COVID-19 Support & Resources
The Wixom DDA is committed to providing your business with resources and information pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis, including financial assistance programs. Due to the complexity of the crisis, information is rapidly changing. Please use this page as a reference tool to obtain information on this crisis.
- Follow all County, State, and Federal directives on COVID-19
- Update business hours on Google
- Maintain business web pages, social media presence, online shopping opportunities with updated hours and services offered
- Keep customers updated on new experiences or products you’ll offer when conditions improve
- Develop customer membership programs, loyalty rewards, etc.
- Host Facebook live selling events: show, demonstrate, explain, give tips on products
- Let customers buy products by posting a comment, customer will pick up or have delivered
- Offer discounts to customers who provide receipts from other Downtown Wixom businesses.
- Offer a discount when customers mention one of your social media posts.
- Offer a free children’s meal with a purchase of one adult entree
- Buy 1, get 1 50% off promotional offers
- Offer free dessert with a purchase of an entree
- Run daily or weekly specials
- Follow other downtown business social media pages, share and cross promote
- Create daily trivia about your business, employees on social media. Customers can answer in comments and you pick a winner, give a discount or prize. (This could be done via Facebook live too).
- Prepare for specials and sales when this crisis is over
- Host a post COVID-19 re-grand opening
- Provide a new product only for a limited time to celebrate
- Decorate your windows creatively
- Coordinate with other downtown businesses on cross promotions
Flooded by information about financial assistance options for small businesses affected by COVID-19? The Wixom DDA has gathered some of the available and constantly evolving programs into a starting point (subject to as developments occur).
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. It is caused by a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans and easily spread from person to person. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions are at particular risk, and there is an increased risk of rapid spread of COVID-19 among persons in close proximity to one another. There is currently no approved vaccine or antiviral treatment for this disease.
On March 10, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services identified the first two presumptive-positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. On that same day, I issued Executive Order 2020-4. This order declared a state of emergency across the state of Michigan under section 1 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as amended, MCL 30.401-.421, and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, 1945 PA 302, as amended, MCL 10.31-.33.
The Emergency Management Act vests the governor with broad powers and duties to “cop[e] with dangers to this state or the people of this state presented by a disaster or emergency,” which the governor may implement through “executive orders, proclamations, and directives having the force and effect of law.” MCL 30.403(1)-(2). Similarly, the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, provides that, after declaring a state of emergency, “the governor may promulgate reasonable orders, rules, and regulations as he or she considers necessary to protect life and property or to bring the emergency situation within the affected area under control.” MCL 10.31(1).
To suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible.
This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am, and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
Update: Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the coronavirus, and save lives.
There are three programs that are currently available or will be available by April 1, 2020.
Those programs include the following:
Facebook Economic Relief Program:
Providing $100 million cash in small business grants to 30,000 businesses worldwide.