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Welcome to the Coronavirus Info Hub - Updated on 6/5

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Coronavirus Resource Page - Navigation Guide

  • 1) Coronavirus: General Information and Business Resources
  • 2) Coronavirus: Recovery and Yellow Phase Information
  • 3) Coronavirus: Legislative Information and Lending Programs
  • 4) Coronavirus: Webinars, Virtual Peer Groups, and Virtual Events
  • 5) Coronavirus: Resources for Impacted Employees
  • 6) Coronavirus: Small Business Resources
  • 7) Coronavirus: Nonprofit Resources
  • 8) Coronavirus: Resources for Remote Work
  • 9) Coronavirus: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information

Letters from Lancaster Chamber President & CEO Tom Baldrige

Tom Baldrige, President & CEO of the Lancaster Chamber has been providing timely letters with updates. Read most recent below: 

NEW (6/5): Moving Forward to Yellow Phase 

Archived Letters: 

1) Coronavirus: General Information and Business Resources

(Section updated on 6/4)

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WHAT EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW:

Center for Disease Control Information:

US Chamber Coronavirus Updates

Keep checking back here for more information and look out for Friday email updates (sign up for the email updates by emailing Tony Gorick, Creative Services Manager, at agorick@lancasterchamber.com) that will be communicating any new information regarding the Coronavirus.

 

2) Coronavirus: Recovery and Yellow Phase Information

(Section updated on 6/4)

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NEW: RecoveryLancaster.com Website launched, a resource from the Lancaster County Economic Development Plan

Updates on Moving to Yellow Phase

-Bringing Back PA - PA Chamber Guide to Prepare Your Workplace & Industry Specific Guidance

-Customizable COVID-19 Flyer for Businesses to Communicate with Customers

-Employee Screening Questions

-Managing Disruptive Behaviors in Response to COVID-19

-Pennsylvania has prepared flyers to promote COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses.  Flyers are available in English and Spanish.

-Plan to Open - Phases from Governor Wolf

-Updated List of Essential/Non-Essential Businesses - READ

-Updated FAQ document - READ

Updates on Lancaster County and City:

 
EMPLOYER GUIDANCE FOR OPERATING - RESOURCES

LANCASTER COUNTY'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN

 

Lancaster County’s Economic Recovery Plan is a document (read here) that will serve to support Lancaster’s extraordinary business community in getting ready for the next chapter of life with COVID-19. It provides a framework on how we can move forward. 

READ THE PLAN

New RecoveryLancaster.com Website launched, a resource from the Lancaster County Economic Development Plan. Explore the website and more here!

LOCAL AND NATIONAL RECOVERY PLANS

President Trump outlined his Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts that will help state and local officials when reopening their economies and reducing restrictions. The recommendations can be found here.

Governor Wolf held a press conference and shared his plan and framework for relief, reopening and recovery that is aimed at keeping Pennsylvanians alive and repairing the damage cause by the virus. Click here to read about the Plan for Pennsylvania.

3) Coronavirus: Legislative Information and Lending Programs

(Section updated on 6/1)

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WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS POLICY RESPONSE

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Information

Main Street Lending Program

Unemployment Scenarios

Additional Resources: 

SURVEY: Economic Impact of COVID-19

Thank you for participating in our confidential Economic Impact of COVID-19 business assessment.
 
The business community is faced with challenges that are unheard of. We are collecting information to assess the challenges your business is facing in an effort to help create the resources needed for Lancaster County businesses. We are working to collect vital information that will allow us to better serve and represent our business community during this difficult time. All information shared will be kept confidential.

4) Coronavirus: Webinars, Virtual Peer Groups, and Virtual Events

(Section updated on 6/4)

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This section is organized into four parts:

Part 1 has upcoming Webinars you can register for
Part 2 has upcoming Virtual Events you can register for
Part 3 has upcoming Virtual Peer Groups you can register for
Part 4 has past Webinars you can access now!

1) REGISTER FOR UPCOMING WEBINARS BELOW:  
   
Chamber Discussion, Q&A, and More
WHEN: Thursday, June 11
As part of our commitment to stay informed and hear first hand what’s impacting you, we will be offering “Office Hours with the Chamber” every other Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:30pm. This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity for businesses to join Tom Baldrige (President & CEO) Heather Valudes (Community Impact Director) and Tom Wallace (Business Development Director) to hear what is impacting you the most and to share the latest updates from the Chamber.
 
