Coronavirus Resources for Employers

Updated 7/8/2020 at 11:15 a.m. Updates in bold

We appreciate the ongoing support of all of our members, including our Visionary Members: Bloomsburg University, First Columbia Bank & Trust, Geisinger, Kawneer, PPL Electric Utilities, USG, & SEKISUI KYDEX

 

Business Reopening & Operating

All Pennsylvania Counties are in the green phase. This phase allows bars and restaurants, personal care services such as hair salons and barbershops, indoor recreation, and entertainment businesses to open at 50% occupancy. All businesses must follow CDC and Department of Health guidance for social distancing and cleaning. 

Guidance for businesses is provided here. (Updated 6/12/20)

Guidance for schools is provided here. (Updated 6/12/20)

Guidance for sports is provided here. (Updated 6/12/20)

A FAQ regarding business safety measures is provided here. (Updated 6/9/20)

A required notification poster for employees is provided here.

CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

A FAQ providing additional clarification on cleaning and safety is provided here.


Protection Equipment and Cleaning Supplies & Services

Hand sanitizer, masks, cleaning products, plastic barriers
(Contact individual stores for in-stock items)

  • Coles Hardware – 1089 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg
  • Commercial Stainless – 570-387-8980 (glass/plexiglass barriers only)
  • Renco Ace Hardware – 2251 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg
  • Sabo’s LLC – 1700 Orange St., Berwick, sabosllc.com
  • Staples, The Office Superstore, 1005 Scott Town Plaza, Bloomsburg
  • Wal-Mart – 100 Lunger Dr., Bloomsburg

Cleaning services

  • 3B Consultant Services – 570-799-5774
  • MaxWorx – 272-202-4435
  • Marr Development – 570-416-0570
  • ServPro of Columbia Montour & Sullivan Counties – 570-759-0966

Members that provide these products or services and are not listed should contact the Chamber.  


Financial Assistance

A webinar discussing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, Paycheck Protection Program, Employee Retention Credit, and other resources is available on the Chamber’s YouTube channel.

Federal loan programs

PPP and EIDL loans are being accepted and processed. The application period for PPP has been extended to August 8th. 

– The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to small businesses, including sole proprietors and self-employed individuals, as well as some non-profit organizations, that maintain their payroll during the emergency. These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. 

  • The most up to date information, including the application and loan forgiveness forms, are available on the U.S. Treasury’s website. (Revised 6/12/20)
  • Considerations for non-profit organizations are available here.
  • A guide to PPP loan forgiveness is available here.

Applications can be submitted to approved lenders. Contact your commercial lender or banking institution for specific application requirements.

– The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides businesses with less than 500 employees working capital loans of up to $2 million. Click here for details about the program and to apply. 

Applicants can obtain up to a $10,000 advance on EIDLs. The advance is available as part of the full application and will be transferred into the account provided after the application is submitted. The amount of each advance will be determined by the number of the applicant’s pre-disaster (i.e., as of January 31, 2020) employees. The advance will provide $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000.

Businesses needing assistance in applying for an SBA loan can contact the Small Business Development Center network.

Columbia & Luzerne County businesses – wilkes.edu/sbdc
Montour County businesses – bucknell.edu/sbdc

Federal tax credit programs

– The CARES Act also created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allowable qualified health plan expenses) that eligible employers pay their employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. The maximum amount of qualified wages taken into account with respect to each employee for all calendar quarters is $10,000, so that the maximum credit for an eligible employer for qualified wages paid to any employee is $5,000.

Click here for details from the IRS.

State grant program

– The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. The application window for the first round of funding is open through July 14th.

To be eligible to apply, a business must:
• Be physically located, certified to do business, and generate at least 51% of their revenues in Pennsylvania;
• Have annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19; and
• Have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020.

Click here for additional details about the program.

Click here for a guide to completing the application.

Columbia County businesses should apply at reinvestment.com

Montour County businesses should apply at impactservices.org.

Local programs

– SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has created a loan program with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. For-profit businesses can apply for loans of at least $10,000 with an interest rate of 3.25%. Funds can be used for working capital and can be disbursed based on past working capital expenses. No payments are due in the first six months. There is a limited pool of funds available so interested businesses should apply now as soon as possible.

There is a $500 underwriting fee and a $100 filing fee.

