The Chamber Updates
Our Board President, Dennis Klein, gave all of us a great update about member news, chamber news and more. Watch below and be entertained.
All of our member restaurants are offering carryout! Some are even allowing outside service.
To see our restaurant directory, CLICK HERE
We Want To Talk About Your Business!
Every Friday, we have been going LIVE on our Facebook Page each Friday at 10am to give chamber news and updates as well as highlight some of our members who are doing “good” in the community during this health crisis.
If you have company news on how you are helping your employees or community, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stage 2 Started June 5th
Northwest Chamber Events
ALL NORTHWEST CHAMBER EVENTS ARE VIRTUAL AT THIS TIME
Chamber/Member Updates & Q&A
Join us this Friday on Facebook. Listen to Chamber and Member news
as well as ask questions directly to our leadership.
Follow our page HERE to be reminded and tune in!
Virtual Happy Hour
Your Computer or Phone
Join the Northwest Chamber members and guests during this bi-weekly
virtual networking event!
In order the keep the meeting manageable, there is a limit on registrations.
Therefore, to save your spot, you MUST register on our website to receive your meeting link.
Looking forward to this networking time with our members!
The In’s & Out’s of Video Marketing
Video is a powerful marketing tool, but many of us do not understand how to create and leverage videos for our businesses.
We have a special guest speaker, Zephan Blaxberg of ZMBmedia, to guide attendees through how to use video in your marketing strategy.
You MUST Register to receive your personal webinar link
SAVE THE DATE
NEW DATE FOR THE REISTERSTOWN
CRAFT BEER & WINE FESTIVAL!
The 2nd Annual Craft Beer & Wine Festival has been rescheduled for October 3rd, 2020.
We will all be ready for a day of sun (hopefully) and fun then!
For more information, CLICK HERE
To Sponsor this event for as little as $250, email Kathleen Dorsey HERE.
Member Events & News
REMINDER: Members, send us your news, promotions and job listings. We are happy to spread the word for you!
Share some congratulation messages to our member Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners ! They won not 1, not 2, but 3!!! awards!
Baltimore’s Best Dry Cleaner + Rug Cleaner + Tailor!
The Law Offices of Bob Frank has created the below graphics so we can all see when the courts will re-open.
Thank you Bob!
Our Member Santoni’s Marketplace Has New Hours!
We have updated our hours for carry-out and curb-side pick up. Our new hours are Monday-Wednesday 4-8pm and Thursday-Sunday 12-8pm. Call ahead at 410-526-3300 to place your orders
The RIA’s Farmers’ Market is Open!
Opening day was Sunday, June 7th on the Main Street circle of Franklin Middle School from 9am-1pm. With the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will work to be sure everyone enjoys the market safely. We will follow guidelines set forth by our Governor’s Office, Baltimore County Health Department, CDC, and Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Face coverings are required to enter the market. Harlan Custom Crafts will be setup at the entrance of the market selling homemade fabric masks. Vendors will be spaced 6-12 feet apart, vendors and staff will wear masks and gloves and our staff volunteers will be reminding you to social distance. There will be 1 entrance and 1 exit … please follow the signs!
Vendors will display samples of their products and pack your order from behind their table. Please keep your children with you at all time and do not allow them to touch the products on the tables!
Make sure you follow us on Facebook for regular updates. If you are interested in selling at the market, or know someone who might benefit from our local vendor opportunities, please email email@example.com for additional information.
Enterprising Women 2020
Join us virtually as we bring together four women executives who are facing the ultimate test of their leadership, stamina and sanity.
Highlights from the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
Update from our Member Hertzbach & Co,
The Senate approved the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (The Act) in the evening of June 3, 2020. The Act, which is presently waiting to be signed by the President, will significantly alter many of the provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Highlights from The Act (if signed into law by the President) are as follows
- PPP loan recipients will now have a 24 week “covered period” or until December 31 to spend the loan proceeds instead of the 8 week “covered period” under the prior rules (recipients of the PPP loan prior to the enactment of the new law can elect to still use the 8 week period).
- PPP loan recipients will be able to participate in the deferral of payroll tax program that was previously disallowed under the prior rules.
- Maximum loan forgiveness can be achieved by using loan proceeds toward at least 60% of payroll expenses instead of 75% under the prior rules. However, if at least 60% of loan proceeds are NOT used toward payroll expenses then NONE of the loan will be forgiven.
