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Southeast Michigan COVID-19 Resources

Are you a for-profit entrepreneur or small business owner looking for assistance during the COVID-19 crisis? The partners and resources listed below provide critical support, programs, and funding for those in need. We’re here to deliver support for starting, stabilizing, sustaining and growing your business.

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GRANTS AND LOANS APPLICATION LINKS (10)

Resilience Microloan and Grant Fund

Resilience Microloan and Grant Fund

Author - Michigan Women Forward


Grants: $1,000 – $5,000 grants to assist with reopening or pivoting your business. Microloans: $5,000 – $10,000 loans with a 1-3 year repayment period. Loans are fixed rate (8%), fully amortizing, term loans.

Minority Entrepreneur Support Grant [$500k]

Minority Entrepreneur Support Grant [$500k]

Author - Urban Awareness USA


Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is offering grants of $500,000 to USA nonprofit and for-profit entities to provide support services to minority owned businesses. Funding is intended to promote minority entrepreneurs, with a focus on women entrepreneurs, to become engines of economic g...

Due May 30, 2020 

Apply Here.


Kiva Loan

Kiva Loan

Author - Build Institute


The Loan: 0% interest loans up to $10,000, Repayment terms of up to 36 months, grace periods are available for agriculture businesses, Opportunity to build your business credit score, Funded by hundreds of lenders from around the world in increments of $25, You can take up to two loans

Hairdressers at Heart: Covid-19 Crisis Relief

Hairdressers at Heart: Covid-19 Crisis Relief

Author - Hairdressers at Heart


Hairdressers at Heart was built to support and celebrate beauty professionals at every step of their careers –– even the most difficult. COVID-19 has made an unprecedented impact on our industry, and as we watched it unfold, we began to ask: How can we make an impact where it matters most? Ho...

Small Business Relief Loan Fund

Small Business Relief Loan Fund

Author - TCF Bank & Wayne County


Using the list on the site to contact the Banking Center Manager nearest you to begin the process.

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

Author - SBA


In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with work...

Small Business Relief Loan Fund

Small Business Relief Loan Fund

Author - Chemical Bank


Chemical Bank and Wayne County are working together to provide fast relief through microloans, to help small businesses with the effects of COVID-19. This page covers program overview, eligibility, steps to apply, and contact information.

The MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) Grant Program

The MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) Grant Program

Author - MIOSHA


The MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) Grant Program awards qualifying employers a dollar-for-dollar match – up to $5,000 – to purchase safety and health-related equipment and equipment-related training.

Minority Entrepreneur Support Grant [$500k]

Minority Entrepreneur Support Grant [$500k]

Author - Urban Awareness USA


U.S. Department of Commerce – Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is offering grants of $500,000 to USA nonprofit and for-profit entities to provide support services to minority owned businesses. Funding is intended to promote minority entrepreneurs, with a focus on women entrepreneurs,...

Detroit At Work Community Venture Program

Detroit At Work Community Venture Program

Author - Detroit At Work


Community Ventures is a time-limited program designed to keep you and your employees working during the COVID-19 lockdown.

First Step Resources (17)

Accounting Aid Society Updates and Assistance

Accounting Aid Society Updates and Assistance

Click here for website

(313) 556-1920

[email protected]


Tags : Accounting & Finance, Community Support

This page has Accounting Aid Society updates and resources to support you during COVID-19.

Global Detroit COVID-19 Resources

Global Detroit COVID-19 Resources

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[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

Global Detroit offers multilingual support for business owners.

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)

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(313) 963-2940

[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

This page provides an overview of DEGC's COVID-19 support, upcoming events, and local information.

BUILD Institute COVID-19 Resources

BUILD Institute COVID-19 Resources

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(313) 265-3590

[email protected]


Tags : Community Support, Funding & Capital

This page provides resources for funding, regional efforts, restaurants, operations, artist/freelancer, mental health, and more.

ProsperUS Virtual Neighborhood Business Labs

ProsperUS Virtual Neighborhood Business Labs

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(313) 297-0083

[email protected]


Tags : Business Setup, Community Support, Funding & Capital

ProsperUS is proud to offer free advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and active business owners. Click the website above to reserve a session.


Tags : Mentorship

Do you need help starting or growing your business? Enter your zip code, and complete the request form. Tell us about your business and how we can help. Your local SCORE chapter will pair you with ...

