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  • Survival Grant Program to provide $144 thousand in grants for Mecosta County Businesses

    $1 million requested by 64 companies



    LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Strategic Fund approved two grant programs – the Michigan Small Business Survival Grants and the Michigan Stages Survival Grants – totaling $58.5 million in relief to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses and live event venues impacted by the COVID-19 virus, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

    The State of Michigan appropriated the funds through SB 748, signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 29, to implement the programs to support Michigan’s small businesses that have been especially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “From the beginning, my administration has been deeply committed to providing some crucial support to Michigan’s small businesses that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “With these grant programs, we can provide immediate assistance to those businesses. As we work to distribute the safe and effective vaccine and end the pandemic once and for all, I will continue to partner with leaders across the state to provide relief for our small businesses and their employees.”

    The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program will provide $55 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the recent COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask orders.” 

    The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program is intended to meet the urgent need of Michigan businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask order” issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in December 2020.

    The Michigan Small Business Survival Grants will be administered by 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties across the state. A single, statewide application for the program will be live at michiganbusiness.org/survival on 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 19 through 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on Friday, January 22. Grants will be reviewed and awarded by the EDOs based on eligibility requirements and local priorities and objectives, not on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time and owner/employees) on a worldwide basis on November 17, 2020.

    • Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the DHHS epidemic orders.
    • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.
    • Can demonstrate an income loss as a result of the Order as determined by the EDO in which an eligible business is located.
    • Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for the Michigan Stage Survival grant program.

    Individual EDOs may have additional eligibility requirements, which businesses will be able to access from the michiganbusiness.org/survival landing page. 

    SBA Announces Reopening

    of PPP for Jan. 11,

    Outlines New Guidance

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen the week of January 11 for new borrowers and January 13 for second draw borrowers. For companies interested in applying for a new PPP loan, we strongly urge you to promptly consult with your financial institution and tax advisor to ensure you have the latest information as elements are still evolving, and are prepared to act as the loan funds become available.

    Key updates to this round of funding include:

    • Borrowers can set their loan covered period to be any length between eight and 24 weeks to best meet their needs.
    • Loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures.
    • Eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations.
    • Greater flexibility for seasonal employees.
    • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount.
    • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

    For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares.



    The grant team has selected 48 awardees for the Michigan Small Business Restart Grant.  $268,000 from the federal C.A.R.E.S. Act will be disbursed over the next two weeks.  There were 96 grant request for a close to $1.6 million.  The list of awards will be released by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) sometime in late September.


    • Amount of funding requested: $1,564,608
    • Amount to be awarded: $268,908
    • Number of grant applicants that applied: 96
    • Number of grants awarded: 48
    • Number of minority, women or veteran (MWV) owned companies awarded grants: 37
    • Amount of funding to go to MWV companies: $155,708 (58%)
    • Range of grant awards: $1,000 to $12,500 ($5,602 average)




    Welcome to Mecosta County!

    Mecosta County truly is the 'County for Every Season.'  There is no better place to work, raise a family, or vacation.  The county's prospering rural economy allows our residents to enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere and a high quality of life.  The diversified economy of Mecosta County is centered on agriculture, higher education, and a broad range of manufactring specialties which combined produces unparalleled economic stability.  


  • Mecosta County is Pure Michigan

    Spring Flower in Snow

    Mecosta County is committed to working as a partner with Travel Michigan's award winning Pure Michigan advertising campaign.  Support from a variety of local partners resulted in Mecosta County's participation in the marketing campaign.  To learn more about the treasures awaiting to be discovered in Mecosta County, click on the link below to listen to the Mecosta County 'Best Kept Secret' Pure Michigan radio ad!  Be sure to visit Michigan's official Travel and Tourism site to learn more about what our great state has to offer.

    For local information contact the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors' Bureau.


    At the annual meeting on December 11, 2020, the Mecosta County Development Corporation Board of Directors elected Michele Graham, supervisor for Mecosta Township, to serve as chair for 2021.  Board members also elected, Mark Gifford, city manager for Big Rapids as vice chair, Bill Stanek, supervisor of Big Rapids Township as treasurer and  Eric Gustad, community affairs director for Consumers Energy will serve as secretary.  The board also elected the following to the executive committee:  Paul Bullock, Controller/Administrator for Mecosta County, Michelle Rasmussen, Office of the President, Ferris State University, and Bob Fisher, President of Lake Osceola State Bank.

    Jim Sandy serves as the President and can be contacted by email at: jsandy@mecostacounty.org