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

July 2020

Facade Improvement Grant Program

Façade Improvement Grant Program:  Informational Workshop (Zoom) Wednesday July 1st, 9:00 am

Beginning in July 2020, the Oil City Main Street Program will begin accepting applications for its Façade Improvement Grant Program, which provides reimbursable, 50/50 matching grants of up to $5,000 for exterior storefront improvements on eligible buildings located within the Oil City Main Street District.  Eligible projects include awnings & canopies, signage, windows & doors, cleaning & painting, restoration of masonry, woodwork & metals, lighting, and professional design assistance.  An informational workshop will be held via Zoom on Wednesday July 1st, 9:00 am (the workshop will be recorded, and link will be made available for viewing at a later time).  Register for the workshop here: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Click here for an overview of the Façade Improvement Grant Program; for more information contact Kathy Bailey at (814) 677-3152, ext. 101 or

Music on the Square - Fred Oakman & the Flood

Our summer outdoor concert series continues with music by Fred Oakman & the Flood in Oil City Town Square - admission is free and open to the public, so bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Come check out our shops, enjoy dinner downtown, and then kick back for an evening of friends and music on the Square!

Oil Heritage Festival Art Show

The Oil Heritage Festival Art Show returns in 2020! This show features works in all media, created by artists from our region and beyond from children to adults. The exhibit takes place in three location in downtown Oil City:

National Transit Building · 206 Seneca Street
National Transit Annex · 210 Seneca Street
42 Seneca Street

The exhibit is open on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, July 22 · 6:00-9:00p · Opening Reception
Thursday, July 23 · 12:00-4:00p
Friday, July 24 · 12:00-6:00p
Saturday, July 25 · 12:00-6:00p
Sunday, July 26 · 12:00-4:00p

For those wishing to participate in the show, art drop-off is at 42 Seneca Street on Sunday, July 12, from 9:00a-7:00p. Due to adjustments made in the wake of ongoing public health concerns, no pre-registration is necessary for this year's show, and there is no cost to enter. 

Full show details and general rules are available here. For more information, please contact Stew Armstrong at or (814) 677-3152 x104. 


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