Current News, Events, and Press Releases

"At Your Side" Small Business Grant Program Available to Small Businesses in Designated Main Street Districts
The “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program will provide funding to brick-and-mortar small businesses in designated Main Street districts as they work to adapt to COVID-19.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program
Theatrical producers, talent representatives, venue promoters, and those operating a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house or cultural institution are eligible applicants.
Paycheck Protection Program Resumes January 11, 2021
SBA's Paycheck Protection Program opens January 11, 2021 for first draw PPP applications. The loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll.
Comptroller Franchot Announces Forbearance for Business Tax Returns and Payments
Comptroller Peter Franchot says his agency has extended filing and payment deadlines for certain MD business taxes and quarterly estimated income tax returns and payments until April 15, 2021.
SBDC Issues Guidance on COVID Relief Bill
The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has issued guidance on the recently passed COVID-19 Relief Package.
Deadline to Apply for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Extended
Loans are offered at affordable terms. All eligible small businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to apply.
COVID-19 Panel Discussion and Update to Be Broadcast
A panel discussion will be broadcast on Friday, December 18, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. to answer frequently asked questions on the local response related to COVID-19.
LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants Program
OneLISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants program.
Governor Hogan Announces New COVID-19 Measures and Restrictions 
The Governor's new restrictions go into effect on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.
MD Strong Economic Recovery Initiative - Tourism Nonprofits and Entertainment Venues
Tourism nonprofits and entertainment venues application deadlines are approaching for MD-SERI targeted COVID-19 grant assistance.
Garrett County Announces Restaurant Relief Fund Program
A new local grant program, the Garrett County Restaurant Relief Fund, will assist restaurants with expenses associated with adjusting their operations and procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Indoor Dining Restrictions Begin November 11th at 5 PM
Effective November 11, 2020 at 5 p.m., the capacity for indoor operations at bars and restaurants will be reduced from 75% back to 50% for seated and distanced service only.
Governor Hogan Announces $250 Million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative’
The initiative doubles the state’s total commitment to COVID-19 emergency economic relief for Marylanders to $500 million.
Global Summit of Women’s Women Entrepreneurs Forum
The Global Summit of Women’s Women Entrepreneurs Forum: Thriving in an Unstable Economy will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. ET. Registration is free.
PPE Loan Forgiveness Application Simplified
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.