April 2020

MDOT Hosts Free COVID-19 Lunch & Learn Webinar Series
Businesses have found themselves adjusting to a new work culture. MDOT's Commuter Choice Maryland program is helping businesses navigate best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New BEACON One-Stop Video Tutorials
All four videos can be found directly on our homepage at MDunemployment.com.
Garrett College Campuses to Remain Closed Through May 31st
College services and support will continue to be provided remotely during this time. Up-to-date information on the Garrett College’s response to COVID-19 can be found at www.garrettcollege.edu/.
World Trade Center Institute Hosts Free COVID-19 Webinars for Business
The next webinar in the series will be held on May 6th, and will feature Bruce McIndoe, President & Founder of WorldAware, who will share his insights on COVID-19’s impacts on globalization.
Chamber to Host Webinar on CARES Act for Business on April 29th
Stephen McAllister, Executive Director of the Eastern Region, Congressional & Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the recently passed supplement to the CARES Act.
Chamber to Host Webinar on Strategies and Guidance for Nonprofits During COVID-19 Pandemic
The webinar will be presented by A. Michael Gellman, CPA, CGMA, Founding Principal/Shareholder of Fiscal Strategies 4 Nonprofits, LLC and Sustainability Education 4 Nonprofits.
MD SBDC Hosted a Second "The Counselor Is In" Webinar on April 27th
MD SBDC business consultants provided answers to additional questions posed by participants on business resources available as a result of COVID-19.
Trone/Cardin to Host Nonprofit & Small Business Resource Webinar on April 30
A panel of leading experts will discuss the resources available to small businesses and nonprofits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
USDA Guidance on Resources Provided in Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
The Act provides additional resources to the U.S. Small Business Administration for both the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan (EIDL).
Important Community COVID-19 Survey #2
The Garrett County Joint Information Center is asking the community to to take a short survey to provide additional information for its efforts to support Garrett County communities and residents.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program Will Resume Accepting Applications on April 27th
“The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27, at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.
MD Launches New One-Stop Unemployment Insurance Application Site
This morning (Friday, April 24), the Maryland Department of Labor launched a new one-stop unemployment insurance application to allow all Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online.
Western MD SBDC to Host Second COVID-19 Q&A Webinar on April 30th
UPDATE: The Q&A Webinar has been rescheduled to Monday, April 27, 2020, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to accommodate the fast-changing government programs. Registration is required.
Garrett County Economic Development Conducting Business Survey
The Garrett County Department of Economic Development would like to understand our local businesses’ plans to re-open once Governor Hogan’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order is lifted.
MD State Arts Council Emergency Grants Update - Revised Requirements
The program now requires applicants to estimate anticipated funding from State and Federal sources but does not require proof of application.
MD MEP to Host COVID-19 Webinars
The MD Manufacturing Extension Partnership is hosting two free webinars - April 21 & April 28 - to answer questions in relation to COVID-19 regulations for the manufacturing industry.
Better Business Bureau Greater Maryland Hosting April 23rd Webinar
The Better Business Bureau Greater Maryland is hosting a webinar on April 23, 2020 to update businesses on the resources available to them in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Launches Save Small Business Fund Today at 3 PM
Through its new Save Small Business Fund, qualifying businesses in the United States and its territories can apply for $5,000 emergency grants. The application will go live today, April 20, at 3 PM.
Emergency Grant Opportunities for Nonprofit Heritage Tourism Organizations
MD Heritage Areas Authority has opened an emergency grant for nonprofits within the boundaries of a Certified Heritage Area who may have been impacted& are in need of funding to maintain operations.
$600 Payments Begin Today, Marylanders Eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits Can Apply April 24th
This includes those who are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, such as those who are self employed, and individuals who were previously required to file by phone.
MD SBDC Hosts "The Counselor Is In" Webinar
The MD SBDC held a "The Counselor Is In" Q&A session with MD SBDC business consultants, who provided answers to questions posed by participants on business resources available as a result of COVID-19.
