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.
SBA Introduces Ascent - A Free Digital Learning Platform for Women Business Owners
Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale.
Chamber's Business Before Hours - Economic Forecast 2021 Set for February 16th
This will be a virtual event. $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
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.
Western Maryland Consortium Offers Many Workforce Programs
Services available include job search assistance, resume development, internet job searches, career information, interest testing and evaluation, case management, workshops and skill training.
MEMA's Private Sector Integration Program
The PSIP provides valuable information to the private sector through the website and a (currently) bi-weekly newsletter packed with information and resources.
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.
DNR Opens New Access and Trails at Wolf Den Run
MD DNR announces that Wolf Den Run State Park has now opened two additional areas, adding 1,375 acres of land and 25 miles of multi-use trails, including off-road vehicle (ORV) use.
MD SBDC to Host FREE Western MD Retail Business Resiliency Training Series
Retail expert Marc Willson will share proven strategies retailers around the nation are using to weather & recover from changing regulatory requirements, economic realities, & customer expectations.
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.
Sector 23 (Construction) Virtual Networking Event to be Held January 20, 2021
This webinar is for small construction businesses who focus on the Sector 23 NAICS Codes. Panelists will speak on their experiences in the SBA 8(a) program and provide helpful tips for success.
Save the Date: Tech at the Gap 2021
Tech at the Gap 2021 will be held October 14, 2021 in Rocky Gap Casino Resort. Video presentations from Tech at the Gap 2019 are available free online.