Good Morning!

To finish out this week, here is updated information from the Governor’s press conference yesterday, funding resources and some Friday Fun. Stay well! Nancy

Governor Hogan Announced Additional COVID-19 Health and Economic Relief Initiatives

Executive Order to Provide Emergency Tax Relief to Small Businesses

Forgives $75 Million in Small Business Loans

$25 Million for Low Income Housing, $12 Million for Rental Housing Works Program

$94 Million In New Grants and Investments for Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

$10 Million for Victim and Youth Services, Law Enforcement

Link to December 10, 2020 Press Conference - Watch today’s press conference. 

Link to December 10, 2020 Press Conference Slides - View the slides from today’s press conference.

Unemployment Insurance - Executive Order waives the charging of COVID-19 unemployment insurance benefits to employers. This Executive Order prevents Maryland’s contributory employers from having their experience rating negatively impacted because they had to lay off or furlough employees due to the economic consequences of the pandemic. If employers have questions read our Frequently Asked Questions. Also contact the Employer Call Center at 410-949-0033 or utilize the Division of Unemployment Insurance’s inquiry form located at

Funding- Last Call – Grant for Talbot County Businesses –Talbot CARES Small Business Grant program will close today, Friday, Dec 11th at 5pm.  Business owners who have not yet received a grant have another opportunity to apply for a Talbot CARES Small Business Emergency Relief Grant. This is the last chance in 2020 to secure up to $10,000 from Talbot County. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5 p.m. on December 11.Apply here. Read more.

Funding – Last Call– Attention Kent County Businesses – Covid Business Stimulus Grant  Closing on Monday December 14, 2020 at 5pm. Grants will be awarded until funds are depleted, grant amounts to be determined by available funds and number of eligible applications received.  New businesses and businesses who have not received funding through other Kent County programs are given preference.

New Funding - Disaster Relief Funds for Fisheries-Related Businesses - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering economic relief funds for the commercial seafood industry for those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications available to eligible members of the seafood industry on the Maryland OneStop website. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2021. Visit to apply.

Friday Fun

Take a Holiday Road Trip


Maryland’s 18 stunning Scenic Byways are a great way to get out and about this holiday season at your own pace. Make a day of it, or extend the adventure with a longer trip and overnight stay, along our Scenic Byways-- the choice is yours.


Looking for Carry-Out, Delivery & Outdoor Dining? Many Maryland restaurants offer outdoor dining; patrons are encouraged to contact all restaurants before visiting. Click the link for an 82 page spreadsheet sorted by county.

Lighted Boat Parade in St. Michaels - weather permitting on Saturday, December 12th at 6:00pm Christmas in St. Michaels will have a special Lighted Boat Parade through the harbor.  Our Christmas in St. Michael’s elves will be lighting up the harbor area to make the town festive for the holiday!

Inspiration: Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. ~Amy Collette Author, Speaker

Thank you for your perseverance, courage and dedication to helping others. What you do makes a positive difference. Wishing you an inspiring holiday season

Md. Dept. of Commerce Updates: 12/11/2020