SBA COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

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(800) 659-2955

[email protected]


Tags : Funding & Capital

This page provides an overview of funding options, guidance for businesses and employers, local assistance, and more.

SBDC Michigan Business Counseling

SBDC Michigan Business Counseling

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(734) 487-0355

[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

Access small business consulting, training and market research at no-cost through the Michigan SBDC. To get started, please select your county from the list below and follow the prompts to complete...


Tags : Community Support, Legal Services, Marketing & PR, Technology & Software Services

Are you looking for specialized support for your tech startup or neighborhood small business? Members of TechTown’s Professional Service Network provide free, 25-minute consultations to help you wi...

TechTown Detroit Open Office Hours

TechTown Detroit Open Office Hours

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(313) 879-5250

[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

We are offering our free, open to the public consultations with members of the TechTown team using digital platforms. Please schedule an appointment and you will be supplied with a link to join the...

#ALL_IN COVID-19 Resources List

#ALL_IN COVID-19 Resources List

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[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

Bunker Lab's COVID-19 resource list offers a robust collection of resources, articles, worksheets, checklists, and more.

Accenture  Pro-Bono Small Business Strategic Planning

Accenture Pro-Bono Small Business Strategic Planning

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[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

Workshops will be 4-hours in length for 8-10 small participants. Contact [email protected] Include "Pivot Workshop" in the subject line, your contact information, and business industry.

Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity

Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity

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(313) 224-4950

[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

The City of Detroit is here to help you apply for an SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.


Tags : Community Support

Are you a Detroit-based small business open during COVID-19? Do you struggle with employee retention because of housing, childcare, or transportation needs? Could you use a monthly cash incentive...

MCR COVID-19 Nonprofit and Small Business Legal Clinic

MCR COVID-19 Nonprofit and Small Business Legal Clinic

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(313) 962-3171

[email protected]


Tags : Legal Services

COVID-19 legal clinics are offering free legal advice during a 45-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney. Potential clients must request an appointment in order to receive a phone-bas...

MWF COVID-19 Entrepreneur Assistance Project

MWF COVID-19 Entrepreneur Assistance Project

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(313) 962-1920

[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

Michigan Women Forward created the COVID-19 Entrepreneur Assistance Project– a project that will match entrepreneurs who are experiencing hardship during the pandemic with subject experts and contr...

Oakland County Small Business Counseling

Oakland County Small Business Counseling

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(248) 858-0783

[email protected]


Tags : Community Support

Whether you are starting your business, having growing pains, looking for talent, having cash flow problems, needing marketing guidance or are taking your business to the next level, the One Stop S...

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NEI COVID-19 Resource Center for Small Businesses

NEI COVID-19 Resource Center for Small Businesses

Author - NEI


The New Economy Initiative has formed a rapid response center to provide a source of information, inspiration, and connectivity. NEI is activating its resources to inform, connect, and move funding in a way that provides relief to their grantees and those they serve.

In Good Co. Detroit

In Good Co. Detroit

Author - In Good Co.


In Good Co. Detroit reminds us that entrepreneurs are not alone on their journey. Quickly connect and search an ever-growing database of resources and practical tools to help you get started on your own journey—or find solutions to the problems you’re facing right now.

City of Detroit releases playbook on reopening businesses safely

City of Detroit releases playbook on reopening businesses safely

Author - Dorothy Hernandez


"In an effort to make sure small businesses are ready to reopen when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives the green light, the city and its partners have released a guide for small businesses to reopen safely, covering topics from where to source personal protective equipment to proper cleaning safety pro...

New Voices + Target Accelerators Pitch Competition

New Voices + Target Accelerators Pitch Competition

Author - ESSENCE


Ten Black women entrepreneurs earned their share of $100,00 in funding for their businesses thanks to the latest round of the increasingly-popular New Voices Pitch Competition. Teaming up with Target Accelerators to bring the competition’s latest iteration to life, the New Voices team heard ...

A Way Forward for Small Businesses

A Way Forward for Small Businesses

Author - Harvard Business Review


Learn more about the aid available.

