May 15, 2020 – Please read this very important Harford County COVID-19 update to help your business. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2020
For more information, contact: Cindy Mumby
Director of Governmental & Community Relations
410-340-5376
camumby@harfordcountymd.gov

Harford County COVID-19 Update: Phase-One Reopening; $7,500 Small Business Relief Grants 

BEL AIR, Md., (May 15, 2020) – County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following weekly update on COVID-19 in Harford County.

“This morning the Maryland Department of Health is reporting 671 cases, 28 deaths, and 4 probable deaths among Harford County residents. Nursing home cases at Bel Air Health & Rehabilitation Center and Forest Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center were 36% of our total cases and 64% of deaths, according to recent reports.

COVID-19 continues to have a serious impact, especially on our vulnerable populations. Those who are most at risk need to stay home as much as possible and we should all act as though the virus is everywhere.

However, as we noted last week, Harford County has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita among the Maryland jurisdictions with at least 500 cases, according to the health department. While we must remain vigilant, this has allowed us to move forward with some reopenings later today.

Phase-one reopening

As you have likely heard by now, Gov. Hogan lifted his stay at home order and moved into the first phase of reopening some businesses and other activities, effective today at 5 p.m. Social distancing, face coverings indoors and gatherings limited to 10 or fewer remain in place, but this is a welcome step forward. Harford County will reopen to the extent permitted by the governor and we have updated our COVID-19 website with this information and guidance for businesses as they begin this phase.

Small business relief grants – applications online Monday

We will be posting applications online Monday for our COVID-19 small business relief grants, paid for from Harford County’s share of federal CARES Act funding. Small businesses with 2 to 50 employees can apply for $7,500 grants toward social distancing expenses, PPE purchases, payroll and other operating costs. Farmers with 10+ acres can apply for grants of $2,500. Applications, FAQs and other details will be on the county website at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18 at https://bit.ly/HarfordCOVID19Relief.  Businesses should work on their applications next week and we will begin accepting them online after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 26th. Our goal is to help to as many businesses as we can, as quickly as possible. Once applications are approved, we expect most checks will go out within the month of June.

Outdoor sales spaces are likely to be safer and less likely to spread COVID-19 than indoor sales. So, on Thursday I signed an Executive Order temporarily waiving some parking lot requirements. This will allow businesses to use some of the space in their lots for outdoor sales. They will still have to provide enough parking for visitors and they must comply with all fire, life safety, American Disability Act and social distancing requirements, but we hope this will expand economic opportunities for our local businesses and their customers.

As we move into this next phase of our ‘new normal,’ I expect we may be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic into the fall and the following year. We will see ups and downs in the number of cases, especially with increased testing. I will continue to work closely with our health department to monitor outbreaks and make adjustments as necessary. Please continue to take care of yourself and those around you. Be smart, be safe and stay #HarfordStrong.”

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April 30, 2020 – Business Impact Survey 

The Route 40 Business Association would like to share with you an opportunity to participate in the Harford County Business Impact Survey. 

The Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development invites you to participate in a Business Impact Survey to assess the needs of county businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HLPL5N9 to complete this brief eight minute survey. Your participation will assist in compiling data to accurately inform leaders of potential short and long term impacts to our local employers. Thank you for supporting the Harford County business community.

April 24, 2020 – Harford County Primary Election Press Release​

HARFORD COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTION
PRESS RELEASE – April 24, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has changed life in Maryland dramatically.  One change is the push-back of Maryland’s primary election from April 28, 2020 to June 2, 2020.  This date change was effective with Governor Hogan’s Proclamation of April 10, 2020, which approved the State Board of Elections’ Comprehensive Plan for administering this election.

Besides the date change, the decision was made for this election to be primarily a vote-by-mail election.  Due to the short timeframe to make the significant changes in the way the election is administered, the ballots will still say “Absentee” ballot rather than “Mail-In” ballot.  There will not be any early voting centers open for in-person voting prior to the June 2 Election Day.

All eligible, active voters in Harford County that are registered as a Democrat or a Republican will automatically be mailed a Presidential Primary ballot by the Maryland State Board of Elections in early to mid-May.

READ MORE . . .

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: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16172 

• Thu, April 2 at 1:00pm: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16173 

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. 

https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup   

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 info@harfordchamber.org

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 Brigitte.peters@maryland.gov.

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 UI.bulkclaim@maryland.gov. 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 Secretary.commerce@maryland.gov. These emails will be triaged, sent to the appropriate department / person who will then answer the email.