COVID-19 Updates for Howard County Businesses 
April 10, 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

Federal Reserve to Open New Main Street Lending Program, Bolster the Current Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 
The Federal Reserve on Thursday took additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy. This funding will assist households and employers and will help to bolster the ability of state and local governments to deliver critical services during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Relief Program Eligibility Wizard Reminder  
Wondering which COVID-19 funding programs your business qualifies for? In case you missed it yesterday, the HCEDA collaborated with industry partners, business leaders, and statewide organizations to launch the Relief Program Eligibility Wizard

The Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) Update 
The Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE), while operating under the governor's social distancing directives, will continue to process requests for certification. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to perform the required interview with the owner(s). The mandatory on-site visit at your place of business will be performed when business operations return to normal. Firms that are currently certified should continue to submit Annual Renewal documentation as requested. Check their website for more information. 

Other News

County Executive Ball Signs Executive Order to Clarify Government Operations and Services Available to Residents  
The Executive Order continues provisions from the County Executive’s previous Executive Order issued in March which suspended legal and procedural deadlines, due dates, and times of default/expiration administered by Howard County to aid in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. The order allows processes that are essential and necessary for the continuity of government, and that can be performed in a safe manner to continue operating to the extent possible. Click here to view the Executive Order. 

Neighbor Ride Pivots to Deliver Food During Crisis 
Neighbor Ride, partnered with the Howard County Food Bank and Howard County Office on Aging and Independence to aid local seniors by offering food delivery services and rides to essential medical appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more and donate, visit:
Upcoming Webinars

IEDC COVID19 Webinar: Boost Your COVID-19 Tech Toolbox 
Monday, April 13, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm  

Howard County Chamber of Commerce Webinar: Working Effectively from Home 
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:00 am

Maryland Innovation Center Presents A Risk & Resiliency Webinar Session with
Ryan Miller
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 3:00 – 3:30 pm | Zoom Webinar 

SBA Daily Calls & Webinars 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for the coronavirus relief options. Prior to joining, please have all your necessary documents ready. 

  • 3:00 pm – Daily Conference Call / 202-765-1264; ID # 827-299-626 
  • 5:30 pm – Daily Conference Call / 202-765-1264; ID # 310-688-488 /  
  • 10:30 am and 8:00 pm – Zoom Webinar (download the ZOOM app for free), Meeting # 6794772946  
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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