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.

Small Business Restart Program

In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The application for businesses to apply for funding will open on July 15, 2020.

Grant Eligibility

Businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees, worldwide, located in Michigan who have NOT received a grant under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program (MSBRP) are eligible to apply. Businesses must also demonstrate the following:
  • Part of an industry or nonprofit that can demonstrate it has been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses
  • Demonstrates an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency as determined by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).
Click the link below for full program details.


Envionment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)

Announcing the
EGLE Air Quality Series Webinars

In Michigan, getting an air permit is an important part of using industrial equipment that emits air contaminants. An air permit is free to apply for and is referred to as a “permit to install” or “PTI.” Did you know you actually need an approved air permit in hand before you start construction? And we mean even before you pour concrete! A PTI is required if you plan to install, construct, reconstruct or modify existing equipment at your facility. It can be a daunting task to put together a complete application and frustrating to submit an application, then get the dreaded “Off-line Tracking” letter or an additional information request.

The purpose of this Webinar Series is to help applicants put together a complete application from the beginning of the process to the end and ensure you have included all necessary elements – as well as how to work through some of the most complicated portions. Air Quality Division staff will walk you through Best Practices as well as some of the more complicated regulations and rules on the books.

Upcoming Webinars in the Series

August 19, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT
Navigating Part 6 and Part 7 – Volatile Organic Compound Rules
Volatile Organic Compounds are regulated under Part 6 and Part 7 of the state air pollution control rules. Part 6 is applicable to “existing” sources and Part 7 is applicable to “new” sources. Did you know that “new” is not so new after all as it affects sources installed after 1979? Join us to hear about how Part 6 and 7 relate to each other, what you should put in your air permit application, and what to expect in your final permit conditions.

September 23, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT
How to Perform a Top-Down Best Available Control Technology (BACT) Analysis 

What is a Top-Down BACT analysis? Well, for starters it has 5-steps! Tune in with Catherine Asselin to hear about what to include in your air permit application for Top-Down BACT. We will discuss what information to include, a cost-analysis and where this process is used. Hint: It applies to more than just Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD).

October 21, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Applicability – Part 1 – Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and NNSR

Wow! That is a lot of acronyms! With recent changes in attainment status for ozone, non-attainment new source review applications have been received along with PSD applications. Join Air Quality Division staff to discuss PSD and Non-attainment New Source Review. We will discuss the differences and commonalities between the two. Also, we will provide some tips on what to include in your application.

November 10, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Nonattainment New Source Review  (NNSR) Applicability – Part 2 – Baseline and Applicability Analyses
Applicability analyses for air permitting can be daunting. What do baseline, projected actual, and potential mean? It can be difficult to navigate and make sure the Air Quality Division has all the information in your application necessary to review your request. Join Melissa Byrnes to get some tips and information about what to include as well as what you could expect during our review.

Announcing the
EGLE Sustainability Series Webinars

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) proudly presents a series of webinars that delivers examples of real-life sustainability strategies implemented by EGLE’s partners. Focused on the topic of business sustainability, attendees will learn about practices they can employ to create meaningful, measurable changes that benefit not only the environment, but also the bottom line!

Upcoming webinars in this series:

July 29, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Creating and Obtaining Planet Goals

Learn how to set, track, and get the most value from sustainability goals. In 2018, Consumers Energy established its Planet Goals. They include goals to: eliminate the use of coal to generate electricity; reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent; reduce water use by
1 billion gallons; reduce waste being landfilled by 35 percent; and enhance, restore, or protect 5,000 acres of land in Michigan. These goals were developed from a materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement process. Attendees will hear about Consumers Energy’s processes for establishing planet goals and the work underway to reach those goals, along with some of the benefits realized and challenges encountered along the way.

August 27, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
What Happens After the Low-Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked When Implementing Your Energy Reduction Strategy?

Tracking energy usage is a start to overall energy reduction strategies. But paying attention to that information, and knowing what to do to resolve the issues identified during the monitoring process is the next critical component to moving closer toward zero net energy goals. Learn how to track energy usage in a building, what to look for when evaluating energy usage data, and how to use that data to resolve issues uncovered through the data collection process.

September 16, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Create the Pathway Toward Emission Reduction: How to Build a Carbon Inventory

Do you know your carbon footprint? A successful pathway to reducing greenhouse gasses starts with building a carbon inventory. Learn how to measure your organization's carbon footprint, engage stakeholders, and set goals that will influence future strategies. In this webinar, you will hear from the Wayne County Airport Authority, an organization that is accredited by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation program - they have inventoried carbon emissions from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport since 2013. You will see a case study from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport that illustrates how an organization can measure its carbon footprint, track trends and progress, achieve its goals for carbon emission reductions, and publicly report on them. Lessons learned, tools for success, and reporting frameworks applicable to a variety of industries will also be discussed.