For more information, visit https://seda-cog.org/covid-19/ or contact SEDA-COG’s Business Finance Department at cwca@seda-cog.org.

– The Chamber’s low-interest loan program is offering loans of up to $10,000 for members at 3% interest for 30 months, with interest only payments for the first 12 months. If you are interested in the Chamber’s loan program, contact Fred Gaffney at the Chamber of Commerce at 570-784-2522 as funds are limited.

Private programs

Employees of bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs might be eligible for a grant through the Restaurant Strong Fund, a partnership between the Greg Hill Foundation and Sam Adams. To learn more and apply, visit: restaurantstrong.org/apply-for-grant

– A growing number of companies have set up relief funds, online tools, classes, and other resources at no cost in response to the impact on small-business owners. This link contains a list that Inc. is curating and continuously updating.


Business Tax Deadlines Extended

In addition to extending tax filing and payment deadlines for individuals, the Commonwealth has also extended a number of business tax deadlines, including moving the due date for corporations with tax returns due in May to August 14, 2020 and removing the requirement for some businesses to make prepayments of Sales and Use Tax for April, May and June 2020.

Full details are available on the PA Department of Revenue’s website


Unemployment, Benefits & HR Issues

 

 

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to individuals not eligible for regular benefits, including the self-employed and those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits. Click here for more information and to apply for PUA. Qualifying self-employed individuals will need to submit a copy of the Governor’s order closing businesses, available here

The PA Department of Labor and Industry provides additional UC guidance for employers with impacted employees.

New temporary paid sick leave and Family and Medical Leave Act programs are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire December 31. Both programs are in addition to any leave the employer already offers. Click here for a guide for employers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for details from the IRS about the tax credits for paid leave.

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a required posting and FAQ regarding the FFCRA which went into effect April 1. 

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions


Small Business Recovery Program

The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Zeigler College of Business is establishing a Small Business Recovery Program (SBRP) to assist local businesses in recovery from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know these are challenging days for small businesses throughout the region, and the Zeigler College of Business wants to be a partner to help solve those problems,” said Todd Shawver, dean of the Zeigler College of Business.”

The SBRP will assist regional small business with any aspect of their business, except for financial assistance. These services can include, but not limited to:
• Professional sales assistance
• Social media and marketing strategy
• Business strategy redevelopment
• Cost structures and monitoring
• Tax guidance
• Open to customizing services depending on business needs.

“This will be a fabulous learning opportunity for our students, under the supervision of our amazing faculty,” said Shawver. “It will provide the subject matter expertise necessary to provide guidance for our small business and assist them in recovering from this negative economic impact.”

Anyone wishing to access the services of the SBRP can do so by filling out a request form that can be found here


Governor Announces $10 Million Available to Support Pennsylvania’s Food System

Governor Tom Wolf announced that $10 million is now available for Pennsylvania businesses that have worked to maintain access to fresh, healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Pennsylvania’s food retailers stepped up to the plate to protect those putting food on the shelf, to think outside of the box to protect the most vulnerable, and to make investments to support those using assistance programs such as SNAP and WIC to support their families,” said Gov. Wolf. “I will be forever grateful to those who have worked hard to ensure food is always accessible through this pandemic; our frontline workers in grocery stores and farmers markets are among Pennsylvania’s heroes.”

The Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund — funded through the CARES Act — is available to for-profit, nonprofit, or cooperative entities impacted by COVID-19, including grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood markets, bodegas, food hubs, mobile markets, farmers markets, on-farm markets, urban farms, and food aggregation centers with a direct connection to direct-to-consumer retail outlets.

To be eligible, more than 50 percent of sales must be from staple and perishable foods to consumers and the retailer must serve customers that live in a low-to-moderate income area. Applicants must also provide access to affordable, high-quality fresh produce, meat and dairy products and other healthy grocery items for low-to-moderate income shoppers, and must accept SNAP and WIC to the maximum extent possible.

In recognition of the disproportionate impacts of both COVID-19 and food apartheid on communities made up of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and especially Black and African American communities, prioritization will be given to businesses owned by minorities and serving low-income BIPOC communities. Additional prioritization criteria include businesses located in or serving a USDA-designated food desert; businesses sourcing and selling Pennsylvania grown or processed products to the extent practicable; and applicants with supplier diversity and offering increased business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises, Veteran Business Enterprises, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Business Enterprises; and Disability-Owned Business Enterprises.

