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Planning and Economic Development


State of Michigan Resources

Michigan Economic Development Center

State Supports $1.5 Million Fund to Help Small Businesses Recover, Pivot in Response to COVID-19

Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund: Resilience Microloan and Grant Fund

Additional Financing Resources through the State of Michigan

New state and federal resources available to assist Michigan small businesses:

Resources for Michigan Businesses During COVID-19:

Provided below is a list of resources and information for Michigan businesses during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We will continue to update this page as more resources become available. If you have any questions or wish to speak to MEDC directly, please call 888.522.0103.

Vital funding for state’s small businesses gains Michigan Strategic Fund support:

Michigan Small Business Relief Program will provide up to $20 million in grants and loans to Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19 outbreak.

State’s small business support organizations join forces to develop resources for Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19:

The state of Michigan’s small business entrepreneurial support organizations have joined forces with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to ensure economic support is available to Michigan businesses to overcome anticipated loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the organizations announced today.

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded - March 30 Announcement:

The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits.,5863,7-336-78421_97241---,00.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Unemployment Information for Employers

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

COVID-19 Resources for employees and Employers:,5863,7-336-78421_97241---,00.html

COVID-19 Response - WARN - March 27 Announcement:

With the volume of impacted employers experiencing closures, it is impossible to keep up with the demand and response to all layoffs currently. The following information and resources below should assist in providing information to our customers.

Resources for Workers and Employers Affected by COVID-19: March 23 Announcement:

Governor Whitmer, in an effort to protect all Michiganders, today signed Executive Order 2020- 21 that directs residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. A summary of her, "Stay Home, Stay Safe,” Executive Order is available online.

Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. This executive order is effective immediately and until Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59 pm.,9309,7-387-90499_90640-521770--,00.html

State Provides Guidance to Employers Contemplating Potential Layoffs

The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity today provided guidance to Michigan employers on how to avoid potential layoffs related to COVID-19.,9753,7-406-98158-522113--,00.html

Pure Michigan Business Connect

Pure Michigan Business Connect offering grants to manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies:

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program has launched a new grant program providing a total of $1 million in grants to Michigan’s small manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Offering virtual, statewide matchmaking platform for suppliers, buyers providing critical response to COVID-19:

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program is now offering a free, online procurement platform to assist suppliers of critical health and human services across a broad range of categories access critical supplies and products as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The platform will make virtual introductions between vetted businesses within the state providing supplies including food, medical devices, paper products, cleaning equipment and more.,9753,7-406-98158-522139--,00.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

COVID-19 Virtual Procurement Assistance:

Health & Human Service providers: are you in need of critical supplies to help serve individual patients, staff, or members of your community?

Suppliers: Do you have goods that might be able to support organizations responding to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak?

PMBC is looking for both buyers and suppliers of critical health & human service supplies across a broad range of product categories.

Michigan Small Business Development Center - Supporting Your Small Business During COVID-19:

The Michigan SBDC is here to support you as you navigate your business’ response to COVID-19. Join us for discussions on human resources, eCommerce and cash flow. Our team is ready to provide you with relevant information and to answer your questions!

Do you know the best steps your small business can take now that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is in Michigan? This resource guide will help you plan to keep your team and your business safe.

Macomb County Small Business Resources During COVID-19:

Listen to previous webinar recordings.

Economic Development Foundation

As many of you are aware, Economic Development Foundation (EDF) is a non-profit Certified Development Company of the SBA serving businesses and banks throughout the State of Michigan by offering SBA 504 Loans. In an effort to keep you updated on the availability of the loans and other relief in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we want to provide this update and summary of the CARES Act.

Food Related Business:

Important information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).