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September 2022   |   Caroline   |   Dorchester   |   Kent   |   Queen Anne's   |   Talbot 

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Job Postings

Maryland Workforce Exchange

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Caroline County

Queen Anne's County

Dorchester County

Kent County

Talbot County

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Chesapeake College: College Central Network 

Jobs can be posted using Chesapeake College's College Central Network site. 

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Governor Hogan Announces $15 Million Jobs That Build Initiative to Hire More Construction Workers For Capital Projects

Offers Up to $10K In Recruitment and Retention Initiatives For Workers; Uses To Include Sign-On and Retention Bonuses, Training Programs, Housing or Child Care Expenses Will Help Meet Demand For Projects Generated By Federal and State Investments

Application Available Immediately; Grants To Be Awarded In Coming Weeks

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new $15 million Jobs That Build Initiative to eliminate real-world barriers to careers in infrastructure, and help keep pace with the demand for capital projects generated by unprecedented federal and state investments. The program offers grants of up to $10,000 per worker to enhance recruitment efforts, facilitate smarter training, and support enduring employee retention. 

“To address this challenge head-on and immediately jumpstart the workforce pipeline for infrastructure projects at the state and local levels, today I am announcing a new Jobs That Build Initiative to help provide infrastructure workers with up to $10,000 in incentives,” said Governor Hogan. “We are making an initial investment of $15 million into this initiative—which is the first of its kind in the nation—and expect that this will help bring on thousands of construction workers and ensure that more capital projects are delivered on time and on budget.”






Jobs That Build: One-Pager | FAQ | Application

In a tight post-pandemic job market, employers with open positions for infrastructure work are finding that competitive wages and training are not always enough to secure and retain top talent. Employers do not always have available resources to meet candidate requests for supportive benefits or monetary incentives.

The Jobs That Build Initiative will help address this challenge head-on, and help recruit and retain thousands more construction workers statewide. Jobs That Build will be complemented by the state’s ongoing workforce development and training initiatives. Last month, the governor announced that the state had achieved the record milestone of 12,000 apprenticeships statewide. Earlier this year, the governor announced that Maryland would become the first state in the nation to remove the four-year degree requirement for thousands of state jobs, which has led to a 41% year-over-year increase in non-degree hires.

Eligibility Guidelines. This initiative, which utilizes federal funds, will be managed through the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning (DWDAL). An employer is eligible to apply for support if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Is a Maryland-based employer with employees who reside in Maryland;

  • Are up-to-date on Unemployment Insurance Taxes and in Good Standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation and Maryland Department of Labor;

  • Have secured or can demonstrate a future award of a publicly-funded infrastructure project(s);

  • Can attest to a difficulty in hiring and/or retaining construction-related employees.

Employers are eligible to apply for funds based upon the size of their company:

  • $500,000 for companies with 750+ employees

  • $400,000 for companies with 500-749 employees

  • $300,000 for companies with less than 500 employees

Application and Award Process. Applications are available immediately, and will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to a completed application, applicants should submit their organization’s W-9 form and a copy or screenshot of the organization’s Certificate of Good Standing. Applications will be reviewed within ten business days of receipt, and awards will be made in the coming weeks. All grant funds awarded to an employer must be paid directly to an employee (sign-on/retention bonus or other direct stipend) or to an entity for the direct benefit of an employee (landlord, car lease, child care facility, etc.). All recipients will have to meet reporting requirements. 

Maryland Apprenticeship Tax Credit

Maryland’s  Apprenticeship Tax Credit is  available to employers who hire new Registered Apprentices. 

Details regarding the new Maryland Apprenticeship Tax Credit are summarized below:

  • Employers will continue to be able to claim the credit for new Registered Apprentices.

  • Employers can now also claim the credit for certain Youth Apprentices.

  • For employers to qualify, their Youth Apprentices must have had employment with the taxpayer for at least 450 hours of the taxable year OR employment for Registered Apprentices with the employer for at least seven full months of the taxable year.

  • For each eligible Registered Apprentice, an employer can claim a credit of $3,000. For each eligible Youth Apprentice, an employer can claim a credit of $1,000.

  • Each employer/taxpayer may claim up to a maximum of $15,000 in credit per taxable year.

For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Labor website. 

Businesses and job seekers interested in apprenticeships are also invited to email or call


Maryland Supply Chain Resiliency Program

The Maryland Supply Chain Resiliency Program assists Maryland manufacturers that have been adversely affected by COVID with impacts to operations, workforce and/or sales.  The Maryland Supply Chain Resiliency Program will include a business assessment and review of a company’s business practices to better understand the impacts on the business and the opportunities to help overcome them.

