Resources for Michigan Businesses During COVID-19

We will be updating this page as we learn of resources and other well-curated sources of information.  There are many organizations working to communicate programs and resources.

Federal programs listed below are relevant for all U.S. businesses.  State of Michigan resources are also listed for Michigan-based businesses.  Manufacturers associations for Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana have curated programs relevant to small and medium sized manufacturers in each state.

Resources for nonprofits

For our clients in Ohio and Indiana

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
The association is curating extensive resources for Ohio manufacturers

The Indiana Manufacturers Association
The association has set up a forum and list of resources for Indiana manufacturers

In Michigan

The Michigan Manufacturers Association
The MMA is curating resources for Michigan manufacturers

PPE for Michigan Businesses

PMBC COVID-19 Procurement Platform

PMBC is offering a free procurement program to assist businesses in accessing non-medical grade Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to keep their employees and customers safe as they begin resuming in-person operations, as is required by Executive Order 2020-91.

Supplier Connections and New Production Standards

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplier Intake

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) data collection form for suppliers capable of filling critical needs through immediate supply or manufacturing capability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). You will be required to provide specs/photos of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

PMBC also has a data collection form to help health and human service providers and local municipalities source needs and services within Michigan.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

In addition to the state’s efforts, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership is gathering information to facilitate matching resources to needs wherever they are located.  The information will be shared with MMTC in Michigan.

Thomas COVID-19 Resource Hub

Thomas is drawing on its extensive industrial catalog and audience to provide mission-critical real-time information.  Their resource hub has information to identify suppliers, drawings and specifications for critical COVID-19 related products, pivoting information, and other resources. The site also offers information on federal support programs.

GM Face Mask Production Plans

GM is making available to the Michigan Manufacturers Association and Original Equipment Suppliers Association their step-by-step manufacturing plans to help other manufacturers ramp up their own production efforts.  Information about this effort, and links to mask design and blue print requests, is available in GM’s announcement.

Oakland County Saving Businesses Saving Lives Programs

As part of the Oakland County Small Business Stabilization Fund, this grant will award Oakland County companies that produce critically important Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will allow PPE companies (or those that can easily convert operations over to PPE or needed medical supply production) to access capital needed to quickly ramp up production and respond to growing healthcare needs.

  • A total of $700,000 in funds is available for Oakland County Businesses
  • Business must demonstrate the ability to execute the project during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Eligible use of funds:
    • Procuring necessary equipment to manufacture supplies,
    • Logistics and shipping,
    • Technology upgrades, and
    • Other costs related to operationalizing new product lines.
The application due date for the first round of funding is April 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.
For more information, please email


ASTM Standards and COVID-19

ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment – including face masks, medical gowns, gloves, and hand sanitizers – to support manufacturers, test labs, health care professionals, and the general public as they respond to the global COVID-19 public health emergency.

Support Programs for Businesses

Overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES act is a major piece of legislation creating programs to support small businesses.  Some of the programs are described below.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship created a helpful guide.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Information for US SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

The EIDL is a low-interest, fixed-rate loan that can provide up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDLs) funds come directly from the U.S. Treasury.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Express Bridge Loans program allows SBA Express Lenders authority to deliver expedited SBA-guaranteed financing on an emergency basis for disaster-related purposes to eligible small businesses, while the small businesses apply for and await long-term financing.–express-bridge-loan-pilot-program-guide

Disaster Loan Assistance

Low Interest Federal Disaster Loans to Help Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters recover from Declared Disasters with an Estimated 30 days from application to funding

SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub

Links to information, resources, and direct assistance during the coronavirus pandemic

Detroit Regional Chamber COVID-19 Business Restart Center

The Detroit Regional Chamber has resources for navigating COVID-19 as well as information for businesses preparing to restart operations.

Helpful table summarizing key federal, state and Detroit area programs supporting businesses.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation 

List of resources for Michigan businesses during COVID-19.  We highlight several of these programs below as well.  

Michigan Small Business Relief Program

Provides 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. 

Michigan Small Business Relief Program: Grants

Up to $10 million in small business grants to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce.

Michigan Small Business Relief Program: Loans

Up to and $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce.


Michigan Small Business Development Corporation

Links to Covid-19 Small Business Support Webinars and Economic Injury Disaster loans in Response to Covid-19, and general FAQs, news, and additional resources.


Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Guidance to employers considering layoffs due to COVID-19

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity information for employers contemplating layoffs.

Unemployment Insurance Agency Workshare Program 

Michigan’s Work Share program allows employers to keep employees working with reduced hours, while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of the lost wages.,5863,7-336-78421_97241_89981_90231_90233-352546–,00.html

Unemployment Insurance Agency Workshare Program Application Portal

Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM)


Michigan Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19: Unemployment Benefits FAQs

Resource page for information related to unemployment benefits for both employers and employees.

Salesforce Care for Small Business

Salesforce Care Small Business Grants is offering eligible businesses $10,000 grants. 

To be eligible to apply, companies must:

  • Be a for-profit company

  • Have between 2 to 50 employees

  • Have been in business for 2 full years as of March 2020

  • Have an annual revenue between $250k and $2M

  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19

  • Meet all other eligibility requirements as stated in the Grant Program Terms linked here.

More information and application at

Support Programs for Nonprofits

Community Foundations

More than 325 U.S. community foundations in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, have created relief funds to support those affected by COVID-19 — directing critical relief to local nonprofits and partnering with local governments and health organizations to help contain its spread.

Community foundations in Michigan, including Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, are listed in the announcement.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, part of MEDC

Emergency relief funds for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.  Up to $5,000 grants available with no match required.  Must be 501(c)(3).
Applications should be received by May 1, 2020.

Co.Act Detroit

Provides events and programming for southeast Michigan’s nonprofits.


Pop-up web page to get you the information you need to do good during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes a funding opportunities section, a funding summary, and news items.

Independent Sector

National membership organization for charities.  They have created a resource page for the CARES Act for the nonprofit sector.

Michigan Resource Guide for Nonprofits Seeking COVID-19 FEMA Public Assistance

From the University Record:
A new resource guide developed by the University of Michigan’s Youth Policy Lab offers timely information for Michigan nonprofits providing emergency response services as a result of COVID-19.  The resource guide helps eligible nonprofit organizations understand the program requirements and application processes so communities don’t lose out on these critical resources. Nonprofits must send critical information to the Michigan State Police by April 30 to be included in the state’s application to FEMA.

Closed Programs

These programs have been closed or exhausted funding.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Save Small Business Fund.  $5,000 grants to small businesses with 3 to 20 people.

PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access & Retooling Grants – grant applications now closed

The MEDC, through Pure Michigan Business Connect, is offering offering grants to Michigan’s small manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human services needs.  Immediate funding up to $150,000 for qualified manufacturers.