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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.

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SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines. This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, caters and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund opens Friday, April 30, 2021, with online applications beginning on Monday, May 3rd. For more details visit:
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund 

Michigan Offices Can Reopen May 24 as State Hits 55% Vaccine Target. Michigan hit its first vaccination benchmark Monday in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Vacc to Normal” plan. Under the plan, the administration will allow in-person work for all business sectors to resume two weeks after 55% of the adult population age 16 and older have received their first dose. The state reached this target sooner than expected, so office work may resume May 24. 

Some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted effective March 5, 2021. Some of the changes include:

  • Restaurants and bars increased to 50% indoor dining capacity, up to 100 people with an 11 pm curfew.
  • Retail shops are allowed to operate at 50% indoor capacity.
  • Indoor gatherings at non-residential areas involving people from different households are allowed to have up to 25 people. 
  • Outdoor gatherings can resume with up to 300 people. 
  • Bowling alleys can increase indoor capacity to 50%, up to 300 people.
  •  Gyms are allowed to operate at 30% capacity, but workout machines must remain at least six feet apart.
  •  For more information on the order visit michigan.gov/coronavirus

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Cordless Electrostatic Handheld Sprayer available for Berkley businesses to use. There is no charge for using this. Each business will have the sprayer for the week.
For more information and to register visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054AACA628ABF49-berkley

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Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans
The U.S. Chamber has created a new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans to provide businesses with the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress has passed. The U.S. Chamber will continue to update as more information becomes available. 

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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 September 30, 2021. Any interested business who would like to apply can fill out the application(s). Apply here. The temporary signage ordinance has also been extended until September 30, 2021.

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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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