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45175 Ten Mile Road
Department Phone: 248-735-5628
Fax: 248-735-5684

Pete Auger
Pete Auger
City Manager
248-347-0420

Wenona GrahamWenona Graham
Economic Dev Coord/Retail Spec
248-347-0573

Gov. Whitmer To Require Face Coverings In Indoor Public Spaces

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-147 to require the wearing of a face covering in all indoor public spaces as well as crowded public outdoor spaces. Further, this order requires businesses open to the public to refuse entry or service to patrons refusing to wear appropriate face coverings. The order takes effect at 12:01 am on Monday, July 13.

Click here to find out more

Mask Up Michigan Imagae#MaskUpMichiganToolkit

The evidence is convincing. The most effective tool we all have to create the conditions for businesses to remain open is to wear a mask every time we are in public – especially when indoors.

To help our business community, the Detroit Regional Chamber has launched the Keep Businesses Open #MaskUpMichigan campaign. As the representatives and advocates for business across the region, there is nothing more important we can do for business than to keep their doors open.

Click here for the toolkit

Small Retail, Restaurants, Personal Service Businesses Hurt by COVID-19 Can Apply Now for Economic Recovery Grants

Oakland Together Small Business Recovery Grant 

Oakland County is dedicating $28 to $30 million to help small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of grants and details, click here.

Deadline: August 24, 2020

The deadline to apply is Aug. 24. Award determinations will be made about every two weeks until the deadline. 

Applications are accepted online at www.oakgov.com/covid/grants

Does your business need assistance applying for grants?

Check out the Grant Application Guide created by Oakland County.
 

New Restart Resources for Business

Resources to help businesses prepare for a new era of operation amid the COVID-19 crisis.

CDC General Workplace Plan
CDC Restaurant & Bar Plan
Detroit Regional Chamber Restart Resources
Detroit Chamber Return to Work Guide
Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Roadmap to Reopening
PPE Supply Connect
Oakland County offers Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing: ALL Returning Workers & Adults
Oakland County Grants and Other Assistance

Google My BusinessTake advantage of these outstanding FREE resources from Google to help people find you online, let them know you are open and stay connected!

Click here for more information

Oakland County has created the COVID-19 ReOpen Kit to provide small business owners, local communities, nonprofit and faith-based leaders with materials and guidelines to help resume activities safely in this new environment caused by the pandemic.

The Kit Contains

  • Digital COVID-19 toolkit
  • Physical tote of personal protection equipment (PPE) and disinfecting supplies
  • ReOpen Resource Guide
  • ReOpen Poster - We Care About Your Safety
  • Community Resource Flyer
  • Printable Social Distancing Decals

Click here for more information

PPE Purchase sites

SearchPPE.com
RightPlace.Org
MichiganBusiness.org/ppe

City Council approved relaxing of Novi's Sign Ordinance through 12/31/2020

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Want to know What's Open in Novi? For an easy to read chart, click below.

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Civic Center resumes services

The Novi Civic Center has resumed full operations in accordance with the limitations imposed by the Governor's order.
Hours: 8am - 5pm
(effective June 15, 2020)

Virtual avenues will continue to be made available so that visitors may connect with respective departments to set up appointments.  Click here to access the Online Inspection Portal.

Applications and submitals may be made through the web portal for registered contractors. Mail and drop-off options are available. Drop-off and pickup boxes are available in the vestibule of the north Civic Center entrance (closest to Ten Mile Road). Online payment options are also available along with mail in and drop off options. All staff are available through email and phone. Remote meetings can be scheduled.

Please note that the Executive Order includes specific safeguards in sections 11(h) and (i). If you cannot comply with these requirements do not schedule inspections until such time as you can. Community Development staff will leave non-compliant sites and a re-inspection fee will be assessed. Please contact the Community Development Department at 248.347.0415 if you have any questions.

Federal Assistance Programs

Federal aid has been replenished for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

Click here to find out more.

Small Business Resource Guide

In an effort to provide businesses meaningful and timely support as they face various challenges created by the pandemic, we have created this comprehensive guide....

