COVID-19 Updates for Howard County Businesses 
April 16, 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.  

Business News & Updates

Governor Hogan Issues Executive Order to Enforce Face Coverings and Physical Distancing  
Yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order to the State of Maryland requiring residents to use face coverings and reinforce physical distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Essential workers and residents whom are partaking in essential travel to locations such as grocery stores and pharmacies are required to wear a face covering and/or mask.

New executive orders as of April 15th: Shareholder Meetings, Pharmacy Matters, Masks and Physical Distancing.

The Maryland Business Relief Wizard, A Regularly Updated Tool for Our Businesses   
In order to ensure that you know which COVID-19 funding programs your company qualifies for, our partnered Maryland Business Relief Wizard tool is regularly updated with federal and state programs currently available to businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

Programs added to the site since it’s launch:   
•    MARBIDCO Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program   
•    MSAC Emergency Grant   
•    The Main Street Loan Facility   
•    USDA Farm Service Agency Microloan Program   
•    Farm Loan Discovery Tool   

Thank you to our sponsors for your continued collaboration: BTS Software Solutions, Mindgrub, MD Tech Council, KatzAbosch, Offit Kurman, Capital Services, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, MD Department of Commerce, and IBM

Upcoming Webinars

Leadership HC's Premier Virtual Recruitment Forum
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8:15 – 9:15 am

Washington Metropolitan Area District Office presents Coping with COVID-19: SBA Updates on CARES Act Programs to Help Small Businesses and Non-Profits 
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm  

Startup Grind Columbia’s Freaky Friday Virtual Happy Hour 
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 3:30 pm 

HC Chamber’s Maryland Worksharing Expansion Plan  
Monday, April 20, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm 

IEDC's COVID-19: Moving Money to the Streets Webinar 
Monday, April 20, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm 

Startup Grind Columbia’s Entrepreneurship, Mentorship, and the Role of Higher Ed Virtual Event  
Monday, April 20, 2020 | 4:00 pm 

DefTech’s Virtual Meetup: Upping Your Marketing & PR Game 
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 8:30 – 10:00 am 

Leadership HC's Hot Lunch & Hot Topics Virtual Event 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 12:00 – 12:45 pm  

Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s Screen to Table Cooking Class featuring Chef Matt Milani from AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar  
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm   

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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