Consumers Energy Foundation Provides $1.8 Million to Support Small Businesses in Communities Across Michigan
May 6, 2020
JACKSON, Mich., May 6, 2020
The Consumers Energy Foundation is donating $1.8 million to nine organizations to provide a lifeline to small businesses across Michigan – focusing in particular on helping female- and minority-owned businesses. In all, the Foundation has given over $3 million to meet the needs of Michigan residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and have been significantly impacted during this unprecedented time,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “Consumers Energy is committed to helping Michigan’s small business community succeed now, more than ever. We are making an investment in our communities, business owners, workers and their families, and a commitment to help power through together.”
The Consumers Energy Foundation’s contribution is part of an effort to help small business customers in this time of need. Consumers Energy is promoting a hotline, 800-805-0490, and ConsumersEnergy.com/smallbusinessrelief to provide meaningful and immediate help.
Grant recipients will provide funding directly to small businesses in their communities. They are:
The Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation’s Rapid Response Economic Relief Fund
Saginaw Future’s Small Business Fund
Venture North’s COVID Emergency Grant Fund
Battle Creek Unlimited’s COVID-19 Emergency Microgrant Fund
United Way of Greater Battle Creek & Kalamazoo Region’s Kalamazoo Small Business Microgrant Fund
Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Restart Flint & Genesee Fund
Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)’s One & All Program
The Jackson Community Foundation’s Small Business Fund
Michigan Women Forward’s Resilience Microloan & Grant Fund Program
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan — its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
# # #
Media Contacts: Brian Wheeler, 517-740-1545, or Terry DeDoes, 517-243-9908
For more information about Consumers Energy, go to ConsumersEnergy.com.