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Families First

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OSSBC Coronavirus Resources

Here you can find information on:

  1. SBA Disaster Assistance Relief
  2. Guidance to Employers Contemplating Potential Layoffs
  3. Virtual Procurement Assistance
  4. Claiming Unemployment
  5. Loan Programs
  6. Quick Tips to Keep Your Small Business Going
Click here for OSSBC Coronavirus Resources

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Business ToolkitOakland County Michigan Health Division

Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) is working closely with healthcare providers, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor and prepare for the presence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. OCHD is providing a Preventing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Toolkit for Businesses to share information with you and your employees about how to stay healthy and prevent illness.

This toolkit is available at: OakGov.com/Health/Information/COVID-19/Pages/Businesses.aspx
You will find a link to CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as well as prevention materials about:

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – What You Need to Know
  • Stopping the spread of germs
  • Hand washing instructions
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Social media posts for your organization

This is an evolving situation and information is updated on our website OakGov.com/Health as it becomes available.Our Nurse on Call is also available at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm or noc@oakgov.com

Novi Chamber Update:

What a challenging journey we've all been on the last few months. We've all weathered many changes in business and our home lives, but through it all, we watched people coming together to raise up and support each other. Here at the Novi Chamber, we are so thankful for our Board of Directors, Chamber Ambassadors, Sales Lead Groups, Committee Members and of course, each and every one of our members for their patience and participation.

Now, July is upon us and it's time for our new "normal". We are optimistically returning to in-person events following the current Executive Orders in place. Your health and safety is our upmost concern.

Please reach out to us if you have any concerns.

Click here to visit Novi Chamber

Novi Public Library:

Open for Limited Public Use! Masks Required (E.O. 2020-147)

Click here to watch as Julie Farkas, Director of NPL, outlines the important guidelines for guests to follow while visiting the Library!

Share your COVID-19 stories!

We are creating a collection of reflections on this important historical moment for the Local History Room at the Novi Public Library. We want stories from first responders, medical professionals, people in isolation, teachers, supermarket employees, local business owners and anyone with a story to tell.

We will accept written letters, journals, stories, poems, drawings, photos, videos, copies of business social media posts, etc. All work must be original. This collection will be a valuable resource for future generations to understand life in our community during the pandemic. All ages are welcome to respond. A submission by anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian give permission for the submission. To help inspire your submission, here are a few questions to use as a starting point for residents and for businesses.

To submit physical items, please fill out this form and mail your items to:

Novi Public Library
c/o COVID-19 Archive Project
45255 W Ten Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375

To submit digital items, please fill out this form and attach your submission(s).

Questions? Send Email
 

As the City of Novi, along with our our partners, continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments to events/date, we will make every effort to update the website accordingly and in a timely manner. As we navigate this unprecedented situation together, our goal is to keep you informed. It is vitally important to prioritize resources in an effort to maintain the well being of our business community.

City of Novi Job Fair - April 22, 2020 - POSTPONED

The City of Novi is your home whether you are looking to live, work or play. Just ask our 60,000 residents and more than 3,000 businesses why they chose Novi to call home. Whether you are an existing local business or one looking to invest in our community, give our Economic Development Team a call to assist you in your decision.

Upcoming Events

Startup Cash Flow Analysis – Don’t Get in Over Your Head

Aug 11  |  11am - 12pm  |  Register Here - Cost: Free

Get ahead of the curve, prepare for the next steps and don’t get in over your head. This virtual workshop will help new entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the cash demands required to successfully start a business. With 50 percent of small businesses failing within the first five years, proper startup cash flow analysis is paramount to a successful launch of your business. Use and concepts found in the Startup Cash Analysis Workbook (course materials) and estimating cash needs will be covered. Don’t be a statistic. Register today. This workshop is for pre-start businesses.

