Current News, Events, and Press Releases

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.
Business Spotlight! gean & olive
Current featured businesses and products are For the Love of Deep Creek, Jessica Fike Photography, Wellness Living Company, Girls in a Box Silversmith and Sky Valley Bees.
Western Maryland Consortium Offers National Dislocated Humanitarian Assistance Grant
The Western Maryland Consortium's NDHA Grant can help lessen the financial burden on your business by reimbursing the wages paid to essential cleaning personnel to stop the spread of COVID.
Upcoming Webinar: Prime Contracting in the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program
This free webinar provides an in-depth review of the statutes governing the SBR Program, the online certification process, and the pipeline for identifying SBR opportunities.
National Association of Women Business Owners Hosts Free Lunch & Learn Series
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) will host a series of free Lunch & Learn webinars every Tuesday in October at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Garrett College Offers Scholarship Opportunities to Businesses
Garrett College's Continuing Ed& Workforce Development offers scholarships for businesses wishing to provide employees with the opportunity to obtain industry required professional certification.
Mountain Maryland PACE Cancels 2021 Annual Event
Due to concerns surrounding COVID, including ever-changing gathering size restrictions and travel concerns, the Mountain MD PACE committee has canceled its 2021 event.
Garrett County Extension Office to Host Free Agricultural Webinar Series
Join a team of University of Maryland specialists for this lively online series highlighting common practices in livestock management and forage and grain production in Maryland.
SBDC to Host Free Virtual Success Showcase: Small Business Tips and Tools
Learn about valuable programs and services available to help you start or grow your small business, including counseling, financing, and government contracting, during this September 24th event.
Garrett County Economic Development Update
Michael Hough, Garrett County Director of Economic Development, has announced his resignation. During his tenure, Mr. Hough was instrumental in the advancement of several department initiatives.
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.
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs - FREE Webinar October 15th
The Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs will host a free webinar - Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Unlock Your Path to Purpose, Profit & Prosperity - October 15, 2020.
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.