Covid-19 Information

April 5
Here’s some ideas about the mask shortage:

Retailers - If you have any inventory that can be sold as masks (scarves, bandanas etc) please consider marketing these items as such ie “Can be used as a mask.”  

If you have a website or social media page that can sell these items please send us the link so we can promote on our website and social media platforms

If you do not have a website, VMPA can sell them on their VisitMediaPA.com storefront and then send you ALL proceeds from any sales. 

If you have any inventory that can be repurposed as masks (tee shirts, napkins, tablecloths) please consider donating to one of the many local mask making cooperatives. Then tell us about it so we can promote your donation. 

We also have volunteers that can deliver any items to a local address in the Boro. 


 
 
April 1
New from SBA - the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Sign up here: https://www.sba.gov/fundi…/…/paycheck-protection-program-ppp 
 
March 30
 
Governor Wolf extends the shutdown to April 30.  Restaurants remain open for take out and delivery.
 
March 25, 2020
 
The filing deadline for Businesses Privilege Tax and & Mercantile Tax has been moved to July 15, 2020 due to the virus shutdown. For more information contact the Tax Collection Agency at www.ecollectplus.com
March 24, 2020
The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority is making interest-free loans available to Pennsylvania businesses with less than 100 full-time employees. The loans will be a maximum of $100,000 for working capital and the loan term will be for three years. Various industries including agriculture, service and hospitality sectors will be eligible. 

More information on what businesses qualify and how to apply can be found
here. In order to apply for a grant, you must apply through the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board which can be reached at 610-566-2225.
Contact Rep. Chris Quinn's Office for more info.
 
March 16, 2020
 
Borough Businesses temporarily closing down stores or dining areas in compliance of the COVID-19 guidelines set by Governor Wolf and Delaware County Council have the full support of Media Borough Council and the Media Business Authority.  We encourage businesses to use alternative solutions for retail using social media point of purchase options, gift card marketplace, courier service with no contact delivery, live streaming and online shopping.  Restaurants are allowed to remain open only if they offer curbside pick-up, delivery and at-door drop-off.  
The MBA is recommending virtual and non-contact options for businesses:
 
Restaurants 
-offer curbside pick up or delivery thru one of the many meal delivery services.  UberEats has even waived their delivery fee during the virus shutdown.
 
Retail 
- businesses offering online shopping should update their sites with new photos of their inventory
-create PayPal links to your social media pages to sell items
-use Facebook Livestream for product demonstrations from their store. VisitMediaPa can share the livestream to their audience of over 11,000
-Media Proper has created a gift card marketplace for Borough businesses. Send your business information and logo to mediagiftcards.org to participate
- use cashless payment like PayPal, Venmo and other ACH options
 
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
The EIDL Loan (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) from the Small Business Administration (SBA)- it is specific to the damage that has been caused to businesses by the Covid-19 outbreak, and targets the lost income and lost opportunities of your business. Loans are up to 2 million dollars, up to 30 years and do not exceed 4% (most loans are under 4%.)
Millions of small businesses will be applying for these loans once they are announced on Tuesday. Get your papers in order now and get ahead of the pack.
What can you do now? Go online and sign up:

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans

Create an account on the website and have all tax records prepared for 2 years with details about your business (Sole Proprietor, S Corp, LLC) and documentation of any outstanding debts or liens and proof of ownership. Fill in the application with as much information as your can up to the part that asks you what disaster has affected your business. COVID-19 will not be an option until Tuesday when Congress votes to declare the virus as a disaster. Save your application and keep checking back to see when COVID-19 becomes and option.

SBA Customer Support Center 800-659-2955
UNEMPLOYMENT
Part time and full time workers can apply for unemployment here:
https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx
RENT and MORTGAGE RELIEF
Most Landlords and Mortgage companies are offering relief from rent and mortgage payments.  Contact your landlord and mortgage holder to discuss options.
Call the MBA with any questions or concerns
 
610-566-5039
VisitMediaPA | Media Business Authority
610-566-5039 / info@mediabusinessauthority.com

Media Business Authority

301 N. Jackson Street, Media PA 19063
P: 610-566-5039 F: 610-566-0335 / info@mediabusinessauthority.com

The MBA is currently working remotely during the Covid-19 Shutdown.