Detroit Business Program

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council has had a significant investment in Detroit since 2005.We continue to be part of the revitalization through programming, counseling and access to capital. Along with the services that we offer Detroit businesses, our strategy is to connect business owners with nonprofit, government and university resources available to assist them.

Detroit Business Program operates from our office in the Grand River Workplace at 19120 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48223.


April 3, 2020

Dear Business Owners,  

We hope this finds you in the best of health. Please remember, that despite the warm and sunny weather, we must continue to practice social distancing as declared by Governor Whitmers Executive Order, Stay Home Stay Safe.

We will continue to update the City of Detroit Business Owners' Covid-19 Rapid Alerts Facebook group here. Information is updated daily on the City of Detroit COVID-19 site

Programs and Announcements

Economic Development Corporation of City of Detroit approve $4.7 Million COVID-19 Grant Relief Fund For Detroit Small Businesses-After Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Mayor Mike Duggan announced adding an additional $1.6 million to the fund.- Application DEADLINE IS MONDAY APRIL 6th. Do not delay in applying.

Relief Fund Grant - Apps Closing 4_6 Flyer.pdf

Full eligibility requirements and scoring criteria are available in the Program Guidelines at

Online application:

Applications will be accepted and awards will be made on a rolling basis subject to availability of funds First payments expected to be processed by April 10.

HR Assistance for City of Detroit Small Business Owners: Regarding Unemployment- Please use Everything HR to set up WorkShare or file unemployment on behalf of your employees. You'll save your employees a lot of headache, and you'll help relieve the burden on the State's UIA system. DTE has generously funded this support for Detroit Small Businesses only.

Unemployment information English
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 Previously Shared Resources

Drive Thru Testing- On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Community Care Network will launch its first drive-thru testing site at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse on the corner of Woodward Avenue and E. State Fair Avenue in the City of DetroitLearn more here.

Who can go to the CCCN drive thru testing site?

  • Individuals who have received a testing order from their doctor and have a scheduled appointment with the CCCN Call Center can get tested.
  • COVID-19 testing will be available to any resident of the tri-county region (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County)

How to make an appointment

  • Call the CCCN at 313-230-0505, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Sunday
  • Bring with you a valid ID and any written testing order or prescription from your doctor

Business Resource Zoom Conference Recording- If you missed the conference, you may watch the recording as the DEGC, City of Detroit, and SBA presented information for business owners.

Wayne County and TCF commit to $6 Million in low interest loan fund. These small business loans are for businesses with less than 100 employees that are able to demonstrate over 25% loss of revenue due to COVID-19. To apply, collect required documents and apply here. A relationship manager will contact you to process the application.

ServSaf Courses- ServSaf has developed free courses due to the challenges presented by COVID-19 Sign up here.

Restaurant Carryout Zone Program-Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Restaurant Carryout Zone program, which allows any restaurant that has parking meters in front of their establishment to petition to have paid street parking areas converted to free 15 minute pickup zones. Signage will be installed within 48-72 hours after the request is made. Request Form  

TechTown Small Business Stabilization Fund Applications are now Closed- Techtown, in collaboration with the City of Detroit and DEGC has developed the Detroit Small Business Stabilization Fund

Food Rescue Program- The City of Detroit is partnering with Forgotten Harvest and Detroit restaurants to “rescue” surplus food that otherwise might go to waste during the COVID-19 outbreak and provide to local area agencies for residents in need. Businesses interested in participating can find more information and fill out a signup form. After filling out the form, businesses will receive email instructions directing them to a nearby receiving agency and details on how to track their donation.

Detroit Health Department COVID-19 - Coronavirus Updates-Keeping Detroit residents healthy and safe is the number one priority of the Detroit Health Department (DHD).

Questions can be answered by contacting the Detroit Health Department at 313.876.4000 or  or by visiting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at or 

Detroit At Work- Detroit at Work Career Centers are still open, and we are evaluating our schedule of events on a daily basis. Please check or call 1-313-962-WORK to stay up-to-date on the events and services available at your neighborhood Detroit at Work Career

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association-Delivery of food via curbside carry-out, we encourage you to promote this via store windows, social media and/or website as this seems to be a well-received service from many who are highly concerned about social distancing.

Fore More information:

We are working closely with State and Federal agencies to ensure support for Detroit Businesses.-The application for disaster loan assistance is available at For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit

U.S. Small Business Administration

Treasury: Small Business Taxpayers Provided Tax Assistance

There are also many companies offering assistance.

Facebook creating $100 Million Grant Program

Square POS Refunding all software subscription fees for the month of April for existing sellers who currently use Square.

Hospitality Specific Infection Prevention Guide
Chefs for America

Business Leaders for MichiganBusiness Leaders for Michigan providing resources for Employers.

New Economy Initiative Network- Through their storytelling initiative, In Good Co. Detroit, we are pointing people to inspiration. Information is also being curated via our Startup Space resource navigation application and online platform.

Our Best Regards,

Charity Dean, Esq.
Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity
City of Detroit
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue - Suite 1240
Detroit, MI 48226