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COVID-19 Recovery Resources – a service of The Main Line Chamber

Posted by: Main Line Chamber on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 11:00:00 am
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Senators balance paid sick leave with worries about impact on small business
The U.S. Senate is weighing a coronavirus virus relief package but the issue of paid sick leave has emerged as a sticking point for some lawmakers. The House of Representatives passed a relief package that includes paid sick leave for workers and President Donald Trump has said he supports it. Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators say they want to ensure workers who aren't getting paid get the help they need, but not at the cost of destroying “thousands of small businesses,” reports PennLive in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Foundation for Delaware County launches coronavirus response fund
The Foundation for Delaware County is pledging $100,000 and seeking additional contributions to support a new Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund will identify local nonprofits with proven track records that develop effective approaches to meet community needs, with 100 percent of donated funds dedicated to the work of the selected organizations.

State points to COVID-19 business resources
In the wake of ordering many businesses to close, the Wolf Administration is providing guidance on the difference between essential and non-essential businesses, along with links to  regional partnerships, the Department of Community and Economic Development and Department of Labor websites.

Montgomery County resources page shares data, links
Volunteer opportunities and a dynamic dashboard showing the breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County by age, gender and date of report are among the features of a Montgomery County resources page.

Delaware County officials point to potential unemployment eligibility
Delaware County officials used a town hall for businesses to discuss plans for Pennsylvania to be declared a disaster area, which would unlock additional resources available through the Small Business Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency. A county resources page points to a state Department of Labor notice about Workers Compensation eligibility.

UnitedHealthcare and Independence to cover COVID-19 testing in most cases
UnitedHealthcare and Independence Blue Cross are waiving costs for COVID-19 testing provided at approved locations in accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Independence CEO Dan Hilferty recorded a video statement about the need for the region to pull together to fight the virus.

Points of Light Foundation webinar to focus on volunteering strategies
Planning for the impacts of COVID-19 on communities, employees and business operations has been an added focus for most employers over the last several weeks. In a webinar shared by Chamber member The Philadelphia Foundation, Points of Light will discuss strategies and opportunities for Employee volunteering when you can’t serve in person. Thursday, March 19th 1-2 pm.

How to manage and motivate telecommuting employees
Establishing clear goals, maintaining virtual face-to-face communications and showing compassion and care are among the tips shared by author and former Reebok president Marilyn Tam in a blog made available by training organization Leadercast.

SPW turns to technology as it tests virtual event model
The Society of Professional Women will host a virtual lunchtime event, featuring speaker Robin Gerber from Los Angeles, presenting: Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way. During a time when in-person connection is being limited due to safety concerns, the Chamber is planning a productive and innovative experience that will include a networking component at lunchtime this Thursday, March 19. Log-in information will be shared with registrants. Registration remains open. Stay tuned for more details.

Main Line Chamber of Commerce coronavirus policy statement
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the threat posed to health by the COVID-19 virus, including updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and county health departments. Events and Chamber committee meetings scheduled for March and April are being rescheduled or will occur virtually. The Chamber team is operating remotely,  with offices closed, as we share important information with our members. Watch for updates. 

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Thank you to The Main Line Chamber of Commerce Society of Professional Women's 2020 program sponsors.
We appreciate the continued support.

Best regards,



Bernard Dagenais 
President & CEO 
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce 
175 Strafford Ave-Ste 130 
Wayne  PA  19087 
610 687 6232


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