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Michigan small businesses rocked by coronavirus turn to Congress for help

Michigan small businesses rocked by coronavirus turn to Congress for help

April 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Programs set up to help businesses decimated by the coronavirus shutdown have run out of money or halted applications. One Michigan business owner thought his application for a portion of $349 billion in federal stimulus was set only to learn the money ran out. 

‘Depression-level’ Michigan unemployment tops 1 million from coronavirus

‘Depression-level’ Michigan unemployment tops 1 million from coronavirus

April 16, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economists are struggling to find words to describe stunning job losses they’re seeing in the state, and they don’t know how many more will follow during the economic lockdown in a pandemic

Coronavirus could drain Michigan unemployment fund within months

Coronavirus could drain Michigan unemployment fund within months

April 14, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The crush of 1 million new claims is rapidly depleting Michigan’s unemployment fund, which could force the state to borrow money. Jobless workers would still get checks, but Michigan may have to raise business taxes to repay the debt, slowing any recovery.

Michigan food supply firm innovates, finds new markets amid coronavirus crisis

Michigan food supply firm innovates, finds new markets amid coronavirus crisis

April 13, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Like many businesses, Frog Holler Produce in Ann Arbor faced coronavirus shutdown. Until they decided to “spin the wheel” and open new lines of business.

Michigan farmers fear ruin as coronavirus lockdown collapses prices

Michigan farmers fear ruin as coronavirus lockdown collapses prices

April 10, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan’s stay-at-home order has shut supply chains to restaurants and schools and decimated the market for many farmers. ‘This is about as worried as I’ve ever been,’ one says.

When Michigan unemployment, stimulus checks, and $600 CARES money will arrive

When Michigan unemployment, stimulus checks, and $600 CARES money will arrive

April 9, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Your guide to unemployment and other payments as Michigan deals with the devastating economic impact of a deadly virus

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

April 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner

Despite widespread complaints over a sluggish website and slammed call center, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency successfully processed 817,185 initial benefits claims between March 15 and April 4, second only to the more populous state of California.

Few coronavirus cases, but hundreds still victims in U.P. tribal community

Few coronavirus cases, but hundreds still victims in U.P. tribal community

April 8, 2020 | Kelly House

Bryan Newland, chairman of the northeastern Upper Peninsula tribe, said Bay Mills Indian Community leaders had no choice but to stop paying employees of the tribe’s resort and casinos after a request for federal relief loans went unanswered.

Coronavirus shutdown could leave 1 in 4 jobless in northern Michigan

Coronavirus shutdown could leave 1 in 4 jobless in northern Michigan

March 23, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

 Already gearing for a recession, Michigan faces billions of dollars in lost wages and tens of thousands of job cuts. Using maps and charts, Bridge explains how the impact of the coronavirus shutdown will vary widely by industry and maps.

As coronavirus slams businesses, some small Michigan newspapers struggle

As coronavirus slams businesses, some small Michigan newspapers struggle

March 21, 2020 | Bridge Staff

As the coronavirus crisis slams Michigan businesses, some local newspapers are struggling to stay open amid declining ad revenue. C&G Newspapers is suspending publication for 2 to 4 weeks, while the Metro Times in Detroit laid off staffers.

Guns and viruses: Why Michigan gun and ammo sales are exploding

Guns and viruses: Why Michigan gun and ammo sales are exploding

March 19, 2020 | Bob Campbell

Michigan gun shop owners report booming sales of guns and ammo as coronavirus spreads. Self-protection is a big theme, but that doesn’t mean deer are safe.

How to apply for unemployment benefits in Michigan amid coronavirus crisis

How to apply for unemployment benefits in Michigan amid coronavirus crisis

March 19, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Michigan expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers on March 16 as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Michigan business in brief: Big Three shut down over coronavirus fears

Michigan business in brief: Big Three shut down over coronavirus fears

March 18, 2020 | Tom Henderson

More than 60,000 auto workers in Michigan are affected by the closure of plants due to the coronavirus. Banks and credit unions also are moving to increase lending.

Should Michigan tap its $1.2B rainy day fund for coronavirus crisis?

Should Michigan tap its $1.2B rainy day fund for coronavirus crisis?

March 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan OKs $150M in help for the global pandemic. But as coronavirus grinds the economy to a halt, some say now is the time to tap the state’s $1.2 billion reserve fund.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

March 17, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Tom Henderson

How bad will it get? Many economists agree a major downturn is coming along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of layoffs. But others say if the coronavirus is contained soon, the economy could roar back.

Coronavirus layoffs cascade across Michigan. ‘What will I do?’ workers ask

Coronavirus layoffs cascade across Michigan. ‘What will I do?’ workers ask

March 17, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Ron French

One day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shuts down restaurants and bars, workers fear the worst and wonder what bill to skip. One compares it to Russian roulette. Another stocks up on ramen and braces for long haul. 

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

March 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered all bars, restaurants and casinos to close, but she also expanded unemployment insurance benefits in ways that may help workers who lose their jobs or are furloughed.

How Whitmer’s coronavirus order impacts Michigan $40B bar, restaurant sector

How Whitmer’s coronavirus order impacts Michigan $40B bar, restaurant sector

March 16, 2020 | Tom Henderson

Minutes before Gov. Whitmer ordered state restaurants and bars to close dine-in services, Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association, described to Bridge Magazine the dramatic impact the new coronavirus is already having.

Why Michigan cherry industry lost trade fight with Turkey, and its Plan B

Why Michigan cherry industry lost trade fight with Turkey, and its Plan B

February 18, 2020 | Bob Campbell

The U.S. International Trade Commission flatly rejected claims that Turkish imports hurt domestic dried tart cherry processors. But Michigan’s cherry industry has a new line of attack against imports.  

Michigan cherry industry still trying to absorb tariff loss to Turkey

Michigan cherry industry still trying to absorb tariff loss to Turkey

January 22, 2020 | Bob Campbell

Stunned by a recent ruling against the struggling industry, the state’s cherry growers consider next steps, including a new offensive that involves Brazil and U.S. Customs. 

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