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Michigan Small Business Relief Program

On March 19, 2020, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the Michigan Small Business Relief Program to support businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Through this program, the Northwest Small Business Relief Fund Collaborative has received funding in order to provide up to $10,000 to small businesses in our community that have realized a significant hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, although with very limited funds, grants will likely range from $5,000 to $10,000. In addition, up to $10 million in small business loans are available through the Michigan Economic Development Organization (MEDC).

Small Business Relief Program: Grants
Eligible businesses include:
A company in an industry outlined in Executive Order 2020-20, or any subsequent Executive Order of similar intent (“EO”), or demonstrates it is otherwise affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, that meets one or more of the following:
  • Provides support to impacted employees, is located in a downtown district or high impact corridor or has 50 employees or less, or is a company that provides services to companies outlined in the EO and requires additional employees to support companies or employees impacted by EO;
  • The company had 50 employees or less as of March 16, 2020 ;
  • The company needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business; and
  • The company is able to demonstrate an income loss as a result of the EO, or the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The company needs to demonstrate that it was profitable prior to March 16, 2020.
The grants received must be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.
 
Small Business Relief Program: Loans
Eligible businesses include:
  • The company is an industry outlined in Executive Order 2020-20, or demonstrates it is otherwise affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, or is a company that provides goods and services to companies to the aforementioned;
  • The company has fewer than 100 employees as of March 16, 2020;
  • The company needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business;
  • The company can demonstrate that it is unable to access credit through alternative sources;
  • The company can demonstrate an income loss as a result of Executive Order 2020-20.
  • The company needs to demonstrate that it was profitable prior to March 16, 2020.
The loans received may be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.
 
There is one application, regardless of whether a business is applying for a grant or a loan. A business may receive a grant or a loan, but not both.
 
We encourage your organization to help spread the word about this opportunity to businesses that would qualify. The application window will open on Friday, March 27 and close on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST. Businesses interested in applying can do so here:
 
 
There are two tabs on the application spreadsheet - the Qualification and the Application. After completing the Qualification, please make sure you scroll to the bottom of the spreadsheet and click on the tab labeled “Application” to complete the application portion. 
Remember to save the completed application on your own device and submit it to
 msbrf@networksnorthwest.org
 
Applications will be reviewed by the Northwest Small Business Relief Fund Collaborative which consists of Networks Northwest, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, Northwest Michigan Works!, Traverse Connect, Alliance for Economic Success, and Manistee Area Economic DevelopmentNorthwest Small Business Relief Fund Collaborative anticipates contacting awardees by April 6, 2020, with grants distributed to selected businesses by or around April 8, 2020.
 
Businesses that qualify for a small business loan will have their applications submitted to the MEDC for further review.
 
If you have any questions, please email msbrf@networksnorthwest.org

Statewide and National Resources

MEDC Small Business Relief Fund Program

State of Michigan Resources for Employees and Employers

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance


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