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Michigan to allow indoor dining at 25 percent capacity as COVID eases

Michigan to allow indoor dining at 25 percent capacity as COVID eases

January 22, 2021 | Mike Wilkinson, Paula Gardner

Even as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced limited reopening for the state’s battered bar and restaurant industry starting Feb. 1, she warned that indoor dining will last only so long as COVID remains under control.

Q&A: U-M researcher says Black businesses shorted in first PPP loans

Q&A: U-M researcher says Black businesses shorted in first PPP loans

January 19, 2021 | Paula Gardner

Government programs should create an equitable playing field for business owners and entrepreneurs, Felix Kabo said of racial disparities his research team found in Paycheck Protection Program loans amid COVID.

New financial help for Michigan small businesses amid COVID

New financial help for Michigan small businesses amid COVID

January 18, 2021 | Paula Gardner

Emergency pandemic funding for small businesses expands this week, as PPP options broaden and state grant programs launch.

Michigan restaurants frustrated by tentative Feb. 1 reopen date

Michigan restaurants frustrated by tentative Feb. 1 reopen date

January 13, 2021 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

‘Everything we’ve worked for is in jeopardy,’ says Andy French of Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill. Feb. 1 is the most recently announced possible date for reopening, but state officials still have not released specific requirements.

Latino contractors seek bigger piece of southwest Detroit’s building boom

Latino contractors seek bigger piece of southwest Detroit’s building boom

January 11, 2021 | Martina Guzmán

Word-of-mouth referrals and neighborhood work can keep Spanish-speaking builders busy, but many now aim for bigger jobs. An industry-focused group is helping them make business plans and grow.

Q&A: Help is on the way in 2021 for firms struggling in Michigan

Q&A: Help is on the way in 2021 for firms struggling in Michigan

January 11, 2021 | Paula Gardner

The CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. says the business development pipeline is active  – and important for the state’s recovery.

 Q&A: Michigan nonprofits facing ‘uncertain environment’ in pandemic

Q&A: Michigan nonprofits facing ‘uncertain environment’ in pandemic

January 11, 2021 | Paula Gardner

Donna Murray-Brown, CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, speaks to the challenges and opportunities emerging during COVID-19.

Best of Bridge Michigan: The top business stories of 2020

Best of Bridge Michigan: The top business stories of 2020

December 31, 2020 | Bridge Staff

The pandemic left hundreds of thousands out of work, closed businesses and left others struggling for their livelihoods.

What COVID relief deals in Lansing, Washington mean for Michigan families

What COVID relief deals in Lansing, Washington mean for Michigan families

December 22, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

Here’s what we know about new legislation that, when signed into law, will help laid-off workers with extra cash payments and extended benefits.

Owner of former Michigan Big Boy readies for COVID contempt hearing

Owner of former Michigan Big Boy readies for COVID contempt hearing

December 15, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Troy Tank has defied orders to close indoor dining at his restaurant in the Thumb, saying his economic survival depends on business as usual. But Sanilac County’s top health official wants the place closed amid a virus surge he calls “rampant.”

West Michigan’s manufacturing base is helping it beat pandemic recession

West Michigan’s manufacturing base is helping it beat pandemic recession

December 11, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Demand for workers is high as a low unemployment rate in Grand Rapids and an active manufacturing sector prompts ‘war for talent.’

Michigan spends $8.5M to push small manufacturers to become ‘digital ready’

Michigan spends $8.5M to push small manufacturers to become ‘digital ready’

December 10, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The awareness plan for ‘Industry 4.0’ technology calls for 50 percent of the state’s manufacturing sector to pursue the changes by 2025.

Doug Rothwell: Michigan economy is no longer last but needs to improve

Doug Rothwell: Michigan economy is no longer last but needs to improve

December 10, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Doug Rothwell retired from Business Leaders for Michigan this year after decades of trying to boost Michigan’s economy. He says much work remains.

Michigan’s COVID indoor dining ban expires within days. Or will it?

Michigan’s COVID indoor dining ban expires within days. Or will it?

December 4, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

Bars, restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses are bracing for an extension to a state health order that ‘paused’ operations for three weeks.

Will Michigan Supreme Court rescue restaurants from COVID dining ban?

Will Michigan Supreme Court rescue restaurants from COVID dining ban?

December 2, 2020 | Paula Gardner

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request from the restaurant industry to resume indoor dining during the COVID surge. But the judge hinted he may soon punt the case to the state Supreme Court, which struck down the governor’s emergency authority in October.

$10M grant fund launched for small Michigan businesses hurt by COVID limits

$10M grant fund launched for small Michigan businesses hurt by COVID limits

November 30, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Bars, restaurants, hotels and recreation facilities with fewer than 50 employees will be eligible for the much-needed relief.

Forecasts say Michigan’s economy will still be recovering in 2023

Forecasts say Michigan’s economy will still be recovering in 2023

November 30, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economists at the University of Michigan say the pace of recovery in the state for workers and the government’s budget will depend on a new round of federal pandemic stimulus funding.

Michigan-based companies see 3Q uptick after COVID-19 hit

Michigan-based companies see 3Q uptick after COVID-19 hit

November 30, 2020 | David Wilkins

Many of the state’s public companies said rebound still may not be enough to make up for the steep losses earlier in the year.

Desperation growing at Michigan restaurants after new COVID limits

Desperation growing at Michigan restaurants after new COVID limits

November 24, 2020 | Paula Gardner

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are growing, but the state’s bar and restaurant industry says its dining rooms are unfairly shut down. Layoffs continue, and many warn of more closures.

Judge won't allow Michigan restaurants to immediately reopen dining rooms

Judge won't allow Michigan restaurants to immediately reopen dining rooms

November 20, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

The restaurant industry warns that 250,000 employees could be laid off under new COVID-19 restrictions. A judge denied a request for an injunction, but the trade group’s suit seeking to overturn the measure continues.

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