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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.

People Caught The Christmas Spirit During Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

What a beautiful tree!

What a beautiful tree!

Marquette Township, Michigan  –  November 24, 2020  –  After talking about it all day on Sunny 101.9, the Christmas Spirit swept through Marquette Township tonight as we celebrated with the annual “Catch the Christmas Spirit” Tree Lighting Ceremony.

To avoid canceling Christmas, Marquette Charter Township, The Marquette Township Business Association, and mediaBrew Communications worked hard to alter the usual festivities to follow Michigan Department of Health & Human Services guidelines for social distancing.

As usual, the big stage was set up in the Westwood Mall parking lot and Mark and Walt started things off with a big “Welcome” and some “Thank Yous”. The guys spoke with Township Manager Jon Kangas and Christmas Music from 106.1 The Sound played through the speakers!

Guests listened from their vehicles tuning into 106.1 The Sound to hear some Christmas Sound Classics before Linda Smith took over for a live performance on the stage!

Linda Smith came to sing some Christmas Classics.

Linda Smith came to sing some Christmas Classics.

That sneaky Grinch tried to steal Christmas, but the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department was on site to save the day. They tied the Grinch up and hauled him off to jail for “Crimes Against Christmas”!

Shortly after, Santa made his grand entrance on a Township Firetruck, arriving to spread the holiday cheer and light our massive tree! After a countdown, Santa flipped the switch and the lights on our Christmas tree flickered to life, shining brightly in the dark.

Visitors rolled down their windows to sing along and once it was their turn, crowds of 25 were allowed to get out and go see Santa! Kids ran up to give their Christmas Lists to Ol’ Saint Nick, snap a picture, and grab some candy donated by Jet’s Pizza!

Thanks to Andra Ziems, Secretary & Cashier at Marquette Township for donating the tree. Also thank you to the following sponsors for helping make this event possible: mediaBrew CommunicationsSunny 101.9106.1 The SoundMarquette Charter TownshipMarquette Township Business AssociationNorth Country Tree CareSuper One Foods, The Lions, Westwood Mall, the Marquette Township Fire Department, the Marquette County Sheriff’s DepartmentJet’s Pizza, and Honor Credit Union.

See Photos From Tonight

Join Us For the Annual Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Township

Attend the 2020 Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Township

Attend the 2020 Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Township

Marquette Township, MI  –  November 18, 2020  –  It’s time to “Catch the Christmas Spirit” once again in Marquette Township! This year our Tree Lighting Ceremony will be run a little differently, but we’re still bringing the holiday cheer and a big glowing tree to the township!

Santa has informed us that he in still intends to make his grand entrance by Marquette Township Firetruck around 6:30pm, so join us on Tuesday, November 24th in the Westwood Mall parking lot. We’ll have festivities from 6-9pm so you can enjoy your favorite Christmas songs with Linda Smith and 106.1 The Sound!

To follow Michigan Health Department guidelines for social distancing, we will be asking families to stay in their cars this year, allowing for crowd sizes up to 25 people at a time. When promoted, families will be allowed to come up to the stage for kids to give their Christmas Lists to Santa and grab some candy donated by Jet’s Pizza! All attendees must wear a mask during the event.

As usual, the Sheriff’s Department will be on stand by watching out for the Grinch. He won’t be ruining anyone’s Christmas this year, so come out on join us from 6-9pm next Tuesday!

Thanks to Andra Ziems, Secretary & Cashier at Marquette Township for donating the tree. Also thank you to the following sponsors for helping make this event possible: mediaBrew Communications, Sunny 101.9, 106.1 The Sound, Marquette Charter Township, Marquette Township Business Association, North Country Tree Care, Super One Foods, The Lions, Westwood Mall, the Marquette Township Fire Department, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, Jet’s Pizza, and Honor Credit Union.

See Photos From Past Years:

Community Days and Catch the Vision Car Show – Cancelled

Marquette, MI – This year, the Marquette Township Board officially cancelled the Catch the Vision Car Show and Cruise on June 20th as well as Community Days on Saturday, August 1st, due to COVID-19, Executive Orders and related financial constraints from decreased revenues.

Community Days include the annual softball tournament held as Lions Field Recreation Center.  The Board plans to continue holding the annual events next year.

See Photos From Last Year’s Community Days

 

 

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!