COVID-19 Business Resources
St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development understands that this is a challenging period for many members of our business community. We are arming ourselves with resources to share with you in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We support you and will continue to be ready to answer your questions and concerns during this time.
In response to national and statewide efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many members of the St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development team will be teleworking. We will continue to be available via email and phone during this time.
All employees are available via email and phone which are listed on our website here.
Click the button below to read Department Director, Chris Kaselemis' Letter to the Business Community
COVID-19 Information Update - Chris Kaselemis of Economic Development
St. Mary's County COVID-19 Small Business and Non-Profit Relief Fund
Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
The "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery" has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland's Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state. Read the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.
BOOST St. Mary’s – Restaurant Gift Card Program
St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, in partnership Visit St. Mary’s MD, have launched a program to support local restaurants in St. Mary’s County facing economic hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Restaurant BOOST Gift Card Program, a gift card investment and value-added program, will support locally owned, locally operated restaurants throughout the County. This program is designed to bring much needed revenue directly to our restaurant partners.
The program is simple - customers purchase a $25 gift card that will be valued at $35 for participating restaurants in St. Mary’s County. This is a great value for current or new customers, provides immediate cash to the restaurant, keeps local restaurants on the minds of our citizens, and provides an easy way for our local residents to give back to the small local business community.
Visit BoostStMarys.com to see participating restaurants.
NEW-The Health Officer for St. Mary's County issued a Public Health Order that is effective on April 15th requiring the following:
- Customers of at least two years in age are required to wear face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail establishments (including large chain retail). Cloth face coverings or other masks are acceptable to be used.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail establishments must establish capacity limits by setting limits on number of clients in the facility at a given time, and queues outside that promote social distancing spaces for customers while waiting.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail establishments must provide their employees with access to clean and sanitary restrooms stocked with cleansing products, such as soap and sanitizer. Employers must allow employees to wash their hands at a minimum of every 30 minutes.
- Employees must wear cloth face coverings or other masks. Employers must provide such coverings or make provisions for employees to obtain.
COVID-19 Business Updates
United States of America Government
- CARES Act Legislation Summary
- S. Chamber Cares Act Guide
- SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Resources & Guidelines for Business
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Response Toolkit
Maryland State Government
- Governor Hogan Announcements
- Department of Commerce
Department of Labor
- COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund (No longer Accepting Applications)
- BEACON One-Stop Tutorial Videos (Unemployment Assistance)
- Health Department
St. Mary's County Government
Small Business Development Center Southern Region Resources
- COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide
- SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance
- Small Business Administration Disaster Relief
- Small Business Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Support Local Businesses
- BOOST St. Mary’s – Restaurant Gift Card Program –a gift card investment and value-added program, will support locally owned, locally operated restaurants throughout the County. Visit com to see participating restaurants.
- Mary’s Young Professionals (SMYP) – Post weekly Food Truck neighborhood schedules and times. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
- SOMD Food service establishments, please post your restaurant carryout/to-go menu in this new Facebook group Southern Maryland is Hungry
- List of operating St. Mary’s County Restaurants
Additional Resources/Grant/Loan Opportunities
- MARBIDCO Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund - 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 to be pledged to receive a loan. Applications for the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund must be submitted by May 31.
- Maryland State Arts Council - Special grant opportunity that provides emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in Maryland as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.
- Maryland Heritage Areas Authority - Nonprofit heritage tourism organizations, located within the boundaries of a certified heritage area, that have been impacted by COVID-19 crisis, are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with all applications received by the first of each month considered as a group.
- Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund - OLD BAY, McCormick for Chefs and CORECares have kickstarted the Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund with a contribution of $100,000. Their goal is to provide up to $2,500 in grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible to help support the Maryland restaurant industry in need of financial assistance during this time.
- Restaurant Employee Relief Fund - The National Restaurant Association Has Launched Relief Fund to Give $500 Checks to Restaurant Workers Affected by Coronavirus. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
- Professional Beauty Association COVID-19 Relief Fund - The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding, if awarded to you, is intended to be emergency aid for short-term immediate needs such as food and bills.
- The Red Backpack Fund – Elevating Female Entrepreneurs - The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation has donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by the crisis. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.
- WesBanco Bank Community Development Corporation – Community Partner Relief (CPR) Fund Grants - WesBanco has pledged a special allocation of $350,000 for grant funding to non-profit organizations who are providing vital relief services to communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Partner Relief Fund will provide grants in an amount of up to $5,000 per donation to eligible non-profit organizations that serve communities within WesBanco’s footprint.
- 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.
- Looking for a different Grant? https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html
- CSM Nonprofit Institute - Resources for Nonprofits During COVID-19
Scam Alert: All links from the SBA come with a .gov If you receive an email or a link that says SBA.com or anything but .gov, it is not from the SBA. Also, there are NO fees for any of these loans. The Maryland Dept of Commerce, the SBA or programs in the CARES Act. If you receive a phone call in reference to the SBA EIDL loan, asking for credit card information, do not provide it. The SBA does not do this. Report such activity to your local SBA office immediately.