Current News, Events, and Press Releases

From Rural Digital Divides to Local Solutions
Interactions with Garrett County residents demonstrated to the author that policymakers should consider locally-generated investments in solutions to digital gaps.
Van Hollen, Trone Urge Treasury to Strengthen Paycheck Protection Program in Response to Concerns from Maryland Small Businesses
The lawmakers worked to craft PPP to provide relief and liquidity to businesses more swiftly than traditional loan programs. Treasury's guidance appears to weaken the program.
MD Dept. of Commerce Loan/Grant Applications Due by 5:00 PM on April 7, 2020
The MD Dept. of Commerce will no longer accept applications for the MD Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan/Grant Funds after 5 PM on April 7, 2020.
Links for Resource Requests/Offers for Business Assistance
Governor's Office provides updated information regarding requests for or offers of resources, assistance for small business, and applications for unemployment insurance.
Verizon Launches Small Business Webinar Series
Mike Michalowicz shares hands-on expertise about small business survival—from strategy and cash flow all the way to your taxes. This free online event will take place on April 7th at 2 PM.
SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic Launches
The program provides forgivable loans up to $10 million to small businesses left financially distressed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
MSAC Opens Emergency Grants for Arts Organizations and Independent Artists
The MD State Arts Council has created special grant opportunities that provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in MD as they adjust to losses sustained because of COVID-19.
Representative Trone to Host COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on April 7th
Experts will be on hand to answer questions about taxpayer stimulus payments, unemployment insurance, health insurance, and available grant/loan programs for businesses.
Diehl's Ford Sales Offers Meals to Anyone Who Needs One
As of April 2nd, 308 free meals have been served at Diehl’s Ford Sales in Grantsville. A new remodel was recently completed there, which includes a full kitchen in the new employee break room.
REVISED - Sample "Authorization Letter" Available for Garrett County Businesses
The letter is not considered legal advice and each organization should independently determine whether the business being conducted is an “essential” business under the Federal and State Guidelines.
COVID-19 Information for Non-Profit Organizations
COVID-19 information available for nonprofit organizations in Maryland.
MD Legal Aid Remains Available to Serve Clients
Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) remains operational and fully committed to serving clients and those in need of civil legal assistance.
Guy Fieri and National Restaurant Assn Launch Relief Fund for Restaurant Workers Affected by Coronavirus
Restaurant workers can apply for a grant paid for by the NRAEF fund starting April 2nd and will receive a one-time $500 check within 3 weeks - 1st come, 1st served basis.
Representative David Trone Provides Links to April 1st Webinar and Slides
U.S. Representative David Trone hosted a COVID-19 Small Business Resource Webinar on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and has graciously consented to our sharing the webinar link and slides.
US Dept. Of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family And Medical Leave Implementation
The Department’s Wage and Hour Division posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law - the Families First Coronavirus Response Act - effective April 1, 2020.