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See which businesses in your county got help from Michigan’s $55 million COVID-19 aid program
Michigan set aside $55 million in state funding to help struggling small businesses hurt by COVID-19 restrictions, but only 17% of the businesses that applied are getting money. Nearly 35,000 Michigan applicants asked for a Michigan Small Business Survival Grant, and 5,960 were awarded funds. The program is helping retain more than 54,000 jobs in Michigan, state officials say. Here’s a look at which businesses received money from Michigan’s latest small business grant. Oakland County businesses have received the most money so far of Michigan’s 83 counties, with about $6 million split between 1,346 businesses to retain 9,725 jobs.mlive.com
Should businesses that violated health orders be eligible for Michigan’s COVID-19 aid grants?
It begs the question – should businesses that illegally stayed open or otherwise violated health orders still be eligible for the aid? Eligibility requirements include having 1 to 100 employees and demonstrating a loss of income due to health orders that started Nov. 18. The application asks if the business is in compliance with COVID-19 health orders. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is disqualifying any business disobeying COVID-19 health orders, said Charlotte Fisher, DEGC vice president of marketing and communications. LEAP is consulting with a variety of state departments and combing media reports to see who has violated health orders.mlive.com
Detroit aims to expand Eastern Market with new residential, retail space
DETROIT After struggling for decades, the area surrounding Eastern Market has slowly but surely made a comeback. The city of Detroit is aiming to take a major step and bring more new development to two sites along the Dequindre Cut. READ: 2000 Division in Detroits Eastern Market to be renovated, used as modern office spaceWith its popular sheds and food choices, Eastern Market is billed as the nations oldest continuous marketplace. The city plans to make it a more livable neighborhood by asking developers to build a 20 to 30 unit housing development there. We hope to see proposals for food manufacturing district tight along the lives of so many of the other activities currently seen in the Eastern Market, Schneider said.