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Coronavirus Closures: Small Business And Arts

Melissa Gerr

Half of Maryland jobs are in small businesses--most now shut down in the pandemic, like the rest of the economy.  We talk with Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz to hear about loans and grants available to business owners. Plus we check in with Ken Skrzesz, executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council and Brendan Dorr, president of the Baltimore Bartenders Guild to hear how arts organizations and bartenders coping amidst the closures. 

Visit this link for the Maryland Business Express assitance.

To visit the Virtual Tip Jar where you can support Baltimore area bartenders, visit this link and for the Baltimore Area Restaurant Industry Relief Group, visit this link. For a list of online performances, visit this link.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'