Op-Ed Title: “The Value of ‘Energy-Intensive, Trade-Exposed’ Companies” By: Matt Vanisacker Published in Monroe News April 5, 2021 It is hard to imagine a time without electricity. We interact with electricity in nearly every facet of life and no doubt would be lost without it. Think about the number of ways that you interact with…

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The BDC held its Annual Investors’ Meeting on Wednesday, March 10. This meeting was held in conjunction with our regularly scheduled Board of Directors’ Meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the meeting was held for the first time virtually. Our keynote address was from a staple in Michigan’s Cornerstone, Gerdau. Gerdau Monroe is classified…

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On behalf of its Matching Fund Program, the Monroe County Business Development Corporation and ProMedica Innovations announced their most recent investment in Monroe County’s own ZoomBroom. The Matching Fund Program has provided $40,000 in financial support to fund the company’s Kickstarter campaign and early onset development efforts. The new company is the brainchild of local…

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Last year was like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We began the year as planned but just after our Annual Meeting in March, adjusted to the new way of working virtually with our Board of Directors, partners, businesses, manufacturing community, volunteers, and the community at large. To reflect, I wanted to highlight some of…

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The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant application opens January 19 at 9:00 am and closes January 22 at Noon! Legislation was passed in response to the small businesses that were impacted by Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask dated November 18, 2020 & Emergency Order MCL 333.2253(1) dated December 9, 2020 . As a result, Monroe County has received an…

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing borrowers. This applies to both first and second draw loans. Companies interested in applying for a new PPP loan are asked to consult with your financial institution and tax…

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On December 29, 2020, Congress passed new COVID-19 relief legislation that, among other things, revitalizes and revises the Paycheck Protection Program. The new legislation reopens the program to first time borrowers, provides greater flexibility for how borrowers may use PPP funds and also adds a mechanism by which businesses that already received a PPP loan…

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The County of Monroe’s Planning and Community Development Department with the support of Monroe County’s Board of Commissioners welcomes you to view the Monroe County Property Data Exchange. You are encouraged to use this new tool specifically designed for and about our county! It has been designed to capture, store, check and display data on properties…

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Industrial Power Systems (IPS) joined our line up of investors! IPS is a 35-year strong regional EPCM leader providing solutions to their clients from concept to completion. Their full range of capabilities allow them to exceed client expectations while embodying Integrity, Performance, and Safety. IPS prides themselves in setting industry leading standards while delivering engineering/design,…

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More than 11,300 businesses across Michigan were awarded grants through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. On September 29, Governor Whitmer published a Press Release which includes details on the awards that have been presented as of  September 10. We are thankful for the financial support that was provided for some of our Monroe County small…

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