April 27, 2020
COVID-19 Business News
Some GSSCC Member Businesses Start to See Federal, State, County Relief Dollars
Dollars from the various federal, state, and county COVID-19 disaster relief programs are beginning to flow to some GSSCC businesses, according to staff conversations and a survey sent to member business owners last week.

About 37% of initial respondents said that they have received notification of approval for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and 10% have received the money.

Only about 17% of those who said they applied for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) said that they have received any money. 3% said they have r eceived the $10 thousand grant and the remainder of the loan dollars requested; 14% said they have received only the grant. More than 40% said they have had no response.

The volume of applications overwhelmed Maryland's Small Business COVID-19 Relief Disaster Grant and Loan program, so most applicants have not heard back. Only 10% of respondents to GSSCC's survey said their applications have been approved; 3% have received the money.

Just 10% of respondents said they have been approved and are awaiting grant dollars from the Montgomery County's Public Health Emergency Grant program, which closed on Saturday.

If you have applied for assistance from one of these programs, but have not completed the survey, please do so here.
Governor Hogan Announces Plan for Recovery
On Friday afternoon, Governor Larry Hogan announced "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.” 

Under the three-stage recovery plan, Hogan said he is "hopeful" that the state could begin reopening some businesses and gradually lifting coronavirus restrictions next month — but the reopening will only happen if the number of hospitalizations and deaths related to the virus continue on a downward trend.
Through the Maryland Department of Commerce, Hogan has also created 13 industry-specific advisory groups to consider the economic, medical, and societal fac tors surrounding reopening and develop recommendations and best practices for their own industries to responsibly operate. To read the plan, click here .
Paycheck Protection Program Goes Live Today

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin accepting applications for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at 10:30 a.m. EDT today, Monday, April 27. Approved lenders will be able to submit applications on behalf of eligible borrowers.

If you have already applied for a PPP loan, and are still awaiting a response, check with your bank. Applications submitted previously are still "in the queue" and will be processed. If you have not applied, do so promptly because this additional funding is expected to go quickly.
April Virtual Events
Trivia Tuesday with the Chamber
Need a break from all things COVID-19 related? Want to test your knowledge of random trivia?  

Then join the Chamber on Tuesday, April 28, at 5 p.m. for a Tuesday Trivia Night! See new and familiar faces, relax with a drink, and show off your knowledge.

First place winner will receive a $25 Fenwick Beer & Wine giftcard . Second place winner will receive two tickets to Improbable Comedy: Stay at Home Edition on Thursday, April 30.

Log in credentials will be sent to registered attendees before 9 a.m. on the day of the event.
Did You Miss Last Week's Webinars?
Your Employees & COVID-19

Last Friday, Lerch Early Employment Attorneys  Marc Engel  and  Michael Neary  presented a webinar on how to navigate the various employment issues associated with the COVID-19 crisis. To listen to the webinar and get more information, click here .
Social Isolation, Stress, and Uncertainty: Coping Strategies

Thanks to experts from CCI Health & Wellness , Cornerstone Montgomery , and Oxford House for leading a discussion on coping strategies in these challenging times. To hear the discussion, click here .
Latest News
Members Open for Business. . . .or Gift Card Purchase
GSSCC has compiled a  list of businesses that are still open for business  - restaurants offering carry-out and delivery services, studios offering online exercise and fitness classes, hotels, retailers, and more. Now, more than ever, they need our support. Take advantage of their offerings, and pick up a gift card or two to share with a friend, or hold for a celebration when we are at the other end of these challenging times.

If your business is open and providing services but isn't on the list, please email Courtney at  cjenkins@gsscc.org  so she can add your information.  

NOTE: This list is being regularly updated. Check back for changes.
ATTENTION MEMBERS: As the uncertainty surrounding the virus continues and many businesses remained shuttered or severely depleted, many businesses have started GoFundMe pages to support their employees. If your business has a GoFundMe page, please share it with the Chamber by emailing Julie at jpawlikowski@gsscc.org.
* The Street Guys Hospitality team, which manages Buena Vida and Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila, has started a GoFundMe initiative for all of its locations. Proceeds will be divided equally between the entire staff. Each donation will receive 30% back in a form of an e-gift card as a gesture from Ivan Iricanin, CEO of the Street Guys Hospitality Group. To help the Buena Vida Silver Spring location, read here.

* The National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union (NIHFCU) has launched SendaMessageofHope.com, a website where anyone can post an inspiring message of gratitude to healthcare workers. As video or photo messages are posted, they are shared with hospitals, healthcare clinics and more. Additionally, NIHFCU will donate $1 per post on the site through end of April 2020 to the Friends of Patients at the NIH.

* Interfaith Works​ has had an outpouring of support from its giving community, many of whom reached out to ask how they can help those living in poverty during this time of great need. In response, Interfaith Works has created a list of needed materials for its centers and programs that can be found here.

* Brad Eisenberg of BE Lean is coordinating contactless pickup and delivery of donations for Shepherd's Table each Friday. Shepherd's Table provides meals to community members in need and has requested donations of individually wrapped baked goods and paper goods. Anyone who is interested in making a donation can reach Brad here to coordinate a pick up.

* Signarama has new, updated COVID-19 safety items for your business. See them here.

* Denizens Brewing Company is launching ''Wish You Were Beer," a new online video series each Friday at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live that explores the craft beer world, talks about history, and shares pairing, recipes, and more. Read here for more information.
See your company's news here!  Send  us your news releases and news items by noon on Friday for publication in the following Monday's edition. Click  here  for guidelines on submitting Member News.
Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

  • Small Business Owners Network – Bi-Weekly Virtual Meeting - 12 noon on Thursday, April 30. Registration is required here.

  • Young Professionals Network Bi-Weekly Check-In - 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30.
Working to enhance the economic prosperity of greater Silver Spring through robust promotion of our member businesses and unrelenting advocacy on their behalf.
Thank you to our 2019-2020 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners  - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Joseph W. McCartin Insurance;
Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center

  Business Partners  - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Digital Industry; EagleBank; Eggspectation; Holy Cross Hospital; The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; Linowes and Blocher, LLP; Revere Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

  Partners  - Adam Lowe Creative; Bell Flowers; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; HiTouch Business Services; Image360.  
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