As I write this, the City and County are considering some limited business re-openings following Gov. Hogan’s Executive Order yesterday. It has been eleven long weeks since a State of Emergency was declared in Maryland on March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Virus. Eleven weeks of hardship and struggle by Frederick businesses to generate enough cash flow through sales, grants, owner equity, and loans, to pay bills, keep employees on the payroll, and plan for future reopening. Families are dealing with layoffs, unemployment, financial problems, on-line schooling, and health concerns. Despite these incredible challenges, Frederick businesses and their workers continue to give back to the community in so many ways and pivot their business plans to be responsive to the challenge. The US Chamber of Commerce recently found that two thirds of their small business members continue to give back despite the pandemic. Why am I not surprised? The business leaders in Frederick are truly invested in going the distance to help bring Frederick back to full health and operations. This issue of ENEWs highlights the amazing work being done by Frederick’s businesses.