COVID-19 Resources for Downtown Dearborn Businesses

The East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read our community statement here and check this page often; we will continue to update it as resources become available.

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Dearborn Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

City of Dearborn Vaccination site at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center:

ACCESS (see their Facebook Page for the most updated info on Vaccine availability):

Current Covid-19 Business Grants:

City of Dearborn Covid-19 Relief Grant, funded with HUD resources:

The Open Door Dearborn grant program offers financial assistance for business start-up, facade improvements and expansions in the districts. Applications are open year-round.


Downtown Dearborn Covid-19 Information

Best Practices For Businesses

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Dearborn Business and Property Owner Virtual Town Hall

Dearborn Business and Property Owner Virtual Town Hall Presentation and Recording

City of Dearborn

  • We highly recommend visiting the City of Dearborn’s Covid-19 webpage with the latest updates and information on COVID-19 including health guidelines from state and county officials, city services that may be impacted, resources for residents, closings and cancellations and other important information.

Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce

State of Michigan



Michigan Economic Development Corporation

  • Resources for Michigan businesses during COVID-19
  • Pure Michigan Business Connect is providing up to $1 million in grants for Michigan businesses looking to retool and manufacture critical supplies. Learn more and apply.
  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation works to increase the availability of capital for companies in Michigan at every stage of development. Capital Access Support for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: As small and medium-sized businesses across the state are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, existing programs within Capital Access provide opportunities to access financing that may not otherwise be available. Any business that has been affected by COVID-19 is eligible to receive support through the Collateral Support and Loan Participation programs. We encourage participating lenders across the state to work with their existing business customers to consider whether these programs could offer access to critical capital, with our team standing ready to help. Available programs include:
    • Capital Access Program: The Capital Access Program (CAP), is available to assist businesses with capital needs. Similar to a loan loss reserve fund, the bank, the company and the MSF pay a small premium into a reserve that makes it possible for the company to receive fixed asset and working capital financing. (More information provided below)
    • Collateral Support Program: The Collateral Support Program works to provide cash collateral accounts to lending institutions to enhance the collateral coverage of borrowers. This program seeks to enable borrowers to acquire the necessary financing that may otherwise be unavailable due to a collateral shortfall. (More information provided below)
    • Loan Participation Program: The MEDC can participate with a lender for new financing that decreases the lender’s credit exposure. For projects with speculative cash flows, the MEDC may offer a grace period on repayments.



Wayne County

Small Business Administration

  • Michigan Paycheck Protection Program:
  • The SBA Economic Injury Disaster declaration makes disaster loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Small businesses that could benefit from SBA loans are encouraged to submit their application.
    • Apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    • Click here for examples of information needed.
    • For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application, contact the Michigan SBA offices in Detroit or Grand Rapids. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Easy-to-follow guide on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.
  • Small business owners’ Guide to the CARES Act.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Beaumont Health Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Tips for keeping your home and workplace safe

Google’s Small Business Support Program

  • Google has announced new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic.

Main Street America


Anyone with questions or a request for further assistance can contact Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of the East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities, at [email protected].