February 8, 2021
Meijer will host its first virtual Localization Summit, giving local businesses across the retailer’s six-state footprint the opportunity to showcase their offerings to Meijer merchants.The April 1 virtual event will focus on the following categories:• Grocery, including fresh, deli and bakery• Baby• Beauty and personal care• Over-the-counter and wellnessBusinesses that manufacture or grow retail-ready products in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan or Wisconsin may apply by Friday, Feb. 19 for consideration.Apply by Friday, Feb. 19 for consideration
The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households. The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21Learn more
Congress recently passed an end-of-year relief package that included a new and improved round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. If you are curious about what has been changed from the first round, and how those changes affect you, here’s a brief summary of what you need to know.Read the summary
Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. The next grant application period opens on Jan. 26, 2021 and runs through Feb. 19, 2021.Find out if you’re eligible
Michigan Women Forward’s WomanUp & Pitch brings together 30 women entrepreneurs from across the state to pitch their business ideas and win cash prizes. Watch as each of 30 competition finalists pitches her business idea to a team of judges, and vote for your favorite! Mark these dates on your calendar so you don’t miss it:
All pitch competitions will be virtual and free and will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m.Register for the event
The Southwest Michigan PTAC team is ready to assist you with your government contracting needs. During our temporary office closure please contact our team using the information below:Check out our 2021 Class Listing
The PMBC Access and Certification Grant is designed to break down barriers preventing Michigan businesses from winning purchase orders.
The program has three objectives:
With federal funding made available through the City of Kalamazoo, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region is partnering to provide immediate grant support to businesses hardest hit by COVID-19 for costs related to health and human safety.
Beginning Dec. 7, 2020, eligible businesses may apply for a Kalamazoo Small Business Health Protection Grant, a reimbursement of up to $2,500 for expenses including PPE (personal protective equipment) or other costs incurred in pursuit of the general preservation of health and human safety.
Expenses must be dated from April 1, 2020 until present. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more