COVID-19 Resources

Michigan Township Assciation (MTA)-is keeping the link below available https://www.michigantownships.org/coronavirus.asp

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Treasury: Michiganders Unemployed
due to COVID-19 Eligible
for Collections Assistance

Individuals Encouraged to Contact Treasury for Immediate Assistance

LANSING, Mich. – With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the state’s workforce, the Michigan Department of Treasury is offering collections assistance to newly unemployed Michiganders currently paying on past-due state tax debts or other state debts.

Effective immediately, individuals who have been laid off or had their place of employment closed due to COVID-19 should reach out to see what options are available. To receive assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

Our first and foremost priority is the health and safety of Michiganders,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “If you are currently unemployed or are facing other hardships due to the COVID-19 emergency and are paying on a state tax debt, please contact us so we can work with you during this difficult situation.”

To learn more about Michigan’s taxes and the collections process, go to www.michigan.gov/taxes or follow the state Treasury Department on Twitter at @MITreasury.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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Dear Members and Business Community:

Given rapid developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is attempting to gauge the economic effects on businesses across the Ninth District (which includes the Upper Peninsula).

To help the Minneapolis Fed better understand business conditions across the Upper Peninsula at this critically important time, we ask that you immediately share this 5-minute survey with all your local business partners, and ask that they complete the survey promptly as responses are due by the close of business on Friday (March 20th). All responses are anonymous.

This survey will be an ongoing effort – weekly at first, and less often as economic conditions settle – so the Minneapolis Fed (and Federal Reserve System in general) has a better ongoing understanding of how this outbreak is affecting individual firms as well as local, regional, and state economies more broadly.

If you get this survey from multiple sources, please respond to the survey only once in a given week.

Thank you for your assistance. And, of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

Sincerely,

Tara Arens, Manager
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Ratcliffe, Executive Director
Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance

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Dear Keweenaw Area Businesses:

Due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, we know there will be a financial hardship for our small business communities. On March 12th, the President announced that SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) (https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19)

Now that this step is in motion, the next step is to gather information for Governor Whitmer to request an economic disaster designation for the entire state of Michigan. In order to do this, the request requires at a minimum, one application per county, of an adversely affected business. Attached is the application that will need to be completed by each business (link below – only page 3) and the instructions. We know it will be difficult to determine actual losses at this point, however with one week into the shutdowns, we can make a strong estimate for the first month of loss. This is only an estimate at this time, necessary to state our case with the Governor.

List of some losses that may occur:

  1. Loss of sales
  2. Increase in payroll due to staff taking sick time.
  3. Unplanned expenses to offset public fear or expenses to ensure public safety.

In order to expedite this information to our Governor, the SBDC has asked their economic development partners to identify and gather this information for their county. The SBDC lead center, at Grand Valley State University, has been asked to coordinate the final collection of applications. Please send your completed worksheet (link below) to Laura Mahronic, Regional Director Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Michigan Small Business Development Center, lemarohn@mtu.edu, 906-280-5434 by scan. The SBDC will reach out to you directly with information on the state determination and any updates as they come out.

LINK: Disaster Injury Worksheet for Business

Sincerely,

Tara Arens, Manager
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Ratcliffe, Executive Director
Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance