Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Director Vicky Rad discuss the second round of pandemic-related grants July 8, this time for businesses with 50-plus employees.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Director Vicky Rad discuss the second round of pandemic-related grants July 8, this time for businesses with 50-plus employees.

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Macomb County businesses with 50-plus employees can apply for $10,000 grants

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published July 13, 2020

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MACOMB COUNTY — On July 8, Macomb County announced the second round of business sustainability grants, totaling $5 million for businesses with 50 or more employees.

The first round of grants, which was also part of federal CARES Act funding, was approximately $20 million for businesses with 49 or fewer employees.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel acknowledged the “dual crisis” currently taking place not just locally, but nationally, in terms of health and economics. He said the county’s goal is to engage with local businesses, who he said want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

“Why am I saying this?” he said. “Because businesses are being responsible.

Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Director Vicky Rad said the first round of grants resulted in about 3,600 applications. Healthcare-related businesses and restaurants composed the largest groups of applicants.

As of July 8, a total of 393 checks had been distributed totaling $1.96 million. The county will issue grant monies up to $20 million in the weeks and months ahead.

This new round will offer $10,000 per grant to businesses with between 50 and 500 employees, and with at least 50 employees being employed within Macomb County. Businesses must be for-profit organizations and in business for at least 12 months, have valid employer identification numbers and showcasing “a verifiable need for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses and/or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.”

There are about 1,100 county businesses that fit the criteria for the new grants.

“At the end of the day, you’re trying to generate and run a business,” Rad said.

The businesses must also be able to verify they have been negatively impacted, or have experienced a loss in revenue or business, due to COVID-19. Previous recipients of the Michigan Small Business Relief Program or previous rounds of county sustainability grants will not qualify.

Applications are being collected now through 5 p.m. July 22. They must contain a signed W-9 form from the past 12 months, a utility bill from the past six months, and a signed and dated affidavit.

Hackel mentioned on July 8 that Macomb County had experienced zero deaths related to COVID-19 the previous nine days.

He said most citizens did their parts by flattening the curve at the virus’ onset, and mentioned how now hospitals are saying they can handle upticks in virus resurgence. Most, he noted, are back to performing non-elective surgeries. The county is also conducting sewer tests to detect COVID-19.

There are more positive tests because there are more tests being conducted, he said, which is a good thing. He said some people are “lax” with masks, but waiting for a vaccine “can’t be the answer.”

“We’re doing everything we can now that we haven’t done before,” he said.

“Give businesses a chance,” he said. “They’re willing to be part of the solution.”

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