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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

Governor Whitmer Reopens Auto Dealerships and Retail Businesses by Appointment, Authorizes Nonessential Medical, Dental and Veterinary Procedures.

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

Drive-Through Testing Sites

Community Development resumes services

The City of Novi Community Development Department has resumed full operations in accordance with the limitations imposed by the Governors order.

Although the Novi Civic Center remains closed to the public, inspections may be scheduled online here.

Applications and submittals 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.

Visit the City of Novi COVID-19 Page

Stay up to date by following credible, official sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) State of Michigan, and the Oakland County Health Division so you can respond quickly to changes that could affect you or your customers.

COVID-19 Help Hotline

Call: 248-858-1000
Text: OAKGOV to 28748

Nurse on Call

Phone: 800-848-5533


Oakland County COVID-19 FAQ

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....

printer-friendly Click here for the COVID-19 Business Updates & Resources

Families First

printer-friendly Click here for the COVID-19 Constituent Service Resources Toolkit

Utility Relief and Support

Consumers Energy:

Consumers Energy is here to help your company during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Small businesses throughout Michigan are suddenly struggling to survive after closing to help us stay safe. Consumers Energy can provide meaningful and immediate help by:
  • Working with you on your utility bill.
  • Connecting you to potential sources of state and federal relief.
  • Providing new business opportunities through the Pure Michigan Business Connect Program.
Call us at 800-805-0490 to get assistance with your energy bill and to learn how to find additional short-term help.

Don’t wait to talk with us. Helping you bridge this gap successfully is one of our top priorities because we understand small businesses are the backbone of Michigan’s economy.

Here are just a few additional sources of local, state and federal help that may be available to your small businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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DTE Energy:

DTE Energy is working with business customers to help them access critical financial assistance, as well as energy efficiency resources that can help reduce costs.

Check out their COVID-19 page for more information.

Healthcare Donations

Ascension Providence (Loading Docks):
Email Christa Williams

Southfield: 16001 W Nine Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48075

Novi: 47601 Grand River Ave. Novi, MI 48374

Beaumont Hospital
Donation information

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

UIA: To file an unemployment claim or ask unemployment questions, please file online at: or call 1-866-500-0017

Executive Orders

State of Michigan
Oakland County
45175 Ten Mile Road
Department Phone: 248-735-5628
Fax: 248-735-5684

Pete Auger
Pete Auger
City Manager

Wenona GrahamWenona Graham
Economic Dev Coord/Retail Spec


Health Division Extends Orders To Protect Essential Employees And Businesses

The Oakland County Health Division today issued an emergency order requiring essential businesses to screen all employees for illness, exposure to COVID-19 and establish a social distancing protocol for customers and employees to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus.

The order, which takes effect Wednesday (March 25th) at noon requires, businesses to develop and implement a daily screening program for all staff which includes questions about possible symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. It also asks whether the employee has traveled domestically or internationally in the past 14 days. The employee could be required to stay home for three to 14 days, depending on the answer.

Businesses must also develop and implement a plan to manage and control social/physical distancing (at least six foot spacing) for employees working alongside one another and customers waiting in lines within or outside the business using visual markings, limit building capacity and post the new protocol at the business entrance.

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COVID-19 Business ToolkitOakland County Michigan Health Division

Dear Oakland County Business Partners,

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:
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 as it becomes available.Our Nurse on Call is also available at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm or

All Novi Chamber in person events canceled through June 12, 2020.

Click here to visit Novi Chamber

All Novi Public Library programs will be virtual June - August.

The Library building will be closed through June 12, 2020.

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

WalkIn StartUp flyer

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

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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2020 SBDC Training Schedule

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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