Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will announce a third round of HoCo RISE Business Grants at Turf Valley Resort on Friday, February 5, at 11:30 a.m. Ball will be joined by Turf Valley General Manager Pete Mangione, Howard County Economic Development Authority (EDA) CEO Larry Twele, Maryland Hotel Lodging Association Board Chair Chuck Chandler, Visit Howard County Executive Director Amanda Hof, and Damon Foreman of Damon Foreman Music Academy. The event will also be streamed on Facebook live.  

“Over the past 11 months we’ve seen our business community adapt, shift on a dime, and work through the challenges of this pandemic,” said Ball. “But amid nearly a year of uncertainty, and an unpredictable future, our business community has been through the wringer. Since July, we have provided more than $13.5 million in CARES Act Funding to our restaurants, small-retailers, farms, hotels, live venues, and childcare providers – but we’re not stopping there. Today, we’re announcing more than $5 million in additional grants to support our small businesses, hotels, and restaurants.”  

WHAT:             3rd Round of HoCo RISE Business Grants   

WHEN:             Friday, February 5th at 11:30 a.m. 

WHERE:          Turf Valley Resort, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD.  


  • Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive 
  • Pete Mangione, General Manager, Turf Valley Resort 
  • Larry Twele, CEO, EDA 
  • Chuck Chandler, Board Chair, Maryland Hotel Lodging Association 
  • Amanda Hof, Executive Director, Visit Howard County 
  • Damon Foreman, Damon Foreman Music Academy 


Here is information noted on the Howard County CARES Act Spending Dashboard:

Howard County received a total of $56.8 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The funds cover eligible expenses incurred by December 31, 2021 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Howard County Government received $28.4 million directly while another $28.4 million was received by the Howard County Health Department, of which $13 million is made available to the County to cover health-related expenses during the pandemic.

Funding spent reflects actual invoices processed. 100% of CARES Act funding has been allocated and will be spent within the time period. CARES Act funding allows for invoice processing until the December 31, 2021 deadline.

Here is the link to view the Howard County CARES Act Spending Dashboard:

Noted on the dashboard is $11.1 million in CARES Business Assistance Grant Funding. I am guessing that means an additional $2.4 million has been distributed (or allocated) after December 31st.

The additional $5 million will be welcomed by many businesses that are still facing difficult times through the business restrictions enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of my hopes in the near future is to get a full listing of all businesses that have been awarded grants through the CARES act funding. It was something I was working on in the past and then I got distracted by a million other things happening locally. This is now back on my radar again as a project and future post.

I will add the live stream of the event from Facebook on this page during or after the event.

Scott E