Nearly 6,000 small businesses receive Michigan Small Business Survival Grants
Critical relief totaling approximately $52.5 million for nearly 6,000 small businesses across the state has been awarded to date through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program. The grants helped to retain more than 52,500 jobs for Michigan workers. The State of Michigan appropriated the funds through SB 748, signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to support Michigan’s small businesses that have been especially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Michigan Small Business Survival Grants program was administered by 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties across the state. The full list of businesses that have been awarded grants to date is available at michiganbusiness.org/survival.
$2.5 million grant will support Michigan’s rural healthcare workers and employers
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) announced funding through the U.S. Department of Labor’s H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program. Over the next four years, the grant will support the addition of more than 430 new healthcare workers for rural communities throughout Michigan.
LEO will lead MiREACH, a collective and supportive network of employer-led collaboratives, to identify targeted healthcare occupations based on employer demand and feedback, design training responses, and implement workforce solutions for rural communities. To address critical healthcare workforce shortages in Michigan’s 57 rural counties, LEO will engage Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium (NWNEC), Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!, West Michigan Works! (WMW) and Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), which represents six Michigan Works! Agencies in southeast Michigan.
Deadline Approaching: Register for the first Michigan Outdoor Industry Supplier Summit March 23
The Michigan Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, along with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect, will host the first Michigan Outdoor Industry Supplier Summit. This no-cost, virtual event will provide a platform for supply chain matchmaking between Michigan product and service suppliers and the outdoor recreation industry. Additionally, attendees will be able to participate in an educational webinar, networking opportunities and one-on-one buyer/supplier meetings.
Outdoor recreation industry companies with purchasing or innovation needs/interests must register by Wednesday, February 24 to ensure the opportunity to participate in one-on-one buyer-supplier matchmaking meetings, in addition to the general educational webinar and networking opportunities. The registration application for outdoor industry suppliers will be posted after February 24.
SBA Celebrates Black History Month – Recognizing the Resilience, Grit and Tenacity of America’s African American Small Business Heroes
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for an online panel discussion on February 25, 2021 with black-owned business owners as they share their small business stories and how they pivoted during the pandemic and utilized SBA’s critical financial lifelines.
Additional Resources Available Online
Access additional COVID-19 resources for businesses and communities by visiting michiganbusiness.org/covid19.
Visit michigan.gov/coronavirus to find other valuable resources for employers, workers, residents and communities.
About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org