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 if you have questions or comments about the content on this page.

The City of Dexter, in coordination with Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor SPARK and EntryPoint are tracking the COVID-19 crisis closely, evaluating our programs and events on a daily basis, and working hard to provide you with the most up-to-date facts and data.  Entry-Point is a local research institution to survey Washtenaw County businesses in order to fully understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our community. Please complete this short, five-minute survey by May 15th.

This spreadsheet contains the self-reported status of Dexter Businesses serving the public as of the date listed.

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.

On Wed, April 15, 2020 the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present a webinar regarding the Paycheck Protection Program - Loan Forgiveness.  As funds begin to flow, it's important to understand how to use them according to the program parameters.  Click HERE to register for this free webinar. After the webinar, a recording will be sent to everyone who registered.  
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.  

Our nation's small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The SBA is experiencing a large volume of applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Due to current appropriations for this program, the SBA will make initial loan disbursements for two months of working capital up to a maximum of $15,000 per applicant. This is in addition to the Advance of up to $10,000 each small business and non-profit is eligible to receive. By doing this, the SBA will ensure it is supporting the greatest number of applicants during this difficult time.
You can apply directly on the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Loan Website.  Want to learn more about the loan before applying, check out the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). If you need help determining if the EIDL is right for your business, the Michigan SBDC team is committed to your success.  They have the resources you need to move forward during COVID-19.  A Michigan SBDC business consultant is available to you at no-cost.  Click here to talk with a business consultant.  

The National Restaurant Association is providing $500 grants, through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.  Applications are currently begin accepted.  Please be patient as the demand is high.

Eligibility Criteria - In order to receive a one-time grant from the Fund, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You have worked on a part- or full-time basis in the restaurant industry for at least 90 days in the past year; and
  • Have had a primary source of income in the restaurant industry for the last year; and
  • Have experienced a decrease in needed wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020 which these grant funds will help offset; and
  • Live in the United States, an overseas U.S. military base, or any U.S. territory*; and
  • Are over the age of legal majority in their in their U.S. state or territory

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is providing immediate relief to small businesses in Washtenaw County through the Small Business Relief Program, a funding initiative that will award grants and loans, through Ann Arbor SPARK, to eligible businesses in Washtenaw County.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ann Arbor SPARK are working together to help small businesses apply for these funds. Ann Arbor SPARK was allocated $900,000 from the $10 million MEDC grant fund and Washtenaw County businesses will be eligible for $375,000 of that allocation. The MEDC loan fund totals $10 million and will lend eligible borrowers a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $200,000.

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 


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