The MBA: Here to Help Midland’s Business Community
As we enter these unprecedented and unpredictable times, we want you to know that the Midland Business Alliance is standing by ready to help Midland’s business community. We know there is a flood of information coming to you and we are working to compile the most relevant and reliable resources.
Currently, out of an abundance of caution, the Gerstacker Commerce Center is closed, but the MBA staff is still hard at work for you. The MBA has put processes in place to ensure our services remain, while protecting our team and yours. We are still available by calling the main line at (989) 839-9901 or by email and video conference. Find staff contact information here.
Communication is better together, please, reach out. We understand that your work and plans are fluid, as they must be at this time. As we receive or see updates from you and your businesses we will share them. To learn how we can best serve you, we want your feedback on two questions. Reply to the thread pinned to the top of our Facebook page (@MBAMidland):
- How can the community and the MBA support your business during this time?
- What specials or services is your business still offering?
Keep Shopping Local
As we work to compile resources, there are a few things we can all do to support our local businesses:
- Buy a gift card
- Get takeout/delivery from your favorite local restaurant
- Shop online
- Leave an online review
- Promote on social media by sharing posts from your favorite businesses
- Follow local businesses on social media
- Subscribe to business’ email lists
Business Resources & Updates
Business Support Resources
- The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources; the best way to connect to these programs is via their website.
- The Small Business Association of Michigan continues to offer information focused on small businesses; both Covid-19 related and valuable resources for the everyday. A detailed presentation on SBA loans can be downloaded here.
- The Department of Labor has provided guidance for businesses around cash flow/liquidity, employee cut backs or layoffs, which can be found here.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce website for resources, awareness and outreach, and support for businesses related to COVID 19.
- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce offers a Coronavirus Toolkit
- Governor Whitmer issued an executive order to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. (3/16/2020) Under that order, an employer or employing unit must not be charged for unemployment benefits if their employees become unemployed because of an executive order requiring them to close or limit operations. Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here.
- The Governor’s executive order also offers an Expanded Work Share Program offered by the State of Michigan. This program seeks to provide support to employers to allow eligible employees to work a reduced number of hours in the work week and receive a portion of weekly unemployment benefits. Participation in Work Share allows employers to retain trained employees and avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. More information about Work Share can be found here.
- Additionally, the governor has requested that President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration which would allow access to Individual Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) may be made available to additional Michiganders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.