New August Webinars Lined Up By Cornerstone’s Women’s Business Center

The ongoing assistance to the business community of Michigan’s Great Southwest continues this month with two more hot topic webinars offered free of charge from the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance.

Through a grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Women’s Business Center continues to host free webinars featuring subject matter experts on a range of topics that provide businesses with best management practices and key information on how to operate effectively now and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding new webinars can be found online at this link:

Create an opening in your schedule to learn and understand the ever-changing HR requirements to return to work safely. Cliff Allen, Human Resources Project Specialist at Spectrum Health Lakeland and Barbara Moore, Attorney at Varnum Law, will provide guidance on how employers can handle tough human relations matters surrounding COVID-19.

If you’re considering opening a new business, John Schmitt and Tamara Davis from the Michigan Small Business Economic Development Center will provide tips on starting your business during the pandemic. You can register for the webinars in advance by clicking the link following each topic.

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Legal and HR Guidance for Employers — Cliff Allen and Barbara Moore

August 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm  COVID-19 Overview: Legal & HR Guidance for Employers to Traverse the New Normal

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have had to wrestle with many difficult questions and situations with their employees. As pandemic conditions persist, even more questions have arisen on top of the old, unanswered ones. What PPE protocols can employers require? Can you fire employees afraid to come to work? Who is considered an essential employee? What new legal risks do businesses face amidst this pandemic, and how can they protect themselves from such risks? How do employers show compassion for their employees while maintaining their workforce and workflow? How do you provide considerations for unique situations while maintaining fairness for all of your employees? In this seminar, those questions and more will be answered as two guest experts from the legal and human resources field explain how their companies have traversed these issues, and how yours should consider doing so as well.

Starting a Business During a Pandemic

John Schmitt and Tamara Davis

August 13, 2020 at 10:00 am – Starting a Business During a Pandemic

Are you considering opening a small business right now? Is this the right time for you? What should you be considering before launching a business? The SBDC at WMU is hosting an open conversation with those interested in opening a business or planning to pivot their current business model as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join in for an opportunity to have your questions answered by Michigan Small Business Development Center consultants: Tamara Davis and John Schmitt.

Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit, investor-governed economic development organization primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s Great Southwest; with specialized business services offered in economically distressed areas.

Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services provides technical, business, and financial assistance to small businesses with an emphasis on income disadvantaged and women owned businesses. The Women’s Business Center and Cornerstone Alliance and the Microloan Program are funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.