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Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation 

 

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

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:  

  • Unemployement Insurance
  • Career Center / Career Development Services
  • Business Solutions
  • Employment Opportunities

More information is available on the AAWDC Website

State of Maryland - Information for Businesses

 

Business closures, restrictions and relief efforts: 

https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business

 

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

http://labor.maryland.gov/employment/unemployment.shtml

2020 Census Jobs

Although  2020 Census field operations have been temporarily halted to allow for social distancing and support efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Census Bureau is still accepting applications for temporary part-time positions.

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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 Maryland Department of Labor homepage at MDunemployment.com.

 

The Maryland Department of Labor Launching a New One-Stop Application to Allow All Eligible Marylanders to File All Types of Claims Entirely Online

BALTIMORE, MD (April 17, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) today provided important updates about the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Eligible Marylanders will begin seeing their additional $600 per week payment today. Next Friday, April 24, the department will be launching a new one-stop unemployment insurance application to allow all newly eligible Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online. This includes those who are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, such as those who are self employed, and individuals who were previously required to file by phone. 

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 300,000 individuals have applied for unemployment insurance benefits and are facing economic hardships. These Marylanders are family, friends, neighbors, and business owners in our communities. We know how important it is to get them the benefits they need and deserve,” said Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson. “With $600 weekly payments beginning today and a new one-stop application launching next Friday that will allow all newly eligible Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online, financial relief is on its way.”

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program is officially launching today on Friday, April 17. This program provides unemployment insurance benefit recipients with an additional $600 per week payment on top of their current regular benefits. Current and future claimants who are eligible for benefits the week ending April 4 will see this additional $600 per week payment on the day of their next regularly scheduled payment by 5 p.m. Marylanders will receive benefits retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility, so many individuals may see $1,200 deposited on their debit card to cover this payment for the past two weeks. 

Next Friday, April 24, Labor will be launching a new one-stop unemployment insurance application that will implement the two remaining CARES Act programs. Those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, have insufficient work history, or who have exhausted their benefits since July 1, 2019 and are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program will now be able to submit their applications online and receive their benefits retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility.

These individuals should visit Labor’s website at MDunemployment.com and enter their email address to receive important information and instructions about filing their new claim. The new application will also allow individuals who were previously required to file by phone, like those who are federal employees, members of the military, have worked in multiple states, and have worked for more than 3 employers in the last 18 months to now file online. 

The new online application will also implement the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. Starting next Friday, new claimants and those who are already receiving benefits will automatically receive an additional 13 weeks of benefits under the CARES Act. Current eligible claimants do not need to take any additional steps to receive these extended benefits. Labor will be directly contacting Marylanders who have recently exhausted their benefits, so they can also use this new online application to reapply and receive the additional 13 weeks they are entitled to.

Labor has partnered with a vendor to bring in 200 additional call and claim takers to provide additional support to our claim centers as they handle the unprecedented volume of claims and calls. Labor is also in the process of reassigning over 150 current state employees and hiring over 100 new unemployment insurance employees. These actions will more than double the staffing at claim centers located throughout the state. Individuals can apply for Labor’s 100 new unemployment insurance positions online. The recruitment process has been streamlined to ensure that new employees are hired and trained as fast as possible. 

Claim center hours have been further extended to be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Starting tomorrow on April 18, claim center hours will also be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Labor will continue to expand hours and increase accessibility as necessary, so all Marylanders receive the assistance they need. 

For more information about unemployment insurance in Maryland during COVID-19, please visit MDunemployment.com.

Maryland Department of Commerce

 

Maryland Business Relieve 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 reliefwizard.net.

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 onestop.md.gov.

The department is also launching a Tourism Recovery Task Force and a Manufacturing Recovery Task Force to help prepare businesses to resume operations as soon as they are able to do so. Additional task forces will be established in the coming days and weeks with the aim of helping Maryland businesses in all sectors recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. More information about these initiatives will be made available soon.

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: dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml.

SBA Daily Calls & Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for coronavirus relief programs. The SBA offers these programs: Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loan, SBA Debt Relief. Calls and webinars are scheduled as follows:

  • 3 p.m. – Daily Conference Call. 202-765-1264; ID # 827-299-626
  • 5:30 p.m. – Daily Conference Call. 202-765-1264; ID # 310-688-488
  • 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. – Zoom Webinar. Meeting # 6794772946. Have all your necessary documents ready

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 emma.maryland.gov.

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: procurement.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2020/03/7-SBRCertification_Recertification.pdf.

MARBIDCO Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) established the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program to help Maryland’s food and fiber producers, harvesters, and primary processors adjust to business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers low-cost loans with flexible terms for working capital or equipment purchases. The maximum individual loan amount is $10,000, and no collateral security is required. Applications for the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund must be submitted by May 31. The application form is available at marbidco.org. For questions, please call (410) 267-6807.

United Way of Central Maryland
  

COVID-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore

United Way of Central Maryland has joined forces with a group of nine other funders to launch the COVID-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore, a streamlined opportunity for nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to sustain, deepen, or pivot their operations to address critical needs in local communities resulting from the pandemic. Together, these philanthropic organizations and families have committed to deploying over $1.million to meet a wide range of urgent challenges communities are facing. 

Funding is now available for non-profits serving Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 29, 2020.

The application can be found here:  https://www.greaterbaltimorecovidresponse.org/