Covid-19 Resources

Easton Small Businesses

Information for Easton's Business Community

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.

Safely Support Local

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
Easton bars and restaurants have been shut down except for carry out and delivery. Many Easton eateries have remained open under these new conditions, offering ways to conveniently enjoy their menu options at home.

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 showFacebook, and Twitter graphics. Share widely on your social accounts and use #SupportLocalSafely and #DiscoverEaston when posting.

NEW  Shop Small materials for businesses in the face of COVID-19

COVID-19 Webinars & Programs

Weekly Updates from Easton Economic Development

Featured News Interview with Ross Benincasa, Director of Discover Easton As we protect ourselves and our communities from the devastating effects of the coronavirus crisis, …

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Maryland Retailers Association COVID-19 Updates and Webinar Opportunities

Webinar Opportunities RILA COVID-19 Webinar with Dr. Robert Schooley The Retail Industry Leaders Association is hosting a webinar with Dr. Robert Schooley, an American infectious …

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Upcoming Main Street America Webinars (April 3-7)

NFIB COVID-19 Part IV: How to Apply for a Coronavirus Small Business Loan | Friday, April 3 at 12pm EDT | Hosted by NFIB COVID-19: A Ten …

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Recent Headlines

local & National Business Resources

CDC Resources
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. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies.

SBA Resources
The Small Business Administration released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue.

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.

Funding Programs & Business Support

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.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Just announced! 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.

MidShore Community Foundation has $5000 grants available for qualifying non profits. Learn more.

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program. 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.

Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. 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. 

MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown. Learn more.

Opportunity Fundwhich 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.

The Go Fund Me Relief Initiative is intended to support our local businesses facing financial loss. Make a difference today by donating or starting a fundraiser. Learn more.

The mission of Discover Easton is to enhance and promote the culture and business community in the Town of Easton.