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SBA reopens Paycheck Protection Program
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SBA reopens Paycheck Protection Program

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) the week of January 11, 2021 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

The Right Place board of directors changes for 2021
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The Right Place board of directors changes for 2021

The Right Place, Inc. has appointed five new board members to the 2021 Right Place board of directors and accepted the retirement of five others.

Grand Rapids neighborhoods highlighted among 'hottest' real estate markets in the US
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Grand Rapids neighborhoods highlighted among 'hottest' real estate markets in the US

Real estate brokerage Redfin has published its findings of the Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2019, and two Grand Rapids locations were slated among the top 10.

The Right Place, Inc. announces new President & CEO
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The Right Place, Inc. announces new President & CEO

The Right Place, Inc. announced that it has hired a new president & CEO to lead West Michigan’s premier economic development organization. After a national search that produced an extraordinarily talented pool of candidates, Randy Thelen, stood out and has been chosen by The Right Place Board of Directors as the new top executive.

MDHHS extends epidemic order through January 15, updates indoor activity guidelines
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MDHHS extends epidemic order through January 15, updates indoor activity guidelines

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated its epidemic order today to allow indoor activities where Michiganders can remain masked, as this has been scientifically shown to slow the virus. This includes in-person learning at high schools and indoor entertainment venues. Casinos, bowling centers and movie theatres will be allowed to reopen with total capacity capped at 100; food and drink concessions closed; and social distancing requirements in place.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan announces retirement from The Right Place
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Kathy Jo VanderLaan announces retirement from The Right Place

After nearly six years serving as The Right Place, Inc.’s Business Development Coordinator for Montcalm County, Kathy Jo VanderLaan has announced her retirement, effective December 31, 2020.

$10 million available to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 crisis, recent statewide epidemic orders
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$10 million available to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 crisis, recent statewide epidemic orders

Michigan-based small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus may submit their applications for grants of up to $15,000 through the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15.

West Michigan's 2020 economic development successes and 2021 predictions offered at The Right Place's annual outlook event
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West Michigan's 2020 economic development successes and 2021 predictions offered at The Right Place's annual outlook event

Today, regional economic development organization The Right Place, Inc. hosted its 24th annual Economic Outlook for West Michigan. The virtual event featured a year-in-review presentation by The Right Place, Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs as well as an in-depth economic analysis and forecast for West Michigan in 2021 by Jim Robey and the W.E. Upjohn Institute.

Ford Airport to serve as COVID-19 testing site
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Ford Airport to serve as COVID-19 testing site

To better serve travelers and the West Michigan community, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport has partnered with TACKL Health to host a new COVID-19 testing site beginning Thursday, Dec. 10 – one of the first airports in the nation to do so.

MDHHS extends epidemic order 12 days to ensure COVID-19 surge is stabilizing
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MDHHS extends epidemic order 12 days to ensure COVID-19 surge is stabilizing

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has extended by 12 days the epidemic order that restricts indoor social gatherings and other group activities. The additional 12 days will allow the department to determine the full impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on the spread of COVID-19 across Michigan.

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