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Safety Protocols for Small Businesses

Nov 19, 2020 1:43:01 PM / by Local First

With court rulings impacting safety protocols for small businesses and changing reports on how Michigan businesses are expected to operate, it's fair to say, 2020 has been a year full of change and confusion.

Here is what we know for sure: starting November 18th, Michigan will Pause to Save Lives. 

Pause to Save Lives

While the Pause to Save Lives executive order provides clarity, many are seeking further resources. From conversations with our Local First member businesses, we know West Michigan's business owners care deeply about the health and safety of their employees, customers, and clients. With that in mind, Local First invited representatives from MIOSHA and the American Sustainable Business Council back to discuss best practices for moving forward. 

Safe Protocols for Small Businesses with:



  1. FAQs from local business owners.317837-A_Contact-Tracing-Infographic-FINAL-one-page
  2. What our locally-owned businesses need to know about current safety protocols?
  3. What is required of our restaurant and retail spaces?
  4. What resources are available to our business community?
  5. Overview of partnerships with the state and status of relief packages.
  6. Key takeaways for locally owned businesses.

Don't miss these resources:

  1. Contact Tracing Steps from DHHS
  2. MI Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity's Youtube Page
  3. Take the MI Restaurant Promise and The PURE Michigan Pledge
  4. MIOSHA Covid-19 and workplace safety templates 
  5. Payroll Protection Program requirements from the SBA
  6. Small Business and Microenterprise Grant Technical Assistance from Local First 
  7. Business Leaders for a Better Michigan - an ABSC affiliate program to come!
  8. Add your carryout options to MI Restaurant Association's new site
  9. Smart Restart Toolkit from West Coast Chamber

Sincerest thank you to our panelists. We are grateful for their expertise shared with our member businesses. Stay safe!


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