligible applicants for Round 3 may apply for a grant to cover the following costs:

 

POSTED: 7/1/2020

Patient First Offers Return-to-Work COVID-19 Testing

Available by appointment, 7 days a week.

Patient First now provides simple, streamlined employee Return-To-Work COVID-19 testing at designated medical centers. Employees can be tested as required by their employer with the visit charged directly to the employer’s account.

 

Testing is available by appointment 7 days a week at the following conveniently located Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey centers:

 

Patient First – Wyomissing 2600 Papermill Road 484-220-0051
Patient First – East Norriton 400 E. Germantown Pike 610-994-0063
Patient First – Bethlehem 2310 Schoenersville Road 484-403-7560
Patient First – Langhorne 100 Lincoln Highway 267-587-0775
Patient First – Downingtown 967 E. Lancaster Avenue 484-593-5160
Patient First – Pottstown 119 Shoemaker Road 610-427-4919
Patient First – Cherry Hill 2171 W. Route 70 856-406-0023
Patient First – Hamilton 641 U.S. Highway, US-130 609-568-9383
Patient First – Voorhees 705 Haddonfield-Berlin Road 856-679-0537

 

Test samples are collected outside of the center by a trained medical professional.  Patients may remain in their vehicles through the entire process.  The staff member collecting samples is equipped with proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including an N95 mask, gloves, eye protection, and gown.

 

Test results are promptly communicated to the employee and employer upon receipt from the outside lab, usually in 2-5 days.

 

Patient First also offers other turnkey solutions to help employees return to work safely, such as temperature checks to detect fever and advanced employee examinations and physicals that may include a COVID-19 test, as appropriate.

 

To add COVID-19 Testing to an existing Occupational Health Account, or to set up a new account for COVID-19 testing, contact Maria Chaya, Occupational Health Sales Manager, at 484-577-0734 or maria.chaya@patientfirst.com.

 

Additional information is available at www.patientfirst.com/covid-19-testing-for-employers.

 

 

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POSTED June 30, 2020

$225 Million of Grants Available via PA Government. Applications start today: 6/30/2020

www.pabusinessgrants.com.

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POSTED June 1, 2020

This information was passed on to me over the weekend – the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has put together a compendium of information on the Main Street Lending Program – you can find it here – https://www.bostonfed.org/supervision-and-regulation/supervision/special-facilities/main-street-lending-program/main-street-lending-program-overview.aspx.  Please share this throughout your networks as we start the week (and the month).  This lending program has a tremendous potential to help many businesses in Montgomery County.

POSTED May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Unemployment Series

Searching & Applying for Jobs Guide:
https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/searching-applying-for-jobs-guide/

How to Land a Job:
https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/landing-a-job/

Workforce Development Opportunities:
https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/workforce-development/

We wanted to reach out to individuals in King of Prussia who already look to you for reliable resources. Would you consider adding our COVID-19 Unemployment Series to http://www.montgomerycountychamber.org/resources/ or a similar page? We want to ensure that citizens of King of Prussia are supported and successful in returning to the workforce during this trying time.

Posted May 6, 2020

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners announced that they are making available $5,000,000 in economic development funds to provide grants to eligible small businesses in Montgomery County for Round 2 of the MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program. Round 2 grant awards will once again be administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County in partnership with the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the Montgomery County Commerce Department.

Updates to the program for Round 2 include new eligibility parameters, strategically identified program priorities, and other changes that are being incorporated to make the program more equitable and also ensure more businesses have an opportunity to compete for funding. Changes include a tiered grant award system based on gross revenue, a maximum of 30 full and part-time employees, a greater emphasis on supporting minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses, and changes in allowable use of grant funds and business eligibility. Any business interested in applying should thoroughly review the guidelines to determine their eligibility and prepare to submit an application.

The updated guidelines, updated program FAQ, and additional information are available on the program webpage, https://www.montcopa.org/MontcoStrongSBGP. Links to the program webpage can also be found on the County’s COVID-19 data hub and the Montgomery County Commerce Department’s homepage.

For Round 2 applications will be accepted online beginning at 10am on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 and the application window will close at approximately 6pm on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020.

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Posted 4.23.20
Upcoming Webinars Offered at Temple SBDC
We also encourage our members to reach out and get answers during their daily zoom one-on-one consultations between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.

