Friday Five | February 26, 2021

A recap of this week’s top-five news items and resources from the intersection of business and government.


48% of Maryland’s labor market consists of middle-skill jobs, but only 38% of the state’s workers are trained.It’s #CTEMonth, and we encourage businesses to help close the gap by participating in CTE programs. Learn more here.


1. Biden Announces PPP Changes Designed to Help Underserved Borrowers

On Monday, President Biden announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program designed to make the program more accessible to underserved borrowers such as minority and mom-and-pop businesses. Some of the changes announced on Monday include:

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On Wednesday, March 3 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. the University of Maryland School of Business is hosting a FREE “Business Rebooted” session digging into the specifics of the PPP and how you can apply.

Click here to register.

2. Governor Hogan Announces Updates Regarding COVID-19 in Maryland

During a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Hogan provided an update on COVID-19 across the state. He announced that the state entered into agreements with the University of Maryland Baltimore and Johns Hopkins to more than double the state’s surveillance of coronavirus variants to more than 10% of cases. This will give Maryland one of the strongest surveillance systems in the country, and the world.

States have also been notified to expect the allocation of single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which are being made in Maryland, as early as next week. To prepare for this, Hogan expressed his plans to open mass vaccination sites on the Eastern Shore as well as an appointment pre-registration system for the state-run mass vaccination sites in March.

Regarding school reopenings, Hogan has issued an executive order clarifying that face coverings are required for anyone over the age of 5, in any area of a school setting where interaction with others is likely.

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3. Maryland to Create Single Sign-Up List for Mass COVID Vaccine Sites

Maryland officials will launch a one-stop, preregistration web portal sometime next month for COVID-19 immunization appointments at the state’s mass vaccination clinics. Two of these sites are currently open, one at Six Flags America in Prince George’s County and the other at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is being established to counteract some of the confusion and anxiety created by the state’s largely decentralized system, excluding people not digitally savvy from signing up for time slots.

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4. Flag Status Alert: the United States and Maryland Flag are at Half-Staff

In memory of the more than 500,000 Americans that have died from COVID-19, President Biden ordered the United States flag lowered to half-staff effective immediately and returned to full-staff at sunset, Friday, February 26. As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag will also fly half-staff through the end of this week.

We invite you to subscribe to Maryland’s flag alert system so you too can honor those for whom the U.S and/or Maryland flags are lowered.

To sign up, please click here.

5. Register for Creating a Culture of Service Webinar on March 18

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with BGE presents Creating a Culture of Service, the next episode in Promoting Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace webinar series on Thursday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join the conversation led by experts from CareFirst, Under Armour, T. Rowe Price and Comcast to learn what makes their employee engagement programs successful while enabling their teams to thrive.

For a full list of panelists and to register, visit our event webpage

Visit our Maryland Chamber Events Page for a list of upcoming webinars, briefings and events!



Upcoming Calendar of Legislative Briefings and Hearings

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021


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