COVID-19 Updates

The Hunt Valley Business Forum is here to help you navigate the changing times. As many people transition to working from home, we want you to know that we are here for our members. We are currently working on plans to offer access to tools from the Small Business Association, introduce virtual networking opportunities, host webinars, and connect your business to resources.  

Updates

  • On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending and will be forgiven.
    • If you wish to apply for an Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.
  • We encourage you to subscribe to SBA email updates via www.SBA.gov/Updates and follow us on Twitter at @SBAgov for the latest news on available SBA resources and services. If you need additional assistance, you can find your local SBA office and resource partners at www.SBA.gov/LocalAssistance. If you have questions, you may also call 1-800-659-2955.
  • Governor Hogan released an amendment to his order closing non-essential businesses, prohibiting residents from traveling for non-essential purposes. At this time, Maryland residents may continue to travel across state lines for work. Residents of other states may enter our state for work at essential businesses. 
    • Currently, there is not a state-issued “Letter of Clearance” or similar document for employees of essential businesses to carry.  It is recommended that employers draft and print their own letters containing:

      - Name and address of the employee
      - Name and address of the business
      - Nature of the employee’s work and reasons why it fits the definition of essential
      - Employer’s signature and contact information

    • Employees should have this letter on their person when traveling to-from work.
  • To see the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s updated guidance on essential businesses go to: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce. For more information, review all of the State’s legal interpretive guidance at, https://governor.maryland.gov/covid-19-pandemic-orders-and-guidance/.

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