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 17, 2020

Dear Business Owners,  

Today, Mayor Michael Duggan announced COVID-19 testing for businesses with essential employees who are not demonstrating symptoms. Detroit will be the first city in the nation to provide testing for businesses. Testing to begin on Monday 4/20, at the State Fair Grounds. Information will be shared here.

Detroit Spring Business Crawl-If you have an online business or currently functioning online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sign your business up for our Virtual Business Crawl on April 25th. Sign up here.

Open Business List: The City of Detroit has created a list of businesses that are currently open ( and a map ( to promote Detroit businesses during the COVID- 19 crisis. To have your business featured, please fill out this form: If your business is already featured on the list and you need to update its information, please fill out this brief update form:

Funding Resources:

Small Business Grants from US Chamber, Available 04/20

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a fund to provide *assistance to small businesses in the form of $5,000 grants*. The Save Small Business Fund will include contributions from corporations, philanthropies, and individuals. *The grant is expected to address small businesses’ immediate needs like closures, job losses, as well as support their long-term their recovery.


  • Employ between 3 and 20 people
  • Be located in an economically vulnerable community
  • Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sign up to receive notification when application opens.

SBA Loan Assistance The City of Detroit is here to help you apply for an SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering small businesses loans through its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The City of Detroit is providing small business owners with individual and personalized support to help them through the SBA application process. Visit our assistance support form.

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

TechTown Small Business Stabilization Fund Applications have re-opened today 4/14 at 9am The fund expansion was made possible by a lead gift from New Economy Initiative and additional support from Bank of America.

Detroit Economic Development Corporation of City of Detroit will continue to provide information and resources here:

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.

StartUp Space from NEI have created Community Resource and Digital Resource Hub

Launch Detroit is sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), New Economy Initiative (NEI), William Davidson Foundation.

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.

Detroit At Work- Supporting Detroit's Small Business Community. Submit your Ready-To-Hire information online at here.

Detroit Regional Chamber UI Resource Guide

Education and Training Resources:

Launch Detroit Program: A 10-week summer accelerator for college students and recent grads. This hands-on, practical workshop and mentoring experience will have a strong focus on students creating unique, scalable tech businesses that could locate and grow in the city of Detroit.

Zoom Trainings

Health 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.

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 


Food and Beverage Resources:

Sign up to Help Feed the Frontlines here if you are able to provide meals to Detroit’s front line workers. Participating is easy: your Detroit-based restaurant or catering company just needs to be able to:

  1. Make individually packaged meals including utensils.
  2. Provide meals for $15 or less. Ability to provide meal delivery is helpful, but not required. We have coordinators matching restaurants with need based on location, cost, and capacity. A coordinator will reach out to restaurants with details on date, time, location, delivery details, etc. We will use best efforts to utilize as many restaurants as possible. If you have any questions, please email  or call 313-279-8980.

Donate to help Feed the Frontlines.

Detroit Regional Chamber Delivery and Take-Out Resource Guide.

State of Michigan Liquor Buy Back Program- Governor Whitmer's executive order instructs the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) to conduct a spirits buy-back program from bars and restaurants with on-premise liquor licensesMore information here

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. The request form can be found at 

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 at 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.

Hospitality Specific Infection Prevention Guide

 Chefs for America

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.

More information can be found here:

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