Reset - Recover - Restore

Your chamber of commerce is dedicating this page to information surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Here you will find information you can use to help us all reset, recover and restore, once the virus is brought under control. We will accept contributions to this page at norristownchamberofcommerce@gmail.com

Montgomery County set to move to the yellow phase

Montgomery County is set to move to the yellow phase of Govenor Wolf's reopening plan on Friday, June 5. For guidance for each business industry. visit https://www.montcopa.org/3524/Reopening-Guidance.

MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program round 2 awards announced

The Montgomery County Commissioners Office has published the list of awards for round 2 of the MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program. Visit https://www.montcopa.org/MontcoStrongSBGP to view the list and find more information.

Montco Commerce Department launches business survey

The Montgomery County Commerce Department has developed a regional business survey to assess the needs of businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region in order to assist in developing guidance and resources to help businesses safely and speedily reopen after the COVID-19 business closures.

The survey is available in English (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/39PMDS3), Spanish (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3DSCHW5), and Mandarin (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3DGKRQH).

 

  

Montgomery County COVID Updates July

•    The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Information about the PA Hazard Pay Grant Program can be found here.

•    The PA Shared-Work program allows an employer to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees and divide the available hours equally rather than laying off any employees. Employees covered by a Shared-Work plan receive a percentage of their Unemployment Compensation (UC) Weekly Benefit Rate while they work a reduced schedule, if they are otherwise eligible for UC. More information can be found here.

•    RESTART Montco is a new MCPC initiative that focuses on how planning can help our communities adjust and recover from the effects of the shutdowns required during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.
 

Montgomery County moves to Green Phase, July 4th update

As a reminder, the business re-opening guidance prepared by the County in collaboration with regional partners can be found online at https://www.montcopa.org/3524/Reopening-Guidance. Links to this information can also be found on the Commerce Department’s homepage and the County’s COVID-19 data hub.

The latest information on the upcoming statewide grant program for small business being administered by the CDFI network.  The window to apply for the first round of this program is expected to begin no later than June 30th and be open for 10 business days.  Please note to anyone that is planning to apply to begin working now on the required documentation – particularly the demonstration of lost revenue between the March-May period in 2019 vs. the March-May period in 2020.  The website for the grant program is www.pabusinessgrants.com.

 

Information from Victoria Boyer, Special Events Coordinator at the Municipality of Norristown:

 

"Due to safety precautions necessary to keep our community safe, the in person Fourth of July Celebration has been cancelled. However, we still would like to show our Norristown pride, and connect with our community over this holiday. This being said, we are putting together a virtual celebration. What that will look like will be a video of pictures of all of our normal parade participants set to music, with a grand finale. To be included, please send me pictures of your organization.

Updated Covid - 19 Resource Guide materials

Montgomery County Commerce Department announced the relaunch of the  MontcoStrong Small Business Grant program. Online applications will be accepted between 10 AM and 6 PM on Wednesday, May 13. For updated guidelines, FAQ, and additional information, visit:  https://www.montcopa.org/MontcoStrongSBGP

An additional $310 billion has just been approved to extend the Paycheck Protection Program through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Applications can be submitted today from participating program lenders and is on a first come, first served basis. For more details, visit the SBA website here.

Don’t forget to watch the daily briefings from the County Commissioners and keep reminding folks to visit the County’s COVID-19 data hub - www.montcopa.org/COVID-19.

As the plan to move PA through phases from red to green continues  to evolve and new details are added, we encourage you to stay up-to-date by visiting https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/.

Signage for mask requirements has been developed and approved by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and Office of Public Health. We encourage you to post these signs on your doors in an effort to protect your employees and customers against COVID-19. 

Click here for an English version sign.

Click here for a Spanish version sign.

An additional $310 billion has just been approved to extend the Paycheck Protection Program through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Applications can be submitted today from participating program lenders and is on a first come, first served basis. For more details, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program.

Your Covid-19 Resource Guide

'Essential' businesses under Covid-19

A wide array of businesses were told to close their doors this past weekend, and there has been some confusion about which businesses are considered essential and which are considered non-essential. Chamber member Huskey Digital Media has published a complete list on its A Moveable Feast landing page. Click on the link to your right and scroll down to find the list. Please share with others where necessary. 

Norristown Council Passes Amusement Tax

NORRISTOWN - Starting Jan. 1, 2020, movie theaters, theaters, fairs and carnivals, the Elmwood Park Zoo and other venues will have to begin paying a 5 percent tax to Norristown borough.

The Borough Council approved the 5 percent amusement tax at its workshop meeting on Tuesday, replacing a 10 percent amusement tax that had been on the books but was not being collected.

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