The Five Steps to Networking Mastery

Aug 11 |  9am - 11:30am  |  Register Here - Cost: $40

We have all heard that it is not what you know but whom you know. BARNACLES! It's all about how you are known. This brief, impactful training will teach you how to become an individual to whom people want to refer more business. Consider attending if you are frustrated with the results of your current networking; uncomfortable networking but know you need to do it more; or have a new position and want to increase your pipeline. The better we get at networking, the better our networking will be. This workshop is designed to help existing and startup businesses. Presented by Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation

Aug 12  |  9am - 11am  |  Register Here - Cost: Free
 
If your business is in Oakland County and you have a need for alternative financing, consider a CEED Lending Small Business Loan. The workshop introduces you to the requirements and process necessary to qualify for a CEED loan. CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Pivoting Your Business to Thrive in a New Environment

Aug 13  |  1pm - 2pm |  Register Here - Cost: Free
Successful businesses pivot to adjust to changing times. New business realities due to COVID-19 requires that many new and well-established businesses alike re-evaluate their business models. This virtual workshop covers three areas of your business that hold clues on how to successfully pivot your business and stay alive. The difference between success and failure may lie in the approach itself. This workshop if for existing and startup businesses.

Resume Essentials presented by Novi Public Library

Aug 13  |  6:30pm - 8pm |  Register Here - Cost: Free

Market Research Basics During the Coronavirus Crisis: Consumers have Changed, Will You?

Aug 18  |  1pm - 2pm  |  Register Here - Cost: Free

New customer expectations necessitate changes in business practices. This virtual workshop is not designed to predict the “new normal” but to help you understand customer expectations, incomes and spending habits during the era of COVID-19. Learn more about changes in consumer behavior for business-to-customer (B2C) businesses, identify consumer behaviors that are likely to stick long term and market resources to help reach and retain customers. This workshop is for existing businesses.

From Good Idea to Great Concept

Aug 19  |  9am - 11am  |  Register Here Cost: Free

A great idea is just the first step along an entrepreneurial journey. Learn how to take your idea and build a great business concept that you can implement. Hear how to move from idea to concept and how successful entrepreneurs adjust their concept to give them the best chance at creating a successful business. This workshop is for startup businesses.

Novi Chamber Virtual Friday Coffee

Aug 21  |  8:30am - 9:45am  | Register Here - Cost: Free

Projecting Cash Flow – Overcoming Business Interruptions and Beyond

Aug 25  |  1pm - 2 pm  |  Register Here - Cost: Free

This may be the most important class a small business owner will ever take. This virtual workshop will help you gain a greater understanding of the cash demands required to successfully manage a business. Cash-flow for normal, emergency and recovery scenarios are covered, including use and concepts of the Cash Flow Projection Workbook (course materials). A good cash flow management system is paramount to the success of your business. This workshop is for new and existing businesses. 

How To Write A Business Plan In The New Economy

Aug 26  |  11am - 12pm  | Register Here - Cost: Free

Doing business in the era of COVID-19 might require changes in your business plan, the way you market your business, the way employees interact with customers, etc. This virtual class is for those who need to re-invent their businesses, require a new business plan during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. If COVID-19 has turned your business model topsy-turvy, this information is for you. This workshop is for existing and startup businesses.

Oakland County Business Counselors

Oakland County business counselors are still working and accepting new clients. Reach out to your counselor today or request counseling at: OakGov.com/AdvantageOakland/Business/OneStopShop

WalkIn StartUp - Small Business Counseling - Suspended Until Further Notice

Need help launching a business? Come visit us. Whether you opened a business or you're thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you.

Visit us the First Thursday of the Month at the Community Development Center Room in Novi City Hall, 45175 Ten Mile Road.

Questions? Contact Wenona Graham

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Useful Links

NBC Sign-up

Novi.org

Business Grants for Women

How to Use Instagram to Generate Leads

SBDC's End-of-Year Checklist of Small Business

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses

How to Boost Your Small Business Through Sponsorship

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Important Updates

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Business Avenue Videos

Business Avenue videos feature local Novi businesses. We explore how they started, why they chose Novi, and provides an intimate behind the scenes look at what makes them unique.

Business Avenue can be seen in Novi on:

Spectrum Cable Channel 212
AT&T Uverse Channel 99
Our Facebook Page
And our YouTube channel

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