Out of Its Office, PV Chamber Still at Work

Out of Its Office, PV Chamber Still at WorkTRAPPE PA – Right now, home is where the office is for Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Renee Blomstrom. The same can likely be said for a variety of chamber members.

The organization, headquartered at 521 W. Main Street Ste. 103, faced the need to continue serving its membership while also complying with Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home directive to “non-essential” workers. As a result, Blomstrom explained Tuesday (March 24, 2020) in the chamber’s e-News letter, she packed up her gear and “shifted operations to work remotely from home.”

The same has happened at thousands of companies across western Montgomery County, and other parts of the state. Making Pennsylvanians stay home, Wolf reasoned, is the best way to stop the spread of disease and protect hospitals from being overwhelmed. His order remains in effect until April 6.

Some business owners who closed their shops also furloughed employees. On Friday (March 29), the governor followed suit and laid off almost 2,500 part-time and seasonal workers, and interns, The Inquirer’s Spotlight PA team reported. His Office of Administration told Spotlight “there is currently no timeline to recall them back to work.” Employees who work for the state health and labor departments were not affected.

The chamber’s current efforts, she added, include keeping members up-to-date on coronavirus-related developments. It’s created a “COVID-19 Resource Hub” to report on news from local, state and federal sources about the disease and its effects on the community. The webpage, here, is updated several times daily, and also lists local restaurants, food stores, and caterers offering curb-side and delivery options.

The chamber also is advocating for its members, encouraging the public to purchase gift vouchers from small businesses that “make our community special,” Blomstrom wrote. Advance purchases “will help many small businesses survive … for a better future,” and can be put to use when the governor’s orders are finally lifted.

For more information on its programs call the chamber at 610-489-6660, or send Blomstrom an e-mail to renee@pvchamber.net.

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