COVID-19 Updates for Howard County Businesses 
April 8, 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

HCEDA Collaborates with Industry Partners to Launch Relief Program Eligibility Wizard  
As part of a continued response to the impacts of COVID-19, HCEDA has collaborated with industry partners, business leaders, and statewide organizations to launch the Relief Program Eligibility Wizard. The wizard allows businesses to easily identify which State and Federal programs they may be eligible for and provides information on the application processes for those programs. In collaboration with legal, financial, and human resources subject matter experts, the team will continue to monitor federal and state resources and update the Relief Program Eligibility Wizard as new programs become available, or as existing programs change in availability. You can complete the Relief Program Eligibility Wizard here

Fire Marshall Guidance for Businesses 
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Office of the Fire Marshall will be sending a letter to many, retailers to promote fire/life safety and ensure no fire code violations occur during the pandemic. Many businesses are changing protocols intended to maintain the health and safety of employees and the public, however, any condition which creates a situation where life safety measures normally in place are diminished is prohibited. To view the important guidance to all Howard County Business Partners on life safety practices that should continue to be employed, click here

Other News

Governor Designates Howard County as “Hot Spot” 
Howard County was designated by Governor Hogan today as a “Hot Spot” within the State of Maryland, allowing the region to be a priority for federal assistance.  

HoCo Philanthropies Exceed Goal of Raising $100K to Address COVID-19  
Four local philanthropies have exceeded their goal of raising $100,000 in 10 days to provide Howard County nonprofits with emergency funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland, and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County established the fundraising website in late March. In just 10 days, the philanthropies raised about $130,000 in emergency funds that are now available to support nonprofits on the front lines of assisting with food security, housing, childcare, and healthcare. 

Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s Working From Home: COVID-19's Network Security Latest Challenges Webinar   
Friday, April 10, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 am  

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