Thank you, 1st National Bank, for forwarding this important information for our members.The Senate last night unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would provide greater flexibility for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers. Having cleared the House last week, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act now goes to the president to be signed.The bill extends the maturity period for unforgiven PPP loans made after the date of enactment to five years; the maturity on previous PPP loans is not automatically extended but may be extended by mutual agreement of the lender and the borrower. The bill also extends the forgiveness period for all PPP loans to 24 weeks from the date of origination.The bill would also reduce the minimum amount that businesses must devote to maintaining payroll from 75% to 60% in order to receive forgiveness. ABA and the state bankers associations continue to advocate for a more streamlined approach to loan forgiveness.“ABA appreciates the Senate and House both approving changes to the PPP to make it more flexible for small businesses,” the association noted on Twitter. “Banks of all sizes will continue to support small businesses in need using this important financial lifeline.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, announcing the state will begin entering Stage 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan as we continue to overcome and work toward recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak. Beginning Thursday, June 4, retailers may begin to reopen with certain capacity limits in place, and beginning Monday, June 8, restaurants, bars and children’s camps may also begin to reopen with limited capacity for both indoor and outdoor restaurant services. Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with restricted capacity.
Businesses that remain closed include indoor theaters and performance venues; indoor gyms, fitness centers and recreation areas; hair, nail and tanning salons, tattoo parlors and spas; and, casinos licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
Additionally, the stay-at-home order was lifted today as a result, allowing groups of up to 100 people to gather outside while practicing safe social distancing. To read the full list of businesses impacted by today’s executive order, click here.
A number of resources are available to businesses and communities in the state as they work to navigate reopening. The following resources are also available at michiganbusiness.org/covid19.
- The MI Safe Start Plan outlines how Michigan will re-engage the economy while continuing to keep our communities safe.
- As businesses begin to safely re-engage in the economy, the MI Symptoms Web Application is a cost-free way for employers to comply with recent executive orders and implement a COVID-19 symptoms screening questionnaire for employees. Designed primarily for employers and employees, the online tool is also available to all Michigan residents. Learn more.
- The Employer Guide to Best Practices from the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity provides guidance for restaurants/bars on reopening best practices.
- As required by recent executive orders, businesses that begin reopening in the near future will be required to provide employees with non-medical grade PPE, including face masks, face shields, gloves, goggles and other materials as necessary to ensure the health and safety of their employees and customers. The PMBC COVID-19 Procurement Platform will work to connect those businesses in need of access to PPE with suppliers that may meet their demand. The online portal is open to companies of all sizes and industries and is available for all scales of PPE demand, and can be accessed at michiganbusiness.org/ppe along with additional information on the program.
- The Reopen Main Street website will offer communities key resources to develop strategies to reopen their downtown businesses
MEDC’s COVID-19 resources page also includes information about the latest relief programs and support available, at michiganbusiness.org/covid19. Learn more about the impact these program are having across the state at michiganbusiness.org/covid19response.
New And Renewing Members June 2020
ALG Tax Solutions Artisan's Bench
Brighton Art Guild
Brighton Equestrian Club
Cabinets for You
Corrigan Moving Systems
Cronson & Associates
Foguth Financial Group
Hands on Health Chiropractic
Huron Clinton Metro Parks
Lake Trust Credit Union
Lansing Community College
McMillan & Associates Mind & Body Counseling & Coaching PLLC
Oakland Livingston Human Services - OLHSA
Occasions With A Personal Touch
Professional Concepts Insurance Agency (PCIA)
PRP Systems, Inc.
Right at Home
Shepherd of the Lakes
Southern Shaved Ice
State Chemical Solutions
Union Home Mortgage
Vantage Construction Company & Cabinets
Village Manor Retirement
Warbirds of Glory Museum
New and Renewing Members May 2020
Buffalo Wild Wings
Perspectives Therapy Services
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Bachman, MacDougall & Associates
National Staffing and Home Care
Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling
2/42 Community Church
Livingston Christian Schools
Michigan COVID Consultants
Livingston Land Conservancy
Spirit & Sons Inc.
