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COVID 19 Small Business Relief Information

New Financial Support Available for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approved the $2 million Northern Initiatives Program through MEDCís Capital Access program 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. These funds can be used to provide loans ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 for working capital, acquiring machinery and equipment and to support inventory needs during this public health crisis.

Current MSF Projects Can Qualify for Relief based on COVID-19 Outbreak

The MSF Awardee Relief Initiative authorizes temporary emergency relief to businesses and community projects that have previously received grants, loans or other forms of economic assistance from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The program is available to support any MSF program awardee that is negatively financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Current MSF awardees can reach out to their primary MEDC contact for their current MSF-supported project to learn more about how to apply.

Unemployment Benefits Extended for Self-Employed Workers, Independent Contractors and Others

Michiganís self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can now apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance online at Those workers who now qualify for unemployment benefits, but have previously applied and been denied, can log into their MiWAM account to complete the next steps for federal PUA benefits.

Bars and Restaurants Receive Financial Relief Under New Executive Order

On Monday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-46, tasking the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) with initiating a spirits buy-back program to offer financial relief to bars and restaurants with on-premises liquor licenses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. The order empowers the MLCC to buy spirits remaining in inventory from bars and restaurants that purchased the spirits prior to March 16, 2020 for their full purchase price. Licensees must make their request to the MLCC no later than Friday, April 17, at 5 PM.

Company Highlight: Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales

Kalamazoo-based supply company Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales is producing an intubation box Ė named Aero|Guard Ė to better protect frontline health care workers serving COVID-19 patients to reduce the spread of the virus. The company is currently able to produce more than 4,000 units per week, with potential to ramp up production further in support of statewide efforts to combat the outbreak.

Additional Resources Available Online

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Welcome to Oscoda Township, We're Open for Business!

Few places offer budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses to grow and thrive like Oscoda Township. From the influx of tourists in our quaint downtown perfect for destination businesses to the incentive opportunities available in our Wurthsmith District, we have the perfect environment for any business to succeed. What could be better than finding the right location to build your business in the same community where you'd love to raise your family?

Please feel free to use the following resources to find out where and how you could begin or expand your business in Oscoda:

Township Owned Property within the Wurtsmith District
Contact: Catherine Larive

Economic Improvement Development
The primary objective of the Economic Improvement Committee is to maintain a an Economic Development Strategy and Downtown Redevelopment Strateg . A strong downtown hub attracts industry to the region, while enriching the quality of the life for its residents. Find out more about current projects and the vision for downtown Oscoda.

Oscoda Chamber of Commerce
Oscoda Township is served by the Oscoda Chamber of Commerce. They describe themselves as, "a professional organization of business leaders dedicated to meeting the needs of our members through aggressive promotion of a healthy business climate". The chamber office serves as an information center for the area. Learn more about all that Oscoda has to offer and read the community profile.

Oscoda Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
(877) 8-OSCODA
The Convention and Visitor's Bureau works to promote tourism in the Oscoda area. Visit their website to hear the Oscoda Pure Michigan radio ad, request a vistor's guide and get more information about area attractions. 

Downtown Oscoda


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