Meet Sirene Abou-Chakra of Detroit, Michigan

Meet Sirene Abou-Chakra of Detroit, Michigan

Author - Arab American Institute


Article by Elly Rostoum

NEI launches COVID-19 resource to help entrepreneurs affected by pandemic

NEI launches COVID-19 resource to help entrepreneurs affected by pandemic

Author - Dorothy Hernandez


"What do entrepreneurs need right now to survive the negative impact of COVID-19? Liquidity, awareness, technical assistance, and inspiration, says Pamela Lewis, director of the New Economy Initiative..."

Hello Alice COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant

Hello Alice COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant

Author - Alice


This opportunity offers immediate grants of $10,000 to businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

It doesn't make any sense:' Restaurant owners push back against SBA loan restrictions

It doesn't make any sense:' Restaurant owners push back against SBA loan restrictions

Author - Yahoo Finance


Written by Akiko Fujita

Patroncity for crowd funding

Patroncity for crowd funding

Author - Patroncity


Engage your community to help support your business or commercial district with crowdfunding.

How To Apply And Certify For Michigan Work Share Program

How To Apply And Certify For Michigan Work Share Program

Author - Everything HR


This tutorial provides step by step instructions for applying for the Work Share program.

Is a Pandemic the Right Time to Start a Business? It Just Might Be

Is a Pandemic the Right Time to Start a Business? It Just Might Be

Author - New York Times


Previous financial crises gave rise to high-profile American companies. The spread of the coronavirus challenges entrepreneurs to meet new needs.

Magic Johnson offering $100 million in loans to minority-owned businesses left out of PPP loans

Magic Johnson offering $100 million in loans to minority-owned businesses left out of PPP loans

Author - CNBC


With the future of small businesses in urban communities at risk, former National Basketball Association great Magic Johnson has stepped in to offer assistance.

Open Call - SaveArtSpace is bringing more public art to Detroit

Open Call - SaveArtSpace is bringing more public art to Detroit

Author - SaveArtSpace


We invite artists of all ages and talents to submit between April 1 and May 26, 2020. This is your opportunity to have your art on ad space in Detroit in July 2020.

Detroit's summer youth jobs program faces going online only

Detroit's summer youth jobs program faces going online only

Author - Crain's Detroit Business


The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on in-person gatherings, and that includes educational and training experiences.

From surviving to thriving: Reimagining the post-COVID-19 return

From surviving to thriving: Reimagining the post-COVID-19 return

Author - McKinsey & Company


In this article, we suggest that in order to come back stronger, companies should reimagine their business model as they return to full speed.

Metro Detroit Restaurants and Bakeries Cook up Creativity during COVID-19 Pandemic

Metro Detroit Restaurants and Bakeries Cook up Creativity during COVID-19 Pandemic

Author - SEEN


From selling pantry staples to offering easily portable meals (lobster roll, anyone?), 5 Metro Detroit restaurants serving up innovative ways to stay afloat in these uncertain times.

Detroit Restaurant Owners Say It’s Too Early to Think About Reopening Dining Rooms

Detroit Restaurant Owners Say It’s Too Early to Think About Reopening Dining Rooms

Author - Eater Detroit


Detroit restaurant owners are questioning the logic of a plan that the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association submitted to the governor proposing that the state’s restaurants and bars be allowed to reopen for dine-in service by May 29 with precautions in place.

How laid-off Michigan workers can collect unemployment and go back to work part time

How laid-off Michigan workers can collect unemployment and go back to work part time

Author - Crain's Detroit Business


Michigan labor officials think they have a potential solution for employers struggling to get workers to forgo the federal government's generous unemployment check to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Detroit Grocery Coalition Delivers PPE to Detroit Grocery Stores

The Detroit Grocery Coalition Delivers PPE to Detroit Grocery Stores

Author - Detroitisit


The Organization Utilized Local Resources to Assist Detroit Grocers Amid COVID-19

New legal clinic to help Detroit nonprofits, small businesses survive COVID-19 crisis

New legal clinic to help Detroit nonprofits, small businesses survive COVID-19 crisis

Author - Detroit Free Press


Detroit nonprofits and small businesses have a new resource to help deal with issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Verizon Announced $10K Grants for Hundreds of Minority Small Businesses

Verizon Announced $10K Grants for Hundreds of Minority Small Businesses

Author - Black Enterprise


Almost 250 small businesses received grants of $10,000 on Thursday as part of Verizon’s $7.5 million Small Business Recovery Fund to help struggling businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. Of the recipients, 62% are women-owned businesses, 96% are minority-owned, 12% are veteran-owned, and...

