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Panel OKs $1.2B coronavirus bill; visitation rules relaxed

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened.

Business Leaders for Michigan shares COVID-19 recovery proposal

The state’s business roundtable shared a three-part proposal with elected officials for a “sustainable” restarting of Michigan’s economy.

Right Place learns from small business relief collaboration

During a meeting of the Kent County COVID-19 relief subcommittee, The Right Place Inc. presented an overview of the its Small Business Grant program as well as an update to its own COVID-19 response.

Right Place learns from small business relief collaboration

During a meeting of the Kent County COVID-19 relief subcommittee, The Right Place Inc. presented an overview of the its Small Business Grant program as well as an update to its own COVID-19 response.

Rockford acquires management of McKay Tower

Rockford Property Management assumed property management responsibilities at the historic McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids.

Right Place assists medical device packaging company

Packaging Compliance Labs is expanding its current operations in Kentwood.

International students team up for Wege Prize

College students from across the world will gather online to present their ideas to solve complex global issues.

Meat processing plants adjust as safety measures are enforced

Meat processing plants in Michigan are facing some disruption as they look to stock the shelves of grocery stores throughout the state.

Pine Rest: COVID-19 will have lasting impact on mental health

Michigan is expected to experience a spike in mental health issues even after COVID-19 dies down.

Banks offering employees additional pay during pandemic

TCF Bank and Fifth Third Bank are providing additional compensation to their essential workers as they work on the frontlines to assist customers.

PADNOS launches staffing agency

As a company that prides itself on its flexibility and innovation, PADNOS has launched a staffing firm that provides employee labor to customers that need it.

MEDC, Michigan Women Forward create $1.5M relief fund

The state is partnering with an organization that supports women entrepreneurs on a relief fund for small business owners.

The Right Place launches PPE supplier directory

West Michigan’s economic development agency launched a directory of businesses that are supplying in-demand personal protective equipment.

Partners unveil COVID-19 dashboard for Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Policy Forum and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce created a COVID-19 dashboard to provide businesses, policymakers and the public with a better understanding of the region’s hospital capacity, as well as track and compare the impact of the pandemic in West Michigan with other communities and neighboring states.

West Coast Chamber creates downtown relief fund

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched a relief fund for downtown Holland and Zeeland.

City invests $66K in Neighborhood Match Fund projects

The city of Grand Rapids plans to invest $66,970 in Neighborhood Match Fund projects that focus on COVID-19 resident and community resiliency and support public health guidelines and executive orders around safety practices.

The Right Place awarding $1M in small business relief funds

The Right Place is awarding $1 million in grants to 195 small businesses in West Michigan through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program.

Makers prepare to ramp up

Local manufacturing leaders say they will be ready for the gradual reopening of the economy when it comes.

Business leaders urge governor to reopen the economy

More than 140 West Michigan business leaders have signed a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, offering their perspective on how and how quickly Michigan can start getting back to work.

Seed fund will assist startup entrepreneurs

More funds soon will be available for some startups.

Relief initiatives flooded with need

A community development financial institution (CDFI) that serves 77 Michigan counties was quickly overwhelmed with inquiries after receiving $2 million in loan funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Report paints dire picture of COVID-19 impacts

A new report shows the backbone of America — small businesses — may be injured beyond repair as the result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Partners establish fund for undocumented families

Eight community organizations established a fund that will grant emergency aid to undocumented and mixed-status families in Kent County in response to COVID-19.

Start Garden awards $300K to entrepreneurs

Sixty-eight entrepreneurs received checks from Start Garden’s $300,000 relief fund, which was dubbed The Comeback Fund.

Business Leaders for Michigan president announces retirement

The president and CEO of the state’s business roundtable is set to retire at the end of the year.