Membership Special - June Exclusive Chamber Membership Discussion 
WHEN: Friday, June 12
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Member of the Lancaster Chamber?  Please join Tom Wallace, Business Development Director, in a Virtual Open House format on Friday, June 12th from 3:30pm-4:30pm, to learn more about the amazing benefits of being a Member and our Membership Special opportunity. If you're unable to stay for the whole session, we still hope you can drop in at your convenience! 
2) REGISTER FOR UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS: 
   
Upcoming Consortium Events
WHEN: Various Upcoming Dates Depening On Area/Community
Join us for your area's consortium meeting and learn more about what will be covered there. 
  
Pandemic Safety Manager Training
WHEN: Wednesday, June 10
This program is based on the latest science being produced out of the CDC, NIH, NIOSH, FDA and DHS. The focus of the educational session is to provide senior leaders, safety directors, human resource professionals and others responsible for providing safe and healthy workplaces with important science-based information.
 
Events in the Virtual World - Are You Ready?
WHEN: Thursday, June 11
Learn more about the current state of the live events industry and how to adapt and transform in today’s environment to prepare for future events. What should you expect in how events are structured? How do you determine what is best for your event? What are the new norms to be ready for? Where do you place value? All questions that will be answered (and more!) as we explore this interestingly impacted industry.
 
Virtual Industry Tour and Happy Hour with Rhoads Energy
WHEN: Wednesday, June 17
Attend the Lancaster Chamber’s first ever Virtual Industry Tour with Rhoads Energy. A dynamic experience chock full of networking, learning and touring inside a business that has been functioning through the COVID19 Pandemic. Creating several tour “stops” in their new facility, a question and answer session will follow each stop (so you feel like you are really there!). Happy hour with music by Tuck Ryan will follow for a virtual networking experience to top off the event!
 
 
3) REGISTER FOR UPCOMING VIRTUAL PEER GROUPS: 
 
Peer Groups are the first in a series of meetings we will be partnering on to ensure you have an opportunity to have conversations, ask questions, stay current and connect with each other, while letting us know what is impacting you and what you need more information on. In these first sessions, attendees will hear a short presentation, followed by time for Q&A and open discussion.
 
More upcoming sessions will be available soon!
 
If you would like to hear past Virtual Peer Groups, please contact register@lancasterchamber.com
 
4) ACCESS PREVIOUS WEBINARS BELOW: 
 
 

5) Coronavirus: Resources for Impacted Employees

(Section updated on 5/22)

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Unemployment

Guides

Resource Guide on Managing Money, Mortgage/Rent Information & Assistance, and Other Key Topics – provided by Tabor Community Services and LHOP

Wellness Information

WellSpan Health provided us with two flyers that they have distributed to deal with COVID-19 that share good practices for personal wellness, suggestions for self-care, how to navigate fear of the unknown, and more. 

READ: How to stay calm and reduce fear during COVID-19

READ: How to take care of yourself during COVID-19

Visit www.WellSpan.org/EAP for additional resources – click on the Red COVID-19 Link which offers trusted sources providing helpful support for maintaining good self-care during this pandemic. Practicing daily self-care in a variety of ways is proven to help maintain a positive and resilient outlook. Even simple acts like staying hydrated throughout the day and taking a moment for a few deep breaths can be very beneficial.

Below is up-to-date information on the services being offered to all community members by the Lancaster Health Center. Lancaster Health Center is hearing from many people who are concerned with layoffs and the impact on their health insurance. They are open to see anyone, regardless of insurance status

READ: Resources & Options you have from the Lancaster Health Center

Financial Information

READ: The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put together a guide to help citizens take steps to protect yourself or a loved one financially.

READ: Information for Workers Impacted by Covid-19 on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation:

 

6) Coronavirus: Small Business Resources

(Section updated on 6/4)

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NEW: RecoveryLancaster.com website has launched!

RecoveryLancaster.com is here for your small business. Rely on RecoveryLancaster.com to provide you with pathways to emergency funding, free personal protective equipment, pandemic-related educational information, and trusted advice. The goal is to help your business operate safely, and to fuel your resolve to chart a new course forward.

Portals for grant applications and personal protective equipment are coming in the next few weeks

GO TO WEBSITE

US Chamber #SaveSmallBusiness Initiative: 

Small business owners are fighting to keep their workers employed and their dreams alive. Amid the pandemic, too many small businesses already have shuttered, and millions more are on the brink of permanent closure.

That’s why the US Chamber launched the Save Small Business Initiative, a nationwide program to provide supplemental funding, resources and webinars, research, and advocacy. Most immediately, they are urging Congress to replenish funds for critical small business emergency loan programs in the CARES Act. 

