Business Resources During COVID-19


March 20, 2020 Federal COVID-19 Business Update | Financial Resource Highlights


Federal Small Business Administration Loans Now Live in Michigan!
Our Advice: Apply online if you are interested, even if you aren’t sure you are eligible. Even a denial could open up opportunities for other funding later.

State Loans and Grants Available on or Around April 1
Our Advice: Stay tuned to the website above and submit your contact info to MEDC to let them know you want updates about this program!

For even more information, click here.


Employers have several options available for downsizing their workforce. You may have heard about the Work Share Program and Temporary Leave Designation offered by the UIA. Access to these programs has been expanded in response to COVID-19 and we’ve provided brief summaries below.

This summary from the State of Michigan provides an outline of these options as well:
State of Michigan Guidance to Employers Contemplating Potential Layoffs – 3.18.20

Expanded Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

WorkShare Program
Our Advice: If your business can afford it, this is an option to reduce an full time employees’ hours so they can collect partial unemployment.

Temporary Leave vs. Termination
The State’s Advice: If you cannot afford to keep employees, instead of terminating them, the state recommends you place them on temporary leave. This gives Michigan more access to resources to provide support for a longer period of time.

For even more information, click here.


Executive Order 2020-21 was issued on March 23. It includes the temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. For more information and a section of FAQs, click here.

Executive Order 2020-20 was issued on March 21. It extends restrictions on several business types to April 13 and specifically includes "non-essential personal care businesses" in the restrictions. Order 2020-20 reaffirms the temporary closures of places of public accommodation such as bars, restaurants, and fitness studios that were included in the original order.

Definition of non-essential personal care services: includes but is not limited to hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services, and similar personal care services that require individuals to be within six feet of each other. This does not include services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider.

Businesses subject to this order must follow the following standards:

- Limit of five members of the public in the establishment at one time for the purpose of picking up food or beverage orders

- Individuals must be at least six feet apart from one another while on premises

Large assemblages including over 50 people are prohibited beginning on March 17, 2020 and continuing through April 5, 2020.


Health Division Extends Orders to Protect Essential Employees and Businesses to Control COVID-19 Outbreak
Health Order For Staff Screening at Essential Businesses (protocols these businesses must follow)
Staff Screening Checklist
Fact Sheet on Cleaning and Disinfecting
Fact Sheet on Social Distancing


Ferndale Downtown Development Authority

Shop Small – Shop Safe Campaign

  • Free Curbside Parking
  • Social Distancing Bingo
  • Updated list of Dining and Grocery Options

Downtown Ferndale Facebook Page


WDIV Click on Detroit - Michigan brewery, distillery team up to make hand sanitizer amid coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak    

Crain’s Detroit - 10 things you CAN do this weekend: March 20-22 (Features Social Distancing Bingo as #1!)

WWJ– Ferndale Tries Out Social Distancing Bingo

EaterDetroit – Metro Detroit Restaurants and Bars Roll Out Beer and Wine Delivery (Features: the Emory, Loving Touch, WAB, Brooks Brewing, and the FerndaleProject)

Crain’s– Eastern Market Brewing to Launch Beer Delivery as Virus Threatens to CrippleCraft Brewers



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Text OAKGOV to 28748 for the latest information on COVID-19 from the Oakland County Health Division, other county agencies.

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Oakland County
Oakland County Media Center
One Stop Shop Business Resource Center- Coronavirus

City of Ferndale - COVID-19 Business Resources Page
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COVID-19 News & Updates


State of Michigan

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: 888.522.0103
Michigan Small Business Development Center
, Southeast Region: or 734.487.0355

Oakland County

Oakland County – One Stop Shop Business Center: or 248.858.0783

City of Ferndale
Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce
– Joy Wells, 248.542.2160

The City of Ferndale, Ferndale DDA, and Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce have come together to better represent the needs of our business community and stay updated on loans, grants, and other support mechanisms as they become available. Our goal is to become a trusted source of information that helps you filter out the noise and focus on the resources that best suit your business. With information developing rapidly it is difficult to know what to do today, and what to plan for tomorrow. As this situation develops, we will work to streamline access to any federal, state, and local resources that become available for small businesses.

The Process

It is the responsibility of the Ferndale Police Department to respond to citizen issues promptly and efficiently. It is also important to be aware that there may be issues that don't offer an immediate resolution. These conflicts include:

  • Agency policies
  • Environmental requirements
  • Public safety practices
  • Delivery of service
  • Employee conduct

The resolution of these issues is important to the department in order to maintain the highest professional standards.


If your complaint has not been resolved by the employee you first contacted, you may request to speak to the on-duty supervisor.  

  • This can be done in person or over the phone.  
  • If a supervisor is not available immediately, you will have the option to schedule a return phone call or an appointment.


The  supervisor on-duty will attempt to resolve your issue. If a resolution has not been met, a Citizen Complaint Form should be filled out and submitted.  

  • This is available in person or online
  • This form will be investigated by the officer’s shift Lieutenant; once completed, it will be reviewed by the Patrol Division Commander and Chief of Police.


After your complaint is processed, you will be informed of the final disposition by phone and mail. These determinations can include: sustained (sufficient evidence), not sustained (insufficient evidence), exonerated (lawful incident), or unfounded (false allegation). If additional information is desired, our staff will be happy to provide further detail or reevaluate as needed.

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


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