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Displaying items tagged: COVID19

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:45

Mercantile Bank reports higher quarterly earnings despite pandemic uncertainty

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercantile Bank Corp. ended 2020 with higher quarterly earnings despite the ongoing costs and economic turbulence from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Finance
Thursday, 14 January 2021 13:24

State prepares $58.5 million in relief funding for small biz, entertainment venues

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. plans to open applications next week for the $58.5 million in grant funding to aid small businesses and entertainment venues that were closed or curtailed by the most recent state-ordered restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 11 January 2021 11:18

GR convention authority planning how in-person events, meetings will return

GRAND RAPIDS — Events are planned to slowly return to Grand Rapids’ downtown venues with ramped up safety guidelines, starting with crowdless Grand Rapids Griffins games and Grand Rapids Symphony performances.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 08 January 2021 13:22

New round of PPP loans set to launch as businesses signal needed assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration begins taking applications next week for the new round of forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans to aid small businesses ailing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 30 December 2020 16:46

Whitmer vetoes bills to add multi-state licensure for nurses, psychologists

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed two bills that would have had Michigan join other states in licensing compacts for nurses and psychologists.

Published in Health Care
Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:25

HealthBar launches rapid COVID-19 testing site in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — HealthBar, a Grand Rapids-based provider of customized health care services for businesses, has launched a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.

Published in Health Care

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 16:17

State plans second liquor buyback program, unveils Restaurant Meal Program to aid reeling restaurant industry

The state plans to hold another liquor buyback for bars and restaurants. A similar effort earlier this year by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) bought back $3.4 million in spirits from 673 liquor license holders, for an average of a little more than $5,000 per each bar and restaurant that was closed or had limited operations during the COVID-019 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 21 December 2020 14:03

State, federal lawmakers reach agreement on COVID-19 relief packages

State and federal lawmakers have each reached consensus on COVID-19 relief that will support small businesses like restaurants and venues still confronting pandemic-related restrictions.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 19 December 2020 12:28

Michigan lawmakers advance spending bill with $58M in small business, venue relief

Final passage could come as early as Monday on a $465.1 million state aid package that would provide “survival” grants to ailing small businesses and entertainment venues that were closed or had their operations limited by state orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published in Small Business

Friday, 18 December 2020 09:54

Top Michigan health official details COVID-19 vaccine plans as more frontline workers receive doses

More Michigan hospitals are now vaccinating health care workers as doses of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine arrive.

Published in Health Care
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 15:41

State officials say latest COVID-19 restrictions working as key metrics improve

State leaders expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as key metrics involving COVID-19 case trends, test positivity rates and hospitalizations are improving under recent emergency restrictions.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:30

Grim national survey of hotels, restaurants show mass closures without additional federal aid

Additional mass closings and staff layoffs in the hospitality industry are expected without additional federal aid for businesses, according to recent surveys by national hotel and restaurant trade groups.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 14 December 2020 17:06

‘We’re making history right now,’ Spectrum Health CEO says as health system issues first COVID-19 vaccinations

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health vaccinated its first medical staff today hours after receiving the first doses from Pfizer Inc., ushering in what President and CEO Tina Freese Decker called the “next chapter in our fight against COVID-19.”

Published in Health Care
Friday, 11 December 2020 14:57

State to open $10M grant program for small biz hampered by COVID-19 restrictions

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Friday that it would soon start accepting applications for up to $15,000 relief grants from small businesses “disproportionately impacted” by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 11 December 2020 09:59

Small business group ‘cautiously optimistic’ on property tax deferment legislation

The head of the Small Business Association of Michigan says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state legislators can agree on a bill that would allow businesses to defer property tax payments.

Published in Small Business

Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:08

State officials detail more COVID-19 vaccine plans; major insurers to cover costs

LANSING — State officials expect Michigan to receive nearly 260,000 initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc., based on federal estimates.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 07 December 2020 15:50

State extends COVID-19 restrictions for 12 more days

The Whitmer administration has extended restrictions on indoor dining and various indoor entertainment facilities for 12 more days to help curb the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 07 December 2020 10:18

Hospital group calls for extension of restrictions to help stop spread of COVID-19

Hospitals want Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to extend restrictions that are set to expire tomorrow night extended through the holiday season.

Published in Health Care

Friday, 04 December 2020 13:33

West Michigan businesses seek support from state leaders amid COVID-19 ‘pause’

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to enact assistance for businesses affected by the most recent state restrictions.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 04 December 2020 12:43

Mary Free Bed adds temporary capacity to ease pressure on regional hospitals

GRAND RAPIDS — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has temporarily added beds to ease pressure on other hospitals in the region that are stressed with a surge in COVID-19 patients.

Published in Health Care
Tuesday, 01 December 2020 16:12

Whitmer says decision on 3-week pause premature: ‘Next 2 months are going to be hard’

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer offered no new details Tuesday on whether the state’s three-week “pause” that has shuttered indoor dining and entertainment facilities will be extended beyond Dec. 8, though she expressed concern about rising cases and hospitalizations associated with holiday traveling.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 30 November 2020 17:05

Michigan Strategic Fund approves $10M pandemic relief program for small businesses

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $10 million COVID-19 relief grant program for small businesses that were harmed by recent state restrictions affecting restaurants and entertainment facilities.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 30 November 2020 14:07

ShowSpan cancels trio of consumer shows in early 2021, citing COVID-19 risk

GRAND RAPIDS — The production company behind more than a dozen consumer shows across Michigan has canceled three Grand Rapids events in early 2021 because of the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 30 November 2020 12:11

Municipal leaders call on state lawmakers for ‘community stabilization plan’

Municipal officials from across Michigan are calling on state lawmakers to pass bills they say would provide certainty and continuity in the face of revenue declines stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:44

Founders temporarily lays of 89 workers, citing state restrictions on indoor dining

GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. has temporarily laid off 89 employees as the bar, restaurant, entertainment and hospitality industries cope with recent health guidelines handed down by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:02

West Michigan lawmaker calls for mask requirement as COVID-19 surges

A West Michigan Republican state lawmaker is calling for a state law requiring masks in indoor spaces and crowded outdoor areas as COVID-19 cases surge and strain hospital capacity.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 09:45

Retailers share optimistic outlook as holiday shopping season approaches

Michigan retailers are approaching the holiday shopping season with optimism and expectations for higher online sales, despite reporting lower sales for last month and new state restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 22 November 2020 19:30

Business leaders seek COVID-19 response that preserves ‘lives and livelihoods’

Two hundred and forty six days passed between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first stay-at-home order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and new state restrictions scaling back and closing some businesses.  

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 19 November 2020 16:48

Spectrum Health forecasts surge in COVID patients over next two weeks

GRAND RAPIDS — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients that Spectrum Health is treating could surge far higher by early December if present infection rates continue unabated.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:22

University of Michigan economists predict additional stimulus by the end of the year

University of Michigan economists expect Congress to pass further federal stimulus packages during the lame-duck session and in early 2021 as pressure for relief mounts during a nationwide COVID-19 surge.

Published in Economic Development

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