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The Berkley Chamber has compiled the links to sources of information regarding funding, procedures and other information as it relates to the COVID-19. Please see below. We plan to continue to monitor sites and add information. In addition, if you are a business and not a Chamber member and would like to be part of our email updates, please sign-up here.

Berkley City Council approved the extension of the resolution to continue to allow outdoor dining, sales, service areas, and the closure of Griffith Ave. until March 31, 2021. Any interested business who would like to apply can fill out the application(s). Apply here.

Importance of Face Coverings: Effective July 13, 2020,  Executive Order 2020-147 restates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering. No shirts, no shoes, no mask—no service. This also means that staff properly wear masks.

While it’s critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distance is important to slowing the spread, it’s equally as important to emphasize that face coverings also help to slow the spread and help people who may have the virus and not know it from transmitting it to others. These safety precautions are backed by Executive Order 2020-147, the CDC, and are strongly encouraged from the City of Berkley and all City Departments. For now, face coverings are the new normal and our Berkley patrons will expect our entire business community to wear them.

Oakland County for Businesses:  Great resources for grants, loans, information for reopening business and more. 

The Oakalnd County One Stop Shop Center is offering a series of workshops as part of its September schedule that focus on business strategies for responding to the pandemic, including:
• Pivoting Your Business to Thrive in a New Environment
• Market Trends During the Coronavirus Crisis – Consumers Have Changed, Will You?
• How to Write a Business Plan in the New Economy

You must register to attend. Visit here for more information.

City of Berkley: Updates on what the city is doing concerning COVID-19.  Also if you are a Berkley business and need to know your occupancy limits please contact Pete Kelly, pkelly@berkleymich.net, (248) 658-3326.

State of Michigan: Latest updates from the State of Michigan Concerning COVID-19

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Resources for Michigan Businesses dealing with COVID-19

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity – Matching grant up to $5,000.00 for small businesses (250 employees or less) to help with payment of safety and health equipment. Grant information: MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) Grant Program  

Berkley Downtown Development Authority has put together a comprehensive COVID-19 Toolkit. 

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Links below are concening the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) effective April 1, 2020.  The FFCRA requires certain public employers, and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra

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CARES: Federal Paycheck Protection Program 

State of Michigan working with the Michigan Small Business Administraiton has a  website with additional information on this program  that will help Michigan small businesses apply.

Basic breakdown of the program by Treasury.
Information for borrowers.

Steps you should do today.
Contact your lawyer, accountant, and lending partner to see if this is the right program for you. Don’t delay in applying. The money will run out, so you need to apply early!

Where do you apply?
Through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. If your current lending partner is not participating, contact your local SBA assistance center for a list of lenders in your area.

Note, some of the guidelines are still being written.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration will Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Steps to apply for a Small Business Disaster Loan
SBA application and needed materials.

If you need assistance contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339).  Also if you are a business owner and Chamber member applying for this loan, please let Darlene at the Chamber know this so she can also communicate to our government officials. 

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Other Private Grants and Resources

Verizon Small Business Recover Fund – Applications for Round 2 to Open Mid-April

The Red Backpack Fund – For female entrepreneurs. Next application process opens up May 4.

GrantSpace — List of nearly 200 resources for nonprofits, individuals, and businesses

Hello Alice List of resources for small businesses

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