FOUNDATION FOCUS | Building Maryland’s 21st-century workforce    

The Maryland Chamber Foundation was revived in 2017 to enhance educational and workforce development opportunities for Marylanders. Take a look at the exciting ways our Foundation is investing in Maryland’s future.

The Maryland Chamber Foundation hopes this newsletter finds you safe and healthy as we continue to weather a storm unlike any we have experienced before. We also hope you have benefited from the webinars we have hosted with state and federal leaders who are making on-the-ground decisions about how to help Maryland employees and businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, for example, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and other Chamber leaders had the honor of participating in a conversation with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic thus far.

We continue to expand the breadth of our COVID-19 webinar series to address our members’ most pressing questions and concerns during this challenging time. The Maryland Chamber Foundation remains dedicated to supporting our state’s business community—and maintaining continuity of operations—as we grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Be sure to check out our COVID-19 resources page—and please continue to stay safe and to look out for the safety and well-being of your family, friends and colleagues as we weather this storm together.

Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed an additional $300 billion-plus funding package aimed at shoring up the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In addition to the roughly $310 billion that will go to PPP, another $60 billion will go to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which provides loans directly to small businesses. An additional $75 billion is also being set aside for hospitals, and $25 billion will be dedicated to expanding virus testing nationwide. The original PPP appropriation of $350 billion was exhausted in jusst 13 days due to such high demand from the business community. To learn more about what this news means for you and your business, join us this coming Friday, April 24, for a webinar with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19: Update on PPP and the U.S. Chamber’s Path Forward.

Register here

Friday, April 24

10 to 11 AM (EDT)

Representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will provide updates on the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including the status of congressional action to replenish the fund. They will also discuss the U.S. Chamber’s recently released “The Path Forward,” an initiative to address how Americans and businesses can return to work safely, successfully and sustainably.

Next week, we will host two more webinars:

Emotional Well-Being and Your Workforce in the Time of COVID-19: Taking Care of Your Employees

Register here

Tuesday, April 28

11:30 AM to 12 PM (EDT)

Representatives from Kaiser Permanente will discuss how to maintain emotional well-being in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include understanding stress and anxiety and how they impact your workforce, as well as tools and resources to care for your employees.

COVID-19: Economic Outlook and Prospects for Recovery

Register here

Friday, May 1

11 AM to 12 PM (EDT)

Join us for a conversation with Tom Barkin, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Mr. Barkin will discuss the Federal Reserve’s recent and unprecedented actions and share his thoughts on the U.S. economy, including what the Richmond Fed is learning through business outreach, and the key components to a successful recovery.

For more details on our COVID-19 webinar series, please visit our Events page. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Reach at If you are unable to participate, please note that we provide links to full recordings of all of our COVID-19 webinars, available on our MDCC resources page.

Summer 2020 Teacher Externships Move Forward

As you know, the Foundation has made education and workforce development—namely teacher externships, second-chance workforce reentry programs, and partnerships with P-TECH schools—a hallmark of our commitment to Maryland’s future.

We’re pleased to announce that, thanks to the continued support of local economic development agencies and generous donors, we are moving forward with our Summer 2020 Teacher Externship program. We can confirm that multiple Maryland businesses will sponsor teacher externs in July. We are still looking for a Frederick County-based business as well as an Eastern Shore company to sponsor externs. If your business fits either of these descriptions, or if you’re located in a different part of the state and would like to sponsor an extern, please contact Vice President of Membership & Development Whitney Harmel at

Welcome to the Board, Steve Edwards!

Please join us in welcoming Steve Edwards to the Maryland Chamber Foundation Board of Directors. Steve founded Edwards Industries (Edwards Performance Solutions) in 1997 to provide tailored business solutions that result in greater operational performance. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Edwards Performance Solutions offers services in cybersecurity risk assessment, IT services assessment and enterprise management. We are excited to draw upon Steve’s experience and expertise as we usher the Maryland Chamber Foundation into the next decade.

Click here to view up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 resources page.

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