Trouble Paying Your Store’s Rent? Here's How To Negotiate With Your Landlord

Trouble Paying Your Store’s Rent? Here's How To Negotiate With Your Landlord

Author - Michigan Retailers Association


As a real estate broker who works with both landlords and tenants, Benji Rosenzweig has some perspective and information which may be helpful to retailers.

When Does a Small Business File for Bankruptcy? And 8 More Questions

When Does a Small Business File for Bankruptcy? And 8 More Questions

Author - New York Times


The coronavirus is expected to permanently shut millions of small businesses in the next several months. Here are issues for owners to consider.

HELPING YOU GET YOUR FAIR SHARE OF THE PPP LOANS

HELPING YOU GET YOUR FAIR SHARE OF THE PPP LOANS

Author - Our Fair Share


Our goal is to educate and guide minority small business owners, non-profits, independent contractors and churches through the SBA PPP loan programs available to you through the recently passed CARES Act.

Rachel Lutz - Detroit Business Owner | COVID-19

Rachel Lutz - Detroit Business Owner | COVID-19

Author - Rachel Lutz


Rachel Lutz talks about what it's really like navigating the pandemic. Lutz points out that the relief for small businesses isn't what it's cracked up to be. She also urges everyone to think about what it would be like without the small companies, boutiques, and cafes that are a big part of a com...

‘That was it—silence’: As bailout funds evaporate, minority-owned businesses say they’ve been shut out

‘That was it—silence’: As bailout funds evaporate, minority-owned businesses say they’ve been shut out

Author - Fast Company


Despite the fact that African American and Latino communities have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, minority-owned businesses have not benefited from the massive lending program for small businesses suffering amid the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Black-Owned Restaurants in Detroit Are Hard Hit by the Pandemic

Black-Owned Restaurants in Detroit Are Hard Hit by the Pandemic

Author - Civil Eats


After decades of structural racism, the city’s Black restaurateurs are facing both health and economic crises.

Small business relief in the way of $5,000 grants made available to Dearborn entrepreneurs

Small business relief in the way of $5,000 grants made available to Dearborn entrepreneurs

Author - MJ GALBRAITH


A diverse array of community organizations and stakeholders have banded together to better ensure that Dearborn’s small businesses survive this coronavirus-induced economic crisis.

Dearborn opens small-business relief program

Dearborn opens small-business relief program

Author - Nick Manes


Small businesses in Dearborn struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis have a new relief program to tap into.

COVID-19 Legal Resource Center

COVID-19 Legal Resource Center

Author - Dykema


Up-to-date information and legal insights relating to the coronavirus disease pandemic.

How One Tech Company avoided layoffs while revenue was cut in half

How One Tech Company avoided layoffs while revenue was cut in half

Author - Fast Company


By asking for voluntary pay cuts, Gravity Payments avoided laying off 40 workers.

Coronavirus Tax Relief for Health Plans and Retirement Plans

Coronavirus Tax Relief for Health Plans and Retirement Plans

Author - IRS


Get information on coronavirus (COVID-19) tax relief for health plans and retirement plans.

How to Set up Delivery Service for Your Restaurant

How to Set up Delivery Service for Your Restaurant

Author - Web Restaurant Store


Learn more about how to choose the right service for your delivery service.

How to Start an Online Store That Drives Sales

How to Start an Online Store That Drives Sales

Author - QuickSprout


WRITTEN BY LARS LOFGREN

Ten Mistakes I Made Running Two Online Stores (And How You Can Avoid Them)

Ten Mistakes I Made Running Two Online Stores (And How You Can Avoid Them)

Author - Shopify


Written by Shabbir Nooruddin

McKinsey & Company Covid 19 Investing In Black Lives and Llivelihoods

McKinsey & Company Covid 19 Investing In Black Lives and Llivelihoods

Author - McKinsey & Company


Access the report below.

Quick Base Covid Help with your SBA Loan

Quick Base Covid Help with your SBA Loan

Author - Quick Base


You’re eligible for financial assistance through the CARES Act and the SBA.

