Business and Commerce

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If you are a business in Howard County, please fill out this brief COVID-19 business survey to help inform HCEDA in its efforts to provide information and assistance in the most effective manner possible. 

For guidance on essential versus non-essential businesses, please read the interpretive guidance herehere and here. If “essential” or “non-essential” status is still unclear, please use this as guidance. To inquire about your status, email

Business Resources

Center for Disease Control: Resources for Businesses and Employers

Small Business Administration: Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Small Business Administration: Disaster Assistance (This page may be operating slowly.)

US Chamber of Commerce: Combating the Coronavirus

US Chamber of Commerce: 5 Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus

Department of Commerce, Maryland Business Express: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses

MD Payroll Tax Relief: to assist businesses with extension-related questions. Business owners can email or call the Comptroller’s Ombudsman at 410-260-4020.    

McKinsey and Company: COVID-19: Implications for business

National Restaurant Association Education Foundation: Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

HCEDA recommends that you stay informed through these channels for the duration of the COVID-19 situation.
If you have questions regarding business in the county, please contact HCEDA representative Catherine Bedolla at

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