Chamber Reminds Public About Mask Requirement

The Chamber is reminding the public that wearing masks and social distancing are required for employees and customers under Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration. An increasing number of businesses and non-profit organizations have been expressing concerns about enforcing the requirements and confronting customers. A public service announcement was sent to local radio stations and an editorial submitted to the Press Enterprise reinforcing that businesses and organizations are attempting to comply with the order and operate safely.

While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is currently considering the legality of the declaration and corresponding safety requirements, they remain in effect. On Friday, June 26th, the Wolf Administration and a number of state agencies reinforced the mask requirement. Organizations that do not comply risk losing licenses that allow them to operate, as well as insurance coverage, and access to funding programs.

 The Chamber is hearing an increasing number of incidents of businesses facing boycotts, threats, and even physical violence to employees from customers who refuse to wear masks. Groups on social media are tracking individual business practices related to the safety. Customers are also getting into altercations with one another over masks. These situations are causing some businesses and non-profit organizations to slow their reopening even more.

For many, these orders and guidance for businesses and individuals throughout the crisis have been confusing, disruptive, and frustrating. And while conditions have been improving locally, the crisis is not over. Pockets of the country are moving back to more restrictive business activities due to increased case counts. Governor Wolf has indicated the same could happen in Pennsylvania if warranted.

The Chamber has been encouraging people to support local businesses throughout the crisis. This includes wearing masks and adhering to other safety guidelines. This simple practice will allow businesses to continue to operate safely and help to restore our local economy.

Welcome Bloomsburg Neighbors

More than 435 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and the region. Increased membership allows the Chamber to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives. The Chamber welcomes Bloomsburg Neighbors.

Bloomsburg Neighbors is a monthly magazine with locally-based content that is delivered to nearly 3,800 households every month. Included are featured stories about neighbors and families in the community, local youth, non-profits, local businesses, and more.   They are a partner of Best Version Media.

To learn more about Bloomsburg Neighbors, visit their Facebook page

 

 

Small Business Grant Program Opens June 30

A new state grant program to provide funding for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 is scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30th. The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 based on annual revenue as reported on the most recent tax return. While the application window will be open for 10 days, it is recommended that businesses apply as soon as possible. 

To be eligible, a business must:

  • Be physically located, certified to do business, and generate at least 51% of their revenues in Pennsylvania;
  • Have annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19; and
  • Have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020.

Details about the program are available here.

A guide for completing the application is available here.

Businesses interested in applying should gather the following information, though additional information may be requested:

  • Date business was established
  • Tax ID/EIN for the business
  • Government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport
  • Business financial information:
    • Revenue from March 1st to May 31st for 2019 and 2020
    • Most recently submitted Federal Tax Return. 2018 or 2019 business and personal tax returns including Schedule C.
    •  If startup between January 1-February 15, 2020, Internal Profit & Loss Statement
  • Proof of Business Registration with PA Department of State, as applicable:
    • Articles of Incorporation (for corporations and LLCs); or Fictitious Name Registration/“Doing Business As” (Sole Proprietors); or Business License (if applicable).
  • Bank account information & the physical address of banking institution
  • Household income as reported on last federal filing.

Columbia County businesses should apply at reinvestment.com

Montour County businesses should apply at impactservices.org.

Welcome Bloomsburg Volunteer Ambulance Association

More than 435 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and the region. Increased membership allows the Chamber to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives. The Chamber welcomes Bloomsburg Volunteer Ambulance Association.

Bloomsburg Volunteer Ambulance Association was established in 1957.  Operated by volunteer providers, they have 3 Ambulance units that serve Bloomsburg, Espy, Catawissa, Numidia, Buckhorn, and surrounding municipalities. These units include MICU 61, Ambulance 62, and Ambulance 63. They respond to emergency calls dispatched by the East Central Emergency Network, which is the 911 center for Columbia and Montour County.  To learn more about Bloomsburg Volunteer Ambulance Association, visit their website or Facebook page

2020 Chamber Golf Tournament

The 2020 Chamber Golf Tournament, sponsored by Williams, will be held on Thursday, September 17th at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club. The golf tournament will be the same traditional four-person scramble that most participants have become accustomed to and will have a 12 pm shotgun start, with registration and lunch beginning at 11 am. 

Registration and sponsorship forms will be going out in July’s ChamberPack, which members should receive in their mailboxes the week of July 6. This information is also available on the tournament page, and registrations and sponsorships can also be purchased online.