Posted on July 15th, 2020

Michigan Small Business Restart Program

In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The application for businesses to apply for funding will open on July 15, 2020.

You may go to the website (https://www.michiganbusiness.org/restart/?fbclid=IwAR3SNnMYVgx5EAAFpYidva59GX_jeuLlDs-U9O3I9fpEjkvS3LdkQyLH47Q) for eligibility guidelines and further information.

Those that received a Small Business Relief Grant (MSBRG) are thought to be eligible to apply for this Small Business Restart Grant. If you have questions, reach out to us directly.
(906) 495-5631

Attached is a video going through the application process, step-by-step. #CCEDC #MichiganSmallBusiness #RestartGrant

Small Business Restart Program – Tutorial


Posted on March 30th, 2020

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Small Business Relief Program Grants

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: 

Small Business Relief Program Grants​

The State of Michigan has announced a grant program totaling $10 million statewide. The Upper Peninsula applied for $1 million and received $500,000 total to available businesses across the U.P.   To qualify for this, program your business must meet these fundamental criteria:

  • Does your company have 50 or fewer employees?
  • Does your company need working capital to support payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business?
  • Can your company demonstrate an income loss resulting from an Executive Order and/or the COVID-19 outbreak?

Applications are due by April 5, 2020. Please see link below for the application.  After completion please send to chrisolson@chippewacountyedc.com. Please note that there are two pages to complete. Grant recipients will be notified the week of April 13, 2020




Posted on January 23rd, 2020


January 23, 2020


Total passengers at Chippewa County Int’l Airport (CIU) increased 5% in 2019, when compared to 2018, which too was an increase from past years. 48,344 passengers flew to/from the Chippewa County Airport in 2019, which was an increase of 2,000 passengers over 2018.

“The way our passenger numbers were increasing throughout the year, I really thought we would break 50,000 passengers this year”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau, but we came up a little short”. “Although that would have been great, what business isn’t pleased with a 5 % increase year after year”?

“I want to thank air travelers in the EUP, Northern Lower Michigan and the Algoma region for continuing to support, the Chippewa County Int’l Airport”, said Beseau.

Skywest Airlines a Delta Connection carrier continues to provide reliable service to/from Detroit and Minneapolis seven days a week. In 2019, Skywest Airlines completed 98% of their scheduled flights. Having a 98% assurance your flight out of Chippewa will be completed is important to those business travelers flying regularly for work, and those travelers that are taking a much anticipated time certain vacation.

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Posted on January 23rd, 2020

County EDC Board Welcomes Appointments to Board of Directors

January 20, 2020

County EDC Board Welcomes Appointments to Board of Directors

The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners during its Regular session on Thursday, January 2nd appointed Mr. Jeff Hagan as a Board of Director of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Hagan will replace Mr. Kurt Perron who elected not to be considered for reappointment. In addition the EDC also welcomed the reappointment of Director’s Dan Dasho and Dr. Ralf Wilhelms to the County EDC Board for a 6 year term.

Mr. Hagan is currently the CEO of Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission (EUPRPDC). The EUPRPDC is one of 14 Regional Agencies in the State of Michigan and is a multi-county organization to assist local governments in the EUP in the areas of grant writing, community surveys, land use planning, recreation planning, economic and community development, transportation, and GIS mapping. The EUPRPDC is a regional, non-profit government agency. Mr. Hagan also serves as Vice-President on the Michigan Association of Regions, member of Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) and MAP Government Relations Committee, Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) advisory council, Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy Board of Directors, and possesses a MSU Master Citizen Planner Certification.

“We are …

Posted on May 24th, 2019

Portland Business Leaders Fly Restored DC3

Portland business leaders fly restored DC3 to Normandy, France for 75th Anniversary of D Day

PORTLAND, OR – On Friday morning, May 24, a group of Portland area business leaders will fly to Normandy, France, to join the celebration commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D Day, honoring the brave soldiers of that historic battle. 11 adventurous passengers and crew will make this trip in a restored DC3. And, to make this special trip even more interesting, they will follow a flight path of the actual troop carrier flights en route to D Day. On the morning of May 24, 2019, 8 passengers and 3 crew members (mechanics) depart from the Aurora Airport in a restored 1937 DC 3, owned by Pete Nickerson, on a trip commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D Day. For this memorable flight, 6 of the passengers are pilots, and 5 are also military Veterans.

The flight departs from Aurora, Oregon (about 24 miles south of Portland) early in the morning and will have stops in Montana, North Dakota, Michigan, New York, Maine, and Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland before landing in Duxford, England on May 31. The plane will cruise at 5,000 feet, traveling at roughly

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