E-Newsletter | May 12th, 2020
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May 12th, 2020
Restart Flint & Genesee is a special recovery program established by the Flint & Genesee Chamber to assist small businesses in Genesee County that have suffered economic distress because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers Energy Foundation is the first to partner with the Chamber on the new program and donated $200,000 to be used for grant awards. This funding will help cover expenses associated with reopening a business under guidelines and requirements for social distancing and safety of clients/customers.

Eligibility Criteria
  • In addition to being owned and operated in Genesee County, businesses may have up to 50 employees and must have been impacted significantly by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.
  • Industry sectors that are eligible:
  • Barbershops/hair salons/fitness gyms
  • Tattoo parlors; bars/restaurants
  • Retail; construction/landscaping
  • Daycare
  • Senior living/care facilities, and
  • Non-critical manufacturing
  • Business may not be a franchise and must provide evidence of economic distress or barriers to success.

Application
Completed online applications must be received by Midnight on Sunday, May 24, 2020.
 

An informational webinar for the Restart Flint & Genesee Grant Program will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m.. The session will cover program details, application criteria and deadlines, and how the funds may be used, which will be for costs associated with restarting the business. Questions will be taken after the presentation.
 

About Consumers Energy Foundation
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan — its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, visit  www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation .



Applications for Federal Paycheck Protection Program Resume April 27
An additional $310 billion was approved to extend the Paycheck Protection Program to provide forgivable federal loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA resumed accepting applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Small business owners who have previously applied for PPP funding are encouraged to verify the status of their pending application with their lender. More information on how to apply for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program is available at MIpaycheckprotection.com.
Online Templates and Tools for Existing Businesses
Go:   HERE

Virtual Mentoring
During the COVID19 crisis SCORE mentors are available via electronic means.
Michigan Chapters:
Virtual Assistance from SBA Resource Partners During COVID19
Live Webinars
SCORE hosts free, LIVE webinars every week on small business tips and strategies. See our upcoming offerings.  Read more

May 14: Essential PR Tools and Tactics - Elevate the Visibility of Your Business While Being
Sheltered in Place
May 14, 2020, 11:00am EDT
Register:   HERE
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a funded partner of the SBA. The SBDC provides free business counseling, access to secondary market research and many in-person and online training opportunities.
To connect with an SBDC office near you go to:
www.sbdcmichigan.org
COVID 19 Related Webinars
Recorded:

Navigating the Cash Flow Crunch - Click HERE
Human Resource Management During COVID19 - Click HERE
Managing Your Freelance Business During COVID19 - Click HERE
Sustaining Your Restaurant During COVID 19 - Click HERE
VetBizCentral
VetBizCentral is an SBA funded Veteran Business Outreach Center serving Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. The organization provides assistance to Veterans, Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Members in the formation and expansion of their businesses through education, training, counseling and procurement. To connect go to:   VetBizCentral
Upcoming Webinars

How Do We Drive Down Overhead?
Date: May 7, 2020 Time 1:00—2:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Jenny Clark, Solvability
Known as the Oprah of Government Contracting, Jenny will take you through "The Financial Side of GovCon" giving you the roadmap you need that will save you tons of time and money.  Price is always a component of any federal contract because agencies are dealing with more restrictive budgets. When your company starts out, you’ll bid anything and everything to get the revenue in, and some of those contracts may even be money-losers. But getting the wins creates momentum and brings relationships with customers who want to keep their successful contractors on their projects.
Registration:   HERE

Essential FAR Performance Clauses for Federal Construction Contractors
Date May 14, 2020 Time 1:00—2:30 pm EDT

In this webinar, attendees will learn how to:
  • Identify “constructive” or implied changes
  • Understand and comply with notice requirements
  • Distinguish between types of differing site conditions
  • Understand the difference between design and performance specifications
  • Differentiate between delay, disruption, and inefficiency, acceleration and suspension Registration:  HERE
The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, a funded partner of the SBA, is committed to empowering women and minorities economically through business development training, supplier certification, business-to-business networking and accessible capital assistance programs. We provide effective business tools and remove barriers that hinder the development of successful and sustainable businesses. Our work strengthens the community by building partnerships and leveraging resources that increase business growth opportunities. To connect go to:   https://www.greatlakeswbc.org/
Recorded Webinars: LINK

Recorded COVID-19 Webinars

Minding Your Business: Managing Financial Crisis
Benita Tyler, Founder | Woman|CFO 

Resources to Explore Global Markets
Alyssa Tracey, Director of International Trade | MEDC

Employee Reduction Programs: Help For Hard Decisions
Felicia G. Harris, Principal and CEO | EverythingHR -

Holding Onto H.O.P.E .
Dr. Sabrina Jackson | The People Expert  

The following websites offer information that is helpful to businesses:
 
America’s SBDC Coronavirus Information for Small Businesses: https://americassbdc.org/coronavirus-information/
 
 
OSHA:
      COVID-19 Resources: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
      Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
 
Department of Labor:
resources for COVID-19 workplace safety - including OSHA guidance; wages, hours and leave; and unemployment insurance.
 
CDC
 
Facebook:
      Business Resource Hub: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/resource
      Small Business Grants Program: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grant
 
Tips for Non-Profit Organizations:
Tips for Businesses on Responding to the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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PRACTICE RANGE NOW OPEN!
 From 9 AM to 5 PM Flushing Valley Golf Practice Range will be open to the public. Must practice social distancing at all times.  
MEDIUM BUCKET $6.00
LARGE BUCKET $8.00
ANNUAL RANGE PASS $350.00

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The 2020 Flushing Visitor's Guide is here! Click on the image for a printable PDF version!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Rich Siegel - President
RMI Regional Medical Imaging
810-720-7569

Matt Shanafelt - Vice President
Flushing Community Schools
810-591-1184

Mary Ann Cobleigh - Treasurer
Chemical Bank
810-659-5304

Mary E. Smith - Secretary
I Can Market That.com & Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation
810-223-7457

Lindsay Caterer - Director
Rossell Funeral Home
810-659-6342

Sandy Church - Director
Church & Sons Auto Repair
810-487-9152

Jacob Smith - Director
Starline Kitchen & Bath Gallery
810-732-0982

Judy Walling - Director
Judy's School of Dance
810-659-0050

LeeAlan Weddel - Director
Farmers Insurance LeeAlan Weddel Agency
810-867-4714
STAFF:
Susan Little
Executive Director
Susan@FlushingChamber.com

Lesly Foreman
Service Coordinator
Lesly@FlushingChamber.com