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Oakland County One Stop Shop offers free and confidential consulting services. More information is available at www.advantageoakland.com/onestopshop.

Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative

The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted the COVID-19 virus. Applications for businesses to apply will open on December 15, 2020.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $15,000 per eligible business on a "first-in" bases. Grant funds will assist eligible small businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 meet urgent working capital needs including payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments and utility expenses in the following industries:

  • Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers
  • Travel and tourism destinations including lodging providers
  • Live event venues and movie theaters
  • Conference and meeting facilities
  • Ice skating rinks, indoor water parks and bowling centers
  • Gyms and fitness centers

Visit michiganbusiness.org/relief/ for more information and a full list of qualifications.

Oakland Together Restaurant Relief Program

As many as 1,000 Oakland County restaurants and bars will soon see additional stabilization grants coming their way as the county moves quickly to support businesses impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

The $10 million Oakland Together Restaurant Relief Program will use $7 million of Oakland County’s federal CARES Act allocation and $3 million from the county’s general fund to help restaurants hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and a reduction in business.

Click here to read the full press release from Oakland County.


US Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Businesses can currently apply for a Disaster Loan through the US Small Business Administration at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. If you have further questions, we recommend calling their Detroit office at (313) 226-6075. You can also go to https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/mi/detroit and sign up for email updates.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Whitmer administration along with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and  Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) announced today (Apr. 27) that businesses across Michigan are now able to apply for an additional $310 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

As of April 27, small businesses are being encouraged to apply for this $310 billion in federal relief. Businesses that have a pending application are encouraged to verify their application status with their lender. Businesses that have not yet applied are encouraged to do so quickly.

More than 43,000 businesses in Michigan impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak received more than $10 billion in forgivable loans during the first round of PPP funding. Nationally, $349 billion was authorized for the initial round of PPP, all of which was committed by April 16 – less than two weeks after the application period opened – demonstrating the continued need for small business relief.


Michigan small businesses (per SBA size standards) – including hospitality and food industry businesses and sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons – are eligible to apply for loans through The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help ensure employees continue receiving paychecks. The PPP loans were designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll and may be forgiven if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

The MIpaycheckprotection.com website includes key PPP eligibility information, videos and instructions to help with the application process, information on authorized SBA lenders and more. This Michigan Paycheck Protection Program website was built through a collaboration between the Small Business Association of Michigan, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan SBDC.

Self-Employed and Independent Contractors
Self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers can apply for federal benefits beginning Monday, April 13 at 8AM online. Workers need to use the UIA’s daily filing schedule based on their last names. For example, last names beginning with letters A-L should start filing claims Monday. This information can be found at www.michigan.gov/uia.

Further Small Business Support
The Michigan Small Business Development Center has additional resources for businesses navigating COVID-19. They offer a wide variety of services to support small businesses, including webinars on several topics related to COVID-19. These resources can be found at https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/.


Additional grant information, including federal grant opportunities, can be found here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Further information and requirements from the Department of Labor can be found at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave.


Unemployment
The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is encouraging employers to take advantage of the Unemployment Insurance Agency's Work Share program. This allows employers to maintain employment levels and business operations during declines in business activity rather than laying off workers. More information can be found at www.michigan.gov/workshare. Further unemployment information for both employers and employees is available at www.michigan.gov/uia.

Zoom
With the need for meetings to be conducted remotely, the Clarkston Chamber, like many other organizations, has been utilizing Zoom to conduct meetings and host events. We recently held a web presentation with Steve Doyle of FocalPoint Coaching & Training to help those new to this app understand how to use it effectively. That session was recorded and can be viewed below.