Content here updated on September 25th, 2020
The health and well being of our community is a priority and we are working to share info being provided by our County Chamber, Health Department, State Orders as well as National organizations guidelines.
As we reengage, we hope the following resources and links provide you with information to keep you, your family and those you work with safe by following the guidance of health experts.
Michigan’s Governor signed a new executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases. READ THE EXECUTIVE ORDER requiring mask wearing in public, with a few exceptions.
Sign up for notifications TODAY so your business is ready to apply for Regional Resiliency Fund grants:
Venture North created the The Regional Resiliency Fund to help businesses through Covid-19. The RRF distributes grants valued up to $5,000 to small businesses in Northwest Lower Michigan. Venture North is actively working to grow the fund so we can provide resources for our community.
The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund is providing small grants for employees in the restaurant and lodging industry. Applications close on October 1, 2020. Donate to the fund or see if you qualify, here.
Venture North’s Professional Service Provider Program ensures their clients have referrals and access to business technical assistance throughout loan repayment. View our partners.
Resources & Guidelines for Business
Businesses that are open to the public are required to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a mask, with limited exceptions. Read the full Executive Order here and scroll down for email from MEDC with more details on this topic, PPE procurement and more.
To learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
For additional information and resources, visit https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/coronavirus.
Leelanau County/Benzie Health Department
Anyone who needs a test can get one. Go to Benzie—Leelanau District Health Department for testing site locations.
Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department released new guidance for visitors to region, social gatherings, and updated toolkits. Find these resources at their website.
Local Testing Locations & Procedures
From Michelle Klein, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department:
- Northwest Michigan Health Services, Traverse City Office: Call 231-642-5292. They are very busy, so be patient! No doctor’s order needed if no symptoms. A physician’s order is needed if you do have symptoms. If you don’t have a doctor, you can do a telehealth visit with one of their providers.
- Foster Family Community Health Center (Munson facility): Physician Order needed. Physician sends them the order and they will then call the patient for an appointment.
- Rite-Aid, Chums Corners: Appointment needed, no physician order required.
- The Walk-in Clinic: Go to www.thewalkinclinic.biz and schedule an appointment (usually same day). When you arrive for your appointment time, call them from the parking lot and they will register you over the phone, conduct a telehealth visit, and come out to do the testing.
- There are a few health care providers that are collecting specimens as well, so people can check with their personal physicians as well
Contact [email protected] by email to request an invitation to the weekly Zoom meetings open to County Business Owners.
Benzie-Leelanau Health Department reopening information for businesses: http://www.bldhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19. Scroll down to bottom of page to “Businesses and Employees Information”
Michigan Chamber Business Webinars (create free account to access): https://webinars.michamber.com/on-demand-webinars
Go to Leelanau Chamber website (www.leelanauchamber.com) for updated Covid-19 resources; Sign up to be a member for e-blasts.
“Buy Local, Buy Leelanau” marketing campaign – Contact Jamie at the Leelanau Chamber ([email protected]) to share your business info for the campaign.
Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation
Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation (LPEF)
Seasonal workforce housing:
The Sleeping Bear Gateways Council recently completed a survey of Benzie and Leelanau business owners to determine their seasonal workforce housing needs/gaps. The Council is currently developing a “workforce housing exchange” based on feedback from business owners during the survey process. An executive summary of the project is attached. If you are interested in getting involved in this issue, please contact Bill Witler at (314) 941-6389 or [email protected]
Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore:
Reports that this was the busiest July on record! Currently transitioning into fall planning, which could include collaboration with local schools to incorporate the park in distance learning activities.
Brayton Farr with State Savings Bank can confirm large demand for housing inventory (rent or buy) as people look to move or stay longer locally. Available housing stock is very limited and appraisals are delayed. Demand is definitely outpacing supply.
Jobs in Leelanau County:
Job seekers and employers looking to hire can find a helpful resource in Michelle Socha, Northwest Michigan Works. Michelle knows Leelanau well, is friendly and trusted, and can make this complicated process easier for job seekers and/or employers. She can be reached via phone at (231) 620-8170 or [email protected]
Where to find PPE locally?
Northern Latitude has liquid hand sanitizer by the gallon; Northern Janitorial Supply in Traverse City has general stock available; Walmart Online has general PPE stock available.
Paycheck Protection Program Locally, Honor Bank and TBA Credit Union are accepting applications from any business, regardless of whether or not you are a customer. Contact info below:
- Honor Bank: Contact Max Anderson, office: 231-639-1703, cell: 231-645-0316, email: [email protected]
- TBA Credit Union: Contact Chris Milliron, office: 231-946-7090 x7182, email: [email protected]
Also, mBank, State Savings Bank, and West Shore Bank may accept applications, from existing clients only.
Share your business on the Chamber’s social media! We want to hear from you.
Tell us what you are doing with Photos and Videos and we’re happy to share it on our social media accounts, primarily though Facebook!
- Send us a blurb on your adaptations and strategies, along with a photo, video, or two, to Sue Boucher for posting on the Glen Lake Chamber Facebook page. There are some great stories to share;
- Or, if you’ve posted to your own Facebook page, let Sue know so that she can then “share” your post, as the Chamber.
- Add the tag #glenarborstrong in your business posts
The Leelanau Enterprise
SANDWICH BOARD SIGNAGE:
Social distancing signs can be ordered through the Leelanau Enterprise end of this week. Price varies. Contact to order/pick up: (231) 256-9827
Two listings to share business updates are being published in the Leelanau Enterprise. The listings run in the Enterprise each week and are updated a couple times a week on social media.
Contact the Publisher, John Elchert, with your updates at [email protected]
Glen Arbor Sun
Local stories from around Leelanau County can be found on glenarborsun.com