TechTown COVID-19 Updates

TechTown Reopening to Guests

February 19, 2021 @1:30 p.m.

Starting February 22, 2021 members and tenants will be permitted to have guests in the building under the following guidelines:

  • • ALL GUESTS MUST COMPLETE THE TECHTOWN GUEST FORM IN ADVANCE OF THEIR ARRIVAL.
  • • Meeting rooms shall be open for use by all members and tenants. Reservations should be made through OfficeRnD. If you are bringing guests this must be made 24 hours in advance so that we can verify that we have the advance forms completed and know who to expect in the building.
  • • Meeting room hours are Monday and Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30am to 7:30pm. All meeting rooms must be vacated no later than 30 minutes prior to the buildings posted daily closing.
  • • Guests are permitted in private offices, as long as proper social distancing can be maintained. Office tenants should book, first floor meeting rooms to accommodate guests that exceed the social distancing requirement in their office.
  • • Meeting room occupancy is based on proper social distancing per room, with the maximum of 10 people (plus 1 speaker) allowed in the Test Track, 8 (plus 1 speaker) in the Proving Grounds, 4 in both the Hoist and Showroom and 2 in the remaining small rooms. A registered representative of the member or tenant company must be present in the meeting room.
  • • Shared and Dedicated Desk members are permitted to have up to 2 guests in the coworking space, but only at a table designated appropriate for proper social distancing. 3 or more guests are permitted in meeting rooms, as long as the member is present in the room at all times.
  • • Guests must be accompanied by a member/tenant at all times, including at sign in and check out at the front desk.
  • • We are not opening to the general public and will reevaluate in 60 days.

If you have any questions or need a copy of the Guest Form please e-mail receptionist@techtowndetroit.org

Do you need help with your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application?

February 09, 2021 @3:00 p.m.

Detroit Means Business has free, one-on-one resources for both first time and second time PPP loan applicants, as well as those navigating the forgiveness process. Click here to sign up for one-on-one sessions.

  • The MBA Response team will help you complete your application
  • U-M Master of Accounting students will help you prepare financial documents for your application
  • Attorneys in Michigan Community Resource’s legal clinic will help you navigate loan forgiveness

TechTown Building Policy Changes due to MDHHS Order

November 16, 2020 @10:00 a.m.

In response to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announcement Nov. 15, TechTown is updating our COVID-19 protocol. New policies will go into effect Wednesday, Nov. 18 and remain in place until Dec. 6, unless otherwise notified by TechTown.

Policies as of 11/18/20:

• Masks must be worn at all times while in the building, including in private offices
• Visitors and guests are not permitted in the building
• All common areas are closed
• Meeting rooms are closed
• Coffee and food service is suspended
• Virtual members’ mail will be available curbside; members must email receptionist@techtowndetroit.org 24 hours in advance for pickup
• TechTown hours will remain Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We’d like to remind TechTown members and tenants that they are individually responsible for adhering to any mandate issued. Thank you for your continued support, and stay safe.

Safe Learning for Children

September 29, 2020 @3:30 p.m.

Coworking Classroom

Introducing the Coworking Classroom, a new offering designed to ease the uncertainty and stress of your ongoing childcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coworking Classroom is a safe learning alternative for your children while you work onsite at TechTown.

Updated Visitor Policy

August 1, 2020 @9 a.m.

Updated Events and Visitors Policy

As of August 1, TechTown permits members and tenants to have guests accompany them inside meeting rooms or their company suite/lab.
Effective September 1, TechTown will permit non-members to utilize meeting rooms. While we are not scheduling large in-person events, we will regularly evaluate conditions and update policies when safe to do so.

Check out TechTown’s updated Stay Safe Plan to learn more about the changes we’ve made to ensure a safe and productive work environment.

TechTown's Stay Safe Plan

June 16, 2020 @10:15pm

TechTown Space Reopening to Tenants and Members in June

We’ve been hard at work redesigning our space and our offerings to ensure a safe work environment for all, so you can get back to that Detroit hustle with confidence. Contact us today to reserve one of our newly added private offices at an affordable rate. And check out TechTown’s Stay Safe Plan to learn more about the changes we’ve made to ensure a safe and productive work environment.

Detroit Means Business

May 21, 2020 @2:15pm

Detroit Means Business

Check out the Detroit Means Business resource hub! This initiative is Detroit’s approach to reopening for business – complete with helpful resources to support small businesses as they plan – and TechTown is a key partner. Download the reopening playbook, learn more about financial resources, and check out recorded webinars on finance, HR, operations and marketing – all on the Detroit Means Business site.

TechTown Stabilization Fund

April 8, 2020 @3:00pm

2020 Emergency Fund for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

To mitigate barriers for Detroit’s most vulnerable businesses and entrepreneurs, TechTown Detroit will administer an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $5,000 to qualifying applicants. Note that we are not able to respond to applicant inquiries via phone and email. Please refer to our website for information. 

Applications for the TechTown Stabilization Fund will be open from Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9 a.m. until Friday, April 17, 2020 at NOON. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding awards.

Statement to Business Owners

March 19, 2020 @1:00p.m.

Concerns about exposure to the COVID-19 virus will undoubtedly dramatically reduce in-person customer traffic to your business. As owners and managers of public spaces, small business owners must be leaders in their community at this time. Your response to COVID-19 will require agile leadership, consideration for the mental and physical health of your staff and the public, and regular communication with your customers. We are here to support you with resources and guidance. Please download and read our resource guide, and check back often for updates to the guide as the situation evolves.

Schedule an Open Office Hour with a TechTown team member or an Ask An Expert appointment with our Professional Service Network to help develop and adjust your plan for shifting market demand. TechTown clients and alumni should contact their designated TechTown staff member for assistance.

Contact the DEGC District Business Liaison team to learn of the most up-to-date resources and information from the City of Detroit or to request assistance for your business.

Update to TechTown clients, members, tenants, staff and visitors

March 15, 2020

After following the evolution of the broader response to COVID-19 over the past two days, TechTown Detroit is making some important adjustments to our plan. At this time, we do not have a confirmed case in our building, but we are implementing more cautious measures in an effort to ensure safety.

Our people have been the priority from the start of this — our clients, our members and tenants, our staff and visitors — and it’s clear that the safest approach at this time is to further minimize the risk of exposure in every way possible and to continue to flatten the curve.

As a result, TechTown doors will be locked, and key card access will be turned off for all staff, members and tenants until further notice. Members and tenants will have building access from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16 in case they need to pick up any belongings. Access will be by keycard only, and a community ambassador will be at the desk from 9 a.m. to noon to provide assistance.

We appreciate your understanding, and we will make updates to this page as the situation evolves.