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The impact of COVID-19 on all facets of business has been enormous. State and Federal organizations are working around the clock to develop methods to support employees and employers in this trying time. Due to the sheer amount of resources and information being developed, we have compiled some of the best tools and the websites one should go to to access them. 
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Michigan Small Business Grants

Application Deadline - Tuesday, March 31st at 10:00 AM 


Michigan Small Business Relief Grants will provide up to $10 million in grant funding to one or more local economic development organizations or nonprofit economic development organizations to provide grants up to $10,000 to support certain small businesses statewide that have realized a significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Amounts per lead local economic development partner will be determined based on potential impact per region. Southwest Michigan First has been allotted $800,000.

Eligible Businesses

Eligible Business means a business that:

  • The company is in an industry outlined in Executive Order 2020-9, or any subsequent Executive Order of similar intent (“EO”), or demonstrates it is otherwise affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, that meets one or more of the following: provides support to impacted employees, is located in a downtown district or high impact corridor or has 50 employees or less, or is a company that provides services to companies outlined in the EO and requires additional employees to support to companies or employees impacted by EO;
  • The company has 50 employees or less;
  • The company needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business; and
  • The company is able to demonstrate an income loss as a result of the EO, or the COVID-19

Eligible Uses                    

Grants 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.

Application Link

You can access the application here.

Remember to save it on your own device before submitting.

Submit Your Application

Please submit your application to Branch County's Audrey Tappenden

Need Help?

For questions on the application process, email Jared Lutz or call at 269.823.3818.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides $350 billion for 100 percent federally-guaranteed loans for eight weeks of assistance to small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Sole-proprietors, independent contractors, and other self-employed individuals are also eligible for these loans.

  • Loans can be forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities.
  • SBA-certified lenders and non-SBA lenders would be authorized to make Payment Protection loans. All lenders participating in the Payment Protection Program, including banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions will be moved to delegated authority which allows lenders to process loans quickly without SBA approval.
  • The Secretary of the Treasury would have authority to work with the SBA to expedite the approval process and bring new lenders into the program.


Executive Order: Frequently Asked Questions

What can and can’t I do under the Governor’s order? 
Is my business or employer an "Essential Business?"
If my business is essential, what should I do to comply with the order?

For answers to these frequently asked questions and more, click here.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

MEDC is providing moment-to-moment updates on the Executive Order's impact on Michigan businesses. This is a great place to go if you wish to contact a Economic Consultant that can help your business work through this crisis. Besides that, MEDC provides concrete information on whether or not you are qualified for state or federal support.

If you wish to access their site, click here

Southwest Michigan First

Southwest Michigan First is the most comprehensive aggregate of business resources for the State of Michigan. Here are some of the information categories you will be able to find on their website:  To access their website in full, click here.

Other Resources


Self- Monitoring, Quarantine, Isolation, and more. Click to download the handout. 

Regional Manufacturing Technology Center 

  • Repurposing your facility to meet critical needs
  • Plant layout
  • Establishing Standard Work processes
  • Total Productive Maintenance and Single Minute Exchange of Dies
  • ERP support and consultation
  • Cost Mentoring – Activity Based Costing
  • Supplier Scouting
  • Market Research and Diversification
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency

We are here for you! If you are a Branch County business and you have additional questions about this current situation that are not answered on this page, please reach out to us. 

Lisa Miller, Branch County Economic Growth Alliance (517) 279-9531 X 6909
Audrey Tappenden, Coldwater Economic Development (517) 279-9531 X 6913

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