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City of Frederick Launches a New Grant Program for Local Small Businesses

September 23, 2020 / / News

Today, The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development announces the launch of a new grant program for local small businesses.
The Back In Business Conditional Microgrant Program is designed to financially assist City-based small businesses which have been substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and which have not previously received local assistance. Funding for this program is through the Department of Economic Development GROW Fund utilizing funds from Federal CARES Act through the State of Maryland and Frederick County. Awards will be made utilizing a random lottery-based system.
Applications will be accepted through an online web portal starting at 9:00 AM today – Wednesday, September 23, 2020
through Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:00 PM (noon).
Full program details, eligibility criteria,
and the application are now posted on our website at:
We encourage you to explore this opportunity, to apply
if you find your company to be eligible, and to spread the word!

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August 27, 2020 / / News

Want to make history by being a part of the first “Great Frederick Scavenger Hunt” (9/5 – 12/20) – a city-wide, multi-day, socially-distanced entertainment experience brought to you by Celebrate Frederick, The City of Frederick, and Surelocked In Escape Games? All interested businesses should contact Chris Sparks at to become a part of the game!

What is this event?
  • A socially-distanced, safe way for families and folks to celebrate Frederick City in the absence of traditions like In The Streets and The Great Frederick Fair
  • A partnership between Celebrate Frederick, The City of Frederick, and Surelocked In Escape Games
  • A free game that allows all registered players to test their wits and compete for prizes as they scour the City to its limits

What we need from you:

  • No money – this is a free event for all participating businesses/organizations
  • A time to visit your establishment to craft a unique clue for players to solve (that they can’t Google)
  • Your help promoting this event on social media
  • The donation of a unique prize (no more that $20 in value) that will inspire the winner(s) to return to your business after the game concludes
  • For you to continue to operate as normal during the week of the game (so people can come to you)
What will happen next:
  1. You reach out to Chris Sparks ( with your availability for a 5 minute site visit between 8/28 and 9/4 and the answer to this question: “given that all COVID safety measures are being observed, are you comfortable with players entering your business for the game?”
  2. Standby to receive confirmation of the visit
  3. Greet a Surelocked In Game Master at the time of the visit onsite
  4. Spread the word on social media about the event (

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Golden Mile Restaurants Participating in Frederick Restaurant Week – August 24 -30!

August 22, 2020 / / News