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8.24.20 SBA accepting new EIDL loan apps; Cities & school info; US Chamber of Commerce & CDC tools for COVID-19 Virus

September 4 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

8.24.20:  The SBA announced today the reopening of their EIDL program.  Below you will find information on the the changing landscape of loans and grants, other funding and Covid updates.  Please review this page as we update regularly. 

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

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 proceeds 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

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, 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.

Join us Wednesday, August 26, at 2pm ET for CO— Blueprint: Operating a Socially Distant Business, an interactive discussion focused on providing advice and strategies for businesses who are building social distancing into their plans. Host Jeanette Mulvey, Content Director at CO—, will lead the conversation that combines advice from experts with practical insights from small business owners.  Click Here to register and see past editions too!

US Chamber Small Business Guide

The Governors’s plan for reopening Michigan is HERE

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

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

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 

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.



September 4
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