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November 5, 2021 -- Judy Costello welcomed Martha Jimenez (Maryland Women's Business Center Montgomery County Senior Business Counselor), Nestor Gavidia (Maryland Women's Business Center Associate Business Counselor), Anny Gonzalez (Makv Montessori Preschool), Maria Alejandra Bonilla (La Mimi Boutique), Aisha Khadar (Sha's Creations), Julio Mendoza (Marlene's Daycare), and Lilit Ghazaryan (Saints Valley). Ms. Costello discussed how the  Maryland Women's Business Center is contributing to economic recovery in Montgomery County.

October 22, 2021 --  Judy Costello welcomed Kelly Groff, President and CEO of Visit Montgomery, and Cory Van Horn, Director of Marketing. Ms. Costello, Ms. Groff, and Mr. Van Horn discussed how Visit Montgomery is contributing to economic recovery in Montgomery County by promoting Montgomery County as a destination for meeting, conventions, and travelers. They shared their work on supporting constituents during the pandemic and previewed an upcoming grant, “Discover MoCo.”

October 8, 2021 -- WorkSource Montgomery's executive director, Anthony Featherstone, provided updates on programs that WorkSource Montgomery is offering to County residents. Sean O'Donnell provided a public health status report on COVID-19 and vaccines.

September 24, 2021 -- Montgomery County’s Alcohol and Beverage Services (ABS) provided updates on new polices. Director Kathie Durbin discussed changes that have been incorporated in her department due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download her presentation

September 10, 2021 -- Updates on vaccines and the possibility of implementing a vaccine passport. Special guest Marianne Souders, acting director of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security discussed best practices and resources for business continuity planning in preparation for any type of emergency. Download Power Point presentation.

August 20, 2021 -- Updates on face covering requirements and vaccine boosters. Special guest Clark Beil from the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services Licensure & Regulatory Services discusses the automation of license applications.

June 25, 2021 -- Updates on COVID-19 vaccine progress. Mitra Pedoeem, director of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services discusses how the Department of Permitting Services has embraced digitization and has transitioned many of its forms online .

June 11, 2021 -- Updates on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and a panel discussion: “Pandemic Fallout: How to Address the Alarming Reduction of Women in the U.S. Workforce Post COVID.”

May 14, 2021 -- Updates on grant programs, changes to reopening, vaccines rollout. Ash Shetty, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Procurement introduces the Vendor Innovation Portal.

April 30, 2021 -- Updates on grant programs, changes to reopening, vaccines rollout and an overview of MoCo Biz Development and Incubator resources.

April 16, 2021 --  Next Steps of Economic Recovery, updates on upcoming grant programs, vaccination rollout and reopening requirements. 

March 19, 2021 -- status of Rental Relief Grant Program, upcoming State grant programs, reopening and vaccines. Special guest Anthony Featherstone, Executive Director of WorkSource Montgomery. March 5, 2021 -- grant updates, reopening and vaccine updates, pilot program for small business legal assistance.

February 19, 2021 -- updates on Phase II of Restaurant Relief Grant program, reopening and vaccines. Special guest, Silvia Kinch, division chief of public safety and labor relations in the Office of the County Attorney. Discussion of human resources considerations related to COVID-19 vaccinations. 

February 5, 2021 -- updates on reopening and operating requirements and planning for business operations in the Spring.

January 22, 2021 -- updates on local grant programs and presentation from SBA on new Federal grant programs.

December 18, 2020 -- new State of Maryland relief package, active grant programs, updates from County Executive Marc Elrich, SBDC presentation on making a business pivot.

December 4, 2020 -- status of case loads, vaccines, contact tracing and business legislative priorities.

November 20, 2020 -- updates on business grants, ventilation & filtration guidelines.

November 13, 2020 -- updates from County leadership on grants, public health and safety.


4Business News & Updates

Monthly newsletter compiling items of interest to the business community from various County departmental newsletters.

Economic Revitalization Task Force

County Executive Marc Elrich brings together private, public and elected officials to plan for recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 public health emergency.

Recovery workgroup recommendations:

Additional Recovery Workgroups will continue to advise the County Executive:

  • Small Business Recovery Workgroup
  • Restaurant and Retail Recovery Workgroup 
  • Hospitality, Culture, Recreation and Arts Workgroup 

Calendar of Events

Visit the Montgomery County Business Portal Calendar of Events for Training and Workshop opportunities offered by business resource organizations and County departments.

On-Demand Webinars

SCORE library of webinars - access training on a variety of topics whenever it is convenient for you. 
Closing Your Small Business (SCORE) - if you decide to close your small business, there are considerations you should take into account to minimize negative impacts. 
Legal Aspects of Vaccination for Employees - hosted by Greater Bethesda, Greater Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg Germantown Chambers of Commerce.

Business Community Resources

Black Business Council - Black Business Database
Latino Economic Development Center - Business Directory
MoCo Eats - directory of Montgomery County restaurants and their service options.
MoCo Marketplace - digital commerce platform connecting Montgomery County merchants and customers.
GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation - third-party validation of a building service contractor’s cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention protocols and procedures.