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Planning and Economic Development

Resources to Reopen Your Business

This page is under development and will be updated regularly. Please check back often for new resources.


Return to Work Calendar of Events:

New Normal Episode 8: Beyond the Technology: How COVID-19 is Transforming Talent Management; Thursday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Back in Business Town Hall - Webinar

Wednesday, July 22 at 10 a.m.

 A conversation with the experts at the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

  • Learn About Best Practices
  • Ask the Experts Your Questions
  • Get Advice Regarding Your Concerns

Topics Include:

  • Returning to Profitability
  • Managing Cash Flow
  • Financial Planning During an Economic Crisis
  • Managing Employees and Training E-Commerce and Marketing

Michigan Small Business Development Center
COVID-19 Support Webinars:

Watch Now: Reopening Your Retail Business

Watch Now: Planning for Your Next Move

Watch Now: PPP & Other Financing Options for your Relaunch

Watch Now: Restaurants & Food-based Businesses

Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program

Oakland and Macomb Manufacturers: Apply Now!

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly reshaping and accelerating the digital transformation of the manufacturing sector. As businesses are forced to change and adapt, they are finding new ways to get the job done during these uncertain times—and Industry 4.0 technologies are leading the way. 

Automation Alley, funded by Oakland and Macomb counties, has created the Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program program to address the urgent need to move companies into the digital manufacturing age of Industry 4.0 as fast as possible to help improve our region’s manufacturing agility and response to future disruptions. 

Manufacturers accepted into the program will receive:

  • Strategic Guidance: on how to transform from legacy operations to digital manufacturing.
  • An Industry 4.0 Assessment: outlining where their business stands today and what digital opportunities best fit their needs. 
  • Connections and introductions: to state-of-the art vendors and applied research that can help them along their path to Industry 4.0. 
  • A financial investment: will be granted to purchase Industry 4.0 and state-of-the art digital technologies.

Does my company qualify?

To qualify, companies must be a small or medium sized manufacturer residing in Oakland or Macomb County.

Why this and why now?

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an urgent and massive need for PPE and ventilators. The unanticipated need, coupled with the inability to quickly ramp up production, contributed to government quarantines until such time that the health care system could get stocked with resources as well as build the capacity to handle an onslaught of patients. This program will address this problem by helping position our region as an agile, digital-ready essential source of manufactured goods in times of national crisis.


General Reference:


Ensuring Employee and Customer Safety:


Human Resources Guidance:


Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes


Samples of Return to Work Guides:

Industry-Specific Information and Resources: 

Building and Manufacturing



Offices, Shopping and Dining



Retail Trade:

Healthcare and Research

Healthcare and Social Assistance:


Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation

Accommodation and Food Services:

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation:

Professional Services

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing:

Other Industries

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting:

Community Centers, Libraries, Places of Worship:

Day Care Centers:

Other Services (except Public Administration):

​​​Personal care (salons, nails, tattoo parlors, spas):


We are pleased to provide personal protection equipment to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 for businesses as they prepare to open for business. 

Depending on the number of people you employ, kits will include:

  • Reusable face coverings
  • Face shields
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Building signage
  • And other items to help make your workplace safer for employees and customers.

Kits will be available for pickup at a location in Clinton Township. More details to be provided in an email confirmation.

To request a back-to-business kit, please complete this form.

Local Suppliers:

The following is a list of local businesses with supplies that you may need to reopen your business. If your company is producing these supplies and you are not listed here, please complete this form to be added. The state of Michigan also maintains a directory of businesses that provide essential supplies. To access it, complete the procurement form. 

Hand Sanitizer

Face Masks and Gowns


Sneeze/Cough Guards, Splash Shields, and Other Plastic Products

Printable Signage for Businesses to use:

The following are signs used in county buildings. Click on the image to download, print and display in your own place of business for free.










If you need assistance with your business, please fill out this form.

If you have questions about the application process for the Macomb County Small Business Sustainability Grant Program, please fill out this form.

You will be contacted by someone who can provide further assistance.