Harassment Has No Place in Ferndale

The Ferndale DDA wanted to take a moment to share resources that are available to employees who feel that have been subject to discriminatory harassment on the job. These types of behaviors have no place in Ferndale and we support any employee who uses their voice to speak out against them. This harassment can include but is not limited to: verbal or physical sexual advances, unwelcome physical contact, offensive or degrading language, display of denigrating materials (photos, objects, etc.), or any behavior which an employee has expressed objection to in the past. State…continue reading →
All Applicants Must Reapply to Oakland County Business Stabilization Grant by April 6

All Applicants Must Reapply to Oakland County Business Stabilization Grant by April 6

Due to several issues with many of the grant and loan applications received through Oakland County’s Small Business Stabilization Fund, all applicants who have already submitted to the program must re-submit by noon on Monday, April 6. We apologize for the inconvenience.  > LINK TO NEW ONLINE FORM > FAQs ABOUT PROGRAM   Does the new form have different questions? The questions on the online form are identical to the original application.  Please use your original submission as a guide – and pay close attention to areas where you may have omitted information on…continue reading →
COVID-19 Business Update Provided to City Council

COVID-19 Business Update Provided to City Council

During the first ever virtual Ferndale City Council meeting held on March 25, staff from the City, DDA, and Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up to provide an update on how the business community has been adapting to COVID-19 and what support has been provided to date. We have been so impressed with the level of flexibility and innovation we have seen in such a short amount of time. Take a look at the presentation to learn about some of the amazing things that have been accomplished, the tough decisions that were…continue reading →

COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance Update as of 3.20.20

Unemployment Assistance Expanded Options for COVID-19 Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) Employers have several options available for downsizing their workforce. You may have heard about the Work Share Program and Temporary Leave Designation offered by the UIA. Access to these programs has been expanded in response to COVID-19 and we’ve provided brief summaries below. This summary from the State of Michigan provides an outline of these options as well: > State of Michigan Guidance to Employers Contemplating Potential Layoffs – 3.18.20 QuickFacts (more details below) WorkShare Program Our Advice: If your business can afford…continue reading →

COVID-19 Small Business Financial Resources Update as of 3.20.20

The resources listed here are either available now or are expected to become available shortly. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a spotlight on the primary financial programs developed to date: QuickFacts (more details below) Federal Small Business Administration Loans Now Live in Michigan! Our Advice: Apply online if you are interested, even if you aren't sure you are eligible. Even a denial could open up opportunities for other funding later. State Loans and Grants Available on or Around April 1 Our Advice: Stay tuned to the website above and submit your…continue reading →

COVID-19 Business Update:March, 20 2020 | Financial Resources Highlight

  Updates About Available Financial Assistance! > Download the full 3.20.20 update here > Stay updated using the Ferndale COVID-19 Business Resources Page By now we know that you’ve been hit with lots of information about financial programs as the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Your partners at the City of Ferndale, Ferndale DDA, and Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to sift through all that information and help you get access to what you need to know, what you can do, and who you can talk to. The resources listed here…continue reading →

COVID-19 Business Update: March, 19 2020

Local Organizations Join Forces to Represent the Business Community Ferndale business owners have been dealing with a flurry of messages this week about financial resources for small businesses during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The City of Ferndale, Ferndale DDA, and Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce have come together to better represent the needs of our business community and stay updated on loans, grants, and other support mechanisms as they become available. Our goal is to become a trusted source of information that helps you filter out the noise and focus on the resources that best…continue reading →

DDA Announces Social Distancing Bingo

Play Social Distancing Bingo for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Certificate! You can participate in Social Distancing Bingo until March 30, 2020. Create a line with 5 boxes and submit proof of purchase to info@downtownferndale.com. The first 10 submissions will receive a $50 gift certificate to the business of their choice! In an effort to make it easy for you to support local business and social distancing as easy as possible, we’ve compiled a list of which businesses are offering delivery and take-out food options. Stay tuned for updates and info about our amazing retail and…continue reading →

Western Market Announces Dedicated Shopping Hour for Vulnerable Populations

Effective Wednesday, March 18th and until further notice: Western Market will open at 9A each day to the general public. Western Market will be open from 8A-9A each day for shoppers at greatest risk for contracting coronavirus. This is limited to seniors and individuals with compromised immune systems. We pledge to provide access to our products in the safest environment possible for all customers. We request that our community respect the provisions of this operational change. Please do not shop during 8A-9A each morning if you are not at greater risk for contracting…continue reading →

City of Ferndale Launches Resource Page for COVID-19

On March 13, Oakland County declared a county-wide State of Emergency to encourage social distancing and help stop the spread of Covid-19 Novel coronavirus. The City of Ferndale takes the health and safety of our community very seriously and we're doing everything we can to support State and County health organizations. They have launched a resources page on the City of Ferndale website, which will be updated regularly. Visit ferndalemi.gov/services/covid-19-response for the most updated information from the City of Fernale. The City has established contact phone numbers and email addresses specifically for COVID-related response and questions.…continue reading →