COVID-19 Updates for Howard County Businesses 
April 22, 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

Senate Passes New Small Business Relief Bill  
On Tuesday evening, the U.S. Senate reached an agreement for the fourth coronavirus relief package to aid small businesses and hospitals. Lawmakers are proposing to inject another $310 million into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $60 billion of which is allocated for PPP loans by small lenders and community banks. The bill would increase funding by $10 billion to Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants. The bill also includes $75 billion to reimburse hospitals for COVID-19 related expenses and $25 billion to expand coronavirus testing capacity. The bill will go to the House next for a vote.  

Howard County Nonprofits Grant Application Deadline is This Friday 
Nonprofit organizations in Howard County have until Friday, April 24, 2020  to apply for a second round of emergency grants offered by HoCoRespond in light of the new coronavirus pandemic. More than $200,000 worth of grants were awarded to 13 Howard County nonprofits in the first round. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and together they have set a goal of raising $200,000 in five days for the next round. To learn more about this initiative, visit

CAMI Connecting Laid-off Workers with Openings 
The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Inc. (CAMI) is setting up an accelerated connection service to bring together employees who have been laid off and companies with open positions. Does your company have open positions or want to help those who have been forced to lay off find new work? Click here for job positing information or to forward resumes of individuals who have been laid off/furloughed as a result of COVID-19 and CAMI will connect them to CAMI members with open positions. 

County Launches HoCo Donation Collection Map
County Executive Ball recently announced the launch of HoCo Donation Collection, an online tool for residents to find locations to drop-off product donations including groceries, toiletries, and cleaning products. To see which of the 12 donation centers is nearest to you, click here.  

Upcoming Webinars

Maryland Innovation Center Presents A Paycheck Protection Program Q&A  
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm  
Have questions about the PPP or related business assistance programs? We’re here to help. Doug White, Managing Director of Glass Jacobson Financial Group, will share insights and answers to help you navigate the best use of this program for your business. Send your questions in advance of the session to

Coffee with HC Chamber President   
Monday, April 27, 2020 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | Weekly Video Conference  

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

Maryland Innovation Center 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 in a mini Shark Tank style. Interested in presenting your idea during "Pitch for Pete"? Please complete this form by Monday, April 27 at 12:00 pm.  

Maryland Innovation Center 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 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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