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Learn About Work-Life Balance, Wellness and Growth During Connect Marquette Winter Summit

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Marquette, MI – February 2, 2021 –

Marquette Township Business Association member mediaBrew Communications is helping to sponsor an upcoming professional development conference you might be interested in attending!

As host of 2021 Winter SummitConnect Marquette has geared this virtual conference towards professional development. The Summit’s theme of Wellness & Growth will feature speakers and panelists from a range of professions.

Starting at 9:00am and wrapping up just prior to 1:00pm on Friday, February 19th, Winter Summit will feature panels on personal wellness & the local outdoors industry as well as a keynote speaker, and a closing speaker.

Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Nancy Lyons, a Marquette native and Minneapolis-based entrepreneur and author. Lyons has been at the forefront of the work culture conversation for more than twenty years and speaks and writes about the crucial role work culture plays in delivering meaningful and effective results. Lyons and her company Clockwork are also the main sponsors of this event!

Interested in growing professionally and learning how to balance your work and personal wellness? Learn more and register to attend 2021 Winter Summit by visiting the Connect Marquette website at: https://connectmarquette.org/CMPDC.

MTBA Board Members Needed!

The Marquette Township Business Association is looking for a few new members to join the board. By joining the MTBA, you add to our strength and voice and help create a strong, prominent, and respected organization. By becoming a board member, you will have the ability to directly affect what our association does to help, support, and promote all members of the MTBA.

Board meetings are once a month, on the third Tuesday of every month, at noon. Board meetings are typically held at Hudson’s Classic Grill, but during COVID our meetings have been held via Zoom. We will continue to hold meetings via Zoom until it is safe to meet in person.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please reach out to Frank Stabile at frank@superioroasis.com or Sarah Stabile at sarah@superioroasis.com.

MTBA Membership Drive has Ended

The Marquette Township Business Association 2021 membership drive has come to a close. Although our drive has ended, that does not mean we are not accepting new members. Anyone is welcome to become a member of the Marquette Township Business Association at anytime in the year, but we will not be actively reaching out to non members until October 2021, which is when our 2022 membership drive begins. We will reach out to any new businesses that do join the Township during the year, before our next membership drive. We will now be focusing on our current members and doing everything we can to help and better them and our Township community. Again, we are always accepting new member so please email Frank Stabile at frank@superioroasis.com or Sarah Stabile at sarah@superioroasis.com, if you would like more information or to become a member!

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to Provide $55 Million in Grants for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

January 14, 2021

The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved two grant programs – the Michigan Small Business Survival Grants and the Michigan Stages Survival Grants – totaling $58.5 million in relief to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses and live event venues impacted by the COVID-19 virus, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant: A single, statewide application for the program will be live at michiganbusiness.org/survival on 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 19 through 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on Friday, January 22.

The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program will provide $55 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the recent COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask orders.” Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to businesses that are fully closed, with grants of up to $15,000 awarded to businesses that have been partially closed, or otherwise are open and can demonstrate an impact.

Michigan Stages Survival Grant: Applications will be available at www.michiganbusiness.org/stages starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 21- 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

MSF also approved the $3.5 million Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program, which will provide up to $40,000 in one-time grants to eligible Michigan live music and entertainment venues that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details follow …

Michigan Small Business Survival Grants to provide critical relief

The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program is intended to meet the urgent need of Michigan businesses who have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask order” issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in December 2020.

The Michigan Small Business Survival Grants will be administered by 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties across the state. A single, statewide application for the program will be live at michiganbusiness.org/survival on 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 19 through 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on Friday, January 22. Grants will be reviewed and awarded by the EDOs based on eligibility requirements and local priorities and objectives, not on a first-come, first-served basis.

Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time and owner/employees) on a world-wide basis on November 17, 2020.
  • Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the DHHS epidemic orders.
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.
  • Can demonstrate an income loss as a result of the Order as determined by the EDO in which an eligible business is located.
  • Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for the Michigan Stage Survival grant program.

