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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Guidance on businesses during the shut down (3-30-2020). 

As we adjust to the changes of the COVID-19 crisis, the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce has created this page. Here we will share information that we believe can help our members, not just survive times like these, but hopefully, continue to keep as many people employed as possible. We will be updating this page with links, articles, videos and helpful services provided by local organizations and Chamber Members. Please check back often because the content will be updated daily as new resources from the City, State and Federal levels of Government become available. 

To request specific content be included or if you have a resource that you would like the Chambe-r to share, please email William Honablew, Jr. at


  • Maryland Health Connection offers private plans called qualified health plans from insurance companies you recognize. All plans are certified to meet certain standards and offer core health benefits. You can apply if you have recently lost your health insurance due to a loss of employment or business closure. To apply, click HERE.

  • Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business - Governor Hogan announced new COVID-19 business relief programs on March 23. These resources are available through the Department of Commerce. Click HERE for more information.

  • Small Business Administration (SBA): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. The SBA has been authorized to provide the following programs to support small businesses during the pandemic:  Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief, and the SBA Express Bridge Loans. The site also provides Guidance for Businesses and Employers, SBA Products and Resources, Government Contracting, and Local Assistance. Click HERE for more information.

  • The Howard County Chamber of Commerce convened a conference call with the regional Small Business Administration office to discuss SBA Disaster loans. The call included a PowerPoint slide set on Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), the audio recording of the presentation, and a summary of the CARES Act. The information can be found Here
  • It is important to remember that changes in employment or business operations may have a significant impact on your life insurance coverage and your business insurance protection. We have been asked about pointers on thinking about insurance during this crisis. Here is some of the advice that we have found and BCCoC members who can help you figure out what to do next.
  • Baltimore City has curated a map of COVID-19 related services that can be accessed Here.
  • From the Maryland Chamber of Commerce: On March 23, 2020, Governor Hogan announced that, as of 5 p.m., all non-essential businesses, facilities and organizations should be closed. Please note that this is not a directive to “shelter in place” and should not be construed as such. The order does not apply to essential or critical industries as defined by the federal government’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines, which can be found There are additional Maryland specific business requirements are listed HERE
  • Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs. Click HERE for more information.
  • Many Chamber and community members have asked for marketing support as they struggle to reach new customers during the pandemic. The Chamber will support the businesses who need to leverage their marketing efforts.  BCCoC will share your online events, advocacy efforts, and special offers with our 20,000 person network.  Please click HERE to submit information on your events and sales. 
  • FREE Business Assessment - Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce - Click HERE to schedule time to speak with William Honablew, Jr. about what the Chamber may be able to do to help you identify potential efficiencies, resources, or strategies to help you achieve your business goals.
  • FREE Business Coaching Session with Chairman, Will Holmes  - These are uncertain times and possibly the start of a recession. If you want to talk (for free) about current or future business challenges, the Chamber and I are here to help. All are welcome to schedule a free call with me. Click this LINK to schedule your call.

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