The BDC stands ready to assist!

First and foremost, we hope this post finds you, your family and your employees safe and healthy. The events of the last few days have impacted everyone … that is why we want to check in with you and your team!

We want to hear from you. The BDC Team is available by email, phone, video chat or text should you have an immediate need or concern, are looking for a referral, or just want to compare notes about what’s happening in Monroe County. Feel free to contact any of us. Contact information below.

Tim Lake – President & CEO
Cell 734-497-0614

Matt Vanisacker – VP of Business Development
Cell 734-735-7217

LuAnn Hogberg – Operations Manager
Cell 734-250-0601

Florence Buchanan – Monroe County Link Project Manager
Cell 419-654-1934

BDC Website

Social Media Channels


Going forward, we know there will be many issues that will be affecting your business. To assist, we have launched in partnership with several other community and business organizations, a web page listing numerous resources that have been compiled from federal, state and local sources. These sources are directly related to issues we feel will support your business during these trying times. You can find more information here. Check in often as the site is being updated constantly.

The State of Michigan has submitted an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration to the federal government which will make loans available through the Small Business Administration. They have also made $10 million available to small businesses that were impacted by Executive Order 2020-9. We expect the grant/loan application to be available around April 1st. We will keep you updated but you may also check the MEDC website for information as it becomes available.

Many of our local banks have begun researching how best they can assist not only their customers but the community. We urge you to check with your lender about your situation and learn more about what they may be doing for their customers.

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce is another great resource. They are in touch with the State Chamber, which has a wealth of information related to unemployment benefits.

Again, please reach out to us with your questions, concerns or just to talk. We are here to support you as you navigate through these uncharted waters.

Stay healthy and safe,

Tim | Matt | LuAnn | Florence