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April 7, 2020

Senator Van Hollen & Congressman Trone’s offices reached out today to let members of the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce know that they have sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin outlining their concerns with recently issued Treasury guidance contradicting the intended critical aid provided by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The lawmakers worked to craft PPP to provide relief and liquidity to businesses more swiftly than the traditional loan programs to help them get through this crisis. 

Here’s the link to the letter they sent to Secretary Mnuchin:
Van Hollen Trone Letter to Mnuchin on PPP

April 6, 2020

Businesses across Maryland have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Congressman David Trone’s team has compiled these resources to help you take advantage of state and federal programs during this time.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Business Resource Webinar with Congressman David Trone, the Small Business Administration, the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the Maryland Department of Labor (4/1/2020)

March 31, 2020

From David Trone’s Office:

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
On Friday, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. There are several key provisions in this legislation that will help keep small businesses afloat and employees financially stable.

To help business owners navigate this law, my team has compiled a Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act with a breakdown of all the information you need to know about how this bill will impact your business and employees. 

You can find more information in the guide here

March 30, 2020

Germantown Copy is offering to create FREE BANNERS for Local Restaurants & Food Trucks!
In less than a week’s time restaurants and bars have taken a big hit. We all have. In an effort to help, we are offering free banners to local restaurants and food trucks in the local area (Germantown, Gaithersburg, Rockville, etc.) . Banners will include grommets for easy hanging.

To order, please email us, and include:
The phone number you want listed
2) Indicate Carry-Out or Delivery/Curbside Service
3) A logo if you want one it included

Please provide your name and business name at the time of order. Limit 1 per location. For a limited time only.

These are for picked up only. No deliveries available for this product. Don’t worry we are taking all the safety precautions in producing them and your order will be wrapped. We can even place them in our drop box with your name on it or do a curb side pickup.

FREE SAFETY POSTER for Local Businesses and Organizations.
We are offering free Coronavirus Safety Posters to anyone who needs them. There are 2 health related posters available, They are 12 x 18 inches and are meant to be place on a wall or door. If you need one, they’re yours. You don’t have to be a current customer to get them. You can see a sample of the posters attached.
Only stipulation is that these have to be picked up at our shop. No deliveries available for this product. We can wrap them and put them in our drop box with your name on it. If needed we can mail them as long as you cover the cost for the postage and mailing tube. Timeliness will depend on equipment availability and paper supply as we are running these in between orders. We will contact you as soon as we have them prepared.
To request your Banner and / or Poster by email to: gcc@germantowncopy.com

March 24, 2020

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

https://montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus.html#faq

COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund

Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Labor have launched the new COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant), will be a quick deployable benefit and customizable to the specific needs of your business to minimize the need for layoffs.

Labor is accepting grant applications from small businesses for awards from now through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends (subject to funding availability).

http://www.labor.maryland.gov/employment/covidlafund.shtml

March 23, 2020

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund

This COVID-19 Emergency Relief $50M Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland small businesses and nonprofits with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners.

Maryland Emergency Relief Fund Information

Emergency Relief Fund Online Application

March 22, 2020

Hello Clarksburg Chamber Members,

Over the past few days, I have spoken with many of our members, other small businesses as well as our local and state jurisdictions in regards to response measures. I know these are incredibly uncertain-nervous making times and we wanted you to know that the Clarksburg Chamber is working closely with many folks on the front lines to help aid our business members.

Here are some of the efforts that have already been put in place. NOTE: As you have seen, information these days tends to be fluid. In an effort to keep our business community connected to the very resources available specifically to us during this time… keep checking your inbox and our Chamber Facebook page for up-to-date information as we will keep sending info as we get it. I know this is a LONG email but I’ve formatted it to be scannable to find information pertinent to you.

Maryland Unites
https://governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites/
Governor Hogan’s team organized a one-stop shop to provide Marylanders with resources they need to react and respond to events as they unfold. The website addresses so many topics where they (the state) will continually update these pages so please, save it as a bookmark and share it with others. Topics include: Businesses, Airports, Child Care, Elections, Evictions, Farms, Food Supply Chain, Hospitals, Insurance, Isolation, License & Permits, Nursing Homes, Parks, Prisons, Pharmacies, Transit, & Utilities plus much more.

Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders
https://governor.maryland.gov/category/executive-orders/
This is a great list to keep checking to see what orders have been put in place. He is adding to this list regularly.

Small Business Administration – Disaster Assistance Loans
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
2 days ago Governor Hogan announced that Maryland has received designation for SBA disaster assistance – the SBA now can provide low-interest loans though the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to help business, renters, and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

>>>NOTE: I’ve heard from a few of you that this application is not easy to fill out – I have reached out to find someone at the SBA to do a video conf. call with our members to help them fill out the application properly. Stay tuned as we find that person.

*NEW – Montgomery County’s $20M Fund for Small Business & Non-Profits
Plans are underway for the County to put together a $20 million fund used to help small businesses & non-profits that are struggling during this unprecedented crisis. County Executive, Marc Elrich, plans to hold a virtual town hall meeting with small business owners and NPs in the next few days. I will share that info in an email once the date and time are established.

>>>NOTE: If you have any questions about this, please email me directly: stephaniegraves@live.com

Maryland Information for Business
The State of Maryland is working hard to keep transparent news, information, & resources available to businesses and employers during this time and will continue to push out the latest information here: https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus

Do you have specific questions but can’t find answers?
Email: secretary.commerce@maryland.gov

Employer & Worker Assistance
This is a great resource for businesses that experience a temporary or permanent layoff.. they will be keeping these links up-to-date as new policies are made and posted.  

Taxes
Federal Taxes – Filing your Federal taxes has now been pushed out to July 15, 2020.
State Taxes – Now aligned with the new Federal tax deadline of 7/15/2020

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can’t file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

This filing and payment relief includes:
The 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who file and pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020, are automatically extended until July 15, 2020. This relief applies to all individual returns, trusts, and corporations. This relief is automatic, taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify.

This relief also includes estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020. Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. You will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by July 15.

Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

Childcare Providers
Montgomery County is in need of licensed childcare providers all over the county who might have additional space for kids of first responders. The need is immediate and is only going to grow. If you are one of our childcare members or if you know any that are still operating – please let me know: Stephaniegraves@live.com

MocoEats.com
https://visitmontgomery.com/restaurant-directory/
Visit Montgomery, our county’s tourism arm, has created this easy to use interactive guide to restaurants who are doing carry out and delivery around the county. There is also a link to “submit a restaurant.”
This is one way to help our local economy – restaurants are staying open, continuing to pay employees, and provide food – and now beer and wine – for your family.

Census 2020
As you may know – The US Census is still marching forward with a 2 week extension to get your forms submitted. The Census is more important that ever now that this pandemic has occurred. It is showing how necessary it is to count everyone so we can get fair representation in government, funding for disaster relief, enough teachers for schools, hospital needs are met at pace with residents, and a million other factors.

You should have received an invitation in the mail already to take the Census online. When you open your census envelope you will see a box in the middle of the page that says “Your Census ID Is:” followed by a series of numbers and letters. That is YOUR specific code to YOUR address. Remember – you are filling out 1 census survey per address, you address gets one Census ID and gets filled out by one person who will account for all people (babies and 107 year olds) who live at that address. Example: my house gets one invitation to fill out census. I fill it out for my, my husband, and my kids. It is NOT that each of the 4 of us get invitations to fill out the survey. Let me know if you have any questions.

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We are a strong community of not just businesses but neighbors, with this in mind, the Board and I are working on ways to bring us all together – virtually – to strengthen this bond. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks. If you have ideas, reach out and share them with me. Stephaniegraves@live.com

Lastly, I’ll continue extending this invitation to each of you… I want to hear how you are doing and how your business is getting through this time. Are you staying open? What are some of the worries you are facing specific to this crisis? If there is anything I can do to help – I’m here. Stephaniegraves@live.com

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