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MEDC COVID-19 Response
Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Under the federal CARES Act, Governor Whitmer signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Labor to expand unemployment benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment insurance. This includes workers who are self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig economy workers, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 per week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks.

If someone has already applied for unemployment benefits, they do not need to re-apply at this time. Additional guidance from UIA regarding eligibility and application details will be released in the coming days.

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Join Thursdayís COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with MEDC and the Detroit Regional Chamber

On Thursday, MEDCís Chief Business Development Officer Josh Hundt will join the Detroit Regional Chamber for a panel discussion about the emerging Arsenal of Health in Michigan as manufacturing and medical device businesses are stepping up to support the fight against COVID-19.

It will also include a conversation about the ways in which businesses can connect directly with health and human service providers and municipal governments to provide critical supplies. The tele-town hall will conclude with a Q&A session for audience members to participate directly with the panelists and receive answers to their questions in real-time.



Application Now Available for Michigan Small Business Relief Program Funding
 
Michiganís small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus can now apply for $10 million in grants and $10 million in loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. The funding supports businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and may be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.

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Virtual Matchmaking Platform Expands to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

The Michigan Economic Development Corporationís Pure Michigan Business Connect program is expanding its free, online procurement platform by now including donations from suppliers capable of filling health and human service needs across a broad range of product and service categories.

The platform is also offering a place for companies with manufacturing capabilities for personal protection equipment to indicate which items (i.e. masks, gowns, ventilators) they are able to produce, along with quantity and timing detail.

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Additional Resources Available Online

Access additional resources by visiting michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

Visit michigan.gov/coronavirus to find valuable resources for employers, workers, residents and communities and stay informed on Michiganís latest efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus on our stateís residents and economy.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
 

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COVID-19 GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

 
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Here's our Story...

 

These days, it seems the more connected we become with the whole world through networks and wires and digitalized communications, the farther we grow from the things that really matter - like family, community, nature, and a sense of history. Not so in Fenton, Michigan. Fenton possesses the unique quality of remaining close to the things that matter. Generations of families live together in Fenton neighborhoods; the business community is cohesive and supportive. Through the preservation of historic architecture and the natural resources of the many lakes, parks and forests, Fenton retains visible ties to its roots and values. It is a community as close to genuine Americana as they come.

As closely-knit as the Fenton community may be, it is also located conveniently near the many terrific amenities of the Mid-Michigan area. This Genesee County city lines the borders of both Livingston and Oakland Counties, and its proximity to US-23 makes Fenton just a short drive from the major metropolitan areas of Flint, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and more. The city remains in touch with the cutting edges of education and innovation with great schools and entrepreneurialism.

Though so nearby to so much, Fenton is a little bit hidden, and the residents donít mind this in the least. The heart of the city being set a bit off the freeway has allowed the community to stay close to each other and their values while remaining connected to the outside world.

Communities in surrounding areas may think they know what Fenton, MI is all about from zooming by on US-23, or by passing through now and again, but residents know that the true Fenton is best understood from the inside out. For those who want to connect to something real, to feel a genuine sense of togetherness with a true community, Fenton invites you to Be Closer.



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