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Details on the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act
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Details on the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed legislation surrounding leave provisions in relation to COVID-19. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act contains leave provisions applicable to private employers with fewer than 500 employees, as well as some governmental employers.

SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19
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SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA.

Michigan Strategic Fund votes in favor of economic relief program for small businesses, up to $20 million in grants and loans
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Michigan Strategic Fund votes in favor of economic relief program for small businesses, up to $20 million in grants and loans

On March 19, 2020, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) unanimously voted to approve a $20 million economic relief program intended to provide financial relief to small businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Work Share program provides an option for employers looking to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis
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Work Share program provides an option for employers looking to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis

Work Share is a program that permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers. With the plan, rather than being laid off, eligible employees work a reduced number of hours in the work week and receive a portion of weekly unemployment benefits.

MICHauto adds new senior director to provide additional support amid COVID-19 challenges
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MICHauto adds new senior director to provide additional support amid COVID-19 challenges

MICHauto recently announced the addition of Carolyn Sauer to its team. Sauer will serve as senior director and promote MICHauto’s mission centered on advocacy, talent, convening, and next-generation mobility. She will also manage stakeholders and events, as well as support operations, fundraising, and strategic partnerships.

DTE Energy Assistance Policies and Programs during COVID-19
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DTE Energy Assistance Policies and Programs during COVID-19

In the face of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DTE is taking the following measures to help ensure every one of its customers has energy during this time.

Governor Whitmer signs executive order temporarily authorizing remote public meetings
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Governor Whitmer signs executive order temporarily authorizing remote public meetings

On March 18, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-15 to order a temporary change to the Open Meetings Act to allow public bodies to conduct their meetings electronically, while also facilitating public participation, until April 15, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Pure Michigan Business Connect launches statewide platform to connect buyers and suppliers of critical items
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Pure Michigan Business Connect launches statewide platform to connect buyers and suppliers of critical items

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) has launched a virtual procurement assistance tool to assist in sourcing health and human service supply needs amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Grand Rapids Chamber begins hosting conference calls to answer questions from businesses
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Grand Rapids Chamber begins hosting conference calls to answer questions from businesses

The Grand Rapids Chamber has begun hosting regular conference calls to address questions that are top-of-mind for its members.

COVID-19 contraction risk matrix from the Office of Attending Physician
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COVID-19 contraction risk matrix from the Office of Attending Physician

The Office of Attending Physician in the U.S. senate has developed a decision matrix on an individual's varying degrees of risk for contracting COVID-19 based on recent interactions. In the absence of specific guidance from local public health professionals, this CDC-based tool may be used.

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