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Published 4/14/2020

Relief Grants Awarded To Twenty-Three Shiawassee County Small Businesses

MEDC Grant Recipients Announced



Nearly two weeks ago, twenty-three Shiawassee County businesses were selected to receive Small Business Relief Grants from The Michigan Strategic Fund. The program authorized the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to provide up to $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans. Grant recipients have completed the necessary legal paperwork to formally receive grant monies from the MEDC and can be announced publicly.

Shiawassee County was allotted $93,211.00 in grant monies to provide local companies working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business. Final criteria for grant selection included: diversity of the business; geographical location and the significance of the business to that specific area; the impact the grant dollars would have on helping the business; how the grant dollars will be used; completeness of the applications and if there were other financial tools that the business could access. 

Twenty-three businesses in eight communities sharing the $93,211 grant pool include:

Dowen's Delux Barber Shop, Corunna

Riverbend Bowl, Corunna

Dietrich Flower Shop, Durand

Jon Michael's Jewelers, Inc, Durand

HQ Pizza LLC - Fun Bunker, Durand

Lockhart's Authentic Grooming, Durand

Stomping Ground Coffee, Durand

The Dairy Den, Laingsburg

Morrice Barbershop, Morrice

Fit Physique, New Lothrop

Funny Pages Hobbies, Owosso

Back Of House Services, Owosso

Bea's Bakery, Owosso

Murtle's Handmade Chocolates, Owosso

NomNom Sweeties, Owosso

Apple Tree Lane, Owosso

The Vintage Barrel, Owosso

Fitness Coliseum, Owosso

House of Wheels, Owosso

Shiawassee Family YMCA, Owosso

Flagg's Automotive, Perry

The Village Hair Shop, Vernon

Vernon Area Florist, Vernon

 A Shiawassee County team, consisting of staff members of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) and the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC), reviewed nearly 100 grant applications from area businesses. Additional funding opportunities for local businesses will be announced as they become available. Persons should connect with the SEDP and SRCC on social media for the most up-to-date announcements. COVID19 related federal and state resources for businesses of all sizes can be found at



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Update 4/12/2020

Governor Whitmer is defending Thursday's stay-at-home extension and expansion despite criticism over what some believe are unnecessary restrictions and inconsistent requirements. The order remains in place until April 30th.

Two people were hospitalized after a reported stabbing and attempted theft after a crash along I-94.  When authorities arrived they discovered the suspect had stabbed someone and was trying to steal a semi trailer.

Shiawassee County has reported its first COVID-related death; a man in his 30s who had underlying health conditions.  The county has now topped 50 positive cases after a cluster was discovered at Durand Senior Care & Rehab that includes both employees and residents.

Bebe Winans is recovering from COVID-19, he revealed last week.  He said his mother and brother are also among those diagnosed with the disease.  Winans said he got the virus when he flew to Detroit to attend a funeral.

Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus presented an online performance of the Hallelujah Chorus to celebrate the Easter holiday.  "Hallelujah for Hope: From Our Homes to yours" can be found on the group's Facebook and YouTube pages.

32 Jackson area Pastors read portions of John Chapter 20.  The readings were compiled into a single video that demonstrates togetherness, even in a time such as this.

Flint Community Schools meal distribution has moved to two days each week.  The district said students would receive the same number of meals, but meals would need to be picked up according to the new schedule.

Two feet of snow is expected in some parts of the Upper Peninsula as a late season storm pushes through the state early this week.  Meanwhile, Michigan's lower peninsula is preparing for high winds that could result in power outages.