COVID-19 Resource Guide

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

From Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and Allegheny Conference on Community Development, here is a toolkit for organizations that contains best practice protocols and guides for various industries.


Upcoming South West Communities Chamber Webinars: 

As the Pittsburgh region begins to anticipate its recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the Allegheny Conference invites you to join a webinar regarding Making Sense of Current Economic Conditions and Business Preparedness for Reopening.” It will be presented on Friday, May 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.             Registration is needed. Click below:


(RECENTLY Released) Webinars:

Chamber and Chamber Affiliates

In Case You Missed It: Scott Township Community Forum: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 10 am.

Business Loan Q & A with SCORE:  Overview PDF from Loan Session: SCORE Loan Webinar with SWCCC

In Case You Missed it: Bridgeville Borough Forum: 

In Case You Missed it: Collier Township Community Forum:

Special Thanks to Brentwood Bank for sponsoring this informative series.

In Case You Missed it:   South Fayette Community Forum:

In Case You Missed it:  Carnegie Borough Community Forum:

In Case you Missed it:  Heidelberg Borough Community Forum:

Pittsburgh Foundation Webinar Series:

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

Allegheny Conference From the Small Business Experts: FAQ Guide to COVID-19 Financial Assistance

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

Watch here.

Pittsburgh Technology Council: PA House Speaker Mike Turzai

Watch here.

Pittsburgh Technology Council:

4/6/20 Episode 11: Katharine Kelleman, Port Authority

Watch here. | Listen here.

4/7/20 Episode 12: Beyond the Laptops – Aurora, Google and Neighborhood Allies

Watch here. | Listen here.

4/8/20 Episode 13: Christina Cassotis, Pittsburgh Airport

Watch Here. Listen here.

4/9/20 Episode 14: Congressman Conor Lamb

Watch here. | Listen here.

4/10/20 Episode 15: Lisa Schroeder, Pittsburgh Foundation

Watch here. | Listen here.

4/13/20 Episode 16: Lisa Scales, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Watch here. | Listen here.

4/14/20 Episode 17: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown

Watch here. | Listen here.

4/15/20 Episode 18: Cynthia Hundorfean, President/CEO – Allegheny Health Network; and Dr. Donald Whiting, President Allegheny Clinic, Chair of Neurosurgery – Allegheny Health Network

Watch here. | Listen here.

Small Business Resources:

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:  
Attorney General Site: Unemployment Rights and Resources – COVID-19 View
(Recently Released) IRS Stimulus Track My Payment: Get Your Payment
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.

Paycheck Protection Program (APPLY ASAP)
University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence- Loan Guide 

Employment Opportunities | PA Chamber

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: