Chamber Connections  
May 22, 2020
Small Business Seminar
Don’t Get Stuck: Preparing Your Team or Organization’s for Post COVID Reentry/Reopening  
Wednesday, May 27 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
This interactive 90-minute virtual workshop explores HOW organizations and businesses should navigate the critical conversations that will unlock the collective wisdom within their organizations as we all consider re-opening.

As more and more businesses begin to discuss teams and employees returning to some form of normal - don’t get stuck! Whether it’s days, weeks, or months before you begin to transition your workforce back to the “office,” you cannot just flip a switch and have everything go back to what it was before COVID. Successful organizations coming out of this will be the ones that intentionally leverage the experiences of the past few months to learn, grow, and evolve who they are to their employees and their customers. It will be those organizations that will find themselves positioned to thrive with heightened levels of engagement with the people with whom they work.
Let UMBC Training Centers help! Come learn and experience how to design a generative, interactive micro-summit for your organization that will allow the very best of what was, what is, and what could be. This innovative session will leverage all that you and your employees and/or customers have learned about themselves, each other, your business and the world so you emerge as a better, faster, stronger organization.
Small Business Seminar
Master Virtual Networking
Wednesday, June 3 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
With COVID-19 changing the way we do business, the way we network and make connections is also changing. Jim Ries from Offit Kurman is a master networker, well known in the local networking circuit, and Jim will show you how to thoughtfully master our new normal; virtual networking.
Jim Ries is Director of Business Development at Offit Kurman. They are a full-service law firm, serving the legal needs of small and mid-size privately-held owner managed businesses with 230 attorneys in 14 offices from Charlotte to New York City, with a heavy concentration here in the Maryland/DC/Northern Virginia region. Jim has access to a deep network of attorneys in every practice area, and he is able to connect business owners to the right attorney who can resolve their legal disputes and protect their assets. Jim is a master networker, and he prides himself on being able to make meaningful connections. Let Jim be your Google.
Small Business Customer &
Employee Protection Grant
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the Small Business Customer and Employee Protection Grant Program, which is designed to assist local businesses purchase products and services needed for safe reopening in compliance with COVID-19 regulations. The program is supported with $ 5 million from the county's allotment of funding from the federal CARES Act and will be managed by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC).

"Local government will never have the resources to prevent the economic disruptions brought on by this pandemic, but we can step in to help small local businesses meet the challenges they face in protecting both their customers and their employees from COVID-19." said County Executive Pittman. "This program not only helps our small businesses to reopen safely, but it allows them to implement best practices that will serve the future public health needs of our county."
US Chamber Releases New Guide on
PPP Loan Forgiveness 
Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. The forgiveness forms, instructions, and worksheets can be downloaded here.

PPP borrowers must apply for loan forgiveness with the lender that processed the loan.

This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.
CMC Military Affairs Member,
The Baltimore Station Needs Your Help!!
The Baltimore Station (TBS) turns lives around. We are an innovative therapeutic residential and outpatient treatment program supporting veterans who are overcoming obstacles to regain self-sufficiency.

This pandemic has had, and continues to have a profound effect on The Baltimore Station. Our goal throughout this whole crisis is to keep the men safe, healthy and engaged in their treatment. Thankfully, we have been able to do that but as the crisis goes on, it’s getting more and more difficult, especially with limited funding.
With our largest fundraiser and other events cancelled, not being able to take new men into both our clinical and workforce development programs and no volunteer support, financial support of any kind is appreciated!
Ways you can help:
  • Purchase from our wish list
  • Updated regularly to reflect the needs of our men. The wish list is a great option for groups of people to get involved. It’s all done through Amazon and shipped directly to us. 
  • Clothing items collected through an in kind donation drive are always a plus, especially with the warm weather approaching. 
  • Food. 

Contact The Baltimore Station for more information or ways to give!
Press Association Honors
The Business Monthly
The Business Monthly was recognized for journalistic excellence by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association last week, during its annual awards competition.

The awards honored The Business Monthly editorial, design, production and advertising staff.

“I believe this was the first time that The Business Monthly competed with our media peers and we did very well,” said Daniel Medinger, owner and publisher of the 28-year old publication. “Virtually every member of The Business Monthly received at least one award. I don’t think many publications can make that claim. We have an excellent team serving our readers, advertisers and our community.”

The First Place award for Custom Publication went to Susan Kim, Regina Lasco and Pantea Tofangchi for the Central Maryland Chamber Relocation and Business Guide!!
Linda Penkala of Optimum Health for Life Featured in Your Health Magazine
Navigating New Waters of Wellness
Thank you to our Chamber Champions!
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