Message from Pigtown Main Street

The Coronavirus has affected the Pigtown business community in so many areas. Everyone is feeling the affect.  Fortunately, the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore provides programs to help residents, businesses and employees in emergencies.  Pigtown Main Street is compiling this list of helpful resources. This is a rapidly evolving situation and Pigtown Main Street is committed to keeping you up-to-date, so please check back frequently.

The Pigtown Main Street team is wishing you all health and wellness while we all pull together to get through this time. We hope the information we are sharing is helpful and keeping you informed.

Pigtown Main Street will continue to compile a list of helpful resources. Please send an email to if you know of a good resource you would like us to share.

Business Information

NEW GRANT!  Added March 23, 2020 Click here to learn about COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund – designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. 

NEW GRANT!  Added March 23, 2020 Learn about Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund, this emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.

NEW LOAN! Added March 23, 2020  – Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund –  offers working capital to assist Maryland for-profit small businesses disrupted operations due to COVID-19.

SBA ASSISTANCE! Governor Hogan announced on March 19 that the entire state of Maryland has received official designation for SBA assistance. Individual businesses can now apply directly to the SBA for low-interest loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Visit SBA’s website to apply now.

Click here to go to the Maryland Business Express website that is updated daily with current information on the Coronavirus, Employers & Workers Assistance and Financial Assistance and Taxes.

Click here for information on the Small Business Administration Funding Sources.

This database serves as a centralized source of Baltimore Businesses that could use your support during this time!  Businesses should check their listing for accuracy.

Liquor Commission for Baltimore City – Revised Guideline – Click here

Loans – New added 3.16.20 

HONEYCOMB CREDIT & The MD Neighborhood Exchange:

  • For businesses needing $10,000-$50,000 in working capital
  • 45-day payment-free period
  • 6-month interest-only period
  • 7.5%-10% fixed-interest
  • for more details, click here.

KIVA & The MD Neighborhood Exchange:

  • 0% interest rate loans up to $15,000
  • a grace period of up to 6 months before having to make repayments
  • for more details, click here.

Community Wealth Builders, Stephanie Geller   443-242-4110.  Click here.  Stephanie can provide support, answer your questions and help to fast track the process.

Community Wealth Builders, Stephanie Geller   443-242-4110.  Click here.  Stephanie can provide support, answer your questions and help to fast track the process.

Unemployment Benefits

Warning: Please be careful when filing for unemployment.  Get your information on websites that begin with  There are fraudulent sites so make sure you are dealing with the State of Maryland.

How To Apply for UnemploymentClick here to file an application for Maryland Unemployment.

FAQ Unemployment – Click here if you have questions about unemployment.

General Information

Maryland Department of Health – Click here to see a map and count (updated daily at 10 a.m.) of Coronavirus cases in Maryland.

Baltimore City Health DepartmentClick here for the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus for the general public

Multi-Lingual AssistanceClick here to get information on the Coronavirus in Spanish, French,Chinese, Korean and Arabic.

Information From HopkinsClick here for Coronavirus at a glance.

Baltimore Gas & ElectricClick here for BGE policies during this emergency.

Gov. Hogan Announces Election Postponements/Changes and Postponement of PreaknessClick Here

Food Distribution in the CityView map of city distribution sites.  Click here for a list of sites by neighborhood.

Food Distribution in the City – View map of city distribution sites.  Click here for a list of sites by neighborhood.

Employment Opportunities

Amazon is hiring warehouse workers – Click here for more information.