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Central Bucks Chamber ramps up efforts to help local businesses reopen

Businesses in Bucks County began opening June 5, after the shelter-at-home declaration expired in Bucks County and Gov. Tom Wolf gave the county permission to move from “red” to “yellow” status.
More than 10 weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic brought commerce to a grinding halt in March, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce has ramped up its efforts to help Chamber members and local businesses begin the recovery process as they start to reopen their doors.
As Bucks County moves into “yellow,” the Chamber has put together an action plan to help business owners, entrepreneurs and sole proprietors get back on their feet. On June 5, the Chamber produced a “State of the State” Zoom meeting with local state legislators, who addressed the concerns of business leaders and what the new designation means for them.
“We at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce are proud and determined to propel businesses forward as we progress beyond COVID-19. As integrated partners with the entire Bucks County community, we are committed to a long term future for progress,” said Jeane Vidoni, board chair of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and president/CEO of Penn Community Bank.
“The Central Bucks Chamber is part of the fabric of the community, and I am honored to participate in the exciting new ways we will connect and move things forward,” she added.
Chamber President and CEO Dr. Vail Garvin said the Chamber is offering potential members two free months of Chamber membership if a business joins the Chamber during the month of June. The Chamber also will waive the Administration fee. The Chamber’s staff will be available to talk to local business owners about the guidelines that remain in place as the Philadelphia area continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are doing this because our business is to help your business grow,” said Garvin.
The Chamber continues to plan and organize fall events such as the annual Business Conference, scheduled for Sept. 23, the Bucks Fever Film Fest, Art Exhibition and Excellence in Design Tour and possibly the Red Ball Gala.
The 42nd annual Brown Bag-It With the Arts will continue this year, initially virtually, helping and supporting local artists and performers.
During the last few months, the Chamber has worked very closely with its members developing webinars and Zoom meetings. Those will continue throughout the summer to keep Chamber officials connected with Chamber members.
The Chamber has also been working very closely with the Bucks County Commissioners who have formed a Bucks Recovery Task Force. Garvin and Vidoni both sit on the Task Force.
“During these turbulent times for our business community, I commend the Commissioners for their leadership,” said Garvin.
In an ongoing effort to keep its members updated about the latest information, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce has a free COVID-19 resource guide on its website.