Additional Resources & Articles for Businesses Regarding COVID-19 Best Practices

Business Grants, Funding & Scholarships

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the Gatherings and Mask Order. The application window to apply is now closed. Funding will be dispersed January 29th  – February 28, 2021.

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Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

The SBA is in the process of setting up the grant program and is not yet accepting applications.

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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.

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Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program

In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $15 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan’s agricultural processors and farms.

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Davenport University Launch Scholarship – Supporting Those Unemployed or Laid-off During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Davenport University’s new scholarship is designed to support those who have recently been unemployed, laid-off, or furloughed and are looking to finish a bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree to enhance their skills.

The Davenport University Career Services Department is also offering career assessments and transition strategies, as well as training for interviews and resume and cover letter development. In addition to this one-on-one training, the university’s career services team will host workshops for these individuals throughout the year.

The Launch Scholarship offers:

  • Up to $8,000 per student for 30 credits per year renewable annually, after 4 years
  • 20% discount for professional development courses offered at Davenport University campuses

Who’s eligible?
Available to those who were full-time employees and have become unemployed, laid-off or furloughed after March 1, 2020, and looking to start a degree or advanced degree in the summer or fall semester in 2020

Lowe’s-LISC Partnership Grant

Across the United States, small businesses that form the economic backbone of our communities now face immediate – and oftentimes, crushing – financial pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many small businesses that were forced to shut down temporarily now are at serious risk of never reopening. Even those small businesses that can still operate remotely face major revenue shortfalls. With little or no reserves to pay their expenses, many will have no choice but to lay off workers and close their doors forever.

Thanks to a significant grant from Lowe’s, LISC will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. We will deploy grants to help them bridge the financial gap, and provide guidance to help them navigate the intricate web of public and private resources now available. LISC will focus these efforts on historically underserved communities—especially those enterprises owned or led by minorities and women, who often lack access to affordable capital.

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Michigan Small Business Relief Program

The Michigan Small Business Relief Program grants are administered by 15 local and nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs). To apply, find the EDO below that represents the county in which your business is located. Click on the appropriate website for more information and to submit your application.

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Business for All Grant Program

Apply for up to $200,000 in business grants and mentorship from leaders such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristen Bell, Rebecca Minkoff, and more. Lend your voice to advocate for small business in the U.S., and join the movement to give every American with an entrepreneurial spirit the support to follow their dreams.

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Patronicity

Patronicity is providing resources to businesses interested in crowdfunding during the Covid-19 crisis, including no fees or cost to start a campaign. More information can be found here.

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Kiva

Kiva, the popular small business, crowdsourcing investment company is offering 0% loans up to $15,000 with no payments for six months. More info can be found Here

MainVest

MainVest, a tech company that offers crowdsourced investing in return for profit sharing is offering a zero-interest, 120 day $2,000 loan if you have an existing “brick & mortar” business that has been negatively effected but the COVOID-19 outbreak. For more information, visit https://mainvest.com/main-street-initiative.

Education & Webinars

New Horizon Computer Learning Centers Educational Webinars

All webinars are free, educational, and delivered by highly certified subject matter experts—the same instructors that deliver training to our clients. New Horizons webinars are a great opportunity to see the real value that the latest technologies can bring to your organization, and with new topics every month, there’s something for everyone on your team. See topics, dates, and registration links below.

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Online Course

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Online is a collection of 10 courses which provide a practical business education – strengthening your business knowledge, skills, and plans for growth. The courses are suitable for any entrepreneur looking to take their business to the next level.

This world-class collection of courses covers a full range of topics from the fundamentals of finance and marketing, to your leadership style, funding, and negotiations.

These courses offer a truly flexible online learning experience. You have the freedom to approach the program in any way that works for you – take any course, or combination of courses, to tailor your learning journey to your individual business growth needs.

A key feature of this program is the creation of a powerful online network of like-minded individuals. Whether you enroll in a single course, or all 10, you will connect with business owners from all around the world, and use this unique online forum to inspire others, share advice and support your peers.

