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COVID-19 Business Toolkit

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Updated May 22, 2020 - The situation with COVID-19 continues to change rapidly and Destination Ann Arbor remains fluid in our response. During this incredibly difficult time, we are focused on providing information and sharing resources to help businesses navigate the challenges brought about by this crisis.

Local and State Resources

There are organizations within Michigan, and specifically Washtenaw County, that have resources in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 and assist businesses that are hurting due to restrictions that have been put in place. 

COVID-19 Hotline - Michigan has formed a COVID-19 Hotline. Public health experts will answer health-related questions about the virus and direct you to the right resources. It is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  1-888-535-6136

Information on how to apply for unemployment benefits in Michigan The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has resources to assist employees and employers. They are experiencing an influx of unemployment claims currently, so when applying online or calling to speak with an agent, expected wait times will be longer. 

COVID-19 Small Business Support Webinars The Michigan Small Business Development Center is offering a number of small business support webinars on topics such as Paycheck Protection and SBA loan programs. 

Microloan Programs in the Ann Arbor Region Microloans are an important way for growing businesses to gain access to capital when more traditional financing isn’t available.


Hospitality Industry Resources

Restaurants can register for Carry Out Michigan Carry Out Michigan is a single source for accurate, up-to-date information on local restaurants, created by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Roadmap to Recovery for Restaurants Michigan Lodging and Restaurant Association has released a step-by-step guide for navigating restaurant reintegration. The guide is designed to help Michigan restaurants prepare to reopen amid new federal and state regulations, and with new expectations of safety by the public.

MLCC Liquor Buy Back Program The Commission authorized a spirit buy back program which permits certain on-premises retailer licensees to sell those spirits back to the Commission for 100% of the purchase price of the spirits.

The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund - The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund, supported by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, is designed to assist employees of Michigan's restaurant and lodging industry who are in need of support.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) The USBG Foundation strives to be a resource for the bar industry community. You do not need to be a USBG member to apply for a BEAP grant.

AHLA Hotel Lease Volunteer Form Officials are seeking hoteliers who are willing to enter into temporary leases for certain types of lodging properties at this time.

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association Coronavirus Resources The MRLA has made its resources available to everyone in the hospitality industry, no membership needed. 

AHLEI Offers Free Hospitality Career Training The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), they are offering complimentary access to online training resources.

ServSafe Offers Free Training Videos and Learning Suites Due of the challenges presented by COVID-19, ServSafe has developed a number of free resources aimed at keeping workers and the dining public safe.

These national resources have put together guides and tools specifically for businesses in the hospitality industry and small business owners. 

Arts Resources

Business Resources

Business Taxpayers Can Make Sales, Use and Withholding Tax Payments in June 
Business taxpayers who were scheduled to make SUW tax payments due in March, April and May can postpone filing requirements until June 20, 2020.

U.S. Travel Releases Guidelines for Reopening Travel
  - U.S. Travel, May 4, 2020

Whitmer Extends Executive Order Extending Restaurant Dine-In Closure to May 28
 - Michigan.gov, May 1, 2020

MIWISH Grants Available for Small Employers
 - Michigan.gov, May 1, 2020

Top 10 Digital Strategies to Thrive in the “New Normal” when Travel Demand Strengthens
- Hospitality.net, April 27, 2020


Technology Resources

How Local Businesses are Adapting

A Guide to Restaurants Selling Groceries in Ann Arbor
 - Eater Detroit, May 15, 2020

HOMES Brewery ‘All Together’ beer supports hospitality workers in Ann Arbor
- All About Ann Arbor, May 6, 2020

The cocktail kits that let you travel in spirit
- Click on Detroit, May 5, 2020

Ann Arbor sub shop feeding health care workers
- MLive, May 5, 2020


What is Destination Ann Arbor doing?

  • We’re serving as conduits of information from local, county and state officials and keeping our stakeholders informed as this situation evolves.
  • We’re encouraging residents and visitors to adhere to the requirements and recommendations of local and state officials, the CDC, and their health care providers.
  • We’re working with industry professionals to continue actively marketing our destination while being cognizant of our changing conditions.
  • We’re encouraging our residents and visitors alike to support and patronize our local Ann Arbor area businesses in ways that comply with recommendations from local and state health officials, the CDC, and their health care providers.
  • We’re helping the media and the public understand the adverse effects that this situation will have on our visitor economy and how residents and visitors can help to minimize the impact to our local small businesses and hospitality community.
  • We’re actively working with legislators on behalf of our local hospitality industry to advocate for assistance and relief for businesses impacted by this crisis.