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Resources for Northern Michigan Businesses and Communities during COVID-19

Provided below is a shortlist of resources and information for businesses and communities during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We will continue to update this information as more resources become available. Each individual program has contact information, however, if you would like guidance from NLEA, please call our office at 231-582-6482 or email us at and we will respond promptly.

In an effort to not bombard you with information, we encourage you to contact and visit the websites of your local Chambers of Commerce, Downtown Development Authorities (DDAs), and Main Street organizations for the most updated information pertaining to your community. 

We strongly encourage businesses to call or visit the websites of their local financial institutions as their FIRST step for assistance. Most financial institutions are working on new options and policies for assistance during COVID-19.

Executive Order No. 2020-21:

Governor Whitmer issues temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

Essential Critical Workforce Guidance

Guidance on Executive Order No. 2020-21 Michigan Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Executive Order No. 2020-21 Frequently Asked Questions

Business Assistance:





Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application

Help from SBDC on Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application

Contacts for assistance on this loan application:

(Northeast Michigan) David Emmel 989-859-6040

(Northwest Michigan) Samantha McDonald 231-929-5094

More Small Business Resources




The Michigan Small Business Relief Program will provide up to $20 million in support for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The funding is divided between $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce. Funds for the program are expected to be available no later than April 1, 2020.

Michigan Small Business Relief Program: Grants

Michigan Small Business Relief Program: Loans

PMBC Virtual Procurement Assistance:

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) through MEDC is offering a free, online procurement and donation platform to assist suppliers of critical health and human services across a broad range of categories, including local municipalities, in accessing supplies and products as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are an organization or municipality in need of critical supplies, or if your manufacturing company can respond to those needs, fill out the forms at the link below.

PMBC Virtual Procurement Assistance

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