Attention Alcona County Business Owners:

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has a second round of grants available to assist you.  The grants are up to $20,000.00 each for grant winners; with up to $349,000.00 total for Alcona.    Further information is available on the following web sites:  Alcona County Chamber of Commerce and the Alpena Chamber of Commerce.

This is an excellent resource for businesses who have suffered due to COVID-19.  Non-Profits are also eligible.

MI Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Registration now open for the 2021 SARA Title III Tier II Webinar Series

Does your facility store chemicals that require safety data sheets? Are you new to Tier II Reporting or need to refresh your reporting skills and have questions?
Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act ("SARA Title III"), also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, requires facilities to report potentially hazardous and extremely hazardous materials to state and local officials that can be vital to the safety of employees, first responders and the surrounding community.
The SARA Title III - Tier II Webinar Series will provide an overview of program regulations, reporting requirements, emergency planning provisions and a step-by-step tutorial on logging into Tier II Manager and initiating a Tier II Annual Report. Time will also be set aside to answer questions and provide assistance. Registration includes access to all three parts (outlined below) of the series. A recording will be provided soon after each webinar concludes.
Note: This webinar series replaces the workshops that are usually provided in a live format annually. We hope to offer the live workshops again in future years.

January 13, 9:00 - 10:30 AM EST
SARA Title III Part 1
Decoding SARA Title lll Requirements that May Apply to Your Facility
This session will focus on the four main components of the SARA Title lll Regulations in Michigan. The session will also discuss some of the chemicals regulated by SARA Title III and discuss release reporting requirements under the regulation.

January 20, 9:00 - 10:30 AM EST
SARA Title III Part 2
Drilling Down: Tier ll Reporting Requirements in Michigan
This session will drill down into SARA Title lll Tier ll Reporting requirements in Michigan. The session will also discuss thresholds for Tier ll Reporting (hazardous chemical and extremely hazardous chemical reporting) and demonstrate how to perform basic calculations and determine if your facility needs to submit a Tier ll Report in Michigan by presenting a reporting scenario.

January 27, 9:00 - 10:30 AM EST
SARA Title III Part 3
Navigating the Online Tier ll Manager Program and Frequently Asked Questions
This session will outline how to access the Online Tier ll Manager Program, registering for a new account or assume an existing user account, access your facility(s) in Tier ll Manager, enter chemical information, and submit a Tier ll Annual Report. This session will also include a frequently asked questions component where common questions are addressed, as well as new questions from the workshop audience.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This webinar series is recommended for owners, operators, and environmental and safety personnel of facilities that have hazardous materials and/or chemicals on site. Environmental consultants, LEPCs, and fire department personnel can also benefit from these webinars and are encouraged to register.
Up to 3 CEHs/PDHs available for professional engineers.

Registration Fee: $25
(includes registration for all three webinars)
Alana Berthold:
Joel Roseberry:

This webinar series is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the program and steps for the Tier II Manager Program. For those needing a brief overview of the basics, a webinar recording will be available to view after December 10th.

Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Program- opens December 15, 2020

Dear group,

I was on a call with the MEDC Tuesday talking about this upcoming Pure Michigan grant program. I came away with info that is important to share with your local businesses that are considering applying for one of these grants.  Below are the highlights of that call that need to be shared.  Please pass this on to those businesses in your community that you think might apply for the Pure Mi Relief grant.

  • Application window opens on December 15th at 9:00 a.m. This grant will be handed out on first come first serve basis.
  • This grant program will be handled by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation for the entire state.
  • Region 3, which consists of 11 counties, will have $400,000 for grants (approximately 27 grants will be handed out at $15,000 each). There is no mandate to make sure each county within Region 3 has businesses that get funded. The administrator could reduce the award amounts to help spread the money to more businesses but we have no way of knowing.  If they pass out the max, we know only 27 businesses will get funded.
  • The MEDC will be hosting the application which is to be completed online only.
  • To apply the businesses will need to have a Pure Michigan Business Connect account with a user ID and password established. If you applied for the Restart Grant you already have one. If you do not have an account one should be established ahead time. Go to to create your account.
  • The MEDC expects the application window to be closed by the end of the day on December 15.
  • The grant application is posted for viewing (or will be shortly) so applicants can review the questions ahead of time.
  • Once the application is started it must be completed. It will not be able to be saved and finished later. Exiting before completion/submission will require it to be redone. Each application will be time stamped to determine the order in which it was received
  • There will be MEDC staff online to assist applicants live that morning if  technical help/support is needed.
  • For businesses seeking these funds, they better give this application the highest priority on the morning of the 15th.  Waiting until the afternoon will likely be too late!