Many businesses across the state are feeling the financial consequences of COVID-19, whether or not they are a core business.
One is the Short’s Brewing Company. The northern Michigan company just landed a federal loan of nearly $ 1 million under the Paycheck Protection Program. This will be used to pay their nearly 160 employees.
“It was a great stress relief for sure,” said CEO Scott Newman-Bale. “This is a critical time when we want to be ready for anything and many of our employees were not eligible for unemployment or were struggling to make it through the system. It is essential that we help and that everyone is paid. “
Short’s is still open, but on a much smaller scale.
“We still do take out, deliveries and sidewalks, but a lot of our businesses are bars and restaurants which are obviously closed, but people are usually at home drinking a little more than normal, so we’re a little compensated and trying to keep our heads above water, ”Newman-Bale added.
While trying to run their business internally, they are also looking for ways to pay it forward and help others.
“We own a lot of commercial buildings in downtown Bellaire and we have suspended rent payments,” Newman-Bale said. “We have a free food program. If you can’t afford to eat, just come to the pub, let us know, no questions asked.
The Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for anyone wishing to order food or beer.