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Posted by: Main Line Chamber on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 4:30:00 pm
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Main Line Chamber clarifies stay at home order for some business
Public health was understandably prioritized over economic concerns as Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday a stay at home order through April 6 for the counties of Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Bucks, Monroe and Allegheny. As with previous government orders from the Administration, however, even with accompanying guidance, inconsistencies and confusion have been an issue for local businesses. In response to an inquiry by The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, the state Department of Community and Economic Development approved the following activities as necessary:

· Getting and transporting equipment and supplies from the workplace needed to operate remotely.

· Opening mail and depositing payments into bank accounts.

· Processing payroll and paying bills, until or unless staff is able to take this process to a remote location. Compliance with guidelines put in place by auditors to ensure accountability may also be taken into consideration.

· Occasional creation and printing/processing of mailings that include client communications, such as invoices.

Social distancing guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must be followed while conducting such activity.

With PA declared a disaster area, special SBA lending comes online
In the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration that Pennsylvania is a disaster area due to the coronavirus, the U.S. Small Business Administration is making federal loans to businesses and nonprofits for working capital. The interest rate for small businesses is 3.75 percent, while nonprofits are eligible for a 2.75 percent rate up to $2 million for a maximum of 30 years.

SBDC to hold webinar on COVID-19 small business lending
The Small Business Development Center at Temple University, as of this writing, had slots remaining in a free webinar about loans being made available as part of the COVID-19 virus recovery response. Registration is free.

Nonprofit Roundtable live virtual event to focus on best practices
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, with sponsors Pennsylvania Trust, Dunleavy & Associates and Enterprise Fleet Management, is hosting its first live virtual Nonprofit Roundtable event. The featured speaker will be CEO and Founder of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation Marci Shankweiler speaking about “Best Practices to Practicality” starting at 8 a.m. on March 27.

Career Wardrobe opens services to broader set of displaced employees
Chamber member Career Wardrobe plans to expand its free clothing services with a new program that will be called OutFIT for Work. Typical referral requirements are being lifted to provide direct help to anyone who lost a job, including individuals employed as part of the “gig economy,” including Lyft/Uber, freelancing and consulting. “They will need personalized support to guide them on their journey back to work.

Best regards-Be safe,

 

Bernie

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Bernard Dagenais 
President & CEO 
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce 
BDagenais@mlcc.org

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