SBA Publishes an Interim Final Rule on Business Loan Program Temporary Changes: Paycheck Protection Program
Even though this rule is already effective, SBA may use information from public comments to identify issues and make corrections in the rule, if necessary. Public comments are due on May 15, 2020.
USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
MARBIDCO Announces New Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund 
The program is targeted to assist existing agriculture or resource-based enterprises in making timely adjustments to business operations to take advantage of new or continuing market opportunities.
Preston News & Journal, Garrett County Republican Offer Unity Matching Grant Fund to Help Businesses During Pandemic
The program enables participating businesses to double their advertising budget with the Preston & Garrett County publications during the months of May, June & July.
Checking on Status of MD Small Business Emergency Relief Loan and/or Grant
All applications for both programs are tracked in a system called Maryland One-Stop. Applicants should set up a Maryland One-Stop account to check the status of their applications.
USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
USDA unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic - COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide.
SBA Clarifies Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations to Participate in Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs
Faith-based organizations are eligible to the extent they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the CARES Act passed by Congress and implemented by the Paycheck Protection Act Interim Final Rule.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds Resources for FREE Small Businesses Webinar
FREE webinar are set for March 24th and March 26th at 1:00 p.m. REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND.
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.
Treasury and Federal Reserve Board Announce New and Expanded Lending Programs to Provide up to $2.3 Trillion in Financing
US Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin approved the establishment of a Main Street Business Lending Program & a Municipal Liquidity Facility to support the flow of credit to American worker & businesses.
Chamber Hosts CARES Act Webinar
Speakers included Nick Vaugh of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Debra Brown of the Small Business Administration (SBA), and Secretary Kelly Schulz of the Maryland Department of Commerce.
Paycheck Protection Loans Available to Farmers, Regardless of Revenue
The SBA's interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program confirms the SBA will remove industry-specific revenue thresholds, making U.S. agriculture enterprises eligible for the program.
Pandemic Injects Volatility into Cattle and Beef Markets
A slowing economy is bad for all of the animal proteins, but beef - typically the highest priced of the proteins & considered a luxury product in economic terms – stands to suffer the most.
Crop and Livestock Prices Plunge Under Weight of COVID-19 Uncertainty
Shuttered schools, universities, restaurants, bars and cafeterias are no longer buying milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and other food, causing a downward spiral in crop and livestock prices.
Coronavirus Impact Ripples Across Farm Country
In the past month, dairy prices have dropped 26-36%, corn futures have dropped by 14%, soybean futures are down 8% and cotton futures have plummeted 31%. Hog futures are down by 31%.
ARC Awards $1 Million in Funding for Local Access Road
The ARC funds will be used to construct approximately 0.2 miles of 2-lane roadway from Hemlock Dr. south to the center of the targeted site
Western MD SBDC to Host COVID-19 Q&A Webinar on April 16th
Registration is required. Please complete and email the form with your questions no later than April 10, 2020.
Maryland Business Relief Wizard: Find the Right COVID-19 Support Resources for Your Business
The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.
SBA Hosting Daily Calls and Webinars to Help Business Owners Understand and Apply for COVID-19 Relief Options
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for the coronavirus relief options.
MBE Program Update
The Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE), while operating under the governor's social distancing directives, will continue to process requests for certification.
SBR Recertification
If you are certified as an SBR vendor, please visit your eMMA vendor profile to determine your recertification date.
Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Return Deadline Extended to July 15th
Expiration dates for trade names and name reservations, as well as entity forfeiture dates, will also be extended to 30 days after the State of Emergency is rescinded.
Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under the New CARES Act
The federal government recently passed the CARES Act, which includes an expansion of unemployment insurance benefits for Marylanders, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors.
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.
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.
IRS: Employee Retention Credit Available for Many Businesses Financially Impacted by COVID-19
The refundable tax credit is 50%of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
SBA Releases Application for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Under the CARES Act
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
REVISED - Garrett County to Offer “Small Business Pandemic Interim Loan” Program
The goal of the program is to provide small businesses with loans for interim emergency funding to help pay legitimate business expenses such as mortgage, rent, utilities, insurance, taxes, etc.