The City of Southfield is the premier business address in Michigan. With more than 27 million square feet of office space and over seven million square feet of retail and industrial space – Southfield is Michigan’s undisputed business center. In fact, Southfield boasts more office space than the central business districts of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis or Kansas City. Southfield is home to over 10,000 businesses including more than 100 “Fortune 500” companies. Why do so many companies chose Southfield? Simply put, because Southfield offers businesses advantages that others cities don’t. An impressive 98 percent of the City is accessible to high-speed fiber optics, broadband and satellite services, and several backbones traverse the community. The City’s extensive infrastructure, access to a footprint of citywide fiber optics and central location are just a few of the many reasons why businesses choose Southfield.
The city of Southfield was awarded a Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification in 2016 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipal assets.
Redevelopment Ready Communities have been qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning and zoning, along with other key features that remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors. Certification status provides a compelling sign that a community has removed development barriers and streamlined processes to be more competitive and attractive to investors.
Office Location & Hours of Operation
Rochelle Freeman, Business & Economic Development Director
26000 Evergreen Road (2nd Floor of the Administration Building)
Southfield, MI 48037-2055
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES FOR THE SOUTHFIELD BUSINESS COMMUNITY
RESOURCES FOR RESTAURANT RELIEF
The city of Southfield is accepting grant applications March 1 - March 31, 2021 for restaurant relief through the Restaurant Technology & PPE Reimbursement Program and the Restaurant Weatherization Program.
Restaurant Technology & PPE Reimbursement
The Restaurant Technology & PPE Reimbursement Program is a grant based initiative available to qualifying restaurants, bars & cafes within the City of Southfield. The purpose of this program is to reimburse eligible businesses for: 1) technology products or software purchased to support dine-in restaurants, bars & cafes impacted by COVID-19 and related public health orders; and 2) products, supplies and services purchased to assist in operating safely and in re-opening, when allowed. This is a companion grant with the Restaurant Weatherization Program. The maximum total reimbursement for both the Weatherization and Technology & PPE for a single business is $10,000.
Restaurant Weatherization Program
The Restaurant Weatherization Program is a grant based initiative available to qualifying restaurants, bars & cafes within the city of Southfield. The purpose of this program is to reimburse eligible businesses for products purchased to create outdoor dining environments. The intention is to support eligible businesses during the extended COVID 19 shutdowns and to create options for future winter outdoor dining. This is a companion grant with the Restaurant Technology & PPE Program. The maximum total reimbursement for both the Weatherization and Technology & PPE for a single business is $10,000.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be ranked based on a first-come, first-served basis during the open application timeframe of March 1 – March 31. All completed applications must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2021.
For more information, contact Southfield Business Development at (248) 796-4160.
Restaurant Health Screening Tool
FREE "Clear To Go!" Health Screening Software provided by Oakland County
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CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Business & Workplace Guidance
Quick Reference Guide for Return to Work Best Practice by Jaffe Law
PMBC COVID-19 Procurement Platform
City of Southfield is Open for Business! Check us out online instead of in person!
The City of Southfield website is well prepared to keep business moving! Our web site offers a range of services that make it possible for people to interact with city government without physically visiting any city buildings. You can easily make dozens of transactions to keep our economy going strong.
- Southfield Cable Interviews
- Southfield Business Catalyst
- Oakland County Michigan Works Southfield
- Oakland County Michigan Works! - Includes COVID-19 public and business tool kits
- Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Michigan COVID-19 Guide
- Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce Offering a new Business Impact of Covid-19 Webinar Series & Online Networking
Find additional opportunities to connect with us online at www.cityofsouthfield.com
Click on the following links for potential funding resources:
Here are some other resources to help your business grow and thrive during this challenging time:
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) DISASTER ASSISTANCE RELIEF
- SBA Disaster Assistance website
- Supporting Your Small Business During COVID-19 - Visit the Michigan Small Business Development Center for resources
STATE OF MICHIGAN RESOURCES:
The Michigan Small Business Relief Program will provide up to $20 million in support for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The funding is divided between $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce. Funds for the program are expected to be available no later than April 1, 2020.
OAKLAND COUNTY RESOURCES:
- Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center Please contact us at email@example.com to set up a free meeting with a business counselor.
- SBA Small Business Loans (BFC) - SBA 504 Loan Program provides statewide financing available for buildings and equipment
- Tax-Exempt Revenue Bond Program (EDC) - Provides qualified manufacturing businesses and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations with loans for capital expenditures
- CEED® Lending - Provides a small business loan program
OTHER AREA AGENCY RESOURCES:
- Small Business Association of Michigan
- Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
- Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs
- Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce
- Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
- MDOT Disadvantaged Business Entrepreneurs