COVID-19 Business and Community Resources
Berrien County Health Department – Daily updates and hotline. Guidance for specific audiences such as healthcare professionals, faith-based organizations, and others. Vaccine registration and plan.
Berrien Reopens.Org -- Guidelines, resources and tools for Berrien County to return to work safely
Buchanan Area Senior Center -- Daily Check-In Calls available for seniors who would like social contact that respects social distancing requirements. Call 269-695-7119 to be added to the 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.
Cornerstone Alliance – Resources for accessing Federal, State and Local dollars to help sustain payroll and other operational needs. Guidesto assist local businesses in 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.
Michigan Dept of Health & Human Services -- Epidemic orders, vaccination info
State of Michigan – Executive orders, directives, FAQs, and community mitigation strategies. Comprehensive list of resources for residents, business and specific audiences. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect April 1 and continues through December 31, 2020.
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.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Save Small Business Grant Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Foundation will provide $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities, including Berrien County.