A Message from the Mayor
As a state, a nation and throughout the world, we are living through history. Not in our lifetime have we all been faced with such an uncertain situation for our communities, our economy and the health and safety of our families. It has impacted us both personally and professionally.
I have had numerous conversations with business leaders as they deal with the difficult circumstances of COVID-19. I've also participated in countless calls and webinars sponsored by national, state and regional leaders including The White House, Bloomberg/Harvard, the State of Michigan (including the Governor’s Office), Oakland County, with our federal, state and local elected officials and our Chamber of Commerce. I also host a weekly call with leadership from our health care and education communities and other civic leaders. It's important to communicate and coordinate our efforts, particularly given the dynamic and constantly evolving nature of this situation. This proactive engagement will continue.
There are resources being released daily to assist businesses and their employees and we have assembled them on this site. The City’s Planning and Economic Development team and my office stand ready to help our business community. Our Economic Development Manager, Pamela Valentik, can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I witness your resilience every day. We will get through this together.
Mayor Bryan K. Barnett
The U.S. Small Business Administration has expanded the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to include those small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. Visit their website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
Michigan has created the $20 million Michigan Small Business Relief Fund which will provide loans and grants to small businesses affected by COVID-19. Visit www.michiganbusiness.org/COVID19
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is pleased to announce that individual business assistance is now available at no cost to small business owners. Specialists are available to assist small businesses with the development of real and actionable plans to help them survive during these uncertain times. Visit US Conference of Mayors Small Business Assistance During COVID-19 or call 855-876-5561
Temporary Business Closure/Potential Layoffs? The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has created programs like WorkShare and factsheets for employers on recommendations regarding temporary layoffs. For more information for employers and employees, visit www.michigan.gov/UIA
Toolkits for Businesses
FREE Reopen PPE Kit for Rochester Hills' small businesses and non-profits
ReOpen Kits Informational Flyer
Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce: www.rrc-mi.com/COVID-19
Oakland County: www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland
Michigan Economic Development Corporation: www.michiganbusiness.org/COVID19
Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce: www.detroitchamber.com/COVID19
Michigan Small Business Development Center: https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/
For the very latest news and information about the coronavirus, we regularly use and recommend the county, state and national resources listed below:
Oakland County: Oakgov.com/coronavirus
Oakland County: Oakgov.com/health
State of Michigan: michigan.gov/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
The White House/Department of Health & Human Services/CDC: coronavirus.gov
Businesses have asked how they can help
The Rochester Hills Fire Department is in need of N95 or N100 face masks. If you have any extra supplies, please contact the Fire Chief Sean Canto at email@example.com
Are you able to sell/manufacture critical products needed? Sign up on the MEDC's Pure Michigan Business Connect program to see what opportunities may exist for your business. Visit https://pmbc.connect.space/covid19/forms
Neighborhood House assists those in our community, helping them to walk the path toward self-sustainability during times of hardship. They have an urgent need for food and grocery store gift card donations. To learn more about how you can help, please visit www.ranh.org
The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester has established a Community Response Fund. Grants from the fund will be made to local nonprofit organizations, agencies and municipalities administering programs in response to the needs of community members during this unprecedented crisis. To learn more, visit www.cfound.org
Community Assistance Volunteer/Resources Sign-up Sheet
If you or your organization is able to assist in any way by donating food, water, or supplies, delivering items to individuals in need, or anything else, please let us know. Someone from the City will contact you with more details about what is needed. Please fill out this online form.