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Dream Maker Fund Brings Relief to Small Businesses

As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on local businesses, The Enterprise Group would like to share with you the following resources that might be of assistance to your business during this crisis:

Dream Maker Fund:

Dream Maker Small Business Emergency Relief Fund is possible with a personal gift of $1 million to the Jackson Community Foundation from Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe and her husband Eric during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is established to support small for profit businesses in the couple’s home county of Jackson, Mich., through grants made by The Enterprise Group Community Ventures Corporation. The intent of the Dream Maker grants is not to ensure the long-term solvency of businesses; rather, they are meant to cover short-term (i.e., next 30 days) gaps until these businesses can access state and federal resources. To apply, visit


If you have any questions, please email


Additional Covid-19 Assistance Resources:
State and federal governments are working hard to provide critical assistance. Here are links to additional resources:


Jackson County Chamber of Commerce:

Small Business Development Center:

Jackson County Health Department:

United Way of Jackson County:

Michigan Economic Development Center:

Michigan Chamber of Commerce:

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:


Pure Michigan Business Connect

Sourcing Health & Human Service Supply needs amidst COVID-19 outbreak. Please see the attached flyer for information.


Work Share Program:
Facilitated by the Unemployment Insurance Agency, is a retention tool to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity.


Michigan Works Southeast

In case of a layoff or if you need assistance in supporting your workers MWSE! is your local workforce development organizations. You can find them here –  (for Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston, Hillsdale and Jackson Counties) For Monroe County you can contact SEMCA here  In both cases contact a Business Services Team Member for support.


Michigan Manufactures Association:
MMA’s COVID-19 Resources


Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Michigan:

The PTACs of MI have created the attached document to assist companies that are involved with government contracting or seeking additional information.


Additionally, you will find a set of quick links to show COVID resources/information below:


State Resources:

Pure Michigan Business Connect is offering a virtual matchmaking for COVID-19 response:


Federal Resources:

A general overview of the Federal response can be found here:




Other links of importance:

Companies working in the medical field should see this site:


If you have any questions or concerns, please find The Enterprise Group Staff contact information here.


We hope that you and your families remain healthy!