“This pandemic has revealed many things, one of the most prevalent has been about where our food comes from – how it gets from the farm to those who need it. This relief fund is about strengthening the local food system and improving food security and nutrition,” said Sec. Redding. “We need to stimulate local economies, increase market opportunities for Pennsylvania farmers, create jobs, and contribute to better health by improving access to fresh, local foods – we need to feed Pennsylvania, now and in the years to come. And that is all a part of this initiative.”

The program is administered by the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Department of Community and Economic Development. Applications will be accepted through August 14, 2020. Grant funds will be distributed to eligible applicants for impacts related to COVID-19 that have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020, such as:

  • Higher operating costs related to cleaning and social distancing requirements, including costs related to outside contracting associated with managing social distancing, limited occupancy, and cleaning;
  • Infrastructure improvements including renovation, new construction, or adaptive reuse directly related to COVID-19;
  • Equipment purchases that improve the availability of quality fresh food, such as additional refrigeration to manage volume, or personal protective equipment such as plexiglass dividers;
  • Inventory (higher cost of goods, higher transportation or delivery costs, or procuring Pennsylvania-grown produce, meat, and dairy products, or loss of product);
  • Innovative food access technology such as mobile or pop-up markets, or mobile EBT reader technology;
  • Costs to expand access to Pennsylvania grown or processed produce, dairy and meat products or provide stable market access for Pennsylvania farmers that have lost or limited markets; and
  • Other one-time or increased expenses incurred related to COVID-19.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the individuals and businesses that stepped up to protect and provide for their communities over the past several months, by supplying critical goods and services,” said Sec. Davin. “Little is as life sustaining as providing access to fresh, healthy food, especially in food-insecure areas. This funding will help alleviate the financial burdens placed on Pennsylvania’s food system during the pandemic and will ensure continued access to nutritional foods as we work toward greater recovery.”

“A very big part of staying healthy is having access to healthy food. The effects of this pandemic are challenging communities across this commonwealth where access to fresh food is limited, particularly urban communities,” said state Representative Austin Davis (D-Allegheny). “This innovative program will help food retailers to maintain access to healthy, fresh food for people who depend on it.”

“During these unprecedented times, it is critical that we provide support to the communities and organizations that need them most. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the vulnerability of so many people who are struggling with food insecurity, especially how food deserts disproportionately impact communities of color,” said state Senator Tim Kearney (D-Chester, Delaware). “The Fresh Food Financing Initiative is an important step in putting food on the tables of individuals and families in need. Now more than ever, this initiative is essential to fighting hunger and ensuring access to healthy food for those hit hardest by this crisis.”

“Like so many things, food insecurity across the commonwealth — and especially in our urban areas — has been exacerbated by the current pandemic,” said state Representative Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia). “Ensuring communities of color have access to fresh, perishable, and affordable foods to feed their families has never been more important and this program invests in the grocers and food providers who have struggled to ensure access through this crisis.”

“Like many businesses across our commonwealth, supermarkets that have utilized the Fresh Food Financing Initiative to locate in food deserts are incurring additional expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These grocers need assistance to safely remain open and to continue providing fresh and healthy food to these underserved communities, which far too often are communities of color,” said state Senator Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny, Washington). “As Pennsylvania pursues a holistic response to the pandemic, this funding will serve to support local economies and community health, particularly for some of those hardest hit.”

For full details on Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund eligibility, award amounts, additional prioritizations, and criteria visit agriculture.pa.gov/foodsecurity.

New Occupational Licensure Law Will Help Address Workforce Challenges

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed S.B. 637, legislation that helps Pennsylvanians with criminal records re-enter the workforce by reforming the process by which they can obtain an occupational license:

“Pennsylvania oversees the administration of more than 250 types of processional licenses – that’s 250 potential opportunities for individuals to find meaningful employment and help to close an existing jobs skills gap. Previously, the rules varied in terms of when a criminal record could prevent issuance of an occupational license and impede someone from entering into careers for which they were otherwise qualified. Under the new law, licenses may only be denied if the job applicant’s record is related to the occupation they’re pursuing – the same standard that employers follow if a job applicant has a criminal record. In addition, the new law requires agencies to determine and publicize the types of criminal records that relate to certain licenses – with language we suggested to ensure that the employer community’s perspectives are being sought in the process.”

