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 **IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICES**

To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Governor has instructed all agencies to implement policies that distance employees from each other, customers, and the general public.  The Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) will continue to maintain operations consistent with the Governor’s directive. AS SUCH, WE ARE REQUESTING THAT ALL DOCUMENTS BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY USING THE ONLINE PORTAL FOUND HEREhttps://mbe.mdot.maryland.gov/apply/

If you submitted an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION or EXPANSION OF SERVICE in the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Maryland Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), federal Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, our office will continue to process your submission.  We will contact the owner(s) by telephone and may request that additional information and documents be submitted electronically until we are able to return to normal business operations.

All firms should submit their ANNUAL REVIEW documentation as requested.   The use of the on-line portal is the most effective way to submit this information. The OMBE will continue to process Annual Review documentation during this period.

**DOCUMENT NOTARIZATIONS **

Certain DBE/MBE/ACDBE/SBE Application and Annual Review documents must be notarized.  Pursuant to Governor Hogan’s Executive Order Number 20-03-30-04, these documents may be notarized remotely.  https://sos.maryland.gov/notary/pages/default.aspx

 

** MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MBEAC) - COVID-19 NOTICES**

Consistent with directives out of the Governor’s Office regarding containment of the spread of COVID-19, the Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Committee (MBEAC) meetings will be conducted virtually. For additional details visit the MBEAC webpage

 

**ATTENTION!! ONLINE MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP**

To comply with social distancing requirements during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) outbreak, the Office of Small and Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) is hosting its monthly MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification Application Assistance Workshop via webinar. The next workshops will be on November 10, 2020 (10:00 a.m.) and December 1, 2020 (10:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.). To register for the webinars, please follow the appropriate links below. Contact OSMBP at 410-865-1298, or Vashti Pyatt at 410-865-1394 if there are any questions.

November 10, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7846813574325584139

December 1, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7350650156198646283

December 1, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3009124040320482827

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing important instructions about how to join the webinar.

 

**EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESSES**

Emergency Relief Loan Fund

This $75 million loan fund (for for-profit businesses only) offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum.

For More Info Click the Link Below

https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/maryland-small-business-covid-19-emergency-relief-loan-fund

Emergency Relief Grant Fund

This $50 million grant program for businesses and non-profits offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020.

For More Info Click the Link Below

https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/maryland-small-business-covid-19-emergency-relief-grant-fund

Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund

This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country.

For More Info Click the Link Below

https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/maryland-covid-19-emergency-relief-manufacturing-fund

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

Find if you are in a declared disaster area and the assistance currently offered to your region.

For More Info Click the Link Below

https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19?mc_cid=bfaa8f9a17&mc_eid=190c0c347d