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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.

 

New Grants for Qualified Small Businesses to Expand Capacity this Winter
 
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is providing federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities.
 
If your business is eligible and may benefit from this opportunity, SBAM recommends being prepared to apply when the applications open on November 18, 2020 at Noon EST.
 
For more information on eligibility and applications process visit https://www.sbam.org/weatherization-grants/ 

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New Restrictions starting November 18th through December 8th for certain businesses and social gatherings

Below are a few of the restrictions that were announced, Sunday, November 15th by Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to curb the rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates. For complete details read the emergency order.

  • No indoor dining for bars and restaurants. Outside dining and takeout are still allowed.
  • Bowling alleys, theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, ice skating rinks, casinos, arcades must close.
  • No group fitness classes. Gyms and pools are open for individual exercise.
  • High school must be conducted remotely and no high school organized sports.
  • Work from home if your job can be done remotely. 

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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.

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November 6, 2020The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released recommendations for employers on how to keep workplaces safe.

Consistent with emergency rules enacted by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity on Oct. 14, if any in-person work is being conducted, employers should be sure to take the following steps to protect the health of their employees:

  • Create a COVID preparedness plan – Employers should develop and implement a written plan to prevent employee exposure to COVID-19. This should include exposure determination and detail the measures the employer will implement to reduce employee exposure.
  • Establish clear workplace procedures – Employers should identify a workplace COVID-19 coordinator, mandate face coverings, ensure appropriate access to personal protective equipment where necessary and train employees on new procedures, such as how to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Conduct daily self-screening of staff working in person – Employers should conduct daily health evaluations that include assessment for the symptoms of COVID-19 and exclude from in-person work any symptomatic staff.
  • Strengthen workplace cleaning and disinfection procedures – Employers should take every opportunity to clean and disinfect facilities as frequently as possible, and enhanced cleaning should be performed if a sick employee is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Collaborate with local health departments – If employees contract COVID-19, local health departments will conduct contact tracing. Employees should work closely with their local health departments to ensure that all potentially affected employees are made aware of their exposure.

Employers should allow their employees to work from home, if possible, to minimize the presence of individuals gathered in work settings where COVID-19 may spread. Employers should only permit in-person work if a worker is unable to physically complete required job tasks from a remote setting, such as food service or auto assembly workers, or a job involving protected data that cannot be accessed remotely.

A full list of employee and workplace safety resources iavailable online.

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

Oakland County Economic Development just launched the Legal and Financial Consultation for Small Business Program! Through this program, Oakland County small businesses are able to receive up to two 2-hour free consultations from the legal and financial consulting firms taking part in this program. Additionally, the nine consulting firms each developed two unique webinars on various legal and financial topics that are listed on Advantage Oakland. For more information visit:  https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland/business/Pages/Legal-and-Financial-Consultation.aspx.

Going Pro Talent Fund
The state budget was signed by the Governor is that $27 million is available for the Going Pro Talent Fund for this year!  The Oakland Co. Mich Works team has scheduled virtual workshops for businesses to learn about the program and application requirements. For employers that submit an application, they will need to work with a Oakland County Michigan Works Staff member. See flyer for additional information. To register for information sessions or for more information visit https://www.oakgov.com/workforce/employers/Pages/Going-Pro-Talent-Fund.aspx

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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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Other Private Grants and Resources

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program – Second Round Applications must be submitted by Thursday, October 29 by 4:59 pm PT.

Hello Alice List of resources for small businesses

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