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State of Maryland - Information for Businesses

State Unemployment
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. If residents are temporarily or permanently laid off as a result of COVID-19 they can apply for unemployment insurance Individuals who have had their hours reduced as a result of the pandemic they might qualify for partial benefits Individuals can apply for unemployment through the Maryland Department of Labor Call centers are open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, with a large volume of claims the call centers are very busy – individuals are strongly encouraged to use the NetClaims online application.

Maryland Department of Commerce

Expanded Unemployment Insurance Benefits
The federal CARES Act expanded unemployment insurance benefits nationwide, giving access to sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed workers. Maryland will provide all three expanded unemployment programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
Upon availability, benefits will be paid back to the earliest date of eligibility. Please use the following link to monitor progress as these programs come online and sign up to receive email updates when filing opens for PUA benefits:

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation

The Anne Arundel Career Center is closed to public visitors until further notice. Services are still being offered virtually. AAWDC has compiled a list of resources that are available while the center is closed. These include:
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Career Center / Career Development Services
  • Business Solutions
  • Employment Opportunities
More information is available on the AAWDC Website

Maryland Department of Labor

BEACON One-Stop Tutorial Videos
The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance has provided four new tutorial videos to help Marylanders navigate the new BEACON One-Stop. All four videos can be found directly on the Maryland Department of Labor homepage.

Anne Arundel Economic Corporation

Childcare Providers Support Program
The Childcare Providers Support Grant aims to assist Anne Arundel County licensed family childcare homes and childcare centers that have seen a significant decrease in enrollment over the last six months. Support for the initiative comes from $3 million of Anne Arundel County’s CARES Act funds.

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Small Business Customer and Employee Protection Grant Program
This program is designed to assist local businesses purchase products and services needed for safe reopening in compliance with COVID-19 regulations. The program is supported with $5 million from the county’s allotment of funding from the federal CARES Act and will be managed by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC).

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Small Business Assistance
Anne Arundel County along with the entire state of Maryland has received Disaster Declaration for Economic Injury. Small businesses may apply for economic injury disaster loans online on the SBA's Disaster Assistance webpage. Additional information is also available in this handout.

More information is available on the AAEDC Website
Late Fees Waived for Business Loan Clients
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) Interim CEO Jill Seamon announced that it will waive late fees for businesses that have loans through its finance program and whose operations are disrupted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

More information is available on the AAEDC Website

State of Maryland

Business closures, restrictions and relief efforts

Maryland Department of Commerce

Maryland Business Relief Wizard
There are several state, local, and federal relief programs designed to help combat the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Relief Wizard is an easy-to-use tool that can direct businesses to the programs for which they are eligible. Please click

The Maryland Department of Commerce is currently streamlining its process to review and approve loan applications. The department is also training 150 volunteers to accommodate the sharp increase in application volume. Businesses can view the status of their applications through the Department of Commerce’s OneStop Portal at
Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program
Certified small businesses have access to over $400 million in prime contracting opportunities on state-funded contracts through the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. SBR certifications can be completed through the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) platform by clicking

Once certified, firms must recertify annually. If a business is not in the program or needs to recertify, they should complete the SBR certification process immediately. Utilize this Quick Reference Guide for more information:

Federal Resources

Anne Arundel County Awarded Federal Funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program
Anne Arundel County has been chosen to receive Phase 38 $106,795, to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

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