City of Troy
The City of Troy will be moving to critical staff and services only plan from now until April 13 to protect residents and employees even further from the spread of COVID-19. Please review our COVID-19 City Procedures page for a full outline of current operations.
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New Assistance Programs:
Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program
Automation Alley, funded by Oakland and Macomb counties, has created the Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program to address the urgent need to move companies into the digital manufacturing age of Industry 4.0 as fast as possible to help improve our region’s manufacturing agility and response to future disruptions.
Manufacturers accepted into the program will receive:
- Strategic Guidance: on how to transform from legacy operations to digital manufacturing.
- An Industry 4.0 Assessment: outlining where their business stands today and what digital opportunities best fit their needs.
- Connections and introductions: to state-of-the art vendors and applied research that can help them along their path to Industry 4.0.
- A financial investment: will be granted to purchase Industry 4.0 and state-of-the art digital technologies.
Does my company qualify?
To qualify, companies must be a small or medium sized manufacturer residing in Oakland or Macomb County.
New Business Assistance Opportunity – MI Entrepreneur Resilience Fund
A new $1.5 million MichiganEntrepreneur Resilience Fund has been created to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 recover from the outbreak, as well as assist them in meeting increased demands in support of COVID-19 response efforts. Grants of $1,000-$5,000 and microloans of $5,000-$10,000 are available. The program targets businesses in geographically disadvantaged areas such as Opportunity Zones and HUBZones. The following are located in Troy:
Opportunity Zone – Area bounded by Maple Road, W. Big Beaver Road, Crooks Road and Livernois
HUBZones – Area 1 bounded by Fourteen Mile Road, Maple Road, John R and Dequindre; Area 2 roughly bounded by E. Big Beaver, John R, Fourteen Mile Road, Livernois, Maple Road, Rochester Road and Stephenson Highway.
A HUBZone map may be found here:
Please click here for program information.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Verizon has made available a new round of funding through LISC to support small businesses that are faced with having to close their doors to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. LISC will use the funds to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure, especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises that don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital in historically under-served communities. The grants are designed to help business owners fill urgent financial gaps from paying rent to meeting payroll until they can resume normal operations or other financing becomes available. You can learn more about this program HERE.
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Oakland Together Small Business Recovery Grant
Apply Today: OakGov.com/COVID/Grants
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5 pm, August 24, 2020
Questions? Contact Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs: RecoveryGrant@oakgov.com
Oakland County is dedicating nearly $30 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Fund to help small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This competitive grant program is focused on these hard-hit sectors:
- Food and Lodging Personal Services
- Business Services
- Entertainment and Recreation
- Construction and Maintenance Services
For a program flyer, click here.
Rental Assistance - new program
Oakland County residents who have fallen behind on their rent, mortgage or utility payments because of a lost job or other income reduction due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a one-time grant of up to $15,000 per household. The Rent, Mortgage & Utility Relief Program for Citizens that will pay up to three months of past-due rent, housing or utility bills for low income Oakland County residents who have been unable to pay their bills because of an income hardship directly related to the pandemic. Click here for a one-pager description.
Applications for the program can be found at www.oakgov.com/COVID and will be accepted beginning Wednesday through August 31. A second phase begins October 1 to November 30.
Residents of 53 Oakland County communities that participate in the county’s community development block grant program are eligible to apply. Residents of Farmington Hills, Royal Oak, Southfield and Waterford Township are NOT eligible as those communities receive funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Lake Angelus, Novi Township, Southfield Township and Bingham Farms do not participate in the block grant program.
A complete list detailing the eligibility requirements for the grants is found at www.oakgov.com/covid. Applications can be picked up at Oakland County Community & Home Improvement, Oakland Pointe, Suite 1900, 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Pontiac, Mich., 48341-0414 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Questions, applications and supporting documentation can be submitted by email to OCHousingRelief@oakgov.com. Residents can also request an application be mailed to them by calling 248-858-0730.
Michigan Small Business Restart - updated 7/14/20
In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The application for businesses to apply for funding will open on July 15, 2020. Businesses that have received or have been approved to receive a grant under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program created by the Michigan Strategic Fund on March 19, 2020 are not eligible (i.e. recipients of funds from Phase I of the Oakland County Stabilization Grant). For further information on eligibility and applying, please click here.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while continuing to keep our communities safe. Re-engagement will happen in phases. Those businesses that are necessary to protect and sustain life are already open. As we move into lower-risk phases, additional business categories will re-open and the restrictions on public gatherings and social interactions will ease.
Michigan’s Work Share program allows employers to restart their business and bring employees back from unemployment. Employers can bring employees back with reduced hours - while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of the lost wages. Employers can also retain their current workforce and are given the flexibility to choose which of their employees are part of a Work Share plan.
New as of April 27, 2020:
The Federal Paycheck Protection Program has a new influx of funds and resumes for applications on April 27th. These are forgivable small business loans through the SBA.
Applications for Federal Paycheck Protection Program Resume April 27
An additional $310 billion was approved to extend the Paycheck Protection Program to provide forgivable federal loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The SBA resumed accepting applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 am.
Small business owners who have previously applied for PPP funding are encouraged to verify the status of their pending application with their lender. More information on how to apply for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program is available at www.MIpaycheckprotection.com
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Federal Government Business Resources
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Congresswoman Haley Stevens’ guide to Business Resources: https://stevens.house.gov/sites/stevens.house.gov/files/documents/MI11%20Resource%20Guide%20for%20Businesses.pdf
Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov
America's Small Business Development Center Resources: www.americassbdc.org