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Happy Friday. May this information help you finish out the week strong. Nancy

Webinar - Champions of MD Manufacturing - Maryland's Contribution to the Fight Against COVID-19 - November 24, 2020 | 9:30a.m. Hosted by RMI with Moderator: Mike Kelleher, Executive Director, MD MEP. Free. Registration required. Maryland's manufacturers continue to play a pivotal role in the fight against COVID-19 through mask and gown making, medical equipment, pharmaceutical and safe health space manufacturing and more. This webinar shows an in-depth look at our Manufacturing's efforts, locally, nationally and globally. Also hear our panelists' discuss how Maryland can expand and capitalize on that value.

Qualified Disaster Relief Payments: A Win-Win for Employers & Employees - A little-known provision of the tax code, Section 139, allows employers to make qualified disaster relief payments to employees – payments that are both tax-free to the employees and deductible to the employer. The IRS has confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies for relief under this provision in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. Territories, as a result of President Trump’s emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Learn more from Katz Abosch accounting firm.

Webinar - How to Transform Your Business and Create a Winning Culture –Presented by SCORE, Thu, Dec 3, 2020 2:00 PM EST Presenter Jeffrey Hayzlett, Leading Business Expert and Best-Selling Author will provide valuable insights into understanding and protecting your business’ impact overtime. Free. Register here.

Top 3 Holiday Marketing Tips for 2020 – Article from the SBA - This year, 60% of consumers plan to do half or more of their holiday shopping at local retailers. Capitalize on this growth opportunity by using these marketing strategies this holiday season.

Friday Fun

15 Places To Buy Thanksgiving Dinner If You Don't Want To Cook This Year –from Delish . Plus, many local restaurants may offer takeout.

25 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Maryland – Click here for ideas

Go Nuts for Maryland Donuts -

Inspirations to kick off the holiday season:

If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel. ~ An anonymous would-be supermodel

Stressed is desserts spelled backwards. ~ Loretta Laroche

Thank you for your courage, perseverance, patience and dedication to helping others. In case no one has told you lately … you are wonderful! 

Md. Dept. of Commerce Updates: 11/20/2020