Current News, Events, and Press Releases

County Commissioners Revise Criteria for COVID-19 Business Grant Programs
The Garrett County Commissioners have revised the criteria for the COVID-19 Business Grant Programs to allow more businesses to be eligible to apply.
Capacity for Indoor Operations at Restaurants to Increase to 75%
Effective Monday, September 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., capacity for indoor operations at restaurants may increase from 50% to 75%.
National Dislocated Humanitarian Assistance Grant
The Western Maryland Consortium has been awarded a National Dislocated Humanitarian Assistance grant. The grant funds are available to small businesses in Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counities.
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland Offering Low Interest Loans for Businesses Through October 30th
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland is offering businesses located in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties low interest financing through Summit Financing Solutions' Revolving Loan Fund.
Small Business Policy Hack-a-Thon
Maryland is in need of creative, outside of the box thinking to devise policies to help combat the economic strife that small businesses are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MD Congressional Delegation Announces $3.4 Million in Funding for Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Tri-County Council for Western MD will receive a $1 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to administer loans that will provide critical gap financing to COVID-19 impacted small businesses.
Governor Hogan Announces Beginning of Stage Three of Maryland's COVID-19 Recovery
Stage Three will be implemented in multiple phases with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings.
Maryland Tax Force Webinars: Best Practices for Business Reopening
Best Practices for Business Reopening Webinars are focused on Professional Services, Personal Services, Manufacturing and Construction, and Hospitality and Tourism.
Notice of Public Hearing: CDBG COVID Round 2 of the Federal CARES Act
Seeking citizen input on community development & housing needs to be considered for submission on an application to DHCD & CDBG for funds awarded under Round 2 of the CARES Act.
SBA Phishing Alert
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the SBA's COVID-19 relief webpage via phishing emails.
MD Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) - Application Portal for Round 2 Opens Today at Noon
Eligibility requirements for Round 2 have been expanded to allow nonprofit organizations with an annual operating budget over $5 million and more than 50 employees to apply for funding.
MD COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits
Eligible organizations may apply for funding up to $10,000. We will accept applications starting August 17, 2020 through August 24, 2020.
MD State Arts Council Has Additional $3 Million Emergency Grant Funding Available
The grant funds are available to arts organizations & artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, & events that have been modified or cancelled due to COVID-19.
$50 Million Available Through Governor Hogan's Non-Profit Recovery Initiative
Gov. Hogan is allocating $50 million to the MD Nonprofit Recovery Initiative to assist nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
President Trump Signs Five-Week PPP Extension 
The extension to the PPP gives business owners an additional time to apply for funding assistance. Approximately $130 billion out of the $660 billion allocated to the program remains available.