March 30, 2020 – New Webinars for Small Business Owners

We received notification that The Maryland SBDC is hosting 2 more seminars regarding the new financial resources and relief programs. Please feel free to share this information with other businesses in the community. Thank you Kelly Koermer, Route 40 Business Association Board Member and Dean of Community Education, Business & Applied Technology, for keeping us up to date.

Maryland SBDC – 2 Brand New Webinars about the new financial resources and relief programs.

With the recent passage of the CARES Act, there are several BRAND NEW financial resources and relief programs that will be coming available to small business owners nationwide. These programs include much-needed relief for self-employed individuals, sole proprietors, and businesses with contract (1099) employees, along with businesses that have pre-existing SBA loans.

• Tue, March 31 at 1:00pm: 

• Thu, April 2 at 1:00pm: 

March 24, 2020 – Small Business Emergency Assistance

We received more information to assist you and your business. Thank you Kelly Koermer, Route 40 Business Association Board Member and Dean of Community Education, Business and Applied Technology for Harford Community College, for sharing the below message from Amy Wallace Yingling, Small Business Development Center for the Northern Region (SBDC).

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

The Small Business Development Center has created COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide.  This guide provides current information related to small business best practices during this disaster, emergency funding, state programs, and updates on regulations. This guide is being updated as new information becomes available.  Please share with your small business clients and partners.

Maryland SBDC COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

SBDC Client Registration 

If a small business has not previously worked with an SBDC consultant, please direct them to register here for our services. Our business consultants will reach out to  address their needs.   

Northern Region Contact Information

March 23, 2020:  A Message About Coronavirus

To all Members and Guests,

We, the Route 40 Business Association Board Members, hope you are doing well.

During these challenging times, we will continue to share with you any information that we receive from our Community Partners on what is available to help your business. Thank you Angela Rose and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce for keeping us all up to date and informed. Below is the information regarding today’s latest announcement on non-essential businesses closing today at 5 pm and links for programs to better help you.

We wish all of you the best and be safe,
Leslie Stein
President, Route 40 Business Association

As you are most likely aware, Governor Hogan has ordered the closure of NON-ESSENTIAL Maryland businesses at 5 pm today. Here is the list of Essential Business categories. 

Governor Hogan also announced various programs and grants for business relief available via the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor

Additionally, we are still monitoring the movement of the 3rd Phase of the federal relief package. Urgency is of utmost importance!

The Harford Chamber team will continue to remotely serve you. Please feel free to call or e-mail. 410-838-2020

Additional updates will be provided for upcoming meetings & events.

Stay healthy!

March 17, 2020: Disaster Relief Funding for Small Businesses – How to Apply

We, the Board Members of Route 40 Business Association, want to keep you up to date on news that can help you during these difficult times.

We received information from, Greg Pizzuto, Visit Harford’s Executive Director, on how to complete the SBA EIDL (pdf). Any business that is impacted by the recent closures due to COVID-19 should fill out the form and email this to Brigitte Peters with the MD Department of Commerce.

MEMA is involved and is working on disaster relief funding. The Secretaries want representative businesses from each county to fill out the attached paperwork. This is only to GATHER information the Governor will submit ‘in total’ to SBA in order to begin to qualify Maryland to receive funding. Once approved, then companies may apply to SBA. Businesses only need to fill out page 2 as pages 3-4 are the instructions. This paperwork should be submitted to Brigitte Peters our regional Department of Commerce contact. Her email is

If your business has been impacted, I encourage you to fill out the form and email Brigitte. Information is due by Thursday. 

Unemployment bulk claims from companies are asked to be submitted to Secretary Robinson indicated they are working on extending the number of allowable weeks for unemployment. Any permitting, licensing, etc. is being deferred.

Any questions for Commerce are to be submitted to These emails will be triaged, sent to the appropriate department / person who will then answer the email.