Business Resources | Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated April 7

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and are prepared to implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. This page will be updated as frequently as possible with information for local business owners within the Erie County area.

If you are a small business, Chamber member or not, please fill out this brief survey about the hardships you're experiencing or will experience during the COVID-19 shutdown. For additional updates, please sign up for our two new email blasts: Daily Briefing and Next Steps.

To help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus, please explore these sections of helpful information and resources:

1) COVID-19: General Information

Keep checking back here for more information as it becomes available and look out for our Daily Briefing email updates (sign up for the email updates by filling out this form) which will give you the most relevant information directly to your inbox each day.

Please note: Pennsylvania needs critical medical supplies, if you have supplies available for purchase or can assist with the manufacturing of these supplies and equipment, complete this form.

Center for Disease Control:

PA Department of Health/Office of the Governor:

Erie County:

City of Erie:

Other Government Resources:

 

2) COVID-19: Small Business Resources

We are working on compiling small business resources. Keep checking back for updated information as it becomes available. For additional updates, please sign up for our two new email blasts: Daily Briefing and Next Steps.

Small Business Administration (SBA)/Federal Government:

US Chamber:

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)/State Government:

Pennsylvania Chamber:

Funding Resources:

HR/Labor Resources:

Insurance Resources:

Legal Resources:

Other Relevant Resources:

Erie Regional Chamber:

 

3) COVID-19: Non-Profit Resources

Here is a collection of resources for non-profits. Should you need additional assistance, don't hesitate to contact the Business Action Team or reach out to The Nonprofit Partnership. For additional updates, please sign up for our two new email blasts: Daily Briefing and Next Steps.

Funding Resources:

General Resources:

 

4) COVID-19: Available Business Services

If you offer a service that could be helpful to another business during this time, please complete this brief survey and we'll add you to our contact list.

Business Services:

  • Tripp Umbach can provide research and survey services, including economic impact studies and assistance with strategic decision making.

  • McCarty Printing provides printing, packaging, and full-service mail fulfillment to industries including healthcare, food production, retail grocers, chemical manufacturers, and more.

  • The Fast Mall provides eBay selling services for those who have office equipment to sell in light of downsizing or closure. Call Doug at (814) 882-6830.

Commercial Cleaning Services:

Consulting Services:

  • AG Aegis Company, Inc. provides safety consulting and training and can fulfill safety staff responsibilities if employee layoffs are necessary. Call (814) 664-8103 for more information.

Cyber Security Services:

Financial Services:

  • Equitable Advisors provides financial advising services as well as retirement planning and investment assistance - guidance can be provided to those looking to assess their financial situation during COVID-19. Call (814) 461-7200 or visit their website for additional information. 

HR/Labor Services:

  • J.L. Nick & Associates, a human resources consulting firm, provides HR support, compensation and benefit guidance, answers to workforce-related questions especially concerning FMLA, and assisting individual businesses find the best path forward related to navigating unemployment versus applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan.
     
  • Decision Associates is a business consulting firm that can provide input and support on navigating new laws tied to COVID-19, helping managers lead a remote workforce, preparing for the potential of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, nurturing the relationship with laid off employees so they choose to come back, and positioning your business for success and marketing your business in a challenging economic climate

Non-Hospital Medical Services:

  • Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers - offering care to post-surgery patients, those with severe pain disorders, and worker's compensation injuries. Call for an appointment - (814) 315-3998.

Tele-Health Services:

Transportation and/or Storage:
Contact any of the following companies with transportation needs including rerouting orders in transit, utilizing warehouse space, truck repairs, truck leasing/purchase, and more. Additionally, some of these companies provide storage (mobile and/or on-site) options.

 

5) COVID-19: Webinars

 

6) COVID-19: Resources for Remote Work

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:

Remote Desktop & Collaboration Solutions: 

Remote Meeting & Screen Sharing Solutions: 

Internet Connection Solutions: 

 

7) COVID-19: Erie Regional Chamber Updates

Closure of Erie Regional Chamber Offices:

At the present time, the Erie Regional Chamber offices are closed to the public. We will be processing Certificates of Origin by appointment only. Those who need certificates processed should email sronto@eriepa.com.

All meetings scheduled to be held in the building have been cancelled and/or transitioned to remote or call-in meetings.

If you have questions related to Chamber activities including membership, events, programs, Business Outreach, government affairs, economic development, and more, please call our main office line at (814) 454-7191

Postponement of Erie Regional Chamber Events and Programs:

We have currently postponed all in-person events and programs through the end of April 2020. Updates on rescheduled dates will be posted on this page as they become available. If you have any questions regarding the status of an event, your registration, or want more information on events and programs, please email akochirka@eriepa.com.

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