Macomb chamber organizations mobilizes online resources to aid local business

Green has created a web page that local businesses can use as a resource, called Keeping It Anchor Bay Strong Together. The page can be found at ...
Macomb chamber organizations mobilizes online resources to aid local business
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In the wake of COVID-19 and its ripple effect on local business, local chambers of commerce are offering online resources for assistance.

The Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce Friday announced it is providing a list of member eateries that are offering curbside pickup, takeout and delivery. The chamber is sharing information on its Facebook page, , and at its website, . Included there are a coronavirus toolkit, useful links and planning tips.

Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Catherine Green confirmed on March 17 that board members met on March 16 utilizing social distancing and phone conferencing at the chamber offices at 51180 Bedford Street in New Baltimore, and discussed COVID-19.

“It is going to be painful to recover,” Green said of challenges small businesses face in the coming weeks.

Although the chamber has postponed its scheduled events for the next few weeks, Green said it is encouraging the community to help and support businesses in any way they are able to.

“One of the things is, you know, buying gift cards to establishments now and using them for a later date,” Green said. “Especially with restaurants. We are trying to encourage residents or businesses to do carry out and bring it back to their home or offices.”

Green has created a web page that local businesses can use as a resource, called Keeping It Anchor Bay Strong Together. The page can be found at and via links at Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce website at . Green said that the page will be updated regularly.

The Macomb County Chamber of Commerce is also sharing information and resources via its website. Those include informational portals and webinars that members can register for. Go to  for these resources.

The chamber web pages offer a section on small business resources and links such as those to the Office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Small Business Administration and the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. City government links are also offered, with the caveat that most offices are closed but still seeking ways to serve the community. 

Earlier this month Congress passed legislation that makes $1 billion available to the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) to provide low-interest loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA loans offer up to $2 million in assistance.

On March 16, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer informed the SBA that she was seeking an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for the state and initiated the process to receive the declaration from SBA. The application process was expected to be completed the week of March 16.

On March 17, the state’s small business entrepreneurial support organizations joined with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to help ensure that economic support is available to small businesses to overcome anticipated revenue loss.

More information is available at MEDC’s website or by contacting 888-522-0103. Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit for more information.

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