July 1, 2020
The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce champions the growth of business and community through leadership and collaboration.
*Background art by Laura Whitesides Host.
See her collection at Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale for all of July 2020
Lawrence Technological University Relaunches On-Campus Tours
Check out LTU's tour opportunities and virtual experiences to start making connections with their admissions and financial aid counselors. Undergraduate and graduate programs in all four colleges – Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. To learn more click below!
Cordial Expressions
203B E. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale


A common non-intoxicating compound produced by cannabis, with a wide range of medical applications.   CBD is the second most commonly produced compound in cannabis varieties bred for their medicinal use, and the most common in varieties bred for agriculture (commonly known as hemp). It is of interest to many people for its medicinal value, especially its anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory effects. 
U.S. Small Business Adminstration (SBA) posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application. Click below for further information.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has much to offer during these times. FAC is pleased to pass this important information to our network!
Property Tax Deferral Program Moves Unanimously Through House

The Michigan Chamber quickly identified the upcoming property tax bill as being a major problem for businesses who have been forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more below!
Expanded Sales, Use and Withholding (SUW) Tax Relief Passes Senate

At the urging of the Michigan Chamber, the Michigan Department of Treasury announced late last month that businesses who had taken advantage of the Department’s SUW deferral for payments due in March, April and May could take part in a 6-month installment plan to get caught up on their SUW liabilities.
Small Business Restart Grants Approved by the Legislature

The Michigan House and Senate approved $100 million to be spent on grants to help small businesses as they reopen. 
No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform: Navigate Your Employee Questions –
FREE webinar

On July 2, 2020, changes to Michigan’s Auto Insurance Law will go into effect and employers may be on the receiving end of questions from employees about how their employer-sponsored health insurance impacts their ability to choose new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits.
Grant Opportunities
All current Oakland County grant opportunities can be found by clicking below. This includes information on the Oakland Together Grant for retailers, service providers, and fitness facilities. You can sign up to be notified when the application goes live.
Coronavirus-Focused Virtual Business Workshops Among
Several Offered by Oakland County Small Business Team

• Pivoting Your Business to Thrive in a New Environment
• Market Research Basics During the Coronavirus Crisis - Consumers Have Changed, Will You?
• How to Write a Business Plan in the New Economy

A 360° Perspective on Your Business
July 9 | 11 a.m.-noon
Oakland County Executive David Coulter will seek $32 million to help retail stores, restaurants and personal service businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coulter will ask the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for the allocation to create the Oakland Together Economic Recovery Grants to provide an immediate infusion of capital to local businesses in the region.

If approved, the program would begin July 1. Funds would come from CARES Act and could help support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses and other routine business expenses.

“This small business community is a key driver to having a successful economy in Oakland County,” Coulter said. “As our small businesses reopen, we want to ensure they have the resources to keep their customers safe and recover from the downturn." 

Why You Need Your Chamber Now, More Than Ever

Read below the importance of a Chamber and what we are designed to do.

"They were the life raft for you during the great recession and they will be again the next time a crisis rolls around."
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