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COVID-19: Business Resources

We want you to know, as a local stakeholder, that the Visit Frederick team is here for you. Our staff is working remotely, gathering and disseminating information, and identifying ways to urge people to help our many businesses that are being so negatively impacted.  The COVID-19 advisory page found on the Visit Frederick website continues to be a great resource, providing information regarding closings and event cancellations, as well as restaurants providing carryout/curbside pickup, and updates regarding Frederick County. 

Recovery and Reopen Resources

Frederick County has established a new email address and phone number for questions specific businesses may have.  The owner can reach out to FCHDBusinessInfo@FrederickCountyMD.gov or call 301-600-6200.

  •  Recovery, Reopening and Reentry  
    • June 3 Executive Order: Review the Governor’s June 3 Executive Order regarding the reopening of tattoo parlors, tanning salons, massage parlors, establishments that provide aesthetic services or nail technician services, and other businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors.
  • Recovery, Reopening and Reentry/General Guidance  
  • Small Business Health Related Requirements

Visit Frederick: "Roadmap to Recovery" which illustrates a 4 phased approach on messaging & promotion to locals and future visitors.

Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery: For the most up to date information on recovery plans for the State of Maryland, visit governor.maryland.gov/recovery.

Maryland Back to Business Website: Maryland business community leaders have developed industry-specific guidelines to help businesses as we enter this new era. These guidelines and best practices for Maryland companies will be made available on this new website. Guidance for marinas and golf courses is currently available. Additional industry sector guidance coming soon. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Community Facilities  - CDC provides an Interim Recommendations for U.S. Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Face Masks and Other Critical Cleaning Supplies  - Maryland Retailers Association provides resources for supplies. Visit Frederick suggest that you work with our local distilleries for a supply of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant.

Face Coverings, Social Distancing & Sanitation Requirements: Governor Hogan has issued an Executive Order that requires all employees and customers (over the age of 9) of retail and food service establishments, as well as public transportation, to wear face coverings beginning on April 18. Additionally, retailers must post signage at each entrance advising customers about the requirement to wear face coverings. Appropriate signage and markings to reinforce social distancing and six-foot spacing must also be displayed where any queue is expected to form.  Businesses who use shared equipment, such as baskets or hand carts, must provide sanitation equipment, such as handiwipes or alcohol swabs, for individual use. Retail businesses also are required to provide employees and customers with access to clean restrooms stocked with soap and sanitizer, and must allow employees to wash their hands at least every 30 minutes.

Retail Guidance: As general guidance to consider, the National Retail Federation and Retail Industry Leaders Association created a guide about phased openings and shopping safe, called Open for Business – A Blueprint for Shopping Safe. The NRF also put together an Operation Open Doors Checklist, a helpful checklist to help retailers prepare to reopen. 

OSHA Guidance for Takeout & Curbside: OSHA issued an alert with safety tips for restaurant, food and beverage businesses providing curbside pickup and takeout service. Also provided by OSHA is this poster listing Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus.

American Alliance for Museums published a blog post titled How to Get Ready to Open the Doors with insight about what museums may look like upon reopening.

Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit - Provided by Streetsense, a potential good resource for restaurant and craft beverage industry.

US Travel Association has laid out a plan for tourism businesses called Industry Guidance for Promoting Health and Safety of All Travelers.  This plan was developed based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House guidelines: “Opening Up America Again “ and in consultation with public health experts.

US Food and Drug Administration is sharing information about best practices to operate retail food stores, restaurants, and associated pick-up and delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard workers and consumers.

Guidance on Best Practices for Golf Courses to reopen.

Webinars

US Travel webinar reveals future traveler sentiment toward travel and safety. Numerous surveys have been conducted and the results indicate that there is tremendous benefit to informing your customers about infection prevention measures being taken at your establishment.  Thus, signage and other forms of communication are of great importance. Listen to the full recording of the webinar here.

Preparing for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness and Beyond on Thursday, May 14 at 10:00AM. Hosted by Frederick County Chamber of Commerce and DeLeon & Stang.

Assessing Recovery: The Assurances Consumers Need on Thursday, May 14 at 12:00PM. Hosted by U.S. Travel Association.

  • May 7th webinar, "Addressing Uncertainty Through Safety: New Guidance for the Industry" slide deck and full recording.

