EY’s Entrepreneur Access Network

Entrepreneurs Access Network

Entrepreneurs aren’t determined by race. Their potential shouldn’t be either. Entrepreneurs Access Network teams with Black and Latinx founders to transcend barriers and scale their businesses.

The EY Entrepreneurs Access Network elevates the ability for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs to obtain additional resources and networks needed to achieve new heights.

EY has teamed with equally committed companies/organizations to address the underlying causes versus just treating the symptoms these businesses face. This network provides participants access to an eco-village of curated curriculums, resources and funding to scale their companies, thus affecting change across economic and civic communities.


The greatest equalizer of wealth disparity is business ownership

On average, minority business owners have a median net worth 12 times higher than those who do not own businesses.


Entrepreneurs Access Network is a 12-month educational program and evergreen community, supported by a web of fellow advocating companies and organizations. This immersive journey includes a company assessment to identify the firm’s potential and needs to align it to the emerging, established or on-demand curriculums. It also includes teaming with a personal liaison for guidance throughout the program.

There are two program paths – Curated and On-Demand. Flexibility on criteria will be based on scalability of company.


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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Moving the Entire State of Michigan to Phase 4 of MI Safe Start Plan: Stay Safe at Home Order Rescinded

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations.

Michiganders must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community. And they should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with restricted capacity.

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Moving the Entire State of Michigan to Phase 4 of MI Safe Start Plan

  • She has also rescinded the Safer at Home order.
  • Local leaders retain the ability to put restrictions in place if they think they need them.
  • But the data has shown that Michigan is ready to carefully move into the next phase, but we all owe it to the brave frontline heroes to get this right.
  • On behalf of health care workers, first responders, grocery store workers, child care workers, and everyone else who has been working to keep us safe from the beginning, every Michigander must continue to do their part.
  • The shift to phase 4 will occur in stages:
    • Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less can gather outdoors so long as they can maintain strict social distancing. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted so long as participants can remain six feet from one another.
    • Office work that isn’t capable of being performed at home can resume, though you still have to work from home if at all possible.
    • Drive-in movie theaters can start operating.
    • And housecleaning services and other in-home services can also resume.
  • On Thursday, retailers that have been closed can reopen with capacity limits.
  • And on this coming Monday, June 8:
    • Restaurants can reopen for indoor and outdoor seating, so long as tables can be kept six feet from one another.
    • And day camps can resume their activities, subject to further guidelines on how we can keep our kids safe.
  • Michiganders can find a full list of businesses that may reopen in the full executive order at michigan.gov/coronavirus.
  • This is GOOD NEWS.
  • But Michiganders still have a responsibility to do their part to lower the chance of a devastating second wave.
  • The governor will continue following the data – especially in the Grand Rapids region – but if the current trajectory continues, she anticipates in a few weeks that she will be able to announce the rest of the state moving into Phase 5.
  • Nobody wants to move backward.
  • But the governor may have to move us back if she sees a second spike coming.
  • So do your part to keep yourself and your family safe.
  • If you choose to go to a restaurant or take an outdoor fitness class, be smart.
  • Everyone has a responsibility here.



  • Last week, the governor signed an executive order that expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test to include nurses, physicians assistants, and pharmacists.
  • And creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, and without charging an out-of-pocket cost to any Michigander.
  • Dr. Khaldun also announced expanded criteria.
  • Michiganders eligible for testing include someone who:
    • Exhibits any symptom of COVID-19,
    • Has been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms.
    • Has been working outside their home for at least 10 days
    • Or resides or works in any congregate setting, such as a long-term care facility, prison or jail, homeless shelter, or migrant camp
  • If you go to a community testing location, medical personnel will be available to order testing upon arrival.
  • A person who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus test to find an appropriate testing location.
  • Getting tested is simple – If you fit the expanded criteria, find a test site near you, and get tested.



