COVID-19 | April 24
A Message from the President
Now more than ever we need to collaborate, streamline our business practices, and truly work together for our economic recovery.

While we all know the future may look different in both our business and personal lives, let's be a bit more flexible, patient, and creative to accomplish our goals.

The Chamber will continue to support our community through advocacy and to find resources to assist us all.

Please continuously check our website and facebook page for new tools and resources!
Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her second extension of Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, 2020-59, effective through May 15.

Notable revisions to the previous order include:

  • Requiring people to wear coverings over their nose and mouth when they enter enclosed public spaces (effective April 26 at 11:59 pm)
  • Requiring employers whose workers perform in-person work to provide at least non-medical grade face coverings to their employees (effective April 26 at 11:59 pm)
  • Retailers that do not sell necessary supplies may reopen for curbside pick-up and for delivery
  • Large retail stores can reopen “closed areas,” like garden centers
  • Allowing some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work, like lawn care, nurseries, and landscaping operations

Except for workers who perform resumed activities (section 10), workers who are necessary to sustain or protect life (critical infrastructure workers), and those required to conduct minimum basic operations, this third Executive Order maintains the suspension of in-person activities.

Grant Opportunity for Rural Emergency Services Training

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Rural Emergency Medical Services Training grants (EMS Training). The purpose of this program is to recruit and train emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in rural areas. SAMHSA recognizes the great need for emergency services in rural areas and the critical role EMS personnel serve across the country. SAMHSA plans to issue 25 grants of up to $200,000 per year for up to 4 years.

For more information, as well as the application, can be found  here .
Due date April 30.

JOIN US! As we prepare for the reopening of businesses and our regional economy, the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance along with Traverse Connect will be hosting industry forum discussions for northern Michigan businesses focused on worker and customer safety, social distancing in business and retail settings, and more. The first industry forum discussions will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020.

10:00am - 11:00am - Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Northern Michigan Building and Construction Industry
with the Home Builders Association of Michigan and Associated Builders
and Contractors - West Michigan
Register for the U.S. Chamber & the Northern MI Chamber Alliance - CARES Act & Recovery Webinar

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 28th, 2020, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is hosting a special webinar for
all northern Michigan businesses with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Manager, Great Lakes Division, Ryan Gleason, will be offering
a special overview of the Federal CARES Act, including major provisions, implementations, and resources for small business owners. He will also
share information on the U.S. Chamber’s Path Forward initiative and
returning to work.

Register for Michigan’s Judiciary AC (After COVID-19) Webinar

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack will talk about how courts statewide responded to the pandemic while providing essential functions, safeguarding rights, and protecting public health. She will also highlight lessons learned and how changes implemented during the crisis – such as virtual courtrooms – will help courts be more accessible, transparent, and efficient in the future.

*** New Member ***
Star Safety Shield
Star Safety Shield, a subsidiary of Star Ingenuity, located in Mason County due to COVID-19 is now manufacturing mitigation safety shields to meet the rising demand for protective equipment. The company and shields have been featured on both the  9 & 10 News  and The  Ludington Daily News .

Star Ingenuity, owned by Mike and Greg Malkowski, decided one month ago to switch the company from making airport security machines to the shields.  Star Safety Shield subsidiary can fulfill customer needs for specifically designed custom shields and barriers within all types of businesses, i.e... medical reception area, post offices, banks, college campuses, airport ticket counters, podiums, restaurants, retail, grocery, transportation, etc.. Our shields are made of polycarbonate, which is more durable, long-lasting, won't dull, crack or fade...unlike standard plexiglass sneeze guards.

For more information click on the two links above or visit their website .
The Food and Drug Administration has put out a Summary of Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19.

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.

We encourage you to continually visit our  WEBSITE as we now have
a COVID-19 page with resources and links to keep you updated and informed.

We are continually posting and sharing updates on our
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