January 12, 2020
The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce champions the growth of business and community through leadership and collaboration.
Paycheck Protection Program – Round 2 Interim Rules – Funding Opens Week of January 11
Starting Monday, Jan. 11, only certain types of community financial institutions will be able to make first-draw PPP loans, and on Wednesday, they will be allowed to make second-draw PPP loans. The full PPP will then open up to all participating lenders “shortly thereafter” according to a statement from SBA.
Long-Term Retirement Repercussions of the Pandemic
One in five U.S. workers (21%) indicate their confidence in their ability to retire comfortably has declined in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and only 27% are very confident that they will be able to fully retire with a comfortable lifestyle, according to a new survey report released by nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS).
Employer Update Regarding COVID Response, Compliance, and Stimulus Regulations

If you have lost track of the legislative and regulatory ins and outs of the federal stimulus package and compliance regulations, here is where we are as of this week.
Why Google, Target, and General Mills Are Investing in Mindfulness

Do you start your day sitting quietly, taking a few deep breaths? Mindfulness practitioners know the importance of recharging to regain productivity. Mindfulness practices of reflection, openness, and thoughtfulness will have a positive impact on employees and the bottom line.
How to design a digital strategy that evolves with your business
Why do businesses fail to thrive even with a digital transformation (DX) strategy in place? Because flawless execution is useless without meticulous planning. Having a well-constructed roadmap in place is crucial to any major endeavor, but the quality of the planning matters just as much as the delivery.
Register | COVID-19 Vaccines: To Mandate or Not to Mandate? 
Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is a reality, many employers are contemplating whether they will be able to require employees to take it when it becomes available to the general population. Like with many other questions about COVID-19, the answer is not clear. But what is clear is that employers can start planning now to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
Join Dykema's Elisa J. Lintemuth, member, labor and employment, and Melvin J. Muskovitz, senior counsel, labor and employment, for a discussion on:
  • Whether an employer can mandate employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Whether employees have a legal basis to object.
  • Whether the rules are different for vaccines approved on an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) basis.
  • Potential liability considerations.
  • Practical concerns.
Michigan Economic Developers Association

Two Virtual Education and Networking Opportunities: Creative Ways to Support Local Businesses and
Site Selection Best Practices for a Post-COVID World
About this FREE Education and Networking Webinar
Please join us on Friday, January 15th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a Networking and Educational Webinar via Zoom.

About Networking and Knowledge Exchanges

MEDA's Networking and Knowledge Exchanges started when MEDA's Membership Committee made it a goal to increase engagement for the Association after members sought more time for networking at events.
Have You Thought About Joining MEDA, but Want to Know More?
Overview of MEDA Portion Will Cover MEDA, Our Membership, and Benefits

The Michigan Economic Developers Association celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2020 and is still strong today! Perhaps you have attended events or thought about being a member, but want to know more. The "Overview of MEDA" section will help you and give you a chance to ask the staff and members about the value of membership in the Association!
Thank You Sponsors
Thank You MI Apprenticeship for Sponsoring this Webinar!
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MEDA Members: FREE

Non-Members: FREE

  1. You will receive a confirmation email after registering on the MEDA website with a Zoom link. You will need to use that link register through Zoom to receive the link to join.
  2. Please register by C.O.B. Thursday, January 14th.
  3. Participation is limited to 100.
  4. We will open 15 minutes before the start of the webinar.
Cancellation Policy: Since this event is limited, cancellation is appreciated. Email cjorae@medaweb.org as soon as you learn that you cannot attend after registering.
Another Great Learning Opportunity Just Announced!
We’re seeking help from the Ferndale Area Chamber in spreading awareness of our nomination process to local businesses, and raise awareness and answer questions of what accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities can mean to the city of Ferndale through a short presentation.
Did you know that you have mental and emotional blockages that stand in your way of accomplishing goals?

This is because you don't have Personal Alignment with your Inner Truth! 🤯

We have put together a FREE 4 Day Breakthrough Challenge that will help you remove the barriers that are standing in your way of Personal Alignment. We promise you that you'll discover blockages that have been constraining you for so many years.

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