Have you dealt yet with any customers who are belligerent about wearing masks? We got great feedback on our first set of webinars helping you approach those customers in a way that defuses, rather than escalates, the interaction. So we’re repeating those webinars, which are only $5 for members ($20 for non-members). They kick off Monday – one at 8 a.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. Two more are scheduled for Aug. 4 and 5. Here are registration details.

REMINDER: We have a free webinar, open to all, Wednesday (July 29) at 2 p.m. to answer your questions about auto insurance changes. Experts from the state Department of Insurance and Financial Services will be on hand to explain the changes and answer your questions. Here's the Zoom link you'll need to access the webinar.

In the News:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-147 Requires Any Business Open to the Public to Refuse Entry or Service to People Not Wearing a Face Covering
This order reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering. No shirts, no shoes, no mask—no service. Download PDF sign.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-145 - Safeguards to protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19 
Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19 - Rescission of Executive Order 2020-114
Food service establishments, as defined in section 1107(t) of the Michigan Food Law, 2000 PA 92, as amended, MCL 289.1107(t), that hold on-premises retailer licenses to sell alcoholic beverages must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages.
EXECUTIVE ORDER - No. 2020-127
Declaration of state of emergency and state of disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues through July 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Small Business Administration Announces New Application Deadline for Paycheck Protection Program
If you missed the initial round of PPP funding, there is still an opportunity for your business. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. Details regarding the loan are included below and additional information can be found (here).
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. The application for businesses to apply for funding will open on July 15, 2020.
$15 Million in Agricultural Safety Grants Provide Critical Relief to Michigan’s Farms and Food Processors
In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has appropriated $15 million of federal CARES Act funding through PA 123 to implement the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide critical funding to Michigan’s agricultural processors and farms to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus across the state’s food production industry. A total of $10 million in grants will be available to processors statewide, with $5 million going to farms statewide. Applications will go live beginning July 15, 2020 with funding awarded on a first come, first serve basis to eligible applicants.
US SBA: Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing negative economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.
New analysis shows Governor Whitmer's aggressive action against COVID-19 saved lives, significantly lowered cases, deaths
A new report released by the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team shows that the aggressive actions Governor Whitmer took to protect Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19 have significantly lowered the number of cases and deaths that would have occurred had the state done nothing. The data shows that very few states dropped their infection rate as low for as long as Michigan.