Economic Relief Task Force (COVID-19) 

Cornerstone Alliance has created a task force to connect local businesses with resources that will be made available by local organizations, as well as the state and federal government. The survey picMichigan Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as local funds from Cornerstone Alliance are being made available to help small businesses navigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details on all of these programs can be found below.  If your business experienced a loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, complete this brief survey about your business and our team will get back to you quickly.  The survey will allow you to be kept up-to-date on information and programs provided at the local, state and federal levels.

If you have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Scott-Sims or Christina Frank via email.  


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Employer Toolkit by Spectrum Health Lakeland

A Plan for Local Employers by your Local Healthcare Provider

Spectrum Health's guidance to Southwest Michigan businesses as they adapt to operating in a new environment with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Employer Toolkit will help businesses, no matter where they are in the process, whether it is navigating reopening to the community, welcoming employees back on-site or adapting to a new environment. The guide includes expert tips, best practices, checklists and ready-to-use signage and more. The Employer Toolkit can be found by clicking on the photo to the right or by clicking here.


Plan to Safely Reopen Michigan

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer established a plan to safely reopen Michigan in six phases. View the plan below. 

MI Safe Start - A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan's Economy


Financial Resource Programs

Rent and Mortgage Payment Program

The Berrien Community Foundation, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and Cornerstone Alliance have partnered to create a zero-interest loan program for Berrien County businesses and nonprofit entities that have a rent or mortgage payment due.

Rent and Mortgage Payment Program (RAMPP)


SBA Disaster Loan AssistanceSBA logo

Businesses in Michigan have access to low-interest loans for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. You can find application information and additional resources here.


SBA Microloan Program at Cornerstone Alliance

Cornerstone Alliance is an SBA intermediary that provides microloan funding for small businesses. Microloans are available for $500 to $50,000 to businesses located in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. Microloans can be combined with the SBA EIDL loan program. If you have an existing microloan, you may be eligible for additional financial assistance under the microloan program. For more information about the microloan program, visit here.


Save Small Business Grants by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States.  The Save Small Business Fund is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Save Small Business Initiative—a nationwide effort to address small business owners’ immediate needs, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize the long-term support the small business community needs for recovery. For more information on eligibility, grant timeline, and more, visit savesmallbusiness.com.  You can provide your email address on the page and you will be notified when the grant application becomes available.


Manufacturing or Donating Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

If your business has the ability to manufacture or donate personal protection equipment to those responding to the coronavirus pandemic, you are encouraged to visit the Pure Michigan Business Connect Portal (here) for guidance on supplier, donator and procurement needs. 



Futures for Frontliners 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with leaders in education, business, labor and workforce development, launched the nation’s first program offering tuition-free college to an estimated 625,000 Michiganders who provided essential, frontline services during COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe orders between April – June 2020. If you're interested in learning more about this opportunity, click here


Latest News 

Here is the most recent guidance from Berrien County, the State of Michigan and the SBA. 

US Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Guidance on Coronavirus

Berrien County Economic Support Questionnaire - if your business has been negatively impacted, there could be additional funds available from FEMA.  Visit this site to complete a short survey detailing the impact of Executive Order 2020-09.


Additional Resources 

Southwest Michigan Cares Fund

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reopen Main Street - Strategies and Ideas for Businesses


The Microloan Program and Women’s Business Center are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made requested at least two weeks in advance. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Cornerstone Alliance and the Renaissance Development Fund are equal opportunity providers and employers.  

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