The Michigan Small Business Restart Application is now closed.

Completed grant applications are

now being reviewed.

Grant awardee announcements will

occur no later than August 31, 2020.

For reference, the scoring criteria can be accessed at:  MSBR Matrix 

Michigan Small Business Restart Application Questions can be directed to:

Lisa McComb, OCEA Executive Director at


Application Selections Will

Occur by 8/30/2020

Disbursement of Awards begin 9/1/2020 and Completed by 9/30/2020

Announcement of Awardees will be no later than September 30, 2020

Michigan Businesses May Now Apply for Federal Paycheck Protection Program




Small businesses across Michigan are now able to apply for $349 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans are designed to help small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Loans may be forgiven in all or in part if employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the funds are used toward payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. The program will award loans on a first come, first served basis with funding caps in place, and Michigan businesses are encouraged to apply early.

The application period for small businesses opens today (April 3), and for independent contractors and sole proprietors on April 10.




View details and apply now




Pure Michigan Business Connect Offering up to $1 Million in Grants to Manufacturers Looking to Retool and Produce Critical Service Supplies




Michigan’s small business manufacturers looking to produce critical health and human service supplies can now apply for up to $150,000 in grants through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access & Retooling Program. The newly launched grant program will provide up to $1 million in grants to Michigan’s manufacturers that can quickly and effectively retool and produce critical supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




Learn more and apply now




Virtual Matchmaking Platform Expands to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts




The MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program has expanded its free, online procurement platform to now include donations from suppliers capable of filling health and human service needs across a broad range of product and service categories.

The platform is also offering a place for companies with manufacturing capabilities for personal protection equipment to indicate which items (i.e. masks, gowns, ventilators) they are able to produce, along with quantity and timing detail.




Learn more






More than 2,000 Michigan Companies Hiring Now




Michigan companies have an immediate need to fill thousands of critical vacancies to support work during the COVID-19 outbreak, including those in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing and agribusiness industries. The State of Michigan’s employment search engine - Pure Michigan Talent Connect - provides job seekers and employers with an online portal to post, search and connect to these job openings.

Thousands of new jobs are being posted each day. Employers looking to hire during the COVID-19 outbreak should use the COVID-19 On-Demand Hiring Intake Form.




Learn more




Additional Resources Available Online




Access additional resources by visiting

Visit to find valuable resources for employers, workers, residents and communities and stay informed on Michigan’s latest efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus on our state’s residents and economy.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and





In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in conjunction with the Detroit-based crowdfunding platform, Patronicity, has developed “MI Local Biz”, a creative funding mechanism to offer quick access to capital for small local businesses in this great time of need.  The MEDC will match crowdfunding raises on a 1:1 basis up to $5,000 for eligible small businesses experiencing economic challenges as a result of COVID-19.  Pre-check Applications Open Monday, May 18th at 8:00 a.m.


The MI Local Biz program is a matching grant program that utilizes donation-based crowdfunding to generate public interest, to raise funds to assist small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and help position that business for re-opening as the crisis eases. By utilizing web-based donations, businesses are accessible to anyone willing to make a donation in real time. This crowdgranting model engages the public as each person contributes in the effort to assist their local businesses. In addition, this model instills community pride as residents become a conduit of support for their local economy.


Please visit this link for more information!


4:45 Club-  TBA

Please join us and meet the mentors of SBDC and SCORE!!  Both organizations provided FREE business assistance out of the Otsego County Economic Alliance office.  See you there!!   ***Please note NEW day- 4:45 Club will be the third Tuesday of each month.



Otsego County Economic Alliance, Inc.

225 West Main Street

Gaylord, MI

Lisa McComb, Executive Director


(989) 731-0288

Brandy Riopelle, Executive Assistant


(989) 731-0287

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