Displaying items tagged: small business

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
Sunday, 20 December 2020 18:45

West Michigan small businesses look forward after a tumultuous year

An hour-long conversation this month with three other small business executives was “therapeutic” for Jonathan Jelks.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:10

Retail success in 2021 hinges on holiday shopping, adapting to e-commerce

The pandemic pushed local retailers that traditionally rely on foot traffic to beef up their online presence and offer curbside and delivery options — mostly out of necessity to accommodate shopping from home and to compete with online retail giants.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 18 December 2020 10:06

Business groups urge Whitmer to sign property tax forgiveness bill

Business groups are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign legislation that would forgive fines, late fees and interest on unpaid summer 2020 property tax bills.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 17 December 2020 16:56

Business groups watching closely as state decision on COVID-19 restrictions looms

The Whitmer administration is expected to announce in the coming days whether to extend, alter or allow state-imposed restrictions on business activity to expire.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 11:17

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber receives $100,000 Bank of America grant to help Latinx businesses

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will use a $100,000 grant from Bank of America to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
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

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
Sunday, 06 December 2020 18:31

Taking a toll: The COVID-19 pandemic is stressing a health care workforce already coping with burnout

Professional burnout was a big problem in health care well before COVID-19.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 06 December 2020 18:00

MEDC pilot program seeks to connect corporate purchasers with small biz during holidays

Calls to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season have perhaps never been louder than this year.

Published in Small Business

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
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 17:33

State resilience fund provides $1.5M boost to more than 300 small businesses

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met virtually today with small business owners who received support from a state grant program and discussed the importance that additional federal support would have on their businesses. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:00

Startup athletic facility adopts online and individualized training model

When the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the opening of Daimond Dixon’s athlete training and recovery facility, he and his wife Regina decided they would still find a way to train athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:45

Detach Primitive to offer off-grid camping experience in Rockford

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP — Jarred Sper is turning 45 acres of his backyard property near Rockford into a rustic off-the-grid camping experience meant to let visitors unplug and connect with nature. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:31

Black Calder Brewing Co. brings new flavors, representation to craft beer scene

GRAND RAPIDS — Black Calder Brewing Co. is launching its first beer on Nov. 27, or “The Blackest Friday,” as the new brewery’s owners are calling it.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 13:59

Tech investment firm acquires Grand Rapids software and app developer

ADA — Century Technology Group Inc. — an Ada-based family office that provides tech companies with growth capital, administrative resources and managerial consulting — has acquired local custom software and app developer Mutually Human.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 09:41

Flagstar Bank grants $150,000 for minority-owned small businesses in West Michigan

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce received $75,000 each from Flagstar Bank to offer grants to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 09 November 2020 15:20

Comcast donates $25,000 in pandemic relief for Grand Rapids Black-owned businesses

GRAND RAPIDS — Black-owned businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Grand Rapids can apply for financial assistance from a $25,000 donation from Comcast Corp. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 08 November 2020 18:40

Pandemic drives health screening innovation for GR-area companies

When Jeanne Rathbun and her team at Criterion Manufacturing Solutions Inc. noticed a growing need for health screenings to safely bring employees back to work, they leveraged decades of experience in custom automation to develop a more streamlined solution.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 08 November 2020 18:30

Lawmakers consider bills to bolster mental health care access

Against the backdrop of what behavioral health experts say is a worsening crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic, state lawmakers are weighing a number of bills to increase access to mental health care in Michigan.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:42

Startups in the time of COVID: Entrepreneurs launching businesses this year discuss pandemic setbacks, successes

With widespread wedding and formal school dance cancelations during the pandemic, Archie Sudue’s newly opened men’s suit shop has been struggling.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:00

New Chapter 11 laws offer small businesses a timely, cost-effective lifeline

For more than 45 years, Purple East has been a stalwart alternative lifestyle retailer in Grand Rapids, gaining a reputation for selling an assortment of clothing, glass pipes and smoking accessories.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:30

Federal agency issues guidance on PPP loans and M&A deals

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s guidance for companies that got Paycheck Protection Program loans and are now selling aims to keep deals flowing as borrowers await decisions on whether they’ll have debt forgiven.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:28

Companies show how to make a deal during a global pandemic

The sale of Paragon Recruiting LLC, a small Holland firm that specializes in recruiting for the information technology industry, was two years in the making. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:40

With limited funding restored, Pure Michigan shifts focus to fall and winter tourism

The Pure Michigan campaign that touts the state as a travel destination should return soon to spur fall and winter travel and help tourism-reliant small businesses that were hit hard this summer by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:30

Experts warn of rising mental health indicators — and how to treat them

Many of us have had that awkward Zoom moment.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:20

Holland specialty market delays opening during pandemic, expands space

HOLLAND — Owners of a new specialty market pushed back the opening this spring of Market Zero in downtown Holland because of the pandemic, but they are already eyeing an expansion to the storefront next door.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:10

After experimenting with formats, Grand Rapids Symphony readies for audiences

GRAND RAPIDS — Leaders of the Grand Rapids Symphony got creative over the past six months with new ways of sharing music with the community. But as capacity restrictions begin to lift on venues, the orchestra is gearing up again for in-person audiences.

Published in Small Business

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