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Economic Relief Task Force (COVID-19) 

Cornerstone Alliance has created a task force to connect local businesses with resources that will be made available by local organizations, as well as the state and federal government. The survey picMichigan Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as local funds from Cornerstone Alliance are being made available to help small businesses navigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details on all of these programs can be found below.  If your business experienced a loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, complete this brief survey about your business and our team will get back to you quickly.  The survey will allow you to be kept up-to-date on information and programs provided at the local, state and federal levels.

If you have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Scott-Sims or Christina Frank via email.  


Financial Resource Programs

Rent and Mortgage Payment Program

The Berrien Community Foundation, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and Cornerstone Alliance have partnered to create a zero-interest loan program for Berrien County businesses and nonprofit entities that have a rent or mortgage payment due in April and/or May of 2020.

Rent and Mortgage Payment Program (RAMPP)


SBA Disaster Loan AssistanceSBA logo

Businesses in Michigan have access to low-interest loans for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. To apply, you can locate the online application here. If you prefer to submit your application by mail, please print, complete and return your application. 

Need help completing the SBA application?  This YouTube video gives step-by-step details.

Disaster Loan Application Paper Forms

The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans

Supplemental Disaster Loan Information


SBA Microloan Program at Cornerstone Alliance

Cornerstone Alliance is an SBA intermediary that provides microloan funding for small businesses. Microloans are available for $500 to $50,000 to businesses located in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. Microloans can be combined with the SBA EIDL loan program. If you have an existing microloan, you may be eligible for additional financial assistance under the microloan program. For more information about the microloan program, visit here or contact Dubelsa Mata-Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




 Fred Upton 113th Congress photo

From the Office of Congressman Fred Upton

Coronavirus resource guides can be found below. 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness 

Direct Financial Assistance

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill 


Manufacturing or Donating Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

If your business has the ability to manufacture or donate personal protection equipment to those responding to the coronavirus pandemic, you are encouraged to visit the Pure Michigan Business Connect Portal (here) for guidance on supplier, donator and procurement needs. 


Shelter-in-Place Order 

On March 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued a shelter-in-place order for the State of Michigan.  Michiganders are required to stay home, with the exception of essential service workers. If you are either an essential services employer or critical lifeline company, you are exempt from the shelter-in-place protocol.

Guidance for Individuals to determine if they can leave home.

Guidance for Businesses to determine who can perform in-person work.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security web page (here) for details on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce definitions (pdf).


Latest News 

Here is the most recent guidance from Berrien County, the State of Michigan and the SBA. 

Governor Whitmer Issues Shelter-in-Place Order

US Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Guidance on Coronavirus

Berrien County Economic Support Questionnaire - if your business has been negatively impacted, there could be additional funds available from FEMA.  Visit this site to complete a short survey detailing the impact of Executive Order 2020-09.

SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses (3/16/2020)

Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers


Additional Resources

Southwest Michigan Cares Fund

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer


The Microloan Program and Women’s Business Center are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made requested at least two weeks in advance. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Cornerstone Alliance and the Renaissance Development Fund are equal opportunity providers and employers.  

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