Brighton Laboratories, Inc.
Loyalty Insurance Agency - both Brighton & Canton
Chestnut Real Estate
Wellbridge of Pinckney
Simply Fresh Market
The Bear Factory
B Healthy B Well B in Control of Your Health
Beyond Business Solutions
Brighton Riding Stable
Eternal Pet Cremation
Pure Benefits of MI
Remodel Your Marketing
Rollin Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Ruby Slipper Designs
State Wide Real Estate
Teresa's Salon and Spa
Trilogy Home Health Ventures
The Artisans Bench
Corrigan Moving Systems - AA
Warbirds of Glory
Village Manor Retirement
Zoom Meeting with Superintendents of Brighton, Pinckney and Whitmore Lake Public Schools May 28, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 21, 2020
Please see the attached letter to Governor Whitmer on redesignating Livingston County be in the Lansing Region versus the Detroit Region with the MI Safe Start Plan.
You too can write a letter to the Governor. The Detroit Region will more than likely open up after the other areas in the state, including Lansing.
A United Front for Livingston County
Business leaders in Livingston County are joining forces to make a statement and plea to the Governor of Michigan based on the state’s own numbers. The argument is clear.
Today, the Howell, Brighton, and Hartland Chambers of Commerce, along with the Livingston County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who represent thousands of businesses in Livingston County, are requesting and encouraging the Governor to move Livingston County from the Detroit Region of the MI Safe Start Plan to the Lansing Region. Livingston County is already included the Lansing Region of the Emergency Preparedness region developed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and based on the numbers currently reported on the Michigan.gov/coronavirus website, this makes sense.
“Livingston County has worked very hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and it shows in our numbers. As of May 19, Livingston County reported 385 confirmed cases while Wayne County reported over 19,000, Oakland over 8,000 and Macomb over 6,000 cases. Including Livingston County in the Detroit Region doesn’t make sense according to this data.” Says Katie Chuba, Executive Director of Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce.
“While we recognize that a significant portion of our population commutes east, the state’s own numbers reflect that the spread has slowed significantly with Livingston County even reporting days with zero new cases.” said Pam McConeghy, President of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Collectively our organizations represent thousands of businesses who have worked hard and are ready to open with proper procedures and plans in place. We are hoping this letter and plea to the Governor shows that the numbers reflect what is outlined in the MI Safe Start Plan for reopening and we are ready.” said Janelle Best, President of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce.
We Are Livingston County #NTTW20
Save Small Business Fund
To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund. The Save Small Business Fund is a grant-making initiative to offer $5,000 grants that provide short-term relief for employers across the United States and its territories. A recent poll conducted by the Chamber and MetLife found that more than half of small businesses (54%) have closed at least temporarily or will close in the next two weeks. One in four (24%) are two months or less away from permanently closing. They need resources and relief – and they need it now. That’s why the Save Small Business Fund is providing $5,000 grants to help as many businesses as possible meet their most pressing needs – from rent, making payroll, or for overall business operations. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between 3 and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community. It is also for businesses that have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be distributed on a weekly, rolling basis until all funds have been allocated.
The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 12:00 PM 3:00 Eastern Time.
Visit www.savesmallbusiness.com for more details and to get an email reminder when the application launches.
Dear members and community partners,
Thank you for being a valuable partner in our efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the announcement of the state’s first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are providing recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of the virus.
These recommendations apply at the individual, organizational, and community levels. They apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles; every single person has an important role to play.
Please take a moment to review the Interim Recommendations to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 (March 11, 2020).
As we continue to monitor the situation and what is best for the community, please note that the job fair has not yet been canceled. We ask that you continue to watch our website and the registration page for updates.
Your Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce Team
Chamber Major Sponsors 2020
Proud to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management Initiative