For Black and Brown Businesses, The Next Relief Bill Could be a Lifeline— Or an Assault | Opinion

For Black and Brown Businesses, The Next Relief Bill Could be a Lifeline— Or an Assault | Opinion

Author - Newsweek


Authored by Michael Blake and Nathalie Molina Nino

Operating During COVID-19: Helpful Tips for Local Businesses

Operating During COVID-19: Helpful Tips for Local Businesses

Author - Moz


Check out Moz's tips for operating during COVID-19.

NSF Funding for COVID-19 R&D for Small BusinessesDigital Med health

NSF Funding for COVID-19 R&D for Small BusinessesDigital Med health

Author - NSF


Watch this recorded webinar to learn about Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I funding provided National Science Foundation (NSF) for small businesses working on the development and deployment of new technologies, products, processes and servi...

PMBC Emergency Access & Retooling Grants

PMBC Emergency Access & Retooling Grants

Author - Pure Michigan Business Connect


Pure Michigan Business Connect is providing grant assistance to help companies or non-profits begin or ramp up production of critical supplies across a broad range of product categories.

LISC Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund

LISC Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund

Author - LISC


To assist small businesses to stay afloat and to support community organizations to meet unprecedented client demand, the LISC Fund will provide grants and patient, flexible loan capital to meet the following expenses. LISC will provide technical assistance to help our partners hone the new skill...

MI Payment Protection Program

MI Payment Protection Program

Author - MiPPP


This page provides an overview of the PPP, walks through eligibility, steps to apply and FAQS.

Emergency Relief Explained: Ten New Benefits for Small Business

Emergency Relief Explained: Ten New Benefits for Small Business

Author - Goldman Sachs


This infographic explains the 10 new benefits for small businesses.

Michigan Restaurant & Lodge Association Coronavirus Resources

Michigan Restaurant & Lodge Association Coronavirus Resources

Author - Michigan Restaurant & Lodge Association


As COVID-19 continues to impact our industry in Michigan, we are continuously sharing all available resources to the entire hospitality industry as they become available. The information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other reputable resources.

Three Steps for Non-Critical Businesses to Designate Essential Staff

Three Steps for Non-Critical Businesses to Designate Essential Staff

Author - Detroit Regional Chamber


Learn more about how to designate essential personnel following the governor’s orders while maintaining the health and safety of staff.

COVID-19 Response Financial Resources: Small Business Services

COVID-19 Response Financial Resources: Small Business Services

Author - Wayne County


This infographic displays the financial resources available based on a number of criteria( E.g. number of employees, revenue loss, etc.)

Small Business Owner COVID-19 Resource Guide

Small Business Owner COVID-19 Resource Guide

Author - TechTown Detroit


This guide provides an overview of COVID-19 information, communication strategies with customers, financial planning, marketing, and links to additional resources.

Small Business Relief Factsheet

Small Business Relief Factsheet

Author - Michigan Economic Development Corporation


The Small Business Relief Factsheet provides an overview on the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, and where to find your local Economic Development Organization.

Women's Business Development Center Guide for Applying to SBA EIDL Loan

Women's Business Development Center Guide for Applying to SBA EIDL Loan

Author - Women's Business Development Center


This guide is a step-by-step guide on how to apply to the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Coping With Covid: Financial Tactics to Stay in Business

Coping With Covid: Financial Tactics to Stay in Business

Author - Coping With Covid


Marc Hudson will provide financial tactics to stay in business during the Covid pandemic.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Is Enacted Into Law

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Is Enacted Into Law

Author - Foley and Lardner LLP


Summary of CARES Act, Key Takeaways, and Additional Support

Foley is prepared to help our clients meet the legal and business challenges that the coronavirus outbreak is creating for stakeholders across a range of industries.

ACCESS THE GUIDE HERE

CARES Act Guide to Unemployment Assistance for Small Business Owners

CARES Act Guide to Unemployment Assistance for Small Business Owners

Author - U.S. Senator Gary Peters


If you are a self-employed worker or do not have a long enough work history to qualify for regular state unemployment insurance, you may now be eligible for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Small Business Guide

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Small Business Guide

Author - U.S. Senator Gary Peters


The CARES Act increases funding for 7(a) loans to $350 billion to ensure this critical small business lending program can continue to provide support to small businesses, including in Michigan.

Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Michigan COVID-19 Guide

Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Michigan COVID-19 Guide

Author - Unemployment Insurance Agency


Use this infographic to learn how to file for unemployment in the state of Michigan.