Mackinac Economic Alliance

Ph: (906) 984-2095
330 N. State St., St. Ignace, MI 49781

Mackinac Economic Alliance

COVID Disaster Assistance Update

Michigan Small Business Restart Program

In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The application for businesses to apply for funding will open on July 15, 2020. Read More to Here.

The programming includes:

  • CFAP will provide direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted; and
  • CFAP will assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.

Additional questions about food and agriculture COVID-19 can be emailed to email hidden; JavaScript is required.


COVID-19 testing criteria in Michigan has been expanded to include individuals with mild symptoms and essential workers that have to leave home to work (even if they don’t have symptoms). Find your nearest testing location HERE.

Additional Resources Available Online

When preparing your application to either the EIDL or PPP program, please consider the recommendations of the SBA & SBDC to reduce your funding needs by:

  • Request your Bank to waive loan payments for the next 2 – 3 months.
  • Request your Landlord to defer lease/rent payments for 2 – 3 months.
  • Request Vendors / Creditors to suspend payments for 2 – 3 months.
  • Apply for SBA funding for remaining needs for the next 2 – 3 months.
  • Laid-Off Employees should be directed to apply for Expanded Unemployment Benefits.

Remote Learning and Resources Webpage

In tough times, such as the uncertainty surrounding the current novel coronavirus pandemic, we recognize that accessing the vast knowledge and resources of MSU is more important than ever. The MSU Extension Remote Learning and Resources online space can bring you the resources you need, wherever you need them.

Content areas include:

Adult Online Learning Resources
COVID-19 Pandemic and Tourism
Educational Resources for School Closures
Family and Community Resources
Health and Wellness Resources
Local Government Resources for Novel Coronavirus Response

Local Government Resources for Novel Coronavirus Response webpage

MSU Extension’s Local Government Resources for Novel Coronavirus Response page is updated regularly with resources and webinars to help Michigan local governments navigate novel coronavirus pandemic. The page content is organized into:

Budget and Finance
Operating Online and Remotely
Reopening Resources
Resources for Tribal Governments

COVID-19 Response & Preparedness Plan

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