34 Upper Michigan companies split $ 500,000 in MEDC Pure Michigan Small Business Assistance Initiative funds

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LANSING, Michigan (WLUC) – Nearly 700 Michigan small businesses have received $ 10 million in grants under the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday.

The program, administered by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, was launched to help small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Upper Michigan, the following 34 companies received funding (county shown in brackets):

  • AG Miron LLC (Algiers) $ 15,000
  • Block’s Place Inc. (Houghton) $ 15,000
  • Brickyard Bar & Grill, Inc (Chippewa) $ 15,000
  • Center Ice Skate and Sport, Inc. (Houghton) $ 15,000
  • Christy Investments LLC (Dickinson) $ 15,000
  • COFI Inc (Mackinac) $ 15,000
  • DIGS LLC (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Falling Rock Café and bookstore (Algiers) $ 15,000
  • Galcia Tavern, LLC (Keweenaw) $ 15,000
  • Gary’s Knotty Pine Bar Inc. (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Happy Hour Inc. (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Hilltop Family Restaurant LLC (Baraga) $ 15,000
  • Huck’s Pub & Grill, Inc (Chippewa) $ 15,000
  • James Batzel (Houghton) $ 15,000
  • Keweenaw Brewing Company, LLC (Houghton) $ 15,000
  • Kimber L Schumann (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Lakes Lounge, Inc (Houghton) $ 15,000
  • Larry’s Lucky Strikes Bar & Grill, Inc. (Gogebic) $ 15,000
  • Leading Edge Manufacturing Consultants, LLC (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Main Street 7416 LLC (Mackinac) $ 15,000
  • Motions LLC (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Sled dog races and adventures in the Nature Kennel (Luce) $ 10,000
  • Pine Mountain Operations LLC (Dickinson) $ 15,000
  • Ripling River Resort (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Sandy K Inc (Houghton) $ 15,000
  • Soo Entertainment Company Incorporated (Chippewa) $ 15,000
  • Susie’s Underground Lounge, Inc. (Dickinson) $ 15,000
  • Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course, Inc. (Chippewa) $ 15,000
  • Moose Jackson Coffee (Dickinson) $ 15,000
  • Le Royal Pub, Inc (Marquette) $ 15,000
  • Tige’s Bar (Ontonagon) $ 15,000
  • Ursini Family Enterprises, Inc. (Gogebic) $ 15,000
  • Yooper Diner from White Pine (Ontonagon) $ 10,000 (payment pending, by MEDC)
  • William P Voght II LLC (Houghton) $ 15,000

These federal CARES dollars were distributed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in Michigan Global Community Development Grant program. For the full list of grant recipients, Click here.

“I am proud of this initiative to support hundreds of small businesses as we work together to continue to rebuild Michigan’s economy,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “To keep us on the road to recovery, we also need to embrace the MI COVID recovery plan, which fully allocates more than $ 5 billion in federal funds already sent to Michigan. It includes $ 225 million to directly help small businesses, $ 90 million to speed up vaccinations, and $ 575 million to dramatically expand testing, tracing and lab capacity, all critical investments we need to get back to. to normal. “

The Pure Michigan Small Business Initiative used $ 10 million in U.S. federal funding from the CARES Housing and Urban Development Act (HUD) to provide economic assistance to Michigan small businesses. Small businesses in Michigan that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have been able to apply for grants of up to $ 15,000 under the program.

MEDC selected the Michigan Municipal League (MML) Foundation as the sole statewide grant administrator for the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative. The MML Foundation reviewed the applications submitted by all 10 prosperous regions across the state. The Foundation wanted to undertake this effort because local small businesses are essential to creating and sustaining community wealth, said Helen D. Johnson, President of the Foundation.

“The Foundation believes that no one should be left behind in our communities,” Johnson said. “Creating community wealth means improving the human experience for everyone, which includes working to ensure that the Michiganders have social and economic security. This grant has helped small businesses keep their jobs by supporting more than 650 businesses and their employees across the state. We are proud to be a part of this initiative and recognize that our work is not done. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the state and other allies to deepen and expand efforts to create access to wealth creation opportunities for the community. “

Funds were allocated on a first-come-first basis, with the majority of funds released to recipients within 60 days of opening the application window.

Johnson said the feedback received from many grant recipients was inspiring and came from business owners across the state.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Tim Vander Zwaag, owner of The Farmhouse restaurant in Zeeland. “We were literally at a breaking point for our business when we learned that we had secured this grant. It really is a blessing. “

“It’s been two difficult years for us. We had reopened our food store after it was destroyed by arson when the pandemic hit, ”said Abdur Rahman, owner of Saeed’s Food Mart in Detroit. “My business is located in an underserved community and I take great pride in providing them with a full meal within their budget. This grant saved our lives and will go a long way to helping us pay our expenses and continue to support our clients and our community.

“I had tears of joy when we learned that we had received this grant. I had no idea how I was going to tell nine employees, who have struggled for 10 months, that they wouldn’t have a job to come back to, ”said Denise Strong, owner of Triple J Café in Carsonville. . “I don’t think most people will ever know the sacrifices that have been made by catering professionals just to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. It means everything. Thank you!”

To be eligible for a grant, companies had to meet a number of criteria, including, but not limited to:

  • Be a company in one of the targeted industries;
  • Identify a need for payroll, rent or mortgage payments, and / or utility expenses necessary to continue or restart business operations;
  • Have at least two employees (including the owner) but less than 50;
  • Be a for-profit business, as directed by HUD;
  • Achieve HUD’s national goal of job retention by retaining jobs that would otherwise be lost without assistance through job verification;
  • You will find additional eligibility conditions on Michiganbusiness.org/relief.

In addition, applicants were required to self-certify that they were following all state and local ordinances related to COVID-19, including, but not limited to, those issued by DHHS and county health departments.

“The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative has provided support to small businesses to help them get through a critical period and is part of the $ 240 million in assistance that has been provided to small businesses across the state over the past year. year, ”said Mark, CEO of MEDC. A. Burton. “The Michigan Municipal League Foundation has been a great partner in helping effectively deliver these vital financial resources across the state and create a path to economic recovery for Michigan small businesses. “

In total, MEDC has launched 23 COVID-19 relief and recovery programs that have supported 25,142 state-owned businesses and helped retain around 200,000 jobs in the 83 counties. To learn more about MEDC’s COVID-19 response programs and their impact on economic recovery efforts, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19response. Other resources for economic reopening efforts as well as Michigan businesses struggling with economic losses from the COVID-19 virus can be found online at michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC): The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the marketing arm of the state and the leading advocate for business development, employment awareness, and community development with an emphasis on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For travel information on Pure Michigan your trip begins at www.michigan.org.

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