Business Resources for Coronavirus

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Chamber has helped businesses across the Commonwealth understand the ever-changing operative landscape and adherence to new health and safety standards. As we move beyond the pandemic and look toward a brighter future, the PA Chamber remains committed to providing the most up-to-date and fact-based resources, along with information on financial assistance, that will help employers overcome this challenging time and emerge stronger.

Visit for comprehensive information for employers, including: insights into ‘Rise to the Challenge,’ the next phase of “Bringing PA Back” that focuses on achievable economic recovery solutions and ensuring Equality of Opportunity; resources on how to safely bring our economy back; public policies that are designed to attract investment and job growth; and information on vaccine distribution throughout Pennsylvania.

General Financial Guidance and Resources

  • CLICK HERE for guidance to apply for COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Grants.
  • CLICK HERE for the U.S. Chamber’s Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
  • CLICK HERE for information about the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP)
  • CLICK HERE for information about CHIRP from the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association

Small Business Financial Resources

Paycheck Protection Program Policy Update

The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued the following guidance regarding businesses’ access to PPP.

**NOTE: SBA is currently offering PPP loans originated only by participating community financial institutions including Certified Development Companies, SBA Microlenders, Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions until May 31, 2021 or until remaining funds are exhausted. Please note that not all community financial institutions are participating in PPP.

SBA information on Paycheck Protection Program

SBA information on all COVID-19 Relief Programs:

Unemployment Compensation Guidance For Employers

Can employees who are receiving unemployment compensation refuse to return to work in order to maintain UC benefits?

No. Per state law, absent 'good cause,' it constitutes an act of fraud to refuse suitable work in order to receive unemployment benefits. The Department of Labor & Industry even has a page on its website solely for employers to report refusals to work.

What are the new paid leave mandates and unemployment compensation changes?
  • CLICK HERE for brief summary from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • CLICK HERE for a FAQs document from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • CLICK HERE for a PA Chamber summary of both Pennsylvania and Federal changes to the unemployment compensation system.
  • CLICK HERE for the U.S. Chamber’s employer guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

Health Care Guidance For Employers

  • We recommend that employers with questions about employee health care coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic speak directly with their insurance professional (broker, consultant) or health insurance carrier.
  • PA Chamber Insurance (PCI) is a comprehensive employee benefits consultancy focused on building strategic client relationships while tailoring a unique benefits portfolio based on your company’s budget and employee needs. Please find COVID-19-specific information from a sampling of PCI’s key health insurance partners:
  • CLICK HERE to view resources compiled by the PA Insurance Department.
  • Information on the requirements of the recently enacted paid leave mandate can be found via the U.S. Department of Labor:
    • CLICK HERE for brief summary from the U.S. Department of Labor.
    • CLICK HERE for a FAQs document from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal or medical advice; all information, content, and materials on this site are for general informational purposes only.

Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date information. This website contains links to third-party websites as a convenience to the reader, and those websites may contain inaccurate information.