Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
September 2020
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Last Friday, our office launched the “Back In Business Microgrant Program” to assist local businesses struggling with the economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage all City-based businesses to explore this opportunity and apply if eligible. As we continue to respond to this year’s daunting challenges, though, we take heart in the tradition of resiliency & longevity that runs deep in our community.  DED staff is standing by to help with the application process for the grants ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 depending on number of employees.  This City continues to work with restaurants and retailers regarding outdoor dining and curbside pickup throughout the city. We are exploring ways to safely continue to dine into the fall and winter. Please support your local restaurants and retailers.

Lastly, as we continue to respond to this year’s daunting challenges, we take heart in the tradition of resiliency and longevity that runs deep in our community. Check out the major milestones we proudly celebrate in this edition of our E-news that serve as testaments to our local ability to adapt and grow regardless of adversities. 

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
The City of Frederick has launched a new grant program – offering relief to local small businesses hit hard by the economic challenges of COVID-19 this summer. Check out the program criteria and apply today here. Application closes this Friday.
In the background of this year’s news, Frederick-based companies have celebrated some major anniversaries, including: Werres Corporation -- 90 years; Food Pro – 85 years; Morgan Keller – 65 years; and Wonder Book & Video – 40 years. Here we share these stories of longevity as encouragement to all companies struggling with today’s economic challenges.
2020 marks our City’s 275th birthday. As we adapt to virtual celebrations, local businesses are invited to help commemorate this major community milestone. Learn more about how you can participate here.
On September 18th, our team helped host a webinar to empower local businesses interested in taking advantage of the contracting opportunities with our state and local Governments. Learn more and access the full recording here.
The Frederick Arts Council recently opened their new New Art Center to the community. The center is a renovated historic church building 5 E. 2nd Street and is currently showing "A Community Story" exhibit.

McClintock Distilling continues to gain recognition and has added Maryland Distillery of the Year to its collection of awards at the 11th annual New York International Spirits Competition.

Sophie and Madigan's Playground has broken ground at the City of Frederick's Westside Regional Park. The playground will be completed in three phases. Learn more about the timeline here.

Common Market Co-op celebrated it's 2nd location with a ribbon cutting on September 16th. The new location is at the former Safeway on 7th Street and created 70 new jobs.

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Congratulations to the following anniversaries and grand openings:

If you have a business that has opened, relocated, expanded or celebrated
a milestone anniversary, in the last 3 months, please tell us!
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