  • But Michigan also needs help from the federal government to encourage everyone who can to get tested.
  • Michiganders need the White House to create a plan outlining how the federal government will ensure adequate testing supplies so the governor and her team can gather the data they need to make informed decisions about re-engaging our economy.
  • And our state would benefit from a guarantee of free testing nationwide coupled with a robust federal messaging campaign to encourage Americans to get tested.
  • Most people don’t know they can get tested – or they’re afraid the process will be painful, invasive, or cost them too much money.
  • When the reality is that it’s quick, simple, and in many locations, free.



  • Michiganders must stay smart. Stay safe. And if you fit the criteria, get tested. It’s on all of us to get this right.
  • Our state has come a long way together. And there’s no doubt that it has been hard.
  • Hard on our communities, our small business owners, our neighbors, and loved ones.
  • Those who have repeatedly, day after day, done their part have gotten us to this moment.
  • And so have the brave men and women on the front lines in our hospitals and grocery stores, taking care of our family members and loved ones.
  • The governor will continue working around the clock on these frontline heroes’ behalf.


Governor Whitmer Outlines MI Safe Start Plan, Re-Opens Manufacturing & Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order to May 28

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan.

Gov. Whitmer also outlined the 6 phases of her MI Safe Start Plan, which she developed with leaders in health care, business, labor, and education.
“I am working closely with health care experts and epidemiologists to closely monitor Michigan’s progress in the fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “As we move forward with the MI Safe Start Plan, I am working closely with partners in business, labor, and education to determine the best way to move forward each day. All of us know the importance of getting people back to work and the economy moving again. We’ve already reopened lower-risk sectors like construction, manufacturing, and lawn care.

“The worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at further risk, and wipes out all the progress we’ve made. That’s why we will continue to monitor the spread of this virus, hospital capacity, testing rates, and more as we work toward reaching the ‘improving’ phase.

MMSDC Announces: MMPC 2020 Will Now Be a Digital Conference

Dear Constituents:

We pray each of you and your families are safe and well during this challenging time.  As a council, we have been working overtime to assist our constituents by running the national sourcing portal used by all NMSDC affiliate councils and all national MBDA centers.  In addition, we have worked with a group of non-minority and minority lenders from throughout the nation that have expressed a commitment to ensuring our MBEs are receiving essential services to apply for PPP loans. For a compilation of resources, please stay tuned for daily updates at minoritysupplier.org/covid.


Although there is great uncertainty in the marketplace, we realize our constituents need our assistance now more than ever. So, our dedicated staff is still creating value. Along those lines, we are moving some of our key signature events – MMPC, ACE Awards, and even golf to fully interactive virtual platforms.  Our focus is not on events, but solid programs, knowledge, and access to opportunities. You will hear more about these cutting-edge options in the coming weeks.


First, MMPC 2020 will now be a three-tiered, fully virtual conference, allowing attendees access to all of the components of our traditional MMPC conference in an interactive and engaging way, with some exciting new additions highlighted below.

  • Starting in May we will feature MMPC pre-conference programs with live and on-demand speakers, webinars, DealMaker Sessions, etc.
  • On September 1 – 3, we will host our official MMPC virtual conference – featuring dynamic keynote speakers, professional development, a virtual trade show, marketplace, and more.
  • After the conference, we will continue providing assistance, guidance, and resources for our constituents, in our post-conference offerings.


MMPC 2020 presents an exclusive place for interaction and allows us to replicate, even enhance– everything that our traditional MMPC conference offers.  In fact, we are optimistic these enhancements will allow us to expand our reach across North America and the globe, adding greater value and exposure for our MBEs and our sponsors.


Thank you to all of you that have confirmed sponsorships, booths, and passes for MMPC 2020.  We look forward to continuing to serve you.  Together, we will get through this.



Michelle Sourie Robinson
President & CEO
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council


Gov. Whitmer Extends Stay-at-Home Order With Loosened Restrictions Through May 15

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order while loosening some restrictions on the state’s businesses.

