Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

Current News, Events, and Press Releases

MidAtlantic Farm Credit Announces Young, Beginning, and/or Small Farmer Webinar Resource Series 
MidAtlantic Farm Credit recently announced a three-part webinar resource series from August 24-26, 2021 for young, beginning, and/or small (YBS) farmers.
USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses 
Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance through USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 20 through Sept. 17, 2021.
High-Priority Agricultural Conservation Practices Now Available for 100% Cost-Share Grants 
Over 20 high-priority agricultural conservation practices are now eligible for cost-share funding of up to 100% through the MD Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program.
Maryland Value Added Producer Grants for Capital Equipment Now Available From MARBIDCO 
Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor, & have been in business 2+ years.
OSHA Seeks Volunteers for Small Business Panel on Emergency Response
The Office of Advocacy is seeking small entity representatives from the potentially regulated sectors to assist the OSHA panel in its review of this possible regulation.
MD DNR to Provide State of the Lake Presentation
The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation has announced that Maryland DNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio will present a State of the Lake Address regarding Deep Creek Lake on August 24, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
Project Restore Accepting Applications in Early September
Businesses opening or expanding into vacant retail and commercial properties in Maryland may be eligible for Project Restore grants from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
National Small Business Week Virtual Summit: September 13th-15th
Join the SBA on September 13th-15th, 2021 for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts.
PPP Forgiveness Portal Open
The SBA is now accepting applications through the PPP Forgiveness Portal, a streamlined application portal that allows borrowers with PPP loans of $150K or less to directly apply for forgiveness.
SBA Celebrates Rural Entrepreneurship: Online Panel Discussion Set for August 26th
Join the SBA for an online panel discussion with rural-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA and USDA economic aid to pivot during the pandemic.
Take Our Survey
Your Parks. Your Voice. Garrett County's Planning and Land Management Department is updating the County's Land Preservation and Recreation Plan and is seeking public input through an online survey.
HART for Animals Receives 2020 William Donald Schaefer People Helping People Award
Comptroller Peter Franchot virtually presented the award on July 21, 2021.
Low Interest Financing for Western Maryland Businesses Available Through Summit Financing Solutions
Eligible loan purposes include business acquisition, business start-up costs, building improvements, equipment purchases, and working capital. Interest rates are as low as 0% for the first 12 months.
Regional Manufacturing Institute of MD: NO-COST Manufacturing Disruption Mitigation Assistance Program
RMI has new funding from the MD Energy Administration to assist manufacturers potentially reduce the risk of business disruption from COVID-19 and other respiratory pathogens.
COVID EIDL: Small Business Relief and Recovery Webinar
Beginning July 27th, SBA's Office of Capital Access will host a webinar series for small business owners to discuss the COVID EIDL program’s small business loans.