Dear Neighbor,

This year has been difficult for all, but we have made it through by coming together and helping each other. As we continue to move forward in our battle against COVID-19, it is important to remember the local and small businesses in our communities. Without them, many of our neighbors would be without work and communities would lose those special things that make them unique.

But like all of us, many local and small businesses in Michigan are struggling to make ends meet and keep their doors open. So we must do our part, to be there for them just as they were there for us during these tough times.

And just as there is a place for each of us to help out, the government also has a role to play. So I am excited to tell you about the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative. This program will utilize Federal CARES Act funding to provide Michigan small businesses that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic with $10 million in grants with a max of $15k per business, while we continue fighting this virus. If selected, the funds can be used for payroll expenses, rent and mortgage payments, or utility expenses.

Eligible businesses include restaurants, bars and other food service providers; lodging providers; gyms and fitness centers; live event venues and more.

Applications will open tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. It will only be available online and will be reviewed as they come in until all the money has been disbursed. So it is important to prepare ahead of time and act quickly. For more information, visit the MEDC website.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and my staff if you have any questions or concerns by calling (517) 373-0475, or by emailing


Brenda Carter
State Representative
29th House District