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We support and promote business and economic development in the Great Valley making this region an ideal area to live, work and invest. The Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce represents and serves the business community of the Great Valley, located along the Route 202 Corridor from King of Prussia to Exton.

Chester County Main Street Business Preservation Program

Chester County Commissioners Offer Second Round of Main Street Preservation Grants to Help Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
 
The Chester County Commissioners approved today a further $10 million in funding to support small businesses and agricultural enterprises impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Available under the Chester County Main Street Preservation program, grants will be administered by the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) at the request of the Commissioners. 
 
Initial eligibility requirements for the Main Street Preservation grants include businesses that have been active and for-profit since 2019 or earlier, with 2019 revenues of $5 million or less. The businesses must operate in Chester County and be open and operational at the time of grant disbursement. The application process opens at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 17th and closes on Wednesday December 23rd at 5:00 p.m.  Successful applicants will be notified by mid-January.
 
To assist in the application process, the CCEDC is hosting a webinar on December 15, at 10:00 a.m. Business owners wishing to learn more about the grant program and ask questions about how to apply, can join the webinar at using the information below. The webinar will also be livestreamed on the Chester Count Government Facebook page and will be recorded for viewing.  
 
For full details on the Main Street Grant Program, go to https://ccedcpa.com/mainstreet
Webinar Link

 

Restore Webinar – Mortgage & Rent Relief Program Update

The next in a series of webinars hosted by the Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force will focus on mortgage and rent relief for county residents.

The webinar covers the CARES Rent Relief program, created for Chester County renters financially impacted by the pandemic to pick up where assistance from the Commonwealth support program ends.

The webinar will feature Patrick Bokovitz, Director of the Chester County Department of Community Development, along with Dale Gravett, and Robin Senss, Director of Supportive Services and Special Programs for the Housing Authority of Chester County. Residents are encouraged to attend and ask questions. 

Thursday, July 9th at 3:30 PM
Webinar Link:
 https://bit.ly/31Np4ly​

​Slides and resources from previous webinars can be found at the recently launched Restore Chester County website. 

Restore Webinar – COVID-19: Avoiding Liability in the Workplace

The Restore Chester County Webinar Series continues With “COVID-19: Avoiding Liability in the Workplace. The webinar, featuring Brian D. Boreman, head of Employment Law practice and co-chair of the litigation department at Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, will focus on the necessary steps businesses must take in order to avert litigation and avoid liability during these unprecedented times.
Mr. Boreman will cover information relevant to reopening businesses of any scale and size. The information in the webinar will be a useful addition to any business currently navigating the many guidelines available. Understanding employment law will be crucial for businesses both during and long after the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to discuss anything with Mr. Boreman after the webinar, contact him at 610-692-1371 or Bboreman@utbf.com


Thursday, July 2nd at 3:30 PMWebinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87490767265?pwd=eWRUQlNZRlFUNkRlQzhpSjNYNlh4Zz09 

Slides and resources from previous webinars can be found at the recently launched Restore Chester County website. 

Restore Chester County Webinar: Navigating the application process for the $225 million in funding from the Commonwealth

The Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force, in partnership with Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) and Community First Fund, will host a webinar in the Restore Chester County Series on Friday, June 26 at 9:00am.This webinar will focus on accessing the $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19.

Gary W. Smith, President and CEO of the Chester County Economic Development Council will provide opening remarks and facilitate a Q&A session. Dan Betancourt, CEO of Community First Fund (CFF), will be the featured speaker and provide viewers with an overview of the grant program guidelines, the application process, and eligibility criteria. CFF is one of 17 Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) that will administer the $225 million program. The recently announced funding from the Commonwealth will be allocated to three main areas:

· $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that lost money due to the governor’s March 19 order that closed most firms or had to spend to alter their operations.
· $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses owned by “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.”
· $25 million for the Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program, to allow the community-development lenders to give businesses hit hard by the virus more time or money to pay debts. Some money would go to help the community lenders themselves to cover loan losses.

Eligible businesses will be able to use the money to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to reopening. The funds will also pay to train and advise business owners as they relaunch their businesses, the governor’s office said.
Any business with less than $1 million in sales and less than 25 employees can apply for help. Grants are expected to be $5,000 to $50,000 per business, which must be based in Pennsylvania and be current on all taxes at least through 2018.

The webinar is free and will be hosted by Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz and Michelle Kichline and is presented by the Chester County Economic Development Council. It is backed by the County’s nine chambers of commerce, and other economic, education, and government leaders—all members of the COVID-19 Business Task Force and its Restore Chester County initiative.

Participants will have the chance to ask questions after the speakers’ presentation. To join the webinar on Friday, June 26 at 9:00 AM, click here.