In Good Times and Bad, SCORE is Here For The Life of Your Business
The health of small business owners, their employees and the SCORE network of volunteers remain our top priority. In the wake of recent developments relating to COVID-19, SCORE is temporarily suspending in-person events until further notice. However, continued support is fully available through online mentoring as well as live and recorded webinars. Although we are allowing people to register for upcoming workshops, please be advised that workshops in April and May and beyond may need to be cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. If you enroll now, we will keep you informed of workshop status via email.
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
The national response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has resulted in a flood of information for small business owners on resources that are available to help small business owners respond and survive during these trying times. Information has been developed at both the federal and state level, as well as non-profit organizations such as SCORE. The Southern Maryland chapter of SCORE has compiled a list of resources to help you keep abreast of this rapidly evolving information.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has posted information regarding loan programs and guidance for businesses. A summary of SBA assistance and guidance that covers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), SBA debt relief, express bridge loans, SBA resources, and government contracting can be found at this special SBA site:
Three additional documents that provide valuable information are:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has its own web site to provide the public with information on how the IRS is providing tax relief to business and individuals, which can be found at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is also providing information on how business owners can keep their businesses and employees healthy:Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendation
The State of Maryland has taken far-reaching and proactive steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 across our state. A complete description of actions the state has taken, including resources for businesses, can be found at the following site"
Gov. Hogan declared a stay-at-Home Executive Order on March 30 that establishes new rules concerning business that may stay open:
SCORE is committed to helping businesses like yours through the unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus outbreak.
Now more than ever small business owners may need assistance to keep their businesses operating and understanding the various programs federal and state government have implemented to help you. Our expert mentors offer free, personalized assistance to address the current crisis to help you adapt your business.
Remote mentoring services are available via phone, email, video and chat. Find a mentor here
We continue to offer live and recorded webinars. Two upcoming webinars of particular interest may be (click to register):
We also have a blog that offers advice on business insurance: The Coronavirus Economic Impact: Will Business Interruption Insurance Help (& What Are My Other Options)?
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