Hear from COO Kristina Johnston about the Chamber’s special recovery program established to help cover expenses associated with reopening a business under guidelines and requirements for social distancing and safety of clients/customers.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has partnered with Michigan Women Forward to create the $1.5 million Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund to help entrepreneurs and small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 recover from the outbreak, as well as assist them in meeting increased demands in support of COVID-19 response efforts.
More than 120 of Michigan’s state-chartered banks and credit unions have stepped up to provide Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to support small businesses facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ninety percent of Michigan’s 68 state-chartered banks and nearly half of Michigan’s 137 state-chartered credit unions have participated in the PPP to support Michigan small businesses.
As efforts begin to re-engage Michigan’s economy under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced several new initiatives today designed to help support the COVID-19 economic recovery efforts of small businesses and traditional downtowns throughout the state.
The Unemployment Insurance Agency provided an update on unemployment claims related to COVID-19 in Michigan. Since March 15 at the onset of the crisis, 1,717,555 claimants have applied for state and federal benefits, with $5.62 billion in benefits paid to 1,374,751 of workers. Roughly 92% of eligible claimants have received benefits or have been approved to receive benefits.
The State of Michigan has approved contracts to rapidly expand Michigan’s contact tracing efforts, a critical next step in its COVID-19 response. The state is partnering with Rock Connections, LLC for volunteer management and Deloitte for technology integration in support of the COVID-19 contact tracing.
Restart Flint & Genesee is a special recovery program from the Flint & Genesee Chamber assisting small businesses in Genesee County that have suffered economic distress because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This informational webinar for the Restart Flint & Genesee Grant Program covers program details, application criteria and deadlines, and how the funds may be used, which will be for costs associated with restarting the business.
The recent health crisis has resulted in changes to the hospitality business that have operators looking at new and innovative ways to leverage technology to not only protect guests and staff, but to continue to improve the guest experience.
America is beginning to consider what it will take to restart the economy after a lengthy shutdown. It’s increasingly clear that the most likely approach is a gradual, phased reopening linked to regional conditions. But any effort to bring millions of people back to work comes with lots of big, complicated questions.
General Motors developed this Employee Guide to help you learn about the steps it is taking to keep everyone safe in the workplace. GM’s goal is to ensure confidence in it employees’ return to any of its global facilities, knowing that robust, multi-layered COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.
Information for Members on COVID – 19
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