July 2020

Maryland Launches "Innovation Uncovered"
The MD Dept. of Commerce wants to hear the best startup stories from every region in the state to identify and recognize those who are taking Maryland’s innovation ecosystem into the future.
SBA Webinar: New Telecom Rule Impacts All Government Contracts
NDAA's Part B becomes effective August 20th and prohibits the government from contracting with any entity that uses certain prohibited telecommunications and video surveillance equipment & services.
New State Workplace Laws Will Take Effect October 1, 2020
Among the new laws are those that prohibit the use of facial recognition technology, wage history inquiries, and hairstyle discrimination, and revise the state’s mini-WARN act.
F3 Tech Accelerator Program's Seed Fund
The focus is on revenue development for companies that are advancing innovations & new technologies within the agriculture, aquaculture, energy, supply chain & environmental technology sectors.
Statewide Veterans Virtual Career and Resource Fair Set For August 4th
Interested employers must be registered in the Maryland Workforce Exchange. The event is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Labor Veterans Program.
Maryland SBDC Hosting Free Business Webinars in July
The Maryland SBDC is hosting free webinars for small businesses in July. Take a look!
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.
9th Annual Business & Industry Appreciation: Should Your Business Be Recognized?
This event, which is open to ALL Garrett County businesses, is to recognize new businesses, growing/expanding businesses, and businesses that have hit milestones of 50, 75, and 100 years in operation.
The Red Backpack Fund for Women Entrepreneurs
Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits in the US and its territories with annual revenues less than $5M, at least one paid employee, and with fewer than 50 individuals on staff are eligible.
MD SBDC Releases COVID-19 Small Business Recovery & Sustainability Guide
The Recovery Guide is a compilation from several diverse resources. Also included are new business strategies and marketing tips to help your business pivot and grow during and after this pandemic.
Rural Community Toolbox: Funding and Tools to Build Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities
Federal resources that can help rural communities become strong, healthy, prosperous, and resilient places to live and work.
Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program
The program provides contracting opportunities on state-funded procurement for certified veteran-owned small businesses. There is no cost to participate.
Garrett Hospital Celebrates 70th Anniversary
As Garrett Regional Medical Center celebrates its 70th anniversary, the small community hospital continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community to which it is dedicated.
Governor Hogan Allocates New COVID-19 Funding to Small Business
Governor Hogan has announced additional funding for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two programs will receive a total of $50 million of federal funding from the CARES Act.
ITA Announces Temporary Cost Reduction and Fee Elimination for Several Export Services
These efforts are intended to encourage the export of non-COVID-19-treatment-related “Made in the USA” products around the world in this moment of economic transition and recovery.
SBA's Office of Small Business Advocacy's COVID-19 Resources
SBA's Office of Small Business Advocacy continues to gather resources from across the federal government to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic
Oakland B&O Museum Has Full-Sized Display History
The history of railroading is intertwined with that of Garrett County, and one of Oakland’s three museums is dedicated to commemorating that past with a life-sized display of its very own train.
Deep Creek Lavender Farm Nears Blooming Season
The farm has nearly 1,500 lavender plants with 15 different varieties of English lavender, and lavender products are available for purchase in the farm's store.
2020 Garrett County Agriculture Fair Canceled
A Livestock Expo & Sale, hosted by the Garrett Co.Farm Bureau & the Garrett Co.Livestock Assn. is planned for August 4-8 to allow Garrett County 4-H & FFA members to show 7 market their animals.
USMCA Replaces NAFTA Effective July 1, 2020
USMCA is a ground-breaking achievement for US small businesses and is the first trade agreement ever to include a full chapter dedicated to small business interests.