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Resource Guide for Businesses


Resource Guide for Businesses in the Time of Covid-19

Small Business Resource Information


Thanks to the Northville Chamber of Commerce for providing this helpful information regarding resources for Michigan small businesses who are facing unprecedented challenged due to the COVID -19 pandemic. Please reach out to the Northville DDA, the Northville Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Development Center at Schoolcraft College and let us know how we can be of help.

Work Share – The Governor’s Unemployment Insurance Executive Order (E.O. – Click here for link) expands the State’s Work Share program. Employers are encouraged to implement the program that permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers. More information about Work Share can be found here. It’s important to note that the E.O. now allows all employers to take advantage of the program, regardless of whether the employer’s reserve in the employer’s experience account as of the most recent computation date preceding the date of the employer’s application is a positive number. 

Unemployment Benefits – Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at  or 1-866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here

Additional unemployment resources for employees can be found here and for workers here.

Small Business Loans – At our urging, Governor Whitmer is seeking additional solutions for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Earlier this month, Congress passed legislation that makes $1 billion available to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide low-interest loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor has informed SBA that she is seeking an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for the state and has initiated the process to receive the declaration from SBA. Once granted, small businesses in qualifying areas will be able to access low-interest loans through the SBA. In the interim, we are encouraging small businesses that could benefit from SBA loans to start collecting the information they’ll need to complete and submit their application. Examples of information needed can be found here. For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application in advance of the declaration, please contact the Michigan SBA offices in Detroit or Grand Rapids.

MEDC - The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit MEDC’s website: or call 888.522.0103. The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for additional information. 

FEMA Aid - The Governor has requested that President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration so that Individual Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance through FEMA may be made available to additional Michiganders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest information is available at and  For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily. 

We will continue to monitor and update as information becomes available.




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Downtown Northville is a vibrant and unique shopping, dining, arts and entertainment district. The charming Victorian-era ambiance with a twist of modern-day sophistication provides an ideal location for business owners who are looking for a walkable area, bustling with activity.

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