COVID-19 | March 18
Stay Healthy ~ What you need to know!
The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce is working diligently on your behalf to disseminate the most current and accurate information. Please review the below information provided by our local, regional, state, and national partners.

Your Chamber will continue to work closely with these key agencies to provide the necessary resources you need. Our goal is to keep you apprised of what is unfolding with COVID-19 and how to navigate going forward.

Also, this information will be on our website by the end of the day. We encourage you to continually visit our website , like our facebook page and reach out to us with information or updates you may have as well. 

Thank you and stay safe.

Stacie Bytwork
Updates from Local, Regional and State Partners
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION (CDC) - Learn more about prevention, symptoms and other pertinent information. Click Here

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES - Information on what is happening in Michigan with COVID-19, links to latest news and more. Click Here

DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT #10 - Updates on our area, resources and other important information. Click Here

MUNSON HEALTHCARE  - Staying prepared for the coronavirus COVID-19, What you need to know! Click Here

THE MICHIGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Developed a Took Kit which includes general business resources, financial relief & unemployment benefit information. Click Here

UPDATE FOR FIRST DISTRICT VETERANS - Specific Resources and Information for Veterans. Click Here

211 - Can help navigate local offerings for essential services. Click Here
Business Resources

SBA Disaster Recovery Loans Available Soon

Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer formally requested the U.S. Small Business Administration to issue an Economic Injury Disaster declaration for the state. Once approved by the SBA, $1 billion in low-interest loans will become available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. An SBA Economic Injury Disaster declaration will make disaster loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. We expect the declaration to be approved within the next 24 hours.
In the interim, small businesses that could benefit from SBA loans are encouraged to start collecting the information they’ll need to complete and submit their application. Examples of information needed can be found here . For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application in advance of the declaration, please contact the Michigan SBA offices in Detroit or Grand Rapids. The official application for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan can be found here .
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit MEDC’s website or call 888.522.0103. The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for additional information.
Please let Dan Papineau know if you have any questions at

Due to COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance Agency Closes Lobbies Except for Appointments - Click Here

Tax Relief for Businesses

State to Waive Penalty and Interest for Sales, Use and Withholding Taxes. We just received news that the State will be waiving penalty and interest on sales, use, and withholding taxes for 30 days in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here

Free Webinars - Stay Tuned
The State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has been offering informational webinars, and due to the high demand we will continue to keep you informed on additional webinars.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has a copy of the UIA powerpoint. Click Here
Event Updates

The Manistee News Advocate has created a running list of events that are postponed or have been canceled please click here for their current listings.

9 & 10 News has also created a list of events that are postponed, rescheduled, or canceled please click here for their current listings.
Manistee County Business Updates
Members we are working hard to get creative and help promote commerce at this time! Please keep us updated on what you are doing
or how we can help.

Please contact Kristina if your business is providing new services or if you
have any important updates that you would like to get out to other fellow members.

Here are some ideas to support our local businesses through this difficult time:

  • Buy Gift Cards
  • Order Takeout
  • Shop Local Online
  • Tip Extra
  • Limit germs pay with plastic
  • Comment & Share business posts

We encourage everyone to please call ahead or visit
social media for hours/service options before traveling out
to any business or organization!
Members please be aware you can add or remove your events on the Chamber Calendar !