Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Holiday Newsletter

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Holiday Newsletter

This holiday season, the Michigan Department of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team has compiled resources for all Michiganders as they prepare to shop or donate. These resources include a series of consumer alerts – the 20 Days of Scams Calendar – with tips to safeguard your wallet.

Our pro-active holiday consumer campaign began Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 23. Research, learn, protect yourself, and please have a safe holiday season!

Consumer Protection Holiday Newsletter | December 2020

 

 

Whitmer Joins Small Business Owners to Discuss Innovation

Whitmer Joins Small Business Owners to Discuss Innovation

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Banner - headshot with bridge graphic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

November 24, 2020

Contact: Courtney Overbey, overbeyc1@michigan.org

 

Gov. Whitmer Joins Small Business Owners to Discuss Innovation, Resilience during COVID-19 

 

  • Governor met with recipients of the Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund, administered by Michigan Women Forward with support from MEDC and others
  • $1.5 million fund helped more than 300 small businesses survive the outbreak through recovery efforts, with 73% of businesses representing geographically disadvantaged areas
  • Fund is part of MEDC’s support for more than 18,500 businesses since March, helping retain nearly 147,000 jobs across Michigan

 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined recipients of the Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund for a virtual roundtable today, recognizing the innovation and resilience the small businesses displayed in response to COVID-19. The conversation touched on the Support Local campaign launched today by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, as well as the impact that additional federal support would have on their businesses.

 

“Despite the adversity we have all faced this year, our small businesses have proven what it means to be a Michigander, by rising to the occasion and exemplifying true innovation, collaboration and Midwestern grit,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Our small businesses have not only supported their communities while keeping their employees, customers, and our brave frontline workers safe, but they have made us all proud to call Michigan our home. We all must continue doing our part to help our small businesses not only survive this ongoing pandemic but thrive long after it has ended. I urge all Michiganders to be smart and stay safe as we head into the holiday season. We beat this virus in the spring by listening to medical experts, and we can do it again.”

 

Altogether, the Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund supported more than 300 small businesses in recovering and restarting their business in response to the pandemic. Funds were used to support small businesses in managing expenses, including rent, payroll, and inventory, due to the significant economic impacts of COVID-19. The fund also supported business growth by providing working capital to assist with increased product or service demand in response to COVID-19, to allow a company to revamp their business virtually through a strengthened online presence, or to start up a company to meet a new demand as a result of COVID-19.

 

“Small businesses are the heart of our economy, and we are grateful for our partnership with Michigan Women Forward in helping us provide this critical relief and support throughout the state,” said Mark Burton, CEO of the MEDC. “Under the Governor’s leadership, we have proudly supported more than 18,500 businesses through this outbreak, and we look forward to building on that track record even further in the coming weeks. At the end of the day, we know that Michigan’s businesses and 10 million people are looking for us to set a course for a positive economic future, and we are up for the task.”

 

“It’s been a privilege to work with small businesses throughout Michigan during this COVID crisis. We’ve been able to help so many deserving businesses re-open their businesses and find ways to pivot and survive,” said Carolyn Cassin, President and CEO of Michigan Women Forward. “We named the fund ‘the Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund’ since that is exactly how to best describe Michigan small businesses – resilient.”

 

In the Gaslight Village of East Grand Rapids, Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine has been a staple in the community since 1993. The restaurant closed when COVID-19 arrived in Michigan to protect its employees and customers, presenting a series of financial challenges for both the owners and employees. As a result of its support from the Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund, it was able to secure the necessary PPE to reopen safely while continuing to pay its employees and serve the local community.

 

“Although our restaurant has suffered a huge financial loss, we have full intentions to move forward with our business and the grant helped us to reopen earlier this year. The funds paid a portion of our rent that was past due with the remaining portion used to purchase needed supplies, including PPE, in order to safely open,” said Diane Aouad, co-owner of Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine. “We are so happy that all our employees who have been with us for not less than 4 years – and some as long as 14 years – have all been able to come back to work.”

 

The $1.5 million fund includes support of $500,000 from MEDC and $1 million from Michigan Women Forward’s SBA microlending funds, along with partners including Consumers Energy Foundation, DTE Energy, the New Economy Initiative, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, Huntington Bank, PNC Bank and Comerica Bank. Since its launch in May, Michigan Women Forward has also engaged additional partners to add longevity to the fund, with the goal of supporting even more small businesses into 2021.

 

To date, the MEDC has supported or repurposed nearly 20 COVID-19 programs to support more than 18,500 businesses and retain nearly 147,000 jobs across every county of the state. To learn more about MEDC’s COVID-19 response programs and the impact they are having on economic recovery efforts, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19response. Other resources for economic reopening efforts as well as businesses across Michigan struggling with economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 virus can be found online at michiganbusiness.org/covid19. The MEDC has also developed a FAQ for Michigan businesses and communities at michiganbusiness.org/covid19-faq.  Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus  and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

 

About Michigan Women Forward

In 1986, 20 extraordinary visionaries conceived of an organization that would encourage women to play an active role in philanthropy and governance.  Today, MWF focuses on these primary pillars: Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship, Developing the Next Generation of Young Women Leaders, Sharing Women’s History and Leading the State’s Women’s Agenda, which includes the Enough SAID campaign to end the backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit. MWF also operates the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame Center in Lansing.  For more information, visit www.miwf.org/.

 

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org . Join the conversation on: Facebook  Instagram  LinkedIn , and Twitter.

Flags lowered in Honor of Firefighter Captain Joe Gallo 

Flags lowered in Honor of Firefighter Captain Joe Gallo 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

November 24, 2020

Contact: press@michigan.gov   

 

Governor Whitmer Lowers Flags in Honor of Firefighter CaptaiJoe Gallo

 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff, Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in honor of Captain Joe Gallo who died in the line of duty responding to a fire. The flag-lowering will coincide with the date of his funeral.

 

“I am saddened to offer my condolences for Captain Joe Gallo who was killed in the line of duty. The entire state of Michigan is grateful for his dedicated service and bravery,” said Governor Whitmer. “As we honor his service to both his community and state, I offer my heartfelt sympathy for his family, friends, and all those who knew him.”

 Captain Joe Gallo served at the Blissfield Township Fire Department as Captain and as a Firefighter and EMT with the Madison township Fire Department. Captain Gallo passed away last week in a single vehicle car crash while he was responding to a fire.

 

The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor, and selfless service of Captain Joe Gallo by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments, and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

 

To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.

 

Flags should be returned to full-staff on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

The Lake Orion Village Council Meeting of 11-23-20

The Lake Orion Village Council Meeting of 11-23-20

Oakland County Providing Free Home Delivery Grocery Service For Local Seniors

Oakland County Providing Free Home Delivery Grocery Service For Local Seniors

Oakland County Providing Free Home Delivery Grocery Service For Local Seniors To Limit Potential Exposure To COVID-19

Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County is providing a free home delivery grocery service membership for senior adults throughout the county that limits their exposure to COVID-19 by allowing them to shop for daily essentials without leaving their homes.

The service is through Shipt, which normally costs $99 annually. It gives Oakland County seniors age 60 and over the convenience and safety of shopping for food, pet supplies and household essentials online and have free same-day home delivery from a variety of local stores. Only the delivery is free. The ordered items must be paid for online using a credit or debit card.

“The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase locally and we all must do our part to help stop the spread of the virus,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Many seniors may be reluctant to leave their homes and may not be getting the fresh and heathy foods they need, especially on colder days. This program allows our senior residents to receive essential food and grocery items safely in their homes without risking the possible exposure to the coronavirus and the flu.”

Shipt is a service that shops for you and then safely delivers the groceries and household essentials direct to your door. This can include refrigerated foods, pet supplies or simple household essentials that you would normally find at a local grocery store.

This annual membership is free of charge to Oakland County senior residents who are aged 60 or older and offers unlimited, same-day grocery delivery. Please note that you must pay for the items that you order, but delivery will be free of charge with this membership. The free memberships are provided on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Interested residents must sign up by December 10 at www.oakgov.com/covid/grants/shipt to receive a registration code and redeem it by December 20. The membership entitles you to free delivery for orders over $35. A $7 delivery fee is added if the order total is less than $35. The buyer must provide Shipt with credit card information to process payment as well as taxes and optional gratuities.

Seniors who don’t have computer access can register with the help of a family member. The account must be in the senior’s name and the address for delivery must be in Oakland County. Any family member that you trust can help you sign up for and manage your Shipt account, arrange orders and schedule deliveries.

Seniors who live in the following zip codes are not in the Shipt delivery areas due to lack of available vendors: 48178 – South Lyon Charter Township; 48462 – Brandon Township; 48367 – Addison, Lakeville, Leonard; and 48442 – Highland Township.

If you live in one of these areas, there may be options for delivery or pick up from local stores such as Kroger, Meijer, Walmart or Target or you can contact Shipt directly at www.help.shipt.com or support@shipt.com for further clarification.

Complete information on the program is found at www.oakgov.com/covid/grants/shipt. Registration assistance is available by calling the Oakland County Help Hotline weekdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at 248-858-1000.