It is an unprecedented time that we are all currently living through and much continues to change every day. Many of you have been faced with having to close your doors or work at a limited compacity. Please reach out to your bank/banker and talk through your concerns.
This is a compiled list of recourses for you to look through that have been put in place as well as things that are currently being put in place. We will continue to update you as we know more.
Governor Hogan’s team organized a one-stop shop to provide Marylanders with resources they need to react and respond to events as they unfold. The website addresses so many topics where they (the state) will continually update these pages so please, save it as a bookmark and share it with others. Topics include: Businesses, Airports, Child Care, Elections, Evictions, Farms, Food Supply Chain, Hospitals, Insurance, Isolation, License & Permits, Nursing Homes, Parks, Prisons, Pharmacies, Transit, & Utilities plus much more.
Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders https://governor.maryland.gov/category/executive-orders/ This is a great list to keep checking to see what orders have been put in place. He is adding to this list regularly.
Small Business Administration – Disaster Assistance Loans
2 days ago Governor Hogan announced that Maryland has received designation for SBA disaster assistance – the SBA now can provide low-interest loans though the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to help business, renters, and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
*NEW* Montgomery County’s $20M Fund for Small Business & Non-Profits – County Executive Marc Elrich recognizes that the current public health crisis is having a devasting impact on the county’s businesses and non-profits. Executive Elrich worked with the Montgomery County Council to create a $20M Public Health Emergency Grant program that will provide relief to local small businesses and nonprofits. Please join the County Executive on Wednesday, March 25, at 11AM as he will discuss this initiative. He will also answer questions on other topics such as: Business & Taxes/Fees Deferment; Sick and Safe Leave Pay, and Other Financial Support Resources. Use this link (https://forms.gle/a6w7bueVqBvxnTbp7) to register for the event. Once you register, you will be able to submit questions in advance. We will consolidate the various questions and provide an opportunity for the Executive to answer them during the conversation. There will also be a chat feature during the meeting for questions. You will receive the actual meeting link prior to the meeting on Wednesday morning.
Maryland Information for Business
The State of Maryland is working hard to keep transparent news, information, & resources available to businesses and employers during this time and will continue to push out the latest information here: https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus. Do you have specific questions but can’t find answers? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employer & Worker Assistance
This is a great resource for businesses that experience a temporary or permanent layoff. They will be keeping these links up-to-date as new policies are made and posted.
• The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Labor and Industry enforces the Maryland
Health Working Families Act, also known as Safe and Sick Leave, which may be useful for employees
who need to take off from work due to COVID-19. To learn more about the law, email email@example.com.
• If a business experiences a temporary or permanent layoff, Labor’s Division of Unemployment
Insurance’s Bulk Claim Services can open unemployment insurance claims for all affected employees.
Businesses should contact a Claims Representative by emailing UI.BulkClaim@maryland.gov. For more information, visit the Department of Labor’s COVID-19 FAQ page.
Federal Taxes – Filing your Federal taxes has now been pushed out to July 15, 2020
State Taxes – As of 3/22/2020 Comptroller Franchot has extended business-related tax filing to June 1, 2020 – Stay tuned as this may end up aligning to our new Federal tax deadline of 7/15/2020.
Montgomery County is in need of licensed childcare providers all over the county who might have additional space for kids of first responders. The need is immediate and is only going to grow. If you are one of our childcare members or if you know any that are still operating – please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may know – The US Census is still marching forward with a 2 week extension to get your forms submitted. The Census is more important that ever now that this pandemic has occurred. It is showing how necessary it is to count everyone so we can get fair representation in government, funding for disaster relief, enough teachers for schools, hospital needs are met at pace with residents, and a million other factors. You should have received an invitation in the mail already to take the Census online. When you open your census envelope you will see a box in the middle of the page that says “Your Census ID Is: followed by a series of numbers and letters. That is YOUR specific code to YOUR address. Remember – you are filling out 1 census survey per address, you address gets one Census ID and gets filled out by one person who will account for all people (babies and 107 yr old’s) who live at that address.
Lastly, you can continue to monitor updates related to COVID-19 and County government efforts at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/coronavirus and continue to follow the guidelines for your health and safety and that of your family and our community.
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