If you choose to complete all 10 courses, you may also be eligible to become a member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Alumni Community. You will be invited to join a network of like-minded, ambitious female entrepreneurs, and you will have access to a number of exclusive opportunities to further your business growth. These benefits include events, fellowship schemes, additional training, and more. Visit the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women site to find out more

Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx)

p>Success in tomorrow’s competitive market depends on strong leadership and a skilled workforce. That’s where Davenport’s Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) comes in. We cut through the noise, offering tailored training solutions for the busy working professional of today.

Led by industry experts, IPEx courses and workshops develop promotion-worthy, organization-enhancing skills in a succinct, engaging format. We develop talented employees, managers, and leaders, who in turn have a holistic impact on their organization.

So, when it all feels like a little much, try one of our training courses. We respect your time, your dollar and your passion to grow professionally. We are professional development, the IPEx way.

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Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Series

p>As key decisions are being made about business operations in preparation for any effects of the COVID-19, it’s important to hear from state leaders at the front lines and subject matter experts who can help navigate the risks. The Chamber will be hosting a COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Series, with weekly guest speakers, to help businesses prepare for the impact of the virus.  

Following each presentation, there will be a Q&A portion to share your most pressing needs and get answers real-time.

For more news and resources for handling COVID-19, visit detroitchamber.com/coronavirus

Upcoming EY Webcasts

p>To help you navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, below you’ll find details and links to register for upcoming webcasts on crisis management, enterprise resiliency, and planning for recovery. Visit the registration sites to view your local time for each webcast.

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IBM Think Digital - Available On-Demand

p>IBM Think Digital is a highly concentrated collaboration targeted at helping you accelerate essential recovery and transformation from the devastating impacts of COVID-19 while providing the deep technical education you need now. 

Watch business and technology sessions relevant to recovery and resiliency streaming on curated channels. During these two days, you’ll be able to engage in live chat and Q&As with speakers and SMEs, schedule one-on-one meetings with IBM executives and access on-demand sessions covering essential business and technology topics. Deep technical training via virtual hands-on labs and certifications will also be available throughout the week.

You’ll explore new ways of working, solve the most pressing issues facing your company and society, and engage with the experts who are leading the way.

MBDA Global Initiative Webinars

Patronicity is providing resources to businesses interested in crowdfunding during the Covid-19 crisis, including no fees or cost to start a campaign. More information can be found here.

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"Current & Future State of Minority Businesses" Presented By MBDA National Director Henry Childs, II - Available On-Demand

A discussion with Henry Childs, II National Director to share the work he and his team have accomplished at MBDA to support MBEs working alongside the national network of centers.

Presenter: Henry Childs, II – National Director of the U.S Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency MBDA)

Moderator: Michelle Sourie Robinson – President & CEO MMSDC

COVID-19: Reopening the Economy - Available On-Demand

Watch Leslie Michelson, CEO of Private Health Management and author of The Patient’s Playbook, and Mark Moses, CEO of CEO Coaching International, to understand the most likely scenarios for reopening the economy and the steps businesses should take to prepare now. The discussion will include a specific focus on the details and challenges associated with companies re-opening their offices and other business locations.

Watch this webinar to learn:

  • When and where reopening will begin
  • What it will look like
  • What employers need to do
  • What the risks are
  • How long will it take to get back to the “old normal

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Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family Leave, Reductions in Force and other Symptoms of COVID-19 - Available On-Demand

Jackson Lewis attorneys Ellison McCoy, Rob Gignilliat, and John Connell will look at how the Coronavirus is reshaping the South Carolina employment landscape. We will address frequently asked questions about reductions in force, furloughs, employee leave and pay, and look closely the newly enacted Families’ First Coronavirus Response Act and how that legislation impacts your business. This interactive webinar will include an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

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State & Federal Government Support

“Detroit Means Business” Program

We want to make you aware of the newly launched “Detroit Means Business” Program https://detroitmeansbusiness.org/.

