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 Over 2,000 Michigan Companies Hiring
First National Bank & Trust Helping Local Businesses with CARES Act Assistance
LANSING — Michigan companies need to fill thousands of critical, immediate vacan- cies to support work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing and agribusiness industries. The State’s employment search engine - Pure Michigan Talent Connect - pro- vides job seekers and employers with an online portal at to post, search and connect to these job openings.
Thousands of new jobs are being posted to each day. Employers looking to hire during the COVID-19 pandemic should use the COVID-19 On-Demand Hir- ing Intake Form to ensure their postings appear in the search results.
“Michiganders are tough and hardworking, especially in times of crisis,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “Tens of thousands of open jobs are available right now with more than 2,000 Michigan companies and organiza- tions hiring to continue providing critical services.”
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is encourag- ing jobseekers to visit where enhanced search functionality has been
added to the homepage to better connect job seekers with these critical opportunities. Please note, several job postings feature mul- tiple positions available.
“While many Michiganders are being dis- placed from work, thousands of employers have immediate job openings,” said LEO Director Jeff Donofrio. “We encourage those who are currently unemployed to search available jobs at”
Pure Michigan Talent Connect is a launch pad to new jobs, careers and talents. It’s a tool for connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who sup- port the state’s workforce.
Job seekers visiting Pure Michigan Talent Connect who create free profile will be able to upload or create a resume, as well as cus- tomize their job preferences so they are seen by employers that are searching for talent. They will have access to store employment- related documents, manage their job search- es, and sign up for job notifications from their customized dashboard. A profile is not required to search for jobs.
With the recently passed CARES (Coron- avirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, First National Bank and Trust is available to help local area businesses get assistance and relief from this economic stimulus package.
Struggling small businesses may be eligible for a new Paycheck Protection Loan, which can help cover payroll costs, group health care benefits, employee salaries, interest on any mortgage obligation, rent, utilities, and any other debt obligations occurred before Feb. 15, 2020. There are also opportunities with the Emergency Economic Injury Grant and Economic Injury Disaster Loans, as well as the Small Business Debt Relief Program for busi- nesses with SBA loans.
“We are truly inspired by the many amazing people doing all they can to help others during this crisis,” said Dale Cook, First National
Bank & Trust Business Banker. “As proud as we are of our community and outstanding team members at First National Bank & Trust, we are in awe of the many community leaders who have stepped forward to address essential services, needs and concerns. We are here to support local businesses in these unprecedent- ed times and provide essential resources and relief to the fullest extend possible. We are vested and working diligently to streamline the offerings of the CARES ACT recently passed by Congress, for our community. We encourage you to contact one of our business bankers to discuss what is available.”
To make an appointment with First National Bank & Trust’s Business Banking team, call 906-774-2200. For more information, as well as online contact information, visit
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