Calvert Launches Restaurant Relief Program

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners last week announced a new program to provide grants of up to $15,000 to the County’s restaurants and foodservice businesses. The Restaurant Relief Fund Grant program is specifically targeted to food trucks, catering businesses, bed and breakfast establishments, and dine-in restaurants. Eligible businesses may use grant funds to cover operating expenses such as rent, payroll, and utilities, as well as costs associated with the purchase of personal protective…

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Harford Offers $7,500 COVID-19 Relief Grants to Childcare Providers

Harford County is offering $7,500 grants to support qualifying childcare providers with ongoing COVID-19-related expenses. “Many of our smaller childcare providers have been adapting to COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic started and now many of them are hosting students who are learning virtually,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “Our newest grants will help some of those childcare providers continue to provide safe and comfortable environments for our children who cannot be home with their parents…

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Novavax Expansion to Bring 400 New Jobs to Montgomery

Growing vaccine developer is expanding into a new R&D, manufacturing facility in Montgomery County. Novavax, a clinical-stage vaccine company headquartered in Gaithersburg, today announced plans to expand into a new 122,000 square foot R&D, manufacturing, and office facility in Montgomery County. The company -- which is currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine -- has more than 450 employees worldwide, including 142 in Montgomery County, and has committed to adding at least 400 new local jobs by…

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Queen Anne’s Allots $2.5M in CARES Funds to Support 228 Local Businesses

Queen Anne’s last week announced that the County's Small Business Assistance and Recovery Fund provided assistance to 228 local businesses to "re-open, re-employ, and re-main" in Queen Anne’s County amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The program -- which was funded by $2.5 million in federal CARES funds -- ran from July through September and directly supported 2,265 employees at businesses across the County. The average grant to local businesses totaled $10,000. “Queen Anne’s County Economic Development…

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Fed Again Eases Terms for Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve Board today adjusted the terms of the Main Street Lending Program -- a $600 billion lending plan designed to reach small and mid-size businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic -- amid waning prospects of another round of federal stimulus aid in the next few weeks. The tweaks are meant to help smaller businesses that employ millions of workers and are facing continued revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. In particular, the minimum…

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Carroll Launches Two New Business Assistance Grant Programs

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners today approved two new business assistance grant programs to support local retailers and restaurants amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Carroll Rebound II - Retail allocates $500,000 in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund funding to support small retail businesses. Carroll County Restaurant Relief allocates $1.2 million from the state’s "Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative" to help restaurants survive the pandemic. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the "Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery…

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Anne Arundel Launches $10 Million Restaurant Grant Program

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced a new program to provide grants of up to $10,000 to the County's restaurants and foodservice businesses. The County is committing $5 million of its federal CARES Act funding to the grant program, which is designed to help restaurants and other businesses struggling due to COVID-related restrictions and waning consumer confidence. “From the beginning of this pandemic, our restaurants, and their hard-working employees have been left with…

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Carroll Approves Additional Funds for COVID-19 Relief

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners today approved additional funding for community partners providing relief to residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The commissioners also tentatively approved funds to establish a new small business assistance initiative to support businesses suffering amid the pandemic and help prepare for sales during holiday months. Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is currently unspent from the Carroll County Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan…

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Comcast to Expand Broadband Service in Cecil

Cecil County Government and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband announced today that Comcast has begun a network expansion project to extend broadband service to more than 61 addresses in Cecil County. In addition to high-speed internet service, residential customers in the expansion area will have access to all Xfinity services, including the Xfinity X1 video platform, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Voice, and Xfinity Mobile. Comcast has already commenced with the detailed engineering and preparation…

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