COVID-19 Resource Guide For Businesses

Disaster Loan Financing

Talbot County businesses and private non-profit organizations can now apply for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Loans can be used to pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable, with long-term payments stretching up to 30 years.

Maryland’s Small Business Development Center has put together a fact sheet to help Marylanders apply for an SBA disaster loan.

Business Information

The Maryland Department of Commerce website offers comprehensive information for businesses, including a special section for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides guidance for business operations during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Businesses with 10 or more people not specifically listed in the executive order are not required to close. If a business remains open, it is critical to follow social distancing guidelines and to take steps to prevent groups of 10 or more people from congregating in one area.

Tax Filing Extension

The IRS has moved Tax Filing Day to July 15, 2020. The Maryland Comptroller’s Office also will offer a 90-day extension of income tax filings and payments for individuals and corporate income taxpayers.

Unemployment Assistance

The Maryland Department of Labor can open bulk claims for employers laying off multiple employees.

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Talbot County wants to hear from you! Click here to take our business survey.

Talbot County Information

The Talbot County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Emergency Services are leading the county’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis. For daily updates, visit

For more information, contact Director of Economic Development and Tourism at Cassandra Vanhooser at 410-770-8000 or

About Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism

The Office of Economic Development and the Office of Tourism were merged in 2016 by the Talbot County County Council to fully leverage the synergy and common interest of the two offices. The mission of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism is to enhance and promote a business-friendly environment for current and prospective enterprises and to advocate for policies that support and strengthen the economic vitality of Talbot County. The vision the department sees for Talbot County is simple: Strong Communities. Empowered Businesses. Innovative Solutions.

If you own or operate a business here in Talbot County, or want to start one, you are encouraged to contact the Department of  Economic Development and Tourism at 410-770-8058 or visit their office at 215 Bay Street, Suite 5, Easton, MD.