Reopening Business Resources

There are many resources to help you ensure you are opening safely. Please review the list below to find resources that can help guide your business. Please understand that this is a process and you may have to alter your plan as each day goes by. If you follow these five areas of focus, you can provide a safe environment for your employees and customers.

  1. Practice social distancing at all times
  2. Frequently sanitize your facility
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly and often and wear a face mask
  4. Employee check in procedures to monitor symptoms
  5. Use proper signage and employee/customer instruction to promote healthy behavior

How you put these procedures into place can be found in the links below. If you need more resources, please contact the chamber at or 231-722-3751.

Reopening Resources: NEW

Small Business Reopening Guidelines
CDC Workplace Safety Guidelines
Manufacturing COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Michigan Safe Start Plan
Muskegon Tourism Recovery Toolkit
Restaurant and Lodging Roadmap to Reopening
Muskegon County Public Health
FAQ’s for Potential HR Issues Arising from the Coronavirus
Keep Workplaces, Schools, Households and Commercial Establishments Safe
U.S Chamber Resource Tool Kit
West Michigan Employers Association Website|

During this time remember to support your local businesses

Local Businesses Selling Essential COVID-19 Products
Custom Signage and Decals for many surfaces – Max Graphics
Custom Signage and PPE – Trophy House
Custom Signage and PPE – The Gear Group
Disinfectant Application Program for the Workplace – Modernistic
Hand Sanitizer – Burl and Sprig
Hand Sanitizer – Wonderland Distillery
Innovative Solutions in Engineering and Manufacturing – Disher
Medical Masks and Privacy Screens – FomCore
Robotics Cameras, non-invasive temperature taker – Konica Minolta
Virtual Educational Support – Sylvan Learning Centers
Vital Oxide Disinfectant – West Michigan Power Cleaning Systems
Workplace Protective Dividers – Grand River Office

Financial Resources:

Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund
Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program
Minority Business Development Agency: Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Emergency Relief Funds Grant
SBA: Paycheck Protection Program
SBA: Paycheck Protection Program Sample Application
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Unemployment Information

Business Resources:
Business and Professional Service Members
Business survival tips
Chamber Staff Contact Page
Chamber Facebook Page
Chamber Blog
Finance and Insurance Business Members
Muskegon Area First
SCORE Muskegon
West Michigan Food Processing Association

Important Business Links
CARES Act: Summary
Dept. of Homeland Security: Is Your Business Identified as Essential Critical Infrastructure?
MEDC: Business Resources during COVID-19
SBA: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
State of Michigan: COVID-19 Resources
State of Michigan: Executive Orders & Directives
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Employee Retention Tax Credit
U.S Chamber of Commerce: Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans
U.S Chamber of Commerce: Small Business PPP Loan Guide 

Important Nonprofit Organization Links:
Community Foundation for Muskegon County Community Empowerment Small-Grants Program
United Way of the Lakeshore Information

Important Unemployment Links:
COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits FAQ
Unemployment Insurance Agency Fact Sheet
Unemployment Insurance Agency Presentation Deck

Important Contacts for Questions and Concerns
Government Representatives
SBA: Michigan Offices
Chamber Staff Contact Page

Ways to Support Our Community
Purchase retail and restaurant gift certificates today! Follow the links for a list of restaurants and retail businesses.
Donate to food drives or non-profit organizations. Follow the link for non-profit organizations.
Buy local as much as possible. Follow the link for a list of local businesses.
There are still job openings in our community. Follow the link to find local jobs.

Previous Chamber Webinars and Documents from Webinars
A Conversation with Senator Bumstead
Energy Discussion with DTE and Consumers Energy
CARES Act and Unemployment
Unemployment with West Michigan Works!
A Conversation with Congressman Bill Huizenga
Tourism and Hospitality Industry
Unemployment Insurance & COVID-19- West Michigan Works!
Statewide Energy Protections and Assistance Fact Sheet -DTE
Consumers Energy Fact Sheet

Chamber board member, Jim Rudicil, Executive Director, Muskegon Luge and Adventures Sports Park.



Thank you to the DTE Energy Foundation for their continuous support of local business and supplying PPE kits to Muskegon Lakeshore businesses.