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NEWS RELEASE : Governor Whitmer Reissues Executive Order Restricting Entry into Care Facilities, Juvenile Justice Facilities

Michigan Business Network
April 6, 2020 8:00 AM

Governor Whitmer Reissues Executive Order Restricting Entry Into Care Facilities, Juvenile Justice Facilities
  • LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-37, which renews the restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities the governor issued on March 14, 2020 until May 3, 2020. The order now requires facilities to use best efforts to facilitate remote visitations between individuals under their care and their loved ones, using phone or video conferencing software.

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Start Garden Launches $300k COVID-19 Support Fund

Michigan Business Network
April 6, 2020 7:00 AM

Start Garden adapts Michigan’s most popular business competition to support entrepreneurs shut down by COVID-19

Start Garden has launched an initiative that will provide $300,000 in funding to area entrepreneurs whose companies are in jeopardy of closing due to COVID-19. Applicants will have 100 hours to apply (Tuesday, April 7- Friday, April 11). They will need to record a 100-second video explaining why they need money to support them through the next 100+ days and upload to www.100.startgarden.com. Funds will be distributed in mid-April. Grant amounts will vary based on need. Grantees can use the money however they wish to support themselves, the business or their families.

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NEWS RELEASE : Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Protecting Workers Who Handle FOIA Requests

Michigan Business Network
April 6, 2020 6:00 AM

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Protecting Workers
Who Handle FOIA Requests

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-38, which relaxes requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 emergency. This action will protect workers who handle FOIA requests by allowing public bodies to defer portions of requests that would require workers to report to work in-person. The Executive Order takes effect immediately and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020.

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NEWS RELEASE : State Expands Support Services Available for Startups, Entrepreneurs in Response to COVID-19

Michigan Business Network
April 5, 2020 12:00 PM

State Expands Support Services Available for Startups, Entrepreneurs in Response to COVID-19 


LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved modifications to the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) to provide greater support to business accelerators in Michigan’s statewide SmartZone network that are serving startups and high-tech companies impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today. 

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NEWS RELEASE : Seniors Can Get Meals Safely in Michigan During Covid-19 Outbreak

Michigan Business Network
April 5, 2020 9:00 AM

State wants to increase public awareness of meals program

LANSING, MICH. Michigan recently received additional federal dollars to help provide meals to older adults as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and wants to make seniors aware of food delivery programs.

These programs – available to Michigan residents over age 60 – provide meals through home delivery and pick up services during the current pandemic.

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Gov. Whitmer Teams Up with Detroit’s Professional Sports Teams

Michigan Business Network
April 4, 2020 5:00 PM

LANSING, Mich.  – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today teamed up with the Detroit Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers to release a call to action video encouraging nurses and doctors to bring their skills to Michigan as a way to volunteer and help bolster the number of health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEWS RELEASE : Most State Park, Trail and Boating Facilities Remain Open

Michigan Business Network
April 4, 2020 4:00 PM

But Social Distancing Must be Maintained 

LANSING, MICH. To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order, the Department of Natural Resources continues to monitor visitation and adherence to social-distancing requirements at DNR-managed facilities. This means continually assessing needed adjustments to services and closures that best protect visitors, staff and the local communities.

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NEWS RELEASE: MILogin Unavailable Friday Evening for Maintenance and Upgrades, Will be Back Up Saturday Morning

Michigan Business Network
April 3, 2020 2:00 PM

DETROIT— The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget will temporarily take the MILogin application offline overnight tonight in order to make upgrades to the system to allow for greater capacity to handle the unprecedented volume required during the COVID-19 emergency.

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Lt. Governor Gilchrist & former Lt. Governor Calley team up to announce coalition to support small businesses, improve access to federal loans

Michigan Business Network
April 3, 2020 1:00 PM

A Statewide effort to encourage Michigan businesses to apply for $349 billion SBA Paycheck Protection Program, starting today

LANSING, Mich. -- The Whitmer Administration announced today that businesses across Michigan are now able to apply for $349 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II was joined by former Lt. Governor, and current president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) Brian Calley and Bob Doyle, president and CEO of the Michigan Association of CPAs, in launching a new statewide website, MIpaycheckprotection.com, to provide businesses with key resources to assist with the PPP application and loan process and ensure the greatest amount of federal funding is able to be used by small businesses for economic relief efforts throughout the state.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Protecting Workers Who Stay Home, Stay Safe When They or Their Close Contacts Are Sick

Michigan Business Network
April 3, 2020 12:00 PM

Governor’s order also declares the state’s policy that those who test positive for or show symptoms of COVID-19 should stay in their homes, with few exceptions

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-36, prohibiting all employers from discharging, disciplining, or otherwise retaliating against an employee for staying home from work if they or one of their close contacts tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of the disease. Executive Order 2020-36 also strengthens the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order by declaring that it is the public policy of the state that all Michiganders who test positive or show symptoms, or who live with someone who tests positive or shows symptoms, should not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

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