- PPP funds can be used on up to 40% nonpayroll expenses (rent, mortgage interest, utilities, etc.) instead of the 25% under the prior rules.
- PPP loan recipients will now have 10 months from the last day of the covered period to apply for loan forgiveness instead of the 6 months provided under the prior rules.
- PPP loan proceeds that are not forgiven will now be repaid over 5 years (interest rate remains at 1%) instead of the 2 year period provided under the prior rules.
- PPP loan recipients will now have 24 weeks (through 12/31/2020) to restore their full-time equivalent employees to February 15, 2020 levels. Also, the bill adds the following exceptions to restoring the workforce:
- In good faith, PPP loan recipients can document the inability to rehire employees who were employed on February 15, 2020 OR certify to the inability to hire qualified employees for unfilled positions by December 31, 2020.
- In good faith, PPP loan recipients can document an inability to return to the same level of business activity as such business was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements established or guidance issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the period beginning on March 1, 2020, and ending December 31, 2020, related to the maintenance of standards for sanitation, social distancing, or any other worker or customer safety requirement related to COVID–19
Please be sure to contact us with any questions or visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for additional guidance.
2nd District Peacefully Demonstrates with Marches
I joined 2nd District residents for a peaceful demonstration and march to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others whose names we will never know. Their senseless and brutal killings show how much work we have to do to build a stronger, more equitable and safer present and future.
Each individual was a human being. A son. A daughter. A father. A mother. A brother. A sister. Each incident has left families broken and lives shattered.
As councilman, and as a father, I am appalled and heartbroken by the events we continue to see involving racial injustice in our society.
In response, folks from all walks of life are peacefully rising up, collectively expressing frustration, and calling for an end to racism and violence against black and brown communities.
On the day Breonna Taylor would have turned 27, and on the day following the funeral of George Floyd, we peacefully marched from Franklin High School to Franklin Middle School in a remarkable display of unity.
Police officers cleared the way for and protected demonstrators, families and business owners lined the streets and handed out free water and snacks, and everyone took a knee in tribute to victims of racism.
Today’s community-led demonstration had many calls to action. Now, it is up to everyone to come together to execute the change we seek.
I stand in solidarity with everyone in the 2nd District and beyond in working to build a more inclusive Baltimore County, state of Maryland and United States of America.
CZMP Virtual Hearing
As with the County Council’s Legislative Sessions, Work Sessions, and other public hearings convened during the COVID-19 pandemic, these public hearings will be held virtually via WebEx video teleconference.
At each virtual hearing, the County Council will take testimony on the recommended Comprehensive Zoning Map for the particular Councilmanic District in the County referred to in the schedule below and on the Final Report of the Planning Board.
The District 2 County Council CZMP hearing will take place on Tuesday, June 16 at 4 p.m. via WebEx video teleconference.
Anyone wishing to testify shall register in advance via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name and address with the CZMP Issue(s) number in the subject line of your email.
News From Speaker Jones
House Introduces New Police Accountability Workgroup. Following the outrageous and untimely deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, protesters in every state are demanding more accountability from law enforcement and from their leaders. There has been a pattern of police officers using excessive force against African-Americans, and this has to change. Further steps toward state-wide police reform have to come from the legislature — and more specifically from this House
In March, House Leaders and I committed to narrowing our focus on police accountability during this interim. Last weekend, I announced the creation of the new Police Reform and Accountability Workgroup chaired by Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary. The workgroup will take a closer look at the police discipline process, including the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights; police misconduct; arrest procedures and use of force laws. Yesterday, Attorney General Frosh also asked Congressional leaders to grant broader authority to AGs across the country to get involved in police misconduct investigations.
Maryland Enters Stage II in Reopening. The Governor announced this week that more restrictions will be lifted as the state enters Stage II of its recovery. Now all non-essential businesses, workplaces and personal services are allowed to reopen. The State government will also begin to gradually reopen. Starting Monday, June 8, the Motor Vehicle Administration and other State agencies will begin reopening select branches on a limited basis.
Child care centers will not fully re-open but will expand access to services. The Governor must ensure that the State has the capacity to reopen and safely expand child care services. House leaders have reached out to State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide updates on their plan to expand child care services.
Maryland Department of Labor Extends Hours. Starting this weekend, claimants now have the option to call the Maryland Department of Labor seven days a week. Live claims agents will be available on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to provide assistance with unemployment insurance questions. To connect with a live claims agent to file a new claim or inquire about an existing claim, call 1-877-293-4125, toll free.
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