COVID 19 Local Business Resources

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The Town of Chesapeake Beach has created this page as a resource to our local businesses. This page will be updated continually per the information provided to the Town from the Governors Office. Stay tuned for further engagement of local businesses as we work to assist in channeling resources. 

The big news from the Governor’s press conference yesterday is additional steps taken to complete Phase 1 of the reopen Maryland plan. Starting Friday, May 29 at 5:00pm restaurants will be able to begin outdoor dining, following public health requirements consistent with CDC. No more than 6 people at a table, paper menus or sanitize menus, sanitize tables, staff trained in guidelines, staff temperature checks, masks/face coverings worn.  

Stage One Activities Effective Friday, May 29, at 5:00 pm: Read the governor’s order here.

Outdoor Dining: Restaurants as well as social organizations such as American Legions, VFWs, and Elks Clubs will be able to begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association.

Guidance and best practices for restaurants.

Guidance and best practices for youth sports.

Department of Health directives regarding youth camp programs.

Guidance and best practices for youth day camps.

Department of Health directives regarding swimming pools.

Guidance and best practices for outdoor pools.

STAGE TWO. Governor Hogan noted that health officials will continue to watch the data closely, and if these encouraging trends continue into next week, the state will then be in a position to move into Stage Two of the recovery, which would mean lifting the order on non-essential businesses.

Understanding the PPP: I Have My Loan, Now What? May 29, 2020 / 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The Howard County Chamber, the Old Ellicott City Partnership, Maryland Manufacturing Extension Program, and Grow & Fortify will help you understand how to maximize forgiveness and compliance to the Paycheck Protection Program. Q&A session to follow. Feel free to submit questions with your registration to better tailor the presentation to your needs.  Register Here

How to Maximize PPP Loan Forgiveness - Tuesday, June 2nd, 11 a.m. - FREE webinar by Frost Law tax attorneys and What's Up? Media. Is your PPP loan positioned for maximum forgiveness? Learn the ins and outs of the newly released SBA PPP loan forgiveness application. Ask questions to better understand what makes the most sense for maximizing your business’s forgiveness amount. SIGN UP NOW


#CalvertStrong

Calvert County is home to many great businesses that are committed to making a difference in our community in good times and bad. Over the last several weeks, we have seen a great deal of determination and camaraderie being displayed by our Calvert business community. We appreciate all that you do! Do you know of a Calvert County business that is stepping up? Have you seen a company going the extra mile to care for their employees or support our community?

This is your chance to show thanks to the businesses that are working hard during a very difficult time. Please submit your thoughts to Economic Development. Let’s continue the crusade of #CalvertStrong!

  • Wear Your Spirit Warehouse is printing free "We're Open" banners for local restaurants to help advertise that their location is open for carryout, curbside or delivery options. They are also working with multiple local hospitals to fulfill and donate orders of laser cut “ear savers'” for hospital workers to wear with their masks and their “Here For Good” campaign has donated over $5,200 directly to small businesses and first responders.
  • Chick-fil-A in Prince Frederick has donated food to many local students, health care facilities and first responders throughout Calvert County.
  • Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill has launched the “Brew Right Do Right Campaign” to collect food and masks to support both local food banks and essential workers.
  • DJ Brian Crow of Crow Entertainment is going live on Facebook on Saturday nights to provide free entertainment.
  • Dunkirk-based PATRIOT delivered six converted PODS® storage containers to United Medical Center in Washington, DC, this month. These are the first cost-effective units that can be mass-produced as medical stations for Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) patients.
  • When the national call to action sounded for public donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in mid-March, College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Health Sciences Division Chair Dr. Laura Polk rallied CSM colleagues and got to work. Since March, through the generosity of alumni, employees and the community, the CSM Foundation has disbursed more than $38,000 for food and incidentals directly to CSM students in immediate need.

