How small businesses in metro Detroit navigated pandemic aid

DETROIT (WXYZ) — All week long on The Rebound Detroit, we’re shining a light on metro Detroit’s small businesses and the people who work tirelessly to make them successful.

It’s been more than three weeks since our state’s remaining COVID-related restrictions lifted, so we’re exploring the hit small businesses have taken during the pandemic, what recovery is looking like now, and the road ahead.

For many metro Detroit small businesses, government aid during the pandemic has been a vital lifeline.

Espy Thomas, one of the owners of Sweet Potato Sensations, received one of the nearly 180,000 Paycheck Protection Program or PPP loans granted in Michigan by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“The PPP was definitely helpful to help us with paying staff,” Thomas told Action News. “To me it was a fairly simple process as long as ll your paperwork was buttoned up.”

All told the program shelled out more than $8.4 billion in our state, with the average…

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