The WCCBI is working to provide businesses throughout Warren County with current and accurate information regarding the COVID-19 situation and how it impacts their operations and our community.

Please read all information carefully and be advised that with the ever-evolving conditions the information listed here is subject to change anytime.

For additional information, questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Our office building is located at 308 Market Street, Warren PA 16365. Due to current restrictions, our building is CLOSED to the public. However, staff members are working remotely and available by email at:

James Decker, CEO, at: jdecker@wccbi.org

John Papalia, Director of Chamber Operations, at: jpapalia@wccbi.org

Savannah Casey, Administrative Assistant, at: szimmerman@wccbi.org

 



  • WCCBI is participating in Icyy Ink Screen Printing & Embroidery‘s T-shirt sales. Click on the below link to be directed to their website sales page.

https://ice-box.store/small/shop/product-detail/1007079?productStyleId=1023663&fbclid=IwAR3u0G0GVGCMaKLOCYX-fO_yDs3Zb1gUpFWPSMxpDGPA4SnLi-t6t__Gf1c

WCCBI T-shirt proceeds will directly benefit the Community Foundation of Warren County’s Charitable Emergency Fund.
The Community Foundation is located at 310 Second Avenue, Warren PA.
$10.00 from every WCCBI T-shirt order will go directly to the Charitable Emergency Fund program. This program supports needs in our community stemming from the current COVID-19 pandemic. Funds collected for this program will be used to support organizations of Warren County, only, with emergency needs related to COVID-19.
For more information on the Emergency Fund program please contact John Lasher at (814) 726-9553 or by email at cfwc@westpa.net.

  • WCCBI has created a COVID-19 survey and needs YOUR help! Local Warren County businesses, participation in this survey is greatly appreciated. For us to better understand our current economic impact and better prepare our community for the future, please click on the link attached below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID19survey_WCCBIwebsite

 


Below are a list of links, documents and phone numbers to call regarding various information related to businesses and handling the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. PA Chamber of Business and Industry website: Business Resources for COVID-19
  2. Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019:

  3. For those potentially eligible for unemployment benefits, the first link is to the application process done through the official PA Unempolyment Compensation website
  4. To contact someone regarding Unemployment Benefits visit this website for more information:
  5. Visit the PA Labor & Employment website, for questions in regards to employers with operations in Pennsylvania with the latest updates, analysis, and commentary on how the law impacts employers at the national, state, and local level, at: https://www.palaborandemploymentblog.com/
  6. CARES Act Update, 4/14/2020: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3dn5EIzNRrAULsien9GUXHECz8zA2XNJ0vQdknF87eoHdCG-ab6rtPzMA
  7. For PA businesses and prepayments of sales tax information, updated 4/14/2020: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/pennsylvania-businesses-to-benefit-from-waiver-for-prepayments-of-sales-tax/?fbclid=IwAR3–pG00yqHkGqA_w4_NOTIzNbC1Bwskuj2cWbLJIKJmqwp25cOhBAlyG4
  8. Grants & Funding Opportunities for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

    PA Route 6 Alliance COVID-19 Resources Page:  various grants and funding opportunities for businesses and organizations adapting to changing COVID-19 regulations.

    Click on the link for the complete list of options available: https://paroute6.com/covid-19

    ·     The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program offers $5K-$15K grants to small businesses adapting to and reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Special consideration given to those in historic districts and diverse-owned businesses.

    ·     The Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund offers funding to for-profit and nonprofit/cooperative entities impacted by COVID-19, including grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood markets, farmers markets, and more, with a direct connection to direct-to-consumer retail outlets.

    ·     Help for Tenants, Landlords, & Homeowners offers support for tenants experiencing difficulty paying rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic & their landlords through the CARES Rent Relief Program, as well as assistance for homeowners experiencing difficulty making mortgage payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic through the CARES Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP.)

9.

Application Round 2 of COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance Program Opens August 10th

Second round application window opens August 10th.
The PA CDFI Network has announced that the second grant application window will open at 9:00 AM on August 10th and will remain open for 15 business days closing at 11:59 PM on August 28th.

What if you/your business already applied?
If someone applied during the first application window, they should receive notification of their application status by August 10th.  They do NOT need to reapply in the second round.  Qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into the next funding round for consideration.

What if you have not applied yet?
If you have yet to apply, get your application submitted in Round 2!  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.

Contact information:

https://www.progressfund.org/grants-for-small-businesses/


Please see the following pdf. attachments for more information:

03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM

452553495-Life-Sustaining-Business-FAQs

COVID-19 SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses-508

ESTIMATED DISASTER ECONOMIC INJURY WORKSHEET Life Sustaining Business List 3192020 OSHA3990 PA_16360 EIDL Fact Sheet

OSHA, COVID-19 info

Small Business Administration EIDL Fact Sheet

Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans

UPDATED Business List 3242020

Small_Business_Paid_Leave_Coronavirus

Highmark_COVID_FAQ

Northwest SBA – CARES Act Relief Programs_Client PPP — Overview

SBA- Paycheck Protection Program Overview

03-23-20-Stay-at-Home-Order-Guidance

FAQ on Coronavirus Provided by SBA

US Chamber CARES Act Presentation

ReopeningBusinesses- Safety Sheet & Signature Page