Coronavirus News & Economic Resources

As the Chamber & Certified Economic Development Corporation serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, the health and safety of the business community is our top priority. To help keep employers and employees informed, we’ve created this hub of accurate, up-to-date information from verified sources on all levels with resources and tools you need to support your business.

Economic Support for businesses

 

The Chamber & CREDC is in touch with national and state-level associations to keep a pulse on emergency funding, loans, or other economic resources available for businesses affected by the coronavirus. 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available to small businesses in Pennsylvania 

Through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has the authority to provide 100% federally backed loans through December 31, 2020 to help eligible businesses pay operational costs such as payroll, rent, and utilities. If a business satisfies certain conditions, portions of the loans are forgivable. Businesses (including, sole-proprietors, independent contractors, and other self-employed individuals) with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Resources from our banking and credit union members:

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.

Closing Date: May 29, 2020 

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where it operates. Facebook will share more details as they become available. 

 
  • For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
  • Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
  • There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy: Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, and stay home when you're sick, and cough/sneeze into your elbow to avoid spreading germs.
  • The public health emergency prompted by the COVID-19 coronavirus has created a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety throughout the state and the nation. The Department of Health encourages state residents to practice self-care, read only news from reliable sources, take breaks from the news, and focus on things you can control, like having good hygiene. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the state’s crisis hotline by texting PA to 741-741.

​Health Care Partners

If you’re at risk for losing your health plan coverage, contact Capital BlueCross by calling 833.550.7867 or email heretohelp@capbluecross.com to see how you can secure a health plan that best meets your needs.

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Are you currently seeking employment? Contact CareerLink who can answer your employment questions and direct you to employment resources and employers that are currently hiring.
Cumberland: 215-948-4111
Dauphin: 215-948-4113
Perry: 215-948-4114

Economic Support for Businesses

As the Certified Economic Development Organization for Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, please reach out to us with questions about funding.

Is your business being directly affected by the coronavirus? Are you looking for support for your business or employees? Are you offering a service for other businesses to support them during the shutdown? Please send us a message.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events to help keep businesses informed about resources and options available them, as well as briefings on new legistation and more from our state and federal government.

Stay informed.

Follow these sources for reliable information during the coronavirus pandemic.

PA Department of Health

Dauphin County

Cumberland County

Your Dauphin County Commissioners and Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC want to remind our area businesses: Together, we are Dauphin County Business Strong.

One website with information on how small businesses can get loans, how to prepare and respond to Coronavirus, what you need to know and situation updates, and information on how to file for unemployment. It’s all here.

Questions? Contact info@DauphinCountyBusinessStrong.com.