Keeping the Keweenaw Strong
The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is working diligently to serve our community in a positive and encouraging way.
With the onset of the COVID-19 health challenges, our team will be updating this page on a daily basis to best serve our COMMUNITY FIRST. We'll be partnering together with local organizations and reaching out to our members and all businesses to help share the GOOD that is happening so that we can support each other, stay strong and take our community to the next level of greatness.
Please watch for more information coming from us. We are taking this seriously and doing our part to help flatten the curve.
Please contact the Chamber, KEDA, or the KCVB one of these ways:
Tara Arens, Manager
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Ratcliffe, Executive Director
Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance
Brad Barnett, Executive Director
Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
U.S. Small Business Administration
Small Business Development Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resource Website
U.S. Chamber Disaster Help Desk
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus Response Toolkit
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer - EXECUTIVE ORDER
Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association
Update 906 - Business Support during COVID-19
PREPARING FOR REOPENING
LEAR Work Safe Playbook - An interactive guide for COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness and Response
MAGNA Smart Start Playbook - Magna’s Smart Start Playbook is your interactive guide for getting back to work in the “new normal,” as our business recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic
OSHA - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
PPE - Face-masks from the Keweenaw
Sew Cranky Face-masks for sale - call (818-606-0065) to place an order
Landscape Industry Guidance for Business Operations During COVID-19
Business Toolkit Reopening - Working with other health departments, the Western UP Health Department has put together this basic toolkit for businesses to use when considering reopening. This is a basic guide and it is suggested that businesses also consider following any industry-specific guidance that they receive.
Western UP Health Infection Prevention Hospitality
Hotel Guidance COVID-19 Western UP Health
AHLA's COVID-19 Operations FAQs
Health and Safety Guidance US Travel
Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association - A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO NAVIGATING RESTAURANT REINTEGRATION
MI Safe Start - A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan's Economy
Payroll Protection Program - The Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation. Talk to your banker. We assume that the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program will also resume taking applications so keep an eye on the SBA EIDL site.
Michigan Unemployment Insurance for Self Employed, Contract, and Gig Economy Workers. The recently enacted CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks. Go here for more information.
State of Michigan - SUW: Department of Treasury is waiving penalty and interest for the late payment of tax or the late filing of the SUW return due on March 20, 2020. The waiver will be effective for a period of 30 days; therefore, any return or payment currently due on March 20, 2020, may be submitted to the Department without penalty or interest through April 20, 2020.
Federal - Income Taxes: Individual and corporate taxpayer now have an additional 90 days to pay their taxes. Taxpayers will have until July 15, 2020, to pay and file their taxes. This applies only to Federal income tax payments (including payments of tax on self-employment income) due on April 15, 2020, for the 2019 taxable year, and Federal estimated income tax payments (including payments of tax on self-employment income) due on April 15, 2020, for an Affected Taxpayer’s 2020 taxable year.
Employee Retention Credit - If you have been able to retain some of your employees you may qualify for a federal tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021.
REMOTE WORKING TOOLS
5 Tips for staying productive while working from home
20 Tips for working at home
Work from Home 101
Effective Work From Home Strategies
How to Transition Your Team to Remote Work
SANS Security Awareness Work-from-Home Deployment Kit
How to help your restaurant survive the COVID-19 pandemic
Small Business Association of Michigan
Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
State of Michigan
Michigan Township's Association
Michigan Municipal League
Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC)
Michigan Licensed Beverage Association - Regarding Liquor Licenses
State Provides Guidance to Employers Contemplating Potential Layoffs
SBAM holding Daily Briefings to help small businesses navigate the crisis
Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. White House
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
World Health Organization (WHO)
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers - CDC
Coronavirus Tax Relief - IRS
U.S. Government Resource
Office of Personnel Management
How to support Northern Michigan Businesses During COVID-19
U.S. Department of Labor Workplace Posters