September 2020

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.
Cove Run Farms Corn Maze to Open for 20th Season
The Cove Run Farms Corn Maze will open for its 20th season on Saturday, September 19th. This year’s design is “Divine Hope Cares” in honor of Divine Hope Church in Oakland.
Garrett County Arts Council's Virtual SEYMOUR 2020 To Be Part of Autumn Glory Festival
In partnership with Simon Pearce Glassworks, the Garrett County Arts Council has “rolled with the COVID-19 punches” to create an online version of its popular “SEYMOUR, An Art Experience” marketplace,
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland Offering Low Interest Loans for Businesses Through October 30th
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland is offering businesses located in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties low interest financing through Summit Financing Solutions' Revolving Loan Fund.
Chamber/Economic Development Recognize Businesses
Congratulations to the businesses recognized during this year's Business and Industry Appreciation Program!
National Small Business Week FREE Virtual Conference
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020.
Small Business Policy Hack-a-Thon
Maryland is in need of creative, outside of the box thinking to devise policies to help combat the economic strife that small businesses are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maryland SBDC Hosting Free Business Webinars in September
The Maryland SBDC is hosting free webinars for small businesses and entrepreneurs in September. Take a look!
Agency Serving Garrett County to Benefit From Workforce Development Pilot Program
The Western Maryland Consortium, which serves Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties, will receive $500,000 in funding through the program.
Groundbreaking Held for Community Education and Performing Arts Center
A ceremonial groundbreaking took place on August 28th at Garrett College, starting the next phase of the Community Education and Performing Arts Center project.
Community Art Project to be Unveiled
A Meshach Browning-themed community art project will be unveiled on Saturday, September 26th, at noon at the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club Park at 1249 Bumble Bee Road, Accident.
GRMC Named a Top Hospital by Becker’s Hospital Review
This distinction recognizes GRMC as being among the top five hospitals for patient experience in the state of Maryland.
MD Department of Labor to Host Free Webinar: Getting Back to Business - A Resource Toolkit
The webinar is designed to provide information to employers and economic development and workforce partners who have employees transitioning back to work after being closed due to COVID-19.
MD Congressional Delegation Announces $3.4 Million in Funding for Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Tri-County Council for Western MD will receive a $1 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to administer loans that will provide critical gap financing to COVID-19 impacted small businesses.
Mark Your Calendar - Upcoming FREE Business Webinars and Trainings
Multiple Maryland organizations and agencies are offering FREE online webinars on a myriad of topics geared to assist you and your business. Take a look!
University of Maryland Extension to Launch Morning, Farmer! - A Gathering Place for Farmers
So that the specific needs of Maryland's farming community can be addressed, the University of Maryland Extension is asking farmers to please answer this five (5) minute survey by September 18, 2020.
Governor Hogan Announces Beginning of Stage Three of Maryland's COVID-19 Recovery
Stage Three will be implemented in multiple phases with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings.
Maryland Tax Force Webinars: Best Practices for Business Reopening
Best Practices for Business Reopening Webinars are focused on Professional Services, Personal Services, Manufacturing and Construction, and Hospitality and Tourism.
Diehl's Ford Sales Celebrates Renovation
Approximately 150 guests attended an open house to celebrate the newly renovated Diehl’s Ford Sales in Grantsville. The new building covers 37,000 sf, with the new addition adding about 7,000 sf.
Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Commercial Facility Grants
The Combined Heat & Power Grant Program Round 1 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on October 30, 2020. The Resilient MD Program Round 1 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on January 29, 2021.
Where to Go Glamping Near Pittsburgh
Glamping, aka “glamorous camping” is the idea of camping in a luxurious way. You can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while also being able to take a nice hot shower and have a roof over your head.
Enjoying Some New Adventures in Nature
A writer and her family recently visited Garrett County, which she described as "a beautiful area with mountain passes and picturesque towns tucked into the valleys."