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Announcement All Pratt locations are open at 50% capacity with COVID-19 safety procedures in place. Learn more.

Information for individuals experiencing sudden unemployment due to COVID-19 is located in our Unemployment Services and Resources Guide.

Some self-employed individuals, such as independent contractors or gig workers who have lost income due to the pandemic are now eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. Visit the Maryland Department of Labor's COVID-19 Employer and Claimant Information for more information about applying.

For the latest updates, resources, funding opportunities and executive orders relevant to small businesses in Maryland, please check out the State government’s Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business.

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Financial Relief & Tax Credits

Loan & Grant Opportunities

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Platforms for Online Meetings

Stay in touch with staff, virtually meet with customers, or create a video to share. Many of these platforms offer free versions with limited functions, with the option to pay a monthly fee for more features.

  • Zoom - shared audio, video, chat, and screen sharing
  • Jitsi Meet - No sign up required
  • Google Meet or Hangouts - Easy to use if you’re already using G Suite
  • Discord - Used primarily for online gaming, this is like a very visual version of Slack
  • Notion - Organizes personal tasks and allows collaboration.
  • Tech Against Coronavirus - A crowd-sourced listing of online platforms.

Local Organizations

Baltimore-based groups that are actively sharing updates through social media and their own resource guides.

  • Impact Hub - Resource guide including a survey for Baltimore business owners about the impact of coronavirus
  • Baltimore Corps - This link is their Facebook page, where they share their events and initiatives as well as pertinent articles.
  • Baltimore SourceLink - Entrepreneurship support system that forms connections within the local small business community.
  • Baltimore Together - Resources for businesses and displaced workers. Also provides information on where to donate excess food and how to file a bulk unemployment claim.
  • Maryland SBDC - The Small Business Development Center offers consultations, resources, and training to entrepreneurs.
  • EcoMaps, Baltimore’s Local Resources for Businesses - Created a centralized database of businesses still serving the public in some capacity. Business owners can add their actively operating establishments to this list.

Pratt Digital Library Resources

Use these free library resources to conduct market research, stream business videos, read, or take an online class. You will need a library card to access these resources.

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Business, Science & Technology

Browse collections covering many aspects of business, computers, cooking, health, psychology, and sports.

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Small Business Guide

Find reliable information related to starting a small business in Maryland, taxes, writing a business plan, and more.

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Writing a Grant Proposal

Are you applying for a grant on behalf of your nonprofit organization? This guide will help you write a master proposal.

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