Latest updates in bold
Grants & Loans
- NFIB Guide to New Federal Lending Options
- Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
- Guidance for Applying for Maryland COVID-19 Grant and Loan Funds for Small Businesses
- Anne Arundel County is offering a Small Business Customer & Employee Protection Grant.
- Baltimore City has created a grant fund to assist local manufacturers with start-up costs related to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read more. They are also providing $15,000 grants to small business enterprises in certain commercial areas. Apply here.
- Baltimore County has announced $10 million in new grant funding for small businesses, as well as $100,000 for impacted artists, musicians, and performers. Small businesses can apply on the department’s economic and workforce development website starting May 11.
- The City of Brunswick has created a micro-grant program with a one-time award of $1,000 with no repayment due.
- Carroll County is expanding its Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund by $250,000 to include those who are sole proprietors and home-based businesses. Read more.
- Cecil County is offering a new relief loan program called Cecil Catalyst. An application can be found here.
- Charles County has created the COVID-19 Business Relief Fund to help local businesses during this pandemic.
- Frederick County is asking businesses and nonprofits to complete this survey to assess the needs of the community.
- Garrett County is offering a Small Business Pandemic Interim Loan.
- The City of Hagerstown is offering grants up to $750 through its Spring Sprouts Grant program.
- Harford County is offering relief grants to small businesses and farmers.
- Montgomery County has created an emergency grant program to provide $20 million in funding for those impacted by the pandemic.
- Prince George’s County is providing $15 million for the COVID-19 Business Relief Fund. Small businesses will have access to loans up to $100,000 and grant funding of up to $10,000. Read more.
- CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
- CDC Updated List of COVID-19 Symptoms
- Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- EPA’s Approved Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) FAQ
- FDA COVID-19 Safety FAQ
- FDA Food Safety FAQ
- Fisher Phillips Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus
- Food Industry Association State Coronavirus Resources Page
- Food Industry Association’s Federal Priorities
- Grocery Industry FAQ
- HR6201 Families First Summary
- National Grocers Association/Food Industry Association Recommended Protocols for Employees Testing Positive
- National Retail Federation Coronavirus Resources for Retailers
Maryland Updates and Resources
- 05/18/20 Governor Hogan Authorizes Pharmacists to Order and Administer Tests for COVID-19
- 05/13/20 Governor Hogan Amends Stay at Home Order to Be Lifted 05/15/20 at 5:00pm
- 04/15/20 Governor Hogan Signs Order Requiring Facial Coverings in Retail Businesses
- 04/05/20 Governor Hogan Signs Order Delegating Authority to Local Health Officials to Control and Close Unsafe Facilities
- 04/03/20 Governor Hogan Announces Financial Relief Initiatives for Marylanders and Small Businesses, Accelerates Hospital Surge Plan
- 03/31/20 Governor Hogan Extends Deadline to File Income Tax Returns and Personal Property Tax Returns to July 15, 2020
- 03/30/20 Governor Hogan Issues Stay-at-Home Order
- 03/23/20 Governor Hogan Closes All Non-Essential Businesses
- 03/23/20 Governor Hogan Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Price Gouging
- Governor Hogan Announces Resumption of Outdoor Dining, Additional Activities to Complete Stage One of Recovery
- MRA releases COVID-19 Retail Advisory Group recommendations
- Governor Hogan announces Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan
- Maryland Department of Human Services to Provide Over $66 Million in Additional SNAP Benefits to More Than 319,000 Maryland Households in Response to COVID-19
- Maryland Medicaid Fee-for-Service Program No Longer Requiring Signatures for Prescription Delivery
- Businesses with Under 500 Employees Must Post Families First Act Notice by April 1
- Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s Official Designation for SBA Economic Injury Loans During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Governor Hogan Issues Proclamation to Postpone April 28 Primary, Implement Vote-By-Mail System To Fill 7th Congressional District Seat
- Maryland Retailers Association Contacts Maryland Leadership to Advocate for the Retail Business Community
- Business Groups Send Letter to White House Calling for Swift and Flexible Economic Stabilization Efforts
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Emergency Declaration
- Hours of service exemptions now applied for transport of:
- Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores
- Immediate precursor raw materials—such as paper, plastic or alcohol—that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items
- Hours of service exemptions now applied for transport of:
- The Traffic Group Offers Pro Bono Traffic and Safety Planning Services to Restaurants Expanding with Outdoor Seating
- State Recovery Page with Interactive Map of Reopened Jurisdictions
- Interactive Map of COVID-19 Testing Sites in Maryland
- Best Practices for Businesses to Reopen
- Sources for Business Supplies, including masks, sanitizer, and sneeze guards
- General Liability COVID-19 Quick Guide
- MRA’s Safe Shopping Tips
- Unofficial Template for Letter Authorizing Essential Workers for Travel In and Around Maryland
- Template to Request Governors to Designate Food Workers as First Responders
- State of Emergency Grocery Hours in Response to COVID-19
- Maryland Unites: Resources from the Office of Governor Hogan
- Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 Information for Businesses
- Expanded MD WIC Services During COVID-19
- Maryland Board of Pharmacy Guidelines for Maryland’s State of Emergency
- Maryland Business Express Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses
- HB1663 State Government – State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency – Authority of Governor and Unemployment Insurance Benefits (COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020)
- SB1080 State Government – State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency – Authority of Governor and Unemployment Insurance Benefits (COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020)
Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
- 3/19 MEMA Webinar with MD Department of Health: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses (recording)
- Unused N95 masks with or without valve
- Protective goggles in original packaging
- Unused nitrile gloves in original packaging
- Unused hospital gowns in original packaging
- Tyvek coats and bodysuits
- Bleach, Lysol, cleaning supplies – must be unopened and unused
- Face shields
- Hand sanitizer
- Cambridge: 3105 Mallard Court., Cambridge, Md. 21613 Visible from Rt. 50. Drop off in the parking circle.
- Ellicott City: 3291 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City, Md.. 21042
- Hagerstown: Mt. Aetna Retreat Center, 10375 Retreat Way, Hagerstown, MD 21742 May also be listed on GPS as 21905 Mt. Aetna Road
- Silver Spring: 15930 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905 Corner of Route 198 and Good Hope Road. Entrance right off of Good Hope Road, lower parking lot
Private Sector Integration Program (PSIP)
We would strongly encourage all members to subscribe to MEMA’s Private Sector Integration Program (PSIP). This is a FREE State program to ensure business preparedness and continuity of operations during a state of emergency with impact in Maryland. Please click here to sign up.
The VBOC has been activated in response to COVID-19. The VBOC will act as a one stop shop for members for the following:
- Situational Awareness Reporting
- Conference Call Information
- Business & Employee Resources
- EPA list of disinfectants to use against COVID-19
- FTA grant programs for cleaning and maintenance of transit systems
- Submitting COVID-19 related business inquiries
The information in the VBOC will be available for your reference 24/7 as MEMA works to support the Maryland Department of Health in their efforts surrounding COVID-19.
To access VBOC:
- Please use internet explorer when opening up this link: https://share.dhs.gov/mdboc
- Log in as “Guest” and follow instructions.
- Links are not hyperlinked, you will have to copy and paste them on an internet browser.
- If you download HSIN App on your mobile, you will be able to read content, but not download files.
- For VBOC technical assistance please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).
- This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
- If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide details on what you are offering.
- If you are a hospital or health care provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
- If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.
- For all other issues and concerns not related to offering products, services or donations, please e-mail email@example.com.