EVART - Financial assistance is available to local small businesses through the Small Business Association. COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are available to supplement lost revenue resulting from COVID-19. The loans are to be used for payroll expenses, fixed debts, accounts payable and other expenses. The SBA is authorized to issue up to $10 million dollars in grants to eligible live venue operators, theatrical venues, performing arts operators, and museum, zoos, and aquariums through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants. Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants are available for eligible restaurants who need assistance with rent, utilities, supplies, food and beverage inventory, payroll, and operational expenses. A formal site has not yet been established, so check the COVID-19 Relief Options page for updates. More information on these available programs can be found at sba.gov. Evart groundbreaking Lake Osceola State Bank will host a special groundbreaking ceremony for the newest office located on West 7th Street in Evart between Foster's Super Market and Osceola Grand Hotel, at 1 p.m., Friday, April 16. LOSB will bring fresh, new resources to Evart and surrounding areas. Please join us in celebrating this new beginning. Groundbreaking participants will be masked and socially distanced, and we encourage everyone in attendance to do the same. Small business assistance Boost Your Retail Sales With Michigan Makers If you are a "maker" of products, such as apparel, beauty products, custom furniture, innovative food products, craft beer\/wine\/spirits, handmade or custom designed jewelry and art, music or other consumer goods, you might benefit from hearing about digital strategies and available resources to help you expand your sales online to include overseas markets. An interactive webinar at 1 p.m., April 28, will feature a panel including small businesses that have successfully sold their goods online to international markets and experts from federal and state agencies that can help Michigan makers interested in growing sales to other countries. Speakers include: \u2022 W.E. Da' Cruz, Co-founder, Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group LLC, Member, East Michigan District Export Council (DEC) \u2022 Shannon Long, Founder and CEO, Brew Export, LLC \u2022 Eve Lerman, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service (East Michigan), International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce \u2022 James Bledsoe, Director, eCommerce Innovation Lab, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce \u2022 Alyssa Tracey, Director, International Trade, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) \u2022 Ron Stevens, Associate Regional Director, Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) \u2022 Moderator: Jennifer Moll, Director, U.S. Commercial Service (East Michigan), International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce To participate visit medc.cventevents.org. SBDC business consulting The Michigan Small Business Development Center offers free business consulting services on everything from taxes to branding to business ideas. SBDC enhances Michigan's economic wellbeing by providing consulting, training and market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. With their Lead Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids and 11 regional offices throughout the state, they provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan. For more information visit Sbdcmichigan.org.