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Detroit Regional Chamber Launches Online Series to Answer Business Questions

Media Contact: Megan Spanitz

Detroit Regional Chamber Launches Online Series to Answer Business Questions
First guests include Jeff Donofrio, Brian Calley, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens 

DETROIT, MICH. (March 19, 2020) – In response to the quickly-changing needs of the Southeast Michigan business community, the Detroit Regional Chamber is launching a COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Series to address concerns and disruptions caused by the coronavirus. The regular Tele-Town Halls will feature state federal leaders at the front lines of policy change as well as subject matter experts who can help our regional business navigate the risks. Following each presentation, there will be a question and answer session with the guest speaker.

Confirmed speakers include Jeff Donofrio from the State of Michigan, Brian Calley, from the Small Business Association of Michigan, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, and U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens. Chamber leaders will moderate each session.

Friday, March 20 | 11:30 a.m.

Jeff Donofrio, the director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity will discuss the expansion of unemployment benefits and strategies for businesses to support employees.

Monday, March 23 | 11:30 a.m.

Brian Calley, the president of the Small Business Association of Michigan will focus on the local and federal support available to small businesses, specifically the U.S. Small Business Association Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), and additional support to tap into.

Tuesday, March 24 | 11:30 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters will be discussing the federal response to the crisis.

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens is also confirmed pending time and date information. Details will be made available soon.

All Tele-Town Halls and information on them can be accessed at:

“The Tele-Town Halls are part of a larger business resource center the Chamber is offering to help businesses with the unprecedented sudden disruption caused by COVID-19,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber. “Our main focus right now is on providing the resources businesses need to help them navigate and chart a course for the future.”

Earlier this week, the Chamber launched a COVID-19 Business Impact Survey to gather information on how businesses have been impacted and how they are addressing the ongoing crisis, so the Chamber can respond to the needs of its members and other businesses. More than 90 respondents have already shared feedback in the first 24 hours that will help dictate future Tele-Town Hall speakers and content. In some way we can say something like: The topics and content are driven by the issues our members are raising. However, participation open to the entire Michigan business community.

The Chamber’s COVID-19 Business Resource Center, the trusted source for the latest information and resources, can be found online at