“Providing this uniformity and clarity in the application of the occupational licensure law will help people make informed decisions related to the education and training opportunities they pursue. It will further help to ensure that good candidates are not being denied entry into their chosen career path based on a bad decision for which they’ve already paid their debt to society. Helping otherwise qualified people earn occupational licenses is one part of the Pennsylvania Chamber’s multi-pronged strategy to address our state’s workforce crisis, and we applaud Senator John DiSanto and Representative Sheryl Delozier for sponsoring bills in their respective chambers; as well as all lawmakers and the governor for their support of this important legislation.”

Paycheck Protection Program Application Period Extended

On July 4, President Trump signed into law a bill extending the deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan to August 8. This modification gives businesses an additional six weeks to apply for a PPP loan. If you have already received a Payroll Protection Program loan, you may not receive a second loan. If you have not received a loan through this program, however, you may be eligible for a PPP loan.

EIDL applications, which include the advance of up to $10,000, are also still being accepted.

The first round of the COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program is also open for small businesses through July 14th.

Links to additional information on these programs and the applications are available on the Chamber’s website.

Member News- July 8, 2020

Columbia/Montour Fireman’s Relief Carnival

Columbia/Montour Fire Departments Weekend Carnival at The Bloomsburg Fair!
Friday, July 17th  – 4 PM until 10 PM
Saturday, July 18th  – 12 Pm until 10 pm
Fireworks Scheduled for Saturday night at Dusk (9:30 pm-ish)

Fire Department Companies from 2 Counties bringing hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, caramel corn, sweet corn, ice cream, peanuts, hot/sweet sausages, loaded potatoes, french fries, Roast Beef sandwiches AND MORE!

Cruise-In Saturday and display your antique or muscle car!
 
FREE ADMISSION!
Goodwill Hose Company – Danville- Chicken BBQ (Sat.)
Lime Ridge Fire Company (Walking Taco)
Millville Community Fire Company: Caramel Corn, Peanuts, Cotton Candy, Donuts, Soda and Rip-Offs
Berwick: Eagle Hose Company: Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches
Berwick: Rangers Hose Company: Loaded Potato
Benton Volunteer Fire Company: French Fries
Mifflin Twp Forest Rangers & Fire Company: Big 6 Wheel and Soda Pitch
Bloomsburg Fire Department: Hot & Sweet Sausage, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs and Cheesesteaks
Main Twp Fire Company – Sweet Corn
* (Tentative) – Wilburton #1 Fire Company –  Potato Pancakes
 Check here for more information.
 
Grant Opportunity Through Seven Mountains Media

Seven Mountains Media and Seven Mountains Creative are donating $30,000 in marketing resources to local businesses that need a boost. Three different businesses will be chosen to receive a $10,000 Local Business Grant.

Their goal is to create a solid marketing plan that elevates your brand and drives business through your doors.

As a full-service creative agency and broadcasting company, they have the resources to manage your entire marketing strategy.
Please read the requirements here and if you qualify, fill out the application form.

 

Weis Center Fall 2020 Announcement

Typically, you receive a new Weis Center for the Performing Arts brochure in mid-July outlining all of our upcoming season performances. But as we all know, this hasn’t been a typical spring or summer by any means.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety concerns for patrons, artists, and staff, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts will not be hosting any public, large-scale performances through December 2020. We have made this decision in cooperation with Bucknell University, based on current information provided by state and federal public health officials.

While we had a fully-booked fall schedule, many international artists were forced to cancel their tours amid travel and safety concerns. And of course, our primary concern is always the health and safety of our artists and patrons, both international and domestic. We are making efforts to reschedule many of those artists for the following fall.

We are, however, actively planning a spring 2021 season in the hopes that we will be able to hold safe public gatherings at that time. When we do reopen in the spring, we will be implementing stringent protocols to keep patrons, artists and staff members safe, including expanded sanitation measures before, during, and after performances and public health screenings that may include having your temperature taken.

Understandably, we are very disappointed to share this news with you, as the performing arts are needed now more than ever, to inspire, connect, and reinvigorate our communities. But live performances will return. And when they do, we will be more grateful than ever to reconnect with each and every one of you.