Offered every other Saturday at 10:30-11:30 AM (Every third one is offered in Spanish)

First Step Interactive Webinar:  

Offered every third week with April 28th, 12:00-1:00 PM
Temple University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), which are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high-quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses.

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Posted 4.16.2020

Save Small Business Fund

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with founding partner Vistaprint, has launched the Save Small Business Fund, a grant program to provide assistance to small business owners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Foundation will distribute $5,000 grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities in the United States and its territories. To see if your business location qualifies, visit the fund’s webpage. Areas included in the criteria include Bridgeport and Norristown.

Grant applications open on April 20, 2020. To qualify, applicants must employ between three and 20 people, be located in an economically vulnerable community, and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be awarded weekly on a rapid and rolling basis until all funds have been disbursed. The application will take about 10 minutes to complete and will only require your business’s W-9 form and basic supporting information about your business.

To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund or apply for a grant, visit www.savesmallbusiness.com.

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Posted 4.7.2020

Montgomery County Announces MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program

April 6th, 2020 – 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.
Applications will be accepted beginning on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11 a.m.

This program has ended.

Learn More about the MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

SBA has stopped accepting new applications. For the latest information visit the SBA website.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration has released initial guidelines; they are available at www.treasury.gov,

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to file for a loan.

Small businesses and sole proprietors can begin applying on April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning on April 10.

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Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

SBA has stopped accepting new applications. For the latest information visit the SBA website.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. View Quick Guide.
Who is eligible? In general, all of the following entities that have suffered a substantial economic injury caused by a disaster provided they were in existence on January 31, 2020:
  • Businesses with fewer than 500 employees
  • Cooperatives, ESOPs, and tribal small businesses with fewer than 500 employees
  • Sole proprietors
  • Independent contractors
  • Most private nonprofits
What are the Loan Parameters?
  • The maximum EIDL is a $2 million working capital loan at a rate of 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non-profits with up to a 30-year term
  • Up to $200,000 can be approved without a personal guarantee
  • Approval can be based on a credit score and no first-year tax returns are required
  • Borrowers do not have to prove they could not get credit elsewhere

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Posted 4.1.2020

Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

To stay up to date on the implementation of these programs, please visit the following websites:

  • SBA – here you will find information on all COVID-19 related programs that SBA is providing, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.
  • Department of Treasury –  here you will find information on the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other tax provisions meant to help employers, including non-profits.

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs that will soon be available to them, we have created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress on March 27. These programs and initiatives are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.

While these programs are being implemented, you may continue to use this guide as a source of information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the SBA and Treasury. Once complete guidance has been announced for all of the programs, we will update the guide to reflect that guidance.

Download the Guide Here

Introduction from the Guide

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.

Struggling to get started?

The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:

• Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.

• A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant

• To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.

• Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.

Need a business counselor to help guide you through this uncertain time, you can turn to your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Women’s Business Center (WBC), or SCORE mentorship chapter.  Here is a link to Pennsylvania’s SBDC webpage which offers free webinars to help business owners. Here is the link to Temple University’s SBDC.

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Pennsylvania’s Working Capital Assess Program for Small Businesses
Announced on Wednesday, March 25 by Governor Tom Wolf
The COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program offers 0% loans for up to $100,000.
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SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

Sign up for a FREE webinar to help you apply for state small business loans https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events

Visit Temple University’s Small Business Development Center for a list of webinars
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We have been asked by the Montgomery County Department of Commerce to share this survey with our members.
If you own a business please fill it out. Thanks.
Please complete this survey to the best of your ability to describe the impact of COVID-19 on your business. Use projections or estimates if you are unsure, or indicate “N/A”. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and work with us — Southeast Pennsylvania’s Economic Development Community 
Southeast PA Regional Business Impacts of COVID-19 Survey

The following are resources that provide helpful information you may need to navigate the current situation.

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation:
Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention– Resources that explain the outbreak of the coronavirus
How to best get your business prepared:

Contact information: CDC 800-232-4636 | cdc.gov

PA Department of Health

PA Department of Health: 1-877-PA-HEALTH | health.pa.gov

Montgomery County

Small Business Administration (SBA)

2020 Employer Response to the Coronavirus Webinar 

Resources:

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