Resources for Businesses
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
The Paycheck Protection Program is a forgivable loan that helps businesses keep your workforce employed during this COVID-19 crisis. This includes self-employed business owners, sole proprietors, and independent contractors. Get details here. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Most lenders are working with their existing clients first, so check with your bank to find out if they are a participating lender. Download a sample application here. Find eligible PPP Lenders here.
UPDATE 4/24/2020: For sole proprietors in Charles County, Virginia Partners Bank/Maryland Partners Bank is here to help you with the SBA's PPP loans. If you are a sole proprietor with $100,000 or less in annual payroll, they will process your application regardless of whether or not you bank with them. Get details here.
EMERGENCY ECONOMIC INJURY GRANT
The Emergency Economic Injury Grant is an emergency advance of up to $10,000 available to small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is available within three days of applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and does not need to be repaid. Click here to learn more.
UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR SELF-EMPLOYED
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will provide benefits for individuals who cannot work due to COVID-19 and who are not usually eligible unemployment benefits – such as self-employed individuals and independent contractors. The program has not yet been launched, but it will be retroactive once in place. You may sign up to receive an e-mail once the new application is ready here.
SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF PROGRAM
The Small Business Administration will pay the principal, interest, and fees on qualifying SBA loans. Click here to learn more.
STATE OF MARYLAND RESOURCES
GUIDANCE FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES
Governor Hogan has issued and continues to issue executive orders related to the COVID-19 crisis. For guidance, go to COVID-19 Pandemic: Orders and Guidance.
The Maryland Business Express website is a comprehensive resource with links to many programs and agencies that have established assistance for businesses. This site is a joint effort of the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Department of Labor and is kept current with extensive information and links specific to business and employment resources in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It is updated daily as new information comes in.
MARYLAND BUSINESS RELIEF WIZARD
The Maryland Business Relief Wizard will help you sort through eligibility for business relief programs. Simply answer a handful of questions about your business and current operating status, and the Wizard will show you which programs are available to you – Federal, State, and Local. This feature is made possible by our regional partners in Howard County and the State of Maryland.
The Maryland SBDC has prepared the "COVID-19 Small Business Survival" Guide (updated 5.4.20) to provide education and resources to guide business owners. Get it here.
Maryland Governor Hogan Executive Orders
Maryland business tax extensions announced by Comptroller Franchot
Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information COVID-19 for businesses
Charles County Government COVID-19 information
For local assistance to Charles County Businesses, contact Lucretia Freeman-Buster, Chief of Business Development at BusterL@MeetCharlesCounty.com or the Southern Maryland Small Business Development Center.