Doing Business In The City

dtwn_Downtown_02-lg(ms)The City of Dexter is a vibrant community with an excellent variety of existing businesses, as well as many opportunities for growth.
This Business Resources page contains resources for residents and visitors, as well as information for current and prospective business owners.
Please contact Community Development Manager, Michelle Aniol (734) 580-2233 or maniol@dextermi.gov) if you have questions or comments about the content on this page.

MICHIGAN SMALL BUSINESS RESTART GRANT PROGRAM
Applications are now being accepted for the MICHIGAN SMALL BUSINESS RESTART GRANT PROGRAM!
In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The Program will provide grant funding to eligible businesses and nonprofits that have realized a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency.

15 Local Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in Michigan will be accepting, reviewing and approving submitted applications from businesses located in the counties they serve.  Ann Arbor SPARK is our EDO.

Working with MEDC, the local EDOs will provide grants up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits. Grant funding can be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. 

If you have any questions, please contact the MEDC Customer Care Center at (888) 522-0103. Hours are 8am-5pm Mon.-Fri. and closed for lunch 12-1 pm. During the lunch hours, callers may leave a voicemail. You can also send an email to medceconomic@michigan.org.

Grant Application Process

Once an applicant clicks "start", the applicant must search for their existing Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) Connect Space account.  If you do not have a PMBC Connect Space account, you will be guided through the process of creating one, as part of your grant application.  There is no charge for creating a PMBC Connect Space account.  If you have any questions related to creating or accessing a PMBC Connect Space account, please email pmbc@michigan.org.

Grant Eligibility
Businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees, worldwide, located in Michigan. Businesses must also demonstrate the following:

  • Part of an industry or nonprofit that can demonstrate it has been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses
  • Demonstrates an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency as determined by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).
Additionally, at least 30 percent of the funds awarded under this program will be provided to women-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned eligible businesses. The MEDC anticipates that more than 5,000 businesses across the state will benefit from this program.

Applications are being accepted July 15-August 5, 2020.

STEPS TO ADDRESS WATER QUALITY IN BUILDINGS CLOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many southeast Michigan businesses and facilities to shut their doors and suspend operations for an unprecedented length of time. In a moment with no shortage of things to worry about, the impact that this shutdown can have on the quality of the water sitting stagnant within building pipes may not be at the top of the public’s list. However, when the economy reopens it will be the responsibility of individual building managers to mitigate these impacts on the water quality in their premise plumbing.

A simple and effective way to purge the water that has been sitting stagnant inside of a building’s plumbing for days, weeks, or even months is to open all the water taps and let the water run freely. Hot water tanks may need to be flushed separately; instructions can be found on the GLWA website here. Flushing the system forcibly removes rust, corrosion byproducts, or particulates, and replaces the potentially degraded water with fresh and recently treated water from the local main supply. For buildings and businesses that are accustomed to seasonal or intermittent use, flushing may already be part of a regular maintenance routine. But for others that have never been continuously shuttered for more than a day or two, people may not be aware of the potential danger posed by stagnant water, or of the steps that need to be taken to ensure water quality.

Each building is different, so plumbing system needs and flushing best practices will vary based on their size, configuration, condition, and type of usage. Regardless of these specifics, flushing is an easy best practice that can and should be applied before returning to normal operations anywhere that water has been sitting unused for a prolonged period.

SBA CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SMALL BUSINESS GUIDANCE AND LOAN RESOURCES The Small Business Administration (SBA) has put together a comprehensive list of resources available to help small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  


SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
4/2/2020 Update: Fact Sheet
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits.  Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.  Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been for payroll).  Loan payments will also be deferred for six months.  No collateral or personal guarantees are required.  Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.  For more information or to apply click HERE.


COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT WEBINARS
WASHTENAW SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCY FUND
To address the financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County’s Office of Community & Economic Development, Washtenaw County Community College’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Small Business Development Center have developed an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $2,500 to qualifying small businesses (in Washtenaw County).  Click  HERE for more information or to apply.

Michigan Small Business Relief Grants
 (Application period currently closed)

$10,000 is the maximum grant that will be awarded per applicant. Grants will be awarded based on demonstrated need until the $375,000 grant funding allocated to Washtenaw County by Ann Arbor SPARK is exhausted. The company is in an industry outlined in Executive Order 2020-9, or any subsequent Executive Order of similar intent (“EO”), or demonstrates it is otherwise affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, that meets one or more of the following:
  • provides support to impacted employees
  • is located in a downtown district or high impact corridor
  • has 50 employees or less
  • provides services to companies outlined in the EO and requires additional employees to support the companies or employees impacted by EO
  • needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business
  • able to demonstrate an income loss as a result of the EO, or the COVID-19 outbreak
Michigan Small Business Relief Loans (Application period currently closed)
Loans to eligible borrowers must be $50,000 or more and are capped at $200,000. The company is in an industry outlined in Executive Order 2020-09, or any subsequent Executive Order of similar intent (“EO”), or demonstrates it is otherwise affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, that meets one or more of the following:
  • has fewer than 100 employees
  • needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business
  • demonstrates that it is unable to access credit through alternative sources
  • demonstrates an income loss of as a result of Executive Order 2020-9
Contact Ann Arbor SPARK 
Questions: businessdevelopment@annarborusa.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

State Federal Corporate