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Downtown Dearborn Business Email Newsletter | August 1, 2020


This week's latest Executive Order 2020-160 from Governor Whitmer has mandated the closure of indoor service for restaurants/bars with over 70% alcohol sales. 

Now more than ever it is important to have outdoor options. If your business is in need of expanding outdoor service, apply here for the temporary outdoor service application with the City of Dearborn. Contact us for assistance. 

The EO also limits indoor social gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to not more than 100. 

With each EO, there are also a handful of FAQs for more details, as well as worker safety guidelines

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program is now open offering $5,000 to $15,000 grants to support brick-and-mortar small businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. 

In partnership with The Hartford, the grant program will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business Administration as minority, woman, veteran, disabled, and/or LGBTQ-owned. 

Grant applications will continue to be accepted until 11:59pm PT Sunday, August 23 or until 500 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner. Subsequent grant rounds will be held to accept additional applications later this summer. 

Learn more and apply here. Please contact with any questions.


With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses matching funds – up to $10,000 – to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through safety and health-related equipment purchased and training in response to COVID-19.

The initial grant application window is now open through Friday, August 7, 2020, with awards given shortly thereafter.

Apply for the COVID-19 Safety Grant. 

Learn More Here.

Grow Your Business with Initiate

Presented by Michigan Economic Development Corp.

August 5th at 8:30 a.m.

Register Here


In this training, you will walk through case studies and tools to help you grow your business. Initiate has resources to support you in all areas of your business: Money, Marketing, and Management. There will be interactive discussion to answer your questions and ensure you get the most out of this tool.


Who Should Attended:

  • Small Business Owners


  • Walk through case studies that show how to utilize Initiate to address common business challenges
  • Learn how to use the top resources in Initiate to grow your business
  • Answer questions to ensure you get the most out of Initiate

Downtown Dearborn Business Assistance Team

Town Hall Virtual Meeting V.2

Relaunch your business and grow it with Downtown Dearborn’s FREE Business Assistance Team (BAT) consultation services and resources. 

Find out more about the program, services and providers at the town hall meeting:

Thursday, August 3, 2020

11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Via Zoom

Register here.

The East & West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities (DDDAs) launched a new building improvement and business start-up grant program, Open Door Dearborn, to restore and expand the commercial core buildings of the community and attract key businesses to Downtown Dearborn. 

The Open Door Grant Program (OD) provides funding to existing property and business owners, as well as new businesses moving to the DDDA Districts, on three types of funding support levels. The OD Program will fundup to $10,000 of improvements for items such as design, signage, start-up businesses and interior and exterior build-out. Applicants must follow the Downtown Dearborn Design Guidelines to be eligible.          


Be part of a fun community event! 

The Dearborn Farmers Market runs every Friday from now until September 25. The market is open 2 - 7 p.m. 

There are volunteer shifts available from:

  • 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 2 - 4:30 p.m. 
  • 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Safety measures have been put in place for vendors, volunteers, staff and customers. Volunteers are needed for set up, information booth, guest assistance and tear down.

Volunteer for open shifts HERE.

Through the DDDAs' relationship with Metromode, they have been keeping a close eye on how Dearborn's business owners, artists, and institutions have been innovating their way through the pandemic. The city's entrepreneurial spirit and care for its community remains alive and strong!

Here's a look back at some of those stories over the past several months.

Let us know if your Dearborn business wants coverage! 


Lile's Sandwich Shop in Dearborn keeps it simple during pandemic

 Harry Lile had to take his turkey sandwich off the menu due to meat shortages. But he's still serving up ham.


Dearborn's Famous Hamburger stays alive by keeping its 'buns apart'

 Moe Hider, owner of Dearborn-based Famous Hamburger, says he "never would have thought in ages" that his business would be able to survive solely based on carryout orders.

Dearborn's Alcamo's put customers first during pandemic

 "We're old-school," Chimento says. "We're reinventing our business as the pandemic keeps continuing, and that's all you can do."

Join the Dearborn: Open for Business Facebook group to list your business, hours of operations, services and products. Share personal posts about your latest news and current deals.


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