Links to Resources
The West Coast Chamber is tracking the COVID-19 pandemic closely and working hard to provide you with the most updated facts and data in our Coronavirus Business Toolkit. We are curating resources to help our local businesses move toward safely reopening and looking forward to the future of business as we know it in West Michigan and around the world.
As always, if you have any questions about COVID-19 or you are seeking best practices or resources for your company, please call us or visit our website. We are here for you as a resource and advocate to help.
NEW U.S. Chamber Resources for PPP and Reopening
Reopening Business Digital Resource Center - State-specific, sector-specific reopening information.
Smart Restart Resources
As Michigan gets back to work, it is crucial to maintain a safe work environment for your employees and for any members of the public that you may encounter.
This web page should serve as a guide and checklist as you get back to work safely.
- CDC Decision Tree for Bars and Restaurants - Are You Ready to Reopen?
- CDC Decision Tree for Workplaces - Are You Ready to Reopen?
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility - CDC Guide
- Steps to Stay Safe in the Workplace - CDC Guide
- Guidance for Preparing Workplaces - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Illness and Injury Record-Keeping Forms - OSHA
- Industry Types Exempt from Record Keeping Requirements - OSHA
Michigan Department of Labor Resources
- Employee Rights Poster - Department of Labor
- Employee Safety Measures Poster - Department of Labor
- Return To Work Guidelines for Manufacturing - Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
- Get Back to Work Safely: Tips and Resources - from Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources - from the Michigan Chamber
- Safe Work Playbook - Interactive PDF from LEAR Corporation
Restaurant Specific Restart Resources
General Business Resources
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Information
- SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Application - Released May 15, 2020
- SBA PPP Loan Calculation - Downloadable Spreadsheet - Rainstar Capital Group
- CDC Recommendations for Businesses to Respond to Coronavirus
- Workplace Tips for Employees - From the U.S. Chamber
- Corporate Aid Tracker - How businesses are helping nationwide
- Survey on Business Impact - Results from the American Chamber of Commerce in China
- Resilience in a Box - A toolbox to help businesses put a plan in place (created by the US Chamber Foundation in partnership with the UPS Foundation)
- Interim Recommendations for Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC – 3/12/20)
- Key EPA Resources on the Coronavirus Disease
- Tips for Working Remotely - Trello
- A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers - Harvard Business Review
- U.S. Chamber/CDC Webinar
- An Employer Q&A - Barnes & Thornberg, LLP
Government Relief and Guidance
- Michigan Small Business Relief Program (from MEDC)
- Tax Relief for Businesses
- Temporary Expansion of Unemployment Benefits
- Unemployment Services for Employers - Work Share Program: Alternative to Layoffs
- How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
- Unemployment Benefits Frequently Asked Questions
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Toolkit
- Michigan Paycheck Protection Program (MiPPP) - Michigan Association of CPAs
Federal Paycheck Protection Program Information - From the Michigan Chamber
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans - Information and How to Apply
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Department of Labor Poster - Federal
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Department of Labor Poster - Non-Federal
- Ottawa County Department of Public Health
- Care Ottawa County - Human Services Donations and Volunteer Programs
- May 18, 2020 Executive Order 2020-92: Regional Reopenings- Full Document
- May 7, 2020 Executive Order 2020-77: "Stay Home, Stay Safe Extension" - Full Document
- Return to Work Guidelines for Manufacturing- Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
- Executive Order 2020-59: "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Extension - Overview
- Executive Order 2020-59: "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Extension - Full Document
- Executive Order Frequently Asked Questions
- Identifying Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers - from Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
- Template Letter Language for Critical Infrastructure Workers - Small Business Administration of Michigan (SBAM)
- Template Letter Language for Designated Essential Personnel - SBAM
Chamber Foundation Downtown Relief Fund
As of 5:00 pm on May 18, the application window is closed and no more applications will be accepted.
The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of the Holland-Zeeland Downtown Relief Fund. Announced on Friday, May 6, 2020, the fund was established by the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Now for the Next Fund of the Community Foundation of the Holland Zeeland Area. The fund was created to combat community deterioration by assisting small restaurants and retailers in Downtown Holland and Downtown Zeeland that have experienced a financial hardship and lack of resources to operate as a result of COVID-19.
“Through the years, our downtown businesses have been there for us. They are part of what makes our area unique and special. This is one way that we are attempting to help them weather this storm and maintain the health and vibrancy of our downtown districts,” said West Coast Chamber President Jane Clark.
The Downtown Relief Fund is made possible by the generous contributions of individuals, companies, foundations, and others. The fund currently has up to $150,000 available to grant to businesses in need. Grant requests must be for $10,000 or less. The Chamber will be working with local business leaders to carefully vet the applications. Funds are limited, so not all applicants will be awarded a grant.
“Talent attraction and retention is a priority of the Now for the Next Fund and our vibrant downtown is essential to recruiting individuals and families who want to learn, work, start a business, and raise a family in Holland and Zeeland,” said Bret Docter, Chair of the Now for the Next Advisory Committee. “Our downtown businesses are severely impacted by the halt of the economy, and the Downtown Relief Fund is a way to offer some support to help our restaurants and retailers during this challenging time.”
Grants are intended to help companies needing working capital to support payroll, expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or similar expenses that occur in its ordinary course of business. Grant funding is not to be used for payment for expenses otherwise paid for by insurance or other reimbursements, or income replacement payments, such as payments of lost wages, lost business income, or unemployment compensation.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must have experienced a financial hardship and currently be in financial need as a result of COVID-19
- Must have been in business at least three years
- Must be a restaurant or retailer located in the Holland DDA District or Zeeland SARB area
Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, May 18, 2020
Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is the program being developed?
The State of Michigan Small Business Relief program was able to fund fewer than a dozen $10,000 grants to businesses located in Downtown Holland and Zeeland. To extend this program to more companies, the Downtown Relief Fund is being launched.
What is the purpose of the fund?
The fund was created to combat community deterioration by assisting restaurants and retailers in Downtown Holland and Downtown Zeeland that have experienced a financial hardship and lack resources to operate as a result of COVID-19.
Who is funding this program?
The West Coast Chamber Foundation will seed the fund with $75,000 and The Now for the Next Fund at the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area has matched this commitment, for a total of $150,000.
How large are the grants?
Grants of up to $10,000 will be given.
Who will make the grant decisions?
An advisory panel of business leaders will review the applications and carefully select recipients. Not all applicants will receive grants due to the limited amount of funds.
How can I ask questions?