We’re 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.
Let Us Know How We Can Help
One way we’ll be assisting this week is by keeping communications open. Currently, out of an abundance of caution, the Gerstacker Commerce Center is closed, but the MBA staff is still hard at work for you. We are still available by calling the main line at (989) 839-9901, on our website and by email.
To learn how we can best serve you, we want your feedback on two questions. Reply to this email or 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 Legislative Updates

Small Business Support/Funding
The President announced loans through the Small Business Administration on Thursday evening. Here is a great resource page that gives some highlights on this program.
Here in Michigan, the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and Department of Labor are also providing resources:
Additionally, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses lo oking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit MEDC’s website or call (888) 522-0103.
Federal Response
On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at combating a few immediate concerns created by the spread of COVID-19. Congressman John Moolenaar provides a summary of the bill here .
The MBA will be monitoring the legislation, and will keep you updated as the Senate takes it to a vote.
Employee Support
Your employees may be affected by the temporary restrictions put in place. Under a recent Executive Order by Governor Whitmer, unemployment benefits would be extended to:
  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
Access to benefits for unemployed workers will also be extended:
  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks.
  • The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days
  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.
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 State is also seeking solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance.
Under the Governor’s Executive 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.
We know this is an uncertain time and the MBA team is ready to help as best we can. Stay connected with us through email updates as well as our Facebook page, @MBAMidland.