March 24, 2020

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

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View our COVID-19 resource page .
New Directives From Governor Hogan
Governor Larry Hogan announced that all non-essential businesses and organizations in Maryland were to close by 5:00 p.m. yesterday .

Here is a document outlining which businesses, organizations, and facilities are exempt from this order and can remain open. It includes essential fields such as health care, food, agriculture, energy, public safety, law enforcement, financial services, transportation, and water and wastewater industries. See the ful l executive order .
Full List of Hogan's Executive Orders.
Watch Yesterday's Press Conference.

New COVID-19 Business Relief Programs
Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. This emergency assistance provides interim relief that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.

If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer, check out the programs to see if you qualify for assistance.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Chamber staff at and they will work to get the information you need.
A Message From Captain Sean Gagan, Commander, 2 nd District Police
With the most recent order from the Governor regarding mandatory closures of all non-essential businesses, Commander Sean Gagan, Montgomery County Police Department, District 2, has requested frequent business checks by his patrol shifts to try and reduce the possibilities of burglaries/looting of businesses that have been forced to close. 

"I certainly understand the concerns of business owners during this crisis and we will do our part to try and minimize additional pain caused by crime," Gagan said.

If you have concerns about the safety of your business, please let us know by emailing or reply to this email so that we can pass them along to Commander Gagan.
Virtual Networking
Join us for our upcoming virtual events!
Virtual Speed Networking
Tuesday, March 24 @ 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.
Virtual Networking at Noon
Friday, March 27 @ 12:00 p.m.

Join us via Zoom for the virtual version of our networking at noon. This will be a casual event where attendees can network during their lunch hour.

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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

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  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