COVID-19 Business Resources

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

Letter To Business Community

COVID-19 Information Update - Chris Kaselemis of Economic Development

Current Updates

St. Mary's County COVID-19 Small Business and Non-Profit Relief Fund

  • By now, you may have heard about the St. Mary's County Small Business and Non-profit Relief Grant for those affected by COVID-19. Have you applied? Not sure if you qualify? Do you have questions about the program?
  • Funds are still available!
  • Over 200 grants awarded!
  • $6,000 grants for businesses with 0 - 15 FTE Employees.
  • $8.500 grants for businesses with 16 - 30 FTE Employees.
  • Please email with any questions.

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  3. Pay $25 and get a $50 spending value!!
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Current Funding Opportunities

  • MSBDFA Program - COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund - provides emergency financial relief to eligible businesses that have experienced economic hardship due to the ongoing pandemic with low-interest rates and low-documentation loans. Five-year term loans ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 will be available with an interest rate of zero percent for the first 12 months and two percent for the remaining term of the loan. 
  • Main Street Lending Program Nonprofit Loan Options - Federal Reserve Board modifies Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to credit for nonprofit organizations such as educational institutions, hospitals, and social service organizations
  • Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) - The State of Maryland will begin accepting applications eligible nonprofit organizations can receive up to $50,000 in grant assistance for operational support.
  • 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. 
  • 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 August 3.
  • 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.

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