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Micro Hiring Event at the
Kent County Public Library on March 29, 2023
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Hiring Event
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina
on March 16, 2023
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Workers in the Insurance Industry:
Insurance Training Through the
Lower Shore Workforce Alliance
Press Release
Pre-Licensing Exam Prep Training Course

City of Salisbury

Newton Community Center

2nd Annual Community Resource & Job Fair

Friday, April 12, 2023

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Labor Market Information

Labor Market Information

Economic Overview Reports 

Labor Market Information can be tailored to your needs. Please contact Ellen LaFrankie at for customized information.  

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Maryland Apprenticeship & Training Program (MATP)

The Maryland Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Locator page is a useful resource for those interested in becoming an apprentice or for those interested in hiring an apprentice. 

For more information, visit the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP) website.

MD Apprenticeship
Job Postings

Job Postings - By County

Maryland Workforce Exchange

Jobs can be posted at no cost using the Maryland Workforce Exchange website. For assistance, please contact

Ellen LaFrankie at

Chesapeake College: College Central Network 

Jobs can be posted at no cost 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. 

Jobs That Build
Heritage Areas

Financial Incentives in Maryland Heritage Areas

Financial incentives for the Maryland Heritage Areas Program are awarded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). To apply, an organization must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be located within the boundaries of a certified Heritage Area, or

  • Have a project that takes place within the boundaries of a certified Heritage Area.

FY 2024 Grant Round

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY 2024 grant materials for capital and non-capital heritage tourism projects are now available, including a newly revised and streamlined application!

Begin the first step in the application process by completing an Intent to Apply form no later than 11:59 pm on January 31, 2023. 

For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Planning: Maryland Historical Trust website.


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MD Appre Tax Credit

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


Supply Chain

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

Comm Dev Programs

Community Development - Funding and Support Programs

For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Grant, Loan, and Tax Credit Program website

cybersecurity resilience

Small Business Cybersecurity Resilience in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Commerce was awarded Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The funds were used to create the Small business Cybersecurity Resilience in Maryland (SCRIM) program, which includes training and direct services for 40 small businesses to help them mitigate future cyber attacks through employee training and the installation of advanced hardware and software up to $10,000 per business. 

  • For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Commerce website.

Dev Financing Authority

Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MSBDFA promotes the viability and expansion of all small businesses in Maryland. It has a focus on businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. MSBDFA uses include working capital, supplies and materials, machinery and equipment acquisition, acquisition of real estate, and leasehold improvements. Other uses include the purchase of an existing business or obtaining bid,  financing of  contracts, which receive the majority of their funding from federal, state, local government, or regulated utilities. MSBDFA can also provide bid, payment, and performance bid, payment, and surety bonds.

  • For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Commerce website.

ExportMD Program

ExportMD Program

​​​​The ExportMD Program helps to offset some of the costs of marketing internationally for Maryland's small and mid-sized companies.  ​​​Maryland companies that receive an ExportMD Award are eligible for up to $5,000 in reimbursement for expenses associated with an international marketing project. The program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.​ Traditionally, many companies used the funds to offset travel expenses related to international marketing, but the funds can be applied for other marketing initiatives, ranging from website development to registration costs for virtual trade shows and missions. Companies that do not qualify for the ExportMD program can still receive other forms of assistance through the Maryland Office of International Investment and Trade​ (OIIT)​. Please contact the office to learn what resources may be available to your firm.

  • For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Commerce website.

Business Trainings

Business Training Opportunities

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

Generational Intelligence: A secret weapon for retention Webinar

For the first time in history, we now have five generations in the workplace, working side by side. Each generation brings a unique range of experiences to drive your organization further, however this generational spectrum has and continues to cause more challenges in the workplace than solutions. Every generation has had different influences which impact the overall workplace culture. When organizations begin to use generational intelligence, they will begin to tackle engagement issues that, when addressed, can lead to higher retention. 
In this webinar, we will review some of the political, social, econom
ic, and technological influences of the five generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennial and Gen Z. Additionally, we will look at how general mindsets on the generations actually lead to stereotypes, biases, and discrimination that can contribute to disengagement. Finally, we will look at how to embrace and use these differences as a catalyst to increase morale, engagement, and retention with the goal to become and stay employers of choice.
This webinar qualifies for 1 SHRM/HRCI recertification credit.

