NEWS & UPDATES
Washtenaw County Health Department Issues Orders to Protect Essential Workers during COVID-19
The order states that critical service providers and businesses must use screening and social distancing to limit potential spread. 


The Washtenaw order takes effect March 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and requires all essential services and businesses to take the following actions to protect their workers and the entire community.

  • Screen everyone. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings. 
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between people whenever possible.
  • Emphasize frequent and proper hand washing. Make sure sinks are well supplied. 
  • Work remotely whenever possible.
  • Do not share space or equipment. If this is not possible, have employees wash their hands before and after using shared equipment. Clean and sanitize equipment between uses.
  • Any employee with cold symptoms or underlying health conditions should stay home or work remotely.

The orders must be posted at facility entrances. There is an order for businesses and entities remaining open, as well as a separate order for childcare centers remaining open.


RESOURCE COMPILATIONS

Ann Arbor Spark

Ann Arbor Spark is keeping an updated list of resources available to businesses during the COVID-19. Please continue to check back for updates and more information.  COVID-19  Business Resources and Information 

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The MEDC has compiled a list of resources for Michigan businesses for during COVID-19

Destination Ann Arbor
COVID-19 Business Toolkit: https://www.annarbor.org/business-toolkit/

U.S. Small Business Administration 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION


Facebook Small Business Grant Program
Faceook announced that they are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credit to help business during this challening time.  Thety understand that businesess may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. Details are forthingcoming in the following weeks. For more information and to sign up for alerts visit the Facebook Small Business Grants Program page.

Washtenaw Small Business Resiliency Fund: Funding for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
 To address the financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County’s Office of Community & Economic Development, WCC’s Entrepreneurship Center and SBDC have developed an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $2,500 to qualifying small businesses. 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Gov. Whitmer's request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA.  More information about this program can be found here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Main Street America is calling for Federal Support for Small Businesses and they need your help.
The National Main Street organization recognizes the need for immediate access to grants and simplified disaster loan processes. They are partnering with Small Business Majority to advocate for small businesses, micro-businesses, and entrepreneurs across the country. 

They are asking small business owners like you to "sign on and let your voices be heard to amplify the needfor immediate and direct support for Main Street-scale businesses."


SBA loans 
Information can be found here or by calling 1-800-659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Business Interruption Insurance
Oregon Main Street shared this article relating to business interruption insurance. We recommend contacting your insurance carrier for specific details on your policy.

Unemployment Benefits 
Information on expanded unemployment benefits can be found here


WEBINARS & CONFERNCE CALLS

Navigating Your Commercial Lease in a Disaster
Watch this helpful recording of the webinar here.

Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC is offering  a number of webinars that will help a business address cash flow with little to no revenue coming in. The webinars can be found here


IDEAS, INSPRITATION & Support

Creative Ideas for Operating a Business During COVID-19
Our friends at Grand Haven Main Street and Whizbang provided a report for small businesses with creative ideas including delivery of product directly to the customer, drive by pick-up, personal clienteling , Facebook (or other social media) live selling events, and creating special bundles for people sheltering in place. The full report can be found here.

Milan Main Street Business Owners Group Facebook Page
The Milan Main Street Business Owners Group page is a place for downtown business owners to share ideas, ask questions, and to get news and information.
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/milanmainstreetbusinessowners/