COVID-19 Resource Guide

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COVID-19 Resource Guide

RESOURCES CONCERNING COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS
Below are links to major health and public authorities to assist in keeping you, your employees, customers and community ahead of the affects of the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. These resources may be updated as conditions in the area change.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe (pdf)
CDC’s framework for mitigation (pdf)

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus Disease Outbreak – Current Updates

US Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Response Toolkit
PA.GOV Health Department Coronavirus Updates

Standard tips for personal protection:
• Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home if you’re sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
• Clean surfaces in your home and personal items, such as cell phones, using regular household products.

Please support your fellow Chamber Members!
Restaurants/Catering offering Takeout + Grocery Info

Yellow Phase: Reopening Preparation Guide For Businesses

Green Phase: Preparation Guide

08.10.20

COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance
Second and Final Opportunity

Pennsylvania small businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees, have annual revenues of $1 million or less, and were economically impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for relief.

Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. It is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows, and applications will be prioritized and selected for funding based on the program criteria.

The second application window opens today, August 10th and will remain open for fifteen business days until 11:59 PM on August 28th. All eligible businesses must apply through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the county that their business is located.

If you applied during the first application window, you do not need to reapply. Qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into the next funding round for consideration.

In order to get funds to businesses in need as quickly as possible, the second application window will be the final opportunity to apply for the program. The grant awards for businesses in the second application window will be made in two decision rounds for funding.

07.16.20

Renew Cumberland CARES Grant Application

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners and the Renew Cumberland Task Force announced that Cumberland County municipalities, county government, small businesses, tourism businesses, and nonprofits will be able to apply for block grants available through the CARES ACT. Cumberland County received $22.9 million through the CARES ACT.

Cumberland County created the Renew Cumberland Task Force to manage the block grants. The task force, made up of county officials and CAEDC, are charged with evaluating applications and submitting funding recommendations to the Cumberland County Commissioners who will make final funding awards.

The application process will be open until Thursday, July 30 at 4:30 p.m. Successful applicants will be notified in mid to late August, and the grant money must be used by Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.

Find eligible uses, guidelines and links to the application here.

07.6.20

Relief for Renters and Homeowners

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic may now apply for rent and mortgage relief through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).

To qualify, renters or homeowners must document a minimum 30% reduction in income since March 1 related to COVID-19 or have been unemployed after
March 1.

Please click here to access the application.

06.30.20

COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance

Pennsylvania small businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees, have annual revenues of $1 million or less, and were economically impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for relief.

Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. It is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows, and applications will be prioritized and selected for funding based on the program criteria.

The first application window opens today, June 30th and will remain open for ten business days. All eligible businesses must apply through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the county that their business is located.

06.18.20

Updated Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness

Changes include:

  • Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%;
  • Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll from June 30, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; and
  • Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years.

06.05.20

Marriott / Hilton standards for travel (cleanliness practices)

In addition to the above brand mandates – this is what our three hotels in Mechanicsburg have rolled out:
*Utilizing hospital grade sanitation supplies in rooms
*All team members wearing protective gear (masks/gloves – depending on role)
*6ft distance barrier at front desk & furniture separation in lobby
* Sanitize stations & hourly sanitation in lobby
* Mitigating crowds in public space: To-Go breakfast and removal of coffee stations (we are serving our guests per order at front desk)

05.20.20

New Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness

05.15.20

SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

05.04.20

SBA opens Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to Agricultural Businesses

04.28.20

Town Hall with PA State Rep. Sheryl Delozier – Thursday, April 30 @ 12pm
Register in advance here. Zoom details will be provided upon registration.

04.27.20

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. An additional $310 billion has just been approved to extend the PPP 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.
PPP Lenders:
If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the PPP borrower application form to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender. To find eligible PPP lenders near you, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website and type in your zip code.

04.17.20

Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief

04.16.20

Order of the Secretary of the PA Dept of Health directing public health safety measures for businesses permitted to maintain in-person operations
Save Small Business Fund – Marketing & Communications Toolkit

04.09.20

Cumberland County CareerLink information

04.07.20

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call To Action Portal Available

04.06.20

NEW – Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs
Coronavirus Small Business Guide
Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide
Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

04.02.20

SBA EIDL Guide
Employee Retention Credit Guide
Small Business PPP Loan Guide