DateFeb 8, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Provided by: Frontline Training Solutions, an Express Employment Professionals Company, is committed to providing you with relevant resources and support for any of your workplace or workforce challenges.

For more information and to register, visit the Frontline Training Solutions, an Express Employment Professionals Company, website

Maryland Supplier Connectivity Forum

Maryland MEP and the  Maryland Department of Commerce are hosting a Maryland Supplier Matchmaking Event intended to help manufacturers identify and connect with Maryland-based suppliers. This event will serve as a  platform for OEMs, Primes, and Tier 1 Suppliers (Buyers) to share procurement needs and identify and connect with local manufacturers (Suppliers) capable of fulfilling these critical requirements. In this two-part event, Buyers will have the opportunity to share their current and upcoming purchasing needs and explain the process for a company to become a qualified Supplier. This initial presentation will be conducted virtually and followed by an opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential Suppliers. Maryland MEP will identify and screen interested and qualified Suppliers to help ensure valuable connections are made.

Date: February 9, 2023  | 

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Location: Zoom (Virtual)

Cost: There is no cost to participate 
For more information and to register, visit the Maryland Manufacturing, Extension, Partnership (MEP) website.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Manufacturers

Cybersecurity is vital for organizations in all sectors, including manufacturing.  Based on the latest Verizon Data Breach Incident Report, there were almost 600 confirmed security incidents in the manufacturing sector alone, including nearly 300 actual breaches in 2021.  What was compromised?  Personal, financial, and other data, and employee credentials.  What was one of the most effective attack vectors?  Social engineering.  The average cost of a breach is over $9M factoring in both direct and residual impact costs.  One of the most effective ways to mitigate the risks of these incidents and breaches is cybersecurity awareness training.

Date: February 27, 2023

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

LocationVirtual (Google Meet)
  • $100 /participant

  • Under the Maryland Department of Labor’s EARN initiative, Maryland MEP, has made this training available for Maryland manufacturers at a reduced cost.

For more information and to register, visit the Maryland MEP website.​

T.I.P.S. Webinar Series: Navigating eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)

What exactly is eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)? Opportunities to do business with the State are advertised on our e-procurement platform, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage, better known as eMMA. Vendors who want to compete in this arena must register (for free) on the system in order to receive solicitation notices, obtain detailed information of contracting opportunities, submit bids, and obtain bid results. Join us for an in-depth look at how to navigate this valuable tool and make it work for your company.  Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners who want to learn more about navigating the state's e-procurement platform and gain a better understanding of how to identify procurement opportunities.
Instructor: Shae Cronin, Instructional Programs Administrator, Office of State Procurement with the MD Department of General Services.

Date: Feb 21, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM in Eastern Time

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

T.I.P.S. Webinar Series: Prime Contracting in Maryland's Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program

Ready to become a prime contractor with the state of Maryland? Every small business owner should consider participation in the SBR Program, a race- and gender-neutral procurement program that offers prime contracting opportunities on state-funded contracts. This session provides an in-depth review of the program's eligibility standards, the online certification process, and the pipeline for identifying SBR opportunities.Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners interested in becoming a prime contractor with the state of Maryland.
Instructor:  Lisa Mitchell Sennaar, SBR Compliance Manager, Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs.

Date: Feb 23, 2023

Time:10:00 AM in Eastern Time

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

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. The most successful leaders have the ability to monitor their own feelings as well as the emotions of others and use this information to guide their thinking and actions. Emotional intelligence has been proven to be a key indicator in human performance and development potential. Each leader will receive a confidential personalized report that includes results of their emotional intelligence on 16 elements, a customized and detailed summary of each element with tailored suggestions for improvement, and an action plan and development guide. Organizations that have used the EQ-1 2.0 with their leadership team have reported increased performance, higher profits, improved customer satisfaction, decreased attrition rates, and a decrease in training costs. 

Date: February 28, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Zoom

Cost: $500 / attendee

For more information and to register, visit the Maryland MEP website.

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