Unemployment & Businesses

The COVID-19 crisis has left many unemployed and presents concerns for businesses. Here are resources to help both individuals and businesses get through this trying time.


Visit the Maryland Department of Labor’s website for more information.



  • Governor Hogan announced that the entire state of Maryland has received an official designation for SBA assistance. Small businesses can apply here.
  • View an ongoing list of FAQs here for Maryland businesses planning and responding to the Coronavirus.
  • If a business experiences a temporary or permanent layoff, Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Bulk Claim Services can open unemployment insurance claims for all affected employees. To determine if a business is eligible, please visit the Bulk Claims Services FAQs page.
  • We encourage members of the business community to reach out with their questions by sending a message to Secretary.Commerce@maryland.gov.
  • Baltimore Together – The Mayor’s Office recently announced the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Initiative, which establishes the COVID-19 Small Business Task Force, a public-private partnership, and a $5.5 million fund to provide financial assistance to small businesses. $15,000 grants are available now. More information about the initiative can be found here.

For more information, visit businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

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