May 2020

COVID-19 Resources

Resources for Businesses:

Below are some helpful links for businesses.  We will update this page as new information becomes available.  If you have specific questions or need additional assistance, please contact us at

Update your Google My Business Account with updated hours of operation, extra services, or a temporary closure

Reopening Safely:  Helpful Tips for Small Business Owners:  from Main Street America

Governor Tom Wolf’s Phased Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate (Red, Yellow & Green Phase)

DCED Business Guidance Page  

COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses Flyer (PDF: download/print, sign & post in your business)

PA List of Life-Sustaining Businesses (April 28, 2020).  You can cross-reference your business category in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS):  scroll down to find your code/industry then click to drill down the list to find the category that best matches your business.

PA Dept. of Health’s Business Safety Measures Order for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-Person Operations (April 19, 2020)

PA Department of Community & Economic Development:  Resources for Businesses, Life-Sustaining Business List, PPE & Supplies Interchange Directory & More

Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 Guide:  Scenarios & Benefits Available Chart (PDF)

U.S. Small Business Administration: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act:  This guide can help explain whether the Paycheck Protection Program, an Emergency Economic Injury Grant, or Small Business Debt Relief Program is right for you.  The act was just passed by Congress, funding will be available soon through local SBA lenders.

Additional Links – compiled by the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce

Additional Links – compiled by the Northwest Commission

Oil City's Got Heart!

This is a challenging time for everyone right now… the Oil City Main Street Program invites downtown businesses to display hearts in your windows to help spread positivity and signify that we are all in this together! Get creative with the colors and patterns, and make sure to post a photo and tag us on Facebook so we can share your post!  Click here for more details – we encourage you have your hearts on display by the week of May 11.  Join us!

June 2020

"Oil City Uncorked" Spring Wine Walk

Update 5/23/2020:  After extensive consideration, in order to comply with current public health guidelines (which include a limitation on gatherings and prohibits sampling of food and beverages), we recently made the decision to postpone our Spring Wine Walk until September and blend it with our Fall Wine Walk, scheduled for Friday September 11.  We learned yesterday that Venango County will move into the “green” phase soon, but June 5th is still not the right time to bring a whole bunch of people into close quarters.  Therefore, we will be exploring ways to modify this event to be an enjoyable evening that allows participants and volunteers to safely interact with each other, our downtown businesses, regional wineries and event sponsors.  We also hope to add a few new twists to bring variety to this fun event!  Please follow us for more updates – in the meantime, please be responsible and safe this summer - let’s all do our part to keep Venango County in the green!  Please mark your calendars for the evening of Friday September 11 - we miss all of our wine walkers and look forward to seeing you again in the fall!


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