March 31, 2020

Sent every week, the ChamberWatch keeps you informed. To learn more about the Chamber, visit our  website  or email .

View our events calendar .
View our COVID-19 resource page .
An Important Message For Essential Businesses in Maryland
Based on yesterday’s directive by Governor Hogan, a special interpretive guidance was released by the Maryland Office of Legal Counsel. In particular, please read the following statement:

Employer Documentation . Employers who are permitted to remain open (to any degree) under the Order may wish to provide a letter to employees who must commute to and from work. This will help employees establish their need to travel if challenged. The suggested content for the letter is:
a.        the name and address of the employee;
b.        the name and address of the employer;
c.        the nature of the employee’s work;
d.        a brief statement of why the employer remains open for business; and
e.        a signature and contact information for the employer.

We urge all employers who are essential to provide this letter to all of your employees who will be travelling for business.   
Montgomery County Council to Hold Public Hearing Today to Vote on Special Grants and Loans
Today at 1:30 p.m., the Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on several expedited bills that will assist businesses, at-risk residents, health care providers, and others through special grants and loans in excess of $36 million. Click here to see the full agenda and breakdown of each of the bills. 
COVID-19 Emergency Loans Checklist and Guidelines for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued a guide to help organizations understand what to expect and prepare to file for a loan. Take a look here .
Families First Corona Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor has put together a very helpful Q&A regarding the Families First Corona Response Act , which requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reason related to COVID-19.

You can read the the full Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers here. Please note questions 58 & 59 , which include information regarding small business exemptions.
Coronavirus Survey for Businesses
The Greater Bethesda Chamber wants to make sure that we are doing everything we can to help you maneuver through these extraordinary and challenging times. We’ve heard from many of you and we want you to know that we are here to support you .

Working with our partners in the Montgomery County Business Coalition, we have created a brief survey to assess your situation and learn more about your needs.

Note: all of our organizations have joined to create the same survey. Please do not complete it more than once.
Virtual Networking
Join us for our upcoming virtual events!
Virtual Coffee & Connections
Friday, April 3 @ 8:00 a.m.

Join us via Zoom for the virtual version of our Coffee & Connections. Attendees will be able to introduce themselves and talk a little bit about their business. There will also be time for some open networking.
Speed Networking
Tuesday, April 7 @ 3:00 p.m.

Join us via Zoom for the virtual version of our speed networking events. Attendees will be broken up into several "rooms" (just like a table in person) to share how others can support them.
Gold Sponsors
  The Chevy Chase Land Company    -   Pepco    

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors  
  Andy Stern's Office Furniture, A Division of Benjamin Office Supply & Services - Atlantech Online - The Bernstein Companies - Capacity Partners - CohnReznick - Dembo Jones - Grossberg Company LLP- Hill Slowinski, Long & Foster | Christie's | Maryland Settlers LLC - Linowes and Blocher LLP TDG/SilverRock - M&T Bank - The Bean Bag Deli & Catering
The Bernstein Companies - WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Partner Sponsors 
  Bethesda Magazine - Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Mon Ami Gabi - North Bethesda Marriott & Conference Center - sasse agency - SpeedPro               
Chamber 101 Sponsor
Sandy Spring Bank
Leadership Luncheon Series Sponsor 
A Wider Circle
NextExec Sponsor 
Mckay Mortgage Company