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7.31.20: MEDC Grants due August 5, EXTENDED Wayne County offers $50 million of CARES Act funding in $10K grants, City & School info; US Chamber of Commerce & CDC tools for COVID-19 Virus

August 20 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

7.31.2020:  Below you will find information on the Wayne County 2nd Round CARES Grants, MEDC and other funding and Covid updates.  Please review this page as we update regularly. 

We have heard from businesses that they don’t believe that they will be successful in receiving a grant if they apply to help them pay their bills and keep their businesses open.  This is based on their early experience with loan and grant programs which opened and closed quickly and had little money available to provide.  So, many businesses that would qualify and could really use the financial help to keep their doors open are not applying.   We have been asked by both Wayne County and the MEDC to let the business community know that the Wayne County Back to Work Small Business grant and the MEDC Restart grants DO HAVE FUNDS available.  The Wayne County Commission allocated $50 million dollars in CARES act money to ensure that we could provide grants to thousands of Wayne County small businesses.  If they have less than 50 employees, are in good standing with the State, can demonstrate that they have lost revenue do to COVID 19 and have been profitable; they have a strong chance of receiving a grant.  There is still money available on a first come, first served basis.

On March 24th, Governor Whitmer ordered Shelter in Place to suppress the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent our state’s health care systems from being overwhelmed.   The executive order is extended to July 16th with some restrictions lifting for certain industries and areas of Michigan, to coincide with cautious reopening of the economy.  While we continue the process of re-opening, we are providing tools and aid from reliable sources for our members and the public.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, State of Michigan, CDC, our local cities and other trusted organizations links are below.  The Chamber will be updating this site and social media as we move forward; see the most current update of Governor Whitmer’s orders click here

Mask updates are here

Many businesses are finding that the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a range of business challenges; below are the Wayne County links for grants and loans & the MEDC Small Business Restart Grant:

7.31 MEDC opens new round of Grant Funding click here for Small Business Restart Grants! Applications are due August 5th, and not reviewed until post due date!


7.31 ROUND TWO IS OPEN, DISREGARD THE DUE DATE OF JULY 10:  Round 1 applicants no decisions have been reached; please do not reapply


6.19.2020 Wayne County Back to Work website is live and helpful posters & docs, click here!

Apply Here for Wayne County Small Business Relief Loans, $5 million remaining

5.28.20 Michigan Retail Guide to Re-Opening is here

5.28.20 Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Guides to Re-Opening Guide here

5.21.20 Gatherings of 10 or less & retail by appointment news is here!

Our phones are  active, please call with any questions, 313.584.6100 while we are working remotely to serve you!  Our team is working with Wayne County, the Michigan Chamber and the US Chamber weekly.  We appreciate any feedback you have as we flatten the curve and seek to aid our businesses reopen!

5.21.20 US Chamber PPP loan forgiveness info is HERE

5.16.20 MEDC launches May 18th Mi Local Biz funding match!

5.16.20 US Chamber Resources, one page decision trees by industry and more are HERE

5.16.20 CDC Resources for families, businesses and more are HERE

5.12.20  Reopening Check Lists from the Michigan Chamber are HERE

5.12.20 Guidelines including liabilities and more are HERE

LEAR’s Reopening guidelines for Manufacturers is HERE

The Governors’s plan for reopening Michigan is HERE

4.28.20 MIWISH Grants for Small Employers up to $5000 for PPE and more is here

Easy Overviews for EIDL  and the PPP are here

 US Chamber of Commerce Business info & Small Business Guide on the CARES Act

4.24.20 If you have not applied we expect PPP to re-open Monday at 10:30 am; apply and get in the queue even if dollars run short, the queue feeds future funding

If you have applied and have a batch #, origination #, confirmation #, DO contact your bank to be resubmitted by them when the next round of funding comes available.  Contact the chamber if your bank does not reapply for any reason, we are providing data to the State, US Chamber, and SBA weekly.  

You can apply for Paycheck Protection and EIDL programs

PPP Expanded in Michigan to 1099’s Sole Proprietors from Michigan CPAs

Unemployment updates for applicants

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Tool Kit  & Employer Unemployment Resources

MEDC:  Michigan Small Business Relief Program announced Grant & Loan info  

State of Michigan and see here for stats, steps and programs

Local food delivery click here!  Keep your strength up & fuel your efforts as we move through this process!

US travel info click here 

 CDC updates

Click here for latest bulletin on forms and applications; Click here for main page, and scroll down for email sign ups!


THE BRIDGE Michigan non-profit non-partisan Michigan reporting

4.9.20 Federal Reserve Update $2.3 Trillion added funding

Local Resources:  City of Dearborn updates   Dearborn Heights updates & City of Taylor updates

Hospitality industry hotel & motel, Auto repair, Home repair — click here 

SBA Disaster Loan Applications are Open

Michigan Exec Orders, Worker & Employer info on Unemployment relief

Human Resources tips from SHRM are here

SBA Tool Kit and Disaster aid to Small Businesses



Food assistance & other resources are available click here and dial 211   while schools serving hot and reduced meals are currently working on plans.


Meal pick up times and locales:



Free meal info for District 7

Crestwood District Meal info click here  Westwood Schools Meal info  & Taylor Schools Info


Free Hot Spots, pausing data limits, & no service interruptions or late fees:      read here




DTE responds with assistance




WOW responds with assistance


Brief info from the SBA; do explore all sites for information:

o    Marketing – It’s critical to communicate openly with your customers about the status of your operations, what protective measures you’ve implemented, and how they (as customers) will be protected when they visit your business. Promotions may also help incentivize customers who may be reluctant to patronize your business.

The Chamber can assist in delivering your messages, and we have wonderful partners including  Downtown Dearborn, Farmers Market and other platforms as well.  Utilize us—-Newsbyte and social media are your benefits.   If you have a special offer or discount, new limited menu for the next two weeks, If it’s curb side service, Uber or Grub Hub service added, or just want to communicate with the public special hours, let us know to share the word. 

Always feel free to email or call the chamber at 313.584.6100 or jlovejoy@dearbornareachamber.org 

o    Changing Market Demand – Depending on the incident, there may be access controls or movement restrictions established which can impede your customers from reaching your business. Additionally, there may be public concerns about public exposure to an incident and they may decide not to go to your business out of concern of exposing themselves to greater risk. SBA’s Resources Partners and District Offices have trained experts who can help you craft a plan specific to your situation to help navigate any rapid changes in demand.



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