The stay-at-home order, issued to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), has been extended through May 15. It was previously in effect through the end of April

Read the Full Executive Order 

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during COVID-19 crisis


LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.


Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.


“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”


“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.”


Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.


Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page.


Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders.


Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT).


Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

·  Fever

·  Cough

·  Shortness of breath


The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:

·  If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.

·  Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.

·  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

·  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

·  Avoid contact with people who are sick.

·  If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.

·  Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.


Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus


For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8 AM – 5 PM daily.


Michiganders can apply for unemployment benefits if they have left work or taken a leave of absence because of self-isolation or self-quarantine in response to elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the need to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive. Those temporarily laid off from work should apply for unemployment benefits online at www.michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017.


Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/.


On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the governor’s request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19.


To view executive order 2020-21, click the link below:


COVID-19 Sourcing Matchmaker

Message From MMSDC President & CEO Michelle Source Robinson 


The State of Michigan is interested in identifying potential suppliers who may have or have access to the following items:

  1.  Ventilators (new and refurbished)
  2.  Hand Sanitizer
  3.  Gowns and Surgical Masks (N-95)
  4. Sanitizing Wipes
  5. Gloves
  6. MISC: Items such as thermometer covers, thermometers, goggles, etc..


Due to the state of emergency declared by Governor Whitmer, we have been empowered to go directly to any suppliers for these items.

We are open to hearing creative sourcing solutions as well.

If you are aware of any of your members who may have the ability to supply the state with the above items, please have them contact us at [email protected] with quantity and availability information.  Please have any MMSDC certified MBEs or MBDA Center clients cc us on their submission so we can follow up and advocate on their behalf.


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.

Apply Now

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.

Apply Now

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 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, 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, 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.

View EY webcasts 

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.


  • 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.

Click here for more information

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.


    • 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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2019 ACE Awards: MMSDC Celebrates Ambassadors Championing Excellence at 36th Annual Awards Program

October 4, 2019, Novi, MI— Michigan’s top corporations and MBEs gathered at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 2019 ACE (Ambassadors Championing Excellence) Awards at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan to honor those who champion excellence in minority supplier development and business.


Jim Roberts

Volunteer of the Year

Jim Roberts Enterprises, LLC

Sowell Partners, PLLC

Supplier of the Year - Class I

AMBE Engineering, LLC

Supplier of the Year - Class II

V2Soft, Inc.

Supplier of the Year - Class III

Acro Service Corporation

Supplier of the Year - Class IV

Andra Rush

MBE Luminary Award

Rush Group

Chris Dawson

Buyer of the Year

Dana Incorporated

Sherry Diccion

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year


Tracy Joshua

Executive of the Year (Tie)

Kellogg Company

Tony Tomczak

Executive of the Year (Tie)

DTE Energy

Ford Motor Company

Corporation of the Year: Automotive OEM

Barton Malow

Corporation of the Year: Construction

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Corporation of the Year: Financial & Insurance Services

DTE Energy

Corporation of the Year: Petrochemical, Energy, and Utilities

Kelly Services

Corporation of the Year: Professional Services & Staffing

Burt Jordan

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Ford Motor Company

Dan Knott

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Posthumously)

Scott Kunselman

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Retired)

Tony Tomczak

President's Award

DTE Energy


The 2019 ACE Award Winners:

Volunteer of the Year:  This award recognizes a leader who is the ultimate giver of their time and talent in an effort to support minority supplier development and the work of MMSDC.

Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Jim Roberts – Jim Roberts Enterprises LLC


Supplier of the Year: Presented annually to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) who have excelled in growing their businesses, enhanced their operations, and actively participated in MBE-to-MBE purchasing. There are four awards given, with one going to each of the four revenue categories of MBEs:

  • Class I – Annual gross sales less than $1 million
  • Class II – Annual gross sales between $1 million and $10 million
  • Class III – Annual gross sales between $10 million and $50 million
  • Class IV – Annual gross sales greater than $50 million


Minority Supplier of the Year – Class I Winner: Sowell Law Partners, PLLC

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class II Winner: AMBE Engineering, LLC

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class III Winner: V2Soft, Inc.

