I-69 Trade Corridor Regional Newsletter

Grant Funding Available for Michigan Restaurant and Bars

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act, provides $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss.

The U.S. Small Business Administration began registrations for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund today, Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and opened applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

Cross-program eligibility on SBA COVID-19 relief options

How to apply:

You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal: restaurants.sba.gov. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha).

If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the restaurants.sba.gov application portal. If you would like to prepare your application, view the sample application form. You will be able to complete this form online. Please do not submit RRF forms to SBA at this time.

For more information and application click on this link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund#section-header-2

Client Spotlight

The Craft Loft of St. Clair

There’s a moment of risk that many entrepreneurs have experienced – the decision to leave a full-time job to pursue a small business. For Danielle McLaren, that moment came in 2018, when she decided to go all-in on her small business, The Craft Loft. Danielle knew that she wanted to excel in entrepreneurship, but needed some guidance to help get started in the right direction.

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Upcoming Training Schedule

The Michigan Small Business Development Center has a variety of trainings available, regardless of your skill level or knowledge base. Please click the button below to see our upcoming training available throughout the I-69 Trade Corridor Region or the statewide network.

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The I-69 Trade Corridor team of professional consultants are eager to help small businesses overcome the challenges they may be facing, assist in expansion efforts, or provide marketing assistance. Whether you are considering starting a business or have been doing business for a long time, we all need an outside perspective to help you achieve our goals. We have a team with specialized skills to assist with any small business on moving your business forward, accessing capital and strategizing for your next stage of growth. Some preparation on your part may be required prior to meeting with a consultant.

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