To qualify for funding, companies must be able to identify a discrete project effort that will help to expand their supplier base or help their company become a better supplier. Examples include, but are not limited to, technical assistance, consulting services, engineering services, training services related to the following: business strategy, resilience, and recovery; developing new customers/new markets; strengthening your supply chain; improving performance as a supplier; enhancing software and systems (funds may not be used for purchase of software, only for consulting, training, and technical support); and implementing advanced manufacturing technology.


Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ)

PWQ provides matching training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies. Grants are used to increase the skills of existing workers for new technologies and production processes, improve employee productivity and increase employment stability.

  • For More information, visit the Maryland Department of Commerce website


Qlarant Foundation Grant

Grant Application will be available starting on December 1. Visit for details. Maryland 501(c)(3) organizations, focused on improving the health of individuals through measurable outcome goals, at the community level, are encouraged to apply. Grant awards up to $50,000 per organization. Grants are prioritized based on a project’s potential to improve access to care and quality of health services for individuals and communities.

  • 2023 Grant Application acceptance period will open on December 1, 2022

  • For more information and to apply, visit the Qlarant Foundation website

Business Telework Assistance Grant

This new $1 million grant assists businesses with retaining and creating jobs across the state. It is designed to help cover costs - up to $25,000 to purchase equipment necessary to develop and implement telework policies, including hardware, software, and technical services.  Employers with less than 50 employees given preference. This grant does not support a business that has already incurred telework expenses.

  • Round 1 applications are due by Friday, January 6, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. 

  • Completed applications should be submitted by email to:

For more information and to download the application, visit the Maryland Department of Commerce website

MarylandSaves Offers $300 Fee Waiver for Businesses Registered by December 1

MarylandSaves, an innovative retirement savings program, recently announced a $300 fee waiver for any businesses registered in the payroll-deducted program by December 1, 2022. Created by the State of Maryland, this program helps businesses comply with the new Maryland law* that requires most employers to offer a payroll-deducted automatic retirement savings program option for their employees.

  • For more information, visit the MarylandSaves website.

Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Virtual Workshop

The online workshop will take a look at how small, minority, women, and veteran procurement programs work. Strategies for mining public data to help with business development efforts will be shared. Buyers from four state agencies will be introduced. Each will share what they are looking to buy right now, what is in the pipeline, and how to connect with them directly. They will also have an informative panel discussion on the issues they encounter most.

Guests for this event are: 

  • MDOT - State Highway Administration

  • Maryland Department of General Services

  • Maryland Department of Health

  • Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services

  • Maryland State Police

Date: Dec 6, 2022 

Time: 10:00 AM

For more information and to register, visit the Maryland Governor's Office of of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs website


8 Grant Research Tools for Nonprofits

Visit the Nonprofit Tech for Good website for some great tools!


Business Training Opportunities

How To Start an E-commerce Business and Establish Your Online Presence

Having an online presence is a necessity for businesses of all sizes and types to stay competitive, but luckily it's easier than ever before to build a digital brand.

There is no excuse for entrepreneurs not to take advantage of being online, all it takes is a few clicks of a mouse, and any business can set up a basic website and a social media presence.  

In this webinar, our expert presenter will explain the value of E-commerce, the online advertising options available to small businesses, and how to build traffic to your website and create sales.

You will learn:

  • How to identify your real online competitors 

  • How to establish your online presence 

  • How to use SEO to reach your desired clients 

  • How to compare advertising options


DATE & TIME: November 29, 2022, 1:00pm ES

FEE: Free 

For more information and to register, visit the SCORE website.

How To Build a Website for Your Business - Live Q&A

Not sure how to manage your website? Don't know the difference between a domain name and hosting? Or what about SEO or even PPC? Having a website is crucial for the success of a business, it can give you credibility in the eyes of potential customers and can be the gateway to growing your business.

In this webinar, our expert presenters will be answering all of your questions about building and maintaining a website!

  • DURATION: 1 Hour 

  • DATE & TIME: December 6, 2022, 1:00pm EST 

  • FEE: Free 

  • For more information and to register, visit the SCORE website.

How to Find Grant Opportunities for Your Small Business

The pandemic and economic relief efforts have led to more grant opportunities than ever for the nation's small businesses. With the main federal relief programs now over, small businesses are seeking out other funding opportunities that may be available to them. This workshop will help you understand the small business grant landscape, things to consider, where to find funding, and more. 

The different types of grants available to small business owners

Tips for crafting your grant application

Other free and low-cost capital options for your business

Question and answer period

  • Recorded Webinar

  • Duration: 1 hour

For more information and to view the webinar, visit the SCORE website