Find resources, shareable graphics, and more, here: US CHAMBER SAVE SMALL BUSINESSES PAGE

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act:

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. READ IT HERE

Helpful Small Business Resources from the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

Explore their resource page here

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. GET THE GUIDE AND CHECKLIST HERE

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses:

Here is a collection of the FAQs about the paycheck protection program. GET IT HERE

Paycheck Protection Program application form is here

SCORE Mentors walk local merchants through federal loan and paycheck protection programs. Watch the video here

Local Lending Institutions:

During a temporary cash flow shortage, your local bank may be your fastest avenue to accessing a line of credit or working capital term loan.  Banks that are familiar with SBA 7a lending also have access to bank guaranteed loans that can be utilized for small business working capital needs.  If you already have a local lending officer, we encourage your small business to inquire about options available directly through your local bank partner.

SBA Loan Offerings:

Compare SBA Loan Offerings 

Support Lancaster City Small Business Crowd-Sourcing Campaign: 

Support the success of Lancaster’s small businesses by contributing to EnCourage Lancaster City Small Business Emergency Fund crowdfunding campaign! All donations will be distributed as cash grants to Lancaster city businesses. Find out more about giving and the grant application process at EnCourage Lancaster.  

7) Coronavirus: Nonprofit Resources

(Section updated on 6/4)

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NEW: RecoveryLancaster.com website has launched!

RecoveryLancaster.com is here for your small business and nonprofit. Rely on RecoveryLancaster.com to provide you with pathways to emergency funding, free personal protective equipment, pandemic-related educational information, and trusted advice. The goal is to help your business and nonprofit operate safely, and to fuel your resolve to chart a new course forward.

Portals for grant applications and personal protective equipment are coming in the next few weeks

GO TO WEBSITE

LEADERSHIP

 

8) Coronavirus: Resources For Remote Work

(Section updated on 4/21)

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We are working on collecting resources made to help you navigate your workforce working remotely. (Check above for new webinars specifically about working remotely under section 3)

Below are services that we have found that are currently offering discounts or free access for telework options to make meeting, collaborating, and processing easier when remote:

6 Tips On Working Remotely Digital Article: 

Remote Desktop & Collaboration Solutions: 

CHS Tech solutions can help setup ANY of the above solutions as well as solutions for larger customers where it would not make sense for a “one off” solution. CHS Tech Solutions also offers phone solutions where you can take your desk phone home with you and it will function as if it was plugged in at your office. 

Remote Meeting & Screen Sharing Solutions: 

Internet Connection Solutions: 


 

9) Coronavirus: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information

(Section updated on 6/4)

Para información en español

NEW: RecoveryLancaster.com website has launched!

RecoveryLancaster.com is here for your small business and nonprofit. Rely on RecoveryLancaster.com to provide you with pathways to emergency funding, free personal protective equipment kits starting on June 8, pandemic-related educational information, and trusted advice. The goal is to help your business and nonprofit operate safely, and to fuel your resolve to chart a new course forward.

GO TO WEBSITE

New B2B PPE & Supplies Directory

Company and product information provided in this directory were gathered in good faith as a means of connecting Pennsylvania businesses and organizations that are seeking various PPE and other related items to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

The immediate goal of this B2B Interchange Directory is simple: to provide an opportunity for companies and other entities in need of PPE and other critical items to make a B2B connection as they may choose with manufacturers and suppliers of COVID-19 related items.
 

PA Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development – in collaboration with its strategic partners – wants to mobilize manufacturers that can produce critical medical supplies and products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a current manufacturer of supplies and products or can pivot your existing manufacturing capabilities to meet the necessary demand, we want to hear from you. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal allows us to:

  • Match manufacturers and distributors to fill specific supply chain needs to meet increasing demands for medical supplies and related products.
  • Assist manufacturers that have workforce needs or gaps and aid them in identifying skilled workers.
  • Identify manufacturers that can pivot or innovate to fulfill the demand for medical supplies and related products.

How to Help Medical Providers in Lancasterhttps://helplancasterproviders.wordpress.com/

List of Places to Donate Homemade Cloth Face Masks in Lancaster County (managed by Lancaster Masks): FIND HERE

Lancaster General Health Accepting Community Donations for COVID-19 Outbreak: Read the press release here.

What Can I Do? Check out this list from Leadership Lancaster

Operation Emerald - "A Call To Arms" Initiative by the Emerald Foundation to raise funds for PPE - Learn more here

 

 

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