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Decision making in uncertain times: Tools to make decisions today and for long-term success

June 4, 2020 – 2pm ET Hosted by McKinsey & Company for small business owners.  COVID-19 has created [...]

Reopening Guide for Retail Business

The City of Detroit’s Reopening Guide for Detroit’s Retail Businesses is available now! It offers guidance and resources [...]

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Reopening Resources

Get the latest information, tools, strategies, and guidance to help you navigate the many issues related to reopening your business and safely returning to work. These resources focus on what’s next for small businesses as the economy reopens, and includes information on initial testing of employees, conducting daily health screenings, workplace distancing and hygiene protocols, and guidance on the mandatory use of PPE and how to procure it.


Health & Safety

Looking for PPE vendors, official reopening guidance, and training? We’ve got the health and safety resources you need below.

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Reopening Playbook

Official recommendations from the City of Detroit for safely reopening your business.

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Financial Resources

There are many financial resources available to Detroit businesses, but it’s hard to know where to look. The City of Detroit is partnering with financial professionals to help you find the grants, loans, and other financial resources your business needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering small businesses loans through its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The City of Detroit is providing small business owners with individual personalized support to help them through the SBA application process.

National Resources

When COVID-19 was declared a national disaster, the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) was made available to eligible businesses. Additionally, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress to assist business owners with immediate financial needs precipitated by the COVID-19 crisis.

State & Local Resources

Michigan state and local governments, non-profits, and private lenders are hard at work creating and identifying new financial resources to help your business.

Expert Guidance

We have expert advice on a variety of technical business topics to help your business succeed during and after the COVID-19 crisis, including webinars and one-on-one coaching.

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June 4, 2020

Tools to make decisions today and for long-term success

Please join us as we discuss micro-habits that are practiced by good decision-makers and apply proven tools to decisions facing small business owners today including cash flow and health and safety of employees and customers as well as investment decisions that impact your future.

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Helpful Webinars

Many of your technical assistance related questions may be answered in accessible and free webinars. We have an extensive collection of past and upcoming webinars on common technical assistance topics from effective social media marketing to rent negotiation.

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One-on-one Coaching

TechTown, Detroit at Work, SCORE, the Small Business Development Center and the University of Michigan Center on Finance, Law & Policy are working together to provide businesses free one-on-one coaching in a variety of areas, including Accounting / Finance, Human Resources / Workforce Management, Sales / Marketing, Strategy / Operations, and Legal / Bankruptcy. Fill out the request form to sign up for a free, 25-minute virtual coaching session with an expert.

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