LANSING, MI.The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved a $100 million program that will provide grants to small businesses around Michigan working to recover from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 virus, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. "The COVID-19 virus has especially impacted Michigan's food and agriculture sector. This investment will provide critical resources to ensure the safety of Michigan's food production industry and its workforce," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "We can further our economic recovery in Michigan by putting federal dollars through the CARES Act to work for the people and business across our state through efforts like these grants to farms and food processors."
The State of Michigan has appropriated $100 million of federal CARES Act funding through SB 690, signed into law by Governor Whitmer last week, to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support Michigan’s small businesses that are reopening and have experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The Michigan Strategic Fund today authorized distribution of the funding across 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state to providing a base amount of $3.5 million per EDO for grants up to $20,000 each to support certain small businesses that have realized a significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
Participating EDOs are as follows:
· InvestUP – $4,545,455
· Networks Northwest – $4,545,455
· Otsego County Economic Alliance – $3,500,000
· Target Alpena – $3,500,000
· The Right Place – $9,545,455
· Lakeshore Advantage – $3,500,000
· Middle Michigan Development Corporation – $3,500,000
· Saginaw Future – $3,545,455
· Flint & Genesee Chamber – $8,045,455
· Lansing Area Economic Partnership – $5,545,455
· Southwest Michigan First – $7,545,455
· Ann Arbor Spark – $8,545,455
· Oakland County – $11,045,455
· Macomb County – $7,545,455
· Detroit Economic Growth Corporation – $15,545,450
The Michigan Small Business Restart Program application will be live starting Wednesday, July 15 at michiganbusiness.org/restartand run through Wednesday, August 5. Funds can be used as working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses.
To qualify for grant support, businesses must meet the following criteria, based on statutory requirements for the program:
· Is a business or nonprofit that can demonstrate it is affected by the COVID-19 emergency
· Needs working capital to support eligible expenses
· Demonstrates an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency
· Has not received a grant through the Michigan Strategic Fund’s Michigan Small Business Relief Program.
Businesses who have received support through other COVID-19 relief programs, including the Michigan Small Business Relief Program loans, are eligible to apply for Restart grants. Additionally, at least 30 percent of the funds awarded under the program must be provided to women-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned eligible businesses. The MEDC anticipates that more than 5,000 businesses across the state will benefit from this program.
“With the outbreak of COVID-19, many small businesses have been faced with significant economic impacts, including challenges with cash flow and resources to support their workforce,” said MEDC CEO Mark A. Burton. “The Michigan Small Business Restart program, combined with other Michigan Strategic Fund programs and services as well as local and federal economic development support, will enable small businesses throughout the state to address the short-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis while looking ahead to the long-term economic recovery needs of the state.”
Per statutory requirements, a monthly report will be provided to the legislature that includes a listing of grants awarded in the previous month and the name of the recipient of each grant provided under the program. All reporting forms will also be available on michiganbusiness.org/restart.
“The Michigan Small Business Restart grants will be an important part of the economic recovery of small business in Michigan,” said Brian Calley, President of the Small Business Association of Michigan, “This program leverages federal dollars to bring relief to entrepreneurs struggling with the effects of this global pandemic in a thoughtful way – including working through local EDOs to ensure resources are distributed in the most equitable and effective way for each region in the state.”
The Michigan Small Business Restart Program approved today is modeled after the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, approved on March 19 by the Michigan Strategic Fund to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Michigan Small Business Relief Program consisted of a total of $20 million aimed at supporting businesses in need of immediate relief. The program included $10 million that was distributed to 15 local EDOs to provide grants up to $10,000 to certain small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, the program authorized $10 million for small business loans of not less than $50,000 and not more than $100,000 to eligible borrowers impacted by COVID-19 that were not able to seek alternative, suitable financing.
Under the Michigan Small Business Relief grant program, local EDOs selected more than 2,700 businesses across the state covering all 83 counties that received grant support expected to retain approximately 11,000 jobs. To date, more than 130 small business loans totaling more than $8 million have been approved through MSF delegated approval.
The Michigan Strategic Fund today also approved the $15 million Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan’s agricultural processors and farms. The program supports the implementation of COVID-19 monitoring and mitigation strategies to protect agricultural employees and the state’s overall food production industry. To learn more and see the grant application which goes live on July 15, visit here: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/press-releases/2020/07/$15-million-in-agricultural-safety-grants-to-provide-critical-relief-to-michigans-farms-and-food-processors.
With today’s action by the MSF Board, the MEDC has launched 17 COVID-19 relief and recovery programs supporting more than 3,100 business in the state and helping to retain more than 12,400 jobs across all 83 counties. To learn more about MEDC’s COVID-19 response programs and the impact they are having on economic recovery efforts, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19response. Other resources for economic reopening efforts as well as businesses across Michigan struggling with economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 virus can be found online at michiganbusiness.org/covid19. The MEDC has also developed a FAQ for Michigan businesses and communities at michiganbusiness.org/covid19-faq.
