As COVID-19 continues to have a major impact on our community, Discover Easton will compile resources and information to help our small businesses during this crisis. We will update this page frequently. Please keep checking back for the latest information, or reach out if you need help finding something or have an idea to share.
Discover Easton Gift Card Portal
Shoppers can support their local businesses while practicing social distancing by purchasing a gift card or certificate online. Discover Easton ships all gift cards once per week for FREE to all purchasers.
Carry Out Options in Easton
Many Easton eateries have remained open under new conditions, offering ways to conveniently enjoy their menu options at home.
Discover Easton Member Marketing
We are publishing specific marketing information from our members so that it is available to our website visitors and is included in our weekly newsletter blasts.
Main Street America’s Tip Sheet: Quick tips, ideas, and inspiration that your business/program can implement to keep our community supporting local while social distancing or isolating.
Social Graphics: Main Street America has created a set of social graphics highlighting ways our community can continue to engage and support your businesses. Please download Instagram – single image or slide show, Facebook, and Twitter graphics. Share widely on your social accounts and use #SupportLocalSafely and #DiscoverEaston when posting.
Shop Small: materials for businesses to use on social media in the face of COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information and updates on how to prevent community spread. Below is specific guidance for community organizations, businesses, and event planners.
U.S. & MD Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor provides info on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies. The Maryland Department of Labor has launched a new online tool to file for unemployment benefits.
Small Business Resources
SBA offers guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. SBA also offers the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that can provide vital economic support to small businesses.
Local Resources & Information
Talbot County has convened an Operational Working Group that is monitoring this evolving situation closely and will release information each week day to share any updates affecting the citizens of Talbot County.
The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses. Learn more.
SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and nonprofits to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Learn more.
National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants This program allows business owners to apply for financing for a particular small business need. Worth up to $4,000 each, past recipients used their growth grants to purchase computers, hire part-time help, and create marketing materials. Learn More
Main Street Lending Program The Federal Reserve has announced this program to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More
Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund OLD BAY, McCormick for Chefs, and CORECares have joined forces to offer support to local Maryland restaurants impacted by COVID-19 providing up to $2,500 in new grants. Learn More
Business Owners’ Idea Café Small Business Grant $1,000 plus advertising opportunities grant is open to anyone who currently owns a small business that has been in existence for at least six months. There are no entry fees and a complete business plan is not required. Learn More
ioby has launched a new match grant opportunity: National COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Match Fund. Wherever you are in the United States, when you crowdfund for a project that responds to COVID-19 in your community, they’ll waive their fiscal sponsorship and platform fee, and double your donations dollar-for-dollar up to $8,000. Learn more.
JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses. Learn more.
The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Learn more.
Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans. Learn more.