What Businesses Can Do To Prepare For Coronavirus

Hello, my name is Kimberly Marrone and I am the Economic Development and Communications Director for the City of Oak Park.  I am working hard to identify available resources available to businesses during this crisis.  Feel free to reach out to me via email at kmarrone@oakparkmi.gov or call my cell at (810)706-3297.  If I am unavailable please leave a message and I will call you back.  This is a difficult time and I want to help as best I can as we all try to navigate through these changes.  Please make sure you visit this site often and read through what has been posted.

Business Resources

Oak Park Business Assistance Package

The Oak Park City Council passed a resolution in support of the Business Assistance Program. The program has been created to provide additional tools to help our businesses.  The package can be found in its entirety here.  It includes:

  • Additional temporary signage allowed (see guidelines in package)
  • Outdoor dining fee waiver (see guidelines in package)
  • Sidewalk sales (coming soon)
  • Business license late fees for year 2020 will be waived
  • Grants through Patronicity and the Corridor Improvement Authority
  • Reduced advertising fees in the City Magazine
  • BUY LOCAL Campaign to support our businesses
  • Farmers Market tables for retailers and restaurants free of charge (details coming soon - one of each per week to be selected by application)
Please make sure to read the guidelines for these programs and if you have questions please contact me.


Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
If your business received funding for PPP you are required to complete and submit a forgiveness application.  This can be found on the SBA website here.  


FREE PPE Kit from Oakland County -
This is a great kit to kick start your business reopening.  If you are a business in Oak Park with a current business license and would like to receive a kit, please email kmarrone@oakparkmi.gov with the following information:
Legal business name
DBA name
address
business phone
Contact person
Contact persons phone
email
number of employees
what type of business sector

Once the information is emailed a follow up mail will come with instructions for pickup.  ONLY ONE KIT PER BUSINESS


 
Resources for our businesses:
Oak Park Restart Toolkit

Recovery Readiness - How to reopen your workplace
- Toolkit provided by Cushman and Wakefield
For a template on your reopen strategy please click here

COVID-19 Tax Relief for Business - IRS Website

For videos of how to manager your PPP Loan or EIDL loan and their tax implications see guidelines on the SBA website here.
     
Oakland County/MEDC Grant and Loan Programs 

Oakland Together Small Business Recovery Grant - due August 24, 2020

Michigan Small Business Restart Program Grant - due August 5, 2020

Oakland County One Stop

Pure Michigan Business Connect

Small Business Association of Michigan

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce

Oakland County Michigan Works Please visit their website to get information on giving temporary leave as opposed to layoffs, the work share program (if you are reducing hours of an employee they can get reduced unemployment benefits), some businesses are experiencing rapid growth based on the new demand in certain sectors.  If you are in need of posting jobs visit mitalent.org or call 1-800-285-WORKS to post your jobs.

    
 
 
 Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Under the federal CARES Act, Governor Whitmer signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Labor to expand unemployment benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment insurance. This includes workers who are self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig economy workers, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 per week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks.

If someone has already applied for unemployment benefits, they do not need to re-apply at this time. Additional guidance from UIA regarding eligibility and application details will be released in the coming days.
For more information click here

Shoployal - Businesses that want to stay in contact with their customers have the opportunity to use the Shoployal app for Free for 90 days visit their website for details www. merchant.shoployal.com fact sheet


PMBC - Some businesses that have the capacity to make new products have been reaching out as well.  We encourage these businesses to visit the PMBC website to see the demand that is needed by product.

 

Work Share
If employers are financially distressed but hope to continue operations by cutting back hours, they are encouraged to use the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s Work Share program that allows employers to maintain employment levels and business operations during declines in regular business activity rather than laying off workers. More information about the program can be found at www.michigan.gov/workshare.

Temporary Leave vs. Termination Due to the uncertainty regarding potential congressional action regarding whether and how furloughed workers will be able to access federal paid sick, family and medical leave resources, employers are strongly urged to place employees on  temporary leave and advise the worker that they expect to have work available within 120-days as opposed to termination. There is no additional cost to employers, employees remain eligible for UI benefits through the state, and employees may remain eligible for potential federal assistance.  

Steps for employers placing employers on temporary unpaid leave:

  • Do not terminate the employee – specify a temporary/indefinite leave with return to work expected that is within 120 days.
  • Do not create a contractual obligation to bring the employee back to work – Let the employee know that the situation is fluid and subject to change.
  • Provide the employee with a formal Unemployment Compensation Notice. Employers will need to provide their Employer Account Number and Federal Identification Number.  
  • Communicate to the employee about their rights. Under Governor Whitmer’s recent Executive Order, workers are placed on leave, or are unable to work because they are sick, quarantined, immunocompromised, or have an unanticipated family care responsibility, are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Ensure employers are provided information on how to obtain unemployment insurance benefits. A factsheet can be found here.
  • Get each employee’s up-to-date contact information.
  • Let employees know if you will be putting updated information on the entity’s website or intranet, if applicable.
  • Appoint a single, or limited number of individuals who will field questions, and communicate that information to employees.
  • Keep a tally of all questions and answers.  Periodically share with employees.

The state is monitoring issues related to continued medical insurance coverage and will update accordingly.

Elimination of Certain Unemployment Costs to Employers

Under the governor’s order, an employer or employing unit must not be charged for unemployment benefits if their employees become unemployed because of an executive order requiring them to close or limit operations. 

Other Resources

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit the MEDC’s website: www.michiganbusiness.org 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 https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/ for additional information. 

 

 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.