COVID-19 Resource Guide - Southwest Communities Chamber of Commerce

Hello Members,

The South West Communities Chamber of Commerce is here to help support you through this crisis in any way that we can. Please send us questions and we will try our best to get them all answered in a timely fashion. The chamber building is closed to the public now through April 1st although our director will be working remotely to help serve you. Please use the information below to help guide you. As new information comes up we will post it here.

We also ask that members who feel they are offering a support service for businesses and families to please send that information to of commerce and will try to share those with our members and the public. Call our director at 412.737.3347 (cell) with any additional questions. All events will be postponed until further notice. We hope to get back on track as soon as it is deemed safe. We will continue to reach out and offer options for our members to connect on a virtual level. Remember we are here to support you and serve you in the best way that we can. 

Mandi Pryor

Executive Director


COVID-19 Resource Guide


Upcoming South West Communities Chamber Webinars: 

Bridgeville Borough Community Forum

Public Webinar: Thursday, April 9th at 10 am REGISTER HERE

Join the SOUTH WEST COMMUNITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE for our Bridgeville Borough Community Forum (Webinar) with Important Updates from Council President Bill Henderson. FREE and open to the public. Members and Non-Members welcome.

Sponsored by Brentwood Bank

(RECENTLY Released) Webinars:

Chamber and Chamber Affiliates

In Case You Missed it: Collier Township Community Forum

Webinar hosted by the SOUTH WEST COMMUNITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE with important updates Collier Township from Township ManagerKyle Thauvette. Stay tuned for updates from Bridgeville Borough, Carnegie Borough and Scott Township in the upcoming weeks.

Series Sponsored by Brentwood Bank

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If you missed the South Fayette Township forum yesterday with Township Manager John M. Barrett and Andrea Iglar you can view here. We apologize that John was not in the shot due to some video/audiovisual issues.

The SOUTH WEST COMMUNITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will be hosting a webinar tomorrow with Kyle Thauvette, Township Manager of Collier Township in regards to regional updates for both residents and businesses tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.. Free and Open to the public.

Special Thanks to Brentwood Bank for sponsoring this informative series.

View the South Fayette Community Forum:

(RECENTLY Released)  Allegheny Conference: Webinar with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Jones Day on labor and employment impacts

(RECENTLY Released) Pittsburgh Technology Council:Jay Costa, PA Senate Minority Leader, and Francois Estellon, CTO and COO of SGK — a Matthews Division

Watch here.

(RECENTLY Released): Pittsburgh Technology Council: PA House Speaker Mike Turzai

Watch here.

(RECENTLY Released)  Pittsburgh Technology Council: Small Business Administration- Small Business Loans- Listen to PTC webinar featuring

(RECENTLY Released)  Small Business Resources:

(RECENTLY Released) State Representative Jason Ortitay’s Webinar and Info Overview:

CARES Section-by-Section FINAL (1)

Governor Tom Wolf
Congressman Guy Reschenthaler
Senator Pam Iovino Facebook Page (Follow for Alerts) (Follow for Alerts or subscribe to e-newsletters) 
State Representative Jason Ortitay Facebook Page (Follow for Alerts or subscribe to e-newsletters) 
State Representative Anita Kulik Facebook Page (Follow for Alerts or subscribe to e-newsletters) 
State Representative Natalie Mihalek: Facebook Page (Follow for Alerts or subscribe to e-newsletters) 
Business Resources:  
The CARES ACT- Employee Retention Tax Credit: Click Here
The CARES ACT- Student Loan Delay of Repayment  : Click Here

Delay for Single Employer Pension Plans

Single employer pension plans are allowed to delay quarterly contributions for 2020 until the end of the year. Employers may also use 2019 funded status for the purposes of determining funding-based limits on plan benefits for the plan years that include 2020.

(RECENTLY Released) Paycheck Protection Program
University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence- Loan Guide 

(RECENTLY Released) Employment Opportunities | PA Chamber

(RECENTLY Released) Self-Employed Benefits

Self-employed workers have been among the hardest hit financially by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The federal CARES Act makes it possible for self-employed and independent contractors to receive unemployment and increases benefits by adding $600 per week for up to four months. Read more at

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve been advised by the federal Department of Labor that a separate, manually processed application will be necessary for this program. You should wait until that separate application is available to apply for benefits. If you apply through the regular UC system, your claim will be rejected. I’ll be sure to share updates as they become available.

(RECENTLY Released) March 25th Release: COVID10 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). (Loans)
(RECENTLY Released) Pittsburgh Technology Council Presenter  Mike Turzai shared guidelines for the new COVID10 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).

This program will offer loans of up to $100,000 to qualified businesses at 0 percent interest for terms of up to three years.  Payments plans for the first year will be delayed.  Applications will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

To apply for the grants, you must contact your local certified economic development organization.

(RECENTLY Released)  Allegheny Conference Covid-19 Official Site:
(RECENTLY Released) Washington Post Stimulus Income Calculator

Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

PA Department of Health – Corona Virus info page:

COVID-19 Info for Businesses:

Tip Sheet on Social Distancing/Quarantine/Isolation:

PA Department of Community & Economic Development:

Industrial Development Loans

Department of State (Information for Travelers)

Workers Compensation Guide:

Workers Compensation FAQ:

Employer Workers Compensation Guide:

Services for Pennsylvanians Affected by COVID 19

Wolf Administration Guide to Non-Essential Businesses

CDC – COVID-19 info:

CDC – Resources for Businesses and employers

Responding to COVID-19 guide:

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance (Small Business Loans)

Sign up for AlertPA to get emergency alerts – weather, health, etc:

Personal  Resources:

(RECENTLY Released) Department of Human Services Creates Online Tool for Essential Workers to Find Child Care Providers with Approved Waivers, Reminds Operating Providers of COVID-19 Safety Recommendations

Allegheny County Health Department resources:

Apply for Medicad/ CHIP:

Emergency Food Assistance:

Presidents Coronavirus Guidelines:

Get Your Household Ready for Corona Virus (CDC)

John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Page:

South West Meals on Wheels:  (Volunteer Opportunities)

Bridgeville Community Food Bank:

To volunteer your time to feed God’s children or for more information regarding donations or distributions please email the Church Office or call at (412) 221-5132.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank:

Greater Washington County Food Bank: