Mayor Rolls Out Guide for Small Businesses to Safely Reopen; City and Partners Launch Detroit Means Business Program
Mayor Mike Duggan today announced a robust new effort developed with a coalition of 33 government, business, nonprofit and philanthropic partners to assist Detroit small businesses with safely and successfully reopening. The Mayor said the Detroit Means Business effort will help businesses be prepared for when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces that certain businesses can reopen. The announcement was made at his briefing May 18.
COVID-19 Small Business Playbook
Detroit Means Business
On the new site, DetroitMeansBusiness.org, business owners will find:
A coalition of Detroit businesses and nonprofits worked for weeks to leverage individual expertise and resources to create the comprehensive program, which will be updated as new protocols are announced and new tools become available.
For additional details regarding the Health Department’s COVID-19 Small Business Playbook or Detroit Means Business, click here.
Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Detroit Means Business program and was joined by DTE Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer Dave Meador (center) and Clement Brown, owner of Three Thirteen Clothes (right). Bedrock Detroit CEO Matt Cullen and Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair also participated in the Mayor’s briefing May 18.
Starting May 20, COVID-19 Testing Available to All Detroiters
Beginning May 20, any Detroit resident can get a free COVID-19 test at the State Fairgrounds. Mayor Mike Duggan announced the expansion of testing at his briefing May 18.
Residents will need to make an appointment and have identification when they arrive for the test. However, they won’t need a doctor’s prescription or to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Residents should call (313) 230-0505 to schedule an appointment. For Identification, residents can use:
The Mayor also announced that Ascension Health has joined the coalition of health care organizations and governments providing tests at the Fairgrounds, which helped to increase testing capacity. As many as 2000 tests are administered daily at the site.
For more information on COVID-19 testing at the State Fairgrounds, go to detroitmi.gov/coronavirus.
Mayor Duggan announced today that PepsiCo is donating $600,000 to two organizations to support COVID-19-related financial assistance and relief in Detroit, focusing on initiatives that impact the African-American community.
Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan received $500,000 to:
The Detroit Urban League received $100,000 to:
Health Department Continues Testing at Senior Apartment Buildings
The Detroit Health Department (DHD) has tested 1300 residents at 23 senior apartment buildings, said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair at the Mayor’s briefing May 18.
Testing at senior buildings is expected to be completed by mid-June.
Nursing Home Residents to Get Second Test
In addition, DHD is now doing a second round of tests on seniors at Detroit nursing homes. The department has completed testing at half of the nursing homes, which began in April.
Free Tax Preparation Has Reopened Virtually
Detroit residents can get help preparing their federal, state and city tax returns without in-person contact and at no cost. Accounting Aid Society and Wayne Metro provide virtual volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) in a safe and reliable way by using a secure, IRS-approved software.
Virtual VITA lets individuals use their smartphone, tablet, or computer’s camera and email address to upload tax documents and electronic signature – without leaving home. Free tax preparation is limited to most families and individuals with incomes up to $56,000.
Visit claimyourrefund.com to schedule an appointment today.
Violators of the Governor’s executive orders to stay home, practice physical distancing and avoid public gatherings