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From CEO Bill Hallan: At MRA, essential work goes on. Just differently.

By BILL HALLAN

This morning I stopped to get coffee on my way into the office and I immediately wiped the cup down with a Clorox wipe. Who does that?

Federal CARES Act includes key provisions for retailers

By THOMAS P. CLEMENT

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) signed Friday by President Trump is a stimulus package intended to support the United States economy during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Ways to take credit cards during the COVID-19 crisis

As we continue to grapple with the impact of Covid-19 on retailers and develop new ways to provide goods and services in this radically different landscape, let’s review ways to safely take credit card purchases while lowering processing costs.

Michigan retailers report strong February, brace for March

LANSING, Mich. – Retailers in Michigan had momentum going into February, according to the Michigan Retail Index survey. But the survey – which also asks about retailers’ optimism for sales in the next three months – was taken before the COVID-19 crisis hit Michigan.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA coverage

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. That law added two new emergency benefits that employees are eligible for from smaller employers (under 500 employees).

Information and resources for business owners on COVID-19

*This post will be continuously updated as more information becomes available – please check back for more updates and information*
Last updated 3/30/20 at 10:15 am

On March 10,

Resources on Michigan’s price gouging law and state closures/updates on COVID-19

In this issue:

  • Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan
  • Worth remembering: price gouging = prices grossly in excess of normal price points
  • Supplemental approved to partially restore Pure Michigan funding
  • Ypsilanti adds criminal felony convictions to anti-discrimination ordinance
  • Resources for retailers
  • Regulatory round-up

NOTICE TO MRA MEMBERS – MRA will remain open and available to assist you

Members,

Herbruck brothers ‘serve the bird’

By SHANDRA MARTINEZ
Photos STEVE JESSMORE

SARANAC, Mich. – Looking at the relatively modest Herbruck’s headquarters, you wouldn’t know the company is the biggest egg producer in Michigan and the 10th largest in the nation.

Helpful tips for our credit card processing customers

If you do your payment processing through Michigan Retailers, here are some helpful updates:

Now is the time to verify your 2019 processing form 1099K for accuracy. Contact customer service if you require changes.

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