• Economic Resources

    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. [Click Here for 3-step instructions for the loan] 

    Disaster Relief Child Care Services for Michigan’s Essential Workforce - If you are an essential worker and are in need of child care services for children ages birth -12, please visit www.helpmegrow- mi.org/essential or call 2-1-1 to receive support. Your request will be matched with a child care provider in your area where you can arrange priority services.

    Small Business Loans to provide low-interest loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit MEDC’s website: www.michiganbusiness.org or call 888.522.0103.  The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/ for additional information.
     
    Unemployment Benefits – Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA  or 1-866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here. Additional unemployment resources for employees can be found here and for workers here.
    Try these TIPS to help get through the process faster: 
    + Apply online durring off-peak hours 8pm-8am
    + Be patient, don't click more than once to reload a page - it may take a minute or more to load, but it is working

    Resources for workers/families affected by Coronavirus or closures
    211: 2-1-1 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government resources in your area such as food pantries, bill pay assistance, family services, utility assistance and more. The 211 system is available by dialing 2-1-1 on your phone or by going to mi211.org.

    MI Bridges
    Benefits and coverage through the Michigan Department of Health and Human services such as food assistance, health care, and state emergency relief. You may access MI Bridges at michigan.gov/mibridges

  • New in the News

    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.

     

    Application Process Now Live for Michigan Small Business Relief Program Funding
    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 Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. 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.

     

    COVID-19 Webinars Free to Members and On-Demand
    All of the Michigan Chamber webinars have been recorded and are now available on-demand. Click register for the free content. Current topics include:
    + Sweatpants and Laptops: Dealing with Remote Work and Legal Concerns
    + What Employers Need to Know about Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    + Unemployment Benefits During COVID-19


     

    Posters 
    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. It includes reliable links to:
    + the executive order and templates for essential employee and supplier letters
    + unemployment benefits
    + financial assistance for small business
    + federal legislation and benefit information
    + HR resources
    + Primary-resource COVID-19 information

     

    Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 
    The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works. 

     

    Aging Adults Need Your Help as They Cope with COVID-19
    The Aging & Adult Services Agency within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to consider how they can help people over the age of 60 deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn how you can volunteer or donate to help. 

     

    New funding, tools available for Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19
    The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) designation means that Michigan small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that suffer substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak will now have the ability to apply for low-interest loans as part of $1 billion in funding made available to the SBA by Congress earlier this month. 

     

    Michigan National Guard assisting in getting out COVID-19 supplies
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the call up of the Michigan Army National Guard to assist MDHHS with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, and face shields. Once packaged, MDHHS will deliver the supplies to various local public health departments.

     

    Treasury: Michiganders Unemployed Due to COVID-19 Eligible for Collections Assistance
    Effective immediately, individuals who have been laid off or had their place of employment closed due to COVID-19 should reach out to see what options are available. To receive assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

     

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    contains leave provisions applicable to private employers with fewer than 500 employees, as well as some governmental employers.
    The new FMLA and Paid Sick Leave requirements for businesses with fewer than 50 will sunset
    on 12/31/2020.