Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

May 2020

Truist-LISC Partnership Announces COVID-19 Grant Program
Thanks to a $5 million grant from Truist, LISC will address the evolving needs of small businesses, nonprofit organizations and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal Reserve Establishes Main Street Lending Program:
The program will support lending to small- and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Hogan Announces Pandemic Adjustment Funding for Agricultural, Forestry, and Seafood Businesses
MARBIDCO will be using half of the funding to establish a new Pandemic Adjustment Equipment Grant Fund and half of the funding for the recently-launched Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund.
IRS Employer Tax Credits for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
New employer tax credits are available for businesses affected by COVID-19.
SBDC to Host Webinar: Next Steps for Your Business in Uncertain Times
This session will survey the legal requirements and implications of the various options small businesses have available to them.
SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Application and Instructions
The application and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their Paycheck Protection Program loans, consistent with the CARES Act.
Businesses Asked to Complete Survey to Support Completion of Corridor N
The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission has been awarded an ARC grant to conduct a survey to help build momentum for the completion of U.S. Route 219.
FedEx Small Business Grant
FedEx is offering 200 grants of $5,000 each to for-profit businesses with less than $5 million in 2019 revenue and fewer than 50 employees. Applications will be accepted beginning May 25, 2020.
County Reopens Vacation Rentals
Transient vacation rentals in Garrett County are resuming operation as of today, May 14, 2020.
Governor Hogan Announces Phase One of Maryland's Roadmap to Recovery
Governor Hogan has announced that as of 5 PM on Friday, May 15, 2020, MD will move from a Stay-at-Home Order to a Safer-at-Home public health advisory and certain business will be permitted to reopen.
SBDC to Host Webinar: New Employee Policies in the COVID-19 World
Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Paid Sick Leave, Emergency Family Medical Leave Act, teleworking, employee PPE,social distancing, and OSHA standards and policies will be discussed.
MEMA Providing Free Face Masks to Businesses in Need
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will soon be in a position to provide FREE cloth face masks to businesses in need in Maryland. Order deadline is May 14, 2020.
Maryland "Back to Business" Website Launched
Maryland business community leaders have developed industry-specific guidelines to help businesses as they start to reopen.
County Partners to Expand Broadband Connections
The Board of Garrett County Commissioners announced today that Comcast has expanded its footprint in the county by adding more than 370 serviceable addresses.
Garrett County Launches Kick-Start Small Business Grant
A new grant fund has been established for the purpose of providing one-time, short-term financial support to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 that meet the program’s eligibility requirements.
Governor Hogan Announces Resumption of Elective Medical Procedures, Broadening of Outdoor Activities Under Stay at Home Order
These directives have the unanimous support of the Maryland Coronavirus Recovery Team, including leading doctors and public health experts.
SDAT Expands Online Services for Businesses
The MD Dept. of Assessments and Taxation recently announced 14 new online services on MD Business Express that will make it significantly easier for businesses to get back into "Good Standing" status.
USDA Announces $100 million for American Biofuels Infrastructure
The Department of Agriculture intends to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the availability and sale of renewable fuels.
MD Dept. of Labor Corrects Glitch in BEACON One-Stop Application
Since the launch of the BEACON One-Stop application, many claimants have mistakenly inactivated their unemployment insurance claims while answering the new weekly claim certification questions.
NORC Recruiting Contact Tracers in MD
The MD Dept. of Health has teamed up with the National Opinion Research Center to conduct statewide contact tracing. Interested individuals meeting the qualifications may submit an application.
Employee Retention Credit – CARES Act (FAQs)
The IRS has posted updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) providing answers regarding the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act.