Resources compiled by the Maryland Chamber
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has compiled resources to help keep our members and the Maryland business community informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maryland state information:
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Maryland Resources for Businesses
Governor Hogan announced that the entire state of Maryland has received designation for SBA assistance.
The MD Department of Commerce is accepting requests for “essential service” designations. You can email your request to email@example.com. There is no specific format required. Commerce is asking for a short, concise summary on why your business should receive an essential service designation. They will ask for more information if required.
If “essential” or “non-essential” status is still unclear, please use this as guidance.
Maryland Department of Commerce “Back to Business” Page for Industry-Specific Safety Guidelines
As the state gets back to business, our business owners are urged to continue to put people first. This means adhering to guidelines that ensure the safety of your workers and customers alike. Through our collective efforts, Maryland’s business community will play a critical role in protecting our citizens and preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections.
“The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.”
MDCC has partnered with business leaders and statewide organizations to help launch the Maryland Business Relief Wizard for businesses to navigate federal and state financial relief programs in response to COVID-19. The “wizard” is an online tool that serves as an up-to-date, one-stop destination for businesses as they seek to navigate the many resources available to them.
By visiting the wizard and answering a short series of questions, businesses will be able to quickly identify which state and federal programs they are eligible for and get directions to apply.
In addition to MDCC, partners and contributors include Howard County Economic Development Authority, Mindgrub, BTS Software Solutions, Maryland Department of Commerce, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Tech Council, IBM and various industry subject-matter experts, including KatzAbosch, Capital Services and Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law.
This team will continue to monitor federal and state resources and update the wizard as new programs become available, or as existing programs change in availability. To get started:
Maryland Emergency Management Association
Businesses that are interested in emergency operations engagement can learn more through MEMA’s Private Sector Integration Program.
The Small Business Development Center has created COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide. This guide provides current information related to small business best practices during this disaster, emergency funding, state programs, and updates on regulations. This guide is being updated as new information becomes available. Please share with your small business clients and partners.
Resources for rural businesses
Resources include: the ReNEW Maryland Initiative, the Safe Workplace: Best Practices and Baselines for Reopening Maryland PDF, Essential Employee Designation Letter, MDCC advocacy communications on behalf of our membership, recordings and resources from Maryland Chamber Foundation webinar series, and more.
Resources include: resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), updates on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the U.S. Department of Treasury, resources from NFIB, resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resource Toolkit, federal legislative resources, resources for rural businesses, and more.
Resources include: preview of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s webinar playlist on YouTube, links to past recorded webinars in the COVID-19 webinar series, and more.
Resources include: Resources from Maryland Chamber of Commerce Members such as BGE, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Johns Hopkins, The Maryland Bankers Association, and Shawe Rosenthal; resources from the World Health Organization; the McKinsey and Company Talent Exchange; resources from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM); and more.
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