Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 23, 2020, which serves to mitigate potential transmission of the novel COVID-19 virus. Specific questions regarding Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 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.

To help downtown East Lansing businesses during this difficult time, the following list of resources has been compiled and will be updated as other resources become known.

Links to Informational Resources


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


U.S. Department of Treasury


Modern Restaurant Management


  • Modern Restaurant Management News & Trends

Michigan Retailers Association


Michigan Economic Development Corporation


Michigan Paycheck Protection Program


Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP, Inc.)


  • LEAP, Inc. is currently accepting applications for Emergency Small Business Relief Fund loans. Learn more.

Restore Your Economy 


Consumers Energy Business Support