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Business Resources

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation has created a unique environment for businesses. Please utilize the resources below to find ways to connect with your customers and team. The welfare of our local businesses is of the utmost importance, and how our Chamber team is committed to serving you. We are stronger together!
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Guide to Small Business Covid-19 Emergency Loans

The U.S. Chamber has created a new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans to provide small businesses with the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress passed in December 2020.

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Understanding PPP Round 2 Webinar

View our Second Round of PPP Webinar with experts from Jeff Gayman of Orrstown Bank and Daryl Staley of SEK, CPAs & Advisors. In the video they discuss the basics of the 2nd round of PPP loans including who qualifies, how to determine your loan amount and what expenses are eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

Combating Covid-19

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshaling all its resources to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families; mobilize the business community to combat the pandemic; and help companies prepare for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy. Click on the below links for business resources from the U.S. Chamber.

Returning to Work  I  Help for Businesses  I  Insights and Analytics  I  Business Community Response

 

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The U.S. Chamber Foundation has provided "Resilience in a Box," a virtual resource which includes free information such as a Business Preparedness Checklist, the Top 20 Tips for Business Preparedness, and a Business Disaster Resilience 101 Workbook.

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Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The Federal Trade Commission has issued some tips to help you keep scammers at bay. They include:

  • Hang up on robocalls
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits
  • Fact-check information
  • Know who you're buying from
  • Don't click on links from sources you don't know

See the complete list with detailed information by clicking below.

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5 Ways to Retain Customers

Foot traffic has dropped steeply since the coronavirus outbreak as more customers stay home to self-quarantine. As a result, merchants are looking for ways to keep customers engaged during the lock down. Click below for some tips to keep your employees and customers involved from a distance.

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A Shared-Work plan 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. Shared-Work allows you, the employer, to retain your workforce during a temporary slowdown and then quickly ramp up operations without the expense of recruiting, hiring and training new employees. At the same time, Shared-Work helps to protect your employees from the financial hardship of a full layoff.

Potential Employer Benefits of Shared-Work:

  • Maintains full staff for future business growth
  • Reduces future hiring and retraining costs
  • Maintains worker productivity
  • Retains experienced employees
  • Keeps worker morale high
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PA Shared Work Program Contact:

Alan B. Robinson

Shared-Work Outreach Coordinator

PA Department of Labor & Industry |Office of UC Benefits Policy

651 Boas Street, Room 604 | Harrisburg, PA  17121
Phone: 717.705.7284 | Fax: 717.772.0378

RA-LI-UC-SharedWork@pa.gov

Local Business Discussion Forum

In this time of crisis, it is more important than ever for businesses to help each other survive. As the situation with COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) deepens, this Facebook group is a resource for business owners and employees to ask questions and share information about actions they're taking to sustain their business.

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Technology Resources

The Coronavirus outbreak has caused many organizations to implement work-from-home protocols. For some companies, this transition can be complicated. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has provided a list of essential tech tools your company can use to keep business running smoothly through COVID-19. Click below to access the article.

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Coronavirus Small Business Guide

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. Click below for resources and information from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help you navigate this challenging time.

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Remember; the situation is constantly evolving! We'll be sending updates with information as it becomes available to us. Stay connected by subscribing to the Chamber's weekly e-newsletter.

Disclaimer: Please remember the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is not a health official or government official. Our goal is to share information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner. Please seek additional information from the linked sources provided.

If you are sick, or feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions.

For the most updated information, please review the following sources:

CDC details on COVID-19

Representative Rob Kauffman

Representative Paul Schemel

Representative John Joyce

 

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