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We are living through unusual and trying times but with Thanksgiving around the corner, it is perhaps more important than ever to focus on gratitude. Our local businesses make a substantial impact on our neighborhoods' quality of life and even in the pandemic, our companies and organizations are still hard at work. Frederick County businesses have responded with different means to safely serve their clients and their community, so during this season of holiday shopping, we each have the opportunity to give support and thanks to our local community. Most businesses can offer online shopping, video shopping, curbside pick-up or other inventive means to promote safe, socially distanced experiences. By shopping local we can help strengthen the Frederick County economy, support the community, and get great services and products.

To help you get started, OED has created one centralized blog that provides you with the information to check off all the items on your shopping list. Local turkeys, Christmas trees, side dishes, wines, spirits and beer, will all ensure that you have a festive and merry holiday season. 

And in part to show our gratitude, this year, OED is recognizing and celebrating Legacy Businesses. These businesses have been pillars of our community for 20+ years and have helped shape Frederick County into what it is today. This year has also been a year for voting, not just at the polls, but with our dollars. By shopping local we are investing in our community’s future, and we are deciding what the future legacy of this County will be. Choose local, shop local.

Helen Propheter, Executive Director of Economic and Workforce Development
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Buy Local this Thanksgiving

Eat, drink, and be merry while supporting local businesses! Click the link below to find a listing of businesses to buy your turkey, side dishes, wine, beer and spirits from.

Restaurant and Food Service Relief Grants
The $2 million Food Service Grants program to support restaurants and other food service businesses opened on November 13th and closes on November 23rd.

Reminder: If your farm or business received a Jump Start Business Grant in June or July 2020, your business must file an Expense Substantiation Form per the terms of the agreement.

Frederick County Municipalities Impact Award Winners
This week we are recognizing our municipalities and the projects from 2019 that named them winners of the Frederick County Municipalities Impact Awards.

Partner Spotlight: MWBC
Learn more about our partner the Maryland Women's Business Center and meet Frederick County's newest Business Counselor, Karen Kalantzis.