• Business Resources COVID-19

  • Current Reform and Updates

    Business Toolkit to Adhere to the Public Health Order: The Health Department of Northwest Michigan issued a public health emergency order on April 5th, ORDER 2020-1 for Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties is effective April 6, 2020 at 12:00PM and shall be effective until April 13, 2020 at 11:59PM. Businesses and operations remaining open under EO 2020-21 must only be conducting operations that require employees to leave their homes or places of residence for functions that are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations as defined by EO 2020-21 and must take specific actions.  The required actions are outlined in the updated Business Toolkit as well as templates for individual recording/sign-in page, guidelines for cleaning, and the emergency order to be posted.
    View and Download the Business Toolkit Here.

    CARES Act Update for Small Businesses FAQ's
    Congressman Jack Bergman's office released a Small Business guide to help address questions with the programs and loans now available.   View the Small Business Guide Here.

    SBDC Expands Online Services to Support Businesses During COVID-19 Outbreak
    Business owners who have questions about the challenges they are facing can get help through expanded online services being offered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC). The MI-SBDC has created a new web page, sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19, specifically for topics related to COVID-19. That web page includes links to the daily webinars and an archive of past webinars.

    SBA Loans Now Available for Michigan Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. View the notice from the State here.

    Tax Relief for Businesses
    The State of Michigan will be waiving penalty and interest on sales
    , use and withholding taxes for 30 days in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. View notice from the State here.

    Michigan Executive Order for Unemployment Benefits
    The State of Michigan has issued temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing. Read the UPDATED executive order and view the slides from the UIA webinars for employers. 

    President Trump Approves Governor Whitmer’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration. Declaration Includes Support for Crisis Counseling, Emergency Protective Measures. Governor Announces Delivery of 112,800 N95 masks from Strategic National Stockpile. View the details here.

  • Petoskey Chamber Webinar: What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Act. Petoskey Chamber Webinar: What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Act.

    Part of the PetoskeyStrong COVID-9 Response Series: Amy Stikovich of Nelson Deegan Forster & Stikovich, PC led a ZOOM conference to answer questions about The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, that expands FMLA coverage to include small to mid-size businesses. It also mandates emergency sick leave and expands unemployment benefits. 
    Listen to the Audio Here.

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