Individual EDOs may have additional eligibility requirements, which businesses will be able to access from the michiganbusiness.org/survival landing page. EDOs will also have discretion on grant awards up to the maximum of $20,000 for businesses that are fully closed and $15,000 to businesses that have been partially closed, or otherwise are open and can demonstrate an impact.

Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program will offer assistance to Michigan’s eligible live music and entertainment venues

The Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program was also approved by the MSF today. The program will provide a total of $3.5 million in one-time grants of up to $40,000 to eligible entertainment venues throughout Michigan. These funds are to be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or costs related to reopening a business.

The application will be available at www.michiganbusiness.org/stages starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 21- 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on Thursday, January 28, 2021. The Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association  (MIVPA) will be responsible for accepting, reviewing and approving applications by February 28, 2021. The MEDC distribute the grant funds based on the recommendation of the MIVPA.

Venues must meet eligibility requirements that include

  • Be located in the state of Michigan.
  • Produce and/or present live, disciplined-based performance experiences.
  • Demonstrate at least 33 percent of 2019 gross revenues are from the sale of tickets for live music or entertainment events OR receive at least 70 percent of its earned revenue through cover charges or tickets sales, production fees or production reimbursements, nonprofit educational initiatives, or the sale of event beverages, food or merchandise.
  • Demonstrate second quarter revenues from April 1- June 30, 2020 were not greater than 10% of second quarter revenue from April 1-June 30, 2019.
  • Employ less than 30 full time employees.

A full list of application and eligibility requirements is available at michiganbusiness.org/stages. Per statutory requirements, a monthly report will be provided to the legislature that includes a listing of grants awarded in the previous month and the name of the recipient of each grant provided under the program. A full list of grant awardees will be available on michiganbusiness.org/stages.

“We have seen the urgent need for these resources for small businesses across the state, and MEDC is proud to work with our local partners and industry leaders to ensure this funding gets into the hands of businesses efficiently, effectively and with the greatest impact possible,” said MEDC CEO Mark A. Burton. “We continue to stay focused on both immediate relief efforts, and also ensuring we have runway for economic recovery in the coming year through existing efforts around business retention and growth, supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and creating vibrant communities throughout Michigan.”

New MDHHS Order Issued

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new MDHHS epidemic order that allows for indoor group exercise and non-contact sports. The new order is effective Saturday, Jan. 16 and will last until Sunday, Jan. 31.

Guidance was also offered on the fate of indoor dining, with an expected reopening of February 1, with capacity limits and a curfew.

Here’s how you can show your support for the safe reopening of all small businesses.

Click here to read the full press release. 

Economic Development Corporation (EDC) COVID-19 Loan Program

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Marquette County recently received $500,000 in EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds. The funds will help small businesses and entrepreneurs adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

These funds are available to businesses to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

• No commercial loan required

• Low interest rate

Funds for start-ups AND existing businesses to assist with:

• Working Capital (day-to-day operational costs)

• Fixed Asset Loans (equipment costs)

To learn more or set up an appointment, contact the Lake Superior Community Partnership office at (906) 226-6591 or email mary@marquette.org.

Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative

The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Applications for businesses to apply will open on December 15, 2020.

Grant Information for Small Businesses

Grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $15,000 per eligible business on a “first-in” bases. Grant funds will assist eligible small businesses directly impacted by COVID-19, meet urgent working capital needs, including payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments and utility expenses in the following industries:

·     Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers

·     Travel and tourism destinations including lodging providers

·     Live event venues and movie theaters

·     Conference and meeting facilities

·     Ice skating rinks, indoor water parks and bowling centers

·     Gyms and fitness centers

These federal CARES Act dollars were distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Michigan Community Development Block Grant program. To qualify for grant support, businesses must meet eligibility criteria including but not limited to:

