A Note from the Executive Director
Dear Members and Friends of the Carroll Technology & Innovation Council,
As of this morning, Carroll County is in a “State of Emergency” as declared by the Board of Commissioner’s President Stephen Wantz. Like many of you, the CTIC is doing our best to process the latest updates surrounding the COVID-19 virus and like many other organizations, we too are taking precautions, which, unfortunately, means postponements and cancelations.
Pursuant to Building Management, as of Wednesday, March 18th, the Carroll Nonprofit Center (where the CTIC is located) will be closed to outside visitors. Our building is privately owned and operated, and this decision wasn’t made lightly by building management. As tenants, we need to respect and abide by their decision. That means, should you wish to have a meeting with me, please call or email to make arrangements to meet outside of our building. (I will miss your drop-in visits)
The CTIC Board of Directors are working with me to make the best decisions regarding our upcoming events, which include Breakfast Roundtables, Educational Meetings, and even our Golf Tournament. We want to ensure that our members and guests are able to enjoy themselves while remaining safe while in our company.
Our website and social media platforms will be the best source of information in the coming days. In the meantime, please be safe and diligent during this time.
All my best,
COVID-19 Business Resources
Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.
If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer, check out the programs below to see if you qualify for assistance.
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – This $75 million loan fund (for for-profit businesses only) offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum. Learn more
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund – This $50 million grant program for businesses and non-profits offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020. Learn more.
- Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund – This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country. More details are expected to be announced by Friday, March 27, 2020.
- Maryland Department of Labor COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund – Workforce Development and Adult Learning – Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Labor have launched the new COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant), will be a quick deployable benefit and customizable to the specific needs of your business to minimize the need for layoffs. Labor is accepting grant applications from small businesses for awards from now through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends (subject to funding availability).
- Governor Hogan recently announced Maryland’s official designation for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SBA EIDL provides low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the SBA, the loans will help alleviate financial strain and allow businesses to pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable, with long-term payments stretching up to 30 years.
Small businesses and private non-profit organizations can apply directly to the SBA for financial assistance here.
Additionally, stay up to date with Maryland’s Business Resources from the Department of Commerce and the resources that are available to you. Click here to be directed to their page.
Pay Your Membership Dues Online
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Donation Match Campaign
Double the Value of your Donation!
We have received a generous pledge from The Kahlert Foundation to match any incoming donations we receive up to $10,000. Put this together with your donation, and you stand to make a tremendous impact!
If you are in the giving spirit and would like to contribute to our effort to bridge the digital divide in Carroll County, please consider a donation! You can also help us put the magic of social media to work by sharing and posting about our fundraiser – any bit of exposure helps!
We know there will be countless worthy organizations vying for your attention, and we greatly appreciate your consideration of our request. We are THANKFUL for your ongoing support!
The Carroll Technology Council was conceived in 2001 by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to assist businesses and the community with their technology needs. As the Tech Council matured, the need for businesses to congregate and share with like-minded peers became apparent. The Carroll Technology Council became an independent non-profit organization in 2004 and was renamed the Carroll Technology & Innovation Council in 2020.
Since its inception, the Carroll Technology & Innovation Council has developed many new programs that benefit the county as a whole, especially area small businesses. Our focus has been on facilitating the development of technology expertise, building relationships between member organizations, and facilitating potential business opportunities.
As a community partner, the Council works diligently to bring technology to those in need. Through our TechKids and TechWorks programs, the CTIC has donated computers to area youth, adults, and nonprofits. To date, we have donated over 3,000 new and refurbished computers to the community!
The Council is a trusted voice, capable of handling information requests and disseminating helpful answers. We work closely with local media and publish our own communications to reach the community with pertinent technology updates.Become A Member
Scott Adelman Memorial Fund
Scott M. Adelman was a founding member, former board member and committee chair of the Carroll Technology & Innovation Council, but more importantly, a friend and mentor to all of us. He passed away on October 22, 2016 at the age of 53 as a result of a heart attack that he suffered earlier in the week. As an organization, we are deeply saddened by this great loss.