COVID-19 Business and Community Resources

05/25/2020 Update: Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-97 last week, permitting the re-opening of retail stores with some restrictions.

05/22/2020 Update: Governor Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-100 extending Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12, 2020. The order also extends the temporary closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos.

05/21/2020 Update: Governor Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-96 for reopening veterinarian offices and pet grooming, auto showrooms by appointment only, more retail by appointment only, and expanding available medical and dental services.

05/07/2020 Update: Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 extending the stay at home mandate until May 28 with one significant change. Effective May 11, the manufacturing industry will be allowed to return to work with specific operational modifications. All other restrictions on businesses and individuals remain.

The Governor also unveiled the Michigan Safe Start Plan -- six phase strategy for re-opening the economy.

05/01/2020 Update: Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 that marks the beginning of the MI Safe Start Plan, allowing for some types of businesses, including construction and real estate activities to resume work beginning Thursday, May 7.

4/17/2020 Update: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched a Save Small Business Intiative, which includes all of Berrien County. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Foundation will provide $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities. Save Small Business Grant Fund

4/01/2020 Update: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect today and continues through December 31, 2020. It requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

 This list has been compiled to provide guidance and an index of currently available resources to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chamber will update and enhance this list as the situation evolves.


Berrien County Health Department – Daily updates and hotline (there are no confirmed cases in Berrien County at this time). Information and guidance for specific audiences: Healthcare professionals, Community events & gatherings, Travel recommendations, Faith-based organizations, Businesses & Employers, Colleges & Universities, Law Enforcement & 1st Responders, Childcare & Schools, Long-term care facilities

Berrien RESA -- Educational and support resources for parents, including childcare services for essential workers.

Buchanan Area Senior Center -- While the BASC is closed, Daily Check-In Calls are available for seniors who would like social contact that respects social distancing requirements. If you or a senior you know would like a regular check-in call, please call the BASC at 269-695-7119 to be added to the call list.

Buy Local Berrien – A Facebook campaign launched by the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce to generate support for local businesses in Berrien County and help spread the word of openings and closures. The group is open to all businesses in Berrien County.

City of Buchanan -- Their Facebook page provides information on Buchanan eateries that are open and offering curbside and delivery services.

Cornerstone Alliance – A task force has been created to connect local businesses with resources including access to Federal, State and Local dollars to help sustain payroll and other operational needs. The Alliance has also created a working guide to assist local businesses in fully reopening in a safe, organized and efficient manner.

Rent & Mortgage Payment Program (RAMPP) -- The Berrien Community Foundation, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council
and Cornerstone Alliance have partnered to create a zero-interest loan program for Berrien County businesses and nonprofit organizations that have a rent or mortgage payment due in April and May of 2020.



211-- 24/7/365 resource to connect Michigan residents with help of all kinds, like housing support and financial assistance.

State of Michigan – Executive orders, directives and FAQs, and community mitigation strategies. Comprehensive list of resources for residents, business and specific audiences.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) – Small business relief programs, employer updates, and guidance on specific topics such as cash flow support, e-commerce, and human resources

State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency – For information on filing a claim. Self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can also apply for unemployment benefits .



Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Emergency preparedness, considerations for school closings, communication resources and print materials.

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Guidance for capital access, supply chain shortfalls, facility remediation/clean-up costs and more. SBA Disaster Relief loans are available for all Michigan businesses.

Tech Soup -- Resources for non-profit organizations.




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