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1.22.21 New Health Department orders, US Chamber Guides on new PPP; SBA accepting EIDL loan applications, US Chamber of Commerce & CDC tools

February 23 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

1.22.21:  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.   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.  Scroll for local schools, aid, 211 and other resources.  The Chamber will be updating this site and social media as we move forward.  Click Here for Updates 1.4.20 from Michigan.Gov  

Vaccine updates are here

CLOSING Monday 1.25.21 Employee Assistance Grants

US CHAMBER 12.22.20 new PPP guidance is here, and easy to navigate, small business info for 1st time & round two applicants, employee tax credits and more enclosed.

SBA PPP forms for 1st and 2nd round applicants all SBA PPP info

1.19.21 Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Opens

1.21.21 Michigan Stages Survival Grant Opens for live entertainment venues

1.22.21 Current  Who’s Open Infographics, Guides on “pods” & Social Gatherings click here for more info




While we traverse this pause and cautious reopening, check out our chamber members & join the #PickUpPledge 



Wayne County’s Shop Small sign up is here!  Let everyone know you’re open during this pause!

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

Mask updates are here

All State of Michigan Stats and Resources are here

Resources including Childcare, Mental Health Hotlines & more are here


Small businesses, private non-profits and agricultural businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can still apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. EIDL is a loan and dollars can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt payments.  Click Here

Paycheck Protection Loans can be forgiven as grants; see these links for all the information on appropriate expenses.  If you have received one, do communicate with your bank for their protocols for filing.

Forgiveness and next steps for those who received PPP is here from the SBA

Many businesses are finding that the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a range of business challenges; below are links to current resources:

Throughout the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, small businesses have stood tall and pivoted their business models to survive in this new and ever-evolving world. Now they’re pivoting again as the world reopens, and cases rise.  Operating in an environment where masks are the norm and business goes on with six feet of distance between all parties. Inside the office, employers are re-configuring spaces to allow for safe distance between employees. In retail stores and restaurants, business owners are moving outdoors and issuing guidelines to help serve customers safely. It’s a tough challenge, and we at CO— Blueprint are here to help you navigate the delicate road to rebuilding, even now.   Click here for the small business playbook and all resources

US Chamber Small Business Guide

The Governors’s plan for reopening Michigan is HERE


Michigan Retail Guide to Re-Opening is here

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

Our phones are  active, please call with any questions, 313.584.6100 while we are working in-house & 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.  

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.

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 complimentary benefits!   If you have a special offer or discount, new limited menu for the holidays, 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.  The Chamber’s social media platforms enjoy 20,000 – 30,000 views every 20 days!

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.

State by State re-opening and roll back information  from the US Chamber Resources, one page decision trees by industry

11.09.20 CDC Resources for families, businesses and more are HERE

LEAR’s Reopening guidelines for Manufacturers is HERE

Easy Overviews for EIDL  and the PPP are here

PPP update:  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.  

Unemployment updates for applicants

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Tool Kit  & Employer Unemployment Resources

MEDC:  Michigan Economic Development Corporation Resources

US travel info click here 

 CDC updates

NEWS YOU  CAN USE:  THE BRIDGE Michigan non-profit non-partisan Michigan reporting

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

Human Resources tips from SHRM are here

SBA Tool Kit and Disaster aid to Small Businesses, multi-lingual



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


Dearborn Public Schools Updates:



District 7

Crestwood District    Westwood Schools 

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




February 23
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