Updates from the Executive Director

What manufacturers need to know, straight from our team.




The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world is continuously evolving. MMTA wants you to know we are carefully monitoring the situation. 

To suppress the spread of COVID-19, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. Individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances. Access the page


To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all manufacturers to access resources to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC Coronaviris Fact Sheet provides you with the facts.


The resources below are relevant and recent. Please use these resources to support your business and let us know how we can help.


As concerns about Covid-19 continue to rise, many employers are in new territory looking for ways to support and protect their workforce.  In order to help employers plan and respond to Covid-19, the CDC has issued guidance.




OSHA Planning Guide 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. 




Health and Human Services 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources continues to update information related to COVID-19. The below links to a Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Q&A distributed by MDHHS.



Navigating Employee Challenges/Relations

The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is providing guidance to Michigan employers on how to avoid potential layoffs related to COVID-19. The guidance provides insight on the Work Share program, the difference between temporary leave and termination and other resources to help navigate employee challenges during this time. 

Work Share Program

Work Share is a program that permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers. With the plan, rather than being laid off, eligible employees work a reduced number of hours in the workweek and receive a portion of weekly unemployment benefits. By participating in Work Share, employers are able to retain trained employees and avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring and training new employees.

Temporarily Expand Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. This executive order is effective immediately and until Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59pm.

Under the governor’s order, unemployment benefits would be extended to: 

  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill. 

  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 

  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

Note: Unemployment claimants are temporarily, no longer required to report to Michigan Works! for work search. 


Note: Michigan Works! will be prepared to serve the unemployed and employers as the health care emergency passes. 


Supply Chain Analysis by Deloitte with short-term actions 

Deloitte Canada prepared an insightful analysis that highlights short-term actions companies can take to respond to business disruption and supply chain challenges from the global spread of COVID-19. The analysis also looks ahead to the longer-term solution of digital supply networks.



Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand (PWC) 

Companies with direct exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak are taking a number of actions. Read a short article on how others are taking action now to prepare for the future. 

       How short-term measures set the foundation for proactive resilience


Procurement Opportunities

Pure Michigan Business Connect, a program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has built an online platform to help facilitate introductions to producers of needed medical supplies and materials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 



Access to Capital and Cash Flow

Michigan small businesses are now eligible for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). 



Here are the details:

  • Low-interest loans of up to $2 million are available for small businesses and private non-profits.

  • Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills and have repayment options of up to 30 years. 

  • Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for private non-profits.

  • Need help filling out the application? 

  • Click HERE to apply now.


Michigan Small Business Relief Program

The Michigan Small Business Relief Program approved today authorizes the MEDC to provide up to $20 million in support for small businesses. The funding is divided between $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce. Applications will be available by April 1, 2020.




Banks Offer Relief to Small Businesses and Individuals (updated 3-19)

There are numerous banks offering financial relief to small businesses and individuals. This is not a complete list, please check with your lender for the relief they may be offering small businesses.



Michigan Small Business Resources

There are numerous small business resources in Michigan to help you navigate challenges. Michigan Manufacturers & Technology Association (MMTA) is one. Here are a few others to support.

  • Business Leaders for Michigan | Link

  • Michigan Small Business Development Center | Link

  • VetBiz Central | Link

  • Michigan’s Women's Business Centers | Link

  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation | Link

  • Michigan Works | Link

  • SCORE | Link

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