·     Being a business in one of the targeted industries listed above

·     Must be in compliance with all State and local orders related to COVID-19, including, but not limited, to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

·     Be a for-profit entity (i.e., a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC)

·     Have a physical establishment in the Michigan County of Application and is NOT a home-based business

·     Provide goods or services to multiple clients or customers

·     Be current, or in a payment plan, on all local, state, and federal taxes due through 1/1/2020

·     Have an active and valid state license(s)/registration(s), if applicable

·     Is not an adverse party to litigation involving the State or municipality

·     Business or Business owner has not filed for bankruptcy in the last 10 years

·     Can identify a need for payroll, rent or mortgage payments, and/or utility expenses necessary to continue/restart business operations relative to the total grant amount

·     Had annual gross revenues in 2019 greater than $25,000

·     Has at least two employees, including the owner(s)

·     Has fewer than 50 employees (including full-time, part-time, and owner(s) on a world-wide basis)

Click here for more information.

MTBA 2021 Membership Drive!

The Marquette Township Business Association membership drive is underway! We welcome you and your business to become a member of our growing association. By joining the MTBA, you add to our strength and voice and help create a strong, prominent, and respected organization. You can stay informed on issues and events through e-mail, our website www.marquettetownship.biz, or by attending association meetings. We need your support and input so we can have a positive impact on the future of our township.

Click here for our 2021 membership application.

Click here to read our membership welcome letter.

Please email Chairman Frank Stabile at frank@superioroasis.com or Executive Secretary Sarah Stabile at sarah@superioroasis.com, with any questions.

US Hwy 41/M-28 Corridor Climate and Health Adaptation Visioning Workshop

The US Hwy 41/M-28 Corridor Climate and Health Adaptation Visioning Workshop was held virtually on May 7th. Below are the presentation and survey links. Any and all feedback on the renderings and MSU’s ideas are greatly appreciated, especially from the members of the MTBA and other Township business. If you have a chance, please take the time to watch the presentation and share your feedback. They’re hoping to collect responses by May 29th.

May 7th, 2020 Workshop Recording (Recording has some delays due to slower internet connections. Thanks for your patience!)

PDF of the Presentation from 5.7.2020

Google Slides Presentation (for commenting directly on specific designs; Google account not necessary)

General Feedback Survey

Please use these digital resources yourself and share them with those you know to expand the reach for feedback on the draft conceptual designs. Please submit feedback by May 29.

Thank you for your participation and help with community engagement!

First National Bank & Trust Helping Community Businesses with CARES Act Assistance

With the recently passed additional funding for the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, First National Bank & Trust is available to help area businesses get assistance and relief from this economic stimulus package.

An additional $310 billion dollars was allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on April 24, and processing began this week. Community banks were specifically allocated $60 billion to assist with their PPP efforts. Including this second round of funding, the program will have provided nearly $659 Billion worth of US payroll. The PPP loan program is available for eligible small businesses, including sole proprietors, and non-profits, veterans organizations and tribal business concerns, to provide a forgivable loan to cover payroll and other costs.

“As we continue to support our local economies and their financial needs at First National Bank & Trust, it’s apparent how vital partnerships and long lasting relationships continue to bring out the best in all of us, especially in uncertain times,” said Dale Cook, Business Banker, First National Bank & Trust. “We appreciate the opportunity to service the needs of our communities and believe everyone’s resilience will be the key to building a stronger community.”

First National Bank & Trust has assisted hundreds of businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program during this time, which has helped over 4,500 employees to date.

“We take pride in knowing how those numbers financially benefit local family households and how it exponentially impacts the communities we serve,” Cook said. “We are here to work with you in the hard times when it matters most. Whether you’re a current customer or not, let us be a resource for you and your business. As one community we’ll get through this together¬- contact us today and we can help you navigate the process.”

To make an appointment with First National Bank & Trust’s Business Banking team, call 906-774-2200. For more information, as well as online contact information, visit www.fnbimk.com/cares-act-assistance.