Resources for Businesses

Updated 5.20.2020

Re-opening Strategies for Small Businesses

*NEW – Reopen Main Street Strategies
Building Customer Trust Kit
Covid-19 Guidance for Retail Workers
Preventing Worker Exposure
Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19
Operation Open Doors Checklist
Social Distancing Practices

Funding Programs & Business Support

Financial Resources

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Main Street America has provided information on resources for small businesses.

Grants

*NEW – Match on Main- Covid 19 Response Program
*NEW – MI Local Biz program 
*NEW – Resilience Microloan and Grant Fund
Facebook Small Business Grants
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund– next round will open on May 14th
Hello Alice Business for All Grant
The Red Backpack Fund- The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3
Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund
Salesforce Care Small Business Grants– May 4th deadline

Loans
*NEW- Metro Community Development
Wayne County Small Business Relief Loan Fund
Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan– Only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability.
Michigan Paycheck Protection Program – To apply for forgiveness of your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, the Borrower must complete this application.
MainVest Main Street Initiative
Kiva Loans
Honeycomb Credit Relief Loan

Other Resources

State Resources

MSF Awardee Relief Initiative
Michigan Resources for Employers and Workers
Treasury: Small Business Taxpayers Provided Tax Assistance
MEDC COVID-19 Resources
Michigan SBDC COVID-19 Resources
State of Michigan’s Corona Virus Resources
Small Business Association of Michigan Corona Virus Resources

Federal Resources
The Small Business Administration’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus
U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Resources and Coronavirus Response Toolkit
U.S. State Department Travel Guidelines
DoL Guidance for Preparing your workplace for COVID-19
CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers
SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Commonly Asked Questions

If you are unsure of how this crisis applies to your business and what you can do, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation created a FAQS page to answer some of your questions. Please visit their website here.

Creative Ways to Tackle COVID-19 Within Your Small Business

Grand Haven Main Street in Michigan and Whizbang have provided a report for small businesses with creative ideas including delivery of product directly to the customer, Facebook (or other social media) live selling events, and creating special bundles for people sheltering in place. 

Do you have any additional ideas or resources we should add to this? Please let us know! If you are doing something creative in your business, please email us at srainey@downtownwayne.org so we can promote it.