Project Restore from State of Maryland

September 9, 2021 / / Uncategorized

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is administering $25 million to provide financial support to Maryland’s new or expanding businesses to help incentivize commercial investment in vacant retail and commercial properties. ​​

Project Restore will provide two grant opportunities for businesses that plan on opening or expanding into previously vacant spaces:

Rental Assistance Grant: The maximum grant request amount is $30,000 for rent for one year (rental payment up to $2,500 per month) for qualified small business with 50 or fewer employees (full time equivalents). Applicant’s monthly rent can exceed $2,500, but the maximum that will be paid by the Rental Assistance Grant will be $2,500 per month for one year.

Business Operations Grant: The maximum grant award amount is $250,000 for one or two years for businesses that generate sales and use tax. Grant funds can be used for activities and costs related to sustaining and growing the business such as staff costs, capital improvements, marketing, inventory and supplies, utilities and the like and cannot be used for executive salaries or bonuses. Grant awards will be paid quarterly and will be based on sales and use tax generated by and submitted to the state in Calendar Year 2022.


​​To be eligible to apply for either a Rental Assistance Grant and/or a Business Assistance Grant, a business must meet all of the following criteria: ​​

  • May be a new or existing business, but business must be located in Maryland
  • Business must be registered and in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
  • Business must open or expand in a retail or commercial space that has been vacant at least 6 months prior to the date they submit their application.
  • Financially viable business whose operations will continue forward

For more information or to apply please go to Project Restore (maryland.gov)

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Golden Mile Businesses don’t miss out on this Golden Opportunity!

September 3, 2021 / / Uncategorized

Golden Mile Businesses don’t miss out on this Golden Opportunity!

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development EmPOWER Mentorship Program is now accepting applications!

The EmPOWER Mentorship Program is a facilitated mentoring model designed to help underrepresented businesses generate ideas, identify blind spots, troubleshoot problems, and grow their networks in Frederick County. Two seasoned business leaders and a facilitator will guide the mentorship program throughout its 8-week duration. The program will begin on October 18th and meet weekly until December 6th.

Learn more by visiting: www.discoverfrederick.com/empower_mentorship

Questions may be directed to Jodie Bollinger, Director of Business Retention and Expansion jbollinger@frederickcountymd.gov.

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Golden Mile Alliance is Hiring a Part Time Operations Coordinator!

July 2, 2021 / / Uncategorized

Are you passionate about the Golden Mile? Are you self-motivated and outgoing? Do you have strong organizational, marketing, and social media skills? If you are seeking to make an impact in the community while utilizing your organizational, marketing, and fundraising skills, this is the job for you!

As Operations Coordinator, you will provide support to a growing non-profit organization that is focused on creating a vital and thriving business and residential corridor in the City of Frederick. You will be instrumental in communications for the organization on social media platforms, in print and on the web. You will provide support to the volunteer board of directors in conjunction with the organization’s mission. You must be available to work some evenings and weekends, for a few hours at a time, such as for board meetings, and related organization sponsored-events and networking. Flexible schedule with part-time hours.

For additional information on the position or to submit an application to be considered for the position, you can send an e-mail to info@goldenmilealliance.org or you go to Job # 1398547 on the Maryland Workforce Exchange

The Golden Mile Alliance is looking to fill this position as soon as possible.