Building Blocks Newsletter, December 2020

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December 2020

 In this issue:

Business Spotlight

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Shoppers World at the shops at Iverson, outside photo and inside photo of store

The BDS Team recently assisted Shoppers World in Hillcrest Heights with the permitting and licensing process. Shoppers World is a department store that sells apparel for all ages, in addition to home furnishings, linens and other home décor goods. The Iverson store is the second location in the County. Shoppers World has another store at Beltway Plaza in Greenbelt.

“Shoppers is chock-full of new merchandise for the season,” said Shoppers World Executive Chris Forster. He said the store has offered job opportunities in the County by hiring several new employees during the pandemic.

The Inside Scoop

The New Momentum System Modernizes DPIE’s Tech Processes 

Momentum logo of letter "M" in green and blue lines

DPIE recently transitioned to a new online system, Momentum, for licensing, permitting, inspections and code enforcement. The October launch, the first phase of Momentum, focused on business licensing; and single-family, multifamily and short-term rental licensing. Momentum allows customers to submit applications, make payments and upload documents online. Once the applications are approved, customers may print their licenses at home or work.

The second phase of the Momentum system will focus on the Enforcement Division and Health Department functions within DPIE. Phase Three will streamline procedures in DPIE’s Inspections, Site/Road Plan Review and Building Plan Review divisions, as well as processes associated with the Department of the Environment (DoE). Read about Momentum on the DPIE website.

Business Development Section: Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints


Snow-free business sidewalk.

Business owners with properties abutting a sidewalk are required to keep the walkways free of obstructions such as tree limbs, shrubbery and other debris. They are also required to remove
snow and ice within 48 hours of it accumulating to two inches or
more or face possible fines.


Applicants may check the status of reviews by accessing Project Reports in ePlan. Click “ProjectFlow – Changemarks” to review changemark details and “ProjectFlow – Parallel Review – Department Review Status” to check additional information. To review the sequential route for all tasks, applicants should review the “ProjectFlow – Workflow Routing Slip” report.

What's Happening?

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Funding Opportunities

Prince George’s County Restaurant Resiliency Fund

Prince George’s County Restaurant Resiliency Fund

Prince George’s County announced the Restaurant Resiliency Fund, a $6 million reserve to assist restaurants and other food service establishments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides grants of up to $25,000 “to promote sustainability and resiliency of businesses operations, support COVID-19 safety measures, and support businesses operating at reduced capacity.” Fund applications are accepted between November 13 and December 18, 2020, and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, click the Restaurant Fund link.

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PFC Black Chamber Open Door Fund

The People for Change Coalition (PFC) Black Chamber has announced the COVID-19 Open-Door Fund, which provides grants to small businesses in Prince George’s County. The fund provides $1,000-–$3,000 on a rolling basis to businesses that have been open since 2019. Click the Open-Door Fund link.

Business Community News

DPIE's Free ePlan Training for September adEconomic Development Corporation ad for how COVID-19 affects small businesses videoMaryland Small Business Development Center is a resourcePrince George's County Chamber of Commerce August meetings

Community Feedback

Community FeedbackQuote of appreciation from Kevyn Scott of Charleys Philly Steaks

contact us

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