In the meantime, please connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. Each week, we post a new “Weis Center Sessions” video, featuring a member of the Bucknell community on the Weis Center stage. Videos will primarily feature live music and poetry readings; we hope they bring you comfort and inspiration during these challenging times.

As plans progress for public performances in 2021, we will continue to keep you updated through social media channels and by email. If you are not already on our e-newsletter list, consider signing up today by sending an email to lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

Youth in Philanthropy Groups Award Grants

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is a philanthropic-oriented education program offered by the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. The purpose of the program is for youth to understand the meaning of philanthropy, learn about the local nonprofit world and take part in the grantmaking process. Through this program, students are empowered to make a positive impact in their communities now and in the future.

YIP groups, consisting of approximately 15 high school students from eleven school districts in our region: Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech, Danville, Midd-West, Millville, Northwest, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy and Warrior Run, completed their annual grantround at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. This year’s grantround timeline was adjusted due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Christine Orlando, senior program officer of the Foundation explained, “Due to social distancing guidelines, the students met virtually to review and discuss their grant recommendations. Then, grant awards were mailed recently to the nonprofit organizations in support of the valuable services they provide youth across our region.”

This year, 63 grants totaling $53,500 were awarded. These grants were funded by generous community support from the following donors:
Anonymous Berwick Health and Wellness Fund
Jeremy Betz
The Booth Family Fund (Danville Area Community Foundation)
Central Columbia Educational Foundation, Inc.
Central Susquehanna Community Foundation
Danville Business Alliance Promotions
Danville Superintendent’s Educational Initiative Awards Fund (Danville Area Community Foundation)
Michelle Ebner
Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Fund (Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation)
Alan and Danielle Hack
John M. and Jacqueline Kurelja J. P. Mascaro and Sons and White Pines Landfill
Nancy Mathna
Robert J. and Kathleen A. McWilliams
Millville Community Foundation Inc.
Nancy J. and John J. Marr
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund (Danville Area Community Foundation)
Julie Petrin
Robinson Donor Advised Fund (Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation)
The Seebold Family Fund (Danville Area Community Foundation)
Service 1st Federal Credit Union
Sunbury Area Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund (Sunbury Area Community Foundation)
Sunbury Area Health Fund (Sunbury Area Community Foundation)
Bonnie M. and James Trump
Warrior Run Education Foundation – Defender Fund

For more information on the YIP program, visit csgiving.org. The YIP program is coordinated by Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer.

Benton YIP awarded the following grants:
Benton Area School District, SPARK, $1,580.00
Benton Area School District, Benton Athletic Department Community Connections, $1,200.00
Benton Area School District, Buddy Bags for Understanding, $800.00
Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center, N4Cs Community Emergency Relief Fund, $1,000.00
The Children’s Museum, Inc., Enrichment Programs for Benton Area Students, $420.00

Berwick YIP awarded the following grants:
Berwick Area School District, YiP, $2,400.00
Berwick Area YMCA, Cardboard Construction Initiative, $800.00
Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts, Berwick Theater Marquee Enhancement, $600.00
For the Cause, Youth Mental Health and Education Expansion Program, $800.00
The Children’s Museum, Inc., The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum comes to Berwick!, $400.00

Central Columbia YIP awarded the following grants:
For the Cause, Youth Mental Health and Education Expansion Program, $1,000.00
Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library, A Place for Us: Columbia County Library Clubs for Middle School and High School Students, $800.00
Harmony Arts Foundation, The Harmony Café, $800.00
Orangeville Public Library, Summer Reading 2020, $800.00
Single Mothers Individually Living Empowered, Inc., Children’s Activities for Reading, $800.00
United Way of Columbia and Montour County, Healthy Fit Club, $800.00

Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech YIP awarded the following grants:
Central PA Business & Education Association, Leadership & Career Awareness Program Development & Expansion, $500.00 Columbia County Commissioners for Columbia County Family Centers, Big Buddy Program, $1,250.00
Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, School-Wide PBIS Plan (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), $1,250.00
DJ Choices, Inc., Prevention thru Education, $1,000.00
For the Cause, Youth Mental Health and Education Expansion Program, $500.00
The Children’s Museum, Inc.., Learn to Solder at Maker Faire, $500.00

