Press Releases - April 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Lt. Governor Gilchrist & former Lt. Governor Calley encourage Michigan small businesses to apply for second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding

• Michigan businesses eligible to apply for $310 billion in additional federal funds • serves as information portal for businesses seeking support through SBA Paycheck Protection Program

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lt. Governor Gilchrist & former Lt. Governor Calley call for federal action on additional SBA forgivable loans

43,000 Michigan small businesses received more than $10 billion in first round of Paycheck Protection Program funding

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Emergency Relief Funds now available to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Federal funding will provide up to $5,000 in grants to Michigan’s arts and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19 outbreak

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Tech Startup Stabilization Fund Offers Support for Early-Stage Tech Companies During COVID-19 Outbreak

• $3 million fund will provide investment and loan support for Michigan tech startups and companies • Administered by ID Ventures, applications now available for startups across the state at

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Pure Michigan Business Connect Grants Support Retooling Efforts of 12 Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Response to COVID-19

• A total of $1 million in grants awarded through PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grants program • Immediate funding of up to $150,000 being granted to qualified manufacturers looking to produce supplies needed in response to COVID-19

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Assistance for communities, small businesses, early stage tech companies impacted by COVID-19 approved by Michigan Strategic Fund

• MSF Awardee Relief Initiative will provide emergency relief to MSF-supported projects • Northern Initiatives loans to increase access to capital for small businesses • Funds awarded to MSU Foundation to support early-stage tech companies

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

National Filters Retooling to Manufacture Healthcare Masks, Respirators with Support from Michigan Strategic Fund

• Harbor Beach filter manufacturer shifts production focus in response to COVID-19 virus, working with medical facilities across Michigan • Company rehiring employees who were laid off due to outbreak

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Friday, April 3, 2020

State Expands Support Services Available for Startups, Entrepreneurs in Response to COVID-19

• State expands eligibility for the Business Acceleration Fund (BAF) to help Michigan’s SmartZones support more startups, small businesses, and certain non-tech businesses manufacturing, distributing necessary personal protection equipment

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Lt. Governor Gilchrist & former Lt. Governor Calley team up to announce coalition to support small businesses, improve access to federal loans

Launch statewide effort to encourage Michigan businesses to apply for $349 billion SBA Paycheck Protection Program, starting today

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Pure Michigan Business Connect offering grants to manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies

• PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grants program will provide $1 million in grants to Michigan small businesses and nonprofits • Immediate funding up to $150,000 will be awarded to qualified manufacturers

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