WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Chamber’s homepage is constantly being updated with additional resources, with the more important information still remaining: Assistance with Maryland’s Small Business disaster relief programs, SBA information, Layoff Aversion Funding, information on how to file for unemployment insurance claims in bulk (and why it’s encouraged), and so much more. We’ve also got a nice feature that easily breaks down The CARES Act!
Our latest addition is our “Members Here to Help”
page, which will be continuously updated with information that other members are sharing, including ways they can offer assistance to fellow members experiencing some confusion and hardship.
The U.S. Small Business Administration launched the Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Pilot Program
on March 25 to help existing small businesses obtain financing if they already have a relationship with an SBA approved lender.
The EBL Pilot Program is designed to supplement the SBA’s direct disaster loan capabilities and authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses located in communities affected by the coronavirus emergency. The loans will help small businesses that are waiting for long-term financing, including through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. For more details go to the Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program PROGRAM GUIDE
NFIB is hosting their next webinar on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus bill on Monday, March 30, at 12PM.
- The webinar will include:
- An overview of the federal government’s unfolding response to this crisis and an explanation of the tax relief offered in the federal bills;
- Information on how small businesses owners can get financial support, including a discussion of the grant and forgivable loan application processes; and
- Discussion of the USDOL’s guidance of the new paid sick leave and family medical leave law including information on the small business exemption and how employer reimbursement will work
Join the U.S. Chamber Foundation on Monday, March 30, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:00 PM for an online briefing on how 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations can benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Foundation President Carolyn Cawley and U.S. Chamber Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley will discuss how the CARES Act impacts nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, what to expect regarding the implementation phase, and how it can be used to help nonprofits during this unprecedented crisis.
Beginning at the end of the day on Friday, March 27, 2020, all childcare programs are to be closed. During this State of Emergency, childcare programs have been established by the State to serve only designated essential personnel.
These programs are at no cost to designated essential personnel. Eligible programs may be found on the MSDE website at earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org
or by using the LOCATE: Child Care
resource, a telephone service that is available by phone Monday – Friday at 877-261-0060 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
The children of essential personnel attending the State-funded child care programs will be kept at an appropriate distance from each other with ratios of one teacher to nine children and smaller class sizes for younger children.
Parents/guardians are strongly urged to keep children at home as the first and best option to protect them from the virus; it should be noted in the Governor’s March 13, 2020 Executive Order, licensing regulations were relaxed to allow for Family, Friend and Neighbor care for five or fewer students.
If closed licensed child care programs are willing to provide child care to children of essential personnel, they may reopen beginning March 30, 2020, with the following requirements:
- Programs must apply with their Regional Licensing Specialists to be approved before they begin serving eligible families.
- These programs may only reopen after a thorough cleaning has been conducted.
- They must only serve the children of essential personnel.
- Parents and caregivers of essential personnel may call one of the following numbers for additional information:
Child care providers with questions can contact their Regional Licensing Specialist.
‘For Our City’ COVID-19 Response Campaign