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ASHLEY MOSTEK

Business owners can look to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry as another resource during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chamber launched the “Bringing PA Back” website (bringingpaback.com) as part of its initiative to keep business owners up to date with credible information. It’s an addition to resources available on the Chamber’s regular website, pachamber.org.

“Bringing PA Back is really the heart of the initiative,” said PA Chamber Government Affairs Manager Ashley Mostek. “It includes so much information that we hope is helpful to businesses as they start to move to the yellow phase, as they’re making preparations to reopen. It really is kind of a step to, if you will, from what we initially put out on our website.”

Mostek participated in a webinar with the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce on May 13 as part of its Restart. Rebound. Rebuild. series and walked local business owners through the website’s features.

This includes an interactive regional reopening map that shows which phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s phased reopening plan counties remain in and the restrictions they need to follow.

The site also features information useful when preparing your workplace to reopen, with links to specific guidelines and best practices issued by leaders in particular industries.

Another tab on the site provides tips for welcoming back and ensuring a safe environment for employees and customers.

The website also has a public policy section, which Mostek highlighted as particularly important for businesses rebounding in the pandemic. It includes public policy recommendations from the Chamber that cover areas such as taxes, infrastructure and healthcare.

“At the end of the day, what we want to see come out of this are reforms that help energize and restart the economy,” she said.

Mostek encouraged business owners to explore the Bringing PA Back website and sign up for communications to get the latest updates from the Chamber. While the Chamber’s offices remain closed during the pandemic, its staff has been working remotely and remains available to answer questions.