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COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

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:

Samantha Hayrynen
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Ratcliffe, Executive Director
Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance

Brad Barnett, Executive Director 
Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau 

OSHA - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

MI Safe Start - A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan's Economy

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.

MEDC System for Integrated Growth - The MEDC is providing assistance to second-stage growth companies looking to move forward from the current COVID 19 economy.  The SIG program is not about consulting. Rather, it provides business owners with information and best practices to make educated decisions in light of their particular needs regarding employees, customers, and markets.


Funding Resources

Michigan Small Business Restart Grant Program - The State of Michigan recently enacted legislation to spend funds allocated to the state under the CARES Act for response measures related to the COVID 19 pandemic. Within that legislation is $100 million for the Michigan Small Business Restart grant program. These funds will be made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The Upper Peninsula will receive approximately $4.5 million for awards within our 15 counties.

The Michigan Small Business Restart Program will provide grants up to $20,000 to be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses (including those related to reopening) to support small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees, that has not received a grant under the previous Michigan Small Business Relief program and can demonstrate it was affected by and incurred a loss from the COVID-19 emergency and can demonstrate that it needs working capital for eligible expenses between March 1 and December 30, 2020.

The MEDC will provide a single, statewide application starting Wednesday, July 15 at with applications taken through Wednesday, August 5. No financial statements will be required. Selection will be made regionally with the MEDC announcing awards no later than September 30, 2020. In addition, we are required to award 30% of funds to minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses. The total amount of funds we will be able to award will be based on satisfying this 30% requirement.

If you have any questions, please email Jeff Ratcliffe at Tentative application questions can be found here and an FAQ here.

The Resilience Fund, which provides recovery grants and loans to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses from underrepresented groups in Michigan. This fund is intended to assist geographically and demographically disadvantaged individuals.

The Michigan State Trade Expansion Program (MI-STEP), which offers financial assistance for exporting activities to eligible Michigan small businesses.

Metro Community Development Program, which aims to provide micro- and small business loans to Michigan businesses that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, including restaurants, coffee houses, retail stores and service providers.

Tax Relief

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.