Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

May 2021

Maryland Arts Summit Set for June 3rd and 4th
The 2021 Summit: Art OF the Community will hold 6 free live streamed sessions focused on current topics in the MD creative sector, interspersed with creative burst of art-making and performances.
MD Apprenticeship Virtual Employer Information Session
Join MD Labor on June 3rd at 10 AM to learn and ask questions about the features and benefits of Maryland's Registered Apprenticeship Program.
Four Ways C-PACE Can Help Your Business Recover from COVID-19
MD-PACE is a statewide C-PACE program that provides turn-key, low cost, standardized C-PACE program services to property owners, capital providers, contractors, and local governments in Maryland.
MD-PACE for Multifamily Properties
C-PACE is a flexible financing tool that can allow commercial borrowers, including owners of multifamily properties of 5 units or greater, to access capital for energy efficiency.
Neighborhood Business Works Program: Opportunity Zone Microgrant Funding Available
Applications will be accepted from Monday, May 25, 2021, at 12 PM until Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 12 PM and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.
Coming Soon: SBA's Community Navigator Pilot Program
The program will target small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.
New Public Art Commission Opportunities for Visual and Literary Artists
The program has announced the publication of Request for Qualifications for the MD District Court Catonsville District Courthouse and the MD Dept. of Agriculture Salisbury Animal Health Lab.
Comptroller Franchot Says bFile Ready for RELIEF Act Sales and Use Tax Credit
When using bFile, the system will automatically recognize a vendor qualified for this credit and will automatically populate the amount of the sales tax credit on new line 10.1.
2022 Independent Artist Awards: Literary Artists Encouraged to Apply
The awards are accompanied by grants of $2,000, $10,000, and $15,000 that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Portal Remains Open for Eligible Establishments With 2019 Annual Revenue of $50K and Below
SBA still has potential funding available for eligible establishments with 2019 annual revenue of $50,000 or less. Eligible establishments that meet this revenue standard are encouraged to apply.
Garrett County Adopts Statewide COVID-19 Orders
For those that have been fully vaccinated, the state is adopting the CDC guidance that individuals may resume activities as normal with no face covering required.
Small Business COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program: Application Deadline extended to May 24th
Businesses that primarily sell goods or offer services that require collection of sales & use tax are not eligible for this program.
Garrett College Tops State in Key Success Metrics
Garrett College leads all Maryland community colleges in multiple key success indicators, based on a compilation of data from the most recent Maryland Performance Accountability Report.
USDA Launches 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey 
The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, the well-being of farm households, farm finances, chemical usage, and various farm production characteristics.
MD Department of Agriculture Seeks Applicants for Farming for Healthy Soils Program
Participating farmers will receive free technical assistance and financial incentives to help install soil health practices, such as conservation tillage and prescribed grazing.
National Road Festival Planned in Grantsville May 21-22
The festival is being heralded in early May with a Public Art Project featuring a range of area artists who are creating artworks to be displayed outside of participating businesses.
"Maryland Park Quest" Includes Two Garrett County Parks
Running from May 1 to Oct. 31, more than 25 MD state parks will offer opportunities to engage families in outdoor activities to experience MD's vast cultural, historical and natural resources.
MD Farm Bureau Sets Date for Western MD Trucking Forum
All Maryland Farm Bureau members, farmers, and truck drivers are invited to attend the Western Maryland Trucking Forum on May 27th to discuss issues facing farmers on rural roads and state highways.
Garrett County Celtic Festival Returns June 5th
The day-long stage events will include Celtic, Scottish and Irish music. Pipes and Drums will open the day and present short concerts. The lineup also includes the Teelin Irish Dance Company.
MDOT SHA Completes U.S. Route 219 Realignment and Improvement Project in Garrett County
The US Route 219 (Chestnut Ridge Road) highway realignment in Grantsville will officially open to traffic on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Maryland Entrepreneur Hub Launches to Support the State’s Innovation Ecosystem
The Maryland Entrepreneur Hub was designed with the entrepreneur in mind, to provide a platform that gathers all of Maryland’s resources and funding information in one place.
MD Commerce Accepting Small Business COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program Applications from Garrett County Businesses That Do NOT Collect Sales & Use Tax
Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply. This will be the last chance for businesses to apply for this funding. Application portal will close May 15, 2021.