Building New Workplaces for the Post-Pandemic World
Wednesday, May 13th at 10:30 AM ET.  U.S. Chamber and Dell bring together experts to discuss how work will change, what employees will need from employers and share strategies from business owners who will give you fresh ideas for the future: Register for 5.13 Workshop Wednesday

SBDC Small Business Survival Guide Updated 5.8.20 – Full of helpful information.  Click here

PPPL - Answers to six thorny questions that could prevent loan forgiveness. Here you can get the answers on loan forgiveness you need.

Article: Five Tips for Getting Back to Business - from Inc.

Take Advantage of Online Training at CSM’s Workforce Center Boost the productivity, innovation and competitiveness of your workforce with business and essential skills training on a variety of subjects and skills needed to be successful in the workplace. From computer basics to industry certifications, online courses can help take your workforce to the next level so you can stay on the cutting edge. Register here.

Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund Without question, COVID-19 has put incredible stress on the restaurant industry. That’s why OLD BAY, McCormick for Chefs, and CORECares have joined forces to offer support to local Maryland restaurants impacted by COVID-19 providing up to $2,500 in new grants. More information here

Grant - Business Owners’ Idea Café Small Business Grant $1,000 plus advertising opportunities grant is open to anyone who currently owns a small business that has been in existence for at least six months. There are no entry fees and a complete business plan is not required.  Info available here

Still not finding the grant that meets your needs, check here.  

Track Your PPP Loan Spending to Ensure You Qualify for Forgiveness click here.

If you didn’t get funding from PPPL, take a look at this tax credit from the IRS as another funding source. Check here.


MARYLAND BUSINESS RELIEF WIZARD

There are several state, local, and federal relief programs designed to help combat the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Relief Wizard is an easy-to-use tool that can direct businesses to the programs for which they are eligible. Please click reliefwizard.net.

The Maryland Department of Commerce is currently streamlining its process to review and approve loan applications. The department is also training 150 volunteers to accommodate the sharp increase in application volume. Businesses can view the status of their applications through the Department of Commerce’s OneStop Portal at onestop.md.gov.

The department is also launching a Tourism Recovery Task Force and a Manufacturing Recovery Task Force to help prepare businesses to resume operations as soon as they are able to do so. Additional task forces will be established in the coming days and weeks with the aim of helping Maryland businesses in all sectors recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. More information about these initiatives will be made available soon.

EXPANDED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS

The federal CARES Act expanded unemployment insurance benefits nationwide, giving access to sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed workers. Maryland will provide all three expanded unemployment programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. 

Upon availability, benefits will be paid back to the earliest date of eligibility. Please use the following link to monitor progress as these programs come online and sign up to receive email updates when filing opens for PUA benefits: dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml.

SBA DAILY CALLS AND WEBINARS

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for coronavirus relief programs. The SBA offers these programs: Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loan, SBA Debt Relief. Calls and webinars are scheduled as follows:

3 p.m. – Daily Conference Call. 202-765-1264; ID # 827-299-626

5:30 p.m. – Daily Conference Call. 202-765-1264; ID # 310-688-488

10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. – Zoom Webinar. Meeting # 6794772946. Have all your necessary documents ready

SMALL BUSINESS RESERVE (SBR) PROGRAM

Certified small businesses have access to over $400 million in prime contracting opportunities on state-funded contracts through the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. SBR certifications can be completed through the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) platform by clicking emma.maryland.gov

Once certified, firms must recertify annually. If a business is not in the program or needs to recertify, they should complete the SBR certification process immediately. Utilize this Quick Reference Guide for more information here. 

MARBIDCO PANDEMIC ADJUSTMENT LOAN FUND

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) established the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program to help Maryland’s food and fiber producers, harvesters, and primary processors adjust to business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers low-cost loans with flexible terms for working capital or equipment purchases. The maximum individual loan amount is $10,000, and no collateral security is required. Applications for the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund must be submitted by May 31. The application form is available at marbidco.org. For questions, please call (410) 267-6807.