This post last updated on July 22nd, 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.
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 Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Small Business Restart Grant ProgramGrants of up to $20,000 available to businesses with 50 or fewer employees who have not received funding under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. Funds can be used to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or similar expenses. 30% of funds will be provided to women-owned, minority-owned, or veteran-owned eligible businesses. Applications will be available beginning July 15, 2020. Complete details at this link.
Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program Grants of $1,000 per employee are available to ag processors and farms with 10+ employees for Covid-19 testing costs, facility or farm needs to protect against spread of Covid-19, PPE, and establishing or conducting Covid-19 screening procedures. Applications will be available beginning July 15, 2020 and will be processed by East Lansing based GreenStone Farm Credit Services. Complete details at this link.
Local Testing Locations & ProceduresFrom 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)
Regional Resiliency Fund
Regional Resiliency Fund grants were recently awarded to 22 Leelanau County businesses (of the 60 that applied). The Regional Resiliency Fund is now accepting the second round of grant applications. A total of $100,000 will be dispersed to eligible businesses with nine or fewer employees in Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau Counties that have been impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Advisors in each of the three counties review applications and make recommendations to Venture North. Applications are due on Friday, July 24, by 5 p.m. Venture North plans to award the second round of grants the first week of August.
Businesses that applied for the first round of grants do not have to complete the full application but can submit an abbreviated application available here.
Michigan Small Business Restart Grant Program
Grants of up to $20,000 will be available to businesses with 50 or fewer employees who have not received funding under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. Funds can be used to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or similar expenses. 30% of funds will be provided to women-owned, minority-owned, or veteran-owned eligible businesses. Applications are due August 5, 2020. Complete details at this link.<https://www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/covid19/restart/>
Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program
Grants of $1,000 per employee are available to agricultural processors and farms with 10+ employees for COVID-19 testing costs, facility or farm needs to protect against spread of COVID-19, PPE, and establishing or conducting COVID-19 screening procedures. Applications now open and will be processed by East Lansing based GreenStone Farm Credit Services. Complete details at this link.<https://www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/covid19/agsafety/>
Should I get tested?
How long do I need to wait?
*NEW* info from Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department: “It depends if you have had direct contact exposure—meaning right next to the person who becomes ill with COVID for more than 10 minutes, rather than 6 feet or even further away. Not everyone needs to quarantine from work while waiting for test results. For example, if you were at a party and someone at the party tested positive but you weren’t around that person or were only near for a short period of time you still need to get tested but you don’t need to start the 14 day quarantine from work. Even though we trace all people who may have been exposed, the majority of people tested usually did not have direct exposure for a long period of time.“
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 dollars still available. 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 are still accepting applications from existing clients only.
Ag Processors very concerned about potential shutdown if employees begin testing positive. Regulations on how to deal with migrant employees and whether recently arrived crews should quarantine are confusing and do not fit with work demands which are significant around harvest times. If processors have to shut down, locally or downstate, Leelanau farms will be significantly impacted. This is our greatest concern. Emphasizing to employees that they should not be engaging in social activities outside of work, but it’s obviously difficult to enforce this.
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.
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