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:
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:
City of Erie:
Other Government 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:
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)/State Government:
The federal CARES Act will provide unemployment benefits to the self-employed, gig workers, and other individuals who previously were not eligible for unemployment. Special instructions will be provided to these individuals. At this time, you should NOT file a claim through the existing online system or phone number if you are not currently eligible for unemployment.
Workers impacted by COVID-19 can also visit our Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19 page for the latest updates. COVID-19 Guide: Scenarios & Benefits Available Chart (PDF)
Other Relevant Resources:
Erie Regional Chamber:
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.
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.
Commercial Cleaning Services:
Cyber Security Services:
Non-Hospital Medical 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.
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:
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.