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Michigan economy is stronger than expected amid pandemic. Thank the stimulus.

Michigan economy is stronger than expected amid pandemic. Thank the stimulus.

August 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Consumer spending is up amid the pandemic, as Michigan residents are spending federal bailout money designed to keep the economy going amid the pandemic. But state economists warn Michigan still faces tough times.

Michigan’s permanent layoffs suggest thousands of jobs may be gone for good

Michigan’s permanent layoffs suggest thousands of jobs may be gone for good

August 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economists are starting to get data that indicate a longer, slower recovery period following steep job losses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan town wonders what’s next as factory closes and 125 jobs are lost

Michigan town wonders what’s next as factory closes and 125 jobs are lost

August 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

‘We need to find jobs that people can keep,’ says one store owner as the second-largest employer in Evart closed this summer. It’s just another blow to a community fighting for stability during the coronavirus pandemic.

Study: Wage gap widens between Black, white workers, especially in Michigan

Study: Wage gap widens between Black, white workers, especially in Michigan

August 12, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Both races make less than they did 40 years ago when adjusted for inflation. But wages for Black workers have declined more since the 1970s, in part because of a loss of manufacturing and widening gap in educational opportunities.

Michigan’s auto industry struggled in Q2. CEOs say challenges remain.

Michigan’s auto industry struggled in Q2. CEOs say challenges remain.

August 12, 2020 | David Wilkins

A look at public filings shows that the leaders of the state’s largest auto businesses don’t yet see the end to COVID-19 slowdowns and sales contraction.

Michigan business snapshot of Q2 earnings shows losses — and a few wins

Michigan business snapshot of Q2 earnings shows losses — and a few wins

August 12, 2020 | David Wilkins

Cereal is selling well for Kellogg amid coronavirus, but many other public companies in the state are still struggling with low earnings.

Report: Michigan needs more entrepreneurs as it loses ground to other states

Report: Michigan needs more entrepreneurs as it loses ground to other states

August 11, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Michigan emerged from the Great Recession with a good environment for new businesses. But it wasn’t great. Now, the challenge to improve is more urgent.

Big Ten may cancel Michigan football. In Ann Arbor, businesses brace for worst

Big Ten may cancel Michigan football. In Ann Arbor, businesses brace for worst

August 10, 2020 | Paula Gardner

University of Michigan football makes some $122 million per year and supports a host of businesses throughout Ann Arbor. They’ve already endured the coronavirus. Can they survive the loss of the 2020 season?

PPE turns into ‘tremendous’ opportunity for Reed City factory

PPE turns into ‘tremendous’ opportunity for Reed City factory

July 24, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Thirty jobs created during the COVID-19 pandemic is one sign that Reed City Group’s diversification into medical equipment is paying off.

MI start-ups pivot as venture capital investment plummets during COVID

MI start-ups pivot as venture capital investment plummets during COVID

July 24, 2020 | David Wilkins

The number of VC deals in the state dropped from 70 in the first half of 2019 to 41 this year, the lowest total in the past seven years. But several entrepreneurs found ways to survive during the pandemic.

 Q&A: Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman’s says MI restaurants need help. Now.

Q&A: Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman’s says MI restaurants need help. Now.

July 24, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Restaurant owners are “making hard decisions, literally, almost every day.” A $120 billion relief package before Congress could help.

TCF announces $1 billion investment in loans for minority-owned businesses

TCF announces $1 billion investment in loans for minority-owned businesses

July 24, 2020 | Bryce Huffman

TCF bank expands lending and housing opportunities for low-income people and groups impacted by discrimination in Detroit and other midwestern cities.

Michigan may soon move to shield businesses from coronavirus lawsuits

Michigan may soon move to shield businesses from coronavirus lawsuits

July 13, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Business owners fear a flood of lawsuits because of exposure from the coronavirus. Lawmakers may soon consider legislation that would grant them protections if they follow precautions.

Michigan property owners have until Aug. 31 to appeal 2020 taxes

Michigan property owners have until Aug. 31 to appeal 2020 taxes

July 13, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Michigan moved its appeal deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, nearly 1,400 commercial property owners seek to reduce their taxes, while cities brace for a decline in revenues.

Q&A with Sandy Baruah: ‘To keep businesses open, wear a mask’

Q&A with Sandy Baruah: ‘To keep businesses open, wear a mask’

July 13, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The leader of the Detroit Regional Chamber says the most important thing Michiganders can do for businesses during coronavirus is to help them keep their doors open.

Whitmer orders Michigan stores to refuse entry to those not wearing masks

Whitmer orders Michigan stores to refuse entry to those not wearing masks

July 10, 2020 | Ron French, Paula Gardner

With coronavirus cases rising, Michigan’s governor toughened state face mask requirements. Starting Monday, expect to be refused entry to stores and restaurants if you’re not covered. Customers face fines, stores face closure for ignoring.

$100M in ‘critical’ coronavirus relief coming to Michigan small businesses

$100M in ‘critical’ coronavirus relief coming to Michigan small businesses

July 7, 2020 | Paula Gardner

With uncertainty growing along with coronavirus cases across the U.S., the state says the new grants are ‘critical’ to helping them survive the pandemic. Another $15M targets farms

Michigan ammo dealer markets to ‘Boogaloo,’ which awaits second civil war

Michigan ammo dealer markets to ‘Boogaloo,’ which awaits second civil war

July 6, 2020 | Ian Karbal, The Trace

Some ammo makers and gun shops in Michigan and beyond are invoking the memes and rhetoric of an extremist, anti-government ideology during the coronavirus outbreak. 

After 100-plus coronavirus cases, Michigan bar owner urges more testing

After 100-plus coronavirus cases, Michigan bar owner urges more testing

June 29, 2020 | Paula Gardner

"People say to me, ‘I feel so bad for you being demonized as far as the numbers,’” said the owner of Harper’s in East Lansing.“If we don’t have the numbers, we don’t know what’s out there.”

Michigan bars worry as East Lansing bar’s coronavirus tally tops 70 cases

Michigan bars worry as East Lansing bar’s coronavirus tally tops 70 cases

June 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Bars, particularly in college towns, have an avalanche of challenges as they try to reopen: limited seating, rude customers and young people who didn’t come to stay socially distant. And then there is Harper’s, which is facing the fallout from a packed house.

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