COVID-19 Updates for Howard County Businesses 
April 27, 2020

HCEDA is committed to keeping our business community informed on support and resources available to companies affected by the Coronavirus. Please fill out this brief COVID-19 business survey to help inform HCEDA in its efforts to provide information and assistance in the most effective manner possible.  

Local Updates

Paycheck Protection Program Application Reopened Today 
Effective today, the US Small Business Association (SBA) has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. 

Maryland Strong, a Roadmap to Recovery  
Maryland Strong lays out a path to gradually and responsibly reopen Maryland’s economy and details the “new normal” necessary to do so. It recognizes that economic recovery and protecting public health are equally important, and must work hand in hand. To view the plan, click here

MARBIDCO’s Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program (PALFP)  
To help Maryland’s food and fiber producers, harvesters and primary processors adjust to the business disruptions caused by COVID-19, Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) is offering loans (with a very quick turnaround time) through its new Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund. Applications must be submitted by May 31. Apply now. 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

MD MEP’s COVID-19 Manufacturers Questions Answered
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 1:00 pm  

Leadership Howard County’s Hot Lunch-Hot Topics 
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00 – 12:45 pm   

MIC Webinar: Healthcare Today…and the Coming Tectonic Shifts 
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm  
The Health Tech Innovators (HTI) Group is launching a virtual series focused on Trends and Hot Topics in Healthcare. In their first meetup, healthcare innovation and transformation leader, Pete Celano, will host a “Pitch for Pete” where entrepreneurs can pitch their idea in 3 minutes or less, Shark Tank style. 

MIC Presents Families First Act Q&A and other COVID HR Highlights Webinar 
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 1:00 – 1:30 pm   
Do you have questions about the Families First Act or other COVID HR concerns?  How can you best help your employees and yourself? This is a challenging time and it is difficult to navigate what you should and should not do. Peggy Dawson, Managing Consultant at The HR Team who focuses on startup and growth companies, will provide specific insights and answers to help you best navigate your way for your employees through these turbulent times. 

MIC Presents A Patent Monetization Strategies Webinar
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 2:00 – 2:30 pm 
The session will provide insight into several important considerations for legal protection of your ideas, which include: enforcing your patents, contingency legal representation in patent infringement cases, and patent litigation funding options. With many years of service in a variety of companies and with his own legal firm, speaker Phil Florenzo will bring a seasoned perspective to solving business legal issues.

HC Chamber’s Screen to Table Cooking Class featuring Chef Matt Milani from AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar 
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm   

HC Chamber’s Coffee w/ President Leonardo McClarty 
Monday, May 4, 2020 | 8:00 – 8:30am | Weekly Video Conference 

Funding Product Development with SBIRs/STTRs 
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 8:30 – 10:00 am 

HC Chamber’s COVID-19 Briefing with the Federal Reserve   
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 9:00 – 10:00 am   

For regular updates and more information on local, state, and national resources, please visit HCEDA’s Coronavirus Information Portal at   

If you have any questions regarding challenges your business may be encountering, you can also contact a business care specialist using our Contact Form.  

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