Danville YIP awarded the following grants:
Danville Area Community Center, Keeping Kids Connected, $600.00
Danville Child Development Center, Engaging Opportunities for Summer School-Age Children, $600.00
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center, Veterinary and Medical Support, $500.00
Evangelical Community Hospital, Primary School Education: Coping with Stress and Empathy, $500.00
Geisinger Clinic Nurse-Family Partnership, Building Block Project, $300.00
Montour Area Recreation Commission, MARC 2020 Park Projects, $600.00
North Branch Young Life, 2020 Danville Capernaum Project, $600.00
The Good Samaritan Mission, Kid’s Bed Program – Good Samaritan Mission, $800.00
The Good Samaritan Mission, Many Hands Helping Others – Good Samaritan Mission, $500.00

Midd-West YIP awarded the following grants:
Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2020, $1,000.00
Generoo Organization, Generoo Summer Theatre Camp, $1,000.00
Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, STRIDE Team at Middleburg Elementary School, $1,000.00
Middlecreek Area Community Center, MACC Kid’s Night / Teen Night Special Programming, $1,000.00
Paxtonville United Methodist Church, The Five Seven O, $1,000.00

Millville YIP awarded the following grants:
AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, AGAPE’S Weekend Food Backpack Program, $1,000.00
Central PA Business & Education Association, Leadership & Career Programs Development & Expansion, $500.00
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center, Veterinarian and Medication Expenses, $500.00
Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library, learning through Literature: Preventing Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse through Fiction, $500.00
Geisinger Health System Foundation, Geisinger Caring Cart – Millville Request, $500.00 Harmony Arts Foundation,
Panel Discussion: What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?, $500.00
Millville Area School District, Annual Millville Life Skill’s Picnic, $500.00
Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., KidsKash YIP 2020, $1,000.00

Northwest YIP awarded the following grants:
For the Cause, Youth Mental Health and Education Expansion Program, $1,500.00
Geisinger Health System Foundation, Geisinger Caring Cart – Northwest Request, $500.00
Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., KidsKash YIP 2020, $1,000.00
Northwest Area School District, Health Fair, $500.00
Northwest Area School District, Life Skills, $1,000.00
Northwest Area School District, Trauma and Mental Health Support, $500.00

Selinsgrove YIP awarded the following grants:
Camp Koala, Camp Koala Teen Grief Camp, $900.00
Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., KidsKash YIP 2020, $900.00
Random Canyon Riding Program, SureHands HandiMove Lift System, $900.00
Regional Engagement Center (REC), Free Drop-In Program, $900.00
Selinsgrove Area Recreation Inc., Outdoor Yoga, $500.00
Snyder County Coalition for Kids, Meals for Seals, $900.00

Shikellamy YIP awarded the following grants:
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center, Veterinary and Medical Support, $1,000.00
Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Camp Dost, $2,000.00
Susquehanna Valley Law Enforcement Camp Cadet, Camp Cadet, $2,000.00

Warrior Run YIP awarded the following grants:
Camp Koala, Camp Koala Teen Grief Camp, $1,000.00
Father’s Hope, Hope for back to school, $300.00
Transitions of PA, Transitions of PA New Beginnings Backpack Project, $1,000.00
Warrior Run School District, National Honor Society Special Education Field Day, $1,200.00

Building Organizational Leaders Through Partnership with Bloomsburg University

The Chamber of Commerce and Bloomsburg University are again offering a program to help develop and sharpen skills for leading in today’s workplace environment.

The five-module management and leadership certificate program is appropriate for existing leaders, managers, and supervisors; or those who are new or emerging in any business sector. Dozens of individuals working at area employers have completed the program.

Professional course materials include activities and other learning enhancement components to help each participant individualize their learning experience. The five, three-hour modules are: supervisor effectiveness; effective communication for managers; conflict management; navigating a multigenerational workforce; and being a great mentor or coach. Participants will receive a certificate from Bloomsburg University upon completion and will have identified personal development goals to provide to their employers.

Online sessions are scheduled to begin September 22nd and be held bi-weekly. Complete program details are available on the Chamber’s website. Applications are due no later than Friday, September 4th.

The program qualifies for WEDnet funding. For eligibility information, visit wednetpa.com or contact Jennifer Williams at Bloomsburg University at 570-389-4004.