Michigan Legislation + 411 for Workers & Businesses

The Arts Alliance is trying to collect legislation, business and finance information important to artists, creative workers, organizations and businesses and post it here. We are bound to miss something! So in addition to our list, we are posting contact information for Michigan State legislators from Washtenaw County and a short list of media sources.

Please, if you discover updates, broken links, errors or new sources, contact us at info@a3arts.org. Thank you!

With appreciation to elected officials, media,  fact-checkers & UHY*!

Indoor theaters, movie theaters and event venues can reopen in Region 1.

October 9, 2020 is the day!

Indoor gatherings and events (non-residential) must limit attendance to 20 people per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 500 people in Michigan’s largest venues. Non-residential indoor venues must require a face covering.  

Outdoor gatherings and events (non-residential) must limit attendance to 30 people per 1,000 square feet or 30 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people. 

Read the details in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-183

State Legislation
+ the 411 for business & workers

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Orders and Emergency Declarations – ALL

MIOSHA Launches New Site for COVID-19 Workplace Safety

Lt. Governor Gilchrist & former Lt. Governor Calley encourage Michigan small businesses to apply for second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Directs Michiganders to Wear Homemade Masks in Enclosed Public Spaces

Governor Whitmer and Michigan’s Financial Institutions Agree to Partnership for Providing Borrowers 90-day Mortgage-Payment Forbearance

 Midwest Governors Announce Partnership to Reopen Regional Economy

Tech Startup Stabilization Fund Offers Support for Early-Stage Tech Companies During COVID-19 Outbreak

Pure Michigan Business Connect Grants Support Retooling Efforts of 12 Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Response to COVID-19

 Self-Employed, Other Newly Eligible Workers Can Apply for Unemployment on Monday, $600 Federal Payments Also Begin

 “Saving Businesses, Saving Lives” Grant Open For Companies That Produce Personal Protective Equipment For Frontline Workers And Hospitals Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic (Oakland County)

State Expands Support Services Available for Startups, Entrepreneurs in Response to COVID-19

State of Michigan Press Release: Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Allowing Employment, Other Administrative Hearings by Video Conference

State of Michigan Press Release: Governor Whitmer announces SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

State of Michigan Press Release: State Provides Guidance to Employers Contemplating Potential Layoffs

MEDC Press Release: MEDC, state’s small business support organizations join forces to develop resources for Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19

 State of Michigan Press Release: Governor Whitmer Working to Deliver Solutions for Small Business Impacted by COVID-19

 MEDC Press Release: Pure Michigan Business Connect offering virtual, statewide matchmaking platform for suppliers, buyers providing critical response to COVID-19

Latest updates on Michigan economic support programs, – UHY

Executive order delays Michigan tax deadline – UHY

Michigan waives late penalties on most sales, use and withholding returns – UHY

Governor Whitmer expands Unemployment for Michigan Workers

Michigan Unemployment Filing

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) in Michigan

Economic assistance for Michigan small businesses – UHY

Disaster relief lending approved for Michigan

411 for Businesses

Audit-proofing your PPP loan – With new controversy surrounding certain businesses that have received PPP loans, discussions have begun to arise regarding potential new requirements to “audit” PPP money. We have outlined seven steps you can take to ensure that you aren’t stuck repaying a loan that you believed would have been forgivable.

Tax deadline reminder – Don’t wait until the last minute to file your returns by the July 15 deadline. – UHY

Takeaways from PPP loan forgiveness application – The Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application clears up a lot of the outstanding questions that borrowers may have with regards to forgiveness eligibility, but there are still unanswered questions. Originally published by Accounting Today, we have put together a list of key takeaways from the application

Road to recovery – UHY

Remote auditing– UHY

Effective preservation and deployment of cash– UHY

Identifying sources of waste for business process optimization– UHY

How businesses can identify profit drivers to maximize recovery– UHY

Reprioritizing your business to drive innovation– UHY

Lining up your workforce for recovery – UHY

We thank UHY, our awesome finance firm, for sending regular updates and allowing us to sharing those marked UHY with you.

Governor Whitmer’s Six Phase MI Safe Start Plan

As of 9.28.20 – Click on the map for the most up to date information.

Contact your elected officials


Governor Gretchen Whitmer

State Senator Jeff Irwin
District 18 – Washtenaw

State Senator Lana Theis
District 22 – Washtenaw/Livingston

State Representative Donna Lasinski
District 52 – Washtenaw
517- 373-0828

State Representative Yousef Rabhi
District 53 – Washtenaw

State Representative – Ronnie Peterson
District 54 – Washtenaw

State Representative – Rebekah Warren
District 55 – Washtenaw/Monroe


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Concentrate Magazine tells the narrative of Washtenaw County’s narrative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play.

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