Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webpage serves to provide links to resources for East Lansing business that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and related executive orders. Specific questions regarding Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders should be directed to her Constituent Relations team at (517) 334-7858. Regional and State Legislators recommend that businesses reach out to their lenders as soon as possible to discuss grant and loan options, as well as the possible deferment of any existing loan payments.
The list below will be updated as additional business resources become known.

Links to Informational Resources

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a Small Business Survival Grants program, administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in partnership with regional economic development organizations around the state.

The survival grant program will specifically assist small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the state Health Department December 2020 Gatherings and Mask Order. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) will receive $3 million to provide 194 $15,000 working capital grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. The application for businesses to apply will open at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 and close on Friday, Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. EST.

Employee Assistance Grants

The Employee Assistance Grants were made available by Senate Bill 748, and are designed to provide support to employees impacted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on November 18, 2020. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is administering this grant program.

Eligible recipients meeting all criteria and providing a complete and accurate application will be awarded assistance up to $1,650. The application period will be open on January 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5 p.m.

City of East Lansing

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

State of Michigan

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 

  • The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 8 from 10-11 a.m. The panel discussion will feature Gregory H. Soule, CPA, CISA, CISSP, CFE, partner at Andrew Hooper Pavlik; Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, chief marketing officer at LAFCU; Scott A. Chernich, shareholder, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., and focus on key steps to sustain businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is free!

National Restaurant Association

Small Business Development Center

Small Business Administration

Small Business Association of Michigan

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Modern Restaurant Management

  • Modern Restaurant Management News & Trends

Michigan Retailers Association

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan Economic Development Association

Michigan Paycheck Protection Program

Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP, Inc.)

Restore Your Economy 

Consumers Energy Business Support