This incredible program is being offered to small businesses like yours that are preparing to reopen under Phase 4 of the Governor’s Michigan Safe Start Plan.

Many of the program offerings are specifically for businesses under 50 employees in the city of Detroit who are often disconnected to traditional resources.  This program offers a number of services and resources so small businesses can:

  • Safely open and operate with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ensure employees and customers are safe with vetted health, safety, and reopening  guidelines
  • Have easy access to individuals ready to assist with reopening questions
  • Be aware of financial and technical assistance available to support capital and operational needs

We will prioritize free PPE distribution to small businesses with 2 to 50 employees.  If you are in this category, you will be able to access a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Starter Kit which includes: 100 masks as well as 200 gloves and a gallon of hand sanitizer. The PPE Starter Kits are being generously donated by the DTE Energy Foundation.

In order to access your PPE Kit, you will need to go to https://detroitmeansbusiness.org and fill out the help form to request the Kit and schedule a pickup time at the designated Detroit location.

Detroit Means Business will also offer expert webinars for small business owners. Please visit https://detroitmeansbusiness.org/technical-assistance-webinars/ to register for the two webinars listed below, and continue to check back for more.

Application Process Now Live For Michigan Small Business Relief Program Funding
  • Up to $20 million in grants and loans now available to Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19 outbreak
  • Grants and loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow
  • Program now accepting applications, with key information available at michiganbusiness.org/covid19

Michigan’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus can now apply for grants and loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. The program will provide up to $20 million in grants and loans to provide economic assistance to Michigan’s small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and in turn help support workers and their families facing economic uncertainty during the outbreak. Information on how to apply, as well as eligibility criteria, is available at www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

Terms

  • Up to $25,000
  • Fast turnaround
  • Will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan

Find an Express Bridge Loan Lender via SBA’s Lender Match Tool or by connecting with your local SBA District Office.

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Resources & Articles

Tory Burch Foundation Resources For Small Business During COVID-19

With the impact COVID-19 is having on our communities, it is important to stay informed about what resources are available for small businesses. Below we’ve compiled tools, loans and relief services available.

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Kent County Launches Small Businesses Recovery Program

Partnering with the Grand Rapids Chamber to deliver financial support to small businesses in Kent County

Kent County is launching the Kent County Small Business Recovery Program to deliver short-term, financial support to small businesses in Kent County with the purpose of supporting and cultivating a strong economic recovery. The Grand Rapids Chamber, in partnership with Kent County, will be managing the program. As part of this initiative, the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to engage as a supporting partner.

The program will help businesses that have not been able to access, or have been declined local, state, or federal relief funds, gain access to additional support to weather the COVID-19 crisis. The program will focus on businesses that may be dealing with additional barriers including but not limited to language, general business knowledge, and those from underserved communities. Consistent with the limitations of the CARES Act, these businesses also must have been directly impacted and experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.

We are thrilled to partner on this crucial work. The need for this additional funding is vast, and we are committed to supporting business in their time of need.

The first round of applications will open next Monday, June 22 to those that have not previously received COVID-19 related aid.

Additionally, the program eligibility requires applicants to be a private, for-profit business located and registered in Kent County with 0-25 full-time equivalent employees, to have been directly impacted and experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19, and have a business start date prior to February 15, 2020.

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MacArthur [email protected] Social Distancing Kits

With the global spread of COVID-19, organizations worldwide are addressing the changes required to ensure employee, customer, and visitor safety. As communities lift shelter-in-place restrictions, organizations re-open, and workflows resume it will be critical to prepare your environment to keep your team and community safe and healthy.

MacArthur’s [email protected]™ series supports compliance to health authority guidance for workplace screening, cleaning, social distancing, and protective supplies to help prevent the spread of disease. Our products are designed for and tested in laboratory, manufacturing, warehousing and office environments. All products offer OSHA compliance and ANSI Z535.1 color standards for safety.

