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More flexibility comes with latest round of PPP loans
The new round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans includes a number of changes from the prior funding intended to aid small businesses hurting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seven Steps Up owners praise latest federal relief, hopeful to resume shows in the fall
SPRING LAKE — It has been nearly a year since Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake had a crowd of people packed together for a live music performance, but owners Gary and Michelle Hanks hope to see shows return in some capacity in 2021.
Stoney Ridge Vineyards & Winery ‘weathering’ a pandemic opening
SPARTA TOWNSHIP — Stoney Ridge Winery LLC officially opened in June 2020 after a few soft opening events at the start of the pandemic.
Grand Haven-based UV Angel strikes partnership with McDonald’s
GRAND HAVEN — A West Michigan-based company that developed a patented ultraviolet light technology to kill off pathogens on surfaces and in the air will see its technology deployed in select McDonald’s restaurants.
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.
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.
Business groups frustrated after Whitmer rejects second property tax relief bill
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has let legislation die that would have waived late fees and fines on businesses that have yet to pay their summer 2020 property taxes.
Walker-based medical workstation manufacturer ramps up product development
The COVID-19 pandemic was a driving force that influenced product development and launches for Altus Industries Inc. in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.