COVID-19 Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resource & Recovery Center  

Bel Air is the Heart of Harford and we want each one of our businesses to feel supported during this unprecedented time. We know that no matter what industry you are in, COVID-19 has likely affected your business in some way. The health, safety and recovery of our businesses is our highest priority.   

In response to the changing needs of our business community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have compiled a list of resources to assist you in making the best decisions to help your business navigate through the impact encountered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Think of the Town of Bel Air Office of Economic Development as your partner.  You may reach our Director of Economic Development, Trish Heidenreich, at 410-838-0586 should you require additional assistance.

Please check back often as this list will be updated and resources will be added as they become available.

Stay Informed: 

Informacion Importante: COVID-19  - Prevenga la propagacion de enfermedades respiratorias con estas acciones, Preguntas Frecuentes, Recursos: COVID-19.

Federal Government Response to COVID-19.

 Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery - Governor Hogan’s phased plan to reopen the Maryland economy.

Maryland's COVID-19 Business Response

Back to Business - Maryland’s industry specific safety best practices.

Back to Business Pledge - Sign and print to assure customers you are adhering to guidelines and following best practices.

The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool to help businesses navigate the various assistance programs available to them during the COVID-19 crisis. Answer a series of questions about your business and the tool will direct you to the programs you are eligible for based on your answers. 

CDC Guidance for Workplaces and Businesses  


Resources through Harford County:

Restaurant Relief Grant Program Round 3 - accepting applications April 14 - April 28, 2021

Hotel Relief Grant Program Round 2 - accepting applications April 21 - May 5, 2021 

Nonprofit Relief Grant Program - accepting applications April 28 - June 4, 2021

Greater Bel Air Community Foundation Grants up to $2,500 are available for non-profits affected by COVID-19. 

Resources through the Small Business Administration:

Restaurant Revitalization Program is available for emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.  SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021.

The Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan  (EIDL) program provides small businesses with working capital loans that provide economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.    

The Small Business Administration website has a comprehensive listing of all the programs including guidance for businesses and employers. 

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide  developed by The Maryland Small Business Development Center provides helpful information.  As a Harford County business owner, your business consultant through the Small Business Administration Northern Region is Ryan DelGallo.  Ryan can be reached at 443-373-3377.

 Resources through the State of Maryland:

Maryland Business Express has a full listing of Governor Hogan’s executive orders, guidance on business closures (essential / non-essential) and a list of frequently asked questions for Maryland business owners, as well as many other resources. 

The Maryland Department of Labor COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund  is designed to help reduce or eliminate the need for layoffs in the small business community as a result of the pandemic. Applications for this support program have a quick turnaround time and are available now. Applications will remain available for 30 days following the end of the State of Emergency declaration.  

Maryland OneStop account can be used to check the status of existing applications for the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan/Grant. Be sure to create the account using the same email address that was used in your original application. This does not offer updates on federal loan applications.

Additional Resources:

Additional information may be found on the Harford County  and the Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development Business Resource websites.

The Susquehanna Workforce Network provides workforce development programs and services for businesses and individuals.  A listing of current job openings in Harford and Cecil Counties along with resources for businesses and job seekers can be found in the What’s New section of their website.

The Better Business Bureau Greater Maryland is offering free video workshops and resources for small businesses. 

Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund is offering micro-grants of $100 for restaurant employees; application process is not yet finalized but coming out soon. Check their website for updates as well as news and resources for restaurant owners and employees.

Through the BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Program, eligible businesses located in BGE's service area will have opportunities to apply for grants of up to $20,000. Applications for Round 2 open May 5, 2021 and close June 16, 2021.