Resources

Our ongoing list of resources for Michigan small businesses facing the coronavirus. Please send an email to emma@localdifference.org with additional resources to share.
*updated 3/27/20 5pm*

For Small Businesses:

Michigan Small Business Relief Program 

The Michigan Small Business Relief Program grants are administered by 15 local and nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs).

Michigan Good Food Fund Resources

The Michigan Good Food Fund's technical assistance partners are prepared to offer one-on-one support to Michigan good food entrepreneurs.

Small Business Association for Michigan

SBAM offers daily COVID-19 briefings as well as the latest news and resources for Michigan businesses, such as determining eligibility for Disaster Assistance Loans. *SBA Economic Disaster Interruption Loans are NOW available to MI businesses

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Mark your calendar for upcoming webinars with the Michigan SBDC and check out their advice for your business' next steps. 

MEDC Access to Capital

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation can help connect your business with capital providers - federal grants, banks, venture capitalists and more.

Small Business Marketing during COVID-19

Check out this list of advice on how to take your marketing digital, create a communications plan, and maintain positive public perception.

Tips and Recommendations from Google

A few resources from Google on how to effectively communicate with customers and employees, as well as work remotely.  

Center for Disease Control

Check out these 8 things the CDC recommends you as a small business owner need to do to support your employees, your customers, and to mitigate risk.

Michigan Agribusiness Association Letter for Essential Employees

Companies can edit this template letter for their employees to carry while in-transit during Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. 

For Employees:

Michigan Unemployment Benefits during COVID-19

Fortunately, the fastest and preferred method to file or re-open a claim is online.

Interim Guidance to Food Service Workers

In addition to frequently washing your hands, see other guidelines for keeping your employees and customers safe.

News & Updates from the USDA

Find answers to frequently asked questions related to food safety, pet & animal safety, food access, and more during this time.

For Farmers Markets and Farmers: 
Michigan Farmers Markets Association Resources & Guidelines

MIFMA offers guidance and considerations on operating farmers markets in Michigan during this period of heightened public safety. 

Guide to Alternative Delivery Systems for Local Producers

Check out Purdue's list of ways to safely deliver your products while safely social distancing. 

Farmer Relief Fund from American Farmland Trust

Elligible farms can receive up to $1,000 from the American Farmland Trust relief fund. 

Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Recommendations for maintaining safe growing and selling practices from the Fruit Growers News.

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC)

The FMC has published a resource for farmers market managers and vendors with information regarding COVID-19. It includes preventative measures, market operations procedures, and other information that will help keep your community and market safe during this time.

Coronavirus FAQs from MSU Extension

Review these preventative measures and Guidance for farmers markets, food banks, grocery stores, and farms.

Michigan Food and Farming Systems Resources 

MIFFS has compiled a list of technical resources, food safety guidelines, loan applications, and more.

For Restaurants:

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

Find updates, tips, hotlines and more to help your business deal most effectively with the COVID-19 emergency. 

Cooks Who Care

This crowd-sourced document features resources, fact sheets, spreadsheets, and so much more from Cooks Who Care Members and allies across the country. 

Relief Funds for Coronavirus-Affected Food Businesses and their Employees

Eater has compiled a list of funds that diners can donate to and restaurants can find financial help through. 

James Beard Foundation Resources for the Food Industry

The James Beard Foundations offers advice on how food businesses are adapting and resources to consider, as well as a webinar. 

Consider the Dining Bond

Some restaurants have set up a “bond” program, that similiar to a savings bond, people can purchase now, and redeem later for a higher value.

 

 

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