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Admitted to the State Bar in Maryland 1989
Admitted to the Federal Bar in Maryland 1993
Admitted to the State Bar in Washington, D.C. 2012
Admitted to the Federal Bar in Washington, D.C. 2014
Admitted to Tax Court in Washington, D.C. 2010
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Catholic University School of Law, Doctor of Law, J.D. 1989
Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Economics, 1979
The administration passed the massive Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) late on March 27, 2020. The stimulus bill — by far the largest ever passed— comes with a price tag equivalent to 9% of the nation’s gross domestic product and is meant to provide direct financial aid to help individuals, hospitals and businesses.
The $2 trillion package contains many significant tax-saving provisions that impact both individuals and businesses and which may affect prior tax years and while hopefully creating needed cash-flow.
The Law Offices of Linda M. Brown has highlighted in this update some of the key provisions businesses and individuals should be aware of to learn more continue reading.
This is a general overview of some of the key items that may impact you. We will continue to provide additional in-depth updates around them. If you have questions or concerns on how these new provisions may impact your situation, please contact us.
What This Means For You...
The SBA is not accepting applications from lenders until April 3rd. However, it is highly encouraged that you start your application with your lender now. Funds are expected to be limited. Here are some documents to get you started:
Further instructions for how to apply for the aid are posted on the following federal sites:
Again you can contact any existing Small Business Administration lender, as well as any FDIC-insured institution, credit union or financial-technology lender that has signed up for the program for relief to aid you in this process. It has come to our attention that not all lenders may be participating at this time. Therefore, we highly encourage you to contact them to determine if they are able to assist you.
The Law Offices of Linda M. Brown will continue to provide additional in-depth updates around this topic. As always, If you have questions or concerns on how these programs or other provisions in the CARES Act may impact your situation, please contact us by clicking here.
On March 23, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced several new multi-million-dollar grants and loans aimed at providing much needed relief for small businesses:
First, the Maryland Department of Commerce now offers three new business assistance programs:
Note: The relief available is meant “to provide interim relief complementing actions with [the business’s] bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners.”2 A for-profit business applying for relief via the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund must be able to show “financial stress or disrupted operations.” Examples of these include, but are not limited to:
Note: A business or nonprofit applying for relief from the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund must be able to show “financial stress or disrupted operations.” Examples of these include, but are not limited to:
Relief Available Via Maryland Department of Labor
Update 3/30/2020: The Department of Labor’s fund, described below, has closed applications. All of the money has already been allocated to, including an extra $2mm that was added to the fund.
Other small business relief programs are still available as of writing, such as the two other funds described in this article and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans from the CARES Act that was part of the $2 trillion stimulus program.
Secondly, the Maryland Department of Labor is accepting applications for the new “COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund (a $7 million fund).” According to the Department of Labor, “[t]he 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.” This program is intended for Maryland businesses that:
Examples of permissible activities include, but are not limited to:
This program is not intended for hazard pay, employee wages/benefits apart from the Workshare Unemployment Insurance Program, and “support services” (i.e., childcare, transportation, lodging, meals).
Significantly, the Department of Labor indicates that it is accepting grant applications now and until 30 days after the State of Emergency ends (subject to funding availability).
Note: Additionally, an “applicant” may include “employer consortiums” – i.e., businesses who collectively meet the above criteria, such as:
Relief Available Via SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) economic injury disaster loans provide critical economic support to small businesses facing significant disaster-related revenue losses—offering up to $2 million in assistance per affected small business. On March 17, 2020, in an effort to minimize the significant economic disruption to our nations’ small businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza released revised criteria for states (or U.S. territories) seeking a COVID-19 economic injury declaration. Specifically, the SBA has relaxed its criteria to request an economic injury declaration—resulting in statewide disaster assistance loans.
In its announcement, which may be read in full at sba.gov, the SBA stated that the revised criteria will have the following immediate effects:
Significantly, these loans may be offered with long-term repayments, up to a maximum of 30 years. The term of a loan is determined on a case-by-case basis and weighs each borrower’s ability to repay. The interest rates are set at 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.
Note: We are closely monitoring legislative developments regarding proposed modifications to the requirements for small business loans issued in response to COVID-19 and will update our readers accordingly.
Again, we urge you to act quickly to take advantage of the relief that’s available. Remember, as the Department of Labor’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund reminds potential applicants—their program is only available within a certain timeframe (which is also subject to funding availability). An experienced legal professional can help efficiently determine the relief-strategy that works best for you and streamline the application process(es).
We will continue to update our readers on developments pertaining to relief provisions for small businesses as they become available. Specifically, we are tracking Senate Bill 3541 (“A bill to modify requirements relating to small business disaster loans made in response to COVID-19, and for other purposes”) and Senate Bill 3548 ( To provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.)
If you would like to discuss small business relief provisions available during the COVID-19 pandemic, call the Law Offices of Linda M. Brown today at 240-264-6087.
This analysis is not legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only. This analysis does not constitute legal advice and is being provided on an informational basis only. For advice about whether and how you or your business can benefit from this topic, please contact your legal counsel.
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