UPS My Choice: Boost Your Business Through Better Control of Your Shipments on Thursday, May 14 at 1:00PM. Hosted by UPS.COVID-19: A Conversation with Comptroller Peter Franchot on Friday, May 15 at 1:30PM. Hosted by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

SBA EIDL Application Help Through Live Webinar offered daily at 10:30AM and 8:00PM. Hosted by the Delaware SBA district office, open to anyone to join. On the call, an SBA agent will walk businesses through the EIDL application process. Businesses should have all necessary documents ready.

Community Conversations (local to Frederick) every Thursday at 1:00PM. Series of collaborative virtual meet-ups with local business owners from a wide range of industries. Discuss challenges and innovations, generate new ideas, and refine your own strategies for keeping momentum during these challenging times. Register in advance. Hosted by Postern.

Financial Resources

Frederick County Jump Start Grant

Jump Start grants are to help our farmers and small businesses return to thriving. Applications for the Jump Start Grants must be made online at FrederickCountyMD.gov/JumpStart and will be accepted from 7 a.m. Thursday, May 28, until 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 5. Questions about eligibility criteria or required documentation can be sent to info@discoverfrederickmd.com.

Maryland Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses

Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These options are for Maryland-based businesses impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer.  This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.

Maryland Department of Commerce Division of Unemployment Insurance

Governor Hogan announced new COVID-19 business relief programs on March 23. These resources are available through the Department of Commerce. Due to unprecedented volumes of claims, the Department of Labor has updated the process for applying for benefits.

Emergency SBA Loans

Frederick County businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). This program designation recognizes the catastrophic impact that shutdowns are having resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.

This program, administered by the SBA, offers emergency loans at a deeply discounted interest rates for businesses and nonprofits covered by national declarations. Unlike other situations, a business does NOT need to have been turned down by a commercial lender in order to apply.

COVID-19 Resources for SBA Loans Webinar
Trust Financial in conjunction with the Frederick County Economic Development Office, the Frederick City Economic Development Office, The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Frederick, and the Downtown Frederick Partnership offered Web Ex for Frederick County Small Businesses, COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses on March 27th. This is a recording of the session as well as the PowerPoint slides that were presented. The password is MxvN224@ and it is best to use a browser other than Internet Explorer.

COVID Collaborative Nonprofit Grant Applications 

The COVID Collaborative is administering a common grant application to support local eligible organizations impacted by COVID-19. The Phase I application is open through noon on April 3, 2020.  At least $100,000 will be available to support grants during Phase I. Minimum grant request is $500. A maximum request has not been specified. Partial funding of requests will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Organizations can use this application to apply for emergency grants to support increases to demands in services and/or grants to support general operating expenses when revenues have been impacted by COVID-19-related closures. 

Applications will be collected by the Community Foundation and evaluated for funding by the COVID Collaborative funders, including The Community Foundation of Frederick County, the Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, and United Way of Frederick County.

Maryland Coronavirus Information for Business

Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Labor, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, and several other state agencies have a webpage dedicated to business resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On it you will find guidelines for employers, fair labor standards, information on insurance claims, opportunities for financial assistance, tax questions, and more.

After last week's passage of the CARES Act, we know that many of you have questions about what aid you qualify for and how you can apply for it. I wanted to share several U.S. Travel resources that may be able to help provide some answers and make sure our industry is getting the assistance it needs.

CARES Act

U.S. Travel hosted a webinar to highlight the provisions of the CARES Act for which travel industry companies are eligible. Please see helpful resources below to better equip your business and to take advantage of the assistance available and provide guidance on how to navigate the recently passed relief package.

• View the full slide deck outlining CARES Act provisions and eligibility.

• View an FAQ about the CARES Act.

• For the full recording with slides and audio, click here.

Additional Resources

Frederick County OED Resources for Businesses - Frederick County Business Financial Tool - Office of Economic Development has partnered with Orases to have a single tool for businesses to use to better understand what is available.  This tool will be updated as loans and grants change. It has been vetted and is believed to be the most current information on interest rates, terms, borrowers requirements and eligible funding uses.  

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

City of Frederick COVID-19 

Downtown Frederick Partnership COVID-19

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program 

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