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COVID-19 business resources available online

IRON RIVER — There are now several online sources where Iron County businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak can get the latest information and resources, Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance Executive Director Paul Schuytema said in a news release on March 24.    
    The first are two pages, one for business information and one for resident information, created by the Iron County ICECA. These informational resources can be accessed from the home page at iron.org. The business page links to federal, state and regional resources and information, as well as providing links to helpful online webinars for businesses.
    The resident information page provides general COVID-19 information, ways community members and support local businesses and ideas to better cope with Monday’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order from Governor Whitmer.
    “We developed these pages to provide a simple, locally-focused resource for our businesses and residents,” Schuytema said. “We will also be using the business page to provide up-to-date information on any business relief programs as they become available. We’re in twice-weekly conference calls and continual email contact with other Upper Peninsula economic development organizations, as well as our regional, state and federal partners.”
    In addition, a new U.P.-wide website has been developed to share even more business resources. This collaborative effort, which was developed by InvestUP in partnership with economic development partners like the ICECA from across the Upper Peninsula, is intended to be a trusted resource dedicated for the most up-to-date and relevant information available.
    “We recognize that so many businesses are enduring challenges as a result of COVID-19 and while there are many resources available, navigating and finding all of them can be its own challenge,” Marty Fittante, CEO of InvestUP said.  “We also know that the U.P. bands together to support one another better than any other area and therefore felt that developing a cohesive website with clear and consistent information would be an important tool for everyone to share and use.”
    Businesses are invited to visit, share, and link to www.update906.com. Currently, the frequently updated website features the definition of critical infrastructure industries/workers, small business relief programs, COVID-19 business impact surveys, and key web links.
    In addition, there is a comprehensive list of contacts for local economic development organizations along with regional, state, and federal representatives dedicated to the Upper Peninsula.
    “We’ll get through this together, as Yoopers,” Schuytema said. “And being well-informed is the first step towards a healthy future and a quick recovery.”