Business


Photo courtesy Rep. Laurie Pohutsky.
Michigan’s ‘Shecession’ Could Set Working Women Back a Decade, But There Is a Plan to Help

The sharp decline of women in the workforce caused by the pandemic may have lasting damage on women's careers. That could set workplace equity back unless decisive action is taken.

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
Michigan’s Plan to Reignite the Economy Addresses the Real Cause of the Labor Shortage

The real reason businesses struggle to hire during the economic recovery has little to do with direct COVID relief and a lot to do with poor wages and working conditions.

Knoop in Grand Rapids bills itself as a "rooftop beer garden" focusing on Dutch and German food.
These 7 Michigan Restaurants Opened During the Pandemic, and We Are Here to Try Them in 2021

The pandemic has been hard on the restaurant industry, but some Michiganders have seized the opportunity and opened in the most trying time.

La Cocina Cubana with it's owner Iliana Tamayo and manager Ilianis Hernandez.
Lansing’s La Cocina Cubana Used to Bustle. Here’s How It Survived an Industry Crisis in Michigan.

A lot went wrong for Lansing’s locally-owned Cuban joint La Cocina Cubana. But owner Iliana Tamayo shares one saving grace that kept her kitchen cooking.

The iconic St. Patrick's hats that Blue Shamrock used to celebrate birthdays.
This Pub Is Alive Thanks to Grants and COVID Relief. Now They’re Ready To Party This St. Patrick’s Day.

The kind of support that The Blue Shamrock had is coming to restaurants across Michigan in President Biden's COVID relief plan.

Photos courtesy of Angel Floral Creations, K.D. & Co., The Lip Bar, and La La's  Libations
21 of Michigan’s Best Women-Owned Brands You Should Know

From photography and event companies to massage and beauty companies, Michigan's women have plenty of products and services to offer.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22:  U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an announcement related to small businesses at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program aimed at helping small and minority-owned business to qualify for federal loans due to the economic impact that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Michigan’s Small Businesses Are Staying Open with Small Business Loans. Here’s How to Apply.

COVID-19 assistance kept this Adrian shop open. Here's how you can apply for small business relief this week.