With the Coronavirus raging, we’re hearing a lot about “community spread” and how it passes along the virus. At Popular Pittsburgh, we know that we’re all in this together, and our greatest tool for beating this disease is practicing community support, helping those that we can in our community. Our web provider Chroma Marketing Essentials developed this useful resource to help their clients and the community, and we thought it was so helpful, we asked if we could share it with you, our readers.

The Chroma Team

Over the last few days, we’ve received a number of emails and notices from business contacts, the Chambers of Commerce, and other wonderful people. But we’ve found during our conversations with some clients that they don’t necessarily have access to those same resources. Many of these options are available to sole-proprietors and self-employed people that are often left out. If you aren’t up on these things, check out the links below.

A Few Resources That Might Help

  • The new law passed by Congress and signed by the President is called the CARES Act. An Overview of the CARES Act Webinar by the US Chamber of Commerce early April 2020. Register to join.
  • Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce has a COVID-19 Resource page that provides the latest news for businesses, and links to the Chamber, Economic Growth Connection, and the Industrial Development Corporation. All these entities are doing a great job of keeping people informed.
  • SBA Disaster Loan Application is a streamlined process with three pages to get through to the “request an advance.” It appears that this is available to businesses, non-profits, homeowners, and renters. We learned of this through The Westmoreland County COVID-19 Leadership Team, who strongly recommends that managers of small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the ongoing public-health emergency promptly begin the application process for just-approved emergency funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. If your business has suffered during this emergency, don’t delay; you should file as soon as possible,” said Sean Kertes, chairman of the county commissioners. “At this point, it’s unclear how much funding the SBA will earmark for Pennsylvania, so we urge our local businesses not to wait. We want the county economy to be well-positioned to emerge strong once this passes.”The SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance this afternoon approved the statewide disaster declaration application submitted by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office. Small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus now can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan via https://sba.gov/disaster. These low-interest loans can be for up to $2 million.

Consultations on How to Work From Home

We are also offering free consultations for our customers who are looking for immediate cloud solutions to help them run their businesses remotely. We have a number of vetted tools and solutions that can be easily implemented and we are happy to help assist in getting you started.
Thank you very much for your business!
We believe that together we will all get through this very difficult time.

Here’s a video of a pulmonologist, Dr. David Price, of Weill Cornell Medical Center in NYC. Last week he recorded a Zoom call for his friends and family. It’s highly informative – from a doctor right in the middle of everything. Big takeaway – DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE.

Please take some time to listen – it’s well worth your time.


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