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What Industry Is Listed As Having The 3rd Most COVID Outbreaks?

LANSING - Behind nursing homes and K-12 schools, which industry is next on the list when it comes to reported COVID-19 outbreaks? It's the combined manufacturing-construction category, with 443 outbreaks from May 29 to Jan. 14, according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data. Only nursing homes and long-term care facilities (1,040) and

By |2021-02-07T11:44:18-05:00February 5th, 2021|Coronavirus, Science, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov. Whitmer Announces Restaurants To Have Limited-Capacity Openings Feb. 1

LANSING – Gov. Whitmer announced details regarding restaurant and bar reopenings. Effective February 1 - February 21: • Indoor dining permitted at a 25 percent capacity, up to 100 people • Bars and restaurants must close by 10 PM • Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table •

By |2021-01-24T18:24:52-05:00January 23rd, 2021|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov’s Goal Is For Every School To Offer In-Person Option By March 1

  LANSING - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state has set a goal to have every Michigan school district offer some sort of in-person learning option by March 1, if not sooner.   The governor did not say she was requiring schools to provide in-person learning. Asked why she didn't require it, Whitmer said there's

By |2021-01-15T10:10:15-05:00January 15th, 2021|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program To Provide $55 Million In Grants For COVID-19 Relief Efforts

LANSING - The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved two grant programs – the Michigan Small Business Survival Grants and the Michigan Stages Survival Grants – totaling $58.5 million in relief to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses and live event venues impacted by the COVID-19 virus, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. Michigan

By |2021-01-15T15:27:21-05:00January 14th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov. Whitmer Wants ‘Lame Lame Duck’ Session

LANSING - If the Legislature isn’t going to put some type of mask mandate into state law, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week she believes the rest of the legislative year should be a “lame lame duck.” Whitmer told reporters that lawmakers had eight months during which to pass legislation that would codify her executive orders

By |2020-11-30T09:40:12-05:00November 29th, 2020|Politics, Politics/Government, Small Business Association of Michigan|

With a COVID Vaccine on the Horizon, Should Your Organization Require Employees to Get Vaccinated?

LANSING - Last week, Pfizer announced it has a Coronavirus vaccine with a reported 90% efficacy. Shortly following, Moderna announced their vaccine has similar efficacy at 95%. Though they estimate March or April 2021 before it’s widely available, it is clear that the government will be encouraging everyone to vaccinate. Due to being in certain

By |2020-11-23T16:33:39-05:00November 22nd, 2020|ESD, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Future Hiring Projections Post COVID-19

LANSING - We are all aware of how COVID-19 has impacted hiring within our business since March 2020.  A majority of businesses froze or slowed their hiring amid furloughs and layoffs.  Now that we are at the end of 2020, what trends are we expecting in 2021? Criteria, a talent acquisition assessment company, surveyed over

By |2020-11-09T18:26:35-05:00November 8th, 2020|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Drugmakers Would Have To Explain Prices Under Transparency Package

LANSING - Pharmaceutical companies would have to report to the state and the public annually how they set the prices of their prescription drugs under an eight-bill transparency package approved by the Michigan House Health Policy Committee. But the committee rejected, in party-line fashion, several attempts by Democrats to put more teeth into the bills,

Michigan House Votes To Give Businesses Protections Against COVID-19 Lawsuits

LANSING - Businesses are reopening from the coronavirus pandemic into a "wild, wild COVID west" economic climate, Rep. Graham Filler (R-DeWitt) told the House floor Wednesday as he advocated for more protections against COVID-19 lawsuits he described as frivolous. Wednesday's climate includes "fewer employees, supply chain issues, razor thin margins and the prospect of business

By |2020-10-02T17:27:43-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Whitmer: Bulk of Economy is Back; Still Early Stages Of COVID-19

LANSING - Pointing to her strategy to confront the COVID crisis, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that “our economy is operating at 87% of what it was since last March. We are in a much stronger position than other states like Florida and Texas.” It’s the first time she has

By |2020-09-18T09:06:24-04:00September 17th, 2020|Featured, Small Business Association of Michigan|