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Mayor Andy Schor today announced the promotion of Judy Kehler to serve as Lansing’s next Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). As CSO, Kehler will continue to look at short-term expenditures and long-term debts, as well as review and evaluate other processes within the City to make recommendations for improvements as necessary.
“Judy Kehler has done an excellent job as our City Treasurer and Income Tax Administrator, ensuring that we are collecting the necessary income and property taxes for the City,” said Mayor Schor. “As Chief Strategy Officer, Judy will continue to use her experience and expertise to find efficiencies in legacy costs and other financial areas of the City.”
Kehler served as the first woman and African American Treasurer & Income Tax Administrator during Mayor Hollister’s administration. Kehler’s past professional experiences include working for KPMG Peat Marwick as a Senior Management Consultant, as well as serving as Finance Director for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s Department of Environmental Health. Kehler returned to the City of Lansing as the City Treasurer and Income Tax Administrator in April 2019.
“I was born and raised in Lansing; I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity to continue to serve the great people of Lansing. I look forward to working with our community to move Lansing forward,” said Kehler.
Judy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She recently obtained her Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM), Advanced Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (ACPFIM) and Business Process Management (BPM) certifications. She is also is a member of the Association for Strategic Planning.
Pending City Council’s approval of a waiver for certain ordinance requirements during their meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020, Kehler will begin her new role as CSO beginning Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Cheryl Fox, currently the Deputy City Treasurer, will serve as Interim City Treasurer.
HOLLY, MI –– U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) released the following statement in response to an incident in which a couple drew a gun on a mother and daughter after a dispute in Orion Township on Wednesday evening.
"Earlier today, I was profoundly disturbed to see the footage captured last night in Orion Township of a woman pointing a gun at a mom and daughter during an argument. Upon watching the longer clip of the episode, I was deeply disappointed to learn that the man who appears in the video alongside the armed woman had participated in one of my voluntary advisory boards, on veterans issues. His participation in the board was based on his professional role working with Oakland County veterans. The conduct of this man and his wife is beyond the pale of acceptable behavior and, earlier today, I removed him from my voluntary advisory board, effective immediately. And I am glad to see the couple has now been appropriately charged with felonious assault by the Oakland County Prosecutor.
"This incident in our community highlights how racial division can lead to violence. We can’t accept this as normal or justified behavior. Each of us has a role to play in ensuring division and violence doesn’t harm our communities in Michigan."
Several state parks in southern Michigan will host volunteer stewardship workdays in July. Volunteers are needed to help with removing invasive plants that threaten high-quality ecosystems in the parks.
Please note that registration is required for all volunteer workdays, and participation may be limited due to social distancing requirements.
Although these are outdoor programs and proper social distancing of at least 6 feet is required, participants still are encouraged to wear face coverings as an added precaution.
Workdays will take place:
More details about each workday can be found on the DNR volunteer events calendar.
The DNR welcomes public input on its plans for Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the format has changed for 2020. Rather than hosting face-to-face open houses, people will be asked to offer input online. “We value public input, and we want to continue it while maintaining safe social distances,” said Jeff Stampfly, acting chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division.
Here is how the process will work this year.
Go to Michigan.gov/ForestInput and click on the interactive map. Zoom in to your area of interest. As you zoom in, more details will appear. Sections of forest – referred to as “compartments” – under review for work to be done in 2022 are highlighted in bright green. Click anywhere within the compartment, and a pop-up screen will appear with more information.
You may submit comments by email or schedule a telephone appointment with a DNR staffer during specific time periods in each forest management unit to discuss your comments or concerns. The July schedule includes:
After public input is received and considered, final decisions will be made at DNR staff meetings known as compartment reviews. The public is welcome to listen to this year’s virtual meetings over the phone. Contact the listed unit manager for details of joining a compartment review phone call.
For more information on open houses, compartment reviews and instructions for using the interactive map, go to Michigan.gov/ForestInput.
With extremely hot weather this week and next, anglers may witness a fish kill, which can occur naturally in lakes and streams during periods of hot weather. It is not unusual to see dead or dying fish when this happens. High temperatures and low dissolved oxygen levels combined cause stress on fish. Most prone to summer kills are pike, perch, suckers, bass and bluegill living in shallow, productive lakes or bays with excessive amounts of algae or rooted aquatic vegetation.
The plants consume large amounts of oxygen at night, causing a temporary shortage just before dawn. A cloudy, calm day extends the critical period by reducing reoxygenation from photosynthesis and wave action. Fish in oxygen-depleted areas do not sense the danger and therefore do not swim to deeper water.