COVID-19 | May 1
Ready for Economic Recovery? Survive. Revive. Thrive.
You have applied for loans and grants, and looked into unemployment benefits.  Check.  You contacted your bank, landlord, suppliers, vendors, employees, and you have stayed in front of your customers with messaging or social media.  Check, check.  You are going to survive!

Let’s get started on what happens next. Revive. But where to start? One requirement from a recent executive order to resume business activities is a Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan.  This resource from the State Chamber will help you with several templates to get started.

Going through the planning process will help you think through the business-specific needs of screening workers, sanitation, protective equipment and supplies to keep your customers, workers and you safe.  A webinar to walk you through the planning process is being held on May 6, 2020 Click here for more information or to register.

Your local Chamber will also have additional templates and plans available to help. Check the website in the coming days for more information. 
MIWISH Grants Available for Small Employers

The MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) Grant Program awards qualifying employers a dollar-for-dollar match – up to $5,000 – to purchase safety and health-related equipment and equipment-related training. The goal of the program is to create a safer and healthier work environment and reduce the risk of injury and illness to workers in Michigan. 

For more information on this grant and others, can be found here .

JOIN US! - The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance presents Industry Forum Discussions around the following business segments next week.

Retail: Northern Michigan retailers please join Meegan Holland, Vice President of Communications and Marketing and Amy Drumm ,Vice President of Government Affairs both from the Michigan Retailers Association as they lead this engaging discussion around changing requirements for worker and customer safety.

Date & Time: Monday May 4, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

Human Resources: A discussion on the changing requirements for worker and customer safety. 

Date & Time: Monday May 4, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Manufacturers: John J. Walsh will lead this discussion he was named President & CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) in January 2020. MMA is the state’s leading advocate dedicated to securing a prosperous future for Michigan manufacturers through effective advocacy, meaningful education and strategic business services.

Date & Time: Tuesday May 5, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

Salons & Spas - Kristan Sayers, founder of Michigan Association of Beauty Schools will lead the discussion for Salons & Spas around changing requirements for worker and customer safety.

Date & Time: Tuesday May 5, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT For more information or to register

The Michigan Chamber is offering FREE webinars to chamber members. Here are next weeks topics:

As the country continues to flatten the curve, more and more states are preparing to lift restrictions and reopen portions of the economy. Looking ahead, many employers have started laying the groundwork for welcoming back their workforce and resuming operations. The shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders will be lifted at some point, so what does a return to work look like for your business?

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. For more information or to Register

Michigan businesses are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to open their doors, and, according to Governor Whitmer, they must do so with a Preparedness and Response Plan in place, summarizing COVID-19 precautionary measures. Join Bodman Workplace Law attorneys to discuss how to draft, maintain, and implement a compliant plan. This will be an interactive presentation; please come prepared with questions.    

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. For more information or to Register

Amid all of the chaos, confusion and anxiety that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership has never been more important. But how do you adopt a mindset that allows you to put one front of the other during these challenging days?

Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. For more information or to Register

Join the Dykema labor and employment attorneys on Thursday, May 7, 1 p.m. for a live Q&A to address your questions on the current and potential challenges employers are coping with due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to questions submitted from registrants, discussion topics will include:
  • Returning employees from furlough, calling back laid off employees, what should you be planning for now?
  • Return to work best practices, including complying with CDC and OSHA guidance
  • Continuing Paid Leave Requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • How to respond when employees are offered jobs, but want to remain on unemployment

Thursday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. For more information or to register

Click Here to view the available sessions

This list includes Chamber Member Restaurants with hours and contact information.

The Food and Drug Administration has put out a fact sheet for the Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19.
State Platform Advocating for COVID Business Policies

The State Chamber of Commerce is advocating for business policies in key areas: liability protection, taxpayer protections, regulatory assistance, fiscal responsibility and investment in the business sector. You can view the details
of the legislative platform here.

The District Health Department #10 has a tool kit which includes this Business Guide for Essential Services. Click here to see this one page guide
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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a COVID-19 page with resources and links to keep you updated and informed.

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