Board of Directors

Adam Jones - President
Colleen Kurecka - Director
Gary LaPointe - Treasurer - Communications
Laverne Wainwright - Vice President

 July 23, 2020 | Email Newsl



Businesses like The Biergarten (pictured right) are taking advantage of the City of Dearborn's new Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion permit. More businesses will be expanding onto the sidewalks, streets, alleys, private and public properties in the next few weeks to increase business capacity and services to accommodate customers and provide for social distancing.


For a list of outdoor dining options, visit our Dearborn: Open for Business Facebook page or go


For interested businesses, applications can be found at fees are waived. The relaxation on permit requirements is set to end on Nov. 1, 2020, but may be revisited in the future based on its success.









Be part of a fun community event! There are volunteer shifts from 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 - 7 p.m.


Safety measures have been put in place for vendors, volunteers, staff and customers.


See open shifts HERE.





The Dearborn Farmers and Artisans Market (#DFAM) is in full swing! The market is at Wagner Park, located on West Village Drive between Mason and Monroe Streets every Friday from now through September 25 from 2 - 7 p.m.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the market has made some significant changes. You will be able to find this information on the market’s websiteand on Facebookas well as in the handy flyer at the end of this email. These changes have been made with the safety of the public, market staff and volunteers, as well as the vendors best interests in mind. 


We are excited to welcome several new and returning vendors to the market this season. Check out this great list of vendors!


·     Albustan Foods

·     Divine Crystal

·     Dragonfly Jewels

·     Fatme’s Sweets

·     Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit

·     Hey Honey

·     Hunt and Gather Dry Foods

·     Miragez Wonderz

·     Nature’s Jewellic

·     Rebel Naturals – Body Care and CBD products

·     Rose Best Body Care Products

·     Sunset Harvest Farms

·     Timeless Boutique

·     Traffic Jam & Snug

·     Yoga Shala

·     Zenic Crumble


The farmers market is excited to welcome Dearborn's own Yoga Shala to the market each week offering a free 45-minute session from 4:45 to 5:45. Bring your yoga mat and enjoy an all levels, socially distant yoga class taught by Yoga Shala teachers and recent 200hr graduates. 


To guarantee a spot, pre-registration is encouraged for this socially distant yoga class. Sign up with the tickets link. Class is always free to attend.

(Classes will be cancelled if it rains - check here for updates.) 


A big thank you goes out to our incredible #DFAM sponsors!

Beaumont Health, EdibleWOW, Glass Academy, Kiwanis Club of Dearborn, Keller Williams Legacy, and the Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights.


Follow #DFAM on Facebook and Instagram, and check out the details here.






Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and settle in for a fun night. Movies begin after dusk, with the movie to start as soon as the night sky allows. With the current social distancing rules, the movies will be limited to a certain amount of people. Staff will assist attendees with locating designated spots for their families to enjoy the movie, while maintaining safety protocols. Click here for updates and details.

·     August 7 - A Dog's Purpose @Wagner Park

·     August 14 - Toy Story 4 @City Hall Park

·     August 21 - Sonic The Hedgehog @Wagner Park

·     August 28 - Godzilla @City Hall Park




The COVID-19 crisis has affected every person in the community. As residents live through this historical moment, the hope is to save and preserve the community’s personal stories, experiences, and artwork related to the Coronavirus, social distancing, and quarantine. You are invited to share your story to the Dearborn Public Library via the forms below.


At the end of this project, all entries will be submitted to the Library of Michigan and the Dearborn Historical Museum to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on life in Michigan communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Entries will be accepted through October 1, 2020.


Stories and artwork may be added to the Library’s digital collection, although there is no guarantee each entry submission will be added. Selected entries may be used in public displays at the Library or in collaboration with other organizations. Entries can be submitted anonymously by putting the word “Anonymous” in the Name field on the form. Items will be reviewed and subject to approval by the Dearborn Public Library.


If you have questions, contact the Dearborn Public Library at (313) 943-2330.


Youth Form Teen Form Adult Form







Applications are now being accepted for the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Michigan’s small businesses can apply for up to $20,000 in grant funds to support their reopening efforts after having experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.


The State of Michigan has appropriated $100 million of federal CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Funding will be administered by 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state. The application period will run through August 5, 2020 and all eligible applications received during that three-week period will receive consideration.




From expanded carryout menus to carving out physical space to allow for additional patrons, Michigan restaurants and communities have pivoted and innovated in the wake of COVID-19. 

Hear from restaurateurs and communities about how they created new sources of revenue while complying with safety and social distance guidelines – and learn what’s on the horizon for the Michigan restaurant industry.


Join the MEDC and Crain’s Detroit Business for a free webcast on July 29 at 12 p.m.





Entrepreneur Magazine and Michigan Economic Development Corp are looking for Michigan-based companies to be on a special episode of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch. 


Complete this form and submit a link to your 60-second pitch video. 


Remember to make sure your pitch covers the following: 

·     Why you launched your business and how your business is helping solve a problem

·     Any information on growth, revenue numbers and interest in your product or service to show its usefulness and appeal

·     The amount of capital you are seeking and what it will be used for


Founders who have scaleable products or services that are ready for investment are welcomed, as well as those who have a specific plan for how that investment can help them grow. The Top 5 companies will have the chance to pitch our investors during the virtual filming of Season 6 in August 2020.


Deadline to enter is August 1, 2020. More details here.


To further protect workers and the community, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-147 from last week reiterates that businesses who are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply with wearing a face covering.


The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has provided a toolkit to help businesses protect their workers and the public while remaining safely open. LEO and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) have a set of online resources at that provides guidelines, posters for employees and customers, factsheets, educational videos and a reopening checklist to keep workplaces safe.










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