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class IV Winner: Acro Service Corporation


MBE Luminary of the Year Award: A minority business owner who exemplifies the spirit of minority business entrepreneurs conducting business with other minority business entrepreneurs; providing mentoring, apprenticeships or internships while being actively involved in community and other special programs.

MBE Luminary Award Winner: Andra Rush – Rush Group


Corporate Buyer of the Year Award: One who directly makes purchases and through his/her efforts advances the cause of minority economic development. This award acknowledges the buyer who goes above and beyond normal purchasing requirements by significantly aiding MBEs, increasing his/her dollar purchases over the previous year, offers referrals to other companies, and attempts to identify new market opportunities.

Corporate Buyer of the Year Award Winner: Chris Dawson – Dana Incorporated


Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award: An individual who is not a buyer but drives the process that promotes economic development of Minority Business Enterprises, such as a VP, director, or manager. This award acknowledges the individual that goes above and beyond in their efforts to not only source and mentor MBEs but also help their company and community understand why it’s so important to do business with minority suppliers.

 Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award Winner: Sherry Diccion – Adient


Executive of the Year Award:  This award recognizes a senior corporate leader who empowers his or her team to drive minority supplier development, while personally remaining actively engaged.

Executive of the Year Award Winner: (Tie) Tony Tomczak – DTE Energy & Tracy Joshua – Kellogg Company


Corporation of the Year Award: Presented to the corporation(s) who actively include certified minority suppliers in their procurement opportunities, assist in the development of minority suppliers, promotes supplier diversity and business development within their corporation, their vendors, other businesses, and organizations.

Corporation of the Year Automotive OEM Winner: Ford Motor Company

Corporation of the Year Construction Winner: Barton Malow Company

Corporation of the Year Financial & Insurance Services Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Corporation of the Year Petrochemical, Energy, & Utilities Winner: DTE Energy

Corporation of the Year Professional Services & Staffing Winner: Kelly Services


The Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made a positive transformational impact on Michigan’s minority businesses, including devoted government and community leaders as well as iconic MBEs and corporate leaders.

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Tony Brown – Ford Motor Company (Retired)

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Burt Jordan – Ford Motor Company

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Dan Knott – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Posthumously)

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Scott Kunselman – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Retired)


President’s Award: The President’s Award is the highest individual honor bestowed by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council on an individual whose service to the organization has been exemplary.

President’s Award: Tony Tomczak – DTE Energy


 “We recognized corporations, minority businesses, and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating for minority suppliers this past year,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President & CEO of MMSDC. “Our Ambassadors and this year’s winners are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development.”


Boasting an attendance of over 700, the ACE Awards is one of the most prestigious business events that take place annually in our state where the top leaders, executives, and visionaries in the region gather to celebrate the people who are making significant contributions to minority supplier development. At this event, minority business enterprises (MBEs) are honored for their excellent service in the past year as well as corporate members for their commitment to supplier diversity and supporting minority-owned businesses through purchasing contracts.


Note:  In those instances where there is a tie, there is no coin toss.  All individuals or businesses scoring the same in a category will be awarded.



WIN – Region Turnover Study

In February 2019, six Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) contracted with the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) to examine employee turnover in the region. This work aims to provide the MWAs with a comprehensive understanding of the root causes of employee turnover and the potential gaps that exist in the development of career pathways for those with barriers to employment. Information gathered from a region-wide employer survey, convenings of local employers, and nationwide best practice research is included in this report.

The results of the employer survey represent a unique data source for our region, as this information is not currently tracked or reported by federal, state, or local entities. The information about the challenges and opportunities within our region is intended to assist MWAs in better serving employers and workers. In particular, this will help to inform the resources aimed at reducing employee turnover.

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