COVID-19 | April 3
Happy Friday Manistee!
Your Chamber staff is working diligently each day to assist businesses in our community to navigate the new slate of
state and federal business support programs.

We are implementing a weekly newsletter and compiling all
the pertinent information, which will disseminated each Friday.

We hope this cuts down on the information overload!
Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Those that may qualify are:

  • Businesses with fewer than 500 employees
  • Cooperatives, ESOPs, and Tribal Small Businesses with fewer than 500 employees
  • Sole Proprietors
  • Independent Contractors
  • Most Private Nonprofits

Here are two links for a Guide and the Application .

Paycheck Protection Program

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. As of today, small businesses
and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. The Treasury Department encourages you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap for the program. Here are two links a Guide and the Application.

Employee Relief Tax Credit Program

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Here is a link to the Guide .

Emergency Access & Retooling Grants
Do you have the capability to produce critical health & human service supplies, but need assistance in scaling or purchasing equipment? Pure Michigan Business Connect is providing grant assistance to help companies or non-profits begin or ramp up production of critical supplies across a broad range of product categories.

Community Response Fund for Manistee County
A Community Response Fund has been established by the Manistee County Community Foundation in partnership with  United Way of Manistee County  and the Manistee County Human Services Collaborative Body.The collaborative partners encourage area organizations on the front lines of serving those most impacted by COVID-19 to apply for a grant from the CRF by clicking the APPLY button below. Applications are being accepted immediately, on a rolling basis, and will remain open as long as is deemed appropriate. Apply 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
Video Conference on Unemployment for
Workers and Resources for Businesses

Friday April 3, 2020 ~ 3:30 pm

Community Leaders – Please join Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio and officials with the Unemployment Insurance Agency for a discussion on state resources for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19. This is an opportunity to have your questions answered directly!

Topics will include:
 Unemployment Benefits:
  • How to file for unemployment.
  • The extension and expansion of benefits.
  • Who is eligible, including self-employed workers and independent contractors.
Resources for Employers:
  • Guidance on potential layoffs.
  • Work Share program.
  • State and federal liquidity programs for small businesses.
This is a great opportunity to hear directly from Michigan officials on everything the State is doing to help workers and employers affected by the pandemic.

Click Here to Join ( This is a Microsoft Teams video conference, please see download instructions attached if you don’t have this app) Guide to Teams
The Chamber has published a business survey on our WEBSITE and facebook page to gather information from ALL Manistee County businesses. 

Questions on the survey include the type of business sector, closure status, critical needs in the next 30 days, and communication preferences. The Chamber will hold this information confidential, and it will be used solely for responding to this crisis.  

Business owners and leaders are encouraged to take the survey. The organization asks that the community not overwhelm the survey results with multiple responses per business to help expedite the sorting and response to critical needs. Responses will also determine the best way to communicate information, and the survey can help reduce over-communication by email.  

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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

We are continually posting and sharing updates on our
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Streamlines Administrative Requirements
BCBSM announced the following temporary changes for Michigan-based providers:

  • No prior authorization for diagnostic testing of patients for COVID-19.
  • Suspending clinical review requirements for CT scans of the chest when
used to assess COVID-19.
  • Suspending clinical review requirements at all acute care hospitals for all diagnoses for all medical admissions, including COVID-19 and other admissions.
  • Suspending clinical review requirements for the first three days at all skilled nursing facilities when patients are transferred from an acute care hospital.
  • Extending the effective dates for approved prior authorizations.