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The governor announced today, Jan 13 2021, employee assistance grants for those whose employment at entertainment and recreational venues and restaurants. This grant program puts dollars in the pocket of Michiganders who work in hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors -- as well as the gym and fitness sectors. This grant program helps offset some of the financial losses they may have incurred due to a furlough, layoff or job loss, or a reduction of hours. Here are a few toplines about the grant program:

  • Eligible individuals can apply for one-time grants of up to $1,650.  
  • There’s a 10-day window to apply for this grant – from January 15 to January 25 (so please don’t wait to apply when this grant program opens on Friday).  
  • For details regarding the application process, go to www.MRLAEF.ORG/MONEY
  • Applications will be processed through February and payments will be issued in March.  
Dec. 18, 2020
Gathering & Face Mask Order

November 15, 2020

Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112
LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order today that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.

SBA Provides Simplified Process for PPP Forgiveness for Loans $50,000 or Less The U.S. Small Business Administration released a simplified loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to the more than 100,000 small businesses here in Michigan that have received PPP loans to date. Borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less are also now exempt from reductions in loan forgiveness amounts based on reductions in full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or in salaries or wages. Information on new instructions for PPP borrowers of $50,000 or less can be found here, with the new, simpler form for PPP forgiveness available here.

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 Epidemic Order

Supreme Court Denies Whitmer’s Request to Extend Pandemic Related Executive Orders

State Issues Additional Order Related to Masks, Gatherings, Occupancy

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-176: Safe Start - Rescission of Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-162

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-175: Safeguards to protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19 - Rescission of Executive Order 2020-161

Public Guidance for Contact Sports
EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE 2020-08:  COVID-19 and enforcement by state departments and agencies

Michigan Supreme Court Issues Decision On Whitmer’s Emergency Powers
Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision late Friday finding Governor Whitmer lacks the power to issue executive orders in response to the COVID-19 without consent from the Legislature.
At this point, there are more questions than answers as it relates to the Supreme Court’s decision. Although the Attorney General announced Sunday that she will not enforce any of the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Orders, this doesn't mean all COVID-19 related rules and regulations will remain null and void. We expect this to be sorted through in the coming days and weeks as the Legislature and Governor begin negotiating statutory changes and the Governor pursues different paths for reissuing some of these orders through different channels (e.g., administrative rules and regulations). Read More

Michigan Chamber Pre-recorded Webinar: "Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness"

Small Business Association of Michigan Guide: "The Small Business Owner's Guide to Remote Work"'s%20Guide%20to%20Remote%20Work.pdf Futures for Frontliners Free Tuition Program for Essential Workers

LISC in partnership with Lowes is offering grants up to $20,000.
On behalf of the National LISC office, we are excited to announce that Round 5 of the LISC Small Business Relief Grants is now open! These grants are for small businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19.
Michigan Small Business Restart Program
In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19.
$8.55 Million Available in COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants
The State of Michigan is making available $8.55 million in COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants.  The grants are intended to provide companies with fewer than 250 employees matching funds of up to $10,000 to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and purchase health-related equipment and training in response to the virus. More information on the grants and qualification requirements can be found here.  The initial grant application window will be open through Friday, August 7, 2020, with awards given shortly thereafter. Grants applications received after August 7, 2020 will be held pending a potential second phase, if funds remain available.

Helpful Info:

SCORE Remote Mentoring is Available
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, SCORE mentors will meet with clients remotely. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video. If you already have a SCORE mentor, ask them if you can use a remote mentoring method for your sessions.
Free, Confidential Business Advice from Michigan SBDC
Access small business consulting, training and market research at no-cost through the Michigan SBDC. To get started, please select your county from the list below and follow the prompts to complete the online request for business services.
PMBC Virtual Procurement Assistance
PMBC is offering a free, online procurement and donation platform to assist suppliers of critical health and human services across a broad range of categories, including local municipalities, in accessing supplies and products as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
There is currently a mandatory update to federal posters in response to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. During the stay at home order, employers should post it in an intranet or email it to all employees. Once the order is lifted it must be posted through December 31.
Full Toolkit
The Michigan Chamber continues to update its toolkit with resources for chamber members.