  • SafeStartKit – Industrial
  • SafeStartKit – Small Business
  • SafeStartKit – Boutique

 

V2Soft CompanyTRAK Mobile App

Contact Tracing and Social Distancing, the tools to get your employees back to work in a safe environment.

Solutions:

    • Contact Tracing
    • Social Distancing
    • Daily Health Check on Mobile App
    • Admin Portal for HR Admins of the company

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Radiant RFID - Social Distancing Wristbands for Employee Safety

p>Radiant offers automated social distancing and contact tracing solutions to help companies transition their employees back to work, safely, in the wake of COVID-19. We use modern IoT technologies to provide businesses with accountability solutions and insights into interaction history. Furthermore – and arguably even more important – Radiant’s solution helps companies make interaction data actionable. Built upon the Virtual Asset Tracker framework that Radiant currently offers for daily asset tracking, the solution for social distancing management and contact tracing integrates a wearable device to accomplish three things:

  1.  Automated social distancing alerts (individual) and reporting (enterprise)
  2.  Alerts detecting employee clustering
  3.  Automated, anonymous contact tracing, allowing employers to see an interaction history between wearable devices

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UHY Call to Action Webinar Series (Part 2): June 5th Presentation - M & A Strategies in the Current Market

COVID-19 has upended traditional business models, requiring lean personnel teams and efficient remote working conditions to navigate this crisis. Stress levels remain high as businesses begin navigating the complexities of a “new normal”

 

“Detroit Means Business” Program

We want to make you aware of the newly launched “Detroit Means Business” Program https://detroitmeansbusiness.org/.

This incredible program is being offered to small businesses like yours that are preparing to reopen under Phase 4 of the Governor’s Michigan Safe Start Plan.

Many of the program offerings are specifically for businesses under 50 employees in the city of Detroit who are often disconnected to traditional resources.  This program offers a number of services and resources so small businesses can:

  • Safely open and operate with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ensure employees and customers are safe with vetted health, safety, and reopening  guidelines
  • Have easy access to individuals ready to assist with reopening questions
  • Be aware of financial and technical assistance available to support capital and operational needs

We will prioritize free PPE distribution to small businesses with 2 to 50 employees.  If you are in this category, you will be able to access a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Starter Kit which includes: 100 masks as well as 200 gloves and a gallon of hand sanitizer. The PPE Starter Kits are being generously donated by the DTE Energy Foundation.

In order to access your PPE Kit, you will need to go to https://detroitmeansbusiness.org and fill out the help form to request the Kit and schedule a pickup time at the designated Detroit location.

Detroit Means Business will also offer expert webinars for small business owners. Please visit https://detroitmeansbusiness.org/technical-assistance-webinars/ to register for the two webinars listed below, and continue to check back for more.

Oakland County ReOpening Toolkit

p>Oakland County ReOpen Kit will Contain

  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Touch-free digital thermometer
  • CDC / County Guidance Document
  • Posters to promote ReOpening of business
  • Stickers for sidewalk / interior spacing

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Supporting Detroit’s COVID-19 Response: Detroit At Work in the Community

Presentation from representatives of Detroit at Work sharing how they are supporting local employers and community through COVID-19.

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Top Questions From Businesses and Employers About COVID-19 - Miller Johnson Attorneys

The materials and information have been prepared for informational purposes only. This is not legal advice, nor intended to create or constitute a lawyer-client relationship. Before acting on the basis of any information or material, readers who have specific questions or problems should consult their lawyer.

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non- profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.

CDC Guidance - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

Google for Small Business Resources: Helping your business through COVID-19

We know this is a difficult time for people everywhere, including small business owners. We want to help. We’ve gathered some useful resources to help your business navigate these challenging times.

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Supporting Sponsor

The supporting sponsorship gives your company exposure at all major MMSDC events and more. Learn more

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