Lt. Gov. Gilchrist sees ‘unprecedented’ opportunities for small business relief programs

GRAND RAPIDS — Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist was in Grand Rapids Monday touting the Whitmer administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan for small businesses as billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding comes into Michigan.

State officials are expecting the state to see $2 billion in remaining CARES Act funding, nearly $6.5 billion in flexible funding through the American Rescue Plan, $176 million in federal State Small Business Credit Initiative funds, and $1.4 billion in federal child care funding.

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“This is unprecedented. I can’t state that enough,” Gilchrist told small business owners Monday at the Downtown Market. “We’ve never had an opportunity like this before. It creates an opportunity to invest in people in a way we never have before.”